Q & A with subject Brent Nicholson Earle & Producer Alex Charner followed screening.
This emotionally-charged documentary blends stage performance with stock footage to highlight the remarkable life and work of AIDS activist Brent Nicholson Earle. At the height of the epidemic, Earle refused to watch his friends suffer due to government inaction and public ignorance about the disease. His audacious response in 1986 was to embark on a 10,000-mile run around the perimeter of the United States to draw attention to the plight of AIDS patients, all while overcoming public backlash, a homophobic media blackout, his own health challenges, and an inconvenient lack of any long-distance training.
Length: 98 minutes
OPENING NIGHT WAS KINDLY SPONSORED BY TYLER SMART & CASCADE AIDS PROJECT.
Uýra is the alter-ego of Emerson, a non-binary performance artist and ecologist of indigenous origin living in Manaus, Brazil. Marginalized as an Indigenous, queer, and trans person, Uýra travels through the Amazon on a journey of self-discovery using performance art and exquisite transformations -- often created from materials found in the nearby forest -- to spread their message of environmental protection and promote LGTBQ+ rights. This independent film was made by women, queer, indigenous, black, and other underrepresented Latin American voices.
Length: 63 mins
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles
FILM KINDLY SPONSORED BY RUSS GAGE & ANDY NEVILLE AND LAURE X CAST.
Illuminating the closely-held secrets of a tight-lipped industry still ruled by capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy, Body Parts uncovers the often invisible processes involved in creating intimacy for mainstream American film and television, the toll these scenes exact on those directly involved. The documentary features candid interviews with actors and creators who are advocating for change, including Jane Fonda, Rosanna Arquette, Joey Soloway, Angela Robinson, Karyn Kusama, Rose McGowan, Alexandra Billings, Emily Meade, and David Simon. It highlights the voices of women like Sarah Scott and Sarah Tither-Kaplan who bravely spoke out against abusive behavior on their sets, were punished for it, and helped spark lasting improvements at major studios, including the groundbreaking introduction of intimacy coordinators.
Length: 86 mins
FILM KINDLY SPONSORED BY EMMA MCILROY & AMY TAYLOR
Q & A with Director Lauretta Molitor followed screening.
It’s impossible to imagine San Francisco’s queer cultural life in the past 5 decades without the singular presence of trailblazing gay filmmaker and organizer Marc Huestis. His most profound impact was as a creator of extravaganzas—some to support community causes, and later star-studded events which brought together the best of San Francisco’s performance community in celebration of camp icons and revered movies.
Impresario is a celebratory, and sometimes bittersweet, portrait of Marc, lovingly crafted by first-time director Lauretta Molitor, and including interviews with Mx Justin Vivian Bond, John Cameron Mitchell, David Weissman and more.
Length: 62 minutes
FILM KINDLY SPONSORED BY TOM BARRETO & HOWIE BIERBAUM.
Q&A with Directors Bryan Darling & Jesse Finley Reed followed screening.
Leopard print loin cloths, macramé blouses, silk kimonos, spandex bikinis: International Male was the mail-order catalogue that launched a thousand wet dreams with its flamboyant fashions and beefcake models. After Gene Burkard created the “Jock Sock,” he set up shop in his San Diego cottage and put out the first catalog in 1976. The ensuing phenomenon was something no one could have predicted. For over three decades, the iconic catalogue transformed not only men’s fashion but also the American public’s perception of masculinity and sexuality.
Length: 83 minutes
FILM KINDLY SPONSORED BY LAKE PERRIGUEY, ROD OLIN, ERICKA HEIDRICK & WILLIAM JOHNSON.
Q&A with Subject Professor Michael Angelo Roberson followed screening.
Do all Black lives matter, or only heterosexual Black lives? This is the question theater and film director Micheal Rice powerfully explores in this deep, necessary dive into the intertwined damage of racism and homophobia within Black communities.
BLACK AS U R unveils the stark homophobia characterizing many Black spaces, both contemporary and autobiographical, via a look into the director’s own upbringing in the southern United States. The film brings to the forefront the all-too-often silenced conversation within the Black community for generations -- Black queerness and transgender identity. BLACK AS U R explores topics that have catalyzed mental and physical violence against a subset of the Black community who have largely been the leaders in cultural expansion and the fight against racial injustice in America.
Length: 84 minutes
FILM KINDLY SPONSORED BY POISON WATERS / KEVIN COOK.
In the mid-to-late-1970s, a new subculture of several artists and other creative types began to take shape in London. Soon, they gained the name ‘New Romantics’. As the punk scene began to dissipate, the New Romantics took over. It was a lifestyle. It generated art, fashion and music, later inspiring acts such as Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet. TRAMPS!, a documentary by Kevin Hegge, tells the story of the New Romantic scene and its increased prominence.
Length: 104 minutes
FILM KINDLY SPONSORED BY ERIC SLADE, TONY CORAY & TERRY CAVANAGH.
Ravensbrück concentration camp, Christmas Eve 1944: A female inmate is ordered to sing Christmas carols, when a voice calls out “Sing something from Madame Butterfly!” Hauntingly, the singer chooses “Un bel di”—the ultimate expression of longing and hope. So begins the long-hidden, extraordinary love story of two prisoners from the Resistance: professional mezzo soprano Nelly Mousset-Vos and Nadine Hwang, the opera-loving requester. From the bowels of hell itself, their relationship blossoms and transforms into a deepening love that sustains them through liberation of the camps, post-war separation, and finally to Caracas, Venezuela, where, far from the world they left behind, they begin to build a life together.
Length: 92 minutes
Language: In English, French, Swedish, and Spanish with English subtitles
Country: Sweden, Belgium, Norway
FILM KINDLY SPONSORED BY STEPHEN CASSELL, TRACY CURTIS, RICK NAGORE & ANDREW TWEEDIE. SUPPORTING SPONSOR ROD OLIN.
Q&A with Director Jean Carlomusto and Producer Shanti Avirgan followed screening.
ESTHER NEWTON MADE ME GAY explores the life and times of cultural anthropologist Esther Newton. The film tells her story of awakening to gay life in the 1950’s, the women’s liberation movement and lesbian-feminism, drag culture, and forging a butch identity which for her is now in conversation with trans-masculinity. Keenly attuned to the cultural and societal forces that shaped her life, Esther guides us through an anthropology of herself.
Throughout her career, Esther was a pioneer—questioning and challenging status quo assumptions on gender, sexuality and anthropological methods. At a time when anthropology was limited to studying “far away cultures”, Esther’s foundational book, Mother Camp, was a bold and intimate study of the underground world of 1960’s midwest drag bars. Despite her groundbreaking work, Esther struggled to gain acceptance in an academic world that sidelined women and shunned homosexuals.
FILM KINDLY SPONSORED BY AMBER ROWLAND, ANN SYMONS & ANDREA PEREZ.
Five fantastic short docs celebrating the unique and bold stories of our diverse community.
Film 1: BEIRUT DREAMS IN COLOR, 29 mins
Film 2: HOLDING MOSES, 17 mins
Film 3: LOVE, BARBARA, 13 mins
Film 4: ALLISON WONDER, MASTER OF DOLLS,10 mins
Film 5: NEVER LOOK AWAY, 15 mins
2022 Q SHORTS PROGRAM WAS KINDLY SPONSORED
BY BRIAN CARR & THOMAS LAPIERRE.
Q&A with Subject Harry Cullen, Producer Shanti Avirgan, Mike Gilbert - Portland Peoples Outreach Project, and Health Justice Recovery Alliance Executive Director Tera Hurst followed screening.
An epic, emotional and interconnected story about internationally renowned artist and activist Nan Goldin told through her slideshows, intimate interviews, ground-breaking photography, and rare footage of her personal fight to hold the Sackler family, whose company Purdue Pharma ignited the opioid epidemic with its blockbuster drug OxyContin, accountable for the opioid crisis.
Directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras, the film interweaves Goldin’s past and present, the deeply personal and urgently political, from P.A.I.N.’s (a group Goldin founded to shame museums into rejecting Sackler money) actions at renowned art institutions, to Goldin’s photography of her friends and peers through her epic “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” and her legendary 1989, NEA-censored AIDS exhibition, “Witness: Against Our Vanishing.”
At the core of the film are Goldin’s art works. In these works, Goldin captures her friendships with beauty and raw tenderness. These friendships, and the legacy of her sister Barbara, anchor all of Goldin’s art.
Length: 116 minutes
CLOSING NIGHT FILM KINDLY SPONSORED BY BILL DICKEY. SUPPORTING SPONSOR, STEPHEN CASSELL.