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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 ... Self
Misti Ates Misti Ates ... Self
David Billings David Billings ... Self (as Reverend David Billings)
Bishop Paul Breton Bishop Paul Breton ... Self
Stewart Butler Stewart Butler ... Self
Kevin Coakley Kevin Coakley ... Self
Clayton Delery-Edwards Clayton Delery-Edwards ... Self
Clancy DuBos Clancy DuBos ... Self
Francis Dufrene Francis Dufrene ... Self
Henry Kubicki Henry Kubicki ... Self
Ronnie LeBoeuf Ronnie LeBoeuf ... Self
John J. Meyers John J. Meyers ... Self
Chris E. Mickal Chris E. Mickal ... Self
Duane Mitchell Duane Mitchell ... Self
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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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Upstairs Inferno
Written, composed and performed by Rachel Panay
Recorded, edited and mastered by Blake Athen at Human Factor Productions
Copyright 2014, Music Moves Mountains Publishing (Administered by The Royalty Network)
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Forgotten Gay History in America
30 August 2016 | by greggwelpeSee all my reviews

The 1973 arson of the UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans was the deadliest day for LGBT people in America until the massacre at Pulse. During a beer bust on Sunday, June 24, 1973, someone soaked the wooden staircase to the lounge in lighter fluid and set it ablaze.The fire trapped around half of the patrons, who couldn't make it to an exit. And now Upstairs Inferno reminds us all of the darkest day in gay history in America, a day that all Americans should never forget when 32 lives were lost. Thank you Robert Camina for bringing this film to life and sharing the history of that day at 141 Chartres Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.

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