“This retrospective is devoted to films that immerse viewers, if only for a scene or two, in social spaces that are now perilously close to extinction: nightspots catering to queer women. Some of these movies were shot, however briefly, in situ in actual legendary lez bars (all of which are now shuttered); others in wholly fabricated lavender boîtes. Whether real or fictional, these clubs abound with promise, unpredictability, lust, and heartache—the inevitable result of bodies mingling, dancing, flirting, and more in close quarters.”—Melissa Anderson, series curator


Series curated and program notes written by Melissa Anderson, film editor of 4Columns. Special thanks to Thomas Beard, L. Franklin Gilliam, Erin Johnson, Sophia Larigakis, and Jenni Olson.

Leilah Weinraub


“There’s something about a shared sexual experience.”

By Jessica Dunn Rovinelli

An interview with Shakedown director Leilah Weinraub.


Gateways Drug

By Melissa Anderson

The Killing of Sister George and Lezzie London Clubbing

Past Screening


Directed by Paris Poirier

Poirier’s evocative documentary gathers several West Coast lez luminaries, here fondly recalling their wild nights at Maud’s, a popular lavender watering hole that stood from 1966 to 1989 in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district.

Last available Jul 8 2022

Past Screening


Directed by Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith’s hackle-raising romcom in which two comic-book artists—a lesbian and a straight man—have a brief, tumultuous relationship.

Last available Jun 26 2022