Pansy Craze takes place in New York in the 1920s, an era when the underground ballroom scene experienced a surge in popularity. In this story, two men fall in love and sneak into these underground celebrations to avoid the prejudice of the outside world, including members of their families. A sad turn of events changes their lives forever.
Universal Lens Film Festival
A cultural exchange film festival presenting short films, narratives, documentaries, and any form of video/new media from artists that are in marginalized, underrepresented, and underserved communities. All genres will be encouraged. This will take place either indoors with live streaming capabilities for accessibility for those who wish to not attend in person or simply cannot make it. Inclusivity will be a priority for those individuals so they can actively be able to engage in the festival. The submission process will be based on the filmmaker submitting their materials for the festival and based on a panel of industry professionals the selection process can be well rounded with different perspectives and expand the networks of everyone involved once selected. This will be a festival showcase with an audience choice award. There will also be an opportunity for a talkback with the audience and the selected films and their production teams for an in-depth conversation of the film/story and the experiences behind it. It will be fun, light, empowering, and an opportunity for a cultural exchange between artists and communities in a safe artistic environment. Curated by Nick Luis who won the City Artists Corps Grant from NYC's creative resurgence program through NYArt to create this program.