Films / Programs

Documentary

The best documentaries capture the richness of our communities – and we're proud to bring you the best of this year's LGBT documentaries! Open your eyes to new ideas with docs about art, body image, politics, religion, history and sex – and much more.

  • 8: The Mormon Proposition

    8: The Mormon Proposition

    USA , 2010 , 78 min. Fresh from Sundance, 8: The Mormon Proposition shows the devastating emotional impact caused by the Mormon Church’s fight against gay marriage in California. Text Voting Codes: Always My Son: S604 8: The Mormon Proposition: D323... Read more
  • The Adonis Factor

    The Adonis Factor

    USA , 2010 , 65 min. In this fascinating, thought-provoking documentary, filmmaker Christopher Hines (The Butch Factor, Frameline33) turns his camera on men of all shapes and sizes to explore how body image affects status among gay men. Text Voting Code: D308... Read more
  • All Boys

    All Boys

    Finland , 2009 , 72 min. All Boys is a probing look at the pitfalls and politics of gay porn in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The film focuses on “the haves and have-nots” in this tawdry tinseltown. Text Voting Code: D314... Read more
  • Arias with a Twist: The Docufantasy

    Arias with a Twist: The Docufantasy

    USA , 2010 , 88 min. It’s amazing what you can do with puppets. Especially when you add glitter, catchy tunes and the incomparable stylings of drag artist and cabaret singer Joey Arias. An engaging look at Arias’ stage collaboration with legendary puppeteer Basil Twist. Text Voting Code: D329... Read more
  • Bear Nation

    Bear Nation

    USA , 2010 , 87 min. Bear Nation asks bears, bear lovers and bear naïfs what "bear" means to them. The director of Small Town Gay Bar shines the spotlight on men in the bear community. A bear gets ready to hit the town in Play Date. Text Voting Codes: Play Date: S509 Bear Nation: D328... Read more
  • Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride

    Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride

    Canada , 2009 , 85 min. What is Pride? Protest, parade, political action or celebration? This rousing documentary takes Vancouver Pride parade organizer Ken Coolen on an eye-opening tour of wildly varying Pride events around the globe. Text Voting Code: D326... Read more
  • The Chorus

    The Chorus

    France , 2010 , 40 min. The Chorus chronicles stories of loss and grief, healing and hope as part of the history of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. The HIV Story Project collects personal stories of people in the Bay Area who live with AIDS. Text Voting Code: F102... Read more
  • Dzi Croquettes

    Dzi Croquettes

    Brazil , 2009 , 98 min. Performing troupes come and go, but social justice with sequins never truly goes out of style. Dzi Croquettes tells the tale of Brazil's groundbreaking theater group that revolutionized queer performance in the volatile cultural climate of 1970s Brazil. Text Voting Code: D336... Read more
  • Gay Days

    Gay Days

    Israel , 2009 , 71 min. In 1985, there were three openly gay people in Israel. By 1998 there were 3000 celebrating the Summer of Pride. Filmmaker Yair Qedar captures the sudden, dramatic rise of the Israeli gay and lesbian community in this riveting documentary. Text Voting Code: D312... Read more
  • The Heretics

    The Heretics

    USA , 2009 , 95 min. The filmmaker tracks down former members of a women's artist collective from the '70s who put together 27 issues of HERESIES: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics. This spirited history is a call to action to modern feminists. Text Voting Code: D335... Read more
  • Holding Hands

    Holding Hands

    Australia , 2009 , 65 min. This moving Australian documentary tracks the aftermath of a gay-bashing in a gay-friendly neighborhood of Sydney, proving how a loving couple can break down and how a community can come together under the strain of homophobic violence. Text Voting Code: D307... Read more
  • HOOTERS

    HOOTERS

    USA , 2010 , 90 min. A collective loosely bound by sexuality and ideas of gender takes on a project to make a landmark lesbian film (The Owls) in three weeks, a contentious process documented here with insight and humor. Text Voting Code: D334... Read more
  • Lost In The Crowd

    Lost In The Crowd

    USA , 2009 , 75 min. Lost in the Crowd is the tale of the world hidden behind the bustle of New York City. Homeless LGBT youth speak for themselves with brutal honesty, with a supporting cast of shelter workers, outreach volunteers, parents and ballroom divas. Text Voting Code: D319... Read more
  • Mississippi Queen

    Mississippi Queen

    USA , 2009 , 63 min. What would Jesus do with a lesbian daughter? The parents of Mississippi Queen director Paige Williams respond by starting an ex-gay ministry. God Hates… explores the local reactions to the hate-spewing Westboro Baptist Church, as they protest all over Vermont. Text Voting Codes: God Hates… : S578 Mississippi Queen: D306... Read more
  • Mother Earth

    Mother Earth

    Mexico , 2009 , 62 min. Latino queers honor their chosen family and community in these two powerful films about a lesbian’s unorthodox family in Mexico and a closely-knit group of transwomen who band together to weather a tragedy. Text Voting Codes: Remember Me in Red: S603 Mother Earth: F103... Read more
  • Mountains That Take Wing-Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama: A Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation

    Mountains That Take Wing-Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama: A Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation

    USA , 2009 , 97 min. An engaging documentary featuring an intimate conversation between two female radical activists, Angela Davis and Yuri Kochiyama, on their work and on why they became passionate about justice. Illuminated with rarely seen photography and footage of 20th century social movements. Text Voting Code: D337... Read more
  • New York Memories

    New York Memories

    Germany , 2010 , 89 min. Legendary German filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim is back in the USA. He's looking ahead by looking back with new eyes at his old stomping grounds and the protagonists of his 1989 success Survival in New York (Überleben in New York). Text Voting Code: D330... Read more
  • On These Shoulders We Stand

    On These Shoulders We Stand

    USA , 2009 , 75 min. We all know Stonewall. But the LGBT rights movement didn't just start in New York City in 1969. On These Shoulders We Stand explores the early movement in Los Angeles through the eyes of a handful of heroic individuals. Text Voting Code: D318... Read more
  • Other Nature

    Other Nature

    Nepal , 2009 , 57 min. Two eye-opening documentaries focus on the Nepalese Supreme Court’s decision to recognize a third gender, a separate identity for transgender individuals. But the government hasn’t taken action to implement the new laws, prompting gay and third gender activists to speak out. Text Voting Codes: I Am Not What You See: S631 Other Nature: D303... Read more
  • Out in the Silence

    Out in the Silence

    USA , 2010 , 65 min. Two documentaries about the courage of LGBT people living in small towns without visible queer communities. Despite facing intolerance and discrimination, they transcend their fears to live openly as who they are. Text Voting Codes: PUT THIS ON THE {MAP}: S633 Out in the Silence: D309... Read more
  • OUT of ANNAPOLIS

    OUT of ANNAPOLIS

    USA , 2010 , 73 min. Especially relevant considering the current debate surrounding "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," this is a riveting look at the lives of some of the U.S. Naval Academy's lesbian and gay alumni and an intimate glimpse at the reality behind the policy. Text Voting Code: D315... Read more
  • Postcard to Daddy

    Postcard to Daddy

    Germany , 2010 , 85 min. Writer-director Michael Stock offers an honest documentary on the effects of his own childhood sexual abuse at the hands of his father and the difficulties encountered on his path to inner peace. Text Voting Code: D327... Read more
  • The Real Anne Lister

    The Real Anne Lister

    UK , 2010 , 60 min. See one version of Lister's story on Frameline34's Opening Night. Then follow comedy writer Sue Perkins through this dry-witted documentary, digging up the real dirt on this Regency-era British lesbian who was well ahead of her time. Text Voting Code: D305... Read more
  • Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance

    Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance

    USA , 2009 , 72 min. A "transfabulous rockumentary" that showcases gender-variant musicians, Riot Acts focuses on what matters most: the music. Music videos by trans performers Katasrophe, Athens Boys Choir and Joshua Klipp are the opening acts for this program. Voting Codes: Ez Heeb: S511 Crash: S520 Little Girl: S524 Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance: D313... Read more
  • Sex in an Epidemic

    Sex in an Epidemic

    USA , 2009 , 70 min. Through interviews with many leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS, this documentary provides a clear and vivid history of the epidemic and the valiant efforts to promote change within the gay community and society at large. Text Voting Codes: Last Address: S507 Sex in an Epidemic: D311... Read more
  • The Sisters

    The Sisters

    Austria , 2009 , 74 min. Since their inception to combat HIV and AIDS, the infamous Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have established missions all over the world with glitter, wit and charity. Come explore the Sisterhood in Berlin, San Francisco and Montevideo, in Uruguay. Text Voting Code: D316... Read more
  • The Sons of Tennessee Williams

    The Sons of Tennessee Williams

    USA , 2010 , 75 min. Throw on some glitter and take a trip through gay New Orleans! Follows the evolution of drag and politics in the gay Mardi Gras krewe scene — a send-up of the straight society balls — from the sixties to today. Text Voting Code: D317... Read more
  • Stonewall Uprising

    Stonewall Uprising

    USA , 2010 , 82 min. Using rarely seen archival footage and eyewitness accounts (some from surprising sources), this must-see documentary offers a fresh look at that pivotal 1969 event in the gay rights movement when homosexuals "discovered a power we didn't even know we had." Text Voting Code: D324... Read more
  • Swimming with Lesbians

    Swimming with Lesbians

    USA , 2009 , 68 min. It's been said, "Gays have a past but no history." Swimming with Lesbians explores an upstate New York community's efforts to create an LGBT historic archive, led by extraordinary activist Madeline Davis. Text Voting Code: D310... Read more
  • Thy Will Be Done

    Thy Will Be Done

    USA , 2010 , 56 min. Thy Will Be Done follows Sara Herwig on her quest to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church as an out transsexual woman. Carmen's Place is the intimate portrait of a transgender-friendly shelter for teens, run by an Episcopal priest. Text Voting Codes: Carmen's Place: S612 Thy Will Be Done: D304... Read more
  • Too Much Pussy! Feminist Sluts, a Queer X Show

    Too Much Pussy! Feminist Sluts, a Queer X Show

    France , 2010 , 80 min. Queer X Show is a documentary road-movie about 7 young women artists on tour on a bus, all over Europe this summer , who create on stage a manifesto on feminism, sex, art and education, inspired by Annie Sprinkle's works. Text Voting Code: D321... Read more
  • Trans Francisco

    Trans Francisco

    USA , 2009 , 54 min. Trans Francisco uncovers the diverse — and often misunderstood — lives of transwomen in the Bay Area. When I'm Not Alone is the story of a victim of abuse who finds hope at a clubhouse for people with disabilities. Text Voting Codes: When I'm Not Alone: S620 Trans Francisco: D302... Read more
  • Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob

    USA , 2009 , 80 min. He's just a footnote to the mainstream world as the "Oscar streaker," but Robert Opel was a pioneer in the 1970s San Francisco queer arts underground. His life and mysterious murder get a riveting tribute by his sleuthing nephew/namesake. Text Voting Code: D320... Read more
  • We Were Here: Voices From the AIDS Years in San Francisco

    We Were Here: Voices From the AIDS Years in San Francisco

    USA , 2010 , 90 min. From the filmmakers behind 2001 documentary The Cockettes comes a reflective look at the arrival of AIDS to San Francisco, exploring what was not easy to discern in the midst of it — parallel histories of loss and community growth.... Read more
  • William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

    William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

    USA , 2009 , 90 min. This long-awaited documentary follows the life and times of Beat writer, literary outlaw, and ex-junkie William S. Burroughs. Combining never-before-seen footage and interviews with a countercultural who’s who, A Man Within is a revealing portrait of the man behind the icon. Text Voting Code: D332... Read more

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