FILM REVIEW: Ocky Williams on “The D.L. Chronicles: Episode Thomas”
The Cypher Avenue team recently went to a screening of “The DL Chronicles: Episode Thomas.” The film was the opening night feature at Maurice Jamal’s Mix Fest International Film Festival in Atlanta, GA.
It has been years since we last saw an episode of The DL Chronicles. I was a little nervous and hoped Episode: Thomas lived up to the standards that the creators (Deondray Gossett and Quincy LeNear) had set with their previous episodes. I am happy to report I was not let down.
I felt reassured and comforted within the first minutes of the film because the characters:
- Were not the typical black gay stereotypes you see in other films and web series.
- Had a life that existed outside of their sexuality.
- Were over 30 / 35 years of age (Yes black gay men can exist in film past their 20’s).
- Were mature and established (living single without multiple roommates).
- Were masculine. (The masculine characters were more than just an object to be obtained).
- Performances were conducted by REAL actors…you know the ones who can actually act!?
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