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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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Enlightening and heartfelt documentary
30 August 2016 | by Eric PowellSee all my reviews

Upstairs Inferno tells an important story through a cohesive, supported narrative. Considerate references maintain courtesy in respect to all parties involved while causal and temporal links weave a thought-provoking pattern of LGBTQ treatment and this community's seemingly complicated responses, whether logical, reasonable or simply justifiable. Specific attention is given to the evolving complexity of mental states as they seek to attempt resolution where none can be found. Technically speaking, the sound quality and camera work lend to the story and the music is not distracting. Editing must have been a difficult process as I was left wanting more - not more information just haunted in a way. This led me to seek additional stories involving others' rights. Today's political climate demands that specific attention be paid to gay, et al. rights. Why? The LGBTQ community has historically been treated as second class citizens, or worse. The only way to improve treatment and earn truly equal rights is to highlight this history and take action on definitive mistreatment, via target or omission, as a unified group. Many LGBTQ individuals don't understand the need for organized support as they are ignorant of historic facts - hence the need for thoughtful documentaries. Gay lives matter - not more than other lives - though the improvement of the dignity of LGBTQ does matter more than many established groups that already receive full rights and fair treatment. This documentary is a must-see - not preachy but inspiring and certainly motivating.

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