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Black Alphabet Film Festival Aug. 18-19
2017-08-02

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After a brief hiatus, the Black Alphabet Film Festival is returning, taking place Aug. 18-19 at the Reva David and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

The festival focuses on films and works highlighting Black LGBTQ and SGL ( same-gender loving ) experiences.

The event kicks off Aug. 18 with the short film 90 Days, directed by Nathan Hale Williams ( Ski Trip ) and Jennia Fredrique Aponte. ( A panel will take place afterward. ) There will also be a showing of Missed Connections ( with Michelle Sam as writer/director ), which is about two twentysomethings who meet at Burning Man but forget to exchange contact info; they later both post to a "missed connections"-style board, hoping to find each other again.

Among the movies that will be shown Saturday, Aug. 19, will be Jewel's Catch One, a documentary about the oldest Black-owned disco in the country; and Kiki, which offers insight into safe spaces created and governed by LGBTQ youth of color, and that transform voguing into a subculture called the kiki scene.

People slated to appear include Angelica Ross, an actress and trans-rights advocate who is also CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises; Jewel Thais-Williams, who opened the famed Jewel's Catch One Disco as a business venture during the economic recession of 1972-73; and Twiggy Pucci Garcon, a film subject in Kiki who is also associate program director of The True Colors Fund; and many others.

See blackalphabet.org/ .

More at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Black-Alphabet-Film-Festival-reigniting-in-2017-return/59927.html .


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