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BECAUSE I'M HERE work-in-progress screening

Presented by allgo and City of Austin Cultural Arts Division and Texas Folklife at ALLGO, Austin TX

Sep 10 2019
BECAUSE I'M HERE work-in-progress screening

Clips and discussion of the new doc-in-progress about Earl Gilmore, a charismatic, LGBTQ*, African-American musician, dancer, and devout Christian living a secret life in the coalfields of Virginia, who triumphs and thrives his own way.

For decades, Earl Gilmore—a flamboyant, African American, self-taught musician—was the most interesting person in the tiny coal town of Clinchco, Virginia. Just ask any of the generations of children who came to his house to learn about Black history, music, dancing, dress-up and just having fun. But underneath the surface there was so much more. A filmmaker returns to rural Virginia to finish a film about the queer, devoutly Christian man who became his friend, and discovers more than he

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  • Sample clip from BECAUSE I'M HERE



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