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Producer E. Patrick Johnson in person
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Based on E. Patrick Johnson’s book and following stage-play adaptation, this documentary showcases the life stories of southern gay Black men.
After publishing his 2008 oral history collection Sweet Tea, which features interviews with more than 60 gay Black men who were born and raised in the South, Johnson adapted the book into a one-man stage play that toured the country beginning in 2010. Collaborating with documentarians John L. Jackson Jr. and Nora Gross, he then produced the recent documentary Making Sweet Tea. The film combines footage from the staged productions, Johnson’s own life, and the lives of the interview subjects. A fascinating example of how art can serve as both scholarship and an agent for social change, Making Sweet Tea also emphasizes how storytelling can impact researchers, audiences, and the people who have shared their stories. A Q&A with E. Patrick Johnson follows the screening. (90 mins., DCP)
IMAGE CAPTIONMaking Sweet Tea, courtesy of the film.
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme, Wexner Center for the Arts, and Departments of Comparative Studies; Theatre, Film and Media Arts; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; African American and African Studies; and English.
FILM/VIDEO PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BYCardinal Health
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BYRohauer Collection Foundation
WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BYGreater Columbus Arts CouncilThe Wexner FamilyNational Endowment for the ArtsOhio Arts CouncilL Brands FoundationThe Columbus FoundationNationwide FoundationInstitute of Museum and Library ServicesVorys, Sater, Seymour, and PeaseADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BYMike and Paige CraneAxium PackagingCampusParcJeni’s Splendid Ice CreamsPresident Kristina M. Johnson and Mrs. Veronica MeinhardNancy KramerLarry and Donna JamesLisa BartonJohanna DeStefanoJones DayAlex and Renée Shumate
Making Sweet Tea