2021 BLACK ALPHABET CINCY
4th Annual Black Alphabet Cincy Film Festival
MONDAY, JUNE 14TH - SUNDAY, JUNE 20TH
Cincy Black Pride presents our 3rd Annual Black Alphabet Film Festival (BAFF). Since its inception in 2013, BAFF has worked to encourage storytelling, cultivate new dialogues and educate communities about the cultural and social contributions that Black LGBTQ-identified people have made upon the world. The founding mission, "to identify and present the stories that portray the variety of gender and sexual expressions of the Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) community through the art of film," has sustained the organization for several years. Black Alphabet's vision and mission reflect the desire to use media and the creative arts to promote healthy and whole lifestyles to the Black LGBTQ+ community.
Meet Mama Gloria. Chicago’s Black transgender icon Gloria Allen, now in her 70s, blazed a trail for trans people like few others before her. Emerging from Chicago’s South Side drag ball culture in the 1960s, Gloria overcame traumatic violence to become a proud leader in her community. Most famously, she pioneered a charm school for young transgender people that served as inspiration for the hit play Charm.
Luchina Fisher’s empathic and engaging documentary is not only a portrait of a groundbreaking legend, but also a celebration of unconditional love, the love Gloria received from her own mother and that she now gives to her chosen children. And it is driven by the love that Luchina has for her teenage transgender daughter, Gia.
Mama Gloria is a co-production of Little Light Productions and Black Public Media with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Field Foundation of Illinois and WORLD. It has received additional support from Sisters in Cinema, SouthPaw Video Productions, the 2020 Athena Film Festival’s Works in Progress Program and Women Make Movies Production Assistance Program.
View Mama Gloria at the Esquire Theatre Wednesday June 16th at 8pm. After, e|19 Bar Lounge and Discotheque is hosting a meet & greet reception with Mama Gloria at 10pm.
13th & Republic
Walterhoope presents 13th & Republic, an Interactive, Operatic, Radical Dance Film directed by D Darnell Pierre Benjamin that addresses excessive police force against Black communities and the mental health of the country.
13th & Republic features an original score by composer Kaleel Skeirik that weaves together contemporary symphonic, jazz, renaissance, and Appalachian folk music with original poetry and lyrics by Tyrone Williams.
This project is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC)
Mood Lavender brings out the essential queerness not only of many of the major players of the Harlem Renaissance but of the sensibility and achievement that made the Renaissance one of the high points of Black culture in America. This emphasis on Black transformation through art, and largely “high” art, helped deemphasize the Harlem Renaissance’s inherent queerness. Although now widely written about in academia, this recognition that the Harlem Renaissance is a part of LGBTQ history has yet to spread to the culture at large. Mood Lavender will change that.
Check out the Mood Lavender website HERE