Stormé: The Lady of the Jewel Box & Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Project
Monday, August 20, 2018
JP Howard presents:
STORMÉ: THE LADY OF THE JEWEL BOX (Michelle Parkerson, 1987) & DREAMS DEFERRED: THE SAKIA GUNN FILM PROJECT (Charles B. Brack, 2008)
Poet, mother, and educator JP Howard presents two rarely screened must-see films that offer contrasting images of black lesbian identity and experience. DREAMS DEFERRED tells the story of Sakia Gunn, a masculine-presenting teen who in 2003 was stabbed to death on the streets of Newark in a brutal act of hate. STORMÉ, meanwhile, offers a portrait of 1950s male impersonator, civil rights pioneer, and emcee of the legendary Jewel Box Revue: Stormé Delavarie. “Gunn’s death did not receive the same attention as Matthew Shepard,” Howard notes, while finding it “empowering to see Stormé, a biracial, butch-presenting lesbian, talk confidently about her life’s path.”
STORMÉ: THE LADY OF THE JEWEL BOX
Michelle Parkerson, 1987, 9 min.
DREAMS DEFERRED: THE SAKIA GUNN PROJECT
Charles B. Brack, 2008, 55 min.
Screening as part of our ongoing series with Queer|Art|Film for their season Black Summer Nights 2: Summer in the City.
- Running Time 64 minutes
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