What began as a conversation about the lack of exposure of films that explore the Black LGBTQ experience birthed the Black Alphabet Film Festival (BAFF), Chicago’s first Black LGBTQ film festival. Since its inception in 2013, BAFF works to encourage storytelling, cultivate new dialogues and educate communities about the cultural and social contributions that Black LGBTQ-identified people have made upon the world. BAFF is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization.
Our MissionBlack Alphabet symbolizes the unity and affirming of diversity in gender and sexual expression within the Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) community. Our mission is to empower our community by promoting, nurturing and celebrating the stories of Black LGBTQ-identified people through the art of film.
Our VisionTo empower Black LGBTQ communities from around the world to share their stories thus creating a legacy that honors our past, highlights our present, and nurtures our future.
President / Director of Marketing An Indianapolis native, Langstan has lived in Chicago for 22 years and is proud to call the Windy City home. He is currently Vice Chair of Black Alphabet Film Festival and resident graphic designer responsible for the creation of the BAFF logos and most promotional materials. Langstan is also an accomplished actor and stage performer.
Vice President / Director of Programming Adam L. McMath is a filmmaker, activist, and political consultant that debuted his first feature length documentary at Black Alphabet Film Festival. He is currently working on his first fictional book and a new documentary series. Mr. McMath is a lover of Presidential and Black History.
Treasurer / Director of Communications A Washington, DC native, David Dodd serves as Treasurer for Black Alphabet Film Festival. Known for his ability to balance his business expertise with creative flair, Dodd is also responsible for BAFF’s communications strategy as well as its community approach. David is also Chairman of Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus.
At-Large Board / National Outreach / Founding Member Tim’m T. West, is an educator, performance artist, author, hip hop recording artist, poet, activist and youth advocate. He has been featured in many documentaries about hip hop culture. In addition to his books, he is widely anthologized, and has produced nine hip hop albums. West has been interviewed by an array of media outlets from Newsweek to the New York Times.