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Photo/Graphic Courtesy of Tobias Daniels/Black Velvet
Photo/Graphic Courtesy of Tobias Daniels/Black Velvet

A Feature Length Documentary about an LGBT artist and the Navy

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 1, 2014):  Ever wonder why there are no Gay Pop Stars?  Does race and sexuality still determine who’s allowed on the Billboard charts?  Similar to the exodus of African American artists during the Jazz Era LGBT artist today are forced to find acceptance and fans in Europe, but does it have to be?  Black Velvet, a feature length documentary by first time director Tobias Daniels explores the life of one African American LGBT artist T-Boy as he struggles to survive in Gotham, his pre “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” past in the Navy, to his niche fan base in Germany.  Black Velvet features DP work by Emmy Winning Camera Operator Greg Harriott.  With scenes featuring Sherry Vine and CAZWELL.  You can help fund the crew’s journey to Germany to capture the films final chapter at

CREATOR STATEMENT: I sought to tell a fly-on-the-wall story of an underground culture in New York, but discovered a story of acceptance and struggle told through the eyes of the films main character T-Boy.  Through our journey T-Boy reconnected with his estranged family and faced demons and shame from his pre “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” stent in the United States Navy.  The film asks questions that I hadn’t been willing to face myself.  Does being gay today still ruin your career?  Is there refuge for gay artists?  At the core of Black Velvet is a narrative about hope and struggle told through the eyes of an artist.

Help our Documentary Crew complete filming of Black Velvet performing live at Christopher Street Day in Germany this June!

However, we need your support to complete the film.  Your contributions go directly to equipment fees, crew pay, and travel expenses for the cast and crew to fly to Germany and capture the films final footage this June in Berlin as T-Boy takes the stage live at Christopher Street Day. For more information to help fund Black Velvet The Movie by Tobias Daniels visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/960790038/black-velvet-the-movie

About The Creator: Tobias Daniels is an image-maker based in Los Angeles. He is the West Coast videographer for PopStar! Magazine, and has been featured on Dis411! and JIGSAW Magazine.  He was co-creator of America’s first salsa dance video for kids Preferred Choice Award Winning “Salsa with Me.”  In 2012 he executive produced “Janked” which screened at the Cannes Film Market.  Check him out on www.tobiasdaniels.com

Press Contact: Tobias Daniels, daniels.tobias@gmail.com

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter: https://twitter.com/TBoylive & https://www.facebook.com/just.tboy

Gabourey Sidibe attends Black Velvet The Movie Fundraiser on 2-22-2014
Gabourey Sidibe attends Black Velvet The Movie Fundraiser on 2-22-2014

You can see photos of the Black Velvet The Movie Fundraiser in The Hollywood Hills on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Black Velvet The Movie Fundraiser in The Hollywood Hills 2-22-2014

Photos credit to: Becky Brister/Becky Brister Photography for Black Velvet The Movie

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