Q & A with subjects Jimmy White, Ashlé Blow and Producer Bud Johnston followed screening.
Combining epic choral performances with intimate personal stories director David Charles follows the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and the Oakland Interfaith Choir as they journey South to challenge political and religious oppression with the joy of song. "There are two things we can do,” choral conductor Tim Seelig says “We can sing and we can love!” Beautifully shot and full of hope, Gay Chorus Deep South sings and loves along with its subjects, loudly and proudly.
Panel discussion with ACLU of Oregon Legal Director Mat dos Santos, trans advocate / activist Michalle Wright, and LGBTQ Veterans Coordinator for ODVA Nathaniel Boehme followed screening.
Former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, a trans woman and whistleblower, made headlines in 2010 after disclosing thousands of government documents to WikiLeaks. After serving seven years in military prison her 35-year sentence was commuted. In this exclusive look at her 'life as a coming-of-age story,' Chelsea adjusts to a whole new world: Trump's America. Supported by friends, lawyers and loved ones, she jumps back into activism and politics, advocating for government transparency and transgender rights, even running for the US Senate.
Q & A with Director Dennis Keighron-Foster followed screening.
Over the course of a year, directors Amy Watson and Dennis Keighron-Foster developed relationships with vogue house mothers and members involved in Manchester's Vogue scene as they prepared to compete in the Manchester ICONS Vogue Ball. Their resulting, compelling film explore themes from the internal politics of Vogue to its external politics like the disenfranchisement of black youth, LGBT issues, a shrinking welfare state, a death of art spaces and modes of expression, a reductive and commercialized gay scene and a lack of safe spaces for the truly different.
Q & A with Directors Roman Chimienti & Tyler Jensen and Subject Mark Patton followed screening.
In 1985, Mark Patton starred in what later generations would dub “the gayest horror movie ever made,” A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. The sequel made Freddy Krueger into a pop-culture icon, but Patton was never heard from again. After 30 years of living in near-obscurity, Patton is back to talk about how his American dream became a nightmare during the homophobic AIDS crisis in Hollywood and why had to give it all up.
Q & A with Subjects Karen & Barry Mason followed screening.
How do you explain to your friends that your mom and pop run a gay pornography shop? This is just one question that director Rachel Mason asks in this intimate and probing documentary. Turning the camera on her parents and siblings, Mason explores the contradictions of growing up in an unconventional household where her mom could be found volunteering at her synagogue or re-stocking issues of Hand Job Magazine. Sex was never discussed at home, but it was films like A Rim with a View that helped put the kids through college.
Q & A with Director Jeanie Finley followed screening.
Jeanie Finlay’s (Orion: The Man Who Would Be King) new documentary thoughtfully chronicles a transgender man’s path to parenthood. Spirited and self-possessed, Freddy McConnell dreams of raising a child in his hometown of Deal, England. With ample support from his mom and his potential co-parent, C.J., he decides to carry the baby to term himself.
Q & A with Director Sarah Fodey and Subject Michelle Douglas followed screening.
Nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for best documentary, this investigative piece tells the story of Canada’s policy of surveillance and interrogation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during the Cold War. When the Canadian “security panel” decided that LGBTQ federal employees and members of the Canadian Armed Forces were susceptible to blackmail by Soviet spies, it began a heretofore unrecognized program of spying against its own citizens.
This documentary exposes the dark secrets of an era, not so long ago, when paranoia ruled the system and marginalization was used as an excuse to further punish queer people. Now, for the first time, survivors of the government’s abuses tell their stories, both deeply personal and broadly political. They speak out in hopes of bringing awareness to a new generation and scrutiny of the beliefs that still can lead to mistrust, governmental overreach, and injustice.
Q & A with Editor, Director & Producer Terrence Crawford followed screening.
Some call the 21st century the post-AIDS years, thanks to activism and new medications. New York and other centers of gay life have new generations of LGBTQ people who feel free and safe. Over the years, however, another ravaging threat has continued to rise: crystal meth, a synthetic drug that found quick and willing harbor in the gay dance and sex club scene. Delivering a manic rush to intensify physical and sexual activity, addiction is almost instantaneous.
This frightening but hopeful documentary explores the myriad causes and effects of crystal meth addiction, charting the long (and sometimes agonizing) path to recovery.
The inspiring story of Melbourne, Australia’s 2017 Coming Back Out Ball and several of its attendees opens an important conversation about LGBTQ elders and the experience of entering queer life as an older person. Ball organizer Tristan Meecham conceived the event after learning that some older people who had come out in their younger days found themselves "back into the closet" as age isolated them from the community. Following the lives of several Ball-goers before the big event, Sue Thomson’s entertaining film shows the courage and humor of individuals who have lived through a dramatic evolution of queer people’s position in the world and in their own communities, with firsthand accounts of a time when LGBTQ people were reviled and hidden, all culminating in the joyful spectacle of the Ball itself.
No. 1: INVISIBLE WOMEN
Director: Alice Smith.
2018 UK 25mins
The story of the lesbian pioneers in England who formed the Northern branch of the Gay Liberation Front and put women’s rights on the agenda.
No. 2: MACK WRESTLES
Directors: Erin Sanger, Taylor Hes. 2019 USA 25mins
A behind-the-scenes look at gifted wrestler Mack Beggs and the stigmatism that transgender athletes face.
No. 3: DRESS UP LIKE MRS DOUBTFIRE
Director: Will Zang.
2019 USA 12mins
A look at 1992's Mrs. Doubtfire as one of first family-friendly films to include drag.
No. 4: A GREAT RIDE
Directors: Deborah Craig & Veronica Deliz.
2018 USA 28mins
A celebration of older lesbians — including the legendary Sally Gearhart,
Brenda Crawford and several other women living in an LGBTQ-friendly retirement community in Santa Rosa, Calif. — aging with dynamism and zest for life, determination and humor.
Q & A with Subject Cassandro followed screening.
Meet Saul Armendariz, aka Cassandro, the longstanding, openly gay champion of Mexican Exotico wrestling. At 47, Cassandro has spent his life bringing high drag and high-octane stunts to devoted audiences, but challenging prejudice outside the ring is no easy task. Chronicling broken hearts, broken bones, and Cassandro's unbeatable spirit, director Marie Losier (The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jay) brings us a playful and lovingly stylized portrait of the man known as the “Liberace of Lucha Libre.”
Q & A with Subjects Rob & Linda Robertson followed screening.
When the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality across the nation in 2015, many assumed that the fight for LGBTQ rights was won. But politicians and religious conservatives launched a state-by-state campaign to retract the human rights of America's LGBTQ citizens under the guise of religious freedom. Introducing four American families caught in the crosshairs of scripture, sexuality, and identity, this documentary weaves together clips from the national news and the church pulpit, alongside family photos and intimate testimonies, to show the undeniable connection between the personal and the political.