6. Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 (Documentary), directed by Dagmar Schultz, Germany, 2012
Watch Audre Lorde in action with the students at the Berlin Free University, where she changed the lives of everybody she touched with her “irresistible revolution”:
Dagmar Schultz, Lorde’s German publisher, colleague and friend has crafted a lyrical, humanizing snapshot of the iconic writer for the twentieth anniversary of her death in 1992. Through lectures, discussion groups, and intimate journal-like audio entries, Lorde’s forceful, captivating personality shines through.
Out Of Town: Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years is coming to Berlin on July 4, Broooklyn on July 7, Oakland on July 7, Philadelphia on July 18 and August 2, New York City on August 10, Honolulu from Sep 20 -21, Berkeley on Sep 25, Sonoma State University on Sep 27, Lausanne, France on Sep 29, San Francisco on Sep 29, Chicago on October 2 and October 4, Cambridge on October 9, Amherst on Oct 11 and New York City on October 15.
7. A Perfect Ending (Feature), directed by Nicole Conn, 2011
The most important thing to know about this movie is that Jessica Clark is in it. Secondarily, the plot: Barbara Niven plays a bored wealthy wife/mother who hates her husband (John Heard) and has never had an orgasm. Her lesbian friends hook her up with a high-class call-girl named Paris, played by Jessica Clark:
Rebecca could never have known that through Paris, she would discover answers she’s been searching for her entire life. Her journey from perfect control to unbridled passion allows Rebecca not only to reclaim worthless years, but to redeem and vindicate painful regrets. Raw, evocative and often humorous, “A Perfect Ending” explores one woman’s struggle to find what moves her and asks: Without passion, what’s the point?
Out of Town: A Perfect Ending comes to Los Angeles on July 15th and Philadelphia on July 21st.
8. “Children of Srikandi/ Anak-Anak Srikandi (Documentary) directed by the Children of Srikandi Collective, Germany, 2012
Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world and it’s not particularly okay to be gay there. The film, which weaves together first eight different stories, is the first film by queer women about queer women in Indonesia!
We meet Dian, who lived on the streets because she was thrown out of the house for being a lesbian. After a harrowing period of harassment and torture by police and a male religious group, she now lives a more stable life as a law student. Others describe the insidious psychological violence from within their own kind. A lesbian applying for a job dramatizes the probing, invasive questions that can destroy her chances at employment. Edith describes her gradual transformation from jilbabed (veiled) Islamic devotion to a “mind boggling” philosophical epiphany that paralleled her growing affection for another woman. We see lesbians searching for their identities among adopted families, chatrooms, dance clubs and shopping malls.
Out of Town: Children of Srikandi comes to Rio de Janeiro from June 29th-July 8th, Oldenburg (Germany) on July 4th and LA on July 18th.
9. All Over Me, directed by Alex Sichel, 1997
This movie spawned my then-bisexual awakening and pretty much changed my life forever. The fact that Frameline is screening it this year means that there must be other people out there like me who would seriously consider trekking into the city at 11am on a Wednesday morning to see a movie they already saw in theaters when it came out and now own on DVD, which makes me happy to be alive.
Out of Town: You can get it on DVD!
10. Mississippi I Am, directed by Harriet Hirshorn, Katherine Linton
This documentary has been making major buzz on the festival circuit and is one of this year’s most anticipated features. It’s about Mississippi, surprise! Generally, Mississippi isn’t exactly a bastion of tolerance, and it’s super Bible Belt, but what the filmmakers found when they set out on this project was that the youngsters of Mississippi are fierce warriors of love changing the world forevermore. Constance McMillen and Lance Bass are in it!
Out of Town: I don’t know, but it seems like it should be everywhere based on the amount of press it has been getting. It’s not on their website…