May 22nd 2020

#OTVReruns explores intersectional web TV platform OTV – Open Television’s rich back catalogue of programs from our previous premiere cycles, enhanced by the point of view of the creators. #OTVReruns is a director’s cut with a playful twist. In the form of VH1’s Pop-Up Video, the shorts are overlaid with commentary and facts from behind-the-scenes in annotated bubbles.

This second edition of #OTVReruns is powered by the #LetUsBreathe Collective and highlights Kings and Queens, Hair Story, and Searching for Isabelle.
Commentary is provided by Rachel Relman of Kings and Queens, Erik Lamar Wallace II aka Mister Wallace and Saya Naomi of Hair Story, and Stephanie Jeter of Searching for Isabelle.


Kings and Queens
Pilot created by Rachel Relman.
In Kings and Queens, Drag performers and best friends Polly Glamory (Bambi Banks-Couleé) and Stevie Stars (Amber Thomas) ditch their boring college graduation to compete in the last round of a drag competition. Their relationships with each other and everyone around them are tested as they try to become the best performers in the most competitive drag scene in the country.

Hair Story
PIlot directed by Aymar Jean Christian, written by Roger Fierro, Felicia Holman, Abra Johnson, Phillip Lambert, Niki Madison, Elijah McKinnon, Meida McNeal, Saya Naomi, Jordy Palmer, Ashley Ray, and Erik Lamar Wallace II.

In Hair Story residents of an artsy Black co-op tell their wild stories to an out-of-work drag queen as she styles their hair to pay her rent.

Searching for Isabelle
Pilot written and directed by Stephanie Jeter.
While being held captive, Isabelle discovers a mysterious ability to project herself to the outside world. In Searching for Isabelle, when she appears to two of her friends in a desperate appeal for help, they work together to try and find her. But time is running out.



OTV – Open Television
OTV | Open Television is a non-profit platform for intersectional television. We incubate artists that commercial television networks and art institutions do not develop consistently: artists who identify with multiple identities marginalized by the market and society. OTV experiments with alternative ways to develop, produce, and exhibit art and television. Our programs center artistic expression, intersectionality, Chicago and digital networking. For more info, please visit

the #LetUsBreathe Collective
The #LetUsBreathe Collective aims to harness creative capital and cultural production to deconstruct systemic injustice in America and worldwide. For more info, please visit

The Stimulus Package for Humanity is a micro-commission program from the #LetUsBreathe Collective inviting artists, creators, healers, and humanists to submit proposals to develop new content at the intersection of justice & pandemic. The effort is produced by the #LetUsBreathe Collective in partnership with FreeWrite Arts & Literacy, the Envisioning Justice Network, and Illinois Humanities.

There is currently an open call for submissions. For more info, please visit

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