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Asian American cinematic bests: CAAMFest 2021's screenings, panels online

Asian American cinematic bests: CAAMFest 2021's screenings, panels online

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • May 11, 2021

CAAMFest, the nation's largest festival of Asian American and Asian film, food, and music presents a dynamic program from May 13 to 23. The festival will feature virtual screenings, panels and performances, even drive-in movies.

Together Together: Trans actress Patti Harrison shines in lead role

Together Together: Trans actress Patti Harrison shines in lead role

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • May 4, 2021

Though Ed Helms is top billed, its transgender comedian Patti Harrison who walks away with the top acting honors in 'Together Together, Nikole Beckwith's charming new comedy/drama about the relationship between a prospective single dad and his surrogate.

Festive films from afar: OUTshine Film Festival highlights

Festive films from afar: OUTshine Film Festival highlights

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Apr 27, 2021

South Florida's OUTshine Film Festival streams a variety of LGBT-themed feature films though May 2. From dance history to coming of age in Switzerland, variety is the new queer cinema.

Policing police: the Lavender Tube on crime shows, real and not-so

Policing police: the Lavender Tube on crime shows, real and not-so

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Apr 20, 2021

Various forms of police and detective procedurals are the top-ranked series on TV and streaming services. How does that align with what is happening out in the real world to Black and brown, LGBTQ and disabled people—the primary targets?

Documenting David: Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F**ker

Documenting David: Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F**ker

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Apr 20, 2021

"When I contracted AIDS, I contracted a diseased society as well," is the opening quote from the new searing documentary about the late David Wojnarowicz, a scathing iconoclastic artist, cultural critic, writer, musician, photographer, and filmmaker.

Filmfests offer a queer eye: Frameline presales, OUTshine, CAAMfest host online, drive-in screenings

Filmfests offer a queer eye: Frameline presales, OUTshine, CAAMfest host online, drive-in screenings

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Apr 16, 2021

Four fabulous film festivals are rolling out their ticketing plans, with online screening schedules and even some fun drive-in shows. Get the reel deal info on Frameline, OUTshine, Livable Planet and CAAMfest movie events with LGBT content.

Andra Day in 'The United States v. Billie Holiday'

Andra Day in 'The United States v. Billie Holiday'

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Apr 13, 2021

The queer, Black classic that everyone in the LGBTQ community deserves is here. 'The United States v. Billie Holiday,' as a film, is an indictment, instructional guide and spiritual love letter rolled into one.

SF Film Festival 2021; a few fave flicks

SF Film Festival 2021; a few fave flicks

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Apr 6, 2021

SFFilm is making big changes to accommodate the pandemic for its 64th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival to be held from April 9-18 that will include primarily online streaming and in-person events at the Fort Mason Flix drive-in theater.

Screen times: Film coverage in the B.A.R. through 50 years, part 2

Screen times: Film coverage in the B.A.R. through 50 years, part 2

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Apr 6, 2021

As the 1990s approached, films began to offer more positive portrayals of LGBTQ people, often as the loyal best friend, with characters beginning to be more fleshed out, having lives rooted in their sexuality but not necessarily ruled only by it.

Groove Tube: the B.A.R.'s five decades of TV turn-ons

Groove Tube: the B.A.R.'s five decades of TV turn-ons

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Apr 6, 2021

It is hard to narrow the discourse to just a handful of TV shows over so many years and hundreds of columns, but here are some of the LGBTQ stories that spurred controversy or altered the landscape.

Screen times: B.A.R. film coverage through 50 years, part 1

Screen times: B.A.R. film coverage through 50 years, part 1

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Mar 30, 2021

It wasn't until the third issue of the 'Bay Area Reporter' in 1971 that the rationale for having a film section was revealed by its first critic. 100s of film reviews since then have catalogued the rise of indie and mainstream cinematic LGBT depiction.

The Pretender: Fran Lebowitz' Netflix series excavates New York City

The Pretender: Fran Lebowitz' Netflix series excavates New York City

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Mar 23, 2021

There's an unintended poignancy to 'Pretend It's A City,' the new limited-series documentary on Netflix, showcasing author, public speaker, and humorist Fran Lebowitz. Filmed in 2019, it portrays a vibrant Manhattan chock full of people.

Aretha Franklin: Genius - National Geographic series dramatizes the life of The Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin: Genius - National Geographic series dramatizes the life of The Queen of Soul

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Mar 16, 2021

Singer-songwriter Aretha Franklin's life and career is dramatized in National Geographic's five-part series, which also serves as a testament to Franklin's talent and determination amid decades of civil rights inroads for Black culture and women in music.

Space, grace, erased: The Lavender Tube on 'Pose,' 'For All Mankind' & trans erasure in news

Space, grace, erased: The Lavender Tube on 'Pose,' 'For All Mankind' & trans erasure in news

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Mar 9, 2021

The multi-award-winning 'Pose' will end after Season 3; 'For All Mankind' features a lesbian astronaut; 'Clarice' quotes Audre Lorde; news media's taken to task for under-reporting the murder of trans women.