The first ever Atlanta Black Pride Weekend Film Festival will be launched this Saturday, September 3 at IPIC Theaters in Midtown.. The all-day festival will feature independent LGBTQIA+ films submitted via iElevate+ TV (all-new streaming app created, designed and developed to tell Black LGBTQ+ stories).
There will be a screening of Des Gray’s critically acclaimed film Mixed Girl: the story of Leslie Leslie, a white alcoholic, drug-addicted and vicious teenage mother falls for James, an African-American college student she meets at a fraternity party. Unbeknownst to James, she becomes pregnant and gives birth to a biracial baby girl. Burdened and left to raise two children, Leslie spirals into a world of chaos and alcohol abuse. Years later, James learns he fathered a troubled adolescent daughter and seeks to take custody. They battle to overcome her traumatic childhood as they bridge the gap between their two different worlds.
Plus a screen of Dwight Allen O’Neal’s Being Black in Porn which follows the lives of four gay men of color as they navigate their way in the competitive and often complicated adult film industry.
There is also an interview on the topic of “Representation in Hollywood” with “Harlem” on Amazon Prime star Jerrie Johnson; and an epic Film Festival finale featuring a screening of the BET+ film, B-Boy Blues. It is an impressive directorial debut by Jussie Smollett. His film version of James Earl Hardy’s iconic 1994 novel is about the romance between a couple of black men in New York. Class and culture clash when a college-educated magazine journalist from Brooklyn and a homeboy bike messenger from Harlem fall in love.
You can read Queerguru’s full review of B-Boy Blues HERE.
Atlanta Black Pride Weekend Film Festival Saturday, September 3, 2022 iPic Atlanta @ Colony Square 1197 Peachtree St. NE Suite 350 Atlanta, GA 30361
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