Airbnb, the travel accommodations company, made its first foray into the entertainment industry with “Gay Chorus Deep South,” a documentary developed, financed, and produced the documentary film that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 29.
Directed by David Charles Rodrigues, “Gay Chorus Deep South” follows the 300-member San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus on their 10-day, multi-state Lavender Pen Tour in 2017. The chorus visited and performed in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina with the goal of inspiring conversation around inclusivity and civil rights.
“Making this film with Airbnb and the Chorus has been an experience of a lifetime,” said Rodrigues, in a statement. “When we learned about the tour, I immediately saw a rare chance of telling an emotional story in divisive times. What we saw up close, was a positive movement of acceptance and belonging. It’s a humbling opportunity to premiere at Tribeca and most importantly to spread the Chorus’s message to the world.”