A showcase of films that represent queer culture and reflect the LGBTQIA experience.
Everyday Black Matter
USA | 22:11 min
Back from remixing the DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR RVA archives, this film spins a fresh story about Black joy as practice, motivating audiences to lean into dreams of Black cultural production rooted in pleasure, self-love, and nuanced identities that defy containment.
Director: Dr. Chaz Barracks | Videographer: Nicolas Taylor | Writer: Dr. Chaz Barracks | Producers: Afrikana Film Festival, the Valentine Museum, and Diversity Richmond org | Cast: Chaz Barracks, Mckayla Graham, Aurora Higgs, Kalyn Coghill, Jonah Hodari, Aurora Von Bliss, Mr. Carroll Samuels, Grandma Una Thomas, Aunty Charron Stoddart
USA | 13:46 min | FESTIVAL PREMIERE
A mortician’s son balances the expectations of working at his father’s funeral home and a night out with friends. When grief intrudes on his closest relationships, he must face the full circle of life, forcing him to see the world as it truly is.
Director: Carlton Daniel Jr. | Writer: Carlton Daniel Jr. | Producers: Evan Starling-Davis, Chester Gordon, Elegance Bratton | Cast: Malik Shakur, Khalil Kain
Into the Light: A Trip Through Baltimore Ballroom
USA | 25 min | FESTIVAL PREMIERE
The not so Cinderella story of LGBTQ Baltimore Ballroom dancers as they prepare to compete at the ground breaking and inaugural, Peabody Ball, while facing real life obstacles and dangers.
Directors: Jason Gray, Kathryn Martin | Writers: Charles Cohen, Kathryn Martin, Jason Gray | Producers: Kathryn Martin, Jason Gray | Cast: Keith Holt, Marquis Clanton
USA | 14 min
A young, Black, gay millennial is at the intersection of a major crossroads in life and only by reaching his breaking point does he find the many facets of therapy love can provide.
Director: Lauren E. Banks | Writer: Clinton Roane | Producers: Lauren E. Banks, Clinton Roane | Cast: Clinton Roane, Delius Doherty, Becca Co, Brandon Sutton
parTy boi, black diamonds in ice castles
USA | 58:14 min
‘parTy boi, black diamonds in ice castles’ is a raw and compassionate journey through the epidemic of crystal meth addiction in LGBTQ communities of color.
Director: Micheal Rice | Writers: Micheal Rice & Edward Radford | Producers: Micheal Rice, Gerry Oxford & Edward Radford | Cast: Micheal Rice
USA | 11 min | FESTIVAL PREMIERE
PEACE is a love story short film that dives into the complexities of a down-low queer relationship and really questions what it means to be at peace.
Director: Adomako Aman | Writer: Adomako Aman | Producer: Adomako Aman | Cast: Adomako Aman, James Tyler White, Marlon Fisher, Amanda Penalo, Sofija Maria Kulikauskas
Pink & Blue
USA | 13 min | FESTIVAL PREMIERE
After a surprise first-time pregnancy, a Trans couple of color wrestles with how the new baby will affect their relationship and how to raise their child in a binary world.
Director: Carmen LoBue | Writer: Kaydx | Producer: Kaydx | Executive Producers: Carmen LoBue & Silas Howard | Cast: Kaydx, Jojo Brown
The Black Cop
UK | 24 min | FESTIVAL PREMIERE
Docu-drama exploring one former police officer’s experience of being both victim and perpetrator of racism in the police force.
Director: Cherish Oteka | Writer: Cherish Oteka | Producers: Cherish Oteka, Emma Cooper | Contributor: Gamal Turawa