One way to get ready for Pride is a week of total immersion in LGBT cinema. Fortunately, Out on Film offers that opportunity from Oct. 1-7 at two venues, the Landmark Midtown Art Cinemas (LMAC) and the Ansley Park Playhouse (APP).
With 31 features, four programs of shorts and other events, you’ll be able to visit exotic locations (Rio, Buenos Aires, Peru, Nassau, 19th–century England) or spend endless hours in New York bars. Nine of the features are documentaries — and the doc is “in” these days — but fictional films offer a dose of the reality of homophobia in the Bahamas, the Marines and other places.
“The Kids Are All Right” may not be the only queer film represented at the Oscars next year. As award season looms, so do “Howl” with James Franco and “I Love You, Phillip Morris,” a romantic comedy pairing Jim Carrey with Ewan McGregor.
Less gay but with the potential to turn the butchest queen into a screamer is “Burlesque,” Christina Aguilera’s big-screen debut and Cher’s first starring role in over a decade.
No doubt there will be gay and lesbian characters and subplots sprinkled in other mainstream entertainments — who knew two months ago “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” would be so queer or “The Last Exorcism” would have a gay twist?
The story of a young, African-American Christian woman who grapples with her identity and eventually falls in love with another woman is the basic premise for the movie “Genderblind,” showing at this year’s Black Gay Pride.
But what filmmaker, artist and dancer LaNita Joseph, 27, didn’t know when she made “Genderblind” is the somewhat large controversy that would surround her small-budget movie.
“It’s become so controversial. I didn’t realize it would be that way,” says Joseph, who wrote, produced and directed the film.