•October 11, 2011 • Leave a Comment
For nearly 2 years, I have been making a very special film titled STARLITE: the Making and Taking of Brooklyn’s Oldest Black-owned Non-discriminating Bar.
In 1959, a decade prior to Manhattan’s Stonewall riots, across the bridge in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Starlite Lounge was founded as a non-discriminating establishment for gay people of color. A half century later it was a shock to the neighborhood and the gay community when the Starlite, now the oldest, Black-owned gay bar in the country was given notice to vacate and was ultimately forced to close its doors. STARLITE follows the eviction of this legendary community institution, while also tracing back its rich history over 5 decades. STARLITE poses questions about the importance of safe space in marginalized communities and asks, what is a landmark? Why do some get preserved, while others are erased?
Please visit our Kickstarter Fundraising campaign and make a donation. By backing this project you are helping to complete this film, but you are also supporting the future of queer and independent cinema, the preservation of LGBT history and African American History, and the legacy of the Starlite Lounge!
•April 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment
I Guess I’m Not Going To Get To Vegas will be screening this week at the Sarasota Film Festival.
Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon.
check out the schedule and more details here:
•March 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment
CUFF, City University Film Festival
CUFF FESTIVAL NIGHT
Saturday March 20th, 6-10pm
35 W 67th, between CPW and Columbus
more info here.
and the Sarasota Film Festival in April
I Guess I’m Not Going To Get To Vegas will screen before the documentary feature “A Good Man”
Thursday, 4/15 @ 8:15pm (Theater 9)
and Saturday 4/17 @ 2:00pm (Theater 9).
I Guess I’m Not Going to Get to Vegas is an intimate documentary portrait of love and loss between two elderly Jewish lesbians from New York City who came out before the emergence of a visible gay rights movement. Two years ago, Aileen Hunt, age 83, lost her lover of over 40 years, Florence Sterling, to lung cancer. She began to process her grief through the transformation of Florence’s garden into a living, shifting memorial. The garden has become both symbolic of Florence and a space in which Aileen is able to grieve and continue their relationship. Through the lens of identity, place, and memory, Aileen’s blunt, candid, and often humorous storytelling allows her to fantasize Florence back into her daily life.
•February 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment
“I Guess I’m Not Going to Get to Vegas” was selected to be shown at the Short and Savory Film Festival at York College on Wednesday, February 24th.
•December 11, 2009 • Leave a Comment
I’ll be showing a short film of mine next week along with many other talented filmmakers. Hope you can make it!
•November 24, 2009 • Leave a Comment
a film that explores power, time, and discipline through interviews I conducted with people who have spent time in mental hospitals and footage from popular media that tries to “represent” the experience.