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8: The Mormon Proposition
Reed Cowan A searing indictment of the Mormon Church's historic involvement in the promotion and passage of California s Proposition 8, and the Mormon religion s secretive, decades-long campaign against gay rights.

Narrated by Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award® winning screenwriter of MILK.
Adventures of Felix
Jacques Martineau, Olivier Ducastel An HIV-positive French North African takes an unconvential journey on a quest for his father who he's never met. On his way, he discovers that family need not always be connected by blood.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
A surprise hit in America, this 1994 Australian comedy is anchored by Terence Stamp as a transsexual who, in the company of two drag queens, travels to a remote desert location to put on a lip-synch performance—to the amazement of the locals. Getting there on a pink bus named Priscilla, the trio stop and play for people all over the Outback, getting the same homophobic, bewildered responses. The weak link in the film is dialogue that seems to have been pulled from "Queer Movie Banter for Dummies," all bitchy and cliché-ridden but fortunately salvaged by strong acting. The most fun comes whenever the three are performing; fans of Abba will be particularly pleased. —Tom Keogh

The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert Extras

Watch Director Stephan Elliot talk about the film's iconic costumes.

An Interview with Priscilla Costume Designer Tim Chappel

How much of costume design is your own inspiration / how much is inspired by the character?

I rarely have creative free reign like I had on Priscilla. Priscilla was one of those rare situations where the powers that be said "Go for it". The characters are my babies. All design is meant to build character and help move the story along. Fortunately Mitzi, Felacia, and Bernardette were outrageous drag queens so that was not only easy bit great fun. Hard as it may seem, there are nuances that aren't obvious. For example when the queens are climbing Kings Canyon each of their headdresses are a distillation of their individual personalities. Bernardette is the Evil Queen, Mizti has lipsticks, rollers and pacifiers, and Felecia has Cupie dolls that are staring at themselves in little mirrors.

What is the process of physically rendering the costumes? Do you build them by hand? Work with a team? Hit vintage stores?

I usually begin by sketching roughs. Then once everyone has had their input - or cocked their leg as it seems more of the time, I do the finished sketches. These get signed off on literally becoming a visual contract. Then they get handed to the Costumier that builds a toile (a practice one). That gets fitted on the talent and we all um and ah—hopefully more ooh and ah if it's working well. Then we have a second fitting to perfect the fit and a final fitting to see the final project.

On Priscilla however I simply grabbed whatever I had around or worked out which costume could be sacrificed and started gluing and sewing and hoping for the best. If something started to break there was always the hot glue gun and a handful of glitter to disguise any lumps and bumps. The costumes were literally finished when they would tear them out of my hands.

Did any of the actors on Priscilla have any costume concerns? Was anyone concerned the costume would overpower their performance?

The actors were all good sports. Terence told us he wanted to look like Holly Golightly but he soon gave up on that idea. He actually looked quite beautiful at times I thought. There was a moment at Kings Canyon when Terrence said that something was bothering his forward and I looked over to see a single drop of blood run down his brow—whoops, with only $12,000 US there was no room for comfort.

What's the difference between cinematic fashion and street (real people) fashion? I.e., does it have to be "bigger" if it's on the screen?

There are lots of differences between what you wear on the street, on stage, or in stills. Each medium requires special attention. For example in film you have to find out what kind of film stock is being used, what kind of filters and the general visual feel that the production designer and cinematographer are trying to go for. Of course the Director is trying to convey very specific ideas and using texture, color and contrast your job is to build, along with your team, that visual statement.

The use of detail is also vital; sometimes you can't even see it but the actor will know its there and much detail, even though you can't literally see it, becomes absorbed in a more subconscious way.

In your opinion, who looked the most beautiful (lead roles) in drag, who was the most fun to work with?

They were all beauties. Guy Pearce had a background in musical theatre so he was prone to stealing the show. They were all great fun and still people I count as good friends.

Any idea the film would take off to become an enormous hit and cult classic as well as meaning so much to fans around the world?

We thought we were basically making a home movie; it wasn't until we had the 15-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival that we knew we had created a DRAG MONSTER!

Where did you get the inspiration and know-how regarding costumes? Was there research involved? How did you get involved in doing this movie?

I started with the music and let it send me in a delirious creative free fall and took notes as I spun. We got to have a buying trip to NYC in '92—WOW. I got to meet Girlina and Lasdy Bunny and all the voguing Queens—we were doing something totally different but Queens are trick everywhere aren't they.

I got involved because Stephan needed a Costume designer who could do everything: design, sew and wear—if necessary. I was working as one of a pair of male backup dancers (an "earring") for a drag-queen troupe called Glamourworld. I used to make all our costumes and we were pretty successful. We even toured Asia going to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Ho Chi Mihn city—all on DragOn Air. How funny is that?

What inspires you—what movies stand out to you as having great costumes?

It all goes in and just comes out this way. I don't consciously look for inspiration. I like to think of myself as a creative distillery.

If you could dress Oscar (of the Academy Awards) - what would you have him wear?

My Oscar was on display in Australia's National Gallery in an Exhibition called "The Sights and Sounds of Australian Film." Oscar had purple hair and a disco tube dress. I butchered a Rock and Roll Barbie. She didn't seem to mind 'cause Oscar looked roool perty!

Beyond The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

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After Stonewall
John Scagliotti The companion film to Before Stonewall, After Stonewall, narrated by Melissa Etheridge, explores gay history in the U.S. from the 1970s through the 1990s. Like its predecessor, After Stonewall attempts to cover much ground in a short amount of time; however, with only three decades to span, the assignment is more manageable.

The film covers the predictable highs and lows of the last 30 years of the 20th century. On the side of triumph, it explores the declassification of homosexuality as a disease; the growth of gay presses and writers; gay wins in political office (notably Harvey Milk and Elaine Noble); and the formation of a national gay lobbying presence in the Human Rights Fund. On the flip side, we witness the antigay hysteria evoked by Anita Bryant; the rise of AIDS, the blind eye of the federal government; and the growth of the Christian Coalition. Perhaps the most significant contribution of this film is its mapping of a gay presence within popular media. Through TV shows such as South Park and covers of Newsweek and Time, as well as "out" popular performers like k.d. lang and Ellen DeGeneres, the case is made that gay culture has "arrived" in America—a huge leap from the days before Stonewall when the common idea of a gay person was someone to snicker at or otherwise dismiss as a lunatic. —Katy Ankenman
The Aggressives
Daniel Peddle Studio: Image Entertainment Release Date: 06/20/2006
Aimee and Jaguar
Max Färberböck
All About Eve
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Showered with Oscars, this wonderfully bitchy (and witty) comedy written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz concerns an aging theater star (Bette Davis) whose life is being supplanted by a wolf-in-sheep's-clothing ingenue (Anne Baxter) whom she helped. This is a film for a viewer to take in like a box of chocolates, packed with scene-for-scene delights that make the entire story even better than it really is. The film also gives deviously talented actors such as George Sanders and Thelma Ritter a chance to speak dazzling lines; Davis bites into her role and never lets go. A classic from Mankiewicz, a legendary screenwriter and the brilliant director of A Letter to Three Wives, The Barefoot Contessa, and Sleuth. —Tom Keogh
All Over Me
Alex Sichel This gritty 1997 film marks the merging of several budding talents: sisters Sylvia and Alex Sichel, who serve as writer and director, and actors Alison Folland (To Die For), Tara Subkoff, and Murmurs singer Leisha Hailey. The idea behind the movie was the Sichels' awe at ever having survived being teenage girls in the big city.

All Over Me is about Claude (Folland) a shy, overweight teen who works in a pizza parlor after school and is secretly in love with her best friend Ellen (Subkoff). But Ellen is far ahead of Claude in development. She has an older boyfriend, and she harbors a bad case of destructive self-loathing that erupts frequently and with a fury. But All Over Me isn't just a teenage cautionary or coming-out tale. It's as much a story of New York and its unbearably long, hot summers as it is the downtown music scene or teenage dreams and struggles with adult issues. More than that, it's a well-made film that has its own rhythm, working slowly to give us insight into the girls' natures. It succeeds admirably in taking us back to that age when everything seemed possible despite the dangers of the city closing in. Growing up has never felt as close to home or as scarily realistic. —Paula Nechak
And the Band Played On
Roger Spottiswoode A superior, made-for-cable film, this Home Box Office adaptation of Randy Shilts's chronicle detailing the emergence of AIDS in America and the fight against bureaucracy and society for a cure is a taut, outrageous, and affecting true-life drama. Matthew Modine (Birdy, Married to the Mob) is featured as a doctor with the Centers for Disease Control at the time when the first reports of a disease plaguing the gay community were heard. Modine and his colleagues embark on an investigation that resembles a compelling detective story as they try to track the source of the disease and discover a cure. Their efforts are thwarted by an ambivalent government and a turf war between French physicians and a celebrated American researcher (Alan Alda) who seems to place his own glory above the dead and the dying. Featuring heartfelt performances from a stellar cast including Richard Gere, Glenne Headly, Anjelica Huston, Steve Martin, Ian McKellen, Saul Rubinek, and Lily Tomlin, this impassioned film stands as an impressive and important document of one of the darkest eras in modern human history, and a tribute to the spirit of those who sought to save lives. —Robert Lane
Angels in America
Mike Nichols Academy Award-winners Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson lead an all-star cast in a 6-hour HBO Films Event. Directed by Mike Nichols and written by Tony Kushner based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning play: Angels in America.
The Badge
Robby Henson Smalltown louisiana sheriff darl must put aside his own personal prejudices when he must investigate the murder of a transgender lingerie model found in the swamp. Darl teams up with the victims wife scarlett a stripper who provides his ticket into a strange sexual underworld. Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 05/25/2004 Starring: Billy Bob Thornton Sela Ward Run time: 103 minutes Rating: R
Bastard Out of Carolina
Anjelica Huston This fine but shocking drama (which Ted Turner paid for and then refused to show on his cable outfits), based on the novel by Dorothy Allison, concerns extensive abuse endured by a girl (Jena Malone) at the hands of her stepfather (Ron Eldard), while her mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) looks the other way. Anjelica Huston made her directorial debut with this film and demonstrates that talent also runs in the family when behind the camera. Difficult to watch but mitigated by Huston's intelligent approach and sense of balance—as well as outstanding performances—this is a significant film best left to the most mature audiences. —Tom Keogh
Beau Travail
Claire Denis This film focuses on ex-foreign legion officer galoup as he recalls his once glorious life leading troops in the gulf of djibouti. His existence there was happy strict and regimented but the arrival of a promising young recruit sentain plants the seeds of jealousy in galoups mind. Studio: New Yorker Films Video Release Date: 10/15/2002 Run time: 90 minutes
Beautiful Thing
Hettie MacDonald This absolute winner, based on a stage play by Jonathan Harvey and adapted by him, is a kind of enchanted, urban slice-of-life tale about a gay teen, Jamie (Glen Berry), who is in love with the boy next door, Ste (Scott Neal). Hampering Jamie's progress on the romantic front is his fear that his mother (Linda Henry) will find out, as well as concern over complicating Ste's existing problems. Beautiful Thing is a relationship movie, to be sure, but that description doesn't really describe the buoyant tone of this British television production. Democratic in its inclusive regard for each character (whether camera-pretty or not), the film—well-directed by Hettie Macdonald—is full of surprises. Chief among them is the terrific personality of Jamie's mum, a strong and independent woman who truly worries over and adores her son. But this is a movie involved in a kind of happy dialogue with itself: the tunes of Mama Cass, for instance, play a part in both the story and overall ambience, while a strategic placement of the Rodgers and Hammerstein chestnut "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" during an act of love is fun and exciting. —Tom Keogh
Beautiful Thing
Hettie Macdonald Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 06/24/2008 Run time: 91 minutes Rating: R
Bedrooms & Hallways
Leo (Kevin McKidd) is an endearing pup of a blue-eyed lad looking for old-fashioned romance with a happily ever after. Convinced to join a friend's drum-thumping New Men's Group ("Let these strong loving men heal you!" begs leader Simon Callow, who all but steals the film as a man in touch with his inner guru), Leo confesses an attraction to another member of the circle in the spirit of sharing. He's the only gay man in the group but his confession starts a cascade of sexual reassessment, all encouraged by Callow's hilarious new age Iron John. Meanwhile Leo's gadfly of a roommate is having sex in other people's bedrooms all over town with his new real estate agent lover (a sly, haughtily confident Hugo Weaving) and Leo reconnects with his childhood girlfriend Sally (Jennifer Ehle), who brightens the film with her sunny smile and wounded yet spirited tenderness. Rose Troche, whose guerrilla American indie Go Fish transformed a lesbian love story into a classic romantic comedy, here straddles screwball farce and sophisticated sitcom with a clumsy style that skews more toward the latter, but she invests it with genuine affection. As the funny but flippant comedy winds up to almost painfully trite pairings between the ricocheting couples-to-be, Troche's loving direction allows everyone their dignity and their charm, even through the most contrived and kooky complications. —Sean Axmaker
Before Night Falls
Julian Schnabel Based on the posthumously published memoir by Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas, Before Night Falls is artist-director Julian Schnabel's second exercise in artist biography, but where Schnabel's earlier film Basquiat was relatively conventional, this film is bolder in both style and execution. Schnabel is perhaps too enamored of his subject as a noble martyr, lending the film a somewhat inflated sense of importance. Still, it's rare to see an artist's life and work so elegantly interwoven, and Before Night Falls uses all of Arenas's life as its canvas, from impoverished youth to lively gay freedom in mid-1950's Cuba; imprisonment during Castro's antigay regime; and to New York City in 1980, followed by Arenas's battle with AIDS and subsequent suicide (depicted here as assisted) in 1990.

Through these extreme rises and falls, Arenas is always writing, his typewriter his most faithful lover and weapon (by way of smuggled manuscripts) against the dark forces that surround him. As Time magazine's Richard Corliss wrote, Arenas is "a serious actor's dream role: to be a gay Jesus in a modern Passion Play," and Javier Bardem—the first Spanish actor to receive an Oscar nomination—inhabits the role with subtle ferocity, charting this emotional odyssey with outer reserve but blazing infernos of internal passion. And while Schnabel suffers from a hyperactive camera, there's poetry here—visual, dramatic, and literal—and vibrant humor to temper the deep tragedy of Arenas's life. Schnabel also uses his actor friends to good advantage: a nearly unrecognizable Sean Penn adds an ironic touch to his brief appearance as a peasant, and Johnny Depp is both funny and fearsome in dual roles as a drag queen and vicious army interrogator. —Jeff Shannon
Bent (1997)
Sean Mathias Bent debuted onstage in 1979 with Ian McKellen starring in the London production and Richard Gere in its later Broadway version. The film version is adapted by the playwright, Martin Sherman, and closely follows his play's story of two gay concentration camp victims who are sent to Dachau and who fall in love, using their relationship as an emotional crutch in their efforts to rebuff the horror of the Holocaust. Max (Clive Owen), would rather wear a yellow star and proclaim himself a Jew than be lanced with the pink triangle that designates homosexuality. Horst, (Lothaire Bluteau) chastises him for his homophobia. Later the tables turn on Max, who finds—through Horst—the strength both to keep alive indefinitely and to ultimately embrace his sexual identity.

Initially set in a war-ravaged Berlin, Bent is directed by Sean Mathias, who first directed Jude Law in Indiscretions, and he has crafted a film that reminds one of Ian McKellen's Richard III with its spare, stylized, and stark world bombed into rubble and chic theatrical disarray. There are many poignant as well as harrowing scenes, and the result is a somber work that stands as a reminder that intolerance cannot overtake individualism and love. While Bent received an NC-17 rating for depicting Berlin's decadent, anything-goes-for-a-price nightlife, MGM opted not to edit out the tone-setting prelude and pushed to preserve the film's integrity despite a rating that is itself a kind of death for any film that bears it. —Paula Nechak
Better Than Chocolate
Anne Wheeler A sexy rom of love and lust with surprising results. Maggie meets the woman of her dreams kim just hours before her mother lilia and brother paul move in with her. When the four end up sharing a loft maggie believes she must keep her affair a secret. Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 02/05/2002 Starring: Karyn Dwyer Wendy Crewson Rating: Ur Director: Anne Wheeler
Big Eden
Thomas Bezucha A New York artist returns to his home town in Montana to care for his ailing grandfather, and is also given the chance to confront his feelings about being gay in a small town and his passion for his high school best friend.

Genre: Feature Film-Drama

Rating: PG13

Release Date: 30-APR-2002

Media Type: DVD
Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot is the heartwarming story of a young boy from a working-class family who discovers a passion that will change his life forever.
Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss
Tommy O'Haver First-time director Tommy O'Haver garnered a lot of critical acclaim for this contribution to the "new queer cinema." But he seems more clued in as to its weight than the reviewers. O'Haver rightly calls Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss a Tommy O'Haver "trifle" in the credits and he's on the money in estimating what his film is worth. For sure, the movie has much going for it; it's wholeheartedly enjoyable and packed with the usual dynamic that saturates most gay-themed films: what does one do when that object of desire is heterosexual? In this case O'Haver at least gives his protagonist, Billy, played by Sean P. Hayes, another obsession besides the Brad Pitt-lookalike, prophetically named Gabriel, who is enigmatically acted by Brad Rowe. This is because Billy is a photographer, as addicted to finding the perfect picture as the perfect man. His world is formed by old movies: From Here to Eternity and Imitation of Life are his criteria and the flirty foreplay by which to gauge whether or not a love will have stamina and staying power. Of course, Billy is bound to be disappointed by gay-friendly Gabriel, who is struggling in his own way as much as Billy. Full of the usual mix of second-string players who inhabit the gay milieu (e.g., the best female friend who has man trouble of her own, and the older, secure pal who has secretly held Billy in his sights for some time), O'Haver's film breaks the mold by keeping to a dark note. It resembles a Pedro Almodovar spectacle initially with its saturated look and primary-color palette. But three-fourths through, Billy and his gang walk into the contemporary gay equivalent of a Gidget movie. The shift is surprising and even sometimes funny. Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss has a lot going for it, but it's still just a trifle, and not a milestone in the genre. —Paula Nechak
Borstal Boy
Peter Sheridan
Bound
Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski Destined for cult status, this provocative thriller offers a grab bag of genres (gangster movie, comedy, sexy romance, crime caper) and tops it all off with steamy passion between lesbian ex-con Corky (Gina Gershon) and a not-so-ditzy gun moll named Violet (Jennifer Tilly), who meets Corky and immediately tires of her mobster boyfriend (Joe Pantoliano). Desperate to break away from the Mob's influence and live happily ever after, the daring dames hatch a plot to steal $2 million of Mafia money. Their scheme runs into a series of escalating complications, until their very survival depends on split-second timing and criminal ingenuity. Simultaneously violent, funny, and suspenseful, Bound is sure to test your tolerance for bloodshed, but the film is crafted with such undeniable skill that several critics (including Roger Ebert) placed it on their top-ten lists for 1996. —Jeff Shannon
Boys Don't Cry
Kimberly Peirce When Brandon Teena, a young man with an infectious, aw-shucks grin and an angelic face that's all angles, wanders into Falls City, Nebraska, he takes to the town like it's a second skin. In little time he's fallen in with a gang of goofy if temperamental redneck boys, found himself a girlfriend, and befriended enough people to form something of a small family. In fact, it's the best time Brandon's ever had. However, there are shadows looming over Brandon's life: a court date for grand theft auto, a checkered criminal record, and a seemingly innocuous speeding ticket that could prove to be his undoing. Why? Because as it turns out, Brandon Teena is actually Teena Brandon, a woman masquerading as a man.

This fascinating story was based on real-life events (as documented in The Brandon Teena Story) that occurred in 1993 and ended in tragedy: Brandon's rape and murder by two of his supposed friends. Despite this horrible outcome, however, in the hands of director Kimberly Peirce (who cowrote the unfettered screenplay with Andy Bienen), Brandon's story becomes not oppressive or preachy, but rather oddly and touchingly transcendent, anchored by Hilary Swank's phenomenal, unsentimental performance. Swank inhabits Brandon's contradictions and passions with a natural vitality most actresses would refuse to give themselves over to. Brandon's deception is doomed from the start, but Swank's enthusiasm is infectious, and when Brandon starts romancing the sloe-eyed Lana (a pitch-perfect Chloë Sevigny), he finds a soul mate who wants to transcend boundaries and fated identities as much as he does. The last part of the film, when Brandon's true identity is discovered, is truly painful to watch, but in between the agony there are touching moments of sweetness between Brandon and Lana, who wrestles with the truth of who Brandon actually is. You'll come away from Boys Don't Cry with affection and respect for Brandon, not pity. —Mark Englehart
Boys Life 2
Nickolas Perry; Tom DeCerchio; Mark Christopher; Tom Donaghy BOYS LIFE 2 is the follow up to the 1995 hit series BOYS LIFE. MUST BE THE MUSIC by Nickolas Perry tells the story of four friends out on the town in Los Angeles. The short depicts an honest portrayal of the desires and conflicts of contemporary gay youth. NUNZIO`S SECOND COUSIN by Tom DeCerchio tells the story of a gay Chicago police detective who invites his homophobic attacker to his mother`s house for dinner. ALKALI, IOWA by Mark Christopher takes place in a small midwestern town where a young farmer is forced to come to terms with his sexuality. THE DADSHUTTLE by Tom Donaghy is a vivid and poignant tale of a father driving his son to a train station. Along the way, Junior delivers some news to Senior that will forever alter the course of their lives.
Boys Life 4
Phillip Bartell; Alan Brown; Brian Sloan; Eric Mueller BOYS LIFE 4: FOUR PLAY is the latest installment in the successful series of gay short films. Featuring films directed by past Strand Releasing directors Brian Sloan (I THINK I DO), Eric Mueller (WORLD AND TIME ENOUGH) and filmmakers Alan Brown and Phillip J. Bartell, this follow-up showcases gay filmmaking at its best. The films in this package include Sloan's BUMPING HEADS, Bartell's LTR, Brown's O' BEAUTIFUL, and Mueller's THIS CAR UP.
Brokeback Mountain
Ang Lee This sweeping epic that explores the lives of two young men a ranch-hand & a rodeo cowboy who meet in the summer of 1963 & unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection. The complications joys & heartbreak they experience provide a testament to the endurance & power of love. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 09/04/2007 Starring: Heath Ledger Michelle Williams Run time: 135 minutes Rating: R
Broken Hearts Club: Romantic Comedy
Greg Berlanti After viewing the gay ensemble film The Broken Hearts Club—the subtitle of which helpfully points out that it's "a romantic comedy"—you might feel as if you've been offered a discussion conundrum not unlike the kind that Mike Myers's Linda "Coffee Talk" Richman would put forward: "The Broken Hearts Club is neither romantic nor comedic. Discuss." What it is, rather, is a gay male version of Steel Magnolias, right down to the funeral scene and hospital visit. While decidedly less melodramatic than that Southern chick flick, it still aspires to a kind of big-group love-in feeling that's only vaguely comic. And romance? Well, there's some somewhere, when the characters aren't carping about how the only thing they're good at is being gay. They all wrestle with their Big Issues—should Patrick (Ben Weber) donate sperm so his sister can have a baby with her lesbian lover? Will cynical Dennis (Timothy Olyphant) finally admit he loves just-out-of-the-closet Kevin (Andrew Keegan)? How will love-'em-and-leave-'em Cole (Dean Cain) feel when he's rejected by the closeted movie star?—but to little effect, despite some snappy one-liners and occasional keen observances of gay culture. Writer-director Greg Berlanti's screenplay still feels about two or three drafts away from completion, and when faced with stalling action, he opts for a montage set to one of many Carpenters' songs (covers, not the actual hits themselves). Kudos go to the acidic Weber for infusing what could have been a whiny character with a dry, intelligent wit, and the surprisingly charming Cain, who makes Cole someone you can't really hate too much despite all his faults—it would be like hating a puppy. If only all the characters were half as appealing. —Mark Englehart
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
A master strategist and tireless activist, Bayard Rustin is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States. He brought Gandhis protest techniques to the American civil rights movement, and helped mold Martin Luther King, Jr. into an international symbol of peace and nonviolence. Despite these achievements, Rustin was silenced, threatened, arrested, beaten, imprisoned and fired from important leadership positions, largely because he was an openly gay man in a fiercely homophobic era. Five years in the making and the winner of numerous awards, BROTHER OUTSIDER presents a feature-length documentary portrait, focusing on Rustins activism for peace, racial equality, economic justice and human rights.
Brother to Brother
Rodney Evans Critically acclaimed drama that involes the glory days of the harlem renaissance. As an elderly man peoet bruce nugent meets a young black gay artist struggling to ind his voice & together they embark on a surreal narrative journey through his inspiring past. Studio: Wolfe Video Release Date: 02/03/2009 Starring: Anthony Mackie Aunjanue Ellis Run time: 90 minutes Rating: Nr Director: Rodney Evans
But I'm a Cheerleader
Jamie Babbit BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER (DVD MOVIE)
But I'm a Cheerleader [VHS]
Jamie Babbit A promising comedy that goes awry all too early, But I'm a Cheerleader concerns a misunderstood high school kid (Natasha Lyonne) whose parents send her to a harsh, homosexual-rehabilitation camp despite a lack of evidence that she's gay. Ruled with an iron fist by a fascist counselor (Cathy Moriarty), the clinic only drives Lyonne's character toward an attraction to a rebellious tomboy (Clea DuVall), though screenwriter Brian Wayne Peterson and director Jamie Babbit are curiously intent on keeping the two apart and depriving the audience of other comic possibilities. Meanwhile, hoary clichés abound: prancing boys, butch gays, lipstick lesbians. Despite a fine cast full of young talent, and cameo appearances by Julie Delpy and RuPaul Charles, this attempt to skewer a present-day trend in "curing" homosexuals of their sexual preferences is flattened by stereotypes and unimaginative thinking. —Tom Keogh
By Hook or By Crook
C.R.A.Z.Y.
Jean-Marc Vallée
Capote
Bennett Miller This follows truman capote on his odyssey to create the landmark bestseller in cold blood. With signature style & mordant wit - capote attempts to charm the locals & work his way into the story behind the murders. Hes soon shocked to find himself forming a friendship with one of the killers perry smith. Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 11/27/2007 Starring: Phillip Seymour Hoffman Chris Cooper Run time: 114 minutes Rating: R
Celluloid Closet
Jeffrey Friedman, Rob Epstein Author Armistead Maupin (Tales of the City) wrote Lily Tomlin's narration for this superb documentary, based on a book by the late Vito Russo, about Hollywood's treatment of homosexual characters in the 20th century. Never pointing a finger at anyone in the film community, The Celluloid Closet presents clips from more than 100 mainstream features (including The Children's Hour, Advise and Consent, The Boys in the Band, and The Hunger) that speak loudly in their respective images of gays and lesbians. The film makes a persuasive case for patterns of sexual mythology in Hollywood, such as presenting homosexuals repeatedly as tragic, helpless figures redeemed only through death or as back-street monsters cavorting in the shadows. Things change, of course, and clips from more recent films by gay and lesbian filmmakers suggest a more vital, diverse, autobiographical approach. There are lots of great interviews with screenwriters (Gore Vidal), filmmakers (John Schlesinger), actors (Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg), and others to enunciate the major themes. —Tom Keogh
Chasing Amy [VHS]
Kevin Smith Writer-director Kevin Smith (Clerks) makes a huge leap in sophistication with this strong story about a comic-book artist (Ben Affleck) who falls in love with a lesbian (Joey Lauren Adams) and actually gets his wish that she love him, too. Their relationship is attacked, however, by his business partner (Jason Lee), who pulls a very unsubtle Iago act to cast doubt over the whole affair. The film has the same sense of insiderness as Clerks—this time, Smith takes us within the arcane, funny world of comic-book cultism—but the themes of jealousy, deceit, and the high price of growing up enough to truly care for someone make this a very satisfying movie. —Tom Keogh
The Children's Hour
William Wyler A private school for young girls is scandalized when one spiteful student accuses the two young women who run the school of having a lesbian relationship. Studio: Tcfhe/mgm Release Date: 01/25/2005 Starring: Audrey Hepburn James Garner Run time: 108 minutes Rating: Nr Director: William Wyler
Chutney Popcorn
Chutney Popcorn takes up where quirky lesbian-themed comedy Go Fish left off. The twist? Reena (director Nisha Ganatra) is of Indian descent, but her girlfriend, Lisa (Law & Order's Jill Hennessy), is not. This isn't a problem in and of itself. Reena's mother, however, views her daughter's sexual orientation as a "disability" and describes Lisa as Reena's "college roommate." Then there's Reena's uptight sister, Sarita, who discovers she can't conceive and draws even further away from her sibling. When Reena offers to be a surrogate, things just get worse. Lisa flees for fear that a baby will ruin her relationship with Reena, while Sarita changes her mind—but it's too late: Reena is pregnant (via artificial insemination). There's a happy ending, of course, but fortunately it isn't too happy—you get the sense that Sarita still has a way to go before she can accept herself as fully as her unconventional, artistic sister. —Kathleen C. Fennessy
The Color Purple
Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg, proving he's one of the few modern filmmakers who has the visual fluency to be capable of making a great silent film, took a melodramatic, D.W. Griffith-inspired approach to filming Alice Walker's novel. His tactics made the film controversial, but also a popular hit. You can argue with the appropriateness of Spielberg's decision, but his astonishing facility with images is undeniable—from the exhilarating and eye-popping opening shots of children playing in paradisiacal purple fields to the way he conveys the brutality of a rape by showing hanging leather belts banging against the head of the shaking bed. In a way it's a shame that Whoopi Goldberg, a stage monologist who made her screen debut in this movie, went on to become so famous, because it was, in part, her unfamiliarity that made her understated performance as Celie so effective. (This may be the first and last time that the adjective understated can be applied to Goldberg.) Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including best picture and actress (supporting players Oprah Winfrey and Margaret Avery were also nominated), it was quite a scandal—and a crushing blow to Spielberg—when it won none. —Jim Emerson
Come Undone
Sébastien Lifshitz An emotionally subtle film with some surprisingly graphic sex, Come Undone follows 18-year-old Mathieu (Jeremie Elkaim) as he goes on holiday with his depressed mother, her cranky caretaker, and Mathieu's resentful younger sister. At the beach, Mathieu meets Cédric (Stéphane Rideau), a handsome teenager with whom he begins a romance after a kiss in the moonlight. Their relationship is threatened by Mathieu's fears of how his family will react and by a violent former lover of Cédric's, but ultimately is brought to an end by something else entirely. Come Undone shifts fluidly back and forth in time and can be confusing, but by the end it's an affecting portrait of both love and melancholy. Some will find the movie worth seeing just for the many shots of the extremely attractive naked actors romping on the beach. —Bret Fetzer
Coming Out Party
Seven well-known "out" gay comics got together on June 18, 2003, to tell their "coming out" stories in a special concert in Santa Monica CA. Included were Rene Hicks, Dan ("Real World - Miami") Renzi, Bob Smith, Terry Sweeney, John Riggi, Sabrina Matthews and Jackie Beat (who performed out of drag, which is unusual). They tell about coming out to themselves and family, and the very real problems of working as an openly gay comedian in small town clubs.
Cote D'Azur
Jacques Martineau, Olivier Ducastel Studio: Strand Releasing Release Date: 04/06/2006
D.E.B.S.
Angela Robinson When the leader of an elite team of co-ed super-spies takes on the worlds greatest supervillainess its love at first sight. Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 06/27/2006 Starring: Sara Foster Meagan Good Run time: 91 minutes Rating: Pg13
De-Lovely [VHS]
Irwin Winkler It's astonishing that one man could have written so many memorable songs, but musical gems keep popping up in De-Lovely, about the life and loves of Cole Porter. Played by Kevin Kline (In & Out, A Fish Called Wanda), an elderly Porter is summoned by a mysterious director (Jonathan Pryce, Brazil) to view his own story, which unfolds as a series of theatrical tableaux. The movie is open (if a bit chaste) about Porter's homosexuality, but argues that the love of his life was still his devoted platonic relationship with Linda Lee (Ashley Judd, Ruby in Paradise, Kiss the Girls). Unfortunately, the narrative suffers from the fate of many biographies; by trying to cram in a person's entire life, it ends up a collection of snapshots without depth or context. The parade of celebrity singers (Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow) were apparently chosen for their jarringly modern vocal mannerisms. —Bret Fetzer
Desi's Looking For A New Girl
Desi had been dumped by her long time lover for another, younger woman. Her skateboarding, seventeen year old sidekick, J.T. is obsessed with finding Desi a new girl. Desi's family, friends and her animated subconscious help and hinder her every step of the way. Set in San Francisco's Latino culture "DESI'S LOOKING FOR A NEW GIRL" is a high spirited adventure of change and exploration in one young woman's search for the perfect woman.
Desire (1989)
The Devil Wears Prada
David Frankel In the dizzying world of New York fashion where size zero is the new 2 six is the new 8 and a bad hair day can end a career Runway Magazine is the Holy Grail. Overseen with a finely manicured fist by Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) the most powerful woman in fashion Runway is a fearsome gauntlet for anyone who wants to make it in the industry. To make Runway the fashion bible of New York and therefore the world Miranda has let nothing stand in her way including a long line of assistants that didn t make the cut. It s a job no self-respecting person can survive yet it s an opportunity a million young women in New York would kill for.A stint as Miranda s assistant could blast-open the doors for recent college graduate Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway). More college drab than haute couture she stands alone among the small army of Clackers on staff at Runway superslim fashion divas clacking their stilettos down the halls of the magazine s Manhattan headquarters. But when Andy comes in for the job it dawns on her that making it in this industry will take more than drive and determination.And her ultimate test stands before her in head-to-toe Prada.Miranda can spin the fashion world like a basketball but has a devil of a time finding and keeping a good assistant. Andy is completely wrong for the job. But she has something the rest of them don t: she refuses to fail.To become the perfect assistant Andy will need to make herself over in Miranda s image. Soon much to her boyfriend s (Adrian Grenier) dismay she can talk the talk walk the walk (in flawless Manolo s) and never again confuse Dolce with Gabbana. But the more of life she sees through Miranda s eyes the more she begins to grasp that Miranda s world is a fabulous but lonely one and that sometimes great success depends on great sacrifice but at what cost?System Requirements:Run Time: 110 minsFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: PG-13 UPC: 024543374404 Manufacturer No: 2237440
Different for Girls
Richard Spence
Drift (2000) (Erotic Cover)
Quentin Lee A deft exploration of what might happen if someone's life took different paths. Ryan (R.T. Lee) is an aspiring screenwriter who's been seeing Joel (Greyson Dayne) for almost three years—and then he meets Leo (Jonathon Roessler) at a party and thinks he may have found his soulmate, a lover who will understand him fully. Drift then follows what would happen if Ryan and Leo fell madly in love, if they just had a fling, and if Leo didn't share Ryan's feelings at all. What makes the movie work is how well realized the characters are; as the different scenarios mark out each turn of fate, their behavior changes but is completely compelling as the actions of the same person. The movie is tightly edited, so that just when it threatens to wallow in relationship drama, it moves forward. Plus, the steamy sex scenes have more heft because of the reality of the emotions portrayed. —Bret Fetzer
Drifting Flowers
Zero Chou Studio: Wolfe Video Release Date: 02/03/2009 Run time: 99 minutes
The East Is Red
Raymond Lee (II), Siu-Tung Ching
Eating Out
Q. Allan Brocka Caleb is fresh off a breakup with tiffany & shocked when his gay roommate kyle lets him in on a little secret: gay men can get any girl they want. A plan is hatched to woo gwen who wants to set him up with her roommate marc. Can caleb reveal his true feelings without hurting marc? Studio: Ariztical Entertainment Release Date: 07/26/2005 Starring: Scott Lunsford Emily Stiles Run time: 84 minutes
Edward II
Derek Jarman In the sixteenth century, the king of England jeopardizes his reign when he ignores his wife and openly carries on an affair with his male lover.
Ellen DeGeneres - The Beginning
Joel Gallen This post-coming-out performance fully acknowledges Ellen DeGeneres's status as America's most famous lesbian, but it is nevertheless imbued with a sense of fun. For instance, rather than describe the experience of closet-exiting on her self-titled situation comedy in the late 1990s, she performs an amusing "interpretive dance." She uses her trademark goofiness to ruminate on the necessity of directions on shampoo bottles, ant road rage, and the possible nightmarish consequences of buying cheese. While the performance is not orientation-specific, the comedienne spends a fair amount of time on sex-related issues, including jokes about blow-up dolls and people who videotape their relations. She does venture into the political with an appeal for same-sex marriage and a monologue on meeting God, who turns out to be a middle-aged black woman. None of this fazes her clearly supportive audience at New York's Beacon Theatre who get to ask her questions at the end à la Carol Burnett. The best moment of the 65-minute performance for HBO comes at the end, when DeGeneres accidentally exhibits some gender confusion with a young audience member, who then pays her moving tribute as a role model. —Kimberly Heinrichs
Everything Relative (Unrated) (Dir)
Sharon Pollack
A Family Affair
helen lesnick What do you get when you propel a pale new york city jewish dyke into sun-drenched waspish san diego? Studio: Wolfe Video Release Date: 08/19/2003 Run time: 100 minutes
The Family Flag Project
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Farewell My Concubine
Kaige Chen The panorama of 20th-century Chinese history swirls past two men, celebrated actors with their own decidedly specialized view of things. We first observe their lives as children at the Peking Opera training school, a brutal and demanding arena for future actors. While still in training, the effeminate Douzi is chosen to play the transvestite role and the masculine Shitou is chosen to play the royal role in a ritualized play about a king and a concubine. The actors are so good at this performance that they become identified with these roles for their entire careers; through World War II, through the takeover by the Communists, through the insanity of the Cultural Revolution, they are known for their famous parts. Leslie Cheung and Zhang Fengyi are powerful as the two men, and Gong Li (the beautiful leading lady of Raise the Red Lantern) plays the wife of the latter. The movie may be stronger on good old-fashioned melodrama than on profound conclusions, but boy, does it fill up the eyes. The director is Chen Kaige, one of the most talented members of China's "Fifth Generation" of filmmakers, whose daring subject matter (and sometimes bald international ambitions) have often irked the Chinese government. Indeed, though Farewell My Concubine shared the top prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival and snagged two Oscar nominations, it had difficulty gaining official approval from China. —Robert Horton
Fierce Forever 3: Live at La Tropicana
Fingersmith
Aisling Walsh Studio: Acorn Media Release Date: 09/13/2005 Run time: 180 minutes Rating: Nr
Fire
Deepa Mehta
Food of Love
Ventura Pons When 18 year old paul becomes a page turner for world famous pianist richard kennington his feelings for the artist grow stronger. They begin a passionate affair & paul feels love for the first time. Their relationship is complicated by richards agent & pauls recently divorced highly neurotic mother. Studio: Tla Releasing Release Date: 06/01/2004 Starring: Paul Rhys Allan Corduner Run time: 112 minutes Rating: R
Forgive & Forget (Adult)
Aisling Walsh Forgive and Forget is an insightful drama featuring the handsome John Shepherd, "a real find whose grave handsomeness recalls Keanu Reeves"(Variety), as David O'Neil, a macho construction worker who visits Soho for casual sexual encounters. David and Theo, played by John Simm, have been best friends for fourteen years and are virtually inseparable. However, when Theo fall in love and moves in with his new girlfriend, Hannah, their bond becomes strained. A raging jealousy awakens in David that forces him to face his real feelings about his relationship with Theo and his long-hidden homosexuality. David begins scheming to break up the loving couple by playing on Hannah's insecurities about Theo. When the two eventually do break up David must contemplate his next move - which is telling Theo that he loves him. He decides to do so very publicly by arranging for them to appear on the TV talk show Forgive and Forget (a British Ricki Lake Show). Although tragic consequences follow for David, he soon realizes that it's actually the "happiest day of his life."
French Twist
Josiane Balasko wrote, directed, and costars in this lightweight French comedy about a lesbian (Balasko) who falls for a housewife (Victoria Abril) seething over the philandering of her husband (Alain Chabat). The latter is outraged about his spouse's same-sex affair, but over time, the two rivals make peace with the situation—causing Abril's character to throw a hissy fit of her own. This is a cute film that becomes, thank goodness, more interesting as it goes along, challenging comfortable notions about love as a haven from other challenges to the heart. —Tom Keogh
Gasoline
Monica Stambrini Gasoline is the tender love story of two young women, Stella and Eleonora who are from opposite ends of the social spectrum. When the accidental death of Eleonora's mother occurs, the two women must flee and dispose of the body in order to stay together. Gasoline is the directorial debut of Italian filmmaker Monica Stambrini, who also served as co-screenwriter, and stars Maya Sansa and Regina Orioli in the lead roles.
Gay Pioneers
Glenn Holsten
Gender Line
WG Burnham The diversity and fluidity of the BC trans communitiesa are somewhat represented by 14 participants whose personal backgrounds intersect across age, ability, ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality. The video attempts to deconstruct stereotypes of trans people, aiming to provoke discussion and a deeper exploration of trans issues.
Get Real
Simon Shore Get Real begins with a couple of hedgehogs having sex, and deals with a topic just as prickly: gay love in adolescence. Steve (Ben Silverstone) is a student at a British school where everyone wears classy uniforms, knows he's gay, and is pretty comfortable being so. John (Brad Gorton), a top athlete and all-around admired guy, is just getting an inkling and isn't sure how he feels about it. This, cleverly, is how the movie manages to explore coming-out issues and be over them at the same time. In fact, the whole movie is pretty clever—witty dialogue, deft direction, nimble pacing, and clean editing—in exploring the seriousness of adolescent life without taking it too seriously. The key is in Silverstone's performance; he's a completely convincing mixture of hesitation and recklessness, all the conflicts of high school in one sweet-faced package. As the movie follows Steve and John's relationship—their evasions at school, getting picked up by the police in a park, goofing around in a heated swimming pool, grappling with coming out to the world at large—it lays out a bit of contrast with Steve's best friend Linda (Charlotte Brittain), who's as unapologetically fat as Steve is gay, and who's having an affair with her driving instructor. Excellent performances all around, funny, sexy, charming—if only straight teen comedies were half this good. Get Real even demonstrates the proper etiquette when soliciting sex in public restrooms; what more can you ask for? —Bret Fetzer
Get Real
Simon Shore Get Real begins with a couple of hedgehogs having sex, and deals with a topic just as prickly: gay love in adolescence. Steve (Ben Silverstone) is a student at a British school where everyone wears classy uniforms, knows he's gay, and is pretty comfortable being so. John (Brad Gorton), a top athlete and all-around admired guy, is just getting an inkling and isn't sure how he feels about it. This, cleverly, is how the movie manages to explore coming-out issues and be over them at the same time. In fact, the whole movie is pretty clever—witty dialogue, deft direction, nimble pacing, and clean editing—in exploring the seriousness of adolescent life without taking it too seriously. The key is in Silverstone's performance; he's a completely convincing mixture of hesitation and recklessness, all the conflicts of high school in one sweet-faced package. As the movie follows Steve and John's relationship—their evasions at school, getting picked up by the police in a park, goofing around in a heated swimming pool, grappling with coming out to the world at large—it lays out a bit of contrast with Steve's best friend Linda (Charlotte Brittain), who's as unapologetically fat as Steve is gay, and who's having an affair with her driving instructor. Excellent performances all around, funny, sexy, charming—if only straight teen comedies were half this good. Get Real even demonstrates the proper etiquette when soliciting sex in public restrooms; what more can you ask for? —Bret Fetzer
Gia (Rated) (Spanish) (Sub)
Michael Cristofer There's a reason why Cindy Crawford was dubbed "Baby Gia" when she first hit the modeling scene. Indeed, Crawford, now the world's best-known supermodel, greatly resembled model Gia Carangi, who went from high school to the cover of British Vogue in less than two years. Carangi appeared on many more covers of Vogue (French, British, Italian, and American) and Cosmopolitan before dying of complications from AIDs (she was an IV heroin user) in 1986. Now most people recognize Carangi's name from this powerful HBO film that stars Golden Globe-winner Angelina Jolie, who comes by her talent honestly. Jolie is the daughter of veteran actor Jon Voight, and her own training as a model serves her well—she has the moves. Throughout, she's heartbreaking—as no doubt the real Carangi was—effective, and stunning.

With good source material (Stephen Fried's A Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia), Jolie's stunning performance, and strong directing by Michael Cristofer, the movie goes beyond the merely sensational. The script was cowritten by Cristofer and novelist Jay McInerney, whose Bright Lights, Big City covers similar territory. As a cautionary tale, Gia works. But to watch Jolie in her character's tragic self-destruction is utterly compelling. —N.F. Mendoza
A Girl Thing
Lee Rose A girl thing is a mini-series that revolves around a new york city street a coffee house and a shrinks office. Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 08/21/2007 Starring: Kate Capshaw Rebecca Demornay Run time: 237 minutes Rating: Nr
The Girl
Sande Zeig The stylish opening credits—featuring wisps of smoke curling sensually up and sideways—declare The Girl's intentions: This is going to be a modern film noir in which compulsive passions lead to violence and disaster. The narrator, dressed in the chic lesbian butch uniform of a dark two-piece suit and a crisp white shirt, has become obsessed with a femme nightclub singer with rapturous long curly hair, known only as the Girl. Despite the Girl's initial reluctance, the two begin an affair, only to have it threatened by a vicious nightclub owner, who feels that the singer is his property. Don't watch The Girl expecting a driving plot; the movie circles around its lovers, letting their evasive conversations and steamy lovemaking (The Girl features a lot of nudity and some fairly explicit sex) tell the tale. The actors and the cinematography are gorgeous. —Bret Fetzer
Go Fish
Rose Troche As three mutual friends conspire to match an aspiring active writer with a quiet thoughtful woman each of the five women gain insight on love life dating & sex. Studio: Tcfhe/mgm Release Date: 08/22/2006 Starring: Guinevere Turner T. Wendy Mcmillan Run time: 88 minutes Rating: R
Gods & Monsters
Bill Condon One of the most critically acclaimed films of 1998 and winner of several awards including the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, Gods and Monsters is a compassionate speculation about the final days of James Whale (1889-1957), the director of Frankenstein and 20 other films of the 1930s and '40s, who was openly gay at a time when homosexuality in Hollywood was discreetly concealed. Adapted and directed by Bill Condon from Christopher Bram's novel Father of Frankenstein, the film stars Ian McKellen in a sublime performance as the white-haired Whale, who is portrayed as a dapper gent and amateur artist prompted by failing health into melancholy remembrance of things past. Flashbacks of lost love, World War I battle trauma, and glory days in Hollywood combine with Whale's present-day attraction to a newly hired yard worker (Brendan Fraser) whose hunky, Frankenstein-like physique makes him an ideal model for Whale's fixated sketching.

The friendship between the handsome gardener and his elderly gay admirer is by turns tenuous, humorous, mutually beneficial, and ultimately rather sad—but to Condon's credit Whale is never seen as pathetic, lecherous, or senile. Equally rich is the rapport between Whale and his long-time housekeeper (played with wry sarcasm by Lynn Redgrave), who serves as protector, mother, and even surrogate spouse while Whale's mental state deteriorates. Flashbacks to Whale's filmmaking days are painstakingly authentic (particularly in the casting of look-alike actors playing Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester), and all of these ingredients combine to make Gods and Monsters (executive produced by horror novelist-filmmaker Clive Barker) a touchingly affectionate film that succeeds on many levels. It is at once a keen glimpse of Hollywood's past, a loving tribute to James Whale, and a richly moving, delicately balanced drama about loneliness, memory, and the passions that keep us alive. —Jeff Shannon
Gray Matters
In this hilarious romantic comedy, Gray (Heather Graham) helps her brother (Tom Cavanaugh) find the love of his life. But the night before her brother's wedding, Gray's world is turned upside-down when she discovers that she has feelings for his fiancé (Bridget Moynahan)! With the help of a sarcastic co-worker (Molly Shannon), a sympathetic cab driver (Alan Cumming), and her therapist (Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek), Gray is forced to figure out who she really is.
Growing Up Gay & Lesbian
Gypsy Boys
Brian Shepp The streets and bars of San Francisco's famous Castro district comes alive in the colorful, fast-paced, affectionate and often funny insider's look at life and love among a diverse group of out and proud gay men. This group of attractive twenty-somethings, goes through the trials and tribulations of getting lucky and finding love in the world's gay mecca. A light, fun, eye-candy romp.
Happy Together
Kar Wai Wong The expressionistic, stylized visual brilliance (courtesy of Australian cinematographer Christopher Doyle) of Happy Together is so breathtaking and enveloping it nearly detracts from this startling, queasy, despairing glimpse at a gay relationship gone amok. Director Wong Kar-Wai (Chungking Express, Fallen Angels) won the Best Director Prize at Cannes in 1997—surprising many—but on viewing the film it's easy to see why. The subject matter may not be the easiest to swallow—any relationship on the rocks sometimes gets dirty and pathetically disturbing—but there is a universality to Happy Together that rings true and real and less like an edition of The Honeymooners than isolation tinged with the embarrassment of intimacy. Ho (Leslie Cheung) and Lai (Tony Leung) have left Hong Kong for Buenos Aires. The journey is another in Ho's attempts to "start over." But their initial optimism is short-lived, and once they become dislocated strangers in this strange land it only further thrusts the two into their already codependent, caretaking dark love affair. But like all crazy love, the trip through masochistic hell—from violence to apathy—leads to self-enlightenment, and Wong Kar-Wai's gorgeous, grasping film is true, tricky, difficult, and emotionally wrought, aided by Hong Kong superstars Cheung and Leung, who contribute greatly to creating a work that is exceptional—and lump-in-throat brutal—in image, story, and performance. —Paula Nechak
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (New Line Platinum Series)
Sometimes grace and hope come in surprising packages. The title character of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a would-be glam-rock star from East Germany, undergoes a botched gender-change operation in order to escape from the Soviet bloc, only to watch the Berlin Wall come down on TV after being abandoned in a trailer park in middle America. Hedwig gets involved with Tommy, an adolescent boy who steals her songs and becomes a stadium-filling musical act. Suffering from a broken heart and a lust for revenge, Hedwig follows Tommy's tour, playing with her band (the Angry Inch) at tacky theme restaurants. Into this simple storyline, writer-director-star John Cameron Mitchell packs an astonishing mix of sadness, yearning, humor, and kick-ass songs with a little Platonic philosophy tucked inside for good measure. A visually dazzling gem of a movie. —Bret Fetzer
High Art
Lisa Cholodenko A young woman falls in love with her neighbor a lesbian with a heroin-addicted girlfriend. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 02/08/2005 Starring: Ally Sheedy Patricia Clarkson Run time: 103 minutes Rating: R Director: Lisa Cholodenko
His Secret Life
Ferzan Ozpetek
Holiday Heart (2000)
Robert Townsend In a break from his usual he-man roles, Ving Rhames takes on the persona of "Holiday Heart," a church choir-directing female impersonator who is openly gay, religious, and alone. His loneliness ebbs when he rescues Wanda (Alfre Woodard) and her daughter from her drug-abusing boyfriend. He invites the pair to live free of charge in the duplex across the hall from his own and they form a family of sorts. But Wanda hooks up with a well-heeled drug dealer (Mykelti Williamson) and soon falls back into drug addiction, leaving Holiday to give up his own dreams and take care of the girl. Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle) directed this R-rated cable movie that earned Woodard a Golden Globe nomination for her stark performance as a woman whose intelligence and love for her daughter are no match for the demons of her addiction. Screenwriter Cheryl L. West, who adapted her stage play, gets credit for combining the sentiment of a family story with the harshness of street life. The film's noble desire not to pretty things up does make for some tough scenes and a less-than-happy ending—thus the restricted rating. But the film has its fun moments, too, many of them thanks to Holiday's mincing fellow impersonator Jambalaya Blue, played with relish by Jonathan Wallace. —Kimberly Heinrichs
Homophobia in the Media and Society: One Life to Live and Beyond
This 1993 panel program is now available. Moderator Warren Blumenfeld, editor of the recently published book Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price, leads a discussion on this timely issue with panelists Art Cohen (journalist, filmmaker, Growing Up Gay), Michael Duffy (Chairman, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination / MCAD), A. Victoria Mederos and Pamela A. Streetz (Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Speakers Bureau of Boston). Among the topics addressed are the gays in the military debate, multicultural manifestations of homophobia, the relationship of this prejudice to other biases, such as ant-Semitism and raism, media representations, internalized homophobia, the impact of the AIDS crisis on perceptions of lesbigay minorities, portrayals in popular culture, homophobia in the electronic and print media, and reflections on the panelists' personal and professional experiences with homophobia and the corrosive effects of social ostracism and stigmitization by a sexual minority. The producer of the panel discussion, Mark Belson, introduces the program and mentions an MIT screening of the homophobia storyline on the ABC-TV show One Life to Live, which was the inspiration for this symposium. Scenes from the storyline are included. The discussion is framed with excerpts from Mr. Blumenfeld's book and there is an audience respondent section. "Examining all the ways our society labors, and wounds, under its burden of homophobia can help open our eyes—parents, kids, educators, health providers, everyone—and prevent needless and tragic suffering." (Beth Winship, Ask Beth columnist, cited in the opening titles.)
Homophobia in the Workplace
How Do I Look
Wolfgang Busch During the 10 years of the making of this documentary, How Do I Look captured the Harlem "Ball" traditions that originated in the 70s, which was historically an off shot from the Harlem "Drag" Balls from the 20s. Because of the loss of hundreds of members and leaders of the "Ball" community due to the HIV epidemic, How Do I Look was able to record an important aspect of the history and legacy that was still available. How Do I Look focused on the Icon and Legend Pepper Labeija, Willi Ninja, Tracy Africa, Kevin Omni, Jose Xtravaganza and Octavia St. Laurent, who took their talents outside the "Ball" community successfully and opened many doors for their community. The "children" are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender African American and Hispanic members of the "Houses." Their goal is to be voted into the "Ballroom Hall of Fame" one day, the ultimate "Ballroom" achievement. Their highly competitive functions at "Balls," builds their self esteem and furthers their performance skills. By living on the edge, their natural artistic progression perfected their improvisational voguing, fashion and runway performance skills on the catwalk and is the reason why they have become such trend setters and inspirations worldwide.
If These Walls Could Talk 2
Martha Coolidge, Anne Heche, Jane Anderson (II) HBO caused a stir when it aired If These Walls Could Talk, a portrait of three women from three generations (all who occupied the same house at various times) who had unwanted pregnancies. HBO utilizes the same gimmick in the sequel, this time telling the story of women who love women.

The three stories of If These Walls Could Talk 2 are uneven. Far and away the most powerful and moving story is the first, taking place in 1961, starring Vanessa Redgrave as a woman "widowed" when her partner of 50 years suddenly dies. Redgrave is phenomenal, and her piece alone makes this sequel worth watching. The 1972 portion stars Michelle Williams, who finds dealing with the sexual politics of the gay community increasingly more complex when she falls in love with a boyish woman (played by Chloë Sevigny). The most modern piece, taking place in 2000, portrays a contemporary lesbian couple (Sharon Stone and Ellen DeGeneres) determined to have a baby. The light nature of the story detracts from the more serious issues of the earlier segments. Despite the mixed fare, HBO once again proves itself on the cutting edge of moviemaking, with this rather daring film that will both provoke and entertain. —Jenny Brown
Imagine Me & You
Piper Perabo lights up the screen as Rachel, a blushing bride whose perfect nuptials take a surprising turn at the altar. An innocent glance between Rachel and an unexpected wedding guest is all it takes to spark a 'love at first sight' romance with a surprising twist — the object of Rachel's affection is a smart and sensuous... woman! Their shocking romance causes quite a stir amongst her family and friends as Rachel is forced to choose between her husband and the girl of her dreams. Say 'I do' to the wonderfully witty film that Cosmopolitan calls "a refreshing romantic comedy."
Imagine Me & You
Ol Parker Piper Perabo lights up the screen as Rachel, a blushing bride whose perfect nuptials take a surprising turn at the altar. An innocent glance between Rachel and an unexpected wedding guest is all it takes to spark a 'love at first sight' romance with a surprising twist — the object of Rachel's affection is a smart and sensuous... woman! Their shocking romance causes quite a stir amongst her family and friends as Rachel is forced to choose between her husband and the girl of her dreams. Say 'I do' to the wonderfully witty film that Cosmopolitan calls "a refreshing romantic comedy."
In & Out
Frank Oz When a Hollywood heartthrob (Matt Dillon, playing a Brad Pitt look-alike) "outs" his small-town high-school drama teacher Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline) during the Oscar telecast, the entire (fictional) town of Greenleaf, Indiana, wonders if Howard's really gay. More to the point, Howard wonders, too—quite a dilemma considering his pending marriage to Emily (Joan Cusack), who's patiently tolerated a three-year engagement. While a TV reporter (Tom Selleck) covers the ensuing furor, screenwriter Paul Rudnick and director Frank Oz make good-natured humor their highest priority, turning the "crisis" of coming out into a laugh-out-loud spin on conventional romantic comedy. The result is a film that delivers constant laughs and a golden opportunity for its fine cast to show off their considerable comedic talents—especially Cusack, who deservedly earned an Oscar nomination for her hilarious performance as the bride who's almost as confused as her would-be husband. That Rudnick and Oz have made a great comedy that's both old-fashioned and relevant to the late 20th century is no small feat, but In & Out has no hidden agenda apart from its triumphant desire to entertain. —Jeff Shannon
In Good Conscience
Barbara Rick
The Iron Ladies
Youngyooth Thongkonthun Studio: Strand Releasing Release Date: 04/06/2006
It's My Party (Avant-Garde Cinema Series)
Randal Kleiser Nick Stark, a successful gay architect, is losing his three-year battle with AIDS, and doesn't have long to live. When Nick's healthy lover, Brandon, hears the news, he dumps Nick instantly. Undaunted, Nick decides to throw a 2-day party, inviting his closest friends and family — including his father, who disapproves of Nick's sexual orientation. The result is an emotional gathering filled with laughter and tears, as the diverse guests celebrate Nick's life, and come to terms with his illness. However, Nick knows that his party — and his existence — isn't complete without Brandon. But only time will tell if Brandon feels the same way. As friends and family gather for this bittersweet celebration, something incredible happens. It's a two-day long, uplifting, outrageous and life-affirming party that is ultimately Nick's final but everlasting legacy. Writer/director Randal Kleiser (Grease) creates "a genuine family feeling" (Roger Ebert) with this moving and poignant film about friendship that is especially "brave, funny and heartbreaking" (Rex Reed). Eric Roberts gives a "touching, urgent performance" (San Francisco Chronicle) as part of an outstanding ensemble cast, which includes Margaret Cho, Lee Grant, Gregory Harrison, Marlee Matlin, Olivia Newton-John, Bronson Pinchot, George Segal and Roddy McDowall.
It's in the Water
Kelli Herd It's in the Water is a charming little indie set in the sleepy, conservative Southern town of Azalea Springs. When an AIDS hospice opens up, the local homophobes go up in arms, polarizing the community. The heart of the movie, though, is the story of Alex, our listlessly married heroine who begins to have second thoughts about her orientation. (There is also a very slight "comic" subplot involving a rumor that drinking the local water turns people gay. Ignore it.) While Alex's discovery process is a rather quick one due to the constraints of movie timing, it is well handled, including an affectionate sequence during which Alex watches the entire Lesbian Film Canon. While the straight characters tend to be rather broadly drawn, It's in the Water is a gentle film at heart and well worth an evening. The DVD edition includes commentary by the director and leading actresses that is both funny and interesting—in particular the discussion of what it was like for two straight actresses to play their first gay love scene. —Ali Davis
It's in the Water
Kelli Herd It's in the Water is a charming little indie set in the sleepy, conservative Southern town of Azalea Springs. When an AIDS hospice opens up, the local homophobes go up in arms, polarizing the community. The heart of the movie, though, is the story of Alex, our listlessly married heroine who begins to have second thoughts about her orientation. (There is also a very slight "comic" subplot involving a rumor that drinking the local water turns people gay. Ignore it.) While Alex's discovery process is a rather quick one due to the constraints of movie timing, it is well handled, including an affectionate sequence during which Alex watches the entire Lesbian Film Canon. While the straight characters tend to be rather broadly drawn, It's in the Water is a gentle film at heart and well worth an evening. The DVD edition includes commentary by the director and leading actresses that is both funny and interesting—in particular the discussion of what it was like for two straight actresses to play their first gay love scene. —Ali Davis
Itty Bitty Titty Committee
Jamie Babbit Studio: Wolfe Video Release Date: 09/02/2008 Run time: 87 minutes
Jeffrey
Christopher Ashley Surprisingly lighthearted and witty, Paul Rudnick's Jeffrey (based on his off-Broadway play) was one of the first films to tackle the AIDS crisis without patting itself on the back or offering everything up in a sobering movie-of-the-week scenario. The titular Jeffrey (Steven Weber) is a happy-go-lucky gay man who suddenly comes face to face with the fact that AIDS has turned sex into something "radioactive." Paranoid in the extreme, he vows to become celibate—at just about the same time that hunky Steve (The Pretender's Michael T. Weiss) saunters into his life, eyes twinkling and hormones raging. The only problem is that Steve, for all his muscles and charm, is HIV-positive, thus setting Jeffrey's deepest fears into motion. When it was written in 1995, Jeffrey struck a nerve in mining the fear that a number of gay men felt during the height of the AIDS crisis. Even just a few years later, though, Jeffrey's paranoia (what, he's never heard of condoms?) seems dated, and his behavior more self-damaging than self-aware—basically, he needs a slap upside the head as opposed to therapy. Still, Rudnick (who went on to pen the more mainstream In and Out) is never one to pass up a witty one-liner or an opportunity to poke fun at anyone, and Jeffrey now stands as a hilarious, sometimes poignant portrait of gay single life and the perils of dating in a paranoid time. Weber's Jeffrey is simultaneously open to the possibilities of life and fearful to embrace them, and Weiss is, well... gorgeous and funny and sexy beyond belief. Still, it's Patrick Stewart, as Jeffrey's interior decorator best friend, who effortlessly steals the film with his cutting wit; in his mouth, Rudnick's lines are priceless gems. With a host of amazing cameos, including Sigourney Weaver as a conceited New Age maven, Kathy Najimy as her sad-sack follower, Christine Baranski as a high-society hostess for a roundup-themed charity dinner, and a top-form Nathan Lane as a gay priest who seems to have discovered the meaning of life—literally. —Mark Englehart
Jesus
Peter Sykes and John Kirsh Heyman has created a film so true-to-life you'll feel like you're in first century Palestine with the Savior. ISBN # 0006486576
Just a Question of Love
Kinky Boots
Julian Jarrold When you are a tall strapping man who dresses like a woman for a living, finding a pair of sexy but durable shoes can be worth your weight in gold. Lola (Chiwetel Ejiofor)—a drag queen also known as Simon—finds her shoe salvation in straight-laced Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton), who has inherited his father's shoe factory. Unable to pay the bills making traditional loafers and wingtips, Charlie agrees to make Lola a pair of kinky boots that turn out to be so fabulous the pair end up going into business together. They face a few obstacles, such as the bawdy union workers who aren't too keen on taking orders from a drag queen who's more of a man than they are. Then there's Charlie's posh real estate girlfriend, who wants to convert the factory into pricey condos. While the movie doesn't provide any real surprises (or even any scenes as suggestive as its title might suggest), the English film (which is loosely based on a true story) is highly entertaining that will delight fans of both comedy and shoes. —Jae-Ha Kim
Kinsey
Bill Condon Alfred kinsey was a man driven by scientific passion & personal demons to investigate the elusive mystery of human sexuality. This provocative drama dares to lift the veil of shame from a society in which sex was hidden knowledge was dangerous & talking about it was the ultimate taboo. Studio: Tcfhe Release Date: 04/10/2007 Starring: Liam Neeson Chris Odonnell Run time: 118 minutes Rating: R Director: Bill Condon
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Shane Black As a screenwriter, Shane Black made millions of dollars from screenplays for the big-budget action movies Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout, among others. With his directing debut Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Black mocks and undercuts every cliche he once helped to invent. While fleeing from the cops, small time hood Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr., Wonder Boys) stumbles into an acting audition—and does so well he gets taken to Hollywood, where—pursuing a girl he loved in high school (foxy Michelle Monaghan, North Country)—he gets caught up in twisty murder mystery. His only chance of getting out alive is a private detective named Gay Perry (Val Kilmer, Wonderland, The Doors), who sidelights as a consultant for movies. No plot turn goes untweaked by Black's clever, witty script, and Downey, Kilmer, and Monaghan clearly have a ball playing their screwball variations on action movie stereotypes. There's nothing profound about Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, but it brings back wicked mischief to a genre that all often takes itself too seriously. —Bret Fetzer
Kissing Jessica Stein
Charles Herman-Wurmfeld Sex and the single girl gets a fresh new spin in this "very funny movie"! (Joel Siegel, Good morning America) Fed up with her fruitless search for "Mr. Right" and tired of blind dates from hell, attractive journalist Jessica Stein whimsically responds to a classified ad - from Helen! Making and breaking new rules of dating as they go, the two women muddle through an earnest but hilarious courtship that blurs the lines between friendship and romantic love in this "smashing romantic comedy" (Rolling Stone)
Kissing Jessica Stein
Charles Herman-Wurmfeld Blessed by casual charm and sophisticated wit, Kissing Jessica Stein does for same-sex romance what Annie Hall did for straight neurotics. The influence of Woody Allen is keenly felt on this resourceful New York comedy (expanded from an off-Broadway play), especially when cowriter and costar Jennifer Westfeldt channels Diane Keaton's "la-di-da" nervousness as Jessica Stein, a romantically frustrated heterosexual copyeditor who impulsively answers a personal ad from a bisexual woman. Helen (cowriter Heather Juergensen) is as relaxed about lesbian love as Jessica is anxious, but they click as lovers, and so does the movie's delightful exploration of their budding relationship, which is further complicated by Jessica's yenta-like mother (Tovah Feldshuh) and a former boyfriend (Scott Cohen) who's now Jessica's boss. While acknowledging the serious repercussions of Jessica's bisexual flirtation, Kissing Jessica Stein takes its characters on a smart, compassionate journey of self-discovery that's as truthfully observant as it is gently entertaining. —Jeff Shannon
Kizuna
Kizuna 1 is the first half of the old (1994) two-part OVA based on Kazuma Kodaka's manga, but with new subtitles. High school kendo champion Ranmaru was injured saving his friend Kei from an oncoming car, and gave up the sport. Three years later, Ranmaru and Kei are lovers, sharing an apartment while they attend college. When a lecherous professor tries to seduce Ranmaru, Kei's half-brother Kai comes to his rescue. Kai admired Ranmaru in high school, and hopes to steal him from Kei. As the half-brothers are martial artists and the sons of a yakuza kingpin, the rivalry turns violent. Kizuna is a yaoi classic: a romance involving handsome young men written by a woman for a female audience. The reissue was taken from a better print and features a more idiomatic English translation than the previously available version, but giving viewers only 30 minutes of animation on a DVD seems stingy. (Rated 16 and older: violence, brief nudity, sexual situations, including homosexuality, alcohol and tobacco use) —Charles Solomon
The L Word - The Complete Fifth Season
Angela Robinson, Ilene Chaiken, Jamie Babbit, John Stockwell, Leslie Libman Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 10/28/2008
The L Word - The Complete First Season
Tricia Brock;Tony Goldwyn;Burr Steers;Ernest R. Dickerson;Jeremy Podeswa Explores the personal and professional lives of a group of lesbian and bisexual women in Los Angeles.

Genre: Television

Rating: NR

Release Date: 9-NOV-2004

Media Type: DVD
The L Word - The Complete Fourth Season
Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 10/23/2007
The L Word - The Complete Second Season
Alison Maclean, Burr Steers, Daniel Minahan, Ernest R. Dickerson, Ilene Chaiken Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 08/28/2007
The L Word - The Complete Third Season
Allison Anders, Bille Eltringham, Bronwen Hughes, Darnell Martin, Kimberly Peirce Revisit the tightly-knit complex circle of friends in l.A.s lesbian community as they struggle to make sense of a world filled with love children tattoos families weddings funerals the c-word & sometimes even men. Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 10/24/2006 Run time: 644 minutes
La Repetition
Catherine Corsini LA REPETITION - stars Emmaneulle Beart (8 WOMEN, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE) and Pascale Bussieres in an erotic tale of two professional women who rekindle their friendship after a tumultuous break-up ten years before, only to discover that the passion that flames their relationship will only tear them apart once again. Directed by Catherine Corsini, this film was an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival in Competition.
Lan Yu
Stanley Kwan Studio: Strand Releasing Release Date: 04/06/2006
The Laramie Project
Moisés Kaufman Even though The Laramie Project has been edited down from almost three hours (the original length of the play) to a lean 96 minutes, the harrowing nature of the subject matter—the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard—and the clarity of the voices of the inhabitants of Laramie, Wyoming, give this film a remarkable emotional power. The Laramie Project was created from over 200 interviews conducted with Laramie residents before, during, and after the trials of the two boys who killed Shepard; the interviews create an amazing cross-section of American views on homosexuality, religion, class, privacy, and so much more besides. Even though it features an all-star cast—Steve Buscemi, Janeane Garofalo, Christina Ricci, Peter Fonda, and Laura Linney are only a few of the recognizable faces—the material has not been glamorized and the performances are both honest and intimate. Even abbreviated, it's a remarkable piece of work. —Bret Fetzer
Latter Days
C. Jay Cox Christian (Wes Ramsey of the washboard abs) is a waiter, party boy, and first-class man magnet. Elder Aaron Davis (Steve Sandvoss of the goofy grin) is a straight-laced Mormon missionary. When he and three elders, including the uptight Ryder (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mysterious Skin), move into Christian's Hollywood apartment complex, it's clear something's got to give. Christian tries to make his new neighbors feel welcome, but they're put off by his flamboyance—the short-shorts, the rainbow flag in his yard, etc. When Christian's trash-talking pals at Lila's restaurant, including the cynical Traci (Amber Benson, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), bet that he can't seduce one of these clean-cut young men, he takes them up on it and sets his sights on cute, soft-spoken Aaron. As a pretense, he asks to learn more about his Church, but where they really connect is over their love of old movies, everything from Psycho to Tommy. When Aaron accuses him of being shallow, however, Christian starts to wonder if the bet wasn't such a good idea—plus he's starting to fall for the guy. Turns out the closeted Aaron feels the same way about him, but when his roommates find out, he's shipped back to Pocatello where he faces excommunication. Written and directed by C. Jay Cox (Sweet Home Alabama), a former Mormon missionary, Latter Days features Mary Kay Place as Aaron's disapproving mother and Jacqueline Bisset as the acerbic, yet supportive Lila. —Kathleen C. Fennessy
Latter Days (Rated) (Ws)
Huge festival and theatrical hit, Latter Days is the story of 19-year-old Elder Aaron Davis, a sexually confused Mormon missionary who moves into an apartment complex in West Hollywood with a fellow group of missionaries. There he meets a neighbor, Christian, who, on a bet, tries to seduce him. When Christian exposes Davis' secret desire, Davis rejects Christian for being shallow and empty. As each boy's reality is shattered, the two are drawn into a passionate romance that risks destroying their lives. Audiences, young and old and straight and gay, have been moved to tears by this beautiful story of the transformational power of love and family.
Longtime Companion
Norman René The late director Norman Rene and writer Craig Lucas made a pretty fine creative team on the stage and in the movies, and this 1990 drama about the evolving impact of AIDS on gay New Yorkers is their best cinematic achievement. The ensemble story follows the lives of nine or so characters as word of the so-called "gay cancer" eventually becomes a real force, killing several of them as the years go by. The film works well on a number of levels, not least of which is the enviable closeness of the characters, the script's wit, the bittersweet experience of loss, and a celebratory attitude at the end mixing wisdom with defiance. —Tom Keogh
Lost and Delirious
Léa Pool Mouse bradford has just arrived at perkins girls college and has left behind her father stepmother and the small town where she grew up. Her two senior roommates pauline and tory quickly adopt mouse who has lost her mother. When pauline and tory are found to be lovers mouse is caught in the between. Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 12/09/2003 Starring: Piper Perabo Jessica Pare Run time: 100 minutes Rating: R
Love Songs
Studio: Genius Products Inc Release Date: 11/11/2008 Run time: 91 minutes
Ma Vie En Rose
Alain Berliner Fascinating belgian coming-of-age film about a boy struggling with his identity and the drastic effects it has on his family. Special features: widescreen version dolby surround sound subtitles: english french and spanish. Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 06/24/2008 Run time: 88 minutes Rating: R
Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink)
Alain Berliner One of the sweetest films to emerge from Europe in the 1990s, Alain Berliner's Ma Vie en Rose is the story of an innocent little boy, Ludovic (played with noncloying directness by Georges Du Fresne), who wants to be a girl. Convinced that he's the product of misplaced chromosomes (he imagines the mix-up in one of many delightful daydream sequences), he sets about righting the mistake by wearing dresses and high heels and experimenting with lipstick and makeup. The otherwise friendly suburban neighborhood becomes horrified by the gender confusion, though tellingly the cruelest blows come not from the teasing classmates but intolerant adults: one scene recalls the torch-and-pitchfork angry villagers from a Frankenstein movie. Ludo tries hard to be butch, but he can't deny his nature, especially when he meets a kindred spirit: a little girl who gladly trades her dress for his pants and shirt. This bittersweet mix of innocent fantasy and childhood cruelty has its moments of sadness and crushing misunderstandings, but the overall tone is loving, filled with tenderness and culminating in acceptance and togetherness. As the family stumbles and struggles to come to terms with Ludo, they find something special within him, an innocent conviction so powerful and pure that it's infectious. Ludo may not grow up to become a girl as he hopes, but his belief is so strong it's hard to deny him the possibility. This films reminds us that, to a child, anything is possible. —Sean Axmaker
Mambo Italiano
Émile Gaudreault Set in the Little Italy neighborhood of Montreal, Mambo Italiano is a fresh and enjoyable take on gay relationships. After reconnecting with an estranged childhood friend, Angelo (Luke Kirby) discovers that he and Nino (Peter Miller) have more in common than just their Italian heritage and suffocating families. After they move in together, Angelo finds that he can't stand being in the closet any longer—but Nino, who's a cop and much more attached to passing as straight, resists. After Angelo tells his parents (Ginette Reno and Paul Sorvino), their lives explode and Angelo discovers that coming out may cost him everything he held dear. The emphasis on ethnic humor threatens to turn Mambo Italiano into My Big Gay Italian Wedding, but the clever writing, sprightly performances, and inventive direction keep the movie consistently unpredictable and funny. Also featuring Claudia Ferri as Angelo's neurotic sister. —Bret Fetzer
Milk
Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 03/10/2009 Run time: 129 minutes Rating: R
The Monkey's Mask (2000)
Samantha Lang
The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green
George Bamber This hilarious gay romantic-comedy follows Ethan Green, an adorable 26-year year old professional assistant looking for love in all the wrong places. A self-proclaimed serial monogamist, Ethan finds that no boyfriend is really "the one". -Based on the popular cult comic strip by Eric Orner, published since 1990 -Loaded with laugh-out-loud bonus features
Mulholland Drive
David Lynch Pandora couldn't resist opening the forbidden box containing all the delusions of mankind, and let's just say David Lynch, in Mulholland Drive, indulges a similar impulse. Employing a familiar film noir atmosphere to unravel, as he coyly puts it, "a love story in the city of dreams," Lynch establishes a foreboding but playful narrative in the film's first half before subsuming all of Los Angeles and its corrupt ambitions into his voyeuristic universe of desire. Identities exchange, amnesia proliferates, and nightmare visions are induced, but not before we've become enthralled by the film's two main characters: the dazed and sullen femme fatale, Rita (Laura Elena Harring), and the pert blonde just-arrived from Ontario (played exquisitely by Naomi Watts) who decides to help Rita regain her memory. Triggered by a rapturous Spanish-language version of Roy Orbison's "Crying," Lynch's best film since Blue Velvet splits glowingly into two equally compelling parts. —Fionn Meade
My Own Private Idaho
Gus Van Sant's often-beautiful 1991 film stars River Phoenix as a narcoleptic, Seattle male prostitute and Keanu Reeves as the rich friend who agrees to help him find his mother. After a solid hour or so of the two traveling on this quest through Idaho and Italy, Van Sant throws a wrench into the works by conjuring a gay version of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I, with Reeves's character as Prince Hal and filmmaker William Richert (who directed Phoenix in the 1988 Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon) as a variation on Falstaff. The experiment is interesting to watch, but you can't help wondering what on earth happened to the movie. Still, the film has a cult status one can't argue with, and Phoenix gives a tragic performance that stays in the memory. —Tom Keogh
Nico and Dani
Cesc Gay This erotic & witty film tells the story of two teenage boys on summer vacation who explore their budding sexuality (one gay & one straight). Studio: New Yorker Films Video Release Date: 12/11/2001 Run time: 90 minutes
Noah's Arc - The Complete First Season
Patrik-Ian Polk Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 08/08/2006
Noah's Arc - The Complete Second Season
Patrik-Ian Polk Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 06/12/2007
Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom
Based on the popular television series, Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom is a feature film that continues the narrative thread of the second series, with all the luscious drama that one would expect. In this, Noah Nichols (Darryl Stephens) and his ARC: Alex Kirby (Rodney Chester), Ricky Davis (Christian Vincent), and Chance Counter (Douglas Spearman), retreat to Martha’s Vineyard for Noah’s intimate marriage to Wade Robinson (Jensen Atwood). While Alex’s hubby, Trey (Gregory Kieth), video chats from home to babysit their newly adopted Ethiopian child, Chance brings his husband, Eddie (Jonathan Julian), and Ricky is accompanied by the 19-year old Brandon (Gary Leroi Gray) for some lighthearted fling-dating. But as the four couples hole up and attend separate bachelor parties, each relationship begins to unravel. Alex’s pill-popping throughout the weekend, compiled with surprise drop-ins from Noah’s boss, Brandy (Jennia Fredrique) and rapper Baby Gat (Jason Steed), don’t help Noah and Wade work through last-minute jitters. Humor abounding, many of the deep questions about what marriage and commitment mean are filtered through scenes about stress related to coming-out and what promiscuity symbolizes to gay men. Appearances by two moms, Noah’s (Suanne Coy) and Wade’s (Tonya Pinkins), also make for some fun, and tense, situation comedy. Jumping the Broom has all the verve of the series, so if you are already a fan, this romantic tale will not disappoint. —Trinie Dalton
Normal
Jane Anderson (II) As Roy (Tom Wilkinson, In the Bedroom) and Irma (Jessica Lange, Cape Fear, Tootsie) celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, Roy passes out. While meeting with their pastor, Roy reveals that he's a woman trapped in a man's body, and he wants to get a sex change—setting in motion a complex and emotionally fraught conflict between husband and wife, individual and community, and parent and child. Normal explores Roy's gender dysphoria with empathy, but also has an eye for the social and familial absurdities that come up. The humor, far from trivializing the issue, steers it away from cloying sentiment or politically correct sanctimony. The movie captures the confusion of Roy's friends and coworkers with realism and without judgment, and the stressful changes of Roy and Irma's relationship aren't sugarcoated or made into a moral lesson. Both Lange and Wilkinson are superb, as are the skillful script and direction. —Bret Fetzer
The Opposite of Sex
Don Roos Shes a foul mouthed tramp who can wrap just about anyone around her finger. She steals dead peoples ashes and sleeps with gay hunks and religious fanatics with equal indifference. Shes dedee truitt and shes not your typical sweet 16-year-old. She flees to the suburban indiana home of her half-brother bill. Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 06/24/2008 Starring: Christina Ricci Lisa Kudrow Run time: 100 minutes Rating: R Director: Don Roos
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (2pc)
Beeban Kidron Jeanette Winterson's semi-autobiographical novel transfers wonderfully to the screen in this BBC adaptation (with a screenplay by Winterson). Jess is the adopted daughter of evangelical Christians living in the northwest of England during the 1960s. Her mother wants Jess to be a missionary, but when she falls in love with Melanie, Jess begins to realize that there is more to life than church.

When Jess's mother begins to suspect the girls of "unnatural passions" she tries to destroy their relationship with the help of Pastor Finch (Kenneth Cranham) and his congregation. But their efforts—including a terrifying attempt at exorcism—only push Jess further away. Jess eventually understands that the only way to survive is to escape, and she sets her sights on a place at Oxford.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is both a broad comedy and a moving coming-of-age story. Charlotte Coleman is perfect as the teenage Jess, attempting to reconcile her religious devotion and her adolescent passion, but the film belongs to Geraldine McEwan as Jess's mother. McEwan obviously relishes Winterson's script, and she creates a character who is monstrous, ridiculous, and surprisingly sympathetic. It's a difficult role to carry off, but McEwan succeeds. Her performance is the high point of this award-winning, provocative film. —Simon Leake
Out There - Lea DeLaria
Out There: Scott Thompson
Keith Truesdell
Out in the Silence
Joe Wilson;Dean Hamer Following the story of a small American town confronting a firestorm of controversy ignited by a same-sex wedding announcement in the local newspaper, this gripping documentary illustrates the challenges of being an outsider in a conservative rural community and the change that is possible when courageous people break the silence and search for common ground. Out in the Silence will challenge you to rethink your values and help close the gaps that divide our communities.
Out of Season
Jeanette L. Buck An evocative, sexy, romantic drama about two women who fall in love unexpectedly during a Winter's stay in the resort town of Cape May, New Jersey.
Out of the Past - The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Rights in America
Jeffrey Dupre
Outlooks
Law School Admission Council
Outrage
Kirby Dick Boldly revealing the hidden lives of some of the United States most powerful policymakers, Outrage takes a comprehensive look at the harm they've inflicted on millions of Americans, and examines the media s complicity in keeping their secrets. Outrage probes deeply into the psychology of this double lifestyle, the ethics of outing closeted politicians, the double
standards that the media upholds in its coverage of the sex lives of gay public figures, and much more.
Paris Is Burning
Jennie Livingston Paris Is Burning closes with two neon-lit boys holding each other on the streets of Harlem. One looks into the camera and asks, "So this is New York City and what the gay lifestyle is all about—right?" This documentary takes an honest, humorous, and surprisingly poignant peek into one of America's overlooked subcultures: the world of the urban drag queen. It's a parallel dimension of bizarre beauty, where "houses" vie like gangs for turf and reputation ... only instead of street-fighting, they vogue their way down makeshift catwalks in competitive "balls." The only rule of the ballroom: be real.

In surprisingly candid interviews, you discover the grace, strength, and humor it takes to be gay, black, and poor in a straight, rich, white world. You'll meet young transsexual "cover girls," street hustlers saving up for the big operation, and aging drag divas reminiscing about the bygone days of sequins, feathers, and Marilyn Monroe.

Made in the late 1980s, this fashion-conscious film shows its age less than you'd expect. It's still a great watch for anyone interested in the whole range of humanity, or anyone who's ever been an outsider, desperately wanting something the world hides out of reach. —Grant Balfour
Philadelphia
Jonathan Demme Philadelphia wasn't the first movie about AIDS (it followed such worthy independent films as Parting Glances and Longtime Companion), but it was the first Hollywood studio picture to take AIDS as its primary subject. In that sense, Philadelphia is a historically important film. As such, it's worth remembering that director Jonathan Demme (Melvin and Howard, Something Wild, The Silence of the Lambs) wasn't interested in preaching to the converted; he set out to make a film that would connect with a mainstream audience. And he succeeded. Philadelphia was not only a hit, it also won Oscars for Bruce Springsteen's haunting "The Streets of Philadelphia," and for Tom Hanks as the gay lawyer Andrew Beckett who is unjustly fired by his firm because he has AIDS. Denzel Washington is another lawyer (functioning as the mainstream-audience surrogate) who reluctantly takes Beckett's case and learns to overcome his misconceptions about the disease, about those who contract it, and about gay people in general. The combined warmth and humanism of Hanks and Demme were absolutely essential to making this picture a success. The cast also features Jason Robards, Antonio Banderas (as Beckett's lover), Joanne Woodward, and Robert Ridgely, and, of course, those Demme regulars Charles Napier, Tracey Walter, and Roger Corman. —Jim Emerson
Poison (1991)
Todd Haynes Part horror film, part drama and part expose, Poison weaves three stories into one outrageous jigsaw puzzle that juxtaposes a disturbing sensuality with an offbeat moral conscience.
Priest
Antonia Bird Despite its title, forget about finding this controversial drama on the Vatican's screening list. The film explores a provocative checklist of religious taboos—celibacy, incest, sexual abuse, homosexuality, the debatable secrecy of the confessional—as director Antonia Bird delivers a bold condemnation of what she views as the outdated politics and harmful nature of Catholic doctrine. The story concerns the ideologically strained relationship between two clergymen, the misleading conservative Father Greg (Linus Roache) and his older and more practical colleague, Father Matthew (Tom Wilkinson). Upon arriving at his new Liverpool parish, Greg is shocked to learn that Matthew ignores celibacy and openly sleeps with his black housekeeper. Greg chooses to satisfy his earthly desires in a more secretive way. Sometimes, he likes to lose the cloth, grab a leather jacket, and pick up guys at the local gay pub. He's got other problems as well. While torturing himself with his own moral dilemma, he's hit with another, as during confession a young girl confides that her father is sexually abusing her at home. While this drags out the old "bound by secrecy" cliché of many religious melodramas, Bird uses it to bolster her theme of unwarranted secrecy in the face of faith and social scorn. Ultimately, both the priest and the girl are victims of their own fear, and must find courage to destroy it. Thankfully, Bird's wicked sense of humor keeps the film's tone from slipping into saccharine sentimentality, while Roache's intense performance and a honest, shattering finale rescue the film from swerving too far into shallow TV movie-of-the-week sensationalism. —Dave McCoy
The Producers
Susan Stroman New york 1959. Max & leo come up with a scheme to make only flops for broadway: raise more money than you need & make sure the show is despised. No one will be interested & you can pocket the surplus. They produce a musical called springtime for hitler. What can go wrong? theres no accounting for taste. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 09/09/2008 Starring: Natan Lane Uma Thurman Run time: 135 minutes Rating: Pg13
Queer As Folk:S3
Queer Duck - The Movie
Xeth Feinberg Queer Duck confronts the challenges of being gay with the help of his fabulous friends Openly Gator Bi-Polar Bear and Oscar Wild Cat who remind him that he s happiest when he s just being himself.System Requirements:Runtime: 75 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY UPC: 097368800144 Manufacturer No: 880014
Queer as Folk - The Complete Second Season (Showtime) [VHS]
Alex Chapple, Bruce McDonald, David Wellington, Jeremy Podeswa, John Fawcett They're still out and proud, and in their second season the boys (and girls) of Queer as Folk continued to break ground as the most gay-friendly show on television (sorry, Will and Grace). Some plot lines were a little over the top, others truly heartfelt, but they were never less than entertaining, even during their All My Children moments. Season two opened in the aftermath of the gay-bashing of Justin (Randy Harrison), the young artist who wondered if he'd ever be able to paint or draw again, and went on to face a variety of issues and plotlines as diverse as its characters. Some were timely (Michael negotiating a relationship with new HIV-positive boyfriend Ben), some romantic (lesbians Lindsay and Melanie tying the knot), some new to the show (Emmett embarks on a relationship with a—gasp!—older gentleman), and some, well, far-fetched (how many of you had to wrestle, like Ted did, with starting your own pornographic web site?).

While the writing tended to flail about a bit, thankfully coalescing by the season's end, the show continued to be anchored by stellar actors, especially Peter Paige's Emmett, who grew the most during the second season; Michelle Clunie's Melanie, the alternately wry and sweet lesbian who became the show's secret weapon; and, as always, Gale Harold's Brian, the lothario with a heart of tarnished gold. Frustrating, fascinating, exasperating one moment and charming the next, Brian perfectly summed up the guilty pleasures of Queer as Folk, where humanity peeks out every now and then from behind the curtain of fabulous comedy and drama. —Mark Englehart
Red Dirt
Tag Purvis Red Dirt opens with lush images of rain-drenched faces and half-naked bodies lying entwined against the gnarled roots of a tree. Slowly, the movie unwinds the story of Griffith (Dan Montgomery), a young man who feels trapped in a small Southern town by the madness of his invalid aunt (Karen Black). His only comfort is his secret affair with his cousin Emily (Aleksa Palladino), but even that begins to lose its meaning. When a stranger (Walton Goggins) seeks to rent a cottage on Griffith's property, they strike up a friendship that offers Griffith the possibility of escape. At first, Red Dirt threatens to drown in the tortured emotions of a Southern gothic novel, but the excellent performances slowly build a rich, affecting web of hope and passion. Palladino, a young beauty with amazingly thick red hair, is particularly striking. —Bret Fetzer
Rent
Chris Columbus, Jeffrey Schwarz Rent, the show that in 1996 gave voice to a Broadway generation, has finally become an energetic, passionate, and touching movie musical. Based loosely on Puccini's La Bohème, it focuses on the year in the life of a group of friends in New York's East Village—"bohemians" who live carefree lives of art, music, sex, and drugs. Well, carefree until Mark, an aspiring filmmaker (Anthony Rapp), and Roger, an aspiring songwriter (Adam Pascal), find out they owe a year's rent to Benny (Taye Diggs), a former friend who had promised them free residence when he married the landlord's daughter. Roger has also attracted the attention of his downstairs neighbor, Mimi (Rosario Dawson), while Mark's former girlfriend, Maureen (Idina Menzel), has found a new romance in a lawyer named Joanne (Tracie Thoms). Philosophy professor Tom (Jesse L. Martin) finds his soul mate in drag queen Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia). But because this is the late-'80s, the threat of AIDS is always present.

The remarkable thing about Rent the movie is that nearly 10 years after the show debuted on Broadway, six of the eight principals return in the roles they originated. They're a bit older than would be ideal for their characters, but they do have the advantage of having learned the show directly from creator Jonathan Larson (who died of an aortic aneurysm while the show was in previews), plus they started young—we're not exactly talking Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford here. Alongside a polished performance like Rapp's—sometimes observer-commentator, sometimes participant in two of the score's showstoppers, "The Tango Maureen" and "La Vie Boheme"—the two new additions (Thoms in place of Fredi Walker, Dawson in place of the edgier Daphne Rubin-Vega) slip comfortably into the ensemble; the pivotal Dawson makes a seductive case as Mimi when she tempts Roger in the mesmerizing "Light My Candle" or burns up the stage of the Catscratch Club in "Out Tonight." Moviegoers who have an aversion to people who break into song while walking down the street probably won't have their minds changed by Rent (even if they are singing rock songs), and the gritty subject matter and lack of big-name stars make it unlikely to cross over to general audiences the way Chicago did. But fans of musicals should find "Seasons of Love" as stirring as ever, and the show's passionate admirers—the "Rentheads"—probably couldn't have wished for a more sympathetic director than Rent fan Chris Columbus, or a more faithful representation of the show they love. —David Horiuchi

On the DVD
Three powerful musical numbers cut from the final film are the highlight of the two-disc DVD. In the aftermath of the funeral scene, Anthony Rapp sings "Halloween," and he, Adam Pascal, and Rosario Dawson share "Goodbye Love" (both songs were in the stage version). Then in an alternate ending, the cast finishes "No Day But Today" on the bare stage on which the film began. There are worthwhile arguments for why these scenes were cut or replaced, so it's fortunate that the DVD lets us see these at all. Those musical numbers have optional commentary by director Chris Columbus, Rapp, and Pascal (two other cut scenes have no commentary), including one funny moment in which Rapp explains in great detail the technical challenge of shooting "Halloween" only to have Columbus say, "Yeah, but I don't know if that's the take we used." The three also provide commentary on the film itself, with Columbus discussing various decisions, criticizing the critics, and marveling "I still don't know how we got the PG-13," and Rapp and Pascal occasionally recalling differences in the stage version.

The other whopper of a feature is No Day But Today, a nearly two-hour documentary that uses video clips, still photographs, and interviews with family and friends to celebrate the short life of Jonathan Larson and his creation. Topics include his early interest in musical theater ("I want to write the Hair for the '90s."), the support of Stephen Sondheim, the impact of the AIDS epidemic, the long and difficult road of Rent (casting the show, Larson learning to collaborate, the transfer to a Broadway stage, and the Rentheads), and Larson's tragic death. The last 20 minutes covers the making of the film, director Chris Columbus, the decision to rely on most of the original cast (the only two principals who didn't appear in the movie, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Fredi Walker-Browne, are interviewed in earlier segments, but only mentioned in passing here), recording sessions, and location shooting. If the movie of Rent was a tribute to Jonathan Larson, the DVD is all that and more, a moving and incredibly detailed look at an extraordinary talent whom the world lost far too soon. —David Horiuchi

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The Rules of Attraction
Roger Avary A not-quite dazzling array of cinematic tricks (split screens, freeze-frames, running the film backwards, rapid editing, etc.) are used to depict college students floundering in the pursuit of love and meaning. Drugs, blow jobs, pornography, booze, rape, masturbation, '80s pop tunes, beatings, suicide, attempted suicide, faked suicide, loss of bladder control, and trite pseudo-philosophy are on display as pretty young actors with squeaky-clean images (like James Van Der Beek and Jessica Biel) attempt to dirty themselves up. The Rules of Attraction comes to life for about five minutes when an actor named Russell Sams appears for an outrageous restaurant scene, then slumps back into terminal disaffection when he departs. Also featuring Shannyn Sossamon, Faye Dunaway, Swoozie Kurtz, Ian Somerhalder, Kate Bosworth, Eric Stolz, Fred Savage, and many strikingly good-looking young people. The filmmakers are attempting to depict the vacuousness of today's youth but only succeed in portraying the void in their own hearts. —Bret Fetzer
STRAIGHT: A Conversion Comedy
Fabulously intelligent, witty... and important. - San Francisco Weekly. Straight is a hilarious and subversive excursion into the world of conversion therapy, where homosexuals are reputedly made "straight." Join acclaimed writer/performer David Schmader as he plunges into the heart of this dangerous territory. Schmader, a gay man, pulls no punches with either the conversionists or the gay community in this one-man show. Straight pulls no punches. Schmader deploys a wry honesty that spares neither Christian conversionists nor the unconverted in this uproarious take on sexual reprogramming. Blending an essayist's insight with the spark of stand-up comedy, Schmader confronts difficult questions, rejects easy answers, and gets to the bottom of what it means to be "straight."

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Safe
Todd Haynes Carol White (Julianne Moore) is a mousy housewife living the affluent life in the San Fernando Valley when, over the span of a few months, she begins to develop debilitating sensitivities to her environment. A permanent at the hair salon makes her nose bleed and her skin go bad, exhaust from a truck causes her to cough violently, she's allergic to the new couch, goes into seizures at the dry cleaner's. No one understands or credits her condition, least of all her husband or family physician. But the symptoms worsen, and Carol eventually discovers others who suffer from similar environmental illnesses. She checks into a desert spa that caters to those in her predicament, and the staff regales her with touchy-feely, infomercial-style affirmations. All of this could have been broad satire, but director Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine) opts for a filming style that captures the empty elegance of Carol's passive lifestyle and looks on with clinical dispassion, so that you can hear the oppressive quiet surrounding her. It's positively eerie, so you know you're not watching just a worthy cause picture or movie of the week. Haynes has more ambition than that, even going so far as to insert a slight buzzing sound in the soundtrack to accentuate the unease. Fluorescent lights? Power lines? Who knows? Maybe it's safe to call it the ominous rumblings beneath the surface of Carol's life, from antiseptic affluence to septic isolation in the spa environment. A model of sustained tone, boasting one of the most remarkable performances by Julianne Moore, from a whole career of remarkable performances. —Jim Gay
Saint of 9/11 - The True Story of Father Mychal Judge
Glenn Holsten The spirit of a gay priest father mychal judge is celebrated in this uplifting & poignant documentary about the compassionate chaplain of the new york fire department who was among the first to rush to the world trade center on septmeber 11 2001. Studio: Arts Alliance America Release Date: 08/14/2007 Run time: 90 minutes
Saved
Brian Dannelly Classic teen comedy mixes with cunning satire in Saved!. Fervent Christian Mary (Jena Malone, Donnie Darko) believes God wants her to save her gay boyfriend by sleeping with him. But he gets sent to an anti-gay indoctrination camp while she ends up pregnant—which starts to drive a wedge between Mary and her snotty best friend Hilary Faye (Mandy Moore, How to Deal). Meanwhile, they're both interested in the son (Patrick Fugit, Almost Famous) of their Christian school principal (Martin Donovan, Trust). Saved! respects faith but gleefully mocks the excesses and absurdities of contemporary organized religion, particularly its suburban, let's-speak-the-language-of-the-kids manifestations. The actors, including Macaulay Culkin (yes, from Home Alone) and Mary Louise Parker (Fried Green Tomatoes), play their parts with sincerity, which makes the fusion of humor and heart succeed. A delightful movie. —Bret Fetzer
Saved!
Brian Dannelly Two thumbs up! Ebert & Roeper and the Movies Nothing short of brilliant. PremiereGood girl Mary (Jena Malone) and her best friend Hilary Faye (Mandy Moore) are at the top of the food chain at American Eagle Christian High School. But all that is about to change in this subversively funny (USA Today) teen comedy about hype hypocrisy and high school. Also starring Macaulay Culkin and Patrick Fugit Saved! is a boldly hilarious satire (Rolling Stone)!Special Features:Audio Commentary by Director & Co-Writer Brian Dannelly Producer Sandy Stern and Co-Writer Michael UrbanAudio Commentary by Jena Malone and Mandy Moore Heaven Help Us Behind-the-Scenes FeaturetteDeleted ScenesBloopersSaved! RevelationsOriginal Theatrical TrailerSystem Requirements: Running Time 92 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: PG-13 UPC: 027616902832 Manufacturer No: 1006060
Saving Face
Alice Wu When 48-year-old widow Hwei-Lan Gao (Joan Chen) informs her less-than understanding father she's pregnant, he banishes her from Flushing until she remarries or proves Immaculate Conception. With nowhere else to go, Hwei-Lan moves in with her grown daughter, Wil (Michelle Krusiec), a Manhattan doctor who doesn't want a roommate, especially since she's met Viv (Lynn Chen), her sexy young lover. So Wil does what any dutiful child with an expectant, unmarried mother on her hands would do: she proceeds to set Hwei-Lan up with every eligible bachelor in town.
Saving Face
Alice Wu When 48-year-old widow Hwei-Lan Gao (Joan Chen) informs her less-than understanding father she's pregnant, he banishes her from Flushing until she remarries or proves Immaculate Conception. With nowhere else to go, Hwei-Lan moves in with her grown daughter, Wil (Michelle Krusiec), a Manhattan doctor who doesn't want a roommate, especially since she's met Viv (Lynn Chen), her sexy young lover. So Wil does what any dutiful child with an expectant, unmarried mother on her hands would do: she proceeds to set Hwei-Lan up with every eligible bachelor in town.
Set It Off
Even when it misses a dramatic opportunity in favor of generic action, Set It Off benefits from a sharp understanding of its well-drawn central characters. They're a quartet of young African American women in Los Angeles (Jada Pinkett, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise), all struggling against a system that seems designed to prevent them from realizing their dreams. The movie establishes their plight with credible attention to emotional detail, making their decision to rob banks believable enough to give the ensuing plot its inevitably tragic momentum. Cowritten by the screenwriter of What's Love Got to Do With It?, the film conveys genuine compassion for its characters, and the ensemble cast is uniformly strong—especially Queen Latifah as a brash lesbian whose fate is as certain as her forceful attitude.

Set It Off expresses a real sense that these women have been close friends for years, and that gives the film additional impact, even when their transition to crime and violence feels somewhat forced and superficial. A romantic subplot involving Pinkett and a social-climbing banker (Blair Underwood) is too contrived to be convincing, and director F. Gary Gray (Friday) tries too hard to combine hard-hitting action with social relevance (a weakness shared by Gray's following film, The Negotiator). Still, Set It Off effectively avoids passing judgment; its emotional complexity transcends simple notions of right and wrong, injecting vitality—and a kind of renegade integrity—into the traditions of a familiar plot. —Jeff Shannon
Short Shorts
Jennifer Arnold, Kelli Simpson, Carolyn Coal, Anna-Margarita Albelo, Betsy Kalin
Shortbus
John Cameron Mitchell An exploration into the lives of several characters living in new york as they navigate the comic & tragic intersections between love & sex. Male & female straight & gay the characters find one another & eventually find themselves when they all converge at a weekly underground salon called shortbus. Studio: Image Entertainment Release Date: 03/13/2007 Run time: 102 minutes Rating: Ur
Show Me Love
Lukas Moodysson Studio: Strand Releasing Release Date: 04/06/2006
A Single Man
Tom Ford SINGLE MAN - DVD Movie
Six Feet Under - The Complete First Season [VHS]
Alan Ball, Allen Coulter, Jeremy Podeswa, Jim McBride, John Patterson From Alan Ball, the Oscar(r) winning writer of "American Beauty", comes a series that digs where others fear to tread. When a bus kills Nathaniel Fisher, owner of the Fisher & Sons Funeral Home in Los Angeles, the tragedy casts a pall on the homecoming of his prodigal son Nate. Together with with mother Ruth, brother David and sister Claire, they must address the family business, and the many more personal matters that arise when your life is Six Feet Under.
Some Prefer Cake
Heidi Arnesen
Sophie B. Hawkins - The Cream Will Rise
Gigi Gaston "My whole struggle in life is my ambivalence," says singer-songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins at the beginning of this 1997 documentary. And for the next 90 minutes, we find out all about that—along with her passion, profanity, sensuality, volatility, and, yes, talent. Director Gigi Gaston's revealing, unusual film pulls no punches as it shows Hawkins both onstage and off, in videos and on tour, wrangling with her mother, rehashing her relationships, and on and on. It's a bit too much of a good thing, except when it comes to the music, of which there is way too little. Not a single complete performance is heard—not even "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover," which remains Hawkins's best-known song. This extremely in-depth interview is best reserved for hard-core Hawkins fans. —Sam Graham
Sordid Lives
Del Shores If you've got a taste for big hair, broad Texas accents, and gay rights, this mixture of white-trash comedy and coming-out melodrama is for you. Sordid Lives starts out as chicken-fried farce, as a funeral is prepared for a woman who died when she tripped over her adulterous lover's wooden legs; about midway the emphasis shifts to a drag queen unfairly held in a mental institution and the dead woman's grandson, an actor in Los Angeles who hasn't come out to his mother. The tone shifts wildly, and the humor depends on your fondness for the white-trash genre—if you like it, this will tickle your ribs; if you don't, it'll fall flat as the panhandle landscape. But it must be said that the cast (including Bonnie Bedelia, Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, and Olivia Newton-John) dives right in, no matter how over-the-top their characters get. —Bret Fetzer
Southern Comfort
Kate Davis With a rare blend of humor tragedy & romance southern comfort tells the remarkable story of robert eads a 52 year old wise cracking cowboy who was born female. The film finds robert 15 years later during the last year of his life as he falls into a passionate romance with lola who was born male. Studio: New Video Group Release Date: 03/25/2003 Run time: 90 minutes Rating: Nr Director: Kate Davis
Spin the Bottle
Straightman
Jack and David are good friends, so when both are dumped y their girlfriends, they move into an apartment together. David looks forward to their shared bachelor life. Then Jack works up the courage to come out to his friend. Things change. How these two different but similar men deal with that change and how their friendship and their other relationships fare in the midst of it all is the heart of this authentic and sharp humored film.
Stranger Inside
Cheryl Dunye Treasure Lee has moved out of 'juvenile' into the state penitentiary and met up with Brownie a jail-toughened lifer dealing drugs and contraband. Brownie works with an Treasure Lee has moved out of 'juvenile' into the State Pen. Now she needs to learn how the system works search out where the power lies and find herself a new lover. Treasure soon meets up with Brownie a jail-toughened lifer dealing drugs and contraband. Brownie works with an extended family of loyal girls ready to kill or be killed for their 'mother.' Treasure wants in-with a friend like Brownie no one can touch her. And there's something about Brownie that draws her closer. It's not about sex and not about drugs. But the closer she gets the more enemies she makes. Treasure's learning that once you're inside everything you want has a price.Running Time: 97 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA Rating: NR UPC: 026359178429
Sugar Sweet
In this sexy and sassy story, Naomi pays the bills by directing lesbian porn. Her male bosses think her work is too gay; her friends think she's a sellout. For comfort, Naomi confides in a secret online soul mate called Sugar. Then Naomi gets a chance to direct a popular and daring girl-meets-girl matchmaking show. She casts her bubbly pal Azusa, whose love life at home is suffering, and no-nonsense executive Miki, whose outlet by night is exotic dancing. When their scripted TV romance flares into some hot off-screen action, even Naomi finds herself caught in the flame. Directed by Desiree Lim, Sugar Sweet is the first Japanese film to be made by and about lesbians.
Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her
Rodrigo García Touching, compelling and original, Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her spins a brilliant tapestry of interwoven vignettes. Starring OscarÂ(r) winner* Holly Hunter, five-time OscarÂ(r) nominee** Glenn Close, Golden GlobeÂ(r) Winner Calista Flockhart ("Ally McBeal") and Golden GlobeÂ(r) nominees Cameron Diaz (Charlie's Angels), Amy Brenneman ("Judging Amy") and Kathy Baker ("Picket Fences"), this "really special film" ("Ebert & Roeper and the Movies") is an absolute "triumph" (Mirabella). In the heart of L.A., six extraordinary women have come to an emotional crossroads: a talented young detective (Brenneman) struggles with loneliness, an ambitious bank manager (Hunter) contemplates motherhood and a successful doctor (Close) confronts her spiritual emptiness. At the same time, a blind teacher (Diaz) searches for love, a middle-aged writer (Baker) grapples with prejudice and a gifted fortune-teller (Flockhart) grieves for her dying lover. Poised between fear and hope, each woman must weigh the choices she's madein order to meet the future unfolding before her.
Tipping the Velvet
Geoffrey Sax Studio: Acorn Media Release Date: 01/27/2004
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything
Beeban Kidron This clunky road movie about three drag queens (Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguziamo) who get stranded in a sleepy Nebraska town on their way to a beauty contest, is too uplifting for its own good. Released during drag's mid-'90s heyday when RuPaul and the Wigstock documentary were all the rage, To Wong Foo aimed straight for the mainstream with its inoffensive camp and "can't we all get along" moralism. While gay-activist groups howled about straights getting the lead roles in To Wong Foo, in the end the filmmakers really couldn't have done better than this trio of actors. John Leguziamo provides real sass and bite as a Latino (or should we saw Latina?) drag queen, and Wesley Snipes is surprisingly fierce as the imposing leader of the pack. Saddled with a cloying Southern accent and off-kilter wig, Patrick Swayze barely holds his own with his costars, though. To Wong Foo is best viewed as a cultural artifact of a time when it seemed as though drag could rule all tomorrow's parties. —Ethan Brown
Tomboys!
Julie Akeret & Christian McEwen
Tongues Untied
Marlon Riggs
Tongues Untied
Marlon Riggs Marlon Riggs`s portrayal of homophobia and racism caused controversy during Tongues Untied`s original 1991 airing on PBS`s P.O.V. series and contributed to the national debate about the National Endowment for the Arts funding for art with nudity, gay themes, and pointed political commentary.

Riggs`s stories are fierce examples of homophobia and racism: the man refused entry to a gay bar because of his color; the college student left bleeding on the sidewalk after a gay-bashing; the loneliness and isolation of the drag queen. The stories also affirm the black gay male experience: protest marches, smoky bars, snap divas, humorous musicology, and vogue dancing.

Special Features:: · A 1991 interview with Director Marlon T. Riggs
· Interviews with Issac Julien, Filmmaker; Phill Wilson, AIDS Activist; Juba Kalamka, Spoken Word and Rap Artist; Herman Gray, Cultural Critic
· Seven minutes of Deleted Scenes and Outtakes
· Closed captioning for the hearing impaired
TransGeneration
While Hollywood brings tales such as Duncan Tucker's TRANSAMERICA to the screen in real life transgender people from both sexes struggle to find their place in society. TRANSGENERATION is an eight-part TV series that follows four college students as they try to alter their natural gender while musing on how they've managed it and the various problems they all face.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DOCUMENTARIES/MISC. Rating: NR UPC: 767685977330 Manufacturer No: NVG-9773
Transamerica
Duncan Tucker Felicity Huffman deserves every award she's received for her outstanding performance in Transamerica, a small but rich movie about Bree—formerly Stanley—a pre-operative male-to-female transexual awaiting gender-reassignment surgery who learns she has a wayward teenage son named Toby. When her therapist (Elizabeth Peña, Jacob's Ladder) strongarms Bree into facing her past, she bails Toby (Kevin Zegers, Dawn of the Dead) out of jail and they end up on a road trip across the country. Such a premise could feel forced, but the script and performances make it persuasive and natural. Bree wrestles with discomfort and compassion as she learns about Toby's own troubles, even while her own grow worse when she's forced to ask for help from her hostile parents (the superb Fionnula Flanagan, The Others, and Burt Young, Rocky). Transamerica doesn't push for any great catharsis, but instead slowly peels away the layers of Bree's defenses, laying bare her basic struggle for respect and a chance at happiness. In many ways it's a showy role, but Huffman (Desperate Housewives) keeps her acting simple, direct, and thoroughly compelling. —Bret Fetzer
Treading Water
Casey is a longshorewoman who seems to have everything: she lives on a boat with her beautiful social worker girlfriend Alex, and they are very much in love. But there's nothing like the holidays to bring out the drama of the average family. Casey has rejected her privileged upbringing and restores old boats for a living. What she can't reject is her deep attachment to her family living just across the bay. When the Olsens come together for Christmas, the unwrapping of presents takes a back seat to the unraveling of emotions. Against the backdrop of the gorgeous New England coast, Director Lauren Himmel tells a tender story of repression and the changing notions of family.
Treading Water
Lauren Himmel Casey & alex have built themselves a terrific lovenest on a houseboat in a small new england coast town - that is until they have to face christmas with caseys uptight family! Studio: Wolfe Video Release Date: 11/04/2008 Run time: 95 minutes
Trembling Before G-D
Sandi Simcha Dubowski Trembling Before G-d is an unprecedented feature documentary that shatters assumptions about faith, sexuality, and religious fundamentalism. Built around intimately told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, the film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma eligious identity and tradition in the world.
Trevor
Peggy Rajski Trevor constists of diary excerpts narrated by their author, a buoyantly charming 13 year old (Brett Barsky) who loves to lip-sync to Diana Ross records, gets excited looking at photos of men, and develops a crush on the most popular boy in school, Pinky Faraday (Jonah Rooney), who befriends him. Trevor's world comes crashing down when his true feelings for Pinky are discovered. Mocked by classmates and branded a "fairy", Trevor is shunned by his new best friend and attempts to kill himself in a scene that is both heart wrenching and darkly funny, but as played by Brett Barsky, Trevor is no victim. You can be certain that his enthusiasm and developing sense of self will see him through.
Trick
Jim Fall What do drag queens aspiring sex therapists and Tori Spelling have in common? They're part of a madcap night out on in Manhattan for two frustrated guys that are desperate to find a place...any place.Running Time: 90 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY UPC: 794043492921
Trick (1999)
Jim Fall While most of the recent outpouring of gay cinema tries to coast on a smile and a little bit of charm, Trick provides some considerable filmmaking cojones to back up its good looks: a talented cast, a witty screenplay, and a sweet sense of romance. Unfolding as part stressed-out fever dream and part farce, Trick chronicles one tumultuous night in the life of aspiring Broadway songwriter Gabe (Christian Campbell), who's suffering from both a heterosexual roommate (who kicks him out when there's female companionship) and a bad case of writer's block. Making an impulsive side trip to a gay bar, he locks eyes with a hunky go-go boy (J.P. Pitoc), who magically appears later that night on the subway, with amorous intentions to boot. Hotfooting their way back to Gabe's apartment, they're interrupted in medias res by Gabe's roommate, girlfriend in tow. From there it's downhill fast, as the two unsuccessfully scramble to find a place to finish things up. On their nighttime odyssey, though, both discover that there's more than sex and heat to their interaction. And much like its premise, Trick evolves from what seems to be a quickie one-night stand to something more substantial, a film with heart and a very funny soul. Jason Schafer's screenplay puts the luckless couple into one bind after another, and furnishes them with incredibly entertaining dialogue; fortunately, both the leads are up to the challenge of bringing it to life. Campbell (Neve's older brother) has a sweet smile and gentle comic timing; the surprise, however, is Pitoc, whose chiseled physique belies both a wicked sense of humor and a sincere-without-being-gooey romantic streak. Both are aided and abetted by a finely tuned supporting cast, most notably Clinton Leupp as an acidic, motor-mouthed drag queen and Tori Spelling in a go-for-broke star turn as Campbell's best friend, a painfully bad singer-actress. By the end of the movie, you'll be entirely won over, and anxiously awaiting a second date and more from these actors and filmmakers. —Mark Englehart
The Truth About Jane
Lee Rose
Ugly Betty - The Complete First Season
Audiences are cheering for a vibrant overachiever with the spirit and the smarts to live her dream. America Ferrera stars as go-getter Betty Suarez, a true beauty in the skin-deep world of high fashion. Two very different cultures collide in this sexy and stylish series about believing in yourself regardless of the odds. Earning Golden Globe Awards® for Best Television Series* and Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series* in its very first season, Ugly Betty is a runaway hit with fans and critics. "Ugly Betty is a thing of beauty," raves the Boston Herald. Experience every episode of Season One in this six-disc DVD box set. Plus, join executive producer Salma Hayek and actor Eric Mabius for exclusive show insights, and see what it takes for America Ferrera to get Bettyfied – available only on DVD. You’ll find yourself falling in love with every minute of Ugly Betty.
Under One Roof
Todd Wilson A romantic comedy about a closeted Chinese-American boy in San Francisco who falls in love with his mother's new tenent. Stars Jay Wong, Jmes Marks and Sandra Lee.
Victor Victoria
Blake Edwards Blake Edwards's delightful Victor/Victoria may be one of the last of the great, old-style movie musical comedies—it is so good, it was turned into a hit Broadway stage musical years later. And both versions starred Edwards's wife Julie Andrews (the former Mary Poppins) in the title role—as Victor and Victoria. She's a down-and-out singer who hooks up with a flamboyantly gay theatrical veteran (Robert Preston), and together they become the toast of 1934 Paris by dreaming up a provocative nightclub act in which Victoria assumes the identity of a man in drag. So, in other words, Andrews plays a woman playing a man playing a woman ... and that's only the beginning of the sexual identity confusions that provide the fuel for this splendidly classy slapstick musical farce. (Yes, it's all those things.) James Garner, as a Chicago club owner, finds himself strangely besotted with this stylish, androgynous creature—even though he thinks Victor/Victoria is a man. Legendary Hollywood composer Henry Mancini (a longtime collaborator with Edwards) won his last Oscar for the score; Andrews, Preston, and Lesley Ann Warren, as Garner's cheeky girlfriend, were also nominated. Musical highlights include Victor/Victoria's sizzling "Le Jazz Hot" (in which Andrews shows off her incredible vocal range); another showstopper for Victor/Victoria, "The Shady Dame from Seville"; Preston's witty ode to "Gay Paree"; Warren's hilarious burlesque number, "King's Can-Can"; and a charmingly casual yet elegant side-by-side number, "You and Me," done in a small club by Preston and Andrews in tuxedos. —Jim Emerson
Vive l'Amour
Ming-liang Tsai This mesmerizing film focuses on a bizarre love triangle between two young people who meet in a vacant apartment and a gay man who hides in the same apartment spying on the couple.
Walk on Water
Eytan Fox An experienced mossad assassin is sent to eliminate an aging nazi war criminal. During his mission he makes an unusual discovery uncovering his own past & forging a remarkable friendship. Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 01/22/2008 Run time: 103 minutes Rating: R
Watching You: Intriguing Lesbian Short Films
Cassandra Nicolaou This exciting collection brings together some of the best lesbian shorts from around the world, included on both the VHS & DVD versions of this film: 4PM (Dir. Sam Backhurst, UK 14 min) Humorous tale of a one-night stand that goes horribly wrong. Winner of Best Girls Short - Melbourne Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Bare (Dir. Deborah Strutt, Australia, 9 min) A hot on-night stand ignites a whole neighborhood of passion and romance. Winner of Best International Short - Brussels International Film Festival. Interviews With My Next Girlfriend (Dir. Cassandra Nicolaou, Canada 13 min) A very particular single woman screens future prospects in a hilarious interview process. Winner of Best Comedy - PlanetOut.com/HBO Short Movie Awards. Watching You (Dir. Stephanie Abramovich, Israel 32 min) A lesbian's hobby: photographing a captivating woman neighbor causes trouble with her jealous girlfriend. Winner of Best Lesbian Short Film - Philadelphia Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Dear Emily (Dir. Katherine Brooks, USA 7 min) Sara recalls the drama of her senior year, and an intense schoolgirl crush. Winner of IFFCON Pitch Contest. The Ten Rules: A Lesbian Survival Guide (Dir. Lee Friedlander, USA 28 min) Takes a look at the pitfalls and pratfalls that happen when your friends aren't just your friends - they're also your dating pool. Winner of Audience Award, Best Short Film - Boulder Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Traveling Companion (Dir. Paula Goldberg, USA 20 min) An upcoming trip to romantic Italy persuades travel writer Helen to tempt fate and place an ad for a traveling companion. Winner of Executive Director's Award - Newport Beach International Film Festival. Double Entente (Dir. Jacquie Lawrence, UK 11 min) Erotic tension builds when stressed-out Vanessa tries to meet her gorgeous lover Dulcie for an after-work cocktail. Will she settle for a stranger's touch?
Watching You: Intriguing Lesbian Short Films
Cassandra Nicolaou This exciting collection brings together some of the best lesbian shorts from around the world, included on both the VHS & DVD versions of this film: 4PM (Dir. Sam Backhurst, UK 14 min) Humorous tale of a one-night stand that goes horribly wrong. Winner of Best Girls Short - Melbourne Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Bare (Dir. Deborah Strutt, Australia, 9 min) A hot on-night stand ignites a whole neighborhood of passion and romance. Winner of Best International Short - Brussels International Film Festival. Interviews With My Next Girlfriend (Dir. Cassandra Nicolaou, Canada 13 min) A very particular single woman screens future prospects in a hilarious interview process. Winner of Best Comedy - PlanetOut.com/HBO Short Movie Awards. Watching You (Dir. Stephanie Abramovich, Israel 32 min) A lesbian's hobby: photographing a captivating woman neighbor causes trouble with her jealous girlfriend. Winner of Best Lesbian Short Film - Philadelphia Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Dear Emily (Dir. Katherine Brooks, USA 7 min) Sara recalls the drama of her senior year, and an intense schoolgirl crush. Winner of IFFCON Pitch Contest. The Ten Rules: A Lesbian Survival Guide (Dir. Lee Friedlander, USA 28 min) Takes a look at the pitfalls and pratfalls that happen when your friends aren't just your friends - they're also your dating pool. Winner of Audience Award, Best Short Film - Boulder Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Traveling Companion (Dir. Paula Goldberg, USA 20 min) An upcoming trip to romantic Italy persuades travel writer Helen to tempt fate and place an ad for a traveling companion. Winner of Executive Director's Award - Newport Beach International Film Festival. Double Entente (Dir. Jacquie Lawrence, UK 11 min) Erotic tension builds when stressed-out Vanessa tries to meet her gorgeous lover Dulcie for an after-work cocktail. Will she settle for a stranger's touch?
The Watermelon Woman
Cheryl Dunye has transcended the usual pitfalls that pockmark most lesbian-themed movies: specifically, the usual angst and suffering that occur when the gay gal falls for a heterosexual friend. The Watermelon Woman is more a cultural document, addressing speculative sociological gay history themes with an interesting and engaging cover story about a video store clerk named Cheryl (played by Dunye) who, in her research for a movie, comes across an old-time black actress simply called "the watermelon woman" and becomes obsessed with her persona. In the process, Cheryl finds herself embroiled in a relationship that parallels that of her icon.

What makes The Watermelon Woman special is its layered story line and its willingness to present its characters as comically flawed. Dunye also creates an aura of mystique around the enigmatic watermelon woman, and her life and tribulations become fascinating to the viewer. Even Camille Paglia shows up to make commentary about the "actress," and while the story-within-a-story concept is tricky, the power and purpose of the movie emerges, and the character becomes as fascinating as if she were flesh and blood. —Paula Nechak
Wedding Wars
A media flurry ensues when a gay man protests against a governor who is vehemently opposed to gay marriage in the comedy feature WEDDING WARS. The twist in the tale is that the protestor's brother is set on marrying the governor's daughter.System Requirements:Running Time: 87 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS Rating: UNRATED UPC: 043396197923 Manufacturer No: 19792
Were the World Mine
Tom Gustafson WERE THE WORLD MINE - DVD Movie
What's Cooking?
Gurinder Chadha Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 05/25/2004 Run time: 109 minutes Rating: Pg13
When Boys Fly [VHS]
Lenid Rolov, Stewart Halpern-Fingerhut
Why U.S.?
Daniel Lindsay
Wild Reeds
André Téchiné This resonant, engrossing 1994 film by André Téchiné (Thieves) is an unusual coming-of-age story set at a French boarding school in 1962, when news of France's war in Algeria is still plentiful. Téchiné focuses on a handful of students, measuring their transition into adulthood against the reality of love, sex, and the war's controversial cost. Strikingly sensitive and sophisticated, beautifully dramatized, and perfectly acted by a young cast, the film feels like one of those universal touchstones for the final days of childhood grace. Téchiné's typically blunt-but-gentle manner is perfectly suited for this tale of youthful gains and losses. —Tom Keogh
Word Is Out
Peter Adair, Nancy Adair, Andrew Brown, Rob Epstein, Lucy Massie Phenix WORD IS OUT - DVD Movie
Xena Warrior Princess - Season Two
Anson Williams, Charles Siebert, Charlie Haskell, Eric Brevig, Garth Maxwell
Xena: Warrior Princess: Season One
Bruce Seth Green, Charles Siebert, Doug Lefler, Eric Brevig, Garth Maxwell Just four minutes into "Sins of the Past," the first episode of Xena, you'll gladly follow the warrior princess anywhere. Taking on a gang of marauders, she leaps onto an upright spear embedded in the ground and, with a cry of "Ai-yi-yi-yi-yi," does a circular wall of death on their chests. A syndication phenomenon, this audacious 1995 series was a spin-off from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Lucy Lawless stars as Xena, dressed to kill in leather and breastplate. Her exploits are legend: "She came down out of the sky in a chariot throwing thunderbolts and breathing fire," remarks one awestruck boy in the first episode. Xena wants to bury her violent past, but there is no rest for the formerly wicked as she takes up arms (and feet) against any number of villains and mythological beasts. She is joined by Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor), a young peasant woman who "is not cut out for this village life," and runs away from home to join Xena in her adventures.

As the series evolved, speculation was rife about the true nature of their relationship. Playful and provocative teasers in several of these episodes give this first season an unexpected erotic charge, as witness "Altared States," in which the two skinnydip, and later, a drugged Gabrielle, revived by Xena, looks upon her and gushes, "By the gods! You are beautiful." Other memorable episodes include "Callisto," which introduces the vengeful female warrior who would further bedevil Xena in seasons to come;"Prometheus," in which Kevin Sorbo guest stars as Hercules;"Chariots of War," in which Xena wears a dress (!), and "Warrior...Princess," in which Xena trades places with her look-alike, a Princess named—yes—Diana, who is the target of assassins. By the gods, Xena is an absolute hoot whose pleasures—stylized action sequences, cheesy special effects, tongue-in-cheek anachronistic dialogue—are anything but guilty ones. Clumsy packaging, lack of commentary, and less than pristine picture quality are minor drawbacks to this otherwise thrilling set. —Donald Liebenson
Your Friends & Neighbors
Neil LaBute In the age of ever-increasing crassness on screen (see the Farrelly brothers' comedies), there are some filmmakers who can make serious commentary instead of just throwaway gags. Neil LaBute's second feature is a corkscrew comedy of savage, bitter people who can't find happiness in many a thing, let alone sex. The film is not as tight or commanding as his first feature, the black-hearted In the Company of Men, but he gives six nameless characters six juicy parts with plenty to talk about. The emotional punch is devastating for those trying to find love and happiness on celluloid. One wife and husband (Amy Brenneman, Men's Aaron Eckhart) are nice people, living in a dream home, who can't connect sexually. Drama teacher Ben Stiller and live-in girlfriend Catherine Keener may just work out if, well, he didn't talk all the time. Stiller confesses his love for best friend Eckhart's wife; Keener starts an affair with artist assistant Nastassja Kinski. Then there's Jason Patric (who also produced) as a calculating, misogynistic doctor who has not had a peer on film or theater since David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago (which took a different film form as About Last Night...). Manipulative and forward, he's the white-hot core to LaBute's fire and has the monologue of the year to boot. LaBute's callous films aren't for everybody, but there is an art and clear-headedness to his work that most American independent filmmakers can't create on screen. Note: the six characters speak the only lines in the film, although through careful editing it never seems this way. —Doug Thomas