Shorts: The Kaleidoscope of the Black Gaze (Group)

Shorts: The Kaleidoscope of the Black Gaze (Group)

Reflective tiles of self-discovery, reinvention, growth, and creative exploration illuminate the kaleidoscope of the Black gaze in these short adventures. These stories celebrate the intimate glimmer of naming your own boundaries and joys, claiming your chosen expression through the wonder of photography, music, and dance, deconstructing performativity and gender, and uprooting family and relationship secrets to caretake joy. These bold films amplify the resilient truth and brilliance of Black wonder breaking free of expectations and thriving.

Peace
Director: Adomako Aman
2020 | USA | 11m | English
A love story that dives into the complexities of a down-low queer relationship and questions what it really means to be at peace.

Taffy
Director: Jon Bryant Crawford
2020 | USA | 4m | English
A young photographer hears the story of an older man.

Mercury Afrograde
Director: Blanche Akonchong
2019 | USA | 11m | English
On a crazy day during mercury retrograde, a family’s deepest secrets come to the surface, forcing them to realize they are not the model African family.

The Incredulity of Jacolby Satterwhite
Director: Lorena Alvarado
2020 | USA | 10m | English
Celebrated digital artist Jacolby Satterwhite contemplates some of the most fundamental questions around the relationship between an artist and the works they create.

Mother
Director: Jas Pitt, Kate Stonehill
2020 | United Kingdom, Brazil | 21m | Brazilian Portuguese
A young dancer from a Rio de Janeiro favela finds acceptance through their vogueing family, the art of Ballroom, and their relationship with their House Mother.

Champion
Director: Brittany Campbell
2020 | USA | 4m | English
An animated ode to Black queer femme love accompanies Brittany Campbell’s song “Champion.”

The Beauty President
Director: Whitney Skauge
2020 | USA | 10m | English
In 1992, Joan Jett Blakk made a historic bid for the White House as one of the first openly queer write-in candidates. Today, Terence Smith, the man behind the persona, reflects back on his place in gay rights history at the height of the AIDS crisis.

Sunday’s Child
Director: Maisie Richardson-Sellers
2020 | USA | 13m | English
After moving to Los Angeles, Esi stumbles upon a vivid house party of QTPOC and for the first time in her life, feels welcomed into a community where she can let down her walls.

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Shorts: The Kaleidoscope of the Black Gaze (Group)

10 Videos

  • Introduction: The Kaleidoscope of the Black Gaze

  • Peace

    A love story that dives into the complexities of a down-low queer relationship and questions what it really means to be at peace.

  • Taffy

    A young photographer hears the story of an older man.

  • Mercury Afrograde

    On a crazy day during mercury retrograde, a family’s deepest secrets come to the surface, forcing them to realize they are not the model African family.

  • The Incredulity of Jacolby Satterwhite

    Celebrated digital artist Jacolby Satterwhite contemplates some of the most fundamental questions around the relationship between an artist and the works they create.

  • Mother

    A young dancer from a Rio de Janeiro favela finds acceptance through their vogueing family, the art of Ballroom, and their relationship with their House Mother.

  • Champion

    An animated ode to Black queer femme love accompanies Brittany Campbell's song "Champion."

  • The Beauty President

    In 1992, Joan Jett Blakk made a historic bid for the White House as one of the first openly queer write-in candidates. Today, Terence Smith, the man behind the persona, reflects back on his place in gay rights history at the height of the AIDS crisis.

  • Sunday's Child

    After moving to Los Angeles, Esi stumbles upon a vivid house party of QTPOC and for the first time in her life, feels welcomed into a community where she can let down her walls.

  • Q&A: The Kaleidoscope of the Black Gaze