Brown Girls | 195 Lewis
Directed by Sam Bailey | Chanelle Aponte Pearson
BROWN GIRLS is an intimate story of the lives of two young women of color living in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Leila is a South Asian-American writer just now owning her queerness. Patricia is a sex-positive Black-American musician who is struggling to commit to anything: job, art and relationships. This Chicago-made series is presented by Northwestern University’s OpenTV, with support from the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund, a program of Chicago Filmmakers. This selection of episodes (1, 3, 4, & 7) focuses on queer writer Leila. Queer black women take center stage in director Chanelle Aponte Pearson’s refreshingly honest and incisive new web series 195 LEWIS. Set in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, among a dynamic community of activists, artists, and culture-makers, 195 LEWIS is centered on Yuri, a confident, vibrant twenty-something artist, and her partner Camille, a PhD grad looking for work, as they decide to open up their relationship and explore polyamory. But change invites problems, and conflicts arise as their individual definitions of what a polyamorous lifestyle looks like change. This screening is co-presented by B.BLYSS! Productions.