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On a fateful night in 1974, millions of Americans tuned in to the 46th Academy Awards and watched in shock as an anonymous man streaked naked across the stage in the middle of the show. In an instant, the prankster named Robert Opel rocketed to iconic status, but to this…
Strike a Pose - Madonna's Most Famous Troupe of Dancers
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…
Hope is the Thing with Feathers
A lush and lyrical film built around a poem which San Francisco poet and artist Beau Riley wrote as his lover of twelve years lay dying, the film shows one man plumbing the depths of his sorrow to find meaning through the strength of his mind, imagination, and devotion to…
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt
An Olympic athlete; a gay activist; a boy with hemophilia; a recovering heroin addict; a closeted Navy commander: five very diverse lives that shared a common fate. Their lives--along with thousands of others--are woven together in a giant memorial patchwork quilt, that is solemnly unfolded in the US capitol to…
What Now? Remind Me - A Portuguese Filmmaker Reflects on his Life and Work
Joaquim Pinto has been an instrumental figure in Portuguese cinema for over 30 years, as a director of his own films, or producer and sound designer for other renowned filmmakers. In WHAT NOW? REMIND ME, Pinto, who has been living with HIV, looks back at his life in cinema, at…
Jobriath A.D. - The First Openly Gay Rock Star
Seventies glam rock musician Jobriath was known as "The American Bowie," "The True Fairy of Rock & Roll," and "Hype of the Year." The first openly gay rock star, Jobriath's reign was brief, lasting less than two years and two albums. Done in by a over-hyped publicity machine, shunned by…
Hot to Trot - The World of Same-Sex Ballroom Dance
The music...the spectacle...the costumes...the grace. Ballroom dance is enjoying a renaissance here in America, as well as abroad. Set in the swinging world of same-sex competitive ballroom dancing, this entertaining documentary goes inside that little-known world, following four men and women on and off the dance floor over four years.…
The Last One: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt
The Last One presents an updated history of the AIDS epidemic in America through the story of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The film traces how what at first was labeled a "gay disease" now disproportionately impacts the African American community, including women and youth. In the 1980s, as AIDS ravaged…
Returning Home
The body is our home, as is the larger body of the earth. When these two bodies move in harmony, a dance unfolds. Both are made whole. RETURNING HOME is a breathtaking and groundbreaking dance documentary in which 80-something Anna Halprin, pioneer of postmodern dance, uses movement as a means…
Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton
Years before the Beats arrived in San Francisco, the city exploded with artistic expressions: painting, theatre, film, poetry. At its center was the groundbreaking filmmaker and poet James Broughton. Big Joy explores Broughton's passionate embrace of a life of pansexual transcendence and a fiercely independent mantra: 'follow your own weird.'…
Sadness - A Portrait of Photographer William Yang
Award-winning photographer William Yang explores issues of grief, family and identity in this adaptation of his acclaimed stage performance, Sadness. A mesmerising, poetic montage of story telling, photography and stylised reenactment, Sadness brings to life the stories of Yang's family and friends. Sadness has two themes. The first involves a…
We Were Here - The AIDS Years in San Francisco
An intimate, yet epic history of the AIDS years in San Francisco, as told through the stories of five longtime San Franciscans. The film documents the coming of what was called the "Gay Plague" in the early 1980s. It illuminates the profound personal and community issues raised by the AIDS…