On Sunday, June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the UpStairs Lounge, a gay bar located on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans. The fire, the deadliest arson attack in New Orleans, killed thirty-two people and remains the largest mass murder of LGBT people in U.S. history. Filmmaker Robert L. Camina‘s newest documentary, UpStairs Inferno, provides a comprehensive look at the tragedy through the eyewitness accounts of the survivors and witnesses as well as the painful aftermath.
UpStairs Inferno will premiere in Texas at the Austin Film Festival, which will also mark its first screening at a mainstream festival. The documentary premiered this past June on the 42nd anniversary of the deadly fire in New Orleans. It has since screened at LGBTQ film festivals around the country, picking up several awards, including, most recently the Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
The film will screen in Austin on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the Galaxy Highland 10 at 8 PM. Camina will be on hand after the screening for a Q&A session. There will be an encore screening on Tuesday, November 3 at the Hideout Theatre at 4 PM (Camina will not be in attendance at the encore screening). There is no cost for Austin Film Festival badge and pass holders. Individual movie tickets go on sale the day of the screening, 20 minutes prior to showtime at the designated theater, if seating is still available, and are $12, cash only.
Crowd at Up Stairs Lounge / photo credit: Johnny Townsend
Narrated by New York Times best-selling author Christopher Rice, UpStairs Inferno, tells the story of that Sunday of Pride Weekend in 1973, when one-third of the New Orleans chapter of the Metropolitan Community Church, including two clergy. Through gut-wrenching, yet insightful interviews, the survivors and their loved ones share their stories about that fateful day, the victims, and the response from the general public, government and religious leaders.
Camina will host the official launch party for the Texas premiere at Rain on 4th on Thursday, October 29, 2015 starting at 9 PM. Attendees will have an opportunity to catch a sneak preview of the documentary and win tickets to an upcoming screening.
Official Texas Premiere Launch Party for Upstairs Inferno
Celebrate the Texas premiere of the award-winning film, Upstairs Inferno, at the official launch party hosted by director Robert L. Camina, at Rain on 4th on October 29, 9-11 PM with sneak previews, ticket giveaways and more. Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701. Thursday, October 29, 2015. 9-11 PM. FREE, 21+.RSVP on Facebook
Upstairs Inferno Texas Premiere at Austin Film Festival ft. Q&A w/Director Robert L. Camina
On June, 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to a gay bar in New Orleans called the Up Stairs Lounge. The result was the largest gay mass murder in U.S. History. Featuring interviews from survivors and witnesses, many of whom haven’t discussed the fire until now, Upstairs Inferno revisits that fateful day and the lack of compassion and awareness that took place afterward. Director Robert L. Camina will be in attendance for a Q&A following the film. Galaxy Highland 10, 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin TX 78752. Sunday, November 1, 2015. 8-10 PM. Included with AFF badges/passes. Individual movie tickets cost $12 per screening (CASH ONLY) and go on sale the day of the screening, 20 minutes prior to showtime at the designated theater if seating is still available.RSVP on Facebook Visit website
Upstairs Inferno Encore Screening
Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave., Austin TX 78701. Tuesday, November 3, 2015. 4-6 PM. Included with AFF badges/passes. Individual movie tickets cost $12 per screening (CASH ONLY) and go on sale the day of the screening, 20 minutes prior to showtime at the designated theater if seating is still available.RSVP on Facebook Visit website