celebrate pride month in June with a/perture and 5 films that celebrate the impact that LGBTQ+ individuals have had on history regionally, nationally, and internationally. The series includes documentaries, world cinema, narratives and revivals. Some films will be only virtual, some only in theater and some outdoor. We hope there is something for everyone.
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Ahead of the Curve (2021)
Director: Jen Rainin, Rivkah Beth Medow Run Time: 95 min. Rating: Not Rated
With a fist full of credit cards, a lucky run at the horse track and chutzpah for days, Franco Stevens launched Curve, the best-selling lesbian lifestyle magazine ever published. AHEAD OF THE CURVE traces the power of lesbian visibility and community from the early ‘90s to the present day through the story of Franco’s founding of Curve magazine. Decades later, as her legacy faces extinction and she reassesses her life after a disabling injury, she sets out to understand work being led by queer Women of Color today. The film features Andrea Pino-Silva, Kim Katrin, Denice Frohman, Amber Hikes, Jewlle Gomeez, Melissa Etheridge, and Lea DeLaria, and the score is composed by the legendary Meshell Ndegeocello.
“Zippy, insightful and deeply moving.” Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter
“Ahead of the Curve is destined to become one of those documentaries queer people can turn to in order to remember where we’ve been and how we’ve arrived here together.” B.L. Panther, The Spoolwatch now
Strike a Pose (2016)
Director: Ester Gould, Reijer Zwaan Run Time: 83 min.
In 1990, seven young male dancers – 6 gay,1 straight – joined Madonna on her most controversial tour. On stage and in the iconic film Truth or Dare, they showed the world how to express yourself. Now, 25 years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour, when they were ambassadors to the world on behalf of the LGBT community during the height of the AIDS epidemic. STRIKE A POSE is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.
“A perfect love song by Gould and Zwaan to the exceptional men those boys turned out to be.” ~ The Huffington Post
“A loving, honest portrait of these men who were world-famous for a bright moment, and most importantly, what happens after the limelight goes away.” ~ Katie Walsh, LA Timeswatch now
Director: Eytan Fox Run Time: 90 min. Rating: Not Rated
Starring Tony Award-winning and Emmy-nominated John Benjamin Hickey and featuring the debut of Niv Nissim, Sublet focuses on a New York Times writer (Hickey) who visits Tel Aviv after suffering a tragedy. The city’s energy and his relationship with a younger man he meets there (Nissim) bring him back to life.
“”Sublet” has little in the way of cinematic ambition… but Fox has enough of a grasp on the central dynamic to keep the emotion in play.” ~ Eric Kohn, Indiewire
“What emerges is a touching, heartwarming, and ultimately hopeful film, with some poignant and even profound moments, all conveyed with an appealing lightness of touch.” James Kleinman, The Queer Reviewwatch now
Port Authority (2021)
Director: Danielle Lessovitz Run Time: 101 min. Rating: R
After getting kicked out of his home in central Pennsylvania, Paul (Fionn Whitehead) arrives to NYC’s dizzying central station with nowhere to go. A momentary encounter with Wye (Leyna Bloom), a trans woman of color, leads him to seek her out. Transfixed by her beauty and confidence, a love soon blossoms. But as the two learn more about each other, Paul’s false narratives begin to surface and the double life he lives must be reconciled.
“Maybe “Port Authority” isn’t the most elegant queer romance audiences will see this year, but it’s propelled by a pair of terrific performances, and Lessowitz captures the spirit and energy of the vibrant ball world in a totally fresh way.” ~ Peter Debruge, Variety
Paris Is Burning (1990)
Director: Jennie Livingston Run Time: 71 min. Rating: R
OUTDOOR @ SECCA – June 24
Paris Is Burning is a 1990 documentary (directeor Jennie Livingston) filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, chronicling the ball culture of New York City and the poor, African American and Latino gay and transgendered community involved in it. Many consider Paris Is Burning to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the “Golden Age” of New York City drag balls and exploration of queer culture.
“Paris is Burning is still an important film 30 years after its release – a snapshot of a specific time and place that humanizes its subjects and allows those of us in a place of privilege to understand them better.” ~ David Harris, Spectrum Cultureget tickets
Against the Current (2021)
Director: Óskar Páll Sveinsson Run Time: 87 min.
How far do you have to travel to find yourself? And what sacrifices are you willing to make to get there?Veiga Grétarsdóttiris the first person in the world to attempt to kayak over 2,000 kilometers around Iceland, counter-clockwise and “against the current.” This achievement has been said to be comparable to climbing the mountain K2.Veiga’spersonal journey is no less remarkable. She was born 44 years ago as a boy in a fishing village on the far west coast of Iceland. Veigar had a wife and family butdecided that she could no longer live as a man, andat the age of 38, decided to undergo gender reassignment. The inner struggle for Veigar to become Veiga was a journey as difficult if not more so than the solo kayak expedition she undertakes. These two stories of conflict and struggle are intertwined as the film follows her amazing 103 day journey around Iceland, with the magical, rugged coastline of the country a backdrop to the story of Veiga’s transition.