Fandor Announces 2014 QUEER CINEMA SPOTLIGHT for Pride Month
Fandor, the leading curated subscription streaming service and home to the most extensive, expertly-curated LGBTQ library (available here), announces their 2014 Queer Cinema Spotlight for Pride Month.
Twenty-two films make up the series launching on June 10th, including films by Todd Haynes, Su Friedrich, Wong Kar-wai, Jean Genet, Todd Verow, Monika Treut, Derek Jarman and Cheryl Dunye and introducing the Fandor premiere of Marlon Riggs' landmark film exploring the African-American gay community, TONGUES UNTIED.
Groundbreaking as much for its mixture of documentary, autobiographical and narrative styles as for its portrayal of the lives of black gay men, Riggs' 1990 Teddy-winning film was among the first to address this largely taboo subject.
"This list represents only a handful of the exceptional LGBTQ films that we are delighted to offer," stated Jonathan Marlow, Fandor's co-founder and Chief Content Officer. "Unlike other streaming services, Fandor meticulously selects titles for our extensive library in order to bring many of the greatest films (LGBTQ and otherwise) available to our members."
The series is a mix of well-known and award-winning films, including Todd Haynes 1991 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning POISON, Wong Kar-wai's Cannes "Best Director" award-winning HAPPY TOGETHER, Xavier Dolan's Prix Regards Jeune-winning I KILLED MY MOTHER, Cheryl Dunye's Teddy-winning THE WATERMELON WOMAN and Monika Treut's VIRGIN MACHINE as well as some that are more of a rarity, including Jean Genet's long-censored 1950 underground French gay "porn" film UN CHANT D'AMOUR.
Other films in the series include: Todd Verow's VACATIONLAND, Paul Humfress and Derek Jarman's SEBASTIANE, John Scagliotti's AFTER STONEWALL, Bill Sherwood's 1986 independent hit PARTING GLANCES, Angélique Bosio's documentary about Bruce La Bruce, The Advocate FOR FAGDOM, Christopher Larkin's A VERY NATURAL THING, Daniel Laabs' 2014 short film EASY, Gene Nash's DINAH EAST, Sébastien Lifshitz's COME UNDONE, Su Friedrich's HIDE AND SEEK and THE LESBIAN AVENGERS EAT FIRE, TOO (co-directed with Janet Baus), Enrique Buchichio LEO'S ROOM, Kerthy Fix's Le Tigre documentary WHO TOOK THE BOMP? and Lucia Puenzo's XXY.
Highlights of the 2014 Fandor Queer Spotlight Films:
TONGUES UNTIED (1989)
55 min, directed by Marlon Riggs
The seminal documentary on Black gay life, Emmy Award-winning director Marlon T. Riggs' 1989 Tongues Untied uses poetry, personal testimony, rap and performance (featuring poet Essex Hemphill and others), to describe the homophobia and racism that confront Black gay men.
HAPPY TOGETHER (1997)
96 min, directed by Wong Kar-wai
Winner of the Best Director Prize at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together is a cinematic balancing act, a stunning display of filmmaking style and a touching love story evenly mixed into one film. Hong Kong and world cinema have never seen anything quite like it. Tony Leung and Leslie Cheung, two of Hong Kong's biggest stars, play a pair of gay lovers living out the waning days of their relationship as expatriates in Buenos Aires.
PARTING GLANCES (1986)
90 min, directed by Bill Sherwood
Heroic, funny and romantic, Parting Glances is a triumph for everyone who has ever been in love, straight or gay. Parting Glances, a pioneering film of gay cinema, is about the loyalties of friendship and the vicissitudes of romantic love. It's about the relationship between gays and straights. And it's about how we all try to do our jobs, be there for our friends and keep a love affair going, all at the same time.
85 min, directed by Todd Haynes
The second feature directed by Todd Haynes, Poison is a groundbreaking American independent film and was the most fervently debated film of the 1990s as well as a trailblazing landmark of queer cinema. A work of immense visual invention, Haynes' spectacular follow-up to his legendary Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story is audacious, disturbing and thrillingly cinematic.
UN CHANT D'AMOUR (1950)
25 min, directed by Jean Genet
Originally made for Parisian gay porn collectors in 1950, Un chant d'amour is visually reminiscent of Jean Cocteau's Blood Of A Poet and Kenneth Anger's Fireworks. The story, set in a prison with three main characters, a guard and two prisoners, is a voyeuristic, confrontational, poetic masterpiece. Despite all elements of his writings being present, Jean Genet actually denounced the making of this film when he became popular as a novelist. Forbidden in France upon its release, and only available in the United States in a censored form and through underground distribution, Un chant d'amour is presented here in its complete version with a new transfer.
THE WATERMELON WOMAN (1997)
84 min, directed by Cheryl Dunye
Cheryl Dunye's debut feature is as controversial as it is sexy and funny. Cheryl is a twenty-something black lesbian working as a clerk in a video store while struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, an obscure black actress from the 1930s. Cheryl is surprised to discover that Richards (known popularly as "the Watermelon Woman") had a white lesbian lover. At the same time, Cheryl falls in love with a very cute white customer at the video store (Guinevere Turner from GO FISH).
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