PrideArts today announced a documentary film festival relating to facets of queer life in America that have been largely unexplored in the mass media. The 11-day film festival will include the feature documentary DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION! – a history of lesbian cinema by the women who made it, PS. BURN THIS LETTER, PLEASE – a profile of drag queens from the 1950s, when public cross-dressing was illegal; and APPROPRIATE PRONOUNS – a look at some of the transgender Americans serving as ordained ministers of the Church. The first two will be available online for 11 days, from September 19 to 29. PROPER PRONUNS will be broadcast for eight days, from September 20 to 27. The admission price for each film is $ 12.00 per film. Films can be purchased and viewed at https://www.goelevent.com/pridearts/e/Search
DIGES, CAMERA, ACTION! details the origins and history of lesbian-themed cinema, noting that lesbians don’t always see themselves onscreen. But between Stonewall, the feminist movement and the experimental cinema of the 1970s, they built visibility and transformed the social imagination on queerness. Filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye, Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du, film critic B. Ruby Rich, Jenni Olson and others share moving and often hilarious stories from their lives and discuss the way they expressed themselves. queer identity through cinema.This feature-length documentary covers the history of queer cinema from its beginnings as a marginalized subculture until the 1990s, which saw the rise of new queer cinema, to the present day. The film examines how female directors have contributed to this genre and emphasizes the role the media play in portraying sexuality and gender, highlighting the film’s power to shape our perceptions of each other. others. Visually, this documentary comes to life on screen through captivating and intimate original interviews interspersed with emotionally charged archival footage, photographs, ephemera, inspired music and film clips.
PS BURN THIS LETTER PLEASE is the story of a group of New York drag queens in the 1950s, a time before Stonewall when cross-dressing in public was illegal. A mailbox, kept a secret for nearly 60 years, sparks a 5-year exploration into a part of LGBT history that has never been told. Using original interviews, never-before-seen footage and archival photographs, and stylized reconstructions, PS BURN THIS LETTER PLEASE recreates this pre-Stonewall era as Lennie, Robbie, George, Michael, Jim, Henry, Claude , Tish and Terry – former drag queens now in their 80s and 90s, reveal how they survived and thrived in a time when drag queens were both revered and vilified, even within the gay community. The government tried to destroy them, then history tried to erase them, now they can tell their story for the first time.
The 2020 documentary PROPER PRONOUNS observes the lives of six North Carolinians who are among the 30 ordained transgender ministers in the United States. Filmmakers Meg Daniels and Mania Robinson shot the film over a two-year span, capturing in detail the journey of Dawn Flynn, who was identified at birth as a male and lived as Duane Flynn. Duane was leading a double life and practicing ministry when he was unmasked by a barber. It cost him his pastoral license, his ministry, threatened his marriage to Pam and made him wonder if life was still worth living. After therapy and deep self-reflection, Duane fought back, moved on to Dawn, and began her journey to get her life back on track. She finally found the courage to embrace his truth. And she found the calling to help others embrace theirs.
Access to each of the documentaries will be $ 12.00, which will allow viewing of the two purchased for a full week – allowing audiences greater flexibility to watch the films at their leisure. Tickets and more information will be available shortly on www.pridearts.org.
PrideArts will also be hosting a short film festival from November 8 to December 5. The company is accepting applications until September 8 and will announce the selections shortly thereafter.