Chavela Vargas is a name that you may not be familiar with – but after seeing Chavela, the stunning new documentary from co-directors Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi, the name of this Mexican musical icon will be hard to forget.
Boys for Sale (売買ボーイズ) interviews several current and past sex workers about how they got into the sex industry, why they chose this work, their experiences as such and their life plans for once they move on from it – or, if they’re no longer working as such, what they’ve done since. The reasons are surprising and the stories are compelling – though at times, some are also bit sad and others even heartbreaking.
Allan Carr was an outspoken, flamboyant personality who remained constantly in vocal opposition to the kinds of films Hollywood was making during the seventies – something he fought back against by producing Grease, the highest grossing musical of all time and a zeitgeist capturing sensation to this very day.
Documentarian Bobbi Jo Hart’s new film Rebels on Pointe follows Les Ballets Trockadero on a world tour, discovering their worldwide fanbases and the artists behind the make-up. Despite being set in a drag inspired world, this feels as removed from the bitchiness associated with that culture as possible, as we find genuine warmth and affection between all group members.
The LGBT history and the fight for equality is sadly filled with hatred, animosity and prejudice from the outside world, as well as a whole host of seemingly insurmountable obstacles – but how many of us know of the bad blood and bitterness that went on inside the gay rights movement between actual queer folks and transgender people? The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson offers a unique perspective on liberation for gender nonconforming individuals and is an imperative documentary for anyone looking to fully understand the origins and evolution of the LGBT movement.
This documentale One Zero One: The Story of Cybersissy & BayBjane (One Zero One – Die Geschichte von Cybersissy & BayBjane) follows the story of a cabaret performer and a disabled drag queen. Released in 2013, the 90-minute project was written and directed by Tim Lienhard and features Antoine Timmermans and Mourad Zerhouni. The film also features David Pereira, Gregory Rack, Joep and Hans Timmermans.
Directed and produced by David Weissman, We Were Here was released in 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary dissects the San Francisco AIDS epidemic, as well as a series of interviews with both sufferers and crisis staff. Co-directed by Bill Weber, the film stars Ed Wolf (as himself) and features Guy Clark, Eileen Glutzer and Daniel Goldstein.
“The Fabulous Allan Carr tells Allan’s story,” Jeffrey Schwarz explains. “But it’s also a social history of gay life from the 50s when little gay boys would channel their obsessions through movies and would worship glamorous movie queens through the 70s when people started coming out of the closet through the 80s when AIDS came along and ruined the party for everyone. That’s sort of the backdrop of Allan’s story.”
Most of the members of Check It are estranged from their families or have otherwise disadvantageous home lives. A lot of them are homeless and many of them turn to prostitution in order to pay rent, eat or just survive. But what else are they supposed to do? When they get kicked out of their homes as young teenagers simply for being different and/or kicked out of school at an even younger age because of perceived behavioral problems, what other recourse do these undereducated black LGBT teenagers have?