These men are bigger than the football stadium they imagine. Now, they're performing for a nation.

— Chase Burns, The Stranger

When the Beat Drops

Film • Aug 27

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This screening is presented in collaboration with South Carolina Black Pride. Join us before the screening for a live dance performance and stay after for a Q&A with the performers and Darius Jones, president of South Carolina Black Pride.

Helmed by world-class director-choreographer Jamal Sims, When the Beat Drops immerses viewers in the growing culture of bucking—and if you’re unfamiliar with this hyper-athletic, wildly creative dance phenomenon, prepare to be electrified.

Atlanta has recently become an LGBTQ haven, but when Anthony was growing up there as a heavy-set, gay black kid with a love of dance, the Gate City was a harsh place. Nevertheless, talent and tenacity prevailed, and Anthony spearheaded a buck sensation, launching flash buck performances in clubs. Anthony’s crew, comprised largely of other gay African-American men, grew into a family and, eventually, a national movement incorporating fierce competitions and becoming a force of education and affirmation.

There are bumps on the road—like a small-town Alabama Christmas parade that outraged spectators—but the story Sims so deftly tracks is ultimately one of triumph, artistry, and togetherness.

Special thanks to our series sponsors:
SC Equality PAC
Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA
Darryl Cooper
John Lucas
Robert Keenan and Brian Chen
Lula Drake
Dr. Ed Madden and Bert Easter
Larry Hembree and Joe Hudson
James Hendrick and Richard Irwin
Ruth and Walker Rast

2018. USA. 85 minutes. Not Rated.