On The Downlow

Sat, June 2, 2007, 4:30pm
Director Abigail Child in attendance

On the Downlow is an intimate portrait of four men negotiating their bisexual desire within the African-American community of Cleveland, Ohio. In the process of revealing the lives of men who self-describe themselves as �dipping on both sides of the fence,� the film showcases the complex intersections of sexuality, race, class and family in contemporary middle-America.

Ray (20) dates women and drag queens. He’s not into the �boy thing� and has a girlfriend right now. Antonio (32) spent 7 years in jail, and is dating George, who has just graduated high school and who in turn, is about to tell his high school sweetheart that he is gay. Kerwin (23) has been with many women and men; his parents don’t know but he wants to tell. Billy (28) says the best sex of his life was with the mother of his children, yet he lives with a man.

An exquisite piece of filmmaking from highly acclaimed experimental director Abigail Child, On the Downlow is also a testament to an extraordinary level of trust established between the director and the interviewees who share their very personal stories.

ON THE DOWNLOW: Dir Abigail Child USA 2007 56 min.
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