The Brooklyn Museum Presents the Black Queer Brooklyn on Film Series Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, and 29

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The Brooklyn Museum Presents the
Black Queer Brooklyn on Film Series
Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, and 29
Still from Afronauts (Frances Bodomo, 2014, 14 min.).
Photo courtesy of the director

The Brooklyn Museum presents The Black Queer Brooklyn on Film series featuring 16 short films by young, black, queer, female-identified, and gender-nonconforming artists and filmmakers working in Brooklyn today. The series will run on Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, and 8 pm and is free with admission. The running time for each screening is 2 hours and 50 minutes. For updates and more information on post-screening conversations, visit
Black Queer Brooklyn on Film is presented in conjunction with the exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85 and is inspired by the contributions of the Combahee River Collective, a black lesbian feminist organization formed in 1974, and their Black Feminist Statement.
Black Queer Brooklyn Films:
i am light (Isabella Reyes, 2016, 7 min.): A short film that explores the assumptions of gender-presentation and the rituals of self-fashioning that reject the gender binary.
Pain Revisited (Dyani Douze & Nontsikelelo Mutiti) 2015, 14 min.): An audiovisual project that re-imagines the black body in pain as an agent of potentiality through art and collaboration.
An Ecstatic Experience (Ja’Tovia Gary, 2015, 6 min.): Through found footage this short film presents a meditative invocation on transcendence as a means of restoration.
KILO | Iba se 99 (Tiona McClodden, 2015, 10 min.): Inspired by the Women’s Bureau division of the United States Department of Labor report titled ‘Negro Women War Workers’, published in 1945 to commemorate the first 12 black women allowed to work on the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1942.
195 Lewis (Chanelle Aponte Pearson, 2016, 14 min.): A dramedy web-series about a group of women navigating the realities of being black, queer, and poly in Brooklyn.
Afronauts (Frances Bodomo, 2014, 14 min.): An alternative history inspired by true events from the perspective of Zambian exiles who try to beat America to the Moon during the 1960s Space Race.
Black Girl Magic: Gio (Stefani Saintonge, 2016, 8 min.): An episode from Essence’s docu-series ‘Black Girl Magic’ follows Gio and her sister who have been in and out of foster care since they were toddlers.
Happy Birthday Marsha (Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel, post-production, 1:30 min. [excerpt]): Tells the story of activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera in the hours leading up to the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City.
Portrait of Ryann Holmes (Chanelle Aponte Pearson, 2016, 6 min.): An intimate portrait of the community organizer and co-founder of bklyn boihood.
Evoking the Mulatto: It’s Not a Cool Word (Lindsay Catherine Harris, 2015, 7 min.) and Evoking the Mulatto: Beautiful Black Family (Lindsay Catherine Harris, 2015, 7 min.): A web-based docu-narrative and visual art project examining black mixed identity in the twenty-first-century. Excerpts from Episode One and Episode Three feature interviews with young artists and activists on topics from terminology of identity to love and family.
The Personal Things (Reina Gossett, 2016, 3 min.): Activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy reflects on today’s trans activism and her personal experiences.
black enuf* (Carrie Hawks, 2016, 22 min.): An animated documentary on the filmmaker’s family that explores their quest for undeniable acceptance of their racial identity.  On Thursday, June 15 at 7 pm join Hawks in a screening and conversation on their film.
LOOSE (D’hana Perry, 2012-ongoing, 23 min. [excerpt]): An immersive documentary blending music, audio, and video to explore issues of race, gender identity, and sexuality.
And Nothing Happened (Naima Ramos-Chapman, 2016, 15 min.): A nuanced portrayal of the aftermath of sexual violence from a survivor’s perspective. On Thursday June 22 at 7 pm join Ramos-Chapman in a screening and conversation on her film.
This Ain’t A Eulogy: A Ritual for Re-Membering (Taja Lindley, 2017, 10 min.): Based on a healing performance ritual, this short imagines how the energy of protest, rage, and grief can be recycled into creating a world where Black Lives Matter.
The Black Queer Brooklyn on Film series is curated by Lauren Argentina Zelaya, Assistant Curator of Public Programs, Brooklyn Museum.


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