First Trailer for Indie Musical 'Saturday Church' Set in New York City

December 5, 2017
Source: YouTube

Saturday Church Trailer

"You want to join them?" Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted the first official trailer for an indie musical titled Saturday Church, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The film is being described as Moonlight meets La La Land (of course these two films are named), but set in New York City. The story follows a 14-year-old boy named Ulysses, struggling with gender identity and religion, who begins to use fantasy to escape his life in the inner city and find his passion in the process. Broadway up-and-comer Luka Kain stars as vibrant youngster Ulysses, with a cast including Margot Bingham, Regina Taylor, Mj Rodriguez, Marquis Rodriguez, and Indya Moore. Saturday Church also features songs and music composed and co-written by musician-turned-film composer Nathan Larson. This looks like a triumphant, uplifting, inspiring film from NYC. And this reminds me of the excellent documentary Kiki. Worth a watch.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Damon Cardasis' Saturday Church, direct from YouTube:

Saturday Church Poster

Tells the story of 14-year-old Ulysses, a shy and effeminate boy, who finds himself coping with new responsibilities as “man of the house” after the death of his father. Living alongside his mother, younger brother, and conservative aunt, Ulysses is also struggling with questions about his gender identity. He finds an escape by creating a world of fantasy filled with dance and music. Ulysses’ journey takes a turn for the better when he encounters a vibrant transgender community, who take him to "Saturday Church," a program for LGBTQ youth. Ulysses manages to keep his two worlds apart; appeasing his aunt and discovering his passion for the NYC ball scene, and voguing, until his double life is revealed. Ulysses must find the courage to be who he truly is, all while risking losing those he cares about most. Saturday Church is written and directed by filmmaker Damon Cardasis, making his feature directorial debut after work as a producer. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and also played the London Film Festival. Samuel Goldwyn will release Cardasis' Saturday Church in select theaters + on VOD starting January 12th, 2018.

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Reader Feedback - 8 Comments


this does not appear to elevate, just appropriate

kitano0 on Dec 5, 2017


Huh? You mean the film? Please explain...

Alex Billington on Dec 6, 2017


It appears from the trailer to be what the critic says : Moonlight meets La La Land. It looks formulaic, not adding anything particularly new. ( Gee, Alex I was trying to be succinct, now you've ruined it 🙂

kitano0 on Dec 6, 2017


Ha. Well, I appreciate the clarification. 🙂

Alex Billington on Dec 6, 2017


I think because the black LGBT experience isn't a topic broached in a lot of 'commercial' film...any film that deals with the gay black experience may unfairly be lumped in with 'Moonlight'. It might have a whole other family dynamic unrelated to Moonlight. Add music...of course 'La La Land' is mentioned. Speaking as a heterosexual West Indian American Black Man.... I am very open to see this...and also appreciate the opportunities that allow filmmakers from different communities to tell their stories.

Duane on Dec 6, 2017


It doesn't look so formulaic as you thought it would. So, yes, at some point, I might be interested to see it ...

shiboleth on Dec 6, 2017


Looks good. I'll be looking for it at release time.

VAharleywitch on Dec 7, 2017


"Saturday Church" is being shown 1/5 at the church whose program inspired the film

MO on Dec 28, 2017

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