Friday, October 07, 2011

Help Make a Documentary About the Starlite Lounge

It's been over a year since the legendary Starlite Lounge was evicted after over 50 years of serving Brooklyn's LBGTQ community (as well as friends and neighbors of all stripes in Crown Heights), but even though it's gone, the Starlite is certainly not forgotten. Now, a pair of filmmakers have launched a documentary project, to include a full-length film and an interactive website, exploring the long life and tragic death of the Starlite, and they're looking for help from the community by way of a Kickstarter page. They're getting good buzz, both for their project and for the Starlite, including a nice article in the Huffington Post last week. 

From the filmmakers:

In 1959, a decade prior to Manhattan’s Stonewall riots, across the bridge in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Starlite was founded as a non-discriminating establishment for gay people of color. A half century later it was a shock to the neighborhood and the gay community when the Starlite Lounge, now the oldest, Black-owned gay bar in the country was given notice to vacate and was ultimately forced to close its doors. 

STARLITE follows the eviction of this legendary community institution, while also tracing back its rich history over 5 decades.

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