OUT ON SCREEN 2014
Showings begin promptly at 7PM and take place in the Dreyfus University Center Theater. Linked to each title is that film’s trailer.
Tuesday, March 4th — Reaching for the Moon
The multi-award winning title Reaching for the Moon, set in the 1950s, recounts the true-life story of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop, who in mid-life left America to live and write in Rio de Janeiro. There she fell in love with Brazilian architect and social activist Lota de Macedo Soares. Initial hostilities between the pair gave way to a complicated yet long-lasting love that dramatically altered Bishop’s relationship to the world around her. Reaching for the Moon is in English and Portuguese with English subtitles.
Wednesday, March 5th — The New Black
The New Black is a documentary that explores how the African-American community is grappling with gay rights issues in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar of the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda. The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts to evolution of this divisive issue within the black community. This film is in English.
Monday, March 10th — Test
Test is an astutely crafted 1985 period drama set in San Francisco. Young Frankie navigates gay life in the big city alongside the travails of being an understudy for a modern dance company. When one of his fellow dancers is injured, Frankie must perform in his place. Todd – an established dancer in the company and the bad-boy to Frankie’s innocent – helps Frankie prepare. As Frankie and Todd’s friendship deepens, they navigate a world full of risk and hope. This film is in English.
Wednesday, March 12th — Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? is a madcap and lighthearted comedic romp from Taiwan. When the introverted optometrist Weichung learns that his wife Feng wants to have another child, he begins to question their marriage. At his sister’s engagement party, he bumps into Stephen, an old friend who is married but continues to live the life of a younger single gay man. When Stephen teases Weichung about his newly straight-laced lifestyle, it awakens dormant emotions in the shy optometrist and sets Weichung off on a quest for true romance and desire. This film is in Mandarin, Korean, and English with English subtitles.
Tuesday, March 25th — Valentine Road
Valentine Road is a documentary chronicling a 2008 tragedy that struck a suburban Californian schoolyard. When 14-year-old Brandon McInerey was asked by 15-year-old classmate Larry King to be his valentine, Brandon responded the next day by shooting Larry while in class. Valentine Road discusses the homophobia, sexism, racism, and class-struggle that informs everyday American life and reveals an unprepared justice system left to deal with the realities of teenage crime and punishment. This film is in English.
Thursday, April 3rd — Margarita
Margarita is a Canadian drama that tells the story of a Mexican, lesbian nanny. While her girlfriend, Jane, shies away from commitment, Margarita’s yuppie employers recognize a need to cut their expenses, starting with their daughter’s third parent and best friend. Faced with deportation to Mexico, Margarita learns to explore the meaning of family and love. This film is in English and Spanish with English subtitles.
Friday, April 4th — Kill Your Darlings
This feature film recounts the previously untold story of a murder that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs at Columbia University that would provide a spark leading to the Beat movement. This film is in English.
Monday, April 7th — All About My Mother
Shortly after she witnesses her son Esteban’s death, Manuela leaves Madrid for Barcelona in the hope of finding her ex-husband (and Esteban’s father) who is now working as a female impersonator. Once there, she encounters an eclectic group of characters who help Manuela find new purpose in the midst of her grief. Directed by noted auteur Pedro Almodóvar, All About My Mother is visually stylish, exceptionally acted, and emotionally riveting. One of the most lauded films in the history of Spanish cinema, it garnered numerous international awards, including Best Director at the Cannes Film Fest.
Wednesday. April 9th — Saving Face
Wil Pang is a 28-year-old Chinese-American New Yorker whose life is perpetually in transit between her promising career as a surgeon and her responsibilities as a dutiful daughter to her widowed mother. When Wil sees her mother sitting pregnant on her doorstep, Wil begins a journey to understand her mother’s heart as well as her own. Saving Face is the story of unspoken loves, contemporary and cultural taboos, and the two women who learn to live their lives honestly. This film is in English and Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles.
Monday, April 14th — G.B.F.
The fight for supremacy among a school’s most popular girls takes an unexpected turn when Tanner is outed as its first openly gay student. As the three queen bees race to bag the Gay Best Friend, the biggest of fashion accessories, Tanner must choose between skyrocketing popularity and the friends he is leaving behind. This film is in English.
The program from 2013 can be found here; the program from 2012 can be found here.