An underrepresented minority is taking a stand through the arts.
“No Homo | No Hetero: Sexual Fluidity and Manhood in Black America” co-directed and co-executively produced by David J. Cork and H. Sharif "Herukhuti" Williams is a documentary film project that illustrates the challenges and expression of being a black bisexual man in the United States. The creators are seeking screening opportunities within South Florida for Spring 2018.
The documentary film uses interviews, performance art and archival footage and “invites the audience to explore the politics of living and loving authentically at the contentious intersection of racism, biphobia, and toxic masculinity” according to its fundraising page.
The film is currently raising money on IndieGoGo, reaching $26,276 from 20 backers and surpassing its flexible goal of $24,000 — the high majority of which ($24,000) from an anonymous backer on Nov. 14.
The funds go towards two-day shoots in Los Angeles and Atlanta, as well as a one-day shoot in New York City. The costs include flight, hotel, food, transportation, equipment rental, payment towards crew, insurance and payment towards interviewees.
The co-directors self-describe as artist-activists. Williams is a long-time activist and founder of the Center for Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality. Cork is co-founder and chief creative officer of BiUS Entertainment, a production company focused on spotlighting underrepresented minorities.
They boast of creating the first documentary by and about bisexual men. More than 80 percent of their crew are “sexually fluid black men.”
“No Homo | No Hetero is one of those films that comes along at the right time to bring into focus about the nature of who we are by calling our attention to previously ignored members of our communities,” their page reads. “Because we have deep roots in the Black community, it is of the utmost importance to us that [we] use our artistic and scholarly skills to help address the trauma, division, and tension that racist, biphobic misrepresentations Black bisexual men have caused.”
“We know we can make a difference. When people see themselves authentically represented, they feel empowered. When people have the opportunity to learn about the experiences of members of their community, they are better able to breakdown the walls that divide them. Empowerment and unity are the foundation to successfully organizing to eliminate these disparities.“
Cork will speak with South Florida-based podcast Brothas Speak on Tuesday, Nov. 28.