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Airbnb’s first feature film “Gay Chorus Deep South” heads to Tribeca

Global-accommodation sharing service Airbnb’s first documentary feature film Gay Chorus Deep South will have its world premiere at the 18th annual Tribeca Film Festival. The 100-minute film developed and produced by Airbnb documents the ...
April 18, 2019

Global-accommodation sharing service Airbnb’s first documentary feature film Gay Chorus Deep South will have its world premiere at the 18th annual Tribeca Film Festival.

The 100-minute film developed and produced by Airbnb documents the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus as they travel through the southeastern United States on their multi-state Lavender Pen Tour.

Director David Charles Rodrigues started following the San Fransico Gay Men’s Chorus journey in 2017, which led to the development of the film. The 300-person choir, led by conductor Tim Seelig trekked on a 10-day journey across Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. The film reveals the challenges the Chorus faced as they sung in people’s homes, churches and concert halls to foster conversation around inclusivity.

The film was developed and produced by AirBnB and produced by Bud Johnston and Emmy-nominated Jesse Moss.

It is the San Francisco-headquartered online company’s first foray into feature films.

“Making this film with Airbnb and the Chorus has been an experience of a lifetime,” said Rodrigues, in a statement. “When we learned about the tour, I immediately saw a rare chance of telling an emotional story in divisive times. What we saw up close, was a positive movement of acceptance and belonging. It’s a humbling opportunity to premiere at Tribeca and most importantly to spread the Chorus’s message to the world.”

Gay Chorus Deep South premieres April 29 at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

Watch the trailer below:

(Image courtesy of The Film Collaborative)

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