Storyville - Legendary: 30 Years of Philadelphia Ballroom

Storyville - Legendary: 30 Years of Philadelphia Ballroom

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 7:00 PM
$5 Suggested Donation

Legendary: 30 Years of Philadelphia Ballroom (USA, 2020, 30 min)
In partnership with One Book, One Philadelphia
Directed by Cassie Owens, Raishad Hardnett, Lauren Schneiderman, Produced by The Philadelphia Inquirer

Legendary is an inside look into the effort to preserve Philadelphia’s ballroom scene, a predominantly Black LGBTQ safe-space that has endured for over 30 years. Featuring rare archival footage and interviews from the scene’s most “legendary” figures, the film highlights a culture which historically and continually offers performance as an act of resistance. Directed and produced by The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2019, Legendary was selected to screen at several film festivals throughout the nation, including the BlackStar Film Festival where it won the festival’s Shine Award — recognizing the best films from the Philadelphia area. The film was also nominated for a regional Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award. 

The screening presentation will also include archival footage featuring Philadelphia’s Renee Karan walking Femme Queen Face and One Expression of Self, a 2018 Documentary History Project for Youth film produced by Jennifer Wilson and Tezita Marquis. 

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