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Legacy Shorts Program

Out Of The Archive: Queer New York

October 22, 2017 @ 9:15 pm

An epicenter of queer culture, New York has long been a creative force and focal point of LGBTQ cinema. This program features both rare and restored short films (and sometimes raw footage) shot in New York City between the 1960s and 2000s by influential LGBTQ New York filmmakers, and presents the city’s history through a queer lens and provides an early look at the trans experience. Presented in Partnership with NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project.
Total Running Time: 90 mins
Q&A with filmmakers and select cast to follow

Presented in Partnership with NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project Archive

Queens At Heart
Director Unknown, US, 1967, 22 min
Restored by the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project
This short exploitation documentary offers a glimpse into the lives of four transgender women in pre-Stonewall New York.

Dir: Tom Chomont, US, 1968, 6 min
Restored by the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project
Filmmaker and curator Jim Hubbard states, “Chomont’s films offer a lyric depiction of the ordinary world.” Here, Chomont presents two portraits–one warm, and one cold.

Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day [excerpt]
Dir: Kate Millett and Susan Kleckner, US, 1971, 5 min
Restored by the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project
Shot by Millett, Kleckner, and an all-female crew, this raw footage documents New York’s second annual Christopher Street pride parade.

Alphabit Land:The Backyard Tour Featuring Wigstock 89
Dir: John Canalli, US, 1990, 28 mins
John takes his cousin on a tour of his Manhattan neighborhood. A search for the coolest party in town leads them to the annual Wigstock drag festival.

I Never Danced The Way Girls Were Supposed To
Dir: Dawn Suggs, US, 1992, 7 mins
Suggs meditates on Black lesbian subjectivity, exploring the connections between daily rituals and sexuality.

I Like Dreaming
Dir: Charles Lofton, US, 1994, 6 mins
Lofton muses on the pleasures of cruising “straight-acting, straight-appearing” men.

Last Address
Dir: Ira Sachs, US, 2010, 9 mins
Comprised of footage of the exteriors of houses where New York artists were living when they died of AIDS, this haunting film serves as an elegy to a generation of lost queer voices.


October 22, 2017
9:15 pm
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