Tag Archives: Documentary

FILM. Free Encore Screening Of ‘Ovarian Psycos’ Documentary.

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Thursday, September 8, Frameline, Cine+Mas SF / San Francisco Latino Film Festival, and The Oakland Underground Film Festival are hosting a free encore screening of the documentary ‘Ovarian Psycos,’ at the historic Piedmonth Theatre in Oakland California.

“It is a powerful and strikingly beautiful sight to see twenty-plus young women of color biking through the streets of East LA with black bandanas emblazoned with white Fallopian tubes over their faces. Co-opting crew culture and reworking it with a feminist spin, The Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade organizes rides in protest of violence in the community and against women. Founded by poet M.C. and activist Xela de la X and made up of cisgender and transgender women and gender-nonconforming rebellious spirits, this sisterhood is a refuge for those with past trauma, a support system inimg_7646 times of tragedy, and an outlet to confront pertinent issues that stem from misogyny and racism.

The film gives us an intimate look at the lives of those who ride while showcasing their perseverance. New recruit Evie must balance family responsibilities with her newfound confidence and love of self. Street artist Andi longs for her mother and sister to support  her cause. And Xela struggles with the time needed to maintain the group and her dedication to giving her nine-year-old daughter the life she longed for as a child growing up in a “post-colonized, traditional Mexican home.”

In the midst of sexism, harassment, and misrepresentation, the Ovas are outspoken and unapologetic about healing and reclaiming their communities as they build on the legacy of the Chicanx civil rights movement.”

— Angelique Smith

Expected to be in attendance are Ovas Andi Xoch & La Fingers. Enjoy the trailer below.

Thursday, September 8.

Piedmont Theatre, Oakland California

4186 Piedmont Avenue

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FILM. See The New Generation Of Ballroom In New Doc ‘Kiki’.

The documentary ‘Kiki’ dives back into the fierce world of voguing battles in the Kiki scene of New York City, where competition between Houses demands leadership, painstaking practice, and performances on point. A film collaboration between Kiki gatekeeper, Twiggy Pucci Garçon, and Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordenö, grants exclusive access into this high stakes world, where tough competitions act as a gateway into the daily lives of LGBTQ youth of color in NYC. The new generation of ballroom youth use the motto, “Not About us Without Us.” Twiggy and Sara’s insider-outsider approach to their stories breathes fresh life into the representation of a marginalized community who demand visibility and real political power.

Watch the Trailer for Kiki, and then watch the Twiggy Pucci Garçon and Sara Jordenö Sundance Interview with Ondi Timoner where they discuss the Kiki Scene, ‘Paris Is Burning’ and the history of Ball culture. Jordenö and Garçon also address the issues and growing political movement within the LGBTQ community. Enjoy!

FILM. Madonna’s Blond Ambition Dancers Tell All In New Doc ‘Strike A Pose’.

In 1990truth or dare, seven young male dancers – six gay, one straight – joined Madonna on her most controversial tour, the Blond Ambition Tour. On stage and in the iconic film “Truth or Dare,” they showed the world how to express yourself. Now, 25 years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour. “Strike a Pose” is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.Strike A Pose poster

Wild, talented and barely twenty, the dancers set out on the trip of a lifetime. Their journey was captured in “Truth or Dare,” one of the highest-grossing
documentaries ever. As a self-proclaimed mother to her six gay dancers plus straight Oliver, Madonna used the film to take a stand on gay rights, freedom of expression and the fight against AIDS. Madonna’s flamboyant dancers became icons of sexual freedom, inspiring people all over the world to be who they are. Six dancers appear in “Strike a Pose” – Kevin Stea, Carlton Wilborn, Luis Camacho, Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza, Salim Gauwloos and Oliver S Crumes III. One of the original seven, Gabriel Trupin, died from complications due to AIDS in 1995 and is represented in the film by his mother, Sue Trupin.

Watch the trailer for Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan’s ‘Strike A Pose,’ showing at Atlanta’s Out On Film Festival. Enjoy!

Out On Film. (September 29 – October 6). Atlanta, GA. outonfilm.org

FILM. 2016 September LGBT Film Festivals.

Polari Film Festival. (September 8 – 9). Austin, Texas. agliff.org

Long Beach Q Film Festival. (September 8 – 11). Long Beach, California. qfilmslongbeach.com

OutFlix Memphis. (September  7 – 11). Memphis, Tennessee. outflixfestival.org

Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival. (September 21 – 25). Fresno, California. reelpride.com

Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival. (September 22 – 29). Chicago, Illinois. reelingfilmfestival.org

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.(September 22 – 25). Palm Springs, California. cinemadiverse.org

North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. (September 9 – 15). Shreveport, Louisiana. nlglff.org

Portland Queer Film Festival. (September 16 – 22). Portland, Oregon. pdxqueerfilm.com

TeaDance Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. (September 17 – 18). Greenville, North Carolina. teadancefilmfestival.com

Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival. (September 16 – 17). Fargo, North Dakota. fmlgbtff.com

CMG. (September 24 – 25). West Hollywood, California. cmgfilmfest.net

Out On Film. (September 29 – October 6). Atlanta, GA. outonfilm.org

Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. (September 30 – October 8). Tampa, Florida. tiglff.com

*Some festivals are still accepting submissions.

FILM. Free Encore Screening Of ‘Check It’ Documentary.

Thursday, August 25, Frameline is hosting a free encore screening of the documentary ‘Check It,’ at the historic Piedmont Theatre in Oakland California.

Desperate to survive in a city where being true to who you are can get you killed, a group of black gay and trans teens form a gang in Washington, D.C., to protect one another. Check It, the first documented gang of its kind, is dedicated to keeping black gay and trans youth safe when no one else will. After starting off with just a few people in 2009, thCheck_Ite group has grown so large that no one can keep an accurate count of its members. In a country where black bodies are seen as criminal from birth, Check It functions as a radical act of resistance.

This intimate portrayal follows Check It members, using what few resources they have, as they navigate the world—including Tray, a gay teen determined to make sure that other young people don’t have to go through the same hardships he did; Alton, a trans woman who has been taking care of herself and her friends since she fled her home at the age of 14; and Skittles, a talented amateur boxer who refuses to sacrifice his femme aesthetic when he steps into the ring. This crew of teens does their best to defend one another from state, police, and interpersonal violence, determined to be seen as the brilliant beings they are.                      — Taylor Hodges

Expected to be in attendance is Co-Director Dana Flor and one of the subjects of the doc Tray Warren. All Frameline Encore Screenings are free and open to the public. Enjoy the trailer below.

Thursday, August 25.

Piedmont Theatre, Oakland California

4186 Piedmont Avenue

FILM. Desperado Film Fest Hosts Free Screening Of Sports Doc ‘Out To Win’.

Now in its 7th year, the Desperado LGBT Film Festival is an event hosted by a PVCC student organizaDesperado FFtion. Like previous years, its art gallery and musical performances are free and open to the public. One such free event will be the screening of director Malcolm Ingram’s documentary ‘Out To Win.’

‘Out To Win’ chronicles the history of LGBT participationin sports, and those individuals careers, lives, and struggles coming out. The film features out athletes Jason Collins, John Amaechi, Wade Davis, Brittany Griner, and Billy Bean.

Desperado LGBT Film Festival. (January 29-31). Phoenix, Arizona.desperadofilmfestival.com

FILM. Cosmopolitan Follows One Mom As She Confronts Raising A Trans Child In Doc ‘Mom, I’m Not A Girl’.

Mom, I’m Not A Girl,’ a Cosmopolitan.com Documentary by Lauren Lumsden gives a brief but outstanding insight into mother of five, Jodie Patterson’s experience of being faced with and coming to terms with her daughter Penelope identifying with being a boy and not the girl body parts she was born with, at an extremely young age.

“I like the fact that the kids sometimes talk about it, and debate it, or don’t see eye to eye. And if Penelope can handle that conversation in the house then he’s ready for handling it in the world.”

We need more parents like this! Parents often say they just want their kids to be happy. However, happy a lot of the time means the parents happiness. Happy as long as the child falls in line with what they want for them. Who they want them to be. What society expects of them.

It’s no secret that LGBT teens and transgendered youth have an extremely high suicide rates. Yet, with more awareness, patience, and supportive parents, we could see this number drastically lowered.

This is an awesome short documentary about gender identity, and one mothers’ journey raising a transgender child, and how she’s leading my example. Enjoy!