Run Time: 80 minutes
In October 2012 a group of queer-identifying women artists of color embarked on the eight-city Revival Poetry Tour. Each performance on the tour functioned as a welcoming space for these musicians and poets to share stories and build community in the tradition of the intimate literary salons popular in mid-70s New York City. Sekiya Dorsett’s riveting, uplifting road documentary, THE REVIVAL: WOMEN AND THE WORD, follows this core group of creatives as they perform in coffeehouses, a black gay and lesbian bar, and even a church. In addition to showcasing candid discussions about racial issues, sexuality, and identity, the film highlights the artists themselves: songwriter Be Steadwell, who performs intricate “queer pop music” on her acoustic guitar; English teacher T’ai Freedom Ford, who performs her poetry for the first time in front of her mother; and restless talent Jonquille Rice, who throws caution to the wind, job-wise, to hop in the van. THE REVIVAL: WOMEN AND THE WORD is a compelling look at the life-altering power of language. —A.Z.
THE REVIVAL: WOMEN AND THE WORD
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 8:50 PM
Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 1:10 PM
Jade Foster, Andrea Boston
Sekiya Dorsett was born in Nassau, Bahamas. She holds a B.A. in Film Production from Hofstra University and received an M.F.A. in Nonfiction Filmmaking from Hunter College. She also produces and writes, and she began her career creating short films. She founded the independent production company Making Chaos and currently works as an editorial director at Viacom. Her work has also appeared on LOGO TV, USA Network, and Oxygen Network.
THE REVIVAL: WOMEN AND THE WORD (2016)