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T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s (2011) | Shoga Films

T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s (2011)



Blues history thru a lavender lens

The 1920s saw a revolution in technology, the advent of the recording industry, that created the first class of African-American women to sing their way to fame and fortune. Blues divas such as Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, and Alberta Hunter created and promoted a working-class vision of blues life that provided an alternative to the Victorian gentility of middle-class manners. In their lives and music, blues women presented themselves as strong, independent women who lived hard lives and were unapologetic about their unconventional choices in clothes, recreational activities, and bed partners. Blues singers disseminated a Black feminism that celebrated emotional resilience and sexual pleasure, no matter the source.

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Official selection:
Arizona International Film Festival
Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Frameline (San Francisco LGBT)
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Outflix (Memphis LGBT)
Pittsburgh International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Northern Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Image Out: Rochester Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Queer Black Cinema Film and Music Festival (NYC)
Reel Affirmations (Washington, DC LGBT)
Image+Nation (Montreal LGBT)
Reeling: The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Northern California Film Festival
Some Prefer Cake Film Festival (Bologna, Italy)
Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival (Kingston, Ontario)
London Lesbian Film Festival (London, ON)
Athena Film Festival (Women and Leadership)
Pan African Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA)
QFest Film Festival (Philadelphia, PA)
Black Harvest Film Festival (Chicago, IL)
Hotter Than July Festival (Detroit, MI)
MIX (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Out on Film (Atlanta, GA)
Harlem International Film Festival (NYC)
Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
African Diaspora International Film Festival (NYC)

Out in the Desert Film Festival (Tucson, AZ)*
San Francisco Black Film Festival*
North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Awards:

*”Best Short Documentary,” Out in the Desert Film Festival, 2013
*”Runner Up,” LGBT film, San Francisco Black Film Festival, 2013

 

 

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2 Responses to “T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s (2011)”

  1. Miranda 13. Jul, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    Is there a DVD of this I can buy? How can I find it? I’m desperate to watch it!

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