Double Feature

Crystal Diaries
Directed by: Enyce Smith, Gina Lamb

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Crystal Diaries

Director: Enyce Smith, Gina Lamb

This film is a double feature screening with Caught (Caer)

2020 | USA | 56m | English

Five members of the Los Angeles LGBTQ+ House & Ball Community share intimate stories of their experiences with methamphetamine addiction in response to the death of Ballroom community member Gemmel Moore, who died in the home of Democratic political fundraiser Ed Buck. What results is a stirring portrait of a community banding together to heal and support, to create awareness, and to protest the justice system’s reponse to Moore’s death.

Starring: Ryku Bella, Thomas Davis, Jerome Kitchen, Ayanna Miller, LaTisha Nixon, Daveione Williams

SCREENING ONLINE from April 16-20

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Enyce Smith & Gina Lamb

 Legendary Enyce Smith is a multi-talented artist living in Los Angeles, CA. Within the ballroom scene he is known for his voguing, commentating, and his title as “King of the West Coast.” He started walking balls in 2004 at 19 years old, and in 2016 he was deemed Legendary. Vogue is his first love, but he’d rather commentate at balls today. Enyce loves ballroom because it makes you feel like you are a part of something and that you’re wanted. Outside of ballroom, Enyce works as a dancer and music artist. He started dancing professionally in 2003 within the LA area. He has been making music since a young age, but became serious about it in 2014, with his hit “Call Me Crazy,” coming out in 2015. In 2014 he co-founded Beyond the Runway and produced a series of in-depth video interviews with ballroom luminaries along with a series of documentaries exploring the lives and struggles of select ballroom members. As an educator, he is passionate about giving back to the community as a mentor to the youth coming into the scene. Enyce started teaching Vogue classes in 2012. He has been a guest and resident teacher at REACH LA, Movement Lifestyle, Pitzer College, Arizona State University, and in various Middle and High schools. Enyce’s love for his community fuels him to continue his work to uplift and inspire.

Gina Lamb is a media artist and educator dedicated to utilizing new media for social change in support of independent voices. Through experimental documentary production in collaboration with local arts and activist groups, youth and elders, she sees media art as flux for instigating ongoing creative community dialogue and development. Experimental documentary works born out of these collaborations have won awards and screened nationally and internationally at film festivals, museums, conferences, and in community spaces. Lamb has taught Media Studies at Pitzer College for over 30 years with a focus on media praxis and community engagement. She is the recipient of many grants and awards, including National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in New Genres, an “Anonymous Was A Woman” Award, Lideres Campesinas “Madrina” Award, project grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, The Durfee Foundation, California Council of the Humanities, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, and California Arts Council. She has directed long-term youth media arts/literacy programs with REACH LA, Queer Youth Nation – Outfest, Los Angeles Educational Partnership, Japanese American National Museum, Sherman Indian High School, Girls and Gangs, and with the Los Angeles’s House and Ball Community.

 

Director's Statement

A feature-length documentary that shares intimate stories of five members of the LGTBQ House & Ball Community in Los Angeles that have been impacted by methamphetamine addiction.

Motivation for creating this documentary came from the news of Gemmel Moore’s death at the hands of Ed Buck from a non-consensual meth overdose in the summer of 2017. In response to this tragic event, members of the Black gay community, and friends of Gemmel, were moved to speak-out, providing insight into the reasons, realities, and repercussions of meth addiction.

Screenings of this film are intended to open up discussions regarding addiction, offer strategies for healing and sobriety LGBTQ community, and highlight that no one has to take on this fight alone.

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