Upstairs Inferno Trailer
9 July 2021 at 2:00:00 pm
This is a trailer. As featured in major media outlets including The New York Times, Advocate Magazine, NPR, Attitude Magazine and CNN, the award-winning documentary, UPSTAIRS INFERNO, chronicles one of the deadliest attacks on the LGBT community: the 1973 New Orleans Up Stairs Lounge arson. This event was considered the "Largest Gay Mass Murder in U.S. History" for over four decades.
With interviews from survivors, family/friends of victims, and witnesses, UPSTAIRS INFERNO vividly examines this oft-forgotten story and captures the power of unconditional love and forgiveness in the face of tragedy.
It’s the story of the Up Stairs Lounge Arson as you’ve never seen or heard it before.
What's more powerful than HEARING firsthand accounts from those who personally experienced the tragedy and SEEING their emotions churn behind their eyes?
Rich with archival photos of the Up Stairs Lounge, long lost newsreels and faded snapshots of the fallen, the story of the Up Stairs Lounge arson has NEVER been more vivid or more personal than in UPSTAIRS INFERNO. [Nowhere else will one find this compelling imagery all in one place!]
More than just words in a book, survivors breathe life into the story during this award-winning documentary, which is sure to take you on a journey unparalleled by second hand accounts or the written word alone.
UPSTAIRS INFERNO is considered the most COMPREHENSIVE, COMPASSIONATE, and AUTHORITATIVE film about the tragedy and its aftermath.
On June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar located on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. The fire ultimately killed 32 people and severely injured countless others. Some bodies were never identified. One-third of the New Orleans chapter of the Metropolitan Community Church were killed in the blaze, including two clergy. The primary suspect was never charged with the crime. The tragedy did not stop at the loss of lives. There were also the delayed injuries: lost jobs, fear, public ridicule, and severed families. The devastation was compounded by the homophobic reactions and utter lack of concern by the general public, government and religious leaders. The fire permanently altered lives and was the root of many lifelong struggles.
Narrated by New Orleans' own New York Times best-selling author Christopher Rice, UPSTAIRS INFERNO (96 min) is a mesmerizing mix of crime drama and human connections that captures the heartbreaking feelings of unconditional love and overwhelming loss.
While UPSTAIRS INFERNO recounts a historic event that occurred in the U.S., its underlying message crosses cultural boundaries. It's easier for people to hate and fear things they don't understand. No matter your background or how you identify, in the end, we are more alike than we are different. UPSTAIRS INFERNO reminds of us that.
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