audience award winner
“Hearts and minds change literally before your very eyes as the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus go on a brave and emotional journey out of their comfort zone in the powerful and inspiring ‘Gay Chorus Deep South.’ Nothing reaches across the divide quite like the stunning sound of this extraordinary group.”
- Academy Award-winning producer Bruce Cohen (Big Fish, Milk, American Beauty, Silver Linings Playbook)
A Film by David Charles Rodrigues
In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South.
Led by Artistic Director Dr. Timothy Seelig and joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir led by Artistic Director Terrance Kelly; the tour brings a message of music, love and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. Over 300 singers travelled to Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. They performed in churches, community centers and concert halls in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference. The journey also challenges Dr. Seelig and other Chorus members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain and prejudices on a journey towards reconciliation. The conversations and connections that emerge offer a glimpse of a less divided America, where the things that divide us—faith, politics, sexual identity—are set aside by the soaring power of music, humanity and a little drag.
Vogue – May 1, 2019
Variety – May 5, 2019
‘Gay Chorus Deep South’ Confronts Anti-LGBTQ Politics, Starting At Church
Vice – April 30, 2019