Pier Kids

Directed by Elegance Bratton

Cast: DeSean Irby, Jusheem Thorne, Krystal Dixon, Krystal LaBeija

Streaming September 27–30

Join us for a virtual livestream Q&A on Sunday, September 27 at 4:00PM CST with Elegance Bratton (Director) and Chester Algernal (Producer).

Returning to the pier he first encountered as a homeless youth, Director Elegance Bratton (MY HOUSE on Viceland) presents a unfiltered documentary mosaic of young queer people of color struggling with homelessness on New York City’s historic Christopher Street Pier. Immersed in New York’s drag scene, Krystal is a black transgender woman making a meager living through sex work. When Krystal is drawn back home to her birth mother, she discovers a hostile home unwilling to accept her identity. Back on the Pier, Caspar is a young black man struggling with his sexuality, living a life of homelessness and vulnerability. Caspar’s friend, Desean, is caught between two risky solutions to his own homelessness: commit a crime and face jail time, or intentionally become HIV+. Exploring the complicated legacy of the Stonewall Riots, this is a raw panoramic portrait of a New York City queer landmark and its at-risk denizens, living in the shadow of injustices left unchallenged by historic revolution.

Thank you to the Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP) for co-presenting this screening. Check out the work they do with LGBTQ+ youth in Chicago on their website.

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Sat, Sep 26
12:00 am