“‘We are born scattered,
then find each other.’
It is this reverse
diaspora that led
the two of us
to work together”
Creators Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri
(Chicago — 22 October 2018) Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri’s original web series the T (Full Spectrum Features and OTV) wins Best Indie Series at the 8th Annual Streamy Awards.
Produced by dick clark productions and presented by YouTube, the 2018 awards ceremony took place at The Beverly Hilton on October 22 and streamed live globally via YouTube.com/streamys.
OTV founder, Aymar Christian, was in attendance to accept the award.
“I’m overjoyed that the T won best Indie Series and particularly honored that this is the second year an OTV-distributed series secured the Streamy,” Christian said, referencing the win for Brown Girls last year. “Bea and Daniel absolutely slayed this series. You would never guess this was their cinematic debut. They worked so hard and made the city of Chicago proud!”
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Cordelia and Kyri, the creators of the T, are a trans woman and queer Black man from opposite sides of Chicago. Via Christian, they shared an inspiring message at the Streamys award ceremony.
“We once heard a gay activist use the term ‘reverse diaspora’ to describe the LGBTQ community: ‘We are born scattered, then find each other.’ It is this reverse diaspora that led the two of us to work together although the logics of the most segregated city in the country intended to keep us apart. We created the T in this spirit of unlikely family, in the hopes we inspire others to do so themselves, and to stand in their own full truths.”
In addition to Full Spectrum Features and OTV, the T was made possible by support from numerous Chicago-based individuals and organizations, including Periscope Post & Audio, Chicago Film Office’s Filmmakers-in-Residence program, Chicago Filmmakers’s Digital Media Production Fund, and many generous donors to a successful Kickstarter campaign.
About Full Spectrum Features
Full Spectrum Features is is a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to increasing diversity in the media arts by producing, exhibiting, and supporting the work of women, LGBTQ, and minority filmmakers.
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