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Upstairs Inferno (2015)

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On June 24, 1973, a gay bar in New Orleans called the Up Stairs Lounge was deliberately set on fire: an event that for over 40 years, was considered the "Largest Gay Mass Murder in U.S. History".


Robert L. Camina
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Rice ... Narrator (voice)
Regina Adams Regina Adams ... Herself
Misti Ates Misti Ates ... Herself
David Billings David Billings ... Himself (as Reverend David Billings)
Bishop Paul Breton Bishop Paul Breton ... Himself
Stewart Butler Stewart Butler ... Himself
Kevin Coakley Kevin Coakley ... Himself
Clayton Delery-Edwards Clayton Delery-Edwards ... Himself
Clancy DuBos Clancy DuBos ... Himself
Francis Dufrene Francis Dufrene ... Himself
Henry Kubicki Henry Kubicki ... Himself
Ronnie LeBoeuf Ronnie LeBoeuf ... Himself
John J. Meyers John J. Meyers ... Himself
Chris E. Mickal Chris E. Mickal ... Himself
Duane Mitchell Duane Mitchell ... Himself


On June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar located on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. The fire ultimately killed 32 people and severely injured countless others. For over 40 years, it was considered the "Largest Gay Mass Murder in U.S. History". With exclusive interviews from survivors, family/friends of victims and witnesses, along with long lost artifacts, newsreel footage and photos, UPSTAIRS INFERNO vividly examines this oft-forgotten story and gets inside the hearts and minds of a handful of vibrant people who experienced one of the most important and underreported moments in LGBT History. Written by Camina Entertainment

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The nearly forgotten story about the 1973 New Orleans gay mass murder.



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24 June 2015 (USA) See more »

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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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By David Helpling
[From the album entitled "Between Green and Blue"]
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Powerful and Moving Documentary
30 August 2016 | by crshort-44696See all my reviews

I saw this at a film festival in Seattle and was moved to tears. The story told wasn't one that I had heard of before, and it's terrifying to think that one man could hold the lives of so many people in his hands simply because of self-hatred. The story moves swiftly, and the testimonials are gripping. You feel like you're reliving the moments of the blaze just like they were. The direction is well done and smart and doesn't devolve into schmaltz or cheap tricks. Clever and sensitive. Overall, an excellent movie and one very well worth watching. The context is especially moving now that the massacre at the Pulse nightclub has occurred. Very moving and worth all the stars.

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