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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


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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Hidden history and a hidden gem of a film!
10 March 2018 | by vaughncharlieSee all my reviews

For those lucky enough to see this film, it details a truly heartbreaking moment in time for New Orleans, and the Gay Community at large. Anyone, regardless of whether you identify as part of the gay community will be moved by the stories told here. Robert Camina, the director, obviously has a tremendous amount of respect for the people who were directly affected by this tragic fire. At no point does the film feel sensationalize or exploitative, rather it is like going to a reunion with new friends, whose story can only be told by those who were there.

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24 June 2015 (USA) See more »

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