One Magenta Afternoon

One Magenta Afternoon

The lesson is love: when Pop Pop and his grandson, Les, play jazz, they summon six queer spirits and tumble through their memories.

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Created by Vernon JordanIII
Lead Actors Thelonious PalacioDouglas R Ewart
Supporting Actors Matt Matt (Matthew Raybeam)Jordan DealAhya SimoneJas LinOfonime IdiongEden L.L Elomoli
Key Crew Brian Emilio RojasDrew JohnsonTshay

Genre:

Family Sci-Fi/Fantasy Drama Romance

One Magenta Afternoon is a picture about a young African American boy, Les, and his Pop Pop, who use jazz music as a bridge into the world of the dead. Les tumbles through the visions and memories of 5 queer spirits from different times.

This film is for African American magic: for Hoodoo, Rootwork. This film is about the love between a Black grandson and a Black grandfather — for my own grandfather, a jazz musician and artist — this film is about a black youth’s connection to analog technology, the love for ingenuity & practical divinity. This work is for the child I never got to fully be and yet the child i was unashamed to be in the presence of my Pop Pop: the soft boy, the lavender boy.

One Magenta Afternoon is a short narrative afroqueer jazz fashion film, and proof of concept film for my original feature film script Lavender Boy.