If you are a Pittsburgh resident, be sure to check out this great month-long event at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater:
Through film, discussion, and performance, My People Film Series: Queer Legacies, a four-part series highlights the lives and experiences of queer people of color. The series will be presented Tuesdays at 7 pm, beginning on November 1 and runs through November 22 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater (5941 Penn Avenue in East Liberty). A discussion featuring filmmakers and local leaders will follow the film screening as issues of human rights, trans identity, and racism are explored.
This year’s series includes a collection of films that connect a rich history and contributions of generations of queer people of color to the present. To kick off the series a work-in-progress showing of The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project profiles participants ages 60 to 80 with archival footage that reveal black lesbian underground movements, life, and a vibrant presence within American black history. Pittsburghers have an opportunity to be profiled by submitting an application found on the theater’s website (www.kelly-strayhorn.org).
The schedule for My People Film Series: Queer Legacies is as follows:
• Tuesday, Nov 1, the series opens with the film The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project;
• Tuesday, Nov 8, features five films: Billy and Aaron; Rex vs. Singh; More Than Love (a trilogy by Jullian Peña); Tomboi Gatoey Mango and Tom/ Trans / Thai;
• Tuesday, Nov, 15, Zero Degrees of Separation;
• Tuesday, Nov 22, Billy and Aaron and Brother to Brother.
At each screening a filmmaker is present in person or via Skype. Among others, audiences have the opportunity to engage in discussion with Rodney Evans, filmmaker of Billy and Aaron and Brother to Brother. Evans is the recipient of The Independent Feature Project’s Gordon Parks Award for Screenwriting and the Special Jury Prize in Drama at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Other visiting filmmakers include Tiona McClodded and Lisa C. Moore, Jillian Peña, Jai Arun Ravin, and Elle Flanders.
Individual tickets are $10 for each event or $30 for a film pass to the entire four-week series.
To learn more or purchase tickets be sure to visit http://www.kellystrayhorn.org or call 412-363-3000.