When The Beat Drops


Drop into the electric and subversive underground dance scene known as “bucking.” As voguing exploded out of the ballroom scene of NYC, bucking was boldly pioneered in the clubs of the Deep South as a new form of self- expression. This film presents a fresh glimpse into the magnetic artistry and flair behind this emerging dance culture.

In his feature debut, famed choreographer and filmmaker Jamal Sims, who has worked with the likes of Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, and RuPaul’s Drag Race, illuminates the warm-hearted and fierce queer black performers who make up one of the leading “bucking” groups in the city of Atlanta. As they train for their biggest competition yet, they face the risk of losing their jobs and family to compete at the top levels of this dance scene.

Jamal Sims calls dance a “super power,” and with this film he crafts a vision of the power of dance to bring movement to new heights and elevate the queer community.

THUR | July 19 | The Ford | 8:30 PM

Director: Jamal Sims

87 min | USA | 2018

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Director Bio:

Jamal Sims, born in Los Angeles, is an artistic director-choreographer who began his illustrious career as a dancer in Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time.” He went on to work on films such as the live-action Aladdin (to be released in 2019), Girls Trip, Hairspray, Footloose, and the Step Up franchise. He has worked with many artists including Madonna, Queen Latifah, RuPaul, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Usher, and Britney Spears. When The Beat Drops is Sims’ directorial debut.