No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics

Director: Vivian Kleiman Run Time: 79 min. Release Year: 2021

Starring: Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Jennifer Camper, Mary Wings, Rupert Kinnard

A feature-length documentary film-in-progress chronicling the birth and development of LGBTQ comics through the eyes of several of its pioneers. The film was inspired by the Lambda award-winning book of the same name, and dives deeper into the personal stories at the heart of this unique underground artistic scene. Featuring Alison Bechdel (Fun Home), the recently departed Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby, Gay Comix), and others, this film aims to show how DIY queer cartoonists have represented, poked fun at, and celebrated LGBTQ lives and experiences in challenging, humorous, and profound ways.

“Its a candid and colorful look at the daring creators who helped change a medium, and a story of artistic and queer triumph.” -David Reddish, Queerty

Documentary, LGBTQ+

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George Michael Freedom Uncut

Director: David Austin Run Time: 120 min. Release Year: 2022

Starring: George Michael

This June, join us in celebrating the birthday of mega pop icon George Michael, with the release of George Michael Freedom Uncut.

This career-spanning documentary marks the final work from the internationally renowned superstar and features incredible, unseen archival and private home footage. Giving viewers a first-person account of this dramatic period in his life, it reveals how he became one of the most influential recording artists of all time, who alone fought a corner for all artists by challenging the standard recording contract and helped to rewrite the rules of the music industry.

Featuring interviews with some of Michael’s most famous friends and music legends, including Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Nile Rogers, Mark Ronson, Tracey Emin, Liam Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Corden and Tony Bennett.

The event will also include the iconic David Fincher-directed Freedom 90’ music video, remastered in 4K.

George Michael: Freedom – Director’s Cut, Michael offers an intimate, honest look at his life, ending just before the iconic singer’s shocking death at just 53 in December 2016.” -Rich Kline, Gay Essential

 

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Tahara

Director: Olivia Peace Run Time: 78 min. Rating: Not Rated Release Year: 2022

Starring: Bernadette Quigley, Daniel Taveras, Madeline Grey DeFreece, Rachel Sennott, Shlomit Azoulay

In this acerbic teen comedy, a funeral becomes a battleground between best friends Carrie Lowstein (Madeline Grey DeFreece) and Hannah Rosen (Rachel Sennott, breakout star of SHIVA BABY). When their former Hebrew school classmate commits suicide, the two girls attend her funeral as well as the “Teen Talk-back” session hosted by their synagogue, designed to be an opportunity for them to understand grief through Judaism. Hannah, more interested in impressing her crush Tristan (Daniel Taveras), convinces Carrie to practice kissing with her, unlocking feelings that turn Carrie’s world upside down. Emotions heightened, the scene develops into a biting depiction of unrequited crushes, toxic friendships, and wavering faith, which ComingSoon calls “one of the most original films in the coming-of-age subgenre in a long time.”

“Brilliantly crafted, intelligent, honest, funny, stylishly cinematic, and serves as a powerful feature debut for director Olivia Peace and screenwriter Jess Ziedman.” -Rendy Jones, Rendy Reviews

Drama

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