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BAAD! PRESENTS THE FIRST ANNUAL LGBTQ MINI KIKI BALL
ORGANIZED W/ EGYPTT LABEIJA & FELIX MILAN
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29
FREE! | RSVP online (baadball.splashthat.com)
First come, first served (space limited to 100)
6PM: Doors Open
7PM: Film Screening & Conversation w/
Felix Milan Rodriguez & Sean Ebony Coleman
7:30PM (sharp): Categories Begin
$50 Prize & Trophy for each category (must rsvp to walk)
Butch Queen Vogue Femme
Soft & Cunt
Butch Queen in Pumps
5 inches or more stiletto in any style, you’ll have to be able to walk & twirl.
Runway Open to All
You are auditioning for America’s Next Top Model, so walk!
Best Dressed Open to All
Do not come to do anything but be done. Sell it like it’s runway couture.
Female Figure Realness
The Belle of the Bronx, give your BEST South Bronx Look (realness comes in all shapes & sizes)
Female Figure Hair Affair
Give a hairstyle that no one’s had (wigs, weaves, pieces, etc...)
Commentator: Precious Ebony
DJ: DJ Ignite
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 | 3PM, 5PM, 7PM, 8:30PM
At Camp Ovation, kids of all ages spend their summer expressing themselves through dance, music and theater. Besides romance, the campers grapple with complicated issues, including sexual identity, self-respect and parental pressure, as they grow closer together and prove their talents to the bitter camp director. The film features a fun vibrant young cast and is directed by Todd Graff.
Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, RAFIKI is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. Kena and Ziki have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives” - but they yearn for something more. Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, RAFIKI won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation. Directed by Wanuri Kahiu.
This film traces the story of Sócrates, a black 15-year-old teen from Santos, in the coast of São Paulo, who has to overcome extreme poverty, the death of his mother, and homophobia to choose life. The NY Times wrote, “As such, SOCRATES isn’t simply about being gay, or poor, or even devastatingly unloved: It’s about honoring a resilience that most of us will thankfully never have to summon.” Directed Alexandre Moratto.
ALWAYS SAY YES (SIEMPRE SI)
Héctor travels from his small town of Hermosillo to Mexico City with the hope of posing naked for the photography collective, Feral. Leaving his friends and his inhibitions behind, Héctor promises himself to always say yes to every new situation, no matter what. A raw and explicit examination of sexuality and desire that “is one of those films that will make you question the boundaries of LGBT cinema and pornography.” (Entertainment Focus) . Directed by Alberto Fuguet.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 | 7PM, 8:15PM, 10:15PM
ALMOST SAW THE SUNSHINE and Short Trans Films
This program features Leon Lopez’s ALMOST SAW THE SUNSHINE which follows Rachel (Munroe Bergdorf) as a young aspiring transgender woman. After a series of encounters with a handsome man, she impulsively takes a chance on a one night stand, but where will it go from there? The program also includes Jake Graf’s HEADSPACE with Laith Ashley and Munroe Bergdorf; Alex Bischoff’s PRINCESS JOULES featuring the international model and actress of the same name; and Victor’s VALI, a Tamil film about rejection and acceptance in Indian society.
ANCHOR AND HOPE
A touchingly intimate portrait of what it means to be a family in the present day from multi-award-winning writer/director Carlos Marques-Marce. This poignant romantic comedy is set on and around the rarely-filmed London canal system, and focuses on the loved-up couple, Eva and Kat, whose different attitudes towards potential parenthood become heightened when a friend they asked to act as their sperm donor becomes increasingly involved in their lives.
HAZLO COMO HOMBRE (DO IT LIKE A MAN)
The NY Times writes, “...this romantic comedy’s protagonist, [is] a man so unlikable the movie opens with an M.P.A.A.-style warning for the character’s sexism, homophobia and machismo. Raúl is a walking prehistoric machista….But after his best friend breaks off his engagement to Raúl’s sister (Aislinn Derbez of Netflix’s “La Casa de Las Flores”) and comes out to his friends, Raúl is at a loss [when], everyone else in the movie seems unmoved by the news.” Directed by Nicolás López.
QUEER MOVIE MOVERS
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 | 8PM
BAAD! shakes up our classic dance compilation concert with films! The concert includes 8 choreographers presenting 7 to 10 minutes of work set to a song from a film that features queer people of color in a positive light. The trailer of the film in which the song is featured will be looped and projected on the scrim as a backdrop to the performance. Imagine: Patti Labelle’s Turn It Out from To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar).
Choreographers: Frenchy Haynes, Nick Daniels, Rodney A. Brown, Acharo Smith, Houiea LOVE, Solomina, Felix Ciprian, & Dia Bui
Following the performance, we host a farewell to our Deputy Director, Joseph Hall.
SHOW ME LOVE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 | DOORS 6:30PM, PERFORMANCES 7:30PM
"Show Me Love" reopens BAAD!'s gallery, capturing and highlighting Bronx trans communities. The evening includes the screening of 2 short films between 3 short performances, buffet-style food, and a photo booth where all attendees are invited to have their images captured to be included in a book about the gallery. Cabaret table seating.
Performers: Yasmin Bratz, Sean Coleman, Bryan Fox, MC'd by Chanel Lopez
Photographer: Ricardo Horatio Nelson
Thank you to Christine Licata for helping install the BAAD! gallery.
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.
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