I just finished a feature-length documentary, Making Sweet Tea, in collaboration with Dr. John L. Jackson, Jr. and other collaborators at the University of Pennsylvania based on E. Patrick Johnson’s long-term oral history and performance project, Sweet Tea, about gay Black men in the American South.
The film premiered at Reeling Film Festival in Chicago in September 2019, where it won the Silver Image Award. More information can be found at the Making Sweet Tea website or in a recent article in Penn Today. Check out the trailer below.
My first documentary, The Last Slam, centers on a transitional moment in the life of David Fasanya, an accomplished performance poet who is facing his 20th birthday -- an event that will age him out of the teen poetry organization through which he has built his identity and community.
The film was premiered at The New School's Truth Be Told Documentary Festival in New York City in May 2013. Since then, it has been screened at several festivals and academic conferences.
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