Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Classics
MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE (1985)
Saturday, June 3 at 11:00am
Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30pm
Omar (Gordon Warnecke) hires his school friend (Daniel Day-Lewis), a former Fascist and current lover, to do the graft in converting his laundrette into a veritable palace. This is an unacceptable role reversal for Johnny’s former bullyboy friends who are unable to understand his change of heart.
BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER (1999)
Saturday, June 10 at 11:00am
Tuesday, June 13 at 7:30pm
This whimsically edgy comedy, directed by Jamie Babbit, follows teenager Megan (Natasha Lyonne), whose suburban existence ﬁlled with friends, cheerleading, and all-American fun is upended when her straight-laced parents suspect she may be a lesbian. In a panic, they send her to True Directions, a “rehabilitation” camp run by the strict and prudish Mary (Cathy Moriarty), to mount an intervention led by counselor Mike (RuPaul Charles). Megan dutifully follows the program — until she develops feelings for another camper (Clea DuVall) in this timeless, satirical romantic-comedy about self-acceptance and love, also costarring Melanie Lynskey, Eddie Cibrian, and Michelle Williams.
SAVING FACE (2004)
Saturday, June 17 at 11:00am
Tuesday, June 20 at 7:30pm
When 48-year-old widow Hwei-Lan Gao (Joan Chen) informs her less-than understanding father she’s pregnant, he banishes her from Flushing until she remarries or proves Immaculate Conception. With nowhere else to go, Hwei-Lan moves in with her grown daughter, Wil (Michelle Krusiec), a Manhattan doctor who doesn’t want a roommate, especially since she’s met Viv (Lynn Chen), her sexy young lover. So Wil does what any dutiful child with an expectant, unmarried mother on her hands would do: she proceeds to set Hwei-Lan up with every eligible bachelor in town.
Saturday, June 24 at 11:00am
Tuesday, June 27 at 7:30pm
A rousing success at its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, this deeply felt human drama is the feature debut of writer/director Dee Rees. Adepero Oduye portrays Alike (pronounced “ah-lee-kay”), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. A gifted student, Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the support of her best friend Laura (Pernell Walker), she is especially eager to find a girlfriend. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity.
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