Saturday Church | CLOSING NIGHT!
Directed by Damon Cardasis
This debut feature from writer-director Damon Cardasis is an intimate, lyrical melodrama that is punctuated at unexpected moments with powerful, emotionally drenched ballads that comment on the action and are sung by the film’s lead characters. This audacious hybrid—part drama, part cheeky comedy, part musical—is pulled off with aplomb by Cardasis and his young cast of newcomers. After the recent death of his father, Ulysses’ (Luka Kain) mother Amara (Margot Bingham) is always at work. Agreeing to keep an eye on Ulysses and his little brother, his stern and conservative Aunt Rose (Regina Taylor, I’LL FLY AWAY) steps in to help out. Ulysses has begun experimenting with his sexuality and gender expression; his nights are full of stolen nylons and high heels. But Aunt Rose is having none of this so Ulysses flees the Bronx, finding refuge in the West Village, at a place where voguing is more important than sermons. He finds himself enthralled by a new group of colorful, streetwise friends who introduce him to the Ball community and teach him survival skills that he will need all too soon. This thrilling, genre busting film, soulful and heartfelt, has received raves on the film festival circuit and is a superlative, and tender, coming-of-age story.