Faith Trimel’s “Family”

Okay so every year for the past ten, February has been a hectic month in my life.

In case you don’t know, I am one of the principle consultants for the Pan African Film and Arts Festival in Los Angeles. The festival has taken on the role of my surrogate family hence the reason why with everything else going on my life, I still make time to oversee their communications efforts each year and work with the LGBT themed filmmakers to make sure our stories are told.

I always host someone at my home during the festival and this year it’s filmmakers Hanifah Walidah and Olive Demetrius of U People, one of three Black lesbian themed films in the festival.

Tonight we’ll be celebrating the PAFF’s Black lesbian filmmakers with my peeps Michelle and Roz of Soulful Touch Entertainment at Michelle’s XXX. If you’re in Los Angeles, come on out and join in the celebration. If I can stay up that late, hey-I’ll be there too, lol. These days I am so busy that if it isn’t mandatory, well…

Details

The Pan African Film and Arts Festival will once again exhibit the sexual diversity and complexity of people of African descent in their 17th annual film festival. The selections of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender films include local filmmaker Faith Trimel’s “Family,” a coming-of-age dramedy centering on the lives of a group of lesbian friends who all experience continual strife in their lives as a result of being closeted, causing them to make a pact to come out together.

The Pan African Film and Arts Festival continues to tell the stories of all Black people regardless of sexual orientation or identity.  It’s precisely these types of films that in a post Proposition 8 era will help to heal the wounds opened and continue a much needed dialogue among Black people.

PAFF is America’s largest and most prestigious flagship black film and arts festival and is taking place through February 16, 2009. With over 2,500 submissions, the 2009 PAFF features films from 42 countries and boasts a record attendance now topping a quarter of a million attendees over its twelve-day run. The festival has announced a change of venue to accommodate its ever-growing audience for its film festival to the Culver Plaza Theatres (9919 Washington Boulevard). The PAFF Art Market, a highly anticipated and celebrated major exhibit of black fine art and quality crafts featuring the work of over 100 different artists and artisans, remains at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (3650 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.). For more information and access to PAFF’s online box office, please visit www.paff.org.

Go see it!

U People (2008/US/76min)
Dir: Olive Demetrius & Hanifah Walidah

The cast and crew of gay and straight women and trans-folk are caught on camera behind the scenes of an atypical video shoot adding a candid and human voice to the debate of gay/straight relations in the Black community.

Screening Times:
2/10, 4:30pm
2/12, 2:15pm

Family (2008/US/113min)
Dir: Faith Trimel
A coming-of-age dramedy centering on the lives of a group of lesbian friends who all experience continual strife in their lives as a result of being closeted, causing them to make a pact to come out together.

Screening Times:
2/10, 8:30pm
2/11, 4:00pm

The Celebration

Come out and celebrate black lesbian filmmakers Tuesday, February 10, 2009 with Soulful Touch Entertainment and Michelle’s XXX.
10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Vice Night Club, 6364 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028.  For more information, click here.