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Logo Documentary Films unveils 2018 slate

Emmy award-winning Logo Documentary Films has unveiled its 2018 slate of LGBTQ films. The topics of these projects range from inequality in sports to underground forms of self-expression, and the stigma ...
July 4, 2018

Emmy award-winning Logo Documentary Films has unveiled its 2018 slate of LGBTQ films.

The topics of these projects range from inequality in sports to underground forms of self-expression, and the stigma around AIDS.

The first film, Light in the Water, looks at the inception of one of the first openly gay masters swim and water polo club in 1982.

Elsewhere, a crew of gay African-American men who blazed the Southern-rooted underground dance scene, known as “bucking”, is the subject of When the Beat Drops (pictured).

Sundance Film Festival darling Quiet Heroes, meanwhile,  tells the story of one female doctor fighting to save the mostly-male AIDS population in the socially conservative Salt Lake City area.

Logo Documentary Films recently received the 2018 Television Academy Honor for Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America, as well as its third Daytime Emmy for Kevyn Aucoin’s Beauty & The Beast in Me.

Pamela Post serves as Logo’s SVP of original programming and development, and Taj Paxton serves as VP of Logo Documentary Films.

The 2018 slate descriptions courtesy of Logo Doc Films:

Light in The Water 
July 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Logo

Light in the Water reveals the untold story of a group of gay men and women who found one another through their love of competitive swimming, ultimately becoming a family and a force for the LGBTQ sports movement.

The West Hollywood Aquatics Team were pioneers in gay sports, from registering as one of the first openly gay Masters swim teams in 1982, to pushing through the devastation of the AIDS crisis. This documentary reveals the inside story of a group of trailblazers who personified the change they wanted to see and created a legacy for equality in sports that lives on in the team today.

Light in The Water is produced by Patty Ivins Specht and Lis Bartlett and directed by Bartlett.

Executive producers from Logo Documentary Films are Pamela Post and Taj Paxton.

When the Beat Drops 
August 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Logo

As Voguing exploded out of the ballroom scene of NYC, “bucking,” an electric and subversive underground dance scene, was boldly pioneered in the clubs of the Deep South as a new form of self-expression and education. Together with his crew of fellow gay African-American men, Anthony Davis, a heavy-set, Atlanta-born kid with a love of dance, helped grow bucking into a national movement, complete with fierce competitions. In the process, Davis created a haven for a generation of displaced black gay men.

When the Beat Drops had its premiere at the 2018 Miami Film Festival where is won the “Knight Documentary Achievement Award” and recently received the “Outstanding Documentary Jury Award” at Frameline42: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival.  The film will also serve as the Documentary Centerpiece at Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles on July 19th.

It is a World of Wonder (WOW) production and is the directorial debut of internationally acclaimed choreographer Jamal Sims, who brings a sensitive intimacy to the subject’s brilliant artistry and their inspiring lives. When the Beat Drops is produced by WOW’s Emmy Award-winning Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, along with Jordan Finnegan.

Pamela Post and Taj Paxton serve as executive producers from Logo Documentary Films.

Quiet Heroes
August 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Logo

In Salt Lake City, Utah, the socially conservative religious monoculture complicated the AIDS crisis, where patients in the entire state and intermountain region relied on only one doctor, Dr. Kristen Ries. Quiet Heroes is the story of her fight – against stigma, shame and ignorance – to save a maligned population everyone else seemed willing to just let die.

Quiet Heroes had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It is directed and produced by Jenny Mackenzie, Jared Ruga and Amanda Stoddard.

Pamela Post and Taj Paxton serve as executive producers from Logo Documentary Films.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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