REGAL 17
1100 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

WHEN THE BEAT DROPS

World Premiere

DIRECTED BY Jamal Sims

Country: USA
Language: English

Running Time: 85min
Film Year: 2018
Category: Knight Documentary Achievement Award

Helmed by world-class director-choreographer Jamal Sims, When the Beat Drops 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.

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.

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credits

Director: Jamal Sims
Producer: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Jordan Finnegan
Production Company: World of Wonder Productions

Music: David Benjamin Steinberg
Cinematographer: John Orphan
Editor: Felipe Linz

Subjects: Anthony Davis, Lynel

Jamal Sims

Jamal Sims is from Pomona, California. One of the industry’s most sought-after director-choreographers, his credits include hit stage musicals such as Footloose, Hairspray and Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour. When the Beat Drops (18) is his feature documentary debut.

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