QDoc 2018 is a wrap! Stay tuned for 2019's festival dates...
Celebrates one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to re-claim their lives.
Subject Armistead Maupin, director Jennifer Kroot and co-director/editor Bill Weber in attendance. Thurs, May 18th 7:30pm
Jewel Thais-Williams helped change laws, save lives and influence communities across Los Angeles, California as she opened her legendary nightclub's door for 42 years. Director C. Fitz draws a portrait of a determined entrepreneur who overcame the challenges of being black, female, poor and lesbian to create a lasting legacy in the community.
Subject Jewel Thais-Williams and director C. Fitz in attendance.
Fri, May 19th 6:30pm
Bayard & Me - Bayard Rustin was the organizer of the March on Washington and one of the leaders of the civil rights movement. In the 1980s Bayard adopted his younger boyfriend Walter Naegle to obtain the legal protections of marriage.
A Giant's Love - The story of Mariela Munoz, born Leonardo Munoz in Argentina in 1943, who fought for her rights as a transgender woman and above all, for her 17 adopted children.
Director Maria Audras in attendance.
Fri, May 19th 8:45pm
My Wonderful West Berlin offers a brilliant homage to hedonism, the story of 1960s West Berlin and the righteous freedom of the gay community of the era. Weaving archival material with contemporary footage, director Jochen Hick offers a bittersweet tribute to a city whose bars, cruising, radical bookstores and left-wing politics paved the way for new German attitudes toward liberation.
Director Jochen Hick in attendance.
Sat, May 20th 1:00pm
The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson uses decades-old interviews and never-before-seen video footage, plus commentary from current transgender activists to comb through the clues in search of justice for Marsha Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, and discover a deeper connection to the movement’s first leaders. The new film follows a new investigation into the mysterious death of Johnson, a courageous African-American transgender activist who also help give birth to the modern Gay Rights Movement.
Sat, May 20th 3:30pm
According to The Guardian, legendary Mexican singer Chavela Vargas is “probably Donald Trump’s ultimate nightmare: a Mexican lesbian diva who can wring your very soul.” The Hollywood Reporter calls her “a trailblazing free spirit whose appetite for tequila and women was as legendary as her soul-stirring vocals.” Through its lyrical structure, Chavela takes viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the life of this iconoclastic, game-changing artist.
Director/producer Catherine Gund in attendance.
Sat, May 20th 6:30pm
Armed with a limitless Rolodex and a Benedict Canyon enclave with its own disco, Allan Carr threw the Hollywood parties that defined the 1970s. A producer, manager, and marketing genius, Carr built his bombastic reputation amid a series of successes including the mega-hit musical film GREASE, until it all came crashing down after he produced the 1989 Academy Awards, a notorious debacle.
Director Jeffrey Schwarz in attendance.
Sat, May 20th 9:00pm
QDoc co-founder and filmmaker David Weissman (We Were Here, The Cockettes) presents the second installment of his project-in-process doc series, Conversations with Gay Elders. Weissman initiated this project to capture the experiences of gay men of the pre-Stonewall generation, in collaboration with younger-generation gay men as editors.
Director David Weissman, subject Kerby Lauderdale and editor Michiel Thomas in attendance.
Sun, May 21st 12:00pm
A family story of a very special kind. The mother earns a living as a spirit guide for the deceased at their funerals: she was never at home, always out and about with her girlfriends instead. The daughter now goes to great lengths to attempt to understand her mother. A cosmos opens before us, one which manages to be of universal cultural significance and extremely intimate at the same time.
Sun, May 21st 2:30pm
With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be "security risks" and orders the immediate firing of any government employee discovered to be gay or lesbian. It triggers a vicious witch hunt that lasts for forty years and ruins thousands of lives, while thrusting an unlikely hero into the forefront of what would become the modern LGBT rights movement.
Director Josh Howard in attendance.
Sun, May 21st 4:30pm
Rebels on Pointe is the first-ever, cinéma vérité documentary film celebrating Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo -- the all male, comic ballet troupe founded over 40 years ago on the heels of New York's Stonewall riots.
Subject Bobby Carter in attendance.
Sun, May 21st 7:30pm