Also screening at the Berlin Film Festival next month is director Sheldon Larry's indie musical feature Leave It on the Floor, which tells the story of Brad (Ephraim Sykes), a brooding twenty-something who leaves his dysfunctional single mom, Deondra (Metra Dee), to strike out on his own in a bigger city.
A chance encounter with Carter (Andre Myers), an emerging "drag ball" talent, leads Brad into that world, where he meets several colorful characters (including house mother Queef Latina who rules with discipline and love, keeping her "children" focused, and also safe from the homophobia that exists on the outside); they eventually become his new family. Of course, there are complications on this journey towards self-discovery.
But you'll just have to watch the film to find out the rest of the story…
Directed by Sheldon Larry (primarily a TV director), from a Glenn Gaylord screenplay, music by Kim Burse and choreography by Frank Gatson Jr. (the last 2 being from Beyonce's creative team, behind all her music and videos), Leave It On The Floor, shot in a documentary style, made its worldwide debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June, in the "Summer Showcase" section, and has been touring the film festival circuit since then, garnering fans and acclaim along the way.
Comparisons to Paris Is Burning are inevitable.
Check out the trailer below: