Friday, December 09, 2011

On Art: Jeff Brouws/Ed Ruscha

"The beauty of Ruscha's work is that it appears authorless, effortless, totally objective, artfully artless, which I think gives it a universal appeal, as if his voice and vision are ours, as if he's saying: you could do this too. Twentysix Gasoline Stations led me down the typographical path; it made me want to photographically collect "types" of things as a way of systematically surveying the unique qualities of similar objects, a way to remind myself that everything in the world is interesting, mystifying, individual, and worthy of our attention, no matter how banal or ordinary."
Jeff Brouws on Ed Ruscha's Twentysix Gasoline Stations (in Readymades, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2003)

Pictured above: Edward Ruscha, Phillips 66, Flagstaff, Arizona, 1962, from Twentysix Gasoline Stations, 1963. Gelatin silver print, 4 11/16 × 4 11/16 in. (11.9 × 11.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from The Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Foundation, and Diane and Thomas Tuft 2004.467 © Ed Ruscha

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Parting Glances: VIP Q Movie Pick for World AIDS Day

Please read my posting on Bilerico.com today which includes reflections on Parting Glances from Matthew Rettenmund, Will Clark, Bruce Vilanch, Alec Mapa, Dan Butler and Tom Bezucha. Here's the intro:
As World AIDS Day approaches on December 1st it's a fitting moment to share the half-dozen VIP Q Movie Pickers who have named Bill Sherwood's legendary 1986 HIV/AIDS drama, Parting Glances as their number one favorite LGBT film (alongside Desert Hearts and But I'm a Cheerleader this film has been the most popular selection amongst our dozens of celebrity movie lovers).
And here's the rest: Parting Glances: VIP Q Movie Pick for World AIDS Day

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Hear Harvey: Post-November 27 Action Item

This past Sunday, November 27th marked the anniversary of the death of gay civil rights movement leader Harvey Milk (he was assassinated on November 27, 1978). His legacy carries on in innumerable ways today. Visit the Milk Foundation website to find out more. And if you have time, please take seven minutes to watch my little short film, 575 Castro St. which includes some of Harvey's tremendously inspiring reflections on the gay movement.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tomboy: Must-See Queer Film of the Year

This terrific movie opened last week in New York City (at Film Forum). It opens this Wednesday (November 23rd) in San Francisco at the Landmark Embarcadero and on Friday (November 25th) in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Encino and Berkeley. I'm telling you: this is the must-see queer film of the year (though I confess that I have a conflict of interest since I work for Wolfe and we will be doing the North American DVD release of the film — but regardless of that, I seriously LOVE this movie). Here's what I wrote about it this past summer (before we acquired it):
Lesbian film fans will want to be sure to get festival tickets for this latest feature drama from WATER LILIES director Celine Sciamma! Currently playing on the film festival circuit and expected to be released theatrically in the U.S. this fall, TOMBOY tells the story of a 10-year-old girl (played by the amazing Zoe Heran) who moves to a new neighborhood and decides to pass as a boy. Winner of the prestigious Teddy Award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival (where it played as the opening night film for the festival’s Panorama section), TOMBOY has been wildly successful in its French theatrical release and has been getting rave reviews everywhere. Mike Goodridge of Screen Daily calls it a “small French gem,” Paul Heath of The Hollywood News calls it “a charm… my favorite film of the year so far” while Jordan Mintzer in The Hollywood Reporter glowingly commends director Sciamma for her, “tender and realistic eye” and describes the film as “reminiscent of such landmark adolescent movies as Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows.”
For more info plus upcoming dates in other cities please visit TomboyMovie.com. Get out to see it in a theater if you can. And then look for it on DVD from Wolfe next summer. In fact you can even go ahead and click HERE to add it to your Netflix queue right now!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Happy, Happy — Must-See Movie

I got to see the world premiere of the terrifically entertaining Norwegian drama, Happy, Happy at the Sundance Film Festival this past January. The film opened this weekend in New York and Los Angeles and is coming soon to your town. How to convey the tremendous gay resonance of this film without ruining the plot? I'm not even going to review it; just trust me on this one and go see it. I will tell you that the film forcefully depicts the consequences of societal homophobia and living in denial. Plus it’s exceptionally well acted and has irresistibly quirky acapella interludes, which are a stroke of genius. Of the innumerable LGBT-themed stories I’ve seen depicted in hundreds of LGBT films over the past twenty-five years, I’ve never seen this one. Whatever your sexuality or gender, you must see this movie.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Joy of Life is now on iTunes!

I am very excited to announce that my film THE JOY OF LIFE is now available for rental on iTunes! You can rent it for just $2.99 and watch it right this minute in your living room (or get the HD version for $3.99). Go ahead and click right HERE.

Need more encouragement? Here's an exciting description:

The Joy of Life combines stunning 16mm landscape cinematography with a bold, lyrical voiceover (performed by Harriet “Harry” Dodge) to share two San Francisco stories: the history of the Golden Gate Bridge as a suicide landmark, and the story of a butch dyke in San Francisco searching for love and self-discovery. The two stories are punctuated by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's beautiful reading of his ode to San Francisco, "The Changing Light" and bookended by opening and closing credits music from legendary '50s icon (and probable Golden Gate suicide) Weldon KeesThe Joy of Life is a film about landscapes, both physical and emotional. 

Let me share a few choice bits of critical acclaim to convince you:


"Thrillingly minimalist. Gently hypnotic."
--Rob Nelson, The Village Voice 

"A cinematic love poem. . . Beautiful."
--Dennis Harvey, San Francisco Bay Guardian 

“Transfixing, starkly powerful. . . unforgettable.”
--Jeffrey Anderson, San Francisco Examiner

"Another perfect film with a masterful screenplay."
--Brandon Judell, indieWIRE.com 

"Captivating."
-- Film Threat 

"The festival's best film. . . vividly evocative."
-- Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe (from review of Boston L&G Film Fest)

"The pick of the festival. . . one of the most sensuous documentaries you will ever see."
--Kelly Vance, The East Bay Express (from review of SF LGBT Film Fest) 

"Simply stunning to behold."
--Candace Moore, AfterEllen.com 

"Absolutely brilliant. A poetic and heartfelt adventure."
--Kathleen Wilkinson, SFGate 


Did I mention these awards? 


2005 Marlon Riggs Award (for courage & vision in Bay Area filmmaking)
-- The San Francisco Film Critics Circle

2005 Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award
-- Outfest, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

2005 Best US Narrative Screenplay Award
-- The New Festival, New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 



Rent THE JOY OF LIFE from iTunes now.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Frameline Archive Finds a Home at SF Main Library

Check out the very nice little article about this in the Bay Times (and here is the accompanying photo by the fabulous and ubiquitous Rink).

Pictured above: the Hormel Center’s Karen Sundheim, curator Jenni Olson and Frameline Festival Director Jennifer Morris.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

We Who Are Sexy: The Film List

Susan Stryker and I had a great time this afternoon at the Victoria Theater presenting the Frameline: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival premiere of our clip show, We Who Are Sexy: The Whirlwind History of Transgender Images in Cinema. We had a wonderful audience there, many of whom joined us for a post-screening Q&A at Muddy Waters on 16th & Valencia. A few people were interested to know the titles of all the films we included so I promised to post the list here on my blog. Do run out to the video store to get these (we recommend Four Star and Lost Weekend who helped us in our research process), tho' of course many of these are so rare that they are not actually available on consumer home video or DVD. There are so many films — this really just scratches the surface.


We Who Are Sexy: The Whirlwind History of Transgender Images in Cinema 
Presented by Susan Stryker & Jenni Olson
                   
Guys in Dresses — Girls in Suits: The Early Days
Judith of Bethulia (1913)
A Florida Enchantment (1914)
Sylvia Scarlett (1936)
Boy! What a Girl (1945)

Kitsch, Camp & The Avant-Garde 
Kaming Mga Talyada (We Who Are Sexy) (1962)
Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)
Homicidal (1961)
Women In Revolt (1971) trailer
Female Trouble (1974) trailer excerpt
Let Me Die a Woman (1977)
Dandy Dust (1998)


Fear & Loathing + “T” & Sympathy 
I Changed My Sex (1953) trailer
The Christine Jorgenson Story (1970) trailer
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Ticked Off Trannies with Knives (2010) trailer


Verite 
Hilary Swank’s Oscar speech (1999)
Paris is Burning (1991) trailer
Queens at Heart (circa 1967)
Stonewall (1995)
The Look of Love (1996) 
By Hook or By Crook (2000)
The Aggressives (2005)
She’s a Boy I Knew (2008)
No Dumb Questions (2001) 
Just Call Me Kade (2001)


Stuff We Just Love
Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)
Something Special (1986)
Summer Vacation: 1999 (1988) 
The East is Red (1993)
Chocolate Babies (1997)
Maggots & Men (2009)
Two Spirits trailer (2009)

The End 

Supplemental sampling of interesting titles from the past 40 years: 
Myra Breckenridge (1970), I Want What I Want (1972), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Outrageous (1977), La Cage Aux Folles (1978), Victor/Victoria (1982), Yentl (1983), Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), Second Serve (1986), Vera (1986), Torch Song Trilogy (1987), Orlando (1992), The Crying Game (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), M. Butterfly (1993), The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), The Birdcage (1996), Different for Girls (1996), Ma vie en rose (1997), You Don’t Know Dick (1997), The Brandon Teena Story (1998), Gendernauts (1999), Southern Comfort (2001), The Cockettes (2002), Soldier’s Girl (2003), Beautiful Boxer (2004), Unveiled (2005), Breakfast on Pluto (2005), Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria (2005), Boy I Am (2006), Cruel and Unusual (2006), Red Without Blue (2007), Trained in the Ways of Men (2007), Against a Trans Narrative (2008), Prodigal Sons (2008), Pageant (2008), Be Like Others (2008), The Last Summer of La Boyita (2009), Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight (2009).

There are more than a few Transgender films on this year’s festival circuit:
Becoming Chaz (2011), Bob’s New Suit (2011), Gun Hill Road (2011), Leave It On The Floor (2011), Madame X (2011), Miwa: A Japanese Icon (2011), The Mouth of the Wolf (2011), Orchids: My Intersex Adventure (2011), Renee (2011), Romeos (2011), Tales of the Waria (2010), Tomboy (2011).

And a few coming eventually to a theater near you:
Albert Nobbs (2011), The Danish Girl (2012), Pierrot Lunaire (2011)


We are also excited to present our program in Los Angeles — at Outfest, on Saturday, July 16th at 4:30pm at DGA2

Please feel free to post any comments or questions below. Thanks!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

575 CASTRO ST. Update

Two exciting bits of news to share about my short film, 575 Castro St. this month. 

First and foremost is a brand new opportunity for San Franciscans and visiting tourists to view the film in the most perfect venue I could ever have imagined. You may have read that the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) recently relocated their San Francisco store to the now legendary address of Harvey Milk's old Castro Camera shop (yes, that would be 575 Castro St.). As part of the new HRC Store they have worked with our awesome GLBT Historical Society to create a wonderful historical display about Harvey Milk and Castro Camera. A prominent part of the display is an installation of my film, 575 Castro St. exhibited on a continual loop, with a set of headphones so you can listen to the soundtrack while you watch. Of course the most amazing thing about this is the fact that not only was my film footage shot at this address (in 2009 when it was the empty Castro Camera Store set of Gus Van Sant's Milk) but the audio of Harvey Milk talking about his wishes in the event of his assassination was also recorded in this very room (not upstairs in his apartment as fictionally depicted in Milk).

I am so thrilled at the prospect of so many people being exposed to my film and want to express my gratitude to the folks at HRC (and to the folks at FilmInFocus.com for granting permission for the installation). Please go visit the HRC Store next time you're in the Castro and take a look at my film if you have a chance! 

I'm also very proud to report that an HD tape of 575 Castro St. is now officially on deposit with the Sundance Collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive as part of their effort to preserve all of the fabulous films that have been showcased at the Sundance Film Festival over the years. One of these days I will get it together to deposit my negative of The Joy of Life

Thursday, June 09, 2011

AMERICAN FABULOUS at SF Main Library — Thursday, June 16th @ Noon

Come on out to the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Main Library on Thursday, June 16th @ Noon for the latest installment of this exciting series of highlights from the Hormel Center’s Frameline Movie Archive Project. 


American Fabulous  (1991) USA, English, 120 mins. 
Director Reno Dakota will be at the screening for a Q & A session.

Winner of the 1991 San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Best Video.

Adding to a hearty tradition of ascerbic gay folklore, American Fabulous is the very oral biography of Jeffrey Strouth, a wild, storytelling homosexual whose unglamorously picaresque life makes for compulsively addictive narratives that are unbelievable, hilarious, and movingly tragic. From a thronelike position in the backseat of a 1957 Cadillac, Strouth indulges in an autobiographical yakfest while the uninspiring landscape of Columbus, Ohio, provides a moving backdrop.  He recounts a life so relentlessly melodramatic that, as he says, “nobody could make this up, and if they did, why would they want to?”  Between cigarettes Strouth tells us about his first gay friend, the toothless “Myth Earl”; his psychopathic, abusive father; being kept, at 14, by a kindly 400-pound drag queen with a closet full of faux denim leisure suits; his passion for sex and drugs; and just about all the poop on the East Village club scene. Like a queeny, white-trash Kerouac, Strouth's most poignant moments take place on the road.  To hear his epic of hitchhiking from Ohio to Hollywood with a mincing, Tallulah Bankhead groupie boyfriend, a tiny yapping dog, and a finch in a cage is classic Americana, alone worth entering this tragicomic universe. As indulgent as its subject, the tape's two-hour length may send you out screaming, but if you can stick with it—and I suggest you do—Strouth emerges as an admirably uncompromising "free spirit" who has more than earned his endearing bitchiness.


The screening will be introduced by series curator Jenni Olson and is co-presented by Wolfe. Please click thru for more info HERE.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Go See: QUEEN OF THE SUN!

I got to watch a DVD press screener of Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us? last week with my family. I continue to feel so emotionally impacted by the film, I want to encourage everyone to get out and see it when it opens in theaters June 10th (in New York City at the Cinema Village) and June 17th (at the Laemmle Monica 4-Plex in Santa Monica). And take your teenagers! It's a perfect educational film for kids. My 12 year-old daughter Hazel gives it a big thumbs up and adds a hearty, "Bravo!"


This harrowing and beautiful new documentary from Taggart Siegel (The Real Dirt on Farmer John) ought to be subtitled: "a portrait of the miraculous and endangered honeybees — and the people who love them." An international array of scientists, scholars and beekeepers vividly explain the apocalyptic consequences of pesticides, corporate agriculture and industrial farming as they also wax poetic about the joys of honey and the vital importance of bees in our ecosystem. 

Queen of the Sun offers an impassioned introduction to basic and advanced environmental issues in a way that is really accessible for kids — and will motivate their latent activist selves with a desire to pursue environmental justice for these amazing creatures. 

Watch this film and you will never eat non-organic honey again!

More info, trailer and playdates here:
Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?

Sunday, June 05, 2011

We Who Are Sexy — Clip Show at Frameline (June 19th) & Outfest (July 16)!


We Who Are Sexy: The Whirlwind History of Transgender Images in Cinema

Join film historians Jenni Olson and Susan Stryker for a whirlwind ride through the history of transgender images in film. A smart combination of on-stage conversation and film clips, this program will showcase an amazing array of rarely seen tidbits ranging from the bad old days of guys in dresses and pathological transsexuals up through the empowered self-representations of the early '90s and into the hot transgender best of the 21st century.

Sunday, June 19, 2:00 PM
Victoria Theatre
Ticket Code: SEXY19V

Saturday, July 16, 4:30 PM
DGA 2

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Hazel, I'm a big fan of your work


Click to see a gallery of four of my favorite images from a recent photo shoot Hazel did down on the Embarcadero. You can also click through to see more of her wonderful compositions on her Flickr page.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

BUDDIES Screening Kicks Off Hormel Center's Frameline Video Archive Project Film Series

On Thursday, June 2nd at Noon at the Main Library's Koret Auditorium, the Hormel Center's Frameline Video Archive Project series kicks off with an extremely rare opportunity to see Arthur Bressan's pinoeering AIDS drama, BuddiesThis 1985 indie was the first American feature film about the AIDS crisis. Frameline presented the world premiere of Buddies at the Castro Theater as a benefit for the Shanti Project in 1985.

Buddies (1985) USA, English, 81 mins.
Director: Arthur Bressan Jr.
Buddies, the first American film to dramatize the AIDS crisis, is an intensely personal story of a 32-year-old Californian dying of AIDS in a Manhattan Hospital and the 25-year-old New Yorker who starts as his volunteer counselor and becomes his greatest friend. Writer/director Arthur Bressan Jr. includes factual information about AIDS, but more importantly shows that love and caring is also a major part of this tragedy.  "I made this movie," Bressan says, " because I had to make it.  This one came from my heart . . .  It is a very small movie about the landscape of the heart and the caves within us."  Robert, the patient, and David, his "buddy," resist one another at first, but, as time goes by and their hospital visits become more personal, the men share thoughts and experiences that touch them both. Since Frameline presented the world premiere in 1985, Buddies has played to audiences around the world and received critical acclaim—both for the fine performances of Geoff Edholm and David Schacter, and the no-nonsense, gut-wrenching emotion of the film.

About the Series
Come on out to the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Main Library for this exciting series of highlights from the Hormel Center’s Frameline Video Archive Project. These five films represent some of the most significant items in the collection — for the most part unavailable on commercial DVD, these rarely screened titles offer a glimpse at the wide range of historically significant titles in the collection. All titles are part of the Hormel Center’s Frameline Video Archive Project and will be presented on DVD and introduced by series curator Jenni Olson. Series co-presented by Wolfe Video.

Buddies (1985) — June 2
Olivia (Pit of Loneliness) (1951) — June 9
American Fabulous (1991) — June 16
Summer Vacation: 1999 (1988) — June 23
Boy! What a Girl! (1945) & Out of the Shadows (1990) — June 30

The series kicks off with a rare screening of Arthur Bressan’s Buddies — the 1985 drama was the first American feature film about the AIDS crisis. In week two we present the rarely seen 1951 French lesbian boarding school drama, Olivia (Pit of Loneliness). Next up is the Best Video Audience Award winner of the 1991 San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Director Reno Dakota will be here in person to introduce his legendary showcase of gay Southern storyteller extraordinaire Jeffrey Strouth,  American Fabulous. Week four brings us Shusuke Kaneko’s futuristic Takarazuka melodrama, Summer Vacation: 1999 (this 1988 boys’ school charmer features a terrific all-girl cast). The series concludes with Arthur Leonard’s rediscovered 1945 all-black-cast musical, Boy! What a Girl! Starring Tim Moore (best know as The Kingfish from the Amos n’ Andy ‘50s TV series) as the bald, cigar-smoking female impersonator, “Madame Deborah.” Boy! What a Girl! will be preceded by Out of the Shadows, a rarely screened 1990 short documentary portrait of African American gay and transgender men in Washington D.C. — narrated by poet Essex Hemphill.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Retrospective of my Films at Kashish Mumbai Queer Film Fest!

I'm extremely proud to report that a retrospective of my work (curated by Paul Lee) is being presented at this year's Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival this coming Friday, May 27th at 1:30pm at the Alliance Francaise de Bombay — 40 Theosophy Hall Marine Lines, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020 (Tel: 022 2203 5993).

The program is called THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO and features my short films: Sometimes, Blue Diary, Meep Meep! and 575 Castro St. followed by my experimental documentary, The Joy of Life.

If you happen to be in Mumbai, please attend!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mini-Interview on Butch Lab!

Very proud to say that Sinclair Sexsmith has recently posted my Mini-Interview on the very cool Butch Lab website. And in case you were wondering, here is the Butch Lab Mission Statement:
The mission of the Butch Lab Project is to promote a greater understanding of masculine of center gender identities, expressions, and presentations, through encouraging: 1. visibility, because we feel alone; 2. solidarity, because there are many of us out there, but we don’t always communicate with each other; and 3. an elevation of the discussion, because we have a long history and lineage to explore and we don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
Click on thru to Explore the Lab!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Poet Comes Out of the Closet

I have been writing poetry for years now. Just for my own enjoyment and as a different format of journal writing — composing sketches of a given scene, person or day. This past Thursday, my partner Julie asked if I would read a poem at her birthday dinner the next night. On Friday nights over the past few years we've developed a tradition of Poetry Shabbat (featuring favorite poems of established poets and the occasional piece from me). Realizing I lacked the courage to recite the full text of Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey" (my current fave) to the table of 12 guests, I decided to compose my own poem for the occasion. Since I actually like this poem so much (and since it seems so timely) I've decided it's time to come out of the closet and share it with, if not the world then with the handful of people who read my blog.

Being Alive on #February 25th — for Julie and the Revolution

Precisely a month of awe precedes this day on which
snow threatens the West;
Democracy, the East;
Equality, America.

In the calm safety of our
morning
we enjoy

The New York Times, the golden light
and feeling we have too much to do:
a mechanism we use to obscure awareness of our own mortality.

Wipe away the clatter
that distracts us from what matters.
The din of commerce and innovation. Of keeping up.

Did you notice the wind and the big puffy clouds?
I have never cared for Thoreau.
I deny being a nostalgic luddite.
Rather, call me keeper of the mundane.

Aspiring to mindfulness,
wonder,
and noticing beauty.

Especially yours.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

My Queer Sundance 2011 Wrap-Up


My Queer Sundance 2011 Wrap-Up was posted on both FilmmakerMagazine.com and AfterEllen.com — please pick one and click thru to read my reflections on the very queer year.

Pictured above is a production still from one of my top picks, CIRCUMSTANCE.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Remembering Mark Finch (October 21, 1961 - January 14, 1995)


This is my favorite picture of Mark — so utterly characteristic of him. Cheerfully perched atop the front counter in the old Frameline office on Dolores Street in 1992.

Mark pretty much missed the digital revolution (we did have an AOL address at Frameline in 1994 thanks to Tom Reilly and Karen Wickre and Digital Queers, but that was about it). And so there are only a few items of evidence of Mark's legacy visible online. Here's Mark's GLBTQ.com entry on LGBT Film History and here's Mark's Wikipedia page created by an old friend of his, and here's Mark's imdb.com entry (noting his cameos in Gregg Araki's The Living End and Todd Verow's Frisk). You can see a glimpse of his performance in the trailer for The Living End at Strand's YouTube page (at 0:33 seconds in).

Please share any and all of your Mark Finch memories in the comments field below.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Michael Hawley "Hearts" Frameline34 Screening of MADCHEN IN UNIFORM

Bay Area film blogger Michael Hawley just gave a nice shout-out to the Frameline34 presentation of the 1958 Romy Schneider remake of MADCHEN IN UNIFORM as part of his Top Bay Area Repertory Screenings for 2010. The screening was introduced by yours truly, hence my interest — here's his nicely phrased appreciation:
A whole lot of LGBT folk must've played hooky from work to catch this mid-day, mid-week revival from 1958 – itself a remake of a 1931 queer cinema classic. Romy Schneider and Lili Palmer are respectively radiant as a student obsessively in love with her boarding school teacher – to the extreme consternation of battleaxe headmistress Therese Giehse. Shown in a gorgeous and rare 35mm print, with the inimitable Jenni Olson delivering a dishy intro. Frameline34's other revelatory revival was Warhol's 1965 Vinyl, in which Factory beauties Gerard Malanga and Edie Sedgwick dance a furious frug to Martha and the Vandellas "Nowhere to Hide." Twice.
Read the rest of Michael's picks right HERE. And then go order the DVD from WolfeVideo.com for only $13.46!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Lavender Images Program by Alison Bechdel


Just came across the original art that my old pal Alison Bechdel designed for the very first Lavender Images Film Series back when we were both living in Minneapolis. It was a 10-week series of LGBT movies shown on the University of Minnesota East Bank and West Bank campuses (at Coffman Memorial Union and the West Bank Union) during Winter quarter of 1987. I will reminisce at length about it all one of these days, but for the moment just had to share this wonderful cover design.