For Izzy

For Izzy, Gay Essential talks to Alex Chu

For Izzy, writer-director Alex Chu’s latest film, is a story of broken people who find strength through fellowship. It is the story of retired divorcee Anna, and her lesbian daughter Dede, struggling with addiction, whose lives change after they move next door to a lonely widowed father, and his autistic daughter, Laura.

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Opinión Esencial: 120 Pulsaciones Por Minuto

Lejos de ser nostálgica, 120 BPM deja una sentimiento de alivio al terminar de ver esa cinta estando agradecido, que lo que acaba de ver, no es la presente realidad, sino un homenaje a todas las vidas perdidas por una enfermedad que robo potencial pero creó una revolución, que hasta esta fecha, sigue pulsando minuto a minuto a través de nuevas generaciones al no dejar que la ignorancia y silencio ganen de nuevo.

Call Her Ganda

Film Review: Call Her Ganda at Outfest

Following one of the most gut-wrenching events in the history of the Filipino trans movement, Call Her Ganda is a staggering and thought-provoking documentary on the epidemic of violence against LGBTQ people. Part-chronicle, part-tribute, the film is ushered by three central female figures who take on a seemingly never-ending and irremediable quest for justice.

Love, Cecil

Essential Opinion: Love, Cecil

Is it possible to separate the art from the artist? Documentarian Lisa Immordino Vreeland definitely doesn’t think so, as her examination of the life and career of photographer/artist/costume designer Cecil Beaton understands that the many contradictions in his character informed a lifetime of work across a variety of different mediums.

Touch Of Pink

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Touch Of Pink

Touch of Pink, which was released in 2004, was written and directed by Ian Iqbal Rashid. Starring Jimi Mistry, Kris Holden-Ried and Kyle MacLachlan, it was nominated for a number of awards. The film was shot in London England UK and on location in Ontario, Canada.

Man Made

Film Review: Man Made at Outfest

The public perception of bodybuilding is currently defined by the idea of warped masculinity – a heteronormative activity exclusively for men who take more steroids daily than they have braincells in total. It’s not entirely clear how media representation of bodybuilders has, in the past few decades, gone from presenting them as idealised men to cultural laughing stocks, but T. Cooper’s documentary Man Made is set to send stereotypes back in the opposite direction.

Studio 54

Essential Opinion: Studio 54

The New York nightclub Studio 54 was so iconic that we feel like we know its story, but this documentary is packed with never-heard details that cast it in a whole new light. The film Studio 54 is solidly well-made, assembled with an insider’s perspective and packed with photos and footage of the top stars of the day partying like there’s no tomorrow.

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