Ragtag

As many of you know, I curate the LGBT programming for America’s largest Black film festival, the Pan African Film and Arts Festival which is continuing its celebration of sexual diversity within the African Diaspora with a fresh slate of new Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themed films for its 15 th Annual event taking place in Los Angeles.

For my Angelinos, you know this is the only time of year that Magic Johnson Theatre shows gay films, so don’t miss out.

Established in 1992, The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural and racial tolerance and understanding through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression.

It is PAFF’s goal to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes. We believe film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times

Continue reading to see this year’s line up of LGBT screenings and events starting this week!

4th Annual Black Gay Images in Film and Television Panel

This panel will discuss the past year in Black gay cinema and television as well as what’s in store for 2007. Some of the panelists include Steven Macias, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications and Public Relations here! Networks and filmmakers Tamika Miller and Patrik-Ian Polk.
Moderated by journalist Jasmyne A. Cannick.

Sunday, February 11 @ 12:00pm

PAFF Bistro
3791 Santa RosaliaDrive
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Community Collaborators:
Outfest Film Festival
National Black Justice Coalition

 

Dirty Laundry

Director: Maurice Jamal

Dirtylaundry

A modern-day prodigal son story with a twist. It follows Patrick, a magazine writer, who seems to have the "perfect life," until one day, there is a knock at the door. On the other side stands a secret that brings him face to face with the traditional southern family he hasn’t seen in over 10 years.

Sunday, February 11, 2007 @ 1:10pm
Saturday, February 17, 1:00pm

AMC Magic Johnson Theatres
4020 Marlton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Community Collaborator: National Black Justice Coalition

The DL Chronicles: Robert

Director: Deondray Gossett & Quincy Le Near 

A romantic dramedy which introduces us to Robert Hall, a closeted talent agent who falls for a hot health food store manager 20 years his junior. What Robert fails to share is that there is a very special lady in his life. When Robert’s new lover grows suspicious about his many secrets, a game of cat and mouse ensues amongst a humorous love triangle with a surprising twist of events.

Wednesday, February 14 @ 6:35pm

AMC Magic Johnson Theatres
4020 Marlton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Community Collaborator: In the Meantime Men’s Group, Inc.

 

The DL Chronicles: Wes
2007 PAFF Nominee for Best Short Film

Director: Quincy Le Near & Deondray Gossett

Wes, an upwardly mobile real estate banker, is overwhelmed by the demands of his marriage, career, and closeted attraction to men. When Wes’ sexy but ambivalent brother-in-law stops in for an unexpected stay, he is directly faced with temptation and ultimately falls for the forbidden fruit.

Wednesday, February 14 @ 6:35pm

AMC Magic Johnson Theatres
4020 Marlton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Community Collaborator: In the Meantime Men’s Group, Inc.

Lay to Rest

Director: Adaora Nwandu

By helping a woman who loved her children too much, a gay priest comes to terms with a mother who doesn’t love him enough.

Tuesday, February 13 @ 5:35pm

AMC Magic Johnson Theatres
4020 Marlton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Noah’s Arc Marathon

Director: Patrik-Ian Polk

A Marathon Featuring Your Favorite Episides
from Hit MTV Logo Series Second Season

Noah and his friends navigate life and love in L.A. The complete second season of LOGO’s groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind series follows the friends as they chart an uncertain course through the city of angels, where laughter and drama are never in short supply.

Series Creator Patrik-Ian Polk and Cast to Attend

Community Collaborator the National Black Justice Coalition

Saturday, February 17, 2007 @ 8:30 p.m.

AMC Magic Johnson Theatres
4020 Marlton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90008
$20

Rag Tag
2007 PAFF Nominee Best Director First Feature

Director: Adaora Nwandu

Raymond (aka Ray) and Tagbo (aka Tag) have a friendship forged in childhood. Ray is from a single-parent West Indian home and Tag is the pride of middle-class Nigerian parents. The two are inseparable until Social Services discovers Rag’s mother isn’t around and he’s taken far from his London home to Birmingham . A decade passes. Tag is finishing law school and, despite incredible grades, can’t find a firm willing to hire him. Meanwhile, Rag returns to London and finds his old friend. Their lives and circumstances have changed, but their rekindled friendship is more intense than ever. Once based on bonds of an innocent camaraderie, now their feelings have grown into something far more complex and confusing. As tensions build, the two realize they both must decide how far they’re willing to go to satisfy the newfound urges they can’t explain.

Wednesday, February 14@ 9:00pm
Sunday, February 18@ 7:10pm

AMC Magic Johnson Theatres
4020 Marlton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Community Collaborator: National Black Justice Coalition

Sarang Song

Director: Tamika Miller

A love story of two women set amidst the politically and socially turbulent times of the early 1970s. The couple’s love is tested when one is thrust into the student protest movement and is forced to make a choice–will she choose her love or the Movement?

Wednesday, February 14 @ 6:35pm

AMC Magic Johnson Theatres
4020 Marlton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Community Collaborators:
United Lesbians of African Heritage
Out&About

Testify
West Coast Premiere

Director: Darius C. Monroe

As the son lay dying, he reveals to his father what his father has refused to believe and acknowledge. Stars Art Evans. Community Collaborator: Gentlemen’s Gentlmen

Tuesday, February 13 @ 5:35pm
Friday, February 16 @ 3:00pm

AMC Magic Johnson Theatres
4020 Marlton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90008