Through the Windows

Director: Petey Barma & Bret Parker
2019 | USA | 55m
GENRE: AIDS/HIV | Biography/History | Discrimination | Gay | Human Rights | Lesbian | Local Interest/Subjects | Queer
SECTION: Documentary
Expected Guests: Directors Petey Barma and Bret Parker

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A vivid trip down memory lane, Through the Windows celebrates San Francisco’s own beloved Twin Peaks bar. With its sky-high windows looking out onto the corner of Castro and Market, this landmark establishment stands not only as one of the gayborhood’s most beloved establishments but also as a testament to the revolutionary idea that gay people should be seen and celebrated rather than hide in the darkness of alleys and blacked-out windows.

Whether you’re a regular who thinks of the bar as “Cheers for Queers” or a passerby glancing into the cozy bar on the way to the movies, this snappy locally-produced documentary is chock-full of familiar faces and fascinating stories. Deeply personal interviews provide a history of this lesbian-owned bar as well as the Castro area—a blue collar Irish-Italian community in the ‘60s that became a gay mecca in the ‘70s, endured the health crisis of the ‘80s, and has served as a sense of home, family, and emotional nourishment for so many in our community every day of its 47-year history.

— J. SWEMBA

PRECEDED BY:

Dress Up Like Mrs. Doubtfire

DIRECTOR Will J. Zang | 2019 | USA | 13m

We think of it as a San Francisco comedy classic, but Robin Williams’ tour-de-force romp as a kindly English nanny in 1993’s Mrs. Doubtfire also marks a turning point in Hollywood’s depiction of drag. This appreciative Bay Area-made documentary features insightful commentary from local critics and performers and by drag legends Donna Sachet and Joshua Grannell (Peaches Christ) on the film’s surprising cultural impact.

SPONSORED BY
Tito’s Handmade Vodka

CO-PRESENTED BY
Open House SF / James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library

  • Premiere Status: World