Black Filmmakers at NewFest

Still from Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness (courtesy:

NewFest, the LGBT film festival in New York, opens tonight.  Several black filmmakers are featured in this year’s lineup. 

After its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Fest earlier this summer, Sheldon Larry’s  debut feature Leave It on the Floor will be screening at the Harlem Stage on Monday, July 25 at 7:30 pm. Preceding Leave it on the Floor will be a documentary short on the acclaimed video and performance artist Kalup Linzy, Kalup Linzy & James Franco, That’s Entertainment.

Larry will be present at a pre-screening reception which starts at 6:00 pm.  For more information click HERE.  You can watch the trailer HERE.

Veteran filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris will be presenting his documentary short on civil rights activist and Massachusetts representative Byron Rushing, Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness, tomorrow, July 22 at 5:00 pm at Cinema Village.  You can watch the trailer HERE.  And if you can’t make it to the screening you can watch the entire film on demand HERE.

Hooters!, the behind-the-scenes documentary on Cheryl Dunye’s thriller The Owls, will screen on Sunday, July 24 at 4:00 pm at Cinema Village.  Watch the film’s teaser that deals with identity HERE.  And you can watch the trailer for Dunye’s film The Owls HERE.

After premiering at Sundance this year, Rashaad Ernesto Green’s feature Gun Hill Road will close the festival on July 28 at 7:00 pm at the Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater.  HERE’S the trailer.

About BFC/A

The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University was established in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about black people. The BFC/A's primary objectives are to promote scholarship on black film and to serve as an open resource for scholars, researchers, students, and the general public; to encourage creative film activity by independent black filmmakers; and to undertake and support research on the history, impact, theory, and aesthetics of black film traditions. View all posts by BFC/A

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