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UNI music professor lands starring role in independent film, 'Kevin's Room II'

October 16, 2003

Darryl Taylor, associate professor of music, (319) 273-5879
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Darryl Taylor, associate professor of music at the University of Northern Iowa, makes his screen debut in 'Kevin's Room II,' an independent film premiering Nov. 9 at the International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Chicago.

Taylor plays Aaron, an HIV-positive father of a 12-year-old son. 'The movie is about a gay men's support group. All the characters have different issues. One is bi-sexual, conflicted about his sexuality and, to make matters worse, has a new baby on the way. My character, Aaron, is dealing with various issues related to his health and love life, and particularly with wanting more intimacy with his partner.'

Taylor says this film, a follow-up to 'Kevin's Room,' which was shown nationally at film festivals and health conferences, is important for a variety of reasons. 'First, it portrays black men in a positive light, something not often presented in the media.

Second, it gives dimension to the lives of the gay men it portrays. They are not presented as fey queens, in constant pursuit of the next sexual conquest, something presented in the media. The men of this film have real-life qualities and real-life problems that are looked at and addressed seriously and respectfully.'

For more information about 'Kevin's Room II,' contact Black Cat Productions, (773) 274-2300.

Taylor came to UNI in 1996. Since then, he has established a college branch of the George Walker Society of Music, the only one in Iowa; made substantial contributions to minority recruitment efforts; developed a series for guest artists; established a Web site for the African American Art Song Alliance; and been instrumental in bringing to campus a number of world-class opera singers.

A renowned tenor, he has released a solo CD, 'Dreamer: A Portrait of Langston Hughes,' and has performed nationwide.