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Whitney Houston and her daughter remembered: new documentary explores the star's rise and tragic fall

Whitney Houston and her daughter remembered: new documentary explores the star's rise and tragic fall

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Feb 2, 2021

'Whitney & Bobbi Kristina: Didn't We Almost Have It All?' delves into more of the personal, human side of the legendary music icon Whitney Houston, her interpersonal relationships and the consequences of poor choices.

Indiefest's queer flick picks

Indiefest's queer flick picks

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 30, 2021

The 23rd annual SF Indiefest will screen dozens of feature and short films online February 4-21, including three world premieres. Here are some short write-ups of LGBT-interest —or just somewhat queer— films.

Larger than life: 'Dirtwoman' documentary recalls counterculture drag queen

Larger than life: 'Dirtwoman' documentary recalls counterculture drag queen

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jan 27, 2021

No one who's lived in Richmond, Virginia during the past fifty years will ever forget Dirtwoman. Donnie Corker was a colorful, counter-culture drag character in a town that is filled with counterculture eccentrics.

'Supernova' - the stars align in Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci's gay film

'Supernova' - the stars align in Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci's gay film

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 26, 2021

Straight Colin Firth is playing gay again, in Harry Macqueen's 'Supernova,' and given his empathetic role, with Stanley Tucci as his husband, this time could potentially snag his second Oscar.

Brazil's LGBT refugees tell their stories in the short film 'Hazte Sentir'

Brazil's LGBT refugees tell their stories in the short film 'Hazte Sentir'

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 24, 2021

The short film 'Hazte Sentir (Make Yourself Heard)' documents a moment in the lives of LGBT refugees in Manaus, the largest city in Brazil's Amazonas state. Cineola and Frameline share the collaborative film free online.

Welcome to the 'Doll' house: an interview with gay writer-filmmaker Jesús Canchola Sánchez

Welcome to the 'Doll' house: an interview with gay writer-filmmaker Jesús Canchola Sánchez

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 19, 2021

Author and filmmaker Jesús Canchola Sánchez's new bilingual children's book 'Pepito Has a Doll' challenges stereotypes about masculinity in teen boys.

'Queer Japan's colorful mosaic Graham Kolbeins' - new documentary visualizes diverse Asian subcultures

'Queer Japan's colorful mosaic Graham Kolbeins' - new documentary visualizes diverse Asian subcultures

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jan 19, 2021

Graham Kolbeins' new documentary 'Queer Japan' is a colorful and sometimes dizzying portrait of LGBT life in several major Japanese cities, starting with Tokyo.

Louise Hay short documentary airs on POV

Louise Hay short documentary airs on POV

  • Jan 18, 2021

A new short documentary explores the phenomenon of Louise Hays' popularity during the AIDS crisis. Using all archival materials, director Matt Wolf takes viewers back to 1988 Los Angeles in his 18-minute short film.

Cary Grant's 'Brilliant Disguise': Scott Eyman's biography recounts the actor's life

Cary Grant's 'Brilliant Disguise': Scott Eyman's biography recounts the actor's life

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jan 12, 2021

How small-town Brit Archie Leach became Cary Grant and how Grant finally assimilated that identity towards the end of his life, is the core of Scott Eyman's comprehensive, dense, meticulously researched, well-sourced, and probably definitive biography.

Film Maudit fest streams experimental & queer films

Film Maudit fest streams experimental & queer films

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 12, 2021

Santa Monica's revered Highways Performance Space presents Film Maudit 2.0, a truly unusual selection of feature, short and experimental films, some that blend performance and cinema, and others with decidedly queer themes, Jan. 12-24.

A riveting Ma Rainey: Viola Davis stars in marvelous music biopic

A riveting Ma Rainey: Viola Davis stars in marvelous music biopic

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jan 12, 2021

The first few moments of 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' are electrifying. It's 1927 in rural Georgia. Hundreds of people, all of them Black, are lined up at the entrance to a huge tent. Inside, Ma Rainey, the Mother of the Blues, is singing her heart out.

When Marlene played the Bay: Dietrich's Concerts were a sensation

When Marlene played the Bay: Dietrich's Concerts were a sensation

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jan 5, 2021

The opportunity to see Marlene Dietrich in person came 23 years after her U.S. film dbut. In 1953 the Sahara Las Vegas offered her $30,000 per week to perform. And so her career as a cabaret singer was born. The film star later performed in San Francisco.

Best movies of 2020, part 2: LGBT cinema's best, plus honorable mentions

Best movies of 2020, part 2: LGBT cinema's best, plus honorable mentions

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jan 5, 2021

2020 will go down as a banner year for lesbian-themed films, both in terms of quality and visibility. Four of my picks for best queer movies of 2020 were lesbian-oriented and two others came very close to making the final cut.

Best movies of 2020, part 1

Best movies of 2020, part 1

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 28, 2020

LGBT themes in feature and documentary films expanded cinematic depictions this year. Here are half of our baker's dozen favorites.