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Your search by 'Biography / History' identified 23 films


  • AWOL

    AWOL

    USA , 2016 , 85 min. Tomboy Joey and married mom Rayna fall for each other in this story of star-crossed love set in working-class rural Pennsylvania. The pair can’t quit each other, but they struggle to imagine a life together as Joey’s deployment for Afghanistan approaches.... Read more
  • Conversations with Gay Elders: An Intergenerational Film Project

    Conversations with Gay Elders: An Intergenerational Film Project

    USA , 2016 , 60 min. In this project-in-progress screening, director David Weissman (We Were Here, The Cockettes) brings viewers inside the experiences of gay men of the pre-Stonewall generation via filmed conversations, which are in turn edited by young gay filmmakers in a unique cross-generational collaboration.... Read more
  • Film Hawk

    Film Hawk

    USA , 2015 , 75 min. Curator. Consultant. Mentor. Producer. Independent film guru. Bob Hawk is all that and much more. For 40 years, he has championed and discovered new film talent. Friends, admirers, and protégés share their love for the great impresario as he celebrates his 75th birthday.... Read more
  • The Freedom to Marry

    The Freedom to Marry

    USA , 2016 , 86 min. Last year’s landmark Supreme Court decision upholding same-sex marriage was the culmination of decades of groundbreaking, uphill work. This inspirational documentary traces the surprising history of the cause, profiling Evan Wolfson and Mary Bonauto, the “godparents” of marriage equality.... Read more
  • Gay USA

    Gay USA

    USA , 1978 , 78 min. Arthur Bressan created a gay-America panorama when he commissioned filmmakers throughout the country to record all June 1977 Lesbian and Gay Pride parades and marches. He then cut on-the-street interviews—with lesbians and gay men talking about their lovers and how they came out—with the resulting footage, including lesbians marching against housework and drag queens protesting fascism... Read more
  • Holding the Man

    Holding the Man

    Australia , 2015 , 127 min. Based on the beloved 1995 memoir of the same name by Australian writer and activist Timothy Conigrave, this beautiful, sexy, and heartbreaking drama is a love story for the ages and a powerful tribute to a couple whose passion was on a collision course with HIV/AIDS.... Read more
  • Last Men Standing

    Last Men Standing

    USA , 2016 , 65 min. The emotional history of San Francisco’s gay community unfolds in the lives of long-term survivors who have found their own profoundly personal ways to celebrate, heal, love, and thrive in the aftermath of the devastation of the early AIDS crisis.... Read more
  • Living with Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100

    Living with Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100

    USA , 1999 , 60 min. Filmmaker Yvonne Welbon’s breakthrough documentary provides exceptional insight into the life and times of activist and centenarian Ruth C. Ellis, who shows us—with undeniable charm, humor, and joy for life—that a life lived with pride is a life well lived.... Read more
  • Persistence of Vision

    Persistence of Vision

    USA , 2016 , 11 min. This short documentary chronicles the experiences of blind photographer John Dugdale and the changes in his creative process after his loss of vision.... Read more
  • Pink Boy

    Pink Boy

    USA , 2015 , 15 min. A story of familial love between a butch mother and her feminine son, Pink Boy follows BJ and her son Jeffrey as they both learn to embrace his inner princess.... Read more
  • Political Animals

    Political Animals

    USA , 2015 , 90 min. This is the eye-opening story of four out lesbian politicians—Sheila Kuehl, Carole Migden, Jackie Goldberg, and Christine Kehoe—who took the LGBT civil rights struggle from the streets to California’s state capitol.... Read more
  • The Radical Fairy Prince: A Love Story

    The Radical Fairy Prince: A Love Story

    USA , 2015 , 9 min. Enjoy a hairy-fairy flashback to Frameline’s founding decade (that’s the ’70s, kids): a filmmaker who found a box of fabulous Super 8 movie reels in a Venice Beach closet re-fashions them into a radical-fairy love tale, told in the style of nickelodeon romantic melodrama.... Read more
  • Strike a Pose

    Strike a Pose

    Netherlands , 2016 , 83 min. In 1990, seven male dancers joined Madonna on her taboo-busting Blond Ambition tour—which blew the roof off of global pop culture, raised AIDS awareness, and turned the dancers into sudden celebrities. This empathetic yet probing portrait revisits that era and traces the dancers’ paths from youthful exuberance to complicated adulthood.... Read more
  • These C*cksucking Tears

    These C*cksucking Tears

    USA , 2015 , 15 min. Discover Patrick Haggerty, the man behind the world’s first and only gay-themed country music album, Lavender Country, 40 years after its release, in this SXSW 2016 Jury Award-winning film.... Read more
  • Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things

    Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things

    Canada , 2016 , 71 min. In this moving story of an ancient future coming alive for LGBTQ people and their allies, Inuit and LGBTQ communities in Nunavut unite and heal—repairing the devastating effects of relocation, re-education, and Christianization of nomadic Inuit people.... Read more
  • Uncle Howard

    Uncle Howard

    USA , 2015 , 96 min. Acclaimed filmmaker Howard Brookner (Burroughs: The Movie), who died of AIDS in 1989, is the subject of this captivating documentary directed by his nephew Aaron, who aims to preserve his uncle’s cultural legacy for a new generation.... Read more
  • Upstairs Inferno

    Upstairs Inferno

    USA , 2015 , 96 min. An unsettling snapshot of what is considered to be the largest mass murder targeting gays in American history, this documentary gets inside the hearts and minds of a handful of vibrant people who are connected by tragedy and compassion.... Read more
  • We've Been Around - Albert Cashier

    We've Been Around - Albert Cashier

    USA , 2016 , 5 min. One of the few transgender men known to have fought in the Civil War, Albert Cashier saw combat in over forty battles as a member of the Union Army. When the government challenged his identity and his pension, Albert’s war comrades came forward to defend him as their brother in arms.... Read more
  • We've Been Around - Little Axe

    We've Been Around - Little Axe

    USA , 2016 , 4 min. Trans man and lead singer Wilmer “Little Axe” Broadnax swept the gospel circuit in the ‘40s and ‘50s, singing alongside his brother Big Axe in some of the most popular groups of the era.... Read more
  • We've Been Around - Lou Sullivan

    We've Been Around - Lou Sullivan

    USA , 2016 , 4 min. In 1970s San Francisco, Lou Sullivan was a pioneering gay trans man who fought for his right to transition, against his HIV/AIDS diagnosis, and for the distinction between gender identity and sexual orientation.... Read more
  • We've Been Around - Lucy Hicks Anderson

    We've Been Around - Lucy Hicks Anderson

    USA , 2016 , 5 min. One of the most well-known and respected women in Ventura County during the prohibition, uptown socialite and downtown brothel owner Lucy Hicks Anderson became the first trans person in history to fight for her marriage rights as a trans woman in court.... Read more
  • We've Been Around - S.T.A.R.

    We've Been Around - S.T.A.R.

    USA , 2016 , 5 min. Empowered by their participation in the Stonewall Riots, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera fought back against the bourgeois, white gay liberation movement. In order to advocate for trans people, people of color, and the poor, they formed New York City’s S.T.A.R.—the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries.... Read more
  • Women He's Undressed

    Women He's Undressed

    Australia , 2014 , 100 min. This glitzy, dishy documentary traces the rise and fall and rise again of one of the most prolific costume designers of Hollywood’s golden age (and an early boyfriend of Cary Grant): three-time Academy Award winner Orry-Kelly. It’s a must-see for classic-film buffs.... Read more