Lisa Cortés’ Sundance opening night documentary tells the story of the Black Queer origins of rock n’ roll, exploding the whitewashed canon of American pop music to reveal the innovator—the originator—Richard Penniman. Through a wealth of archive and performance that brings us into Richard’s complicated inner world, the film unspools the icon’s life story with all its switchbacks and contradictions. In interviews with family, musicians, and cutting-edge Black and Queer scholars, the film reveals how Richard created an art form for ultimate self-expression, yet what he gave to the world he was never able to give to himself.
Ticket price includes free entry to the annual JBFC Pride parking lot party—with food-trucks, bar, and WFUV DJ Benham Jones. 5.30–7.30 pm Media Arts Lab parking lot (405 Manville Rd)
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