The Lives of LaMott Atkins

3 Lives, 1 Secret

W.E.B. DuBois famously wrote that every Black in America grows up with “this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others.” But what happens when the double consciousness of being gay is overlaid on that? This self-narrated documentary follows a man of extraordinary talent: running back for the Stanford Cardinal; dancer at Julliard; model, singer, and performer in Europe; the epitome of Black masculinity and grace. And yet closeted for the first 40 years of his life. When he finally crashes and burns, his wanderings bring him to the very heart of gay life in San Francisco. And still he won’t come out.

The Lives of LaMott Atkins is a quiet revelation, a path-breaking cinematic biography that expands the image of black gay men.  -- Dr. Charles Nero, Professor of Rhetoric, Bates College

Hear LaMott sing "Everything Must Change" from the documentary.

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Best LGBTQ Entry, San Francisco Black Film Festival, 2014

Official Selection:

The Pan African Film Festival (Los Angeles)

The Africa World Documentary Film Festival (St. Louis, MO; Barbados; Cameroon)

The Oakland International Film Festival

Inside Out (Toronto)

San Francisco Black Film Festival*

Docutah -- Southern Utah international Documentary Film Festival

Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Harlem International Film Festival

Chagrin Documentary Film Festival  (Chagrin Falls, OH)

Montreal International Black Film Festival

Red Rock Film Festival (Cedar City, UT)

Out on Film (Atlanta)

Baltimore Black Film Festival

Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Culture Unplugged Film Festival