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Buck

Country: United States, Language: English, 14 mins

  • Director: Elegance Bratton; Jovan James
  • Writer: Elegance Bratton; Jovan James
  • Producer: Chester Algernal Gordon

CGiii Comment

This is a sad, deeply complex film...that could quite easily become a feature.

It is worth remembering that HIV has not gone away...and, mental health is a cause for concern.

This film certainly addresses those issues...with diplomacy. 


Trailer...

The(ir) Blurb...

Fresh off the success of his feature documentary debut “Pier Kids” (2019), Elegance Bratton joins forces with fellow NYU Grad Film alum Jovan James for a short that directly addresses the HIV-positive members of the black gay community. The film is heavily inspired by infamous Democratic donor Ed Buck, whose penchant for watching vulnerable black men overdose resulted in the tragic deaths of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean. The film explores notions of depression, chemical dependency, HIV, and human empathy.

Cast & Characters

Simbi Kali as Mom
Malik Shakur as Lynn
Biko Eisen-Martin as Harris
Gabe Peyton as Richard
Bruce Jackson as Power Bottom