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Performance is an important part of creating and sustaining LGBTQ+ communities. Baltimore is Burning is a series of three short films from local filmmakers about local LGBTQ+ performers. These documentaries explore the lives of hip hop artists who are queer, ballroom dancers and unconventional drag performers, and what their art means to them and those around them. They capture a time before the COVID-19 pandemic when we could experience powerful, transgressive, joyful, and empowering moments together, and the films highlight the resiliency of the Baltimore LGBTQ+ community.

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, self-harm, implied sexual violence, harassment, implied violence.

A not-so-Cinderella-story of LGBTQ+ Baltimore Ballroom dancers as they prepare to compete at the inagural Peabody Ball, while they face real life obstacles and cultural exploitation. This Ball takes a scene that has historically thrived underground—but has recently found itself nomadic due to a rash of gay club closings—and inserts it into one of Baltimore’s most stunning and exclusive settings.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    25 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Jason Gray, Kathryn Martin
  • Producer
    Jason Gray, Kathryn Martin
  • Cast
    Keith Holt, Londyn Smith de Richelieu, Marquis Clanton
  • Editor
    Charles Cohen