MAKING SWEET TEA
Directors: John L. Jackson, Jr. & Nora Gross
90 min / 2019 / Documentary Features / USA / English / In Competition
Making Sweet Tea is a documentary film that chronicles the journey of southern-born, black gay researcher and performer, E. Patrick Johnson, as he travels home to North Carolina to come to terms with his past, and to Georgia, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C. to reconnect with six black gay men he interviewed for the book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South - An Oral History.
The film, combines footage from the productions of the play, with documentary moments from the lives of both Johnson's interview subjects from the book, and the author's own life - depicting both his research process, and the complexities of his relationships with the men in the study.
Festivals & Honors
World Premiere: Reeling Film Festival Chicago, USA, 2019
Audience Award - Best Documentary - Out on Film Festival Atlanta, GA, USA, 2019
Audience Choice Award - Best Documentary - Kansas City FilmFest International, 2020
Best LGBTQ Film - San Diego Black Film Festival, 2020