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David Weathersby in person! Film Series : 25th Anniversary Black Harvest Film Festival

Thee Debauchery Ball

2019, David Weathersby, USA, 71 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Aug 23rd 8:30pm
  • Wed, Aug 28th 8:30pm

Chicago’s large and thriving house music community is celebrated with flair in this new documentary by director Weathersby (THE COLOR OF ART). The film extends over a period of one year, from the Debauchery Ball of 2017 to the ball of 2018, events that expanded the scope and appreciation for house music with innovative and unprecedented fetish-themed, BDSM, and body-positive house parties. Weathersby interviews the ball’s founder Khari B and deejay William “Big Will” Dunn, and extravagantly underlines Black sexuality with a profile of Erika Jarvis (Miss Behaven) as she makes preparations for the ball. Sensual, lusciously evocative coverage of the balls themselves speaks to the vibrant durability of a less recognized aspect of Chicago’s Black culture. DCP digital. (BS)

Director David Weathersby is scheduled to be present for audience discussion at both screenings. He will be accompanied by Khari B, Founder of the Debauchery Ball; Head DJ Big Will Dunn; and House Music Artist Danielle "Black Widow" Sanders.

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