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Bumming Cigarettes [2012] Film Review 

Bumming Cigarettes is a short film about a brief and intimate meeting between a young Black lesbian woman who is in the process of taking an HIV test and a middle aged Black Gay HIV Positive man. Coming off of the devastation of a bad breakup with a girlfriend, Vee musters up the courage to go and take an HIV test to put her worst fears to rest. What she experiences during her trip to a local clinic is much more than she expects while sharing a cigarette with a stranger, Jimmy, during the 10 minutes that she awaits her test results.

Alia Hatch makes a strong debut in this short film, as a young Black lesbian woman looking to discover her status. This is a breakthrough performance for James Tolbert, a native Philadelphian and professional actor living with HIV for over 20 years. Alia and James deliver a moving performance in this film that explores complex issues surrounding the HIV/AIDS epidemic including the loss of intimacy and stigma that persons living with HIV/AIDS may encounter, while also encouraging awareness around HIV/AIDS testing and the way we treat persons living with the disease.

Starring: Alia Hatch and James Tolbert


Executive Producer/Director/Writer: Tiona McClodden

Cinematographer: Sienna Pinderhughes

Film Festival Screenings:

2012 Philadelphia QFest – Philadelphia, PA

2012 BlackStar Film Festival-Philadelphia, PA

2012 Corona Cork Film Festival – Cork, Ireland

2013 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival

2013 Sistah Sinema Screening Tour: Atlanta, Greensboro, Portland, Cleveland, Chicago,

2013 frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival

2013 Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

2013 Fresno Reel Pride Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

2013 GFest Gaywise Festival-London

2013 Queer Film Festival MEZIPATRA-Prague & Brno, Czech Republic

2014 Queens World Film Festival

2014 Massimadi Afro Caribbean LGBT International Film Festival 2014


2014 Community Underground Film Festival - Philadelphia, PA

2014 Arthur Ross Gallery, A Day With(out) Art / World AIDS Day

2015 Black Alphabet Film Festival

Exhibition Film Print Available in HDCAM, BLU-RAY DVD, DVD

Format: 16x9 HD

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