Queer 90s

October 5 to October 24

The 1990s was a watershed decade for the visibility of queer bodies in independent, documentary, experimental, and studio films. The emergence of “New Queer Cinema,” a movement of filmmakers reacting to the rightward shift in culture and the specter of the AIDS plague, produced formally radical and
political works about, and specifically for, LGBTQ audiences; directors Gus Van Sant, Rose Troche, and Todd Haynes emerged as major talents, while producer Christine Vachon ushered films by Haynes, Troche, Tom Kalin, and Kimberly Pierce to the screen. Throughout the rest of the 90s, international filmmakers such as Pedro Almodóvar would become established in the mainstream by warmly portraying queer characters; Hollywood films would finally center on LGBTQs by subverting and embracing their clichés, new experimental classics would emerge by artists like Sadie Benning, and legendary avant-garde filmmakers Warren Sonbert and Derek Jarman would make their final films before succumbing to the disease. “Queer 90s” is a by-no-means comprehensive portrait of the decade, but rather a snapshot of the years that acted as a bridge from Stonewall to wedding announcements in the paper of record.

Capping off “Queer ‘90s” is a special 20th anniversary, week-long revival run of Cheryl Dunye's The Watermelon Woman beginning November 10th in a new restoration.

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