With a career spanning three decades, Allan Carr was a one-of-a-kind Hollywood power player. An ambitious and innovative producer, manager, party planner, and marketer, Carr built his grandiose reputation with a calculated flair for the hustle that earned him a fortune from the 1978 mega-hit musical Grease and the 1983 Broadway smash La Cage aux Folles.
In 1953, newly elected President Eisenhower signed an executive order barring homosexuals and other so-called sexual perverts from working in the federal government, ushering in decades of paranoia, witch-hunts, and mass firings—an era described as the worst time in American history to be gay. Before it ended, this “lavender scare” cost thousands of federal employees their jobs and many their lives, but it also ignited the sparks of the modern gay rights movement.
Xolani’s clandestine love affair with a fellow caregiver adds dramatic tension and a swirl of competing emotions to this beautifully acted story—well received at its 2017 Sundance Film Festival debut—in which an ancient and accepted culture collides with secret and sometimes dangerous passions.
His iconic artwork—bulging biceps on sailors, rock hard buttocks on leathermen, clearly defined packages on pretty much everybody—was dismissed early on by detractors as fetish porn, but the priapic imagery of an unassuming Finnish illustrator named Touko Laaksonen (1920–1991) ended up in the collections of New York’s MoMA and was even celebrated on a Finnish postage stamp. More important, it defined a frisky, sweaty, and joyous masculine sexuality that transformed the self-image—and fantasies—of a button-down, mid-century gay male world.
Single Girls Club friends Leila and Patricia navigate the challenges and glories of Tinder dates, family expectations, casual dating you wish wasn’t quite-so-casual, and committing to yourself above all the noise, in this kind and quietly revelatory episodic that centers on the intimate friendship of two young women of color.
Mixing comedy and commentary, first-time feature director Samantha Lee has made a sassy romantic dramedy in warm pastels with an easy-on-the-eye cast of up-and-comers, giving audiences a refreshing look at lesbian life from a Filipina perspective.
Get out your western wear and time-travel back to 1985, when this unabashed big-screen lesbian romance made its landmark debut. Sure, a few star-crossed lesbian vampires and sad divorcées had been featured in mainstream movies before Desert Hearts, but when Donna Deitch adapted Jane Rule’s novel and put lesbian passion on explicit display, she made lesbian cinema history.
Filmed over a decade in North Philadelphia, Quest hones 300 hours of footage into a compact, powerful documentary that left audiences cheering and in tears following its 2017 Sundance Film Festival premiere.
Oakland couple Kristan and Nicole are ready to move beyond casual neighborhood baby-watching and make the leap into the world of parenthood. To expand their family, they’re venturing into the complicated system of foster-to-adopt care, and with this heartfelt and humorous documentary web series, they invite us to join them on the journey.
100 minutes |
Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Things just got real in Lego world. In this 3D computer-animated adventure, it’s up to Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary man from Bricksburg, to save the day against the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell) —a very presidential man who plans to take over the world by force.
Meet Brooke Guinan, a Long Island–born, third generation FDNY firefighter who happens to be transgender. Embracing her authentic self while being a part of “New York’s Bravest” —in the city, women make up less than one percent of the force—brings an extra set of challenges for New York City’s first trans firefighter.
In Frameline’s third annual Coming Up Queer shorts program, teens and youth of all ages and all places are centered in narrative and documentary stories that examine what it means to come up queer today, and how adults can either support or tear down queer youth by actions or inaction.
Four international dancers go all out in the same-sex ballroom dance competition at the 2014 Gay Games. Their dedicated journeys include changing roles and partners, facing illness, affirming identity, and finding love—on and off the dance floor.
Finding one’s path in life is infinitely complex, yet many trans people are externally defined solely by that small part of their journey. Through textured vignettes, collaborators Silas Howard (Transparent, By Hook or By Crook) and Jen Richards (Her Story, Frameline40) illuminate themes of family, resilience, self-determination, and finding your calling, through the perspective of trans people of color.