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Your search by 'Biography / History' identified 22 films


  • Akin

    Akin

    Canada , 2012 , 9 min. With haunting suburban visuals backed by the rich sounds of Toronto based-band Ohbijou, Akin powerfully examines the silent secrets of a shared past.... Read more
  • Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992

    Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992

    Germany , 2012 , 81 min. Two things you should know about Audre Lorde: she had a deadpan sense of humor and after her cancer diagnosis, she believed being in Berlin added years onto her life. This lively documentary uses intimate home videos and rare footage to reveal a mesmerizing portrait of a feminist icon.... Read more
  • Christine in the Cutting Room (Work-In-Progress)

    Christine in the Cutting Room (Work-In-Progress)

    USA , 2012 , 90 min. In a new film project that straddles the boundary between documentary and art, transgender scholar and filmmaker Susan Stryker uses the career of 1950s transsexual icon Christine Jorgensen to explore identity, embodiment, technology and representation.... Read more
  • Citizen Change

    Citizen Change

    USA , 2012 , 48 min. Change is constant, but incremental. Citizen Change reveals how a dedicated group of LGBT pioneers from San Francisco’s East Bay blazed the trail for marriage equality by inventing the concept of “domestic partnership” and attaining its first-ever enactment into law in the city of Berkeley, CA in 1984. These remarkable activists’ stories create a vivid portrait of ho... Read more
  • Continental Drift

    Continental Drift

    Australia , 2012 , 15 min. In Continental Drift, Adele, a young Australian woman travels by the Croatian sea, she meets Antonija and together they discover the uncanny intimacy that can develop between strangers.... Read more
  • Disaster (a personal geography)

    Disaster (a personal geography)

    USA , 2011 , 9 min. Any Bay Area queer with a go bag will identify with director Laura Green’s preoccupation with earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural phenomena, in Disaster (a personal geography).... Read more
  • A Force of Nature

    A Force of Nature

    USA , 2011 , 47 min. With A Force of Nature, Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA, Shut Up and Sing) is back, inspired by the dynamic whirlwind Ellen Ratner, who heads the Washington bureau of Talk Radio News Service. A reliable voice for old school FDR liberal democrats, the out lesbian Ratner reaches beyond political boundaries to genuinely befriend conservatives, bri... Read more
  • I Am A Woman Now

    I Am A Woman Now

    Netherlands , 2011 , 86 min. A group of aging transwomen who shared the same groundbreaking surgeon in the ’60s and ’70s reflect back on their lives, sharing stories of pain and rejection, but also joy and triumph.... Read more
  • In Search of Avery Willard

    In Search of Avery Willard

    USA , 2012 , 24 min. Who was Avery Willard? Photographer, filmmaker, writer, publisher, leatherman, pornographer… this short uncovers the life and work of a groundbreaking yet forgotten artist.... Read more
  • I Stand Corrected

    I Stand Corrected

    USA , 2011 , 83 min. This intimate and engrossing documentary follows jazz musician Jennifer Leitham’s career as a virtuoso of the upright bass and her liberating decision to risk everything to undergo sexual reassignment surgery.... Read more
  • Jobriath A.D.

    Jobriath A.D.

    USA , 2011 , 102 min. Follow the riveting story of a child piano prodigy who ultimately became the first openly gay rock star. A window into the glam music scene of the ’70s, Jobraith A.D. shines a revelatory spotlight on an unsung gay icon.... Read more
  • Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean

    Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean

    USA , 2012 , 94 min. Grab your Wayfarers and hop in a vintage fifties car for a road trip full of breathtaking desert landscapes and shirtless pool parties to Joshua Tree, 1951, a sumptuously filmed, neo-noir portrait of James Dean just before he finds fame.... Read more
  • Looking for Jiro

    Looking for Jiro

    USA , 2011 , 6 min. Jiro Onuma worked in the prison mess hall along side muscular men, and Looking for Jiro is a musical mash-up video featuring drag king performance, U.S. propaganda footage, muscle building and homo-erotic bread making.... Read more
  • Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness

    Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness

    USA , 2011 , 16 min. A truly inspiring doc project about same-sex marriage from an African-American perspective, the film focuses on Massachusetts State Representative and Civil Rights Movement veteran Byron Rushing, who together with a group of progressive Black clergy and activists, took the campaign for same-sex marriage into the Black community, confronting the hostility of the church and finding important straigh... Read more
  • My Night with Andrew Cunanan

    My Night with Andrew Cunanan

    USA , 2011 , 11 min. My Night with Andrew Cunanan portrays one drunken gay man’s decisions during an encounter in San Francisco with future serial killer Andrew Cunanan.... Read more
  • Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch

    Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch

    USA , 2011 , 58 min. “Women’s rights are human rights!” Though spoken by First Lady Hilary Clinton at the 1995 Beijing World Conference on Women, this concept originated in the life and work of lesbian feminist activist, writer and teacher Charlotte Bunch. From the Civil Rights Movement and anti-Vietnam war sentiments in the ’60s to groundbreaking international activism that changed the definit... Read more
  • Revealing Mr. Maugham

    Revealing Mr. Maugham

    France , 2012 , 84 min. Through interviews with family, friends and scholars (including Armistead Maupin and Alexander McCall-Smith), Revealing Mr. Maugham explores the professional and private complexities of this little known literary giant and gay pioneer who left his wife for the man of his dreams.... Read more
  • Simply Rob

    Simply Rob

    UK , 2011 , 15 min. Simply Rob is a portrait of New York based poet and activist Rob Vassilarakis. Rob was diagnosed in 1993 as HIV-positive. Using a mixture of HD and Super8 footage, this film follows Rob as he tells his turbulent life story through his poetry.... Read more
  • Submerged Queer Spaces

    Submerged Queer Spaces

    USA , 2012 , 100 min. Submerged Queer Spaces invites you on a colorful stroll through San Francisco queer history in this urban archeological expedition that goes well beyond the Castro and begins long before the first Pride parade.... Read more
  • Taking a Chance on God

    Taking a Chance on God

    67 min. Pioneering gay priest, psychotherapist and teacher, Father John J. McNeill always knew he was gay and had intended to live as a celibate priest. But God had other plans and led McNeill on a more whole holy path.... Read more
  • UNFIT: Ward vs. Ward

    UNFIT: Ward vs. Ward

    USA , 2012 , 75 min. Who’s the better parent: a convicted murderer or a lesbian? This heartbreaking documentary chronicles the Florida custody battle between devoted mother and out lesbian Mary Ward and her ex-husband, convicted murderer John Ward.... Read more
  • Vito

    Vito

    USA , 2011 , 93 min. We could think of no better way to begin this year’s Festival than with a film about one of the most influential people in the history of queer cinema—Vito, a moving and gorgeous documentary about Vito Russo, the inexhaustible gay activist who wrote “The Celluloid Closet” and changed LGBT cinema forever.... Read more