Director: Stephen Winter Run Time: 83 min. Release Year: 1997
Starring: Bryan Webster, Claude E. Sloan, Dudley Findlay Jr., Jon Kit Lee, Suzanne Gregg Ferguson
Through a campaign of satirical surprise attacks, an underground band of radical Black queer HIV+ activists and drag queens take to the streets of New York City to combat conservative politicians and government apathy towards AIDS. A frenetic debut feature from writer/director Stephen Winter, Chocolate Babies unleashes a world of anarchic camp and unapologetic Black queer power in one of the hidden gems of New Queer Cinema, ripe for rediscovery and ready to be introduced to new audiences.
For the film’s 25th anniversary, Frameline has commissioned a 4K restoration of Chocolate Babies in partnership with the National Film Preservation Foundation, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and the Outfest Legacy Project. Following its festival run in the mid-1990s (playing at SXSW, the Berlinale, and Frameline21), Chocolate Babies struggled to secure major distribution due to its radically independent Black queer vision, but eventually found a home at Frameline Distribution who championed the film and continued to bring it to new audiences. Frameline proudly presents the world premiere of this pristine restoration in rich color and vivid detail like never before.