Award winning filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris screened VINTAGE: Families of Value at the IFC Center on Sunday, November 13th. This screening was part of the Docs Redux program at the 2016 DOC NYC Festival, which ran from November 10th-17th to celebrate documentary storytelling and encourage its new directions.
The event was also accompanied by our interactive Digital Diaspora Family Reunion roadshow where the audience was invited to share family photographs and stories with host Thomas Allen Harris.
VINTAGE focuses on three sets of queer siblings, including the director and his brother, artist Lyle Ashton Harris, claiming a space for representations of lesbian and gay African Americans, and providing an unprecedented opportunity for black families to address issues of sexuality, identity and personal history.
The film was awarded Best Documentary by the 1996 Atlanta International Film Festival and Golden Gate Silver Spire Award by the 1996 San Francisco International Film Festival. A couple of places where the film premiered were the 1995 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and 1997 Panafrican Film Festival in Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in Burkina Faso.
“Thomas Allen Harris concentrates primarily on the ebb and flow of sibling relationships in his lyrical film, punctuated by fantasies and performance sequences. ‘Vintage’ is a beautiful, heartfelt film with a tonic effect.” – Los Angeles Times 1996
“Vintage is a video family album of queer children, their parents and friends, and its full of the identity dissection Harris is so good at.” – Time Out New York, 1995
“In a fluid mix of homey video interviews and gorgeous Super 8 images, Harris knits his complex relationship with his brother into the broader context of deep loyalty.” – Planet AFRICA 1995
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Sunday November 13th, 2016 @ 11AM
If you want to learn more stories about the film, check out a conversation with Thomas Allen Harris talking about Black Feminism and Queer Families!
To see more photos from the roadshow, visit our Flickr album.