Twin Peaks Tavern documentary's benefit screening July 10

by Jim Provenzano

Twin Peaks Tavern in the 1970s
Twin Peaks Tavern in the 1970s  

A Castro district institution for decades, the historic Twin Peaks Tavern is the subject of a 2019 documentary, to be screened as an online fundraiser July 10.

Co-directed by lesbian partners Petey Barma and Bret Parker (and produced by Parker), the documentary includes interviews with longtime patrons, and offers a nostalgic reflection on gay life in San Francisco since the 1960s.

Additionally, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus recorded Jake Monaco's original song for the film, which premiered at Frameline in 2019, right down the street from the bar at The Castro Theatre.

As Barma states on the film's fundraising page, "The film is the story of the intersection between the historic Twin Peaks Tavern, the first gay bar in the United States that had clear windows, and the men who have been going there for 46 years."

"In 1972, this was an extremely bold statement to make because being gay was still against the law and being seen in a gay bar could easily be the end of a career, family, etc. The film takes us on fun, brave, poignant and very important journey of much more than a bar and it's patrons. It shows how one place can shine the light on an entire community and bring change to the world."

For information about the film and the July 10 online screening ($10 and up), visit https://www.throughthewindows.com/.

Donations for the fundraiser are also being accepted at https://www.gofundme.com/f/through-the-windows-documentary

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