The first trailer for “Gay Chorus Deep South” has been released. MTV Documentary Films debuted the trailer for David Charles Rodirgues’ powerful documentary. In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBT laws and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South. The chorus traveled through South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Selma, Alabama.
Led by conductor Dr. Tim Seelig and joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; Gay Chorus Deep South is the timely story of 300 brave singers who traveled from Mississippi to Tennessee through the Carolinas bringing a message of love and acceptance to those fighting intolerance. The ensuing conversations and connections offer a glimpse of a less polarized America, where the issues that divide us — faith, politics, sexual identity — are set aside by the soaring power of music, humanity and a little drag.
“Gay Chorus Deep South” world premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary, a first of many festival awards for the moving doc. Rodrigues won the John Schlesinger Award at Provincetown Film Festival, which recognizes a first time filmmaker. Rodrigues is also a Sundance New Frontier and Documentary Lab fellow.
“Gay Chorus Deep South” opens in limited release in Los Angeles October 30 at the Laemmle Monice Film Center, and in New York November 1 at The Metrograph. Thee films comes from executive producer, and former HBO executive, Sheila Nevins and MTV Documentary Films. With positive critical and audience reception, MTV could approach awards contention with Rodrigues’ impacting feature debut.