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Ed Buck Conviction Documentary

Ed Buck Conviction Documentary
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Ed Buck Conviction Documentary – In 2017 and 2019 respectively, Gemmel “Juelz” Moore and Timothy “Tim” Dean, two gay black men, both died of a meth overdose at the now-infamous Laurel Street apartment of Ed Buck, a once-influential Democratic donor, businessman and animal, LGBTQ+, political activist. The deaths sent shockwaves through LA’s LGBTQ+ community and particularly West Hollywood, LA’s gay mecca.

The ensuing media circus cooked up a spicy concoction of sex, drugs, race, and politics, but had no appetite for the in-depth human stories of who Gemmel and Tim truly were.


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A riveting and emotional account of two gay black men who fell victim to Ed Buck, a wealthy white man who manipulated young black men into doing drugs and participating in his sexual fantasies, which led to their deaths. And, the lack of justice that was dealt them by the politicians the media, and law enforcement.

This is a great documentary that brings the personal and intimate details of the humanity of two men that the media denied the public. Thankfully, justice was finally served as Ed Buck got what he deserved, and some of those involved who did not live up to their responsibility lost their re-elections. I highly recommend this Film!


Ed Buck Conviction Documentary – This documentary looks at Gemmel and Tim’s parallel walks of life through the eyes of their extended families: memories, correspondence, things they did and didn’t share with each other, and the reasons that led them to their tragic fate. The film simultaneously investigates the heinous details of the crimes and offers a cautionary tale that can help these events from happening in the future. Through these intimate recollections of their lost friends, each character exposes their own personal journey in dealing with grief and loss.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Being part of the LGBTQ+ community in Los Angeles, this is a story I’m extremely passionate about for many reasons. According to the DCD, from 2008 to 2017, the number of fatalities from meth in LA county rose by 707%; approximately one death per day. An alarming trend that I witness with my own eyes – in 2020 I myself lost a friend due to the meth epidemic.

I’m a member of the LA gay basketball league (LAMBDA), where Tim Dean used to play, so Tim’s death has affected my close social circle deeply. I hear their outcry for justice and I want to play my part in ensuring Gemmel and Tim’s deaths weren’t in vain. By shedding a light on their lives, told by authentic voices who knew them best, I want to provide Gemmel and Tim’s extended family a platform to grieve, to show who their friend really was, and to offer solutions to prevent these tragic events from happening in the future. I am extremely blessed to collaborate with very talented, diverse, and beautiful souls on this project.

OUTFEST IN-PERSON SCREENING @ DGA 1 (Director’s Guild)
In-Person Screening: Sunday – August 15th – 4:00 PM
Virtual Screening: August 16th – August 18th
Tickets HERE
Director |Michiel Thomas
Producers | Michael Franklin, Niq Lewis
Executive Producers | Michiel Thomas
Run Time | 86 minutes
Rating | Not Rated
ABOUT OUTFEST
Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the world’s leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives. Over the past three decades, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers, and protected more than 40,000 LGBT films and videos. Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival is eleven days of world-class films, panels, and parties.

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