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black is blue

A speculative black queer trans

future set in oakland in 2029

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY CHERYL DUNYE

PRODUCED BY MARC SMOLOWITZ

- CURRENTLY IN PRE-PRODUCTION -

 

ABOUT BLACK IS BLUE

SET AGAINST THE BACKDROP of yet another Bay Area tech boom gone bust, BLACK IS BLUE is the chilling erotic tale of two BLACK TRANS LIVES, each with a past they can't fully set aside. Brought together by tech and all the hopes and dreams it can smash and burn, their tragic love story is witnessed by an unlikely third party — a genderless A.I. "friend-bot" of color who stands by them — eager to learn, guard and protect— until the bitter end.


THE BLACK IS BLUE STORYWORLD

Encampments became more and more common in the mid to late 2010's. By the end of the last decade, homelessness reached crisis proportions. Today, concepts of public safety & community health have completed eroded. By 2029, more than half of Oakland's population will be living in similar conditions or worse.

 

THE GREAT SURPRISE OF A DIFFICULT DECADE

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A sign from the 2010s takes on a whole new meaning in the 2020s.

 
 

THE FUTURE IS BLACK QUEER TRANS.


MEET THE CHARACTERS — BLUE — BLACK — LISON

 

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BLUE

A 40-something Black Trans MTF who was previously Byron, a successful tech executive and budding A.I. genius who worked his way up at RoKan Robotics. He was one of the few openly Gay African American men leading the charge in Silicon Valley.

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BLACK

A 30-something black FTM transman / street coder displaced by gentrification. Quietly hopeful, he still dreams of a better life and "real job" in tech. Black has been living out of his car on the street outside of Blue's house for weeks, stealing her wifi and grabbing her power. Kingston Farady is currently cast to reprise his role as Black.

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LISON

A surprisingly elegant A.I. "friend-bot" who bears witness to the erotic tale of BLUE and BLACK as it unfolds in front of them. Their pronoun is they / them.                                                                                                                                


"BLUE is that rare BLACK TRANS WOMAN character who resides at the center of the story because that is where she belongs. She is both beautiful and flawed. Her words reveal a complex past. Her actions show the darker sides of trans life and experience because it is important to show such things. Representation is not something we shy away from. It about those difficult places that we sometimes need to go."

Cheryl Dunye


THE BLACK IS BLUE TEAM

 

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Cheryl Dunye

Cheryl Dunye emerged as part of the 1990's "queer new wave" of young film and video makers.

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Marc Smolowitz

Marc Smolowitz is a multi-award-winning director, producer and executive producer.

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Christina Anderson

Christina Anderson is a playwright whose awards include the Inaugural Harper Lee Award for Playwriting.  


CONTACT US

If you have a business inquiry or would like us to keep you up to date on the production of BLACK IS BLUE, please reach out to executive producer Marc Smolowitz and someone from the team will be sure to get back to you asap. You can also sign up for Black Is Blue email alerts below.