Award-winning true crime documentary GEMMEL & TIM explores the lives and untimely passings of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean, two Black gay men who both died from meth overdoses at the home of West Hollywood politico Ed Buck. Their deaths at the now-infamous apartment sent shockwaves through the LGBTQ+ community. The ensuing media circus cooked up a spicy concoction of sex, drugs, race and politics, but had no appetite for the in-depth human stories of who these individuals truly were.

This documentary looks at Gemmel and Tim’s parallel walks of life through the eyes of their extended and chosen families – memories, correspondence, and things they did and didn’t share with each other. Through intimate recollections of their lost friends, each character exposes their own personal journey in dealing with grief. Powerful and galvanizing, GEMMEL & TIM simultaneously investigates the crimes and offers a cautionary tale to keep these events from repeating.

“Gemmel & Tim examines the ripped-from-the-headlines stories of how two men died in the West Hollywood home of prominent political donor Ed Buck.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“This artfully-made, well-rounded film tells a tragic story but leaves you with hope as it provides a space for Black voices to be heard, for justice to finally be served, and for some real change.” – The Queer Review

A snapshot of Festival Play includes:

  • Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival 2021 -Audience Award: Best Documentary
  • Chicago Black Alphabet Film Festival 2021 – Audience Award: Best Documentary
  • Seattle Queer Film Festival 2021 – Jury Award: Best Documentary
  • OUTshine Film Festival Fort Lauderdale 2021 – Jury Award: Best Documentary
  • Esteem Awards 2022 – National: Special Recognition

2022 / Documentary / 91 Minutes / Color / English / A Film by MICHIEL THOMAS.


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