GOT TO BE REEL

GOT TO BE REEL

LGBTQ/SGL Lives Through a Black Lens

 

MISSION

GOT TO BE REEL showcases emerging Black LGBTQ/SGL filmmakers and supports their stories being shared with their communities, as well as the world at large.  This work facilitates informed community dialogues about often undiscussed or misunderstood topics which lends to a greater understanding of the lives, challenges, and value of people of varying identities.

 

BACKGROUND

GOT TO BE REEL (G2BR) was created in 2022 by Odu Adamu.  As he toured the festival circuit with his first project, BODY LANGUAGE, Odu realized many of the films by Black filmmakers being featured would probably only be viewed at these festivals.  He knew there needed to be more events for Black LGBTQ/SGL people to access these films and dialogue with the filmmakers about their featured works.  G2BR partners with local community-based organizations, arts centers, and Black pride groups, and educational institutions to host films programs.  G2BR also collaborates with mainstream film programs to create more opportunities to showcase Black LGBTQ/SGL filmmakers.

 

THE DOCUMENTARY TRACK

Our 2023 documentary track explores themes of body and identity.   These films share intimate looks at some of the challenges Black and Brown LGBTQ/SGL people face while developing an understanding of themselves.  Their internal dialogues become more complicated by messaging from the outside.  Through these shorts, we are allowed to travel with some Beautiful Beings on their personal journeys on the personal journeys to being comfortable in their own skin and showing up in the world as their full selves.  

 

THE NARRATIVE TRACK

Our 2023 narrative track showcases shorts that explore love and attraction for Black and Brown LGBTQ/SGL people.   These look at expressing desire, dating, and growing together.  It’s not always easy or pretty, but it is real.  Even though these are narrative films, these films reflect the realities of many in our community as we navigate romantic experiences and work to build relationships.

 

If you are interested in your film being featured in the GOT TO BE REEL series or would like to host a GOT TO BE REEL event, please contact us at gottobereel@gmail.com.

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