The landmark Pioneers of Queer Cinema retrospective, with free in-person screenings presented by The UCLA Film & Television Archive, IndieCollect, and Outfest, continues in Los Angeles this weekend.
Saturday, February 26th at 7:30pm sees a triple bill featuring Gregg Araki’s The Living End (1992), accompanied by the short films, Tom Chomont’s Oblivion (1969) and Sadie Benning’s If Every Girl Had a Diary (1990), with an in-person conversation between filmmaker Gregg Araki and actor Mike Dytri conducted by Tangerine director Sean Baker.
The following evening, Sunday, February 27th at 7pm, another triple bill will be presented as part of the series, Connie B. Demille’s Always on Sunday (1962), Michelle Parkerson’s Stormé: The Lady of the Jewel Box (1987), and Jennie Livingston’s Paris is Burning (1990). Filmmaker Jennie Livingston, film participants Sol Williams and Freddie Pendavis, and producer Natalie Hill will be in attendance for a Q&A moderated by Miss Peppermint.
Continuing on various dates until March 28th 2022, this diverse screening series spans seven decades and comprises 33 works, from Kenneth Anger’s hypnotic and poetically erotic short Fireworks produced in 1947, to Zackary Drucker’s captivating and beautifully layered experimental short At Least You Know You Exist featuring Flawless Sabrina from 2011. Read more from James Kleinmann on the Pioneers of Queer Cinema retrospective and visit The UCLA Film & Television archive website for detailed film descriptions and to register for free tickets while available.
Pioneers of Queer Cinema runs until March 28th 2022. All below screenings are in-person at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024. Click on the film titles for more details and to register for free tickets while available. Envisioned as a North American tour, the series is available to venues to screen these rarities, new restorations and venerated classics.
Schedule and guest speakers subject to change
Oblivion / If Every Girl Had a Diary / The Living End, February 26th at 7:30pm. In-person: filmmaker Gregg Araki and actor Mike Dytri in conversation with filmmaker Sean Baker.
Always on Sunday / Stormé / Paris is Burning, February 27th at 7pm. In-person: filmmaker Jennie Livingston, film participants Sol Williams and Freddie Pendavis, and producer Natalie Hill. Q&A moderated by Miss Peppermint.
Trevor / Word is Out, March 7th at 7:30pm. In-person: filmmaker Peggy Rajski.
Fireworks / Seascape / At Least You Know You Exist / Nitrate Kisses, March 11th at 7:30pm. In-person: Q&A with filmmaker Zackary Drucker; Florrie Burke, widow of Barbara Hammer.
Changes / Coming Out / The Times of Harvey Milk, March 12th at 7:30pm. In-person: filmmaker Rob Epstein. Q&A moderated by actor and filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell.
A Comedy in Six Unnatural Acts / The Watermelon Woman, March 14th at 7:30pm. In-person:
filmmaker Jan Oxenberg. Video Q&A with filmmaker Cheryl Dunye.
Jerovi / Testament / Confessions / My Hustler, March 18th at 7:30pm. In-person: Intro by Bradford Nordeen, Creative Director of Dirty Looks INC.
Blackstar / Choosing Children, March 20th at 7pm. Video intro by filmmaker Mimi (Kim) Klausner.
Behind Every Good Man / Dottie Gets Spanked / Parting Glances, March 21st at 7:30pm.
Blue Diary / Memento Mori / Desert Hearts, March 28th at 7:30pm. In-person: Q&A with filmmakers Jim Hubbard, Jenni Olson, moderated by Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Women in Film. Q&A with filmmaker Donna Deitch, moderated by Merynn Johns.