The seminal short film O Happy Day imagines the early days of gay liberation for black gay men. Lofton juxtaposes images of black men from late 60s and early 70s films with images of Black Panther Party demonstrations, as a way of intentionally revising history. The soundtrack is punctuated by a 1970 quotation from Black Panther leader Huey Newton:
"There's nothing to say that a homosexual cannot also be a revolutionary. Quite on the contrary, maybe a homosexual could be the most revolutionary..."
O Happy Day blurs the difference between the Black Power movement and the Gay Power movement, and instead focuses on the similarities between the two.
In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. Such raids were not unusual in the late 1960s, an era when homosexual sex was illegal in every state but Illinois. That night, however, the street erupted into violent protests and demonstrations that lasted for the next six days.
The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.
Running Time: 83 mins
Filmmakers: David Heilbroner, Kate Davis
An inspiring documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. Utilizing oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well as rare archival footage, the film depicts the efforts of ACT UP as it battles corporate greed, social indifference, and government neglect.
The film takes the viewer through the planning and execution of a half dozen exhilarating major actions including Seize Control of the FDA, Stop the Church, and Day of Desperation, with a timeline of many of the other actions that forced the U.S. government and mainstream media to deal with the AIDS crisis. UNITED IN ANGER reveals the group's complex culture - meetings, affinity groups, and approaches to civil disobedience mingle with profound grief, sexiness, and the incredible energy of ACT UP.
This acclaimed documentary screened at dozens of universities, museums and film festivals, including Hot Docs, Frameline and Outfest.
Running Time: 94 mins
Filmmaker: Jim Hubbard
When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina transwoman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case; an activist attorney, a transgender journalist, and Jennifer's mother, galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of U.S. imperialism.
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. Nominated for Outstanding Documentary at the GLAAD Media Awards.
Running Time: 98 mins
Filmmaker: PJ Raval
Fifty conversations exploring the many different shades of being "gay" in America. This conversation focuses on the degrees and varying perceptions about how people define themselves, their lives, struggles and triumphs.
Official Selection at over twenty festivals, including the Soho Film Festival.
"It is an honest, considerate and necessary conversation." - Amyana Bartley, Film Inquiry
Running Time: 85 mins
Filmmaker: Jill Salvino