Gay Chorus Deep South

Director David Charles Rodrigues
United States / 98 min. / 2019 / English


Chronicle of the San Francisco gay men's choir tour of the southern United States. An act of affirmation against the rampant homophobia of the Trump era that confronts members of the choir with fears and wounds of the past.

 

"There is a storm and we must learn to dance with it." Before the resurgence of religious-based laws curbing the rights of the LGBTIQ + community in the southern US, the San Francisco Gay Men's Choir decides to take action. This documentary accompanies them on their 25-concert weeklong tour through auditoriums and churches in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina, five states of the "Bible Belt" where evangelical Christianity has deep social roots. With the complicity of the Oakland Inter-Confessional Gospel Choir and a repertoire composed of religious songs, this voyage to the same communities that turned their backs on choir members when they came out of the closet. reconnects them with their roots and confronts them with their own fears and prejudices. The unique stories of several of them embody situations all too familiar to many LGTBIQ + people: family rejection, professional marginalization, bullying, expulsion from their religious communities. This film of grim tidings and great sociological importance, raises monumental questions: What position should the church take before the tour? Can it be perceived as paternal or condescending that a group of liberal gays from the north head south to give unsolicited support to the LGTBI communities of the "deep south"? Can the redeeming power of music unite even the most disparate paths, if there is good will?

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Section
Excedlents


Showing format

Premios
Tribeca Film Festival (Audience Award Documentary Feature, 2019), Berkshire International Film Festival (Audience Award, 2019), Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (Best Documentary, 2019), Northwest Fest (Audience Choice Music Documentary; Audience Choice Overall Choice, 2019), Pink Apple (Audience Award Best Documentary), Provincetown International Film Festival (John Schlesinger Award, 2019), Sidewalk Film Festival (Audience Choice Award),

Participation
in festivals
Tribeca Film Festival, QDoc Queer Documentary Film Festival (2019), Montclair Film Festival, Reel Out Charlotte, Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, Mendocino Film Festival, Out on Film Connecticut, Provincetown International Film Festival, Maui Film Festival, AFI Docs Festival, Frameline, Outfest Los Angeles, Pink Apple Film Festival, NorthwestFest, Toronto Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, Tel Aviv LGBT Film Festival, Revelation Perth International Film Festival (2019)

Leadings
The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Dr. Tim Seelig, Ashlé, Jimmy White

Screenwriter(s)
David Charles Rodrigues

Editor(s)
Jeff Gilbert

Camera
Adam Hobbs

Music Composer
Bryan Senti

Producer
Bud Johnston, Jesse Moss

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