Film Series

Born in Flames: New Queer Cinema

 
 
Oct 9—Oct 16, 2012
 
 
 
 
 
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Angered by the homophobic policies of Reaganism and Thatcherism and defiant against the terror of the AIDS epidemic, a crop of young queer filmmakers emerged in the early 90s with formally radical, transgressive films that rejected heteronormativity in favor of unapologetically queer stories directed toward queer audiences. Twenty years ago critic B. Ruby Rich posited in an influential Sight & Sound article that these films were part of a New Queer Cinema movement and that many of them were linked by methods of “appropriation and pastiche, irony, as well as a reworking of history with social constructionism very much in mind . . . irreverent, energetic, alternately minimalist and excessive.” BAMcinématek marks LGBT History Month and the 25th National Coming Out Day with this look back at a seminal cultural movement.


 
PAST EVENTS
Film
The Watermelon Woman
 

This playful entry in the feminist cinema canon is the first feature directed by a black lesbian.

Tue, Oct 9, 2012
 
 
Film
Born in Flames
 

Diverse feminist factions unite to fight for their rights in this lo-fi, sci-fi polemic.

Tue, Oct 9, 2012
 
 
Film
The Hours and Times + Grapefruit
 

John Lennon and The Beatles' gay manager engage in a verbal tango in Christopher Munch's debut.

Thu, Oct 11, 2012
 
 
Film
All Over Me
 

A riot grrrl coming-of-age/coming-out drama set in a fiery mid-90s Hell’s Kitchen.

Thu, Oct 11, 2012
 
 
Film
Poison + Sodom
 

Todd Haynes' debut is a jolt of queer energy that explores alienation, paranoia, and AIDS.

Fri, Oct 12, 2012
 
 
Film
Paris is Burning
 

A groundbreaking camp chronicle of New York's costume ball gay subculture.

Fri, Oct 12, 2012
 
 
Film
Totally F***ed Up
 

An abrasive, vibrant portrait of gay teens in LA living under the specter of AIDS.

Sat, Oct 13, 2012
 
 
Film
No Skin Off My Ass + The Yo-Yo Gang
 

Queer-core godfather Bruce LaBruce’s grainy, dirty first feature.

Sat, Oct 13, 2012
 
 
Film
My Own Private Idaho
 

Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix star in this seminal road movie cum Shakespeare pastiche.

Sun, Oct 14, 2012
 
 
Film
Edward II
 

A delirious portrait of a king's rise and fall, from UK's queer enfant terrible.

Sun, Oct 14, 2012
 
 
Film
Looking for Langston + Tongues Untied
 

Two powerfully polemical touchstones of black gay cinema.

Mon, Oct 15, 2012
 
 
Film
ACT UP Shorts
 
A collection of shorts by artists associated with ACT UP.
Mon, Oct 15, 2012
 
 
Film
Playhouse: Shorts
 

A collection of essential short films by Sadie Benning, Su Friedrich, and Peggy Ahwesh.

Tue, Oct 16, 2012
 
 
Film
The Delta + Sleepy Haven
 

Ira Sachs' Memphis-set debut is a languid portrait of unfulfilled desire and alienation.

Tue, Oct 16, 2012