Posts tagged with "LGBT"

Chavela – 9/28

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Through its lyrical structure, Chavela will take viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing artist Chavela Vargas. Centered around never before-seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012, and guided by the stories in Chavela’s songs, and the myths and tales others have told about her – as well as those she spread about herself – the film weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being. Discussion with directors to follow. Directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi, documentary, 90 minutes, USA, 2017.

I am Not Your Negro – 10/3

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In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House.” The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. Panel discussion led by professor Kimberly McLarin to follow. Directed by Raoul Peck, documentary, 93 minutes, USA, 2017.

The Witness – 11/7

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Kitty Genovese became synonymous with apathy after news that she was stabbed to death on a New York City street while 38 witnesses did nothing. Forty years later, her brother decides to find the truth. He uncovers a lie that transformed his life, condemned a city and defined an era. Discussion with director James Solomon and subject Bill Genovese to follow. Documentary, 89 minutes, USA, 2015.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson – 11/14

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David France directed this documentary look at the life of Marsha P. Johnson, a notable activist for trans rights in New York City who was found dead in 1992. France enlists Johnson’s former friends and activists to reconstruct her life of political advocacy and try to piece together the events that led to her death. Discussion with the director and producer L.A. Teodisio to follow. Documentary, 105 minutes, USA, 2017.

Stumped – 12/5

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When filmmaker Will Lautzenheiser’s limbs are amputated, his life is derailed and he turns to stand-up comedy as therapy. Meanwhile, a world-famous medical team is performing transplants that restore bodies to unprecedented levels. Despite grave risks, Will agrees to undergo an experimental double-arm transplant in the hope of reclaiming his independence. Discussion with director Robin Berghaus and subject, Will Lautenheiser to follow. Documentary, 72 minutes, USA, 2017.

Tom of Finland – 12/7

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Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with persecution of the homosexual and men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specializing in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ – became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution. Discussion led by faculty member and The New York Times Magazine Writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis to follow. Directed by Dome Karukoski, Drama, 115 minutes, Finland, 2017

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