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.
Musician Topaz Jones and directing duo rubberband. reimagine the Black ABCs in this Sundance-winning short film.
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