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Part of our Pride Night special event! Watch this program with Baltimore is Burning here, and join in on our virtual Pride Party at 10:15pm on Friday, May 21, streamed live for free on Twitch.

A selection of short films about LGBTQ+ self-love, relationships, and communities. These contemporary shorts span various genres and identities; the program tells stories including searching for love in the French countryside, visiting a dreamlike diner full of doppelgängers, experiencing a majestic cotillion ball, and hearing first-hand accounts of gay history at the site of one of America's greatest tragedies. These films deal with themes of trust, loneliness, belonging, presentation, and self-actualization.

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Total Run Time: 87 minutes

This program will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Programmed by Festival Programming Associate, Garrett Stralnic.

Content Considerations: Strong language, implied sexual situations, depictions of sexual situations, harassment, implied violence.

On the eve of her cotillion ball, a young Black girl grapples with her queer identity and questions her purity. As she gains a better understanding of herself and her queerness she has to reconsider her relationship to tradition. The conflicts within her true self and the old social obligations feel almost impossible until Joy, a girl from her cotillion class, recognizes Celeste for all that she is. With the help of Joy and her best friend, Amir, Celeste finally begins to share her true self with the world.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    12 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Note
    English closed captions and Spanish subtitles available
  • Director
    Natalie Jasmine Harris
  • Screenwriter
    Natalie Jasmine Harris
  • Producer
    Natalie Jasmine Harris, Alexyss Robinson
  • Executive Producer
    Gwendolyn Bright, Dr. Harold A. Lancer & Dani Lancer, Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Johnson
  • Cast
    Mikayla LaShae Bartholomew, Jacob Daniel Smith, Josca Moore
  • Cinematographer
    Khalea Ross Robinson
  • Editor
    Natalie Jasmine Harris and Denise Zhou
  • Production Design
    Saunder Lynne Boyle
  • Composer
    Carmen Lustik
  • Sound Design
    Ben Devine