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BlaQ ArTed filmfest showcases new works by local artists

by Jim Provenzano

Shay House, Eddrena Hall and Miaya Potter, three of BlaQ ArTed's filmmakers
Shay House, Eddrena Hall and Miaya Potter, three of BlaQ ArTed's filmmakers  

The East Bay Queer Healing Arts Center, also known as The Queer Arts Center, in collaboration with Spectrum Queer Media and Whippoorwill Arts, presents short films by nine Black queer, trans, and nonbinary emerging youth filmmakers. The films will be broadcast online Nov. 22-28. Opening night is an outdoor drive-in premiere at Oakland's Chabot Space & Science Center.

The festival, curated by founder and host Kin Folkz, will be viewable online virtually at QueerArtsCenter.com. An encore virtual screening with a live-streamed filmmaker Q+A will take place on Sunday, November 28, on the festival's closing night.

The screenings are the culminating event of The East Bay Queer Healing Arts Center's BlaQ ArTed Digital Storytelling Internship.

Black Queer, Trans, and NonBinary transitional aged (18-25 years) artists were given equipment, guidance, and access to create short films that authentically represent who they are and to address the issues of importance to them.

"In the films being screened throughout this festival, the issues addressed include teen homelessness, body-shaming, Black American identity formation in an Anti-Black society, confronting transphobia, and fostering youth resilience," said the event's press statement.

Participant filmmakers include Hilda Ameyaw, Maya Godfrey, Eddrena Hall, Miaya Potter, Meoow (Lottie) fultz, Silvia Gathondu, Zena West, Leo Sherman and Shay House.

Admission is $15 and up/pay what you can.

The drive-in opening night event will be at the Cahbot Space & Science Center, 9728 Skyline Blvd - Chabot Annex Lot, Oakland.

For tickets and info, go to www.queerartscenter.com

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