Mark’s parents always dressed him in red, his brother Alex in blue. Identical twins, born minutes apart-Mark and Alex’s identifying hues exemplified both the intimacy of connection between twins, and the social complications that result from such a closely shared identity. In a seemingly conventional middle-American family Mark and Alex grew and developed both as individuals and within the unique shared terrain that twins inhabit. But by the time they were 14, their parents had divorced, they had come out as gay, there were problems with drug abuse and depression. Eventually a joint suicide attempt precipitated a forced separation of Mark and Alex for two and half years. When they were reunited, Alex’s surprise decision to explore gender re-assignment surgery and live as a female, Clair, created profound challenges for the whole family, but particularly for the special relationship that Mark and Alex had shared as twin brothers. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival, Red Without Blue is a beautifully shot, incredibly intimate portrait of individuals dealing with sexual and gender identity, but which ultimately speaks to the extraordinary bonds that hold families together.
RED WITHOUT BLUE: Dirs Brooke Sebold, Benita Sills, Todd Sills 2007 USA 74 min
Sponsored By: Savoy Tavern & Bistro
Community Partners: Portland PFLAG and the Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC)
It’s no exaggeration to say that Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon are treasures of the LGBT movement, the most widely recognized and admired lesbian couple since Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. As much an inspiration for their tireless, unapologetic public activism as they are for their long term commitment to each other, they have been partners in love and political struggle for over 50 years.
No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon traces the story of these two remarkable women for over half a century, and offers an intimate view of their charming relationship. Courageously launching the Daughters of Bilitis in 1955, the first public organization for lesbians in America, they continued with groundbreaking work in the feminist movement, health and sex education fields, family issues and most recently the aging community. Winner of numerous festival audience awards for best documentary, No Secret Anymore is directed by internationally recognized documentary artist JEB (Joan E. Biren), one of our community’s treasures in her own right.
Preceded by One Wedding and a Revolution, from Academy Award winner Deborah Chasnoff. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom made the landmark decision in 2004 to grant marriage licenses to lesbian and gay couples. At such an historic moment, who would the LGBT community ask to be the first couple to take the vows?
NO SECRET ANYMORE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DEL MARTIN & PHYLLIS LYON: Dir Joan E. Biren USA 2003 57 min.
ONE WEDDING AND A REVOLUTION: Dir Deborah Chasnoff USA 2004 19 min.
Community Partners: Equity Foundation & In Other Words Women’s Books and Resources
On the Downlow is an intimate portrait of four men negotiating their bisexual desire within the African-American community of Cleveland, Ohio. In the process of revealing the lives of men who self-describe themselves as ï¿½dipping on both sides of the fence,ï¿½ the film showcases the complex intersections of sexuality, race, class and family in contemporary middle-America.
Ray (20) dates women and drag queens. He’s not into the boy thing and has a girlfriend right now. Antonio (32) spent 7 years in jail, and is dating George, who has just graduated high school and who in turn, is about to tell his high school sweetheart that he is gay. Kerwin (23) has been with many women and men; his parents don’t know but he wants to tell. Billy (28) says the best sex of his life was with the mother of his children, yet he lives with a man.
An exquisite piece of filmmaking from highly acclaimed experimental director Abigail Child, On the Downlow is also a testament to an extraordinary level of trust established between the director and the interviewees who share their very personal stories.
ON THE DOWNLOW: Dir Abigail Child USA 2007 56 min.
Community Partner: Brother To Brother Portland Black Pride June 9-17
While female-to-male (FTM) transgender visibility has increased dramatically in recent years, there remains significant controversy about this phenomenon among some feminists and lesbians.
Boy I Am boldly jumps into this dialogue, bringing questions and concerns out into the open. Is transitioning just a trend? Is it tapping into male privilege? Will transmen regret their choice with added maturity? What does the rise of FTM transitioning mean to butch dyke identity? Can transmen still be part of the lesbian community? Is a transman a straight man now, or does he retain his queerness?
In this thought-provoking film, directors Sam Feder and Julie Holler break down barriers to the forthright discussion of trans issues through a compassionate look at the experiences of three young, articulate, transitioning FTMs in New York City-Nico, Norie and Keegan-as they go through major junctures in their transitions. Voices of lesbians, activists and theorists also weigh in, raising and addressing the questions that many people have, but few openly discuss.
Boy I Am: Dirs Sam Feder & Julie Hollar 2006 USA 81 min.
Community Partner: Bitch Magazine – Feminist Response to Pop Culture
If Portland’s Sissyboy troupe can trace its gender-rebel ancestry back to San Francisco’s Cockettes, ultimately that lineage leads directly back to legendary New York artist, Jack Smith.
Underground filmmaker, photographer, father of performance art, penniless anti-capitalist, and fabulous mad queen, Jack Smith was a central and controversial figure of New York’s creative underground until his death from AIDS in 1989. His seminal, though largely forgotten, work from the 1960s influenced Warhol, John Waters, Fellini, and countless others who have subsequently made their own impact on American (counter)culture.
Smith’s notoriety came with his 1963 film Flaming Creatures which was banned as ï¿½obscene,ï¿½ leading to a Supreme Court battle. A baroque, genderfuck fantasmagoria of torn gowns and dumpster glamour, Flaming Creatures embodied Smith’s fascination with cheesy Hollywood exotica re-imagined through an avant-garde and utterly queer prism.
Mary Jordan’s visually spectacular film utilizes Smith’s films, photos, and audio recordings, and interviews with artists such as John Waters, Warhol luminaries Taylor Mead and Holly Woodlawn, writer Gary Indiana, musician John Zorn, and many others to capture the eclectic personality and influence of Jack Smith.
JACK SMITH AND THE DESTRUCTION OF ATLANTIS: Dir Mary Jordan USA 2006 94 min.
Sponsored By: Witham & Dickey
Community Partners: Northwest Film Center & Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
Freeheld, a highly moving and ultimately uplifting documentary, tells of Lieutenant Laurel Hester’s battle against the elected officials of her New Jersey county who are denying her dying wish: to provide for the woman she loves. After 25 years spent serving her community, the veteran police detective has lung cancer, and she is desperate to ensure a financially stable future for her life-partner. But the county’s elected officials—known as Freeholders-won’t let her transfer her pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree.
Without the pension Andree will lose the home that she and Hester have built together, and Hester will not stand to see that happen. As friends and neighbors rally around the couple, Hester and Andree set off on a powerful and heart-breaking race against time.
Winner – Special Jury Prize, 2007 Sundance Film Festival
Immediately following this free screening, stay for an informative panel discussion on the status of Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Partners in Oregon. Panelists include Commissioner Sam Adams; Mike Roth, Producer/Director of SAVING MARRIAGE; Tiffany Harris, attorney with Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt; Michael Sandmeyer, representing Basic Rights Oregon; and moderated by attorney Mark Johnson of Johnson Renshaw & Lechman-Su.
FREEHELD: Dir Cynthia Wade 2007 USA 38 min.
A completely delightful and surprising story of queer life in a small city in Southern Mexico. Juchitan is located in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, where the indigenous Zapotec culture has strong matriarchal traditions. According to local legend, God gave Vincente Ferrer, the patron Saint of Juchitan, a bag full of queers to distribute throughout the world. Everywhere Vincente traveled, he’d leave behind a queer or two. When at Juchitan, however, the bag broke, spilling all the queers into this one town.
Juchitan Queer Paradise focuses on some of the local queers-men and transsexuals-who speak about community acceptance and their own self-awareness in ways that would be surprising even in some of the most supposedly ï¿½liberalï¿½ urban queer centers. An urbane intellectual speaks openly of paying for sex, a hairdresser discusses her life as a transsexual, and a prominent shop owner speaks of his long-term relationship. The integration of the local ï¿½muxesï¿½ (queers) into community life is described by friends, family members and even the town mayor, and the film culminates in an annual fiesta thrown by the local queens and attended by a broad cross-section of the whole community.
JUCHITAN QUEER PARADISE: dir Patricio Henriquez 2002 Canada 65 min. In English, Spanish and Zapotec with alternating voice-over and subtitles.
Community Partner: Latino Gay PRIDE – ï¿½Noche de Fuego! – Sunday June 10th
These two films address the very different ways, and different times, in which gay and lesbian porn emerged.
Other than the pulp novels of the 1950s and ’60s, porn made by women for women was rare until the 1980s, reflecting general social homophobia, and conflicts around porn within the feminist movement.
Gay male erotica in the pre-gay liberation years was often thinly disguised as exercise and body building photography, to avoid persecution and to give some cover to the gay men who sought out the images.
Lesbian Sex and Sexuality: The Evolution of Erotica is part of a series produced for HereTV on lesbian sexuality. Hot, funny, and highly informative, it focuses on dyke porn pioneers who created an emerging genre of lesbian pornography dedicated to celebrating and portraying lesbian sexuality from a lesbian perspective.
Eye on the Guy: Alan B. Stone & The Age of Beefcake tells the story of Montreal photographer Alan Stone, who, from the basement of his mother’s suburban house, produced thousands of beefcake images for mail order physique magazines during the 1950s and early 1960s. Gorgeous stills, home movies, and engaging interviews with former models capture a time when the images may seem more innocent but the desire itself was fraught with danger.
LESBIAN SEX AND SEXUALITY: THE EVOLUTION OF EROTICA: dir Katherine Linton 2007 USA 26 min. EYE ON THE GUY: Alan B. Stone & the Age of Beefcake: dirs Philip Lewis & Jean-Francois Monette 2006 Canada 48 min.
Community Partner: Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
Winner of multiple festival awards, Saving Marriage has the intensity of a great thriller. Whether you’re devotedly monogamous or adventurously polyamorous, whether you crave a primary partner or prefer the possibilities inherent in staying single, Saving Marriage will have you on the edge of your seat with its portrayal of this passionate movement demanding the rights of all people to love the partner of their choice.
Massachusetts has been at the forefront of the battle to legalize gay marriage in America. It is a battle that is still being raged: in the courts, in the legislature, and in the hearts and minds of the state’s citizens. Filmmakers Mike Roth and John Henning spent two years in Massachusetts documenting this struggle, from its most personal aspects to the hardball political strategizing from both sides of the issue.
Saving Marriage does an extraordinary job of capturing the agonies and exaltations of queer activists as victories are followed by setbacks, and the subsequent empowerment of regrouping for the next battle. Gays and lesbians of all ages-veteran politicos, as well as those who have never been inspired to engage in the political process-share their committed refusal to be treated as second-class citizens.
After the screening of Saving Marriage join us for our Closing Reception at Portland’s Q Center. Enjoy treats from Cafï¿½ Wonder and Pearl Bakery, and wedding cake from the Bakery Bar. Toast to the success of QDoc with a hosted bar featuring Widmer Brews and New Deal Vodka. Complementary admission with Saving Marriage ticket.
Saving Marriage: dirs Mike Roth & John Henning 2006 USA 90 min.
Community Partner: Basic Rights Oregon