Are you ready for When the Beat Drops?
WOWlebrity and incredible choreographer Jamal Sims makes his directorial debut in our new documentary, produced alongside Jordan Finnegan, When the Beat Drops. We’ve premiered clips and the trailer (below) but this past weekend in Miami was the world premiere of the film at the Miami International Film Festival.
Following the screening, the room was filled with raucous applause and Jamal & the cast were met with a standing ovation! The film “immerses viewers in the growing culture of bucking—and if you’re unfamiliar with this hyper-athletic, wildly creative dance phenomenon, prepare to be electrified by When the Beat Drops!”
Per the Miami International Film Festival:
“Atlanta has recently become an LGBTQ haven, but when Anthony was growing up there as a heavy-set, gay black kid with a love of dance, the Gate City was a harsh place. Nevertheless, talent and tenacity prevailed, and Anthony spearheaded a buck sensation, launching flash buck performances in clubs. Anthony’s crew, comprised largely of other gay African-American men, grew into a family and, eventually, a national movement incorporating fierce competitions and becoming a force of education and affirmation.
There are bumps on the road—like a small-town Alabama Christmas parade that outraged spectators—but the story Sims so deftly tracks is ultimately one of triumph, artistry and togetherness.”
We can’t wait for a wider audience to discover the incredible world that is bucking and watch the beautiful story that Jamal Sims has built in the film! Until that happens then you can always…
Check out some more pictures from the premiere at the Miami Film Festival!
Jamal Sims talking about When the Beat Drops!
Producer Jordan Finnegan & director Jamal Sims on the red carpet for When the Beat Drops!
Director Jamal Sims & his husband Octavius at the Miami Film Festival!
When the Beat Drops director Jamal Sims at the Miami Film Festival!
We can’t wait for the world to see When the Beat Drops! While you wait for the film to drop, you can watch the clip below!
And watch the When the Beat Drops trailer:
Stay tuned for more details on how and when you’ll be able to watch When the Beat Drops!
[Photos provided by Jamal Sims.]