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GET TOUGH! GET BAAD!
THE LEGENDARY ICONIC HOUSE OF EBONY BALL (1993) & HECTOR XTRAVAGANZA DOCUDRAMA
DIRECTED BY FELIX RODRIGUEZ
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 | 8PM
Bronx-based filmmaker, Felix Rodriguez, captures and screens for the first time the legendary House of Ebony Ball from 1993. Founded by Larry Ebony, the Legendary Iconic House of Ebony prides itself in being a leader in the ballroom scene for nearly 40 years. Swerv Magazine said of the House of Ebony, “All balls are not created equal…” and Ebony knows how to serve a ball. The evening will also include the full screening of a Rodriguez’s 20-minute short film on the late Hector Xtravaganza, the grandfather and a pioneer of the ballroom scene who passed on December 30, 2018. The evening begins with a Happy Hour at 7pm and snack food throughoutthrough out the evening with an open stage at intermission.
GET TOUGH! GET BAAD! is an annual series of films and events celebrating queer power, diversity, defiance, strength and visibility. The series was initiated in 2010 to celebrate queer strength and value, to take a stand against violence, and to counter negative and victimized images of queer people in the media from homophobic attacks in the Bronx and New York City. The series presents narrative films that are empowering to the LGBTQ community that feature queer, people of color as the lead protagonists and events that celebrate queer strength and value.
DIRECTED BY BRIAN O'DONNELL & SASHA KING
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 | 7PM
In this lush, reflective love story, with the beauty of rural Ohio as its backdrop, Benny Cruz travels an emotional journey that examines both his own feelings for Christopher, a teammate with whom he shares a deep love, and his family’s ability to come to terms with a past tragedy. Filmmaker Brian O’Donnell will lead a Q&A after the screening of the award-winning film that EdgeMedia.com called, “A wonderfully refreshing coming-of-age story that captures all the passion and excitement of two very fresh-faced, wholesome kids in the glow of first love.”
AFROMYSTIC EXPERIMENTAL WORKSHOP
FACILITATED BY SEYI ADEBANJO
Come to the Afromystic Experimental Performance & writing workshop at BAAD! and discuss mythology exploring Queer aspects of the Òrìṣà’s using these stories to create our own with gestures/movements, culminating in a showing of our work together.
- For People of Color who are QTGNC, Two Spirit or LGBTQ. Allies are welcome.
- Open to all bodies, writers & non-writers, movers and community folks.
- Open to Yorùbá & Òrìṣà practitioners, West African Traditional Religions, faith-based & earth-based practitioners in the Diaspora.
Thursdays 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, and 2/21 from 5-7pm
Saturday 2/16 from 2:30-4:30pm
**Performance & Film Showing on Sunday, 2/24 at 6pm**
For more info and to RSVP, contact director Seyi Adebanjo: firstname.lastname@example.org
WATERMELON WOMAN & GREETINGS FROM AFRICA
DIRECTED BY CHERYL DUNYE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 | 8PM
Set in Philadelphia, The Watermelon Woman is the story of Cheryl (played by the film’s director Cheryl Dunye), a twenty-something black lesbian struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, a beautiful and elusive 1930s black film actress popularly known as "The Watermelon Woman." Uncovering the meaning of Richards' life, Cheryl evokes a flurry of new questions about herself and her future as she interacts with gay and black communities. Also screening is Dunye’s short film, Greetings From Africa, which the New York Press described as “A winsome comic confessional... Dunye is so endearing that I felt privileged to spend 8 minutes in her company.”