Identity & Performance Program: Gay Chorus Deep South and Siudy Entre Mundos: 50 performances of the American Dream stream from 9/25-10/4/20 via Docs Make House Calls, SDFF’s Online Fest
Beginning September 25, SDFF’s Docs Make House Calls streaming festival will be streaming two films in which the relationship between performance and identity is focalized. For the performers captured on-screen in Gay Chorus Deep South (David Charles Rodrigues) and Siudy Entre Mundos: 50 Performances of the American Dream (Pablo Croce, 2019), stage performances are a means of expression overtly linked to perceptions and experiences of identity. These films not only examine this paradoxically intimate relationship, they also examine how reception figures into such deeply personal expressions, and reveal as much about the identity of culture in general as they do about the performers. This film program begins streaming Sept. 25 and ends on Oct.4 and costs $12. DMHC passes are $50, include this program, and knock the price per program down to $10. Plus, you’ll get a very special piece of SDFF history as a free gift!
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Gay Chorus Deep South
Director: David Charles Rodrigues, 2019, United States, TRT: 98 min
Language: English, Subtitles: No
Socials: Instagram & Facebook: @gaychorusdeepsouth, Twitter: @gcds_film
In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South.
Led by Gay Chorus Conductor Dr. Tim Seelig and joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; the tour brings a message of music, love and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. Over 300 singers travelled from Mississippi to Tennessee through the Carolinas and over the bridge in Selma. They performed in churches, community centers and concert halls in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference. The journey also challenges Tim and other Chorus members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain and prejudices on a journey towards reconciliation. The conversations and connections that emerge offer a glimpse of a less divided America, where the things that divide us—faith, politics, sexual identity—are set aside by the soaring power of music, humanity and a little drag.
Siudy Entre Mundos: 50 performances of the American Dream
Director: Pablo Croce, 2019,Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, TRT: 60 min
Language: English, Spanish, Subtitles: Yes
“This film is a commentary and reflection over perseverance… a road map on how to overcome obstacles and achieve ones goals. Me, as a documentarian, [I] had the privilege to be involved and had so much access to capture the necessary scenes to tell a story that otherwise would be only in the memories of those involved therefore more than exhibiting a film we share an experience.”
—Pablo Croce, Director
An exquisite film testimony to dance, music and heritage now at risk in a failed state.
Siudy Entre Mundos (Between Worlds) – 50 performances of the American Dream, tells the story of the now Miami-based Siudy Flamenco Dance Theater (SFDT) and titular flamenco prodigy, Siudy, as they pursue their own version of the American Dream. The heritage and roots of the performance group are in Venezuela and Spain, but its members are transplanted artists, refugees and immigrants who see themselves accepted in their adopted American homeland and society.
Celebrated as artists in South America and Europe, the dance troupe, and Siudy, seem to have realized their version of the American Dream when their planned 10-week run of the original New York stage production entitled, “Between Worlds” (Entre Mundos in Spanish), achieves acceptable critical and box office success, even selling out in the last weeks of its run. But a scathing review of the show from a New York Times arts critic decimates the company’s self-esteem, leaving its members demoralized and even encouraged to close the show, quit and give up. Instead, the devastated and bewildered troupe work through this heartbreaking low-point, resulting in sold-out houses and winning over critics. This new documentary is a gritty chronicle, bordering on coming-of-age redemptive tale for the artists, but also a universal reflection of what becomes of the human spirit when our dreams seem to die, and then we’re forced to face down our inner dragons of fear and inadequacy, and whatever the challenge, always pick up and start over.