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PIER KIDS | Film and Q&A with Director Elegance Bratton

Films |
Discover a new film and participate in conversation with the director through a live Q&A with our virtual monthly film series.

For September, the selected film is PIER KIDS, directed by Elegance Bratton. Each registrant will receive access to watch the featured film on their own schedule at home starting Friday, September 18, and a Zoom link to join us for a Q&A with Bratton in conversation with filmmaker Sabaah Folayan (WHOSE STREETS?) on Wednesday, September 23.

Note: PIER KIDS will be available for streaming Friday, September 18 through Friday, September 25. Register to receive the video link and password.


Caught up in the precariousness of survival and self-preservation, homeless queer and trans youth of color hang out at Christopher Street Pier, forging their own chosen family. Genuine and charming, these eloquent youth must contend with overwhelming amounts of homophobia and abuse. As real as it gets, and with intimate, immersive access to the hazardous life of its vulnerable but fearless protagonists, director Elegance Bratton’s still-hopeful portrait exposes a raw side of New York City many often choose to ignore.


About Elegance Bratton

Elegance Bratton was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and raised in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. At age 16, he was kicked out of home for being gay and spent 10 years in homelessness before joining the Marines. He served as a combat camera production specialist in Camp H.M. Smith in Hawaii, shooting videos and taking photographs. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in African American Studies, and received his MFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts for directing and writing.


About Sabaah Folayan

Sabaah Folayan is an award-winning storyteller who uses written and visual media to bring a fresh perspective to the urgent questions of our time. A Los Angeles native, she has thrived in vastly different environments, from South Central LA to the Upper West Side. Her outlook on social change is both inclusive and unapologetic. She attended Columbia University as a premedical student and graduated with a degree in biology. Folayan  made her directorial debut at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival with Whose Streets?, which chronicles the experiences of activists living in Ferguson, Missouri when Michael Brown, Jr. was killed. The film has been supported by the Sundance Documentary Film Program, Tribeca Film Institute, Ford Foundation, MacArthur, and others.