The 8th Annual Black Alphabet Film Festival (BAFF) will take place Nov. 5-7 at the University of Chicago's Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.
One of the longest running Black LGBTQ/SGL film festivals in the world is back featuring in person and virtual film screenings.
BAFF was created in 2013 to provide opportunities for people to see images, hear stories and relate to unique Black LGBT+ experiences absent from the mainstream media. The annual event provides a global platform for members of the SGL/LGBTQ+ community to showcase their films.
The cinematic line-up includes:
Gemmel & Tim: Two complementary documentary films examine the deaths of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Michael Dean at the West Hollywood home of businessman and political donor Ed Buck. The movie is from the director of Game Face and That's Wild.
Smoke, Lilies and Jade: In this short film, Alex, a young artist of the Harlem Renaissance, flirts with the idea of bisexuality. The movie is from directors Deondray Gossfield and Quincy Le Near, with Billy Porter narrating.
Buck: Caught in the throes of a depressive fugue, young Lynn resorts to debauchery to find joy, only to discover that happiness is a much more complicated proposition. This is a short 2020 Sundance Film Festival selection from Director/Writers Elegance Bratton and Jovan James.
All Boys Aren't Blue: This is a first-hand account of the trials, tribulations and triumphs that have made writer George M. Johnson into the person they are today. The movie is based on the memoir from the author of We Are Not Broken (2021).