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Film Studies @ Webster University Libraries
A guide for undergraduate students studying Film Studies at Webster University
When filmmaker Peter Adair discovered he was infected with the HIV virus, he made this film, interweaving his own narration with interviews of 11 men and women also infected with the virus. Ranging in age from 17 to 60, the group represents a wide variety of lifestyles, ethnicities, and risk groups - attesting to the ever present reality that AIDS spares no one.
A social history of homosexuality in America from the 1920s to 1969, showing how this group has moved from a secret shame to the status of a publicly viable minority group. Tells how a group consciousness coalesced after the 1969 police raid on Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, and the three-day riot that followed gained them national publicity and the birth of the gay movement.
"This informative video provides an engrossing account of the coming-out process of gay and lesbian youth and illuminates the special difficulties these teens face at home and at school. Interviews with adolescents and their parents are interwoven with expert commentary from Dr. Wendy Rosen and dramatic vignettes performed by a theater group of gay and lesbian teens."
Film of 1977 lesbian and gay pride parades and marches throughout the United States. Intercut with on-the-street interviews with gay men and women on their lovers and how they came out. Note Webster-Eden: Non-profit public performance rights granted for school and library use.
"This program explores the origins of human sexuality. Examining the biological, genetic, psychological, and cultural roots of sexual behavior, it seeks to determine why some people are gay and others are not, what makes people gay or, for that matter, what determines any sexual orientation"--Container.
"Follows Levi, Rachael, and Tory to Pastor Becky Fischer's 'Kids on Fire' summer camp in Devil's Lake, North Dakota, where kids as young as 6 years-old are taught to become dedicated soldiers in 'God's army'. The film follows these children as they hone their 'prophetic gifts' and are schooled in how to 'take back America for Christ'" -- Container.
JoAnn Loulan and 12 other lesbians discuss their lives and philosophies. Other interviewees: Joan E. Biren, Joan Nestle, Barbara Grier, Los Weaver, Peggy Shaw, Donna J. McBride, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Deanie Williams, Betty Hollowell, Evin J. Evans, Emily W. Davis.
Documentary about the young homosexual men of Harlem who originated "voguing" and turned these stylized dance competitions into glittering expressions of fierce personal pride. A story of street-wise urban survival, gay self-affirmation, and the pursuit of a desperate dream.
March 24, 1962: Rival boxers Emile Griffith and Benny Paret entered the ring for their anticipated world title bout. Earlier Paret allegedly taunted his homosexual opponent with a slur. That night Griffith beat Paret to death in the ring. Tells the story through archival footage and new interviews with journalists, historians and others, and Griffith himself.
Assembles footage from over 120 films showing the changing face of cinema homosexuality from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist cinema of the 1990s. Many actors, writers and commentators provide anecdotes regarding the history of the role of gay men and lesbians on the silver screen.
A searing indictment of the Mormon Church's historic involvement in the promotion and passage of California's Proposition 8, and the Mormon religion's secretive, decades-long campaign against gay rights
"First feature documentary to explore the complex global intersections between Islam and homosexuality ... The film travels a wide geographic arc presenting us lives from India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa and France. Always filming in secret and as a Muslim, [filmmaker] Parvez [Sharma] makes the film from within the faith, depicting Islam with the same respect that the film's characters show for it"--Container.
In 1969 the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, leading to three nights of rioting by the city's gay community. With this outpouring of courage and unity the Gay Liberation Movement had begun. Chronicles the history of lesbian and gay life from the riots at Stonewall to the end of the century.
"Go onboard the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship for a joyous voyage, in which celebrity superstar Rosie O'Donnell and her family joined hundreds of other gay, lesbian, bisexual and straight families on a weeklong trip from New York to the Bahamas and back"--Container.
'All God's children' is a documentary short about the Black Church's embracement of African American lesbians and gay men as dedicated members of its spiritual family. Prominent religious, intellectual, and political leaders, family members, and activists speak out about the role of the church and the importance of a commitment to equal rights and social justice for all people."
"On February 19, 1999 in Sylacauga, Alabama, 39-year-old computer programmer Billy Jack Gaither was murdered--the victim of a violent hate crime. One of the convicted killers testified he killed Gaither because he was 'queer.'...On February 15, nearly one year after the Gaither murder, Frontline correspondent Forrest Sawyer explores the roots of homophobia in America"
Explores the power of youth and beauty in the gay community. A diverse group of man, ages 19 to 77, navigate their fears of becoming old, undesirable, and alone. This film also offers a male perspective on a historical female issue, and illuminates the larger societal obsession with physical appearance.
This program presents the accounts and stories of people who have recently taken the step of coming out. Interviewees and experts discuss the benefits of this important transition by examining the six stages of coming to terms with one's sexual identity. Teacher's guide available online.
"Issues of aging, immigration, self-identity, alienation and acceptance are explored in this critically-acclaimed film. Both personal and universal, Bubbeh Lee & me is a humorous portrait of an extraordinary, ordinary Jewish grandmother and a touching account of her gay grandson's search for his place in the world ..."
GLBTT talk about identity issues, the media, coming out, their family, their experiences in school and their hopes for the future. These young people share their personal stories with the hope that their experiences will foster a greater understanding of the issues faced by GLBTT youth. Professionals who work with GLBTT youth, including a psychologist, a human rights lawyer, a teacher and a hate crimes police officer also talk about some of the issues faced by these youth.
A documentary about a 27 year-old transgender seminary student, Malcolm Himschoot, and his struggle with faith, love and gender identity. In 1977, a boy was born in a girl's body. After several years of self-doubt and confusion, the boy learned that he was transgendered, and four years ago he took the necessary steps to externally live into the gender he had always been internally.
The history of gay men and women in World War Two. Gay men and lesbians who served in the United States military service during World War II discuss their experiences with the response of the military establishment towards their sexual orientation.
The story of the AIDS Memorial Quilt established by the San Francisco NAMES Project Foundation in 1987 to commemorate the lives lost to AIDS. From the thousands memorialized in the quilt, profiles five individuals--including a recovered IV drug user, a former Olympic decathlon star and a boy with hemophilia--whose stories reflect the diversity and common tragedy of those who have died from AIDS.
Tim Kirkman's Dear Jesse is the gay filmmaker's 'letter' to notoriously anti-gay Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC). The film features interviews with writers Lee Smith and Allan Gurganus, and the state's first openly gay mayor.
Reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture, and reveals that religious anti-gay bias is based almost solely upon a misinterpretation of the Bible. Through the experiences of five very normal, Christian, American familes - including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson - discover how people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child or family member
Highlights the turn of events on February 12, 2004, when Mayor Gavin Newsom began allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry at San Francisco City Hall. Interviews with seven long-term same-sex couples recount the joy of their relationship and/or marriage and the pain of living in a society that has failed to recognize them as devoted, loving human beings.
"This ABC News program uses the landmark Lawrence v. Texas case and the legalization of gay marriage in Canada to shed light on the future of gay marriage in the U.S. Changing attitudes toward homosexuality in general are addressed as well"--Container.
Spiro takes off on a year-long whimsical sole adventure to create portraits of gay and lesbian Southerners. Individuals featured in the program address the politics of being openly gay in the South, the impact of AIDS in small towns, and the relation between the gay and civil rights movements.
This touching portrait, told through the Beau Riley's poetry, art and spoken words, depicts his inner and outer journey as he cared for his lover, David Whitmore, during his illness and death, when at the same time confronting his own illness and impending death.
Features Jennifer Miller, juggler and director of Circus Amok. Miller speaks of her life and struggle as a lesbian woman who happens to have a moustache and beard. Includes scenes of circus performances, a gay rights parade, Miller interacting with friends, family, and strangers.
A look at the world's longest running lesbian bar, Maud's in San Francisco. Film interweaves rare archive film of the gay bar scene in the 1940s, the vice raids of the 1950s, the gay counter culture of the 1960s and "coming out" in the 1970s up until the bar closed its doors in 1989.
A documentation of the activities of the Lesbian Avengers, a lesbian activist group based in the New York City area. In it is shown how lesbians are demonstrating, by means of marches, rallies and other methods, for equal rights for lesbians, and for getting across the message that lesbians are just ordinary human beings like everybody else.
A journey into the minds of men whose contempt for homosexuals led them to murder. Videotaped confessions, home and police videos of gay bashings and murder scenes, news reports and graphic evidence from police files are fused together with interviews by the filmmaker with seven convicted killers.
Among the Zapotec Indians of Oaxaca, Mexico, boy babies who are born in a certain position, or little boys who prefer to play with girls, are raised as women, and are known as Muxes (pronounced "Mooshays").
This documentary looks at the growth of gay images on TV. Leading media scholars provide the historical and cultural context for exploring the social implications of these new representations. The film challenges viewers to consider the value and limits of available gay images: who is represented, what they get to say, and how people respond to them.
On February 12, 2004, Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco instructed city and county officials to allow lesbian and gay couples to marry. Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, founders of the first lesbian-rights organization and celebrating their 51st anniversary, were invited to be the first couple married.
In 1991 Puerto Ricans held the first-ever Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Transsexual Pride march. Eight years later, director Jorge Oliver documented the 1999 Pride March, now an annual event on the island.
(Out at work: original version) Looks at the lives of three gay works as they struggle to gain equal rights and eradicate homophobic treatment in the workplace. (Out at work: America undercover) Includes two of the stories found in the orginal version of Out at work as well as the story of a stock trader who was maltreated and sexually harassed by his employer because of his sexual orientation.
Reviews the struggle for lesbian and gay rights in the United States. Features the struggle of the Gay Straight Alliance at East High School in Salt Lake City as told by group's founder, Kelli Peterson.
Reveals politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation while leading secret lives, the double standards the media sets for these politicians, and the harm inflicted. Includes analysis from Congressman Barney Frank, former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, activist Larry Kramer, and others.
"In poems, stories, memoirs, and essays about color and culture, prejudice and love, and feminine trials, dozens of African-American women writers - some famous, many just discovered - give us a sense of a distinct inner voice and an engagement with their larger double culture."
"Reporter Zero is the first documentary film about journalist Randy Shilts' groundbreaking AIDS reporting and the struggles he faced trying to get the nation and his community to reckon with the devastating truth about AIDS.
Documentary examining the Boy Scouts of America policy against gays in the organization. Focuses on Steve Cozza, boy scout and activist against the policy, and relates the stories of others removed from the Boy Scout organization for being gay or for working to have the policy eliminated. "Moving from Petaluma, Calif. to the Supreme Court, the film chronicles a modern interpretation of the Scouting ideals of courage, citizenship, and honor."--Container.
"Screened to acclaim at Gay & Lesbian Film Festivals worldwide and LBGT events across the nation, this candid and courageous portrait of the 15-month female-to-male transition of Jay Snider explores both the emotional and physical changes of this profound experience. This intimate documentary takes the viewer step-by-step through Jay's motivations, hopes and day-by-day struggles, and poignantly captures his growing sense of himself as 'normal'"--Container.
"Explores what these students have done to transform their schools into safer and more welcoming environments. Interviews with students, parents, teachers, administrators and national activists highlight not only the need for transformation, but offer resources and advice for those actively working for change"--Container.
50 diverse students who take the viewer on a journey to see how popular pressures around gender and sexuality are shaping the lives of today's American teens. Demonstrates how gender-based expectations are deeply intertwined with homophobia, and also are impacted by race, ethnicity and class.
Examines the special difficulties that the aging LGBT community faces: lack of resources including social services, loss of longtime partners due to AIDS, poor representation and committment of governmental agencies, and lack of visibility to the younger LGBT population. Interviews and personal stories of four community elders are shared with the viewer, and positive efforts to address these issues are investigated.
This program on the Bill of Rights and its effect on the United States examines possible community responses to a request by a neo-Nazi group to demonstrate in a public place. It features a panel discussion among Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, ACLU President Nadine Strossen, Judge Robert Bork, Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy, and Kevin Berrill of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Relates the experiences of the filmmaker's mother, who lived in Ulm, Germany during the Third Reich. Uses archival footage, interviews and commentary to consider political responsponsibility and personal loss.
This program discusses reproduction and motherhood in the hyper-patriarchal societies of Latin America. Women on different economic and social levels discuss such topics as working mothers, and how the extended family contributes to child-rearing; the sterilization movement; abortion; gay parenting; manipulation of women's reproductive rights by governments; and how access to medical services varies from country to country.
This film "is a tribute to the joy and complexity of Black gay life. Using poetry, personal testimony, rap and performance, 'Tongues untied' describes the homophobia and racism that confront Black gay men."
Documentary on same-sex marriage which provides a historical and legal perspective. Contains archival footage, news clips, and interviews. Examines the institution of marriage today and how it has changed through history. Explores rights, privilege and love as gay activists and right-wing politicians lock horns in the fight for marriage
Inspired by the book of the same name edited by Robert Trachtenburg, more than 150 people in five cities were surveyed about the experience of realizing they were gay. In the resulting film, 16 interviewees--of different ages, sexes, and lifestyles--share their stories describing their own "when I knew" moment.