Directed by David Charles Rodrigues
100 min | 2019 | USA
In the wake of rising hostility towards LGBTQ people during the aftermath of the 2016 election,The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on their Lavender Pen tour through The Deep South.
The film raises a very important question: Why would they go on a tour like this anyway? What’s the point of entering the proverbial Lion’s Den, after already escaping the lions? Many of the singers in the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus are transplants from the Deep South and are unsure why they should return to the communities that ostracized and ridiculed them in their younger years. Amidst doubt about the good it will do, they head to American south to sing a program of spiritual and gospel music.
The crew of Gay Chorus Deep South capture experiences at the intersection of faith, politics and history of queer oppression and what shape they take in 2019. Whether it’s by reassessing family relationships, bolstering activists in the middle of a firefight, providing an example to a newer generation of LGBTQ+ kids, or just puttin’ on a dang good show, Gay Chorus Deep South demonstrates that in order to overcome oppresion in this country, it isn’t enough to listen to one another: We must also stand up and sing with the expectation we’ll be heard.
– Timothy Morrise
Winner: Audience Award–2019 Tribeca Film Festival