Gemmel & Tim

Directed by Michiel Thomas2021USA91 mins

Gemmel—a son, a jokester, a part of the ballroom community walking “pretty boy,” a young man finding his way, who released his pain onto the pages of his journal and into heartfelt letters to friends.

Tim—a confidante, a hiker, a skilled basketball player who competed in the Gay Games in Paris. Both were Black and gay. Both were dismissed and discarded as statistics instead of human beings who are loved and missed.

In two similarly suspicious overdose deaths, though years apart, Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean spent their last moments in the West Hollywood home of Ed Buck, a white, well-connected political donor who managed to defiantly shrug his way out of explaining much of the circumstances deemed “not suspicious” by authorities. In this powerful and frank documentary chronicling the two cases and quests for justice, director Michiel Thomas (Game Face, Frameline39) paints intimate and touching portraits of the two men by elevating the voices and memories of their loved ones, digging beneath the salacious media headlines to reclaim the humanity of Gemmel and Tim.

Expected Guests

Michiel Thomas


Masks and proof of vaccination are not required for this screening.
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Michiel Thomas
Running Time
91 mins
Streaming, Documentary Features, Captioned Films (Streaming)
Program Note Writer
Angelique Smith
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