Weekend Playlist: Faces of Pride
LGBTQIA+ films to watch Pride Weekend in SF.
Happy Pride Month! Pride is a powerful celebration that Fandor is honoring in the best way we know how—with movies. We are thrilled to present thirty LGBTQIA+ films in thirty days: Biopics and documentaries on influential figures who have shaped the world with their politics, music, written words, and personal journeys, as well as a wide selection of groundbreaking lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer foreign, independent, and cult features.
Top 5 From the Playlist
“We’ll get our rights when we take them. We’ll get our movies when we make them.” - Vito Russo
Vito Russo, a celebrated queer rights activist and author of The Celluloid Closet, which explores the portrayal of queer characters in Hollywood film, is a beloved figure in queer culture. In this documentary by Jeffrey Schwartz, Vito’s activism is discussed by his family and pioneering figures from the gay movement, from Stonewall to the AIDS epidemic and beyond. Weaving history, archival footage, voiceover, and television interviews, Vito depicts the personal and political life of a man who rallied long and hard for liberation.
Directed by Monika Treut, Gendernauts is a documentary portrait of five individuals in San Francisco’s transgender community. Featuring Sandy Stone, Texas Tomboy, Susan Stryker, Hida Viloria, Annie Sprinkle, and more, Gendernauts is one of four documentaries available on Fandor by Treut, who began her career in 1980s Germany and is now an important figure in queer cinema and an activist with a filmography that includes more than twenty award-winning films. She is also a recipient of the Special Teddy Award at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival for her merits in queer filmmaking. Watch an interview with Treut here.
Born in Flames, directed by Lizzie Borden, is a work of political science fiction set in America ten years after a socialist revolution, focusing on three diverse feminist factions coming together to overthrow a “utopian society.” The groups develop a Women’s Army and progress in their efforts to establish a different concept of women’s rights. Borden used 80s New York as her backdrop, adding fake newscasts, documentary and guerilla shooting techniques, and surveillance footage (as well as a cameo by one Kathryn Bigelow), and crafted a provocative feminist film that is considered a landmark in indie and queer cinema.
4. 52 Tuesdays
In this Australian drama, sixteen-year-old Billie is coming of age and finding herself at the same time that her mother is undergoing a gender transition to become a man. While in transition, Billie and her mother James meet once a week, only on Tuesdays, for one year, which is also how Hyde structured the shooting of the film. Hyde’s directorial debut became a festival favorite, screening at Sundance, Berlinale, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and many more, and winning the World Cinema Directing Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Intimate and bold, the performances by Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Billie) and Del Herbert-Jane (James) are extraordinary.
Wai Tung is a Taiwanese man living in New York with his boyfriend Simon, but who decides to enter a green card marriage with a Chinese female artist, Wei Wei, in order to appease the parents who do not know he is gay. When Wai Tung’s parents decide to travel to New York for the wedding, hilarity ensues! Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globe Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, and winner of the Golden Berlin Bear at the Berlinale, The Wedding Banquet is a delightful and visually stimulating farce from Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee.
Happy Pride! Make the most of this glorious month, and marathon the full Faces of Pride collection. And for extra credit, don’t miss our Spotlights on LGBTQIA+ Kids and Breaking Binary.