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GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender People) Documentary Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Biography

Biography

Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years, 1984 to 1992
"Audre Lorde's incisive, often-angry, but always brilliant writings and speeches defined and inspired the US-American feminist, lesbian, African-American, and Women-of-Color movements of the 1970s and 1980s. Audre Lorde, the Berlin Years 1984 to 1992, documents an untold chapter of Lorde's life: her influence on the German political and cultural scene during a decade of profound social change. The film explores the importance of Lorde's legacy, as she encouraged Afro-Germans -- who, at that time, had no name or space for themselves -- to make themselves visible within a culture that until then had kept them isolated and silent. It chronicles Lorde's empowerment of Afro-German women to write and to publish, as she challenged white women to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege and to deal with difference in constructive ways. Previously unreleased archive material as well as present-day interviews explore the lasting influence of Lorde's ideas on Germany and the impact of her work and personality. For the first time, Dagmar Schultz's personal archival video- and audio-recordings reveal a significant part of the private Audre Lorde as well as her agenda -- to rouse Afro-Germans to recognize each other. 2012 marks the 20-year anniversary of Audre Lorde's passing."

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
"[Bayard Rustin] was one of the first 'freedom riders, ' an advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and A. Philip Randolph, organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. Intelligent, gregarious and charismatic, Rustin was denied his place in the limelight for one reason -- he was gay. His homosexuality forced him to play a background role in landmark events in the Black struggle. This...documentary [deals] with the interplay of personal and political in the life of a complex, multi-talented essential figure in the history of American radicalism."

Chris & Don:  A Love Story--   
"The true-life story of the passionate three-decade relationship between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy, thirty years his junior. Their against-all-odds saga is brought to life through rare home movies, animation, dramatizations, and reminiscences from Don and many friends."

Georgie Girl
"Profiles Georgina Beyer, Maori transsexual, former sex-worker and cabaret performer, and New Zealand Member of Parliament. Raises questions about her largely white, naturally conservative rural electorate and national politics. Follows the bi-cultural trajectory of Georgina's life from farm to nightclub to government."

Golden Gate Girls
"In [this film] author and professor S. Louisa Wei tells the story of filmmaker Esther Eng, the first woman to direct Chinese-language film in the US, and the most prominent woman director in Hong Kong in the 1930's. A San Francisco native and open lesbian, her contribution to film history is sadly overlooked -- her 11 feature films mostly lost. After the retirement of director Dorothy Arzner in 1943 and before Ida Lupino began directing in 1949, Eng was the only woman directing feature length films in the US. Wei's documentary paints a fascinating picture of how Eng's career in filmmaking broke through gender and racial boundaries in Hollywood and Hong Kong, at a time when opportunities for Chinese women in the industry were few and far between. With a captivating archive of newly discovered images and interviews with those who knew her, Wei uncovers a rich chapter of film history that challenges both gender hierarchies and national narratives. Essential viewing for Cinema Studies and Asian American Studies."

Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay
"A biographical examination of the life of Harry Hay, labor organizer, Marxist teacher, and founding member of the Mattachine Society, one of the first gay rights organizations in the United States."

Mychal Judge, Saint of 9/11:  The True Story of Father Mychal Judge
"The life of Father Mychal Judge, New York Fire Department Chaplain, and how he touched others before and after 9/11."

The Needle: Breath In, Life Might Hurt a Little
"..is a portrait of Jose Quinones, -- a charismatic middle-aged, homosexual and transvestite man -- who has opened his home to people of all walks of life, especially to those deemed outcasts by society, and those who struggle with their self-esteem."

The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen
"... is a window into the life of Angela Bowen who grew up in inner city Boston during the Jim Crow era, went on to become a classical ballerina, legendary dance teacher, a black lesbian feminist activist, writer and professor."

States of Grace
"Chronicles the rehabilitation of renowned AIDs specialist Dr. Grace Dammann following an automobile accident and multiple surgeries that left her disabled and entirely dependent on assistance from others. Examines the relationships between Dammann, her life partner Nancy 'Fu' Schroeder, now her primary caregiver, and their adopted daughter, Sabrina, who has cerebral palsey."

Tab Hunter Confidential
"In the 1950s, movie star Tab Hunter was America's boy next door. Nothing, it seemed, could damage his skyrocketing career. Nothing, that is, but the fact that Tab Hunter was secretly gay. Now, Tab Hunter's secret is out. In this documentary we will meet for the first time, the real Tab Hunter as he shares with us the whole story of a happy and healthy survivor of Hollywood's roller coaster."

The Times of Harvey Milk
"Documents the life, career, and assassination of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person elected to public office in San Francisco. Milk was shot to death, along with mayor George Moscone, by city supervisor Dan White on Nov. 22, 1978; White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and was paroled in 1985. Examines Milk's life leading up to his assassination, his successful efforts to politically represent San Francisco's gay community, and the city's reaction to the assassinations through extensive news footage and personal recollections."

To Be Takei
"The legendary George Takei has blazed his own trail while conquering new frontiers with a beaming trademark grin. Take a hilarious, entertaining, and moving look at the many roles played by eclectic 77-year-old actor/activist George Takei. The film offers unprecedented access to the daily life of George and chronicles his fascinating personal journey from Japanese American internment camp to his iconic and groundbreaking role as Sulu on Star Trek, and his rise as a pop culture icon."

Vito
"On June 27, 1969, a police raid on a Greenwich Village gay bar took a surprising turn when patrons decided it was time to fight back. As a riot erupted outside the Stonewall Inn, a new era in the gay rights movement was born. Vito Russo, a twenty-three year-old film student was among the crowd. Over the next twenty years, Vito would go on to become one of the most outspoken and inspiring activists in the LGBT community's fight for equal rights.
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Water Flowing Together
"Offers an intimate portrait of a remarkable dancer, Jock Soto, who retired from the New York City Ballet at age forty, after a twenty-four-year career. Soto's journey as an openly gay man of Navajo Indian and Puerto Rican descent provides a rare glimpse into the life of a dancer and the disparate worlds which shaped this important artist. Soto was asked to join the New York City Ballet by George Balanchine at sixteen after first studying at the affiliated School of American Ballet on a full scholarship."

Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives
"Interviews with 26 diverse people who speak out about their experiences as gay men and women."