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.facebook.com/ events/1228631653932865
By J. MATTHEW COBB
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