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Your search by 'Biography / History' identified 24 films


  • 11 Life Lessons from an Awesome Old Dyke

    11 Life Lessons from an Awesome Old Dyke

    USA , 2015 , 8 min. Dorothy, a tough-as-nails butch who kicked ass and took names (including the names of a few lovers) gives an abridged history lesson and offers up a perspective only possible with a PhD from the School of Life.... Read more
  • 54: The Director's Cut

    54: The Director's Cut

    USA , 2015 , 106 min. A naïve New Jersey boy becomes the belle of New York’s 1970s disco demimonde in this glittering recreation of an era. This revelatory new cut restores Mark Christopher’s original vision, in which the Studio 54 waiter (Ryan Phillippe) embraces hedonism and uses his sexuality to get ahead.... Read more
  • The Album

    The Album

    USA , 2014 , 14 min. Former SF-based director Ray Rea examines the role of photography in documenting history, inspired by an album of rare photos from his Great Uncle Warren, a pre-Stonewall gay man who thoroughly documented his life in NY.... Read more
  • Alex and Ali

    Alex and Ali

    USA , 2014 , 83 min. Two improbable soul mates, an American Peace Corps volunteer and a handsome Iranian in pre-revolutionary Iran, become lovers-in-secret for ten years before they are forced to separate. Thirty-five years later, despite obstacles, they reunite and attempt to rekindle their relationship.... Read more
  • The Amina Profile

    The Amina Profile

    Canada , 2014 , 84 min. Catapulting viewers from intimate love story to international mystery, this markedly modern doc exposes the fluid reality of cyber life. Its questions about the unadulterated exhilaration of virtual love and cultural divides will leave you talking for days.... Read more
  • Ascendance: The Angels of Change Documentary

    Ascendance: The Angels of Change Documentary

    USA , 2015 , 78 min. Filmmaker Deb Simone takes us backstage as LA trans youth prepare for a runway show and calendar launch fundraiser—these young people are also engaging in an intentional process of becoming visible, having a voice, and claiming a future as vital community members.... Read more
  • Eisenstein in Guanajuato

    Eisenstein in Guanajuato

    Belgium , 2015 , 105 min. In his dazzling and giddy glitter-bomb of a film, Peter Greenaway imagines what might have happened to the great Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein during a pivotal period of artistic and sexual awakening in 1931 while sojourning in Mexico.... Read more
  • Fassbinder — To Love Without Demands

    Fassbinder — To Love Without Demands

    Denmark , 2015 , 106 min. This bracing documentary examines the brilliant and taboo-breaking film director R.W. Fassbinder’s life and work from a psychological standpoint, drawing on strikingly candid recent conversations with key intimates and rarely seen interviews that the filmmaker recorded with Fassbinder in the 1970s.... Read more
  • Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer

    Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer

    USA , 2015 , 80 min. Endlessly searching choreographer, and filmmaker, intellect, and feminist Yvonne Rainer is the subject of this fascinating reflection on the politics of identity as well as on the always-related concerns of one of the preeminent artists of our time.... Read more
  • Finding Phong

    Finding Phong

    Vietnam , 2015 , 92 min. Phong is a young transwoman from a village in Vietnam beginning her medical transition. Over the course of a year, she finds her place in the world and among her family, learning that becoming a woman involves more than she expected.... Read more
  • Flying Solo: A Transgender Widow Fights Discrimination

    Flying Solo: A Transgender Widow Fights Discrimination

    USA , 2014 , 8 min. At 92, Robina Asti, a World War II veteran and pilot, tells her story of living as a transgender woman since 1976 and her fight to be treated like any other widow.... Read more
  • Give Him Something Red

    Give Him Something Red

    USA , 2015 , 4 min. A young black artist looks at his choices and how they might impact the rest of his life.... Read more
  • Glow

    Glow

    USA , 2014 , 18 min. Three performers—a Korean American drag queen, a Chinese opera singer who plays male roles, and a mime—talk about their relationship to art and culture in this fascinating docu-narrative.... Read more
  • I Am Michael

    I Am Michael

    USA , 2015 , 100 min. In a controversial transformation, committed gay rights advocate Michael Glatze (James Franco) shocked his followers when he renounced homosexuality and embraced a heterosexual life. Justin Kelly’s compelling directorial debut presents this true story in an admirably measured, non-judgmental fashion.... Read more
  • Larry Kramer in Love and Anger

    Larry Kramer in Love and Anger

    USA , 2015 , 82 min. A gripping, warts-and-all tribute to one of our most important gay activists, this documentary is a compelling account of the onset and terrible escalation of the AIDS crisis in the United States, an epidemic that came to define Kramer’s life and work.... Read more
  • Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw

    Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw

    USA , 2015 , 55 min. Women’s basketball superstar Chamique Holdsclaw seemed destined for a spectacular career when a long-suppressed struggle with mental illness threatened to derail her life. This intimate portrait by two-time Oscar nominee Rick Goldsmith charts Holdsclaw’s ongoing battle for recovery and redemption.... Read more
  • Nancy from East Side Clover

    Nancy from East Side Clover

    USA , 2014 , 9 min. Growing up poor, Chicana, a woman, and a lesbian in mid-20th century East L.A., Nancy Valverde’s life was a constant uphill battle. Now at age 83, Nancy’s defiance and resilience to maintain her identity as a Chicana butch lesbian has garnered her legendary status in the L.A. queer community.... Read more
  • Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson

    Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson

    USA , 2014 , 77 min. Part detective story, part rumination, and all celebration, this warm and vivid film unpacks a very personal history of what it meant to be an artist and a lesbian in early 20th century America.... Read more
  • Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn

    Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn

    Argentina , 2014 , 97 min. This intimate portrait of pioneering underground filmmaker Peter de Rome, chock-full of frisky erotic clips spanning three decades, charts his life and career as they unfolded alongside significant events in 20th-century gay history.... Read more
  • The Royal Road

    The Royal Road

    USA , 2015 , 65 min. A road movie like no other, Jenni Olson’s cinematic essay is part memoir, part history lesson, part travelogue—and entirely original. Confessional narration about butch identity and long-distance longing is layered over mesmerizing 16mm images of California landscapes in this engrossing meditation on memory and nostalgia.... Read more
  • Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story

    Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story

    USA , 2015 , 72 min. Porn and politics meet between the sheets and on the streets in this sexy, stirring account of infamous provocateur and heroic philanthropist Chuck Holmes, who parlayed his success as the founder of pretty-boy empire Falcon Studios into lifesaving LGBT activism.... Read more
  • Stella Walsh

    Stella Walsh

    USA , 2014 , 15 min. Stella Walsh had thousands of medals, ribbons, honors, and fans from around the world. Her popularity continued for decades after winning a gold medal in the 1932 Olympics, until she was killed in a robbery and it was discovered that she had an “ambiguous gender.”... Read more
  • Tab Hunter Confidential

    Tab Hunter Confidential

    USA , 2015 , 90 min. Following the rapturously received I Am Divine (Frameline37) and Vito (Frameline36), 2015 Frameline Award recipient Jeffrey Schwarz vibrantly recalls the rollercoaster life and career of formerly closeted 1950s Hollywood heartthrob Tab Hunter in this lively and fascinating documentary.... Read more
  • The Typist

    The Typist

    USA , 2014 , 7 min. A gay Korean War Veteran reflects on his time as the office clerk tasked with writing the discharges of outed gay seamen in this gorgeous historical doc.... Read more