Director: David Charles Rodrigues
Led by Gay Chorus Conductor Dr. Tim Seelig and joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the tour brings a message of music, love, and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. Over 300 singers travelled from Mississippi to Tennessee through the Carolinas and over the bridge in Selma. They performed in churches, community centers, and concert halls in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference. The journey also challenges Tim and other Chorus members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain, and prejudices on a journey towards reconciliation. The conversations and connections that emerge offer a glimpse of a less divided America, where the things that divide us—faith, politics, sexual identity—are set aside by the soaring power of music, humanity, and a little drag.
Touring with the film: David Charles Rodrigues, Director and Dr. Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director of San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus
David is a Greek-American-Brazilian filmmaker and equal rights activist. He is a Sundance New Frontier and Doc lab fellow. His work leverages art, music, and cinematic narratives to Trojan-horse challenging messages into people’s hearts and minds. Rodrigues’ short films and commercials have garnered over 1 billion views online, and have been featured at MOCA Los Angeles, MOCA Tei Pei, The San Jose New Media Biennial, Skirball Cultural Center, The Art Directors Club, Cannes Lions, and Art Basel Miami. Gay Chorus Deep South is his feature documentary debut.
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts. South Arts, founded in 1975, is a nonprofit regional arts organization advancing Southern vitality through the arts. Their work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective, through an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and linking the South with the nation and the world through the arts.
a/perture cinema’s 2019-2020 participation has been generously underwritten by Adrienne Amos Livengood
Lodging assistance and support provided by The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel.
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