Wednesday, May 22, 2024

A gay chorus conductor’s message to the Deep South

Gay Chorus Deep South is a timely and inspiring celebration of hope, acceptance and love, and winner of the Documentary Audience Award at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in Southern states and the divisive 2016 election, which saw Donald Trump elected, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarked on a tour of America’s Deep South.

Leading the tour was gay chorus conductor Dr. Tim Seelig joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. That tour brought 300 singers to a region known for its intolerance towards LGBTQ people and delivered a message of music, love and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting that intolerance. Along the way, Seelig and other Chorus members came to confront their own fears, pain and prejudices on a journey towards reconciliation.

Gay Chorus Deep South brought 300 singers to a region known for its intolerance

During the 2020 presidential election — and for most of this year — we have seen just how divided the country has become and how much work is still left to do to bridge this divide. MTV Documentary Films’ Gay Chorus Deep South, is a timely and inspiring celebration of hope, acceptance and love.

The conversations and connections that emerge offer a glimpse of a less divided America, where the things that divide us—faith, politics, sexual identity—are set aside by the soaring power of music, humanity…and a little drag. 

Directed by David Charles Rodrigues and produced by Bud Johnston and Jesse Moss, the critically-acclaimed film marks Rodrigues’ feature documentary debut. 

Gay Chorus Deep South makes its broadcast premiere on Sunday, December 20 at 9:00PM ET/PT on Pop, Logo and Pluto TV.

Watch the trailer here. For more information about the film go here.

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