Fabulous: The Story of Queer Cinema
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L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: A look at lgbt independent filmmakers in the US.
Duration: 83 min
MPAA: Not Rated
|Director: Lisa Ades, Lesli Klainberg
Starring: Randy Barbato, Dan Bucatinsky, Jonathan Caouette, Ash Christian, John Cooper, Wilson Cruz, Alan Cumming, Donna Deitch, Arthur Dong, Alonso Duralde, Marga Gómez, Stephen Gutwillig, Todd Haynes, Marcus Hu, Randy Jones, Nina Landey, Ang Lee, Jennie Livingston, Jane Lynch, Heather Matarazzo, Ian McKellen, John Cameron Mitchell, Michael Musto, Tommy O’Haver, Jenni Olson, Peter Paige, Patrik-Ian Polk, Billy Porter, B. Ruby Rich, Angela Robinson, Don Roos, James Schamus, Michelangelo Signorile, Rose Troche, Guinevere Turner, Christine Vachon, Gus Van Sant, Andy Warhol, John Waters, Stephen Winter, Alice Wu
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In 1995, The Celluloid Closet covered the history of gay and lesbian representations in US film, with a focus on mainstream movies. This IFC (Independent Film Channel) documentary follows up with a look at independent lgbt filmmakers in the US, and ends with mainstream productions like Brokeback Mountain, which involve more established filmmakers beginning to add gay and lesbian elements to their projects.
Early 1960s and 70s filmmakers who really pioneered a new queer cinema are discussed, moving into the age of AIDS, the importance of documentaries to political movements, and the explosion of independent filmmaking in the 1990s. Gay and lesbian films began winning at Sundance and have been a key component of independent film ever since. What may have originally been predominantly white gay men’s films have broadened into representation from a much larger expanse of the lgbt community, including racial and ethnic diversity and transgender characters.
Lesbian actors, directors, writers, producers and critics interviewed include Donna Deitch (Desert Hearts, Common Ground, The Women of Brewster Place), Marga Gómez (Laughing Matters, The D Word, Desi’s Looking for a New Girl), Nina Landey (Treading Water), Jennie Livingston (Paris Is Burning), Jane Lynch (Glee, Best in Show, ‘The L Word’), Heather Matarazzo (Welcome to the Dollhouse, ‘The Rules: A Lesbian Survival Guide’), Jenni Olson (Homo Promo, The Joy of Life), B. Ruby Rich, Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S., ‘The L Word’), Rose Troche (Go Fish, ‘The L Word,’ ‘South of Nowhere’), Guinevere Turner (Go Fish, The Watermelon Woman, ‘The L Word,’ The Owls), Christine Vachon (A Dirty Shame, Boys Don’t Cry, Go Fish) and Alice Wu (Saving Face). (AB)