24th Annual OUTshine LGBTQ+ Miami Film Festival – “B-Boy Blues” Opening Night Film + Afterparty

OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival Miami, internationally recognized as one of the largest LGBTQ+ cultural festivals in the world, will open its 24th edition with the first live Florida screening of “B-Boy Blues” (2021) at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater on April 22 at 7 p.m. Members of the Producer Circle and filmmakers will enjoy a Filmmakers’ Night before the event at 5:30 p.m. The film will be followed by a live Q&A and evening opening night featuring the film’s cast, filmmakers and Vanguard Honored Venezuelan actress, model and philanthropist Patricia Velásquez.

“B-Boy Blues” USA (2021), is an African-American romantic comedy-drama based on the groundbreaking and beloved 1994 classic book by James Earl Hardy. Class and culture collide when Mitchell, a graduate journalist from Brooklyn, and Raheim, a bike courier from Harlem, fall in love. Despite his friends’ apprehensions and several red flags, Mitchell is thrilled by the incredibly sexy and smooth Raheim, but the repercussions of their mutual obsession will affect his job, his friendships and his family. Described as “Moonlight” meets “Queer As Folk,” this shameless celebration of African-American gay men will leave you wanting more. The film stars Timothy Richardson, Thomas Mackie, Brandee Evans, Landon G. Woodson, Ledisi and Heather B. “B-Boy Blues” received the 2021 Narrative Feature Fan Favorite award at the American Black Film Festival and an Official Queer Selection Screen’s Mardi Gras Fil Festival 2022.

An opening night will also follow the film with guest of honor and Vanguard Award winner Patricia Velásquez. Velásquez is best known for her portrayal of Anck-su-namun in “The Mummy” (1990) and its sequel, “The Mummy Returns” (2001). She has appeared in many other films, including “The Curse of La Llorona” (2019) and TV shows such as “Arrested Development” and “The L Word”. She is the founder of the Wayuu Taya Foundation which is dedicated to helping Venezuelans struggling along the Colombian border. She was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace and is a Goodwill Ambassador to the Organization of American States.

Continuing its mission to unite the community through premier events and social programs that inspire, entertain, educate and foster a sense of community, this year’s festival features over 45 feature films and documentary screenings. international events, panel discussions, three short film programs, exclusive virtual screenings, Cocktails & Cinema Happy Hours and parties taking place at various Miami-Dade County venues through May 1.

OUTshine special events of note also include the film Ladies Spotlight, “Anaïs in Love” (2021), the South Florida premiere of the festival’s Centerpiece film “Girl Picture (Työt Työt Työt)” (2022) and the film Men’s Spotlight “Lonesome” (2021) plus the North American premieres of “All Our Fears” (2021) and “Swing Ride (Calcinculo)” (2022) and the US premiere of “What We Know (Lo Que Sabemos)” (2021) . Other films include winners “The Divide” (2021), “Finlandia” (2021), “Framing Agnes” (2021) and “Private Desert (Deserto Particular)” (2021). The festival’s closing party will feature “Secret Cop” (2021) and OUTshine’s annual Audience Film Awards Night on May 1 at 6 p.m. at the Sandrell Rivers Theater.

OUTrageous, OUTspoken and OUTstanding, the 24th Annual OUTshine Film Festival Miami is presented by Lexus, Gilead and Miami-Dade County.

Tickets to the “B-Boy Blues” opening night movie and after-party are $55 each and include a Bacardi open bar, light snacks and live music. This is an in-person screening only. Tickets start at just $8 for other individual movies with group discounts and additional offers available.

For more information, film lineups and tickets for the 24th Annual OUTshine LGBTQ+ Miami Film Festival, call (877) 766-8156 or visit outshinefilm.com. A full schedule of parties and special events is available at outshinefilm.com/events.

James C. Tibbs