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Running Time 19:50
Behind The Scenes 7:14
Veracity is about a popular African American student, Olivia, who is outed by her friends after she acts on feelings for a new girl at her high school. Written by Janaya Greene when she was a high school senior on the South Side of Chicago, Veracity explores the tensions and stigma of being gay in the Black community. Veracity was directed by Seith Mann (Walking Dead, Homeland).
Janaya Greene wrote Veracity during her senior year of high school while attending Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy in South Side Chicago. Subtitled in Spanish and English for the hearing impaired.
- Will be screened at the Lesbian Gay Filmfestival PINK APPLE in Zurich, Switzerland 2017
- Screened at Louisville LGBT Film Festival 2016
- Screened at Out On Film Festival, Roswell Georgia 2016
- Screened at Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival 2016
- Screened at EAU Queer Film Festival, University of Wisconsin 2016
- Presented as a part of “The Veracity of Queer Black Femmes,” at AASECT 2016
- Presented as a part of “The Veracity of Queer Black Femmes,” at Sex Down South Conference 2016
- Screen at Frameline Fest at Frameline40 as a part of ‘Coming Up Queer’
- Screened at Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival 2016
- Screened at Inside Out Toronto 2016
- Screened at YTH Conference 2016
- Winner of Best Written Narrative at Chicago Ethnographic Film Fest 2015
- Screened at TampaBay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2015
- Screened at Chicago Ethnographic Film Fest 2015
- Airing on Showtime beginning May 2015
- 2014/15 National Contest Winner, Chicago, IL
- Janaya Greene presented Microsoft Bustle Upstart Award for Veracity
The story behind the story
Janaya Greene wrote Veracity during her senior year at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy in South Side Chicago, when the debate of legalizing gay marriage was in heavy rotation and many states were pushing for its legality. After many debates among friends, family and classmates, Greene realized that the issue was not, “Is being gay right or wrong?” but rather, “How do humans, gay or straight, deserve to be treated?” With support from her film study teacher, Mr. Eugene Hazzard, and classmates, she proceeded to write Veracity, which goes beyond sexual preference to explore what it means to be gay in the African American community.
“It’s definitely a cautionary tale,” she warns. “I wanted people to think about how saying these things could really hurt somebody, so [they] should look at themselves and stop.”