Tuesday, October 8, 2013



Nzingha Kendall, Programming Assistant, Black Film Center/Archive: nskendal@umail.iu.edu
Brian Graney, Archivist, Black Film Center/Archive:

Bloomington, Ind.: In celebration of National Coming Out Day on October 11, the
Black Film Center/Archive of Indiana University, several other IU departments, and Bloomington PRIDE are co-sponsoring a special free film screening at the Indiana University Cinema. The program of contemporary short films comes at a time when Indiana’s LGBTQ community fights HJR6, the proposed constitutional amendment that seeks to narrowly define marriage in the state as discriminatory and exclusive.

National Coming Out Day is an international celebration and observance of individuals who publicly identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. LGBTQ people and allies will celebrate diversity, acceptance, and equality on Friday, October 11. Bloomington, a city known for being progressive and supportive of LGBTQ individuals,
recently celebrated a mass same-sex wedding presided by Mayor Mark Kruzan, members of the City Council, and local clergy. The local celebration will include this event at the IU Cinema.

Featuring innovative work by a diverse group of media artists,
Exploding Lineage! Queer of Color Histories in Experimental Media, explores the complexities of identity construction in African, Asian, and Latin queer diasporas. The program, which premiered in 2012 at the 25th MIX NYC festival, includes KB Boyce’s Bulldagger Women and Sissy Men, a tribute to queer artists of the Harlem Renaissance, and Celeste Chan’s Bloodlines, a lyrical recognition of Chinese immigrants detained on Angel Island due to the Chinese Exclusion Act.

The free screening of Exploding Lineage! will take place October 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm at the IU Cinema as part of its ongoing Underground Film series. Immediately following will be an open discussion with the program’s curators, KB Boyce and Celeste Chan. Boyce and Chan founded Queer Rebels in 2008 to showcase queer artists of color, connect generations, and honor our histories with art for the future.

The Exploding Lineage! event is presented by the Black Film Center/Archive and IU Cinema; and co-sponsored by Bloomington PRIDE, the East Asian Studies Center, the Center for the Study of Global Change, the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Department of American Studies, Department of Communication and Culture, Department of Gender Studies, Film and Media Studies program, and GLBT Student Support Services.

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Abby Henkel


Bloomington PRIDE

Bloomington, Indiana