WHEN THE BEAT DROPS
Jamal Sims; 2018; USA; 86 min.; Northwest Premiere
Category is…bucking realness! In the tradition of PARIS IS BURNING, this energetic, endearing documentary delves into “bucking,” from its origins at historically black colleges in the South, through its evolution at underground queer clubs. Candid conversations with the performers illustrate their dedication and the risks they take. Inspired by the dance routines and pageantry of marching bands, bucking has become what voguing was to the ballroom scene of the late 1980s: a true form of self-expression and freedom. Directed by renowned choreographer Jamal Sims and featuring an ecstatic dance competition celebrating athleticism and artistry, this film will keep you tapping your feet from beginning to end. Winner of the Frameline42 Outstanding Documentary Jury Award.
Guest in Attendance: Director Jamal Sims
Content Warning: Discussion of Suicide and Vulgar Language