Gay Chorus Deep South

2019

Gay Chorus Deep South

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In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in Southern states and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South. Led by Gay Chorus Conductor Dr. Tim Seelig and joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; the tour brings a message of music, love and acceptance, to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. Over 300 singers travelled from Mississippi to Tennessee through the Carolinas and over the bridge in Selma. They performed in churches, community centers and concert halls in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference. The journey also challenges Tim and other Chorus members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain and prejudices on a journey towards reconciliation. 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.

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Critic Reviews for Gay Chorus Deep South

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  • What makes the film emotionally satisfying, beyond the stirring music, is that we witness the healing and enlightenment of chorus members, some of them bearing scars from their oppressive red-state upbringings.

    November 21, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately... the documentary is able to record only small, not sweeping, changes of heart. Nevertheless, the film, like the singers, maintains a compassionate optimism.

    October 31, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Most useful as a way of seeing how intolerance hides behind evasive Southern hospitality and how it might be vanquished with what that hospitality seeks to avoid: direct confrontation.

    October 30, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dan Callahan

    TheWrap
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  • Gay Chorus Deep South challenges us to accept its hopeful message at a time where our paranoia and cynicism is defensibly at an all-time high.

    October 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There's a lesson here that applies to more than just LGBT political causes: To heal the country and move on, we must reach across the divide and listen to one another.

    May 6, 2019 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
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  • There are some revealing human moments along the journey. But in telling the personal stories, the film sometimes falters.

    May 2, 2019 | Full Review…

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