When the Beat Drops
In the tradition of sizzling documentaries like Paris Is Burning and Rize, Jamal Sims' award-winning When The Beat Drops documents the fascinating African-American dance subculture of 'bucking.'
In the 1990s, black gay men in the South began mimicking the routines of J-setting female majorettes (think Beyoncé's music video for Single Ladies) that they saw at college football games. As they took these thrusting, high energy moves onto the dance floors of gay clubs, they built a dynamic queer community that bucked society's narrow definition of masculinity.
Central to the development of bucking was Anthony 'Big Tony' Davis, who is the beating heart of this documentary. When he and his legendary dance crew, Phi Phi find their bucking crown has slipped, there's only one way to get it back – a jaw-dropping, seat-shaking battle for bucking supremacy!
Winner 2018 Frameline Jury Prize for Best Documentary
Winner 2018 Outfest: Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Winner 2018 TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival Audience Award
"When The Beat Drops is everything you ever needed to know about the underground dance movement." - Awards Daily