A Young Man’s Future, offers a revealing and emotional view of the challenges of mental illness. As two young men are fast-approaching graduation they fall in love and start making plans about the life awaiting them off campus.
Directed by Richard Brooks, based on the non-fiction novel by Truman Capote, In Cold Blood stars Robert Blake, Scott Wilson and John Forsythe. Released in 1967 the film charts the crime, prosecution, and execution of Perry Smith, and Dick Hickok for the seemingly unmotivated murder of Kansas family, the Clutter’s.
Released in 1986 and directed by Bill Sherwood, Parting Glances is the story of a gay couple preparing for one of the partners to depart on a two-year assignment in Africa. The film won no awards, but is still recognized as a seminal piece of gay cinema. Shot in New York, the film features actors Richard Ganoung, John Bolger, and Steve Buscemi.
Looking for Mr Goodbar is a 1977 American drama film, written and directed by Richard Brooks. Based on Judith Rossner’s novel, the film stars Diane Keaton, Tuesday Weld, Richard Kiley, Richard Gere, and Tom Berenger. The film follows Theresa Dunn as a school teacher whose hedonistic nightlife brings deadly consequences.
Based on the true story of Brandon Teena, Boys Don’t Cry was released in 1999 and depicts the struggles of a young transgendered man whose life is destroyed after his friends find out that he was born a woman. Directed by Kimberly Peirce, the film stars Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny and Peter Sarsgaard.
An expansion of director Kim Rocco Shields short film by the same title, Love Is All You Need? is an intriguing and very personal look at what it feels like to be persecuted for what you look like, who you are, and whom you love. Released in 2016, the film stars Briana Evigan, Tyler Blackburn and Kyla Kenedy.
Released in 1993 and directed by Jonathan Demme, Philadelphia is about an HIV-positive man fired from his law firm because of his condition, trying to earn justice. The film won many awards, including an Oscar and an Academy Award for Tom Hanks for his leading role. Shot in and near Philadelphia, the film features actors Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s homonymous book, Strangers on a Train is a crime thriller that was shot in the fall of 1950. Directed by none other than “The Master of Suspense”, this Alfred Hitchcock classic stars Robert Walker and Farley Granger and is not a gay-themed motion picture per se. However, the film is rife with homosexual undertones, focusing on the disorderly relationship between an amateur tennis player and a mischievous playboy.
Released in 2008 and directed by Ella Lamhagen, Patrik, Age 1.5 is about a gay couple that unwittingly adopts a 15 year-old homophobic boy. The film won the Audience award for Best Feature at the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Shot in Västra Götalands län, Sweden, the film features actors Gustaf Skarsgård, Torkel Petersson and Tom Ljungman.