DAY 6 | Mon, July 27, 2020 | 3rd Show | 3.30 PM

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

JOHN L. JACKSON, JR., is a filmmaker, anthropologist, and author based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His films Four Days in May, Bad Friday: Rastafari after Coral Gardens, Divided We Stand (fiction), African Americans and the Bible, and Get it Together screened nationally and internationally. He is currently Dean of the Walter H. Annenberg School for Communication and Richard Perry University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Director, Producer, Cinematographer NORA GROSS is a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania in Education and Sociology and part of the leadership of the Collective for Advancing Multimodal Research Arts (CAMRA). Her ethnographic research focuses on the relationship between adolescents’ gender, racial, and academic identities, particularly when they confront trauma and loss. 

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