Short Film "Buzzed" Tackles Toxic Masculinity In The Black Barbershop
Via Paper Magazine:
23-year-old Minneapolis-based filmmaker Michael Jemison, whose latest work Buzzed, cunningly explores the nuances of all of the above via a barbershop. Jemison made the five-minute film with his partner John Mark, who acted as co-director and choreographed the film's dream sequence. Together, they craft a piece of art that deftly blends reality and fantasy, color and light: the reality of what it's like to be a queer Black person occupying a space traditionally reserved for (or dominated by) straight men; the fantasy of a world in which queer Black people dare to envision the barbershop of their dreams, complete with color, fierce movement, and royalty, best embodied in Buzzed by Andrea Jenkins, the transgender activist and Minneapolis city councilwoman who made history last year as the nation's first openly Black trans woman elected for public office.