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When the Barry Jenk­ins’ film “Moon­light” cap­tured Best Pic­ture at the 89th An­nual Academy Awards, the con­ver­sa­tion sud­denly shifted to­wards newer win­dows of op­por­tu­nity open­ing for queer in­de­pen­dent film­mak­ers and peo­ple of color. All of this would be­come fer­tile ground for the Queer Black Film Fes­ti­val, a new fron­tier for black LGBT film­mak­ers liv­ing in­side the cre­ative hub of At­lanta tak­ing place Sept. 1 – 3 at The Ge­or­gian Ter­race Ho­tel. As a part of At­lanta Black Gay Pride, this rel­a­tively young cel­e­bra­tion of film is hop­ing to open doors in the same way “Moon­light” did for in­die film­mak­ers.

“I re­mem­ber at­tend­ing a spe­cial screen­ing of ‘Moon­light’ in At­lanta, and think­ing this film was spe­cial,” re­called Court­ney Wal­ter, co-founder and one of the three fes­ti­val di­rec­tors. “Al­though it didn’t nec­es­sar­ily in­flu­ence us in mak­ing the fes­ti­val, it did mo­ti­vate and in­spire us along the way.”

Ex­pan­sion brings name change

Queer Black Film Fes­ti­val Fri­day, Sept. 1 – Sun­day, Sept. 3 The Ge­or­gian Ter­race Ho­tel 659 Peachtree St. N.E., At­lanta, GA 30308 www.face­ events/1228631653932865


time for a name change to re­flect the ex­pan­sion it has un­der­gone due to its grow­ing size, com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and the swell of film sub­mis­sions.

“We started out with just hav­ing it on one day, but now it has ex­panded to three days,” Kee­sha added.

Mak­ing At­lanta a des­ti­na­tion for black LGBT film­mak­ers

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