Parting Glances (1986) takes a realistic look at urban gay life in the Ronald Reagan era and at the height of the AIDS crisis, many film critics consider it an important film in the history of gay cinema. It was also one of the first American films to address the AIDS pandemic.
As Michael and Robert, a gay couple in New York, prepare for Robert’s departure for a two-year work assignment in Africa, Michael must face Robert’s true motives for leaving while dealing with their circle of eccentric friends, including Nick, who is living with AIDS.
Parting Glances gave Steve Buscemi his first major movie role. “It is to both his and the film’s credit,” wrote Janet Maslin in her New York Times review, “that the anguish of AIDS is presented as part of a larger social fabric, understood in context, and never in a maudlin light.
Written and directed by Steven Williford and produced by Molly Pearson and Paul Marcarelli “The Green” described as “a tense, intimate drama about a gay teacher (Harner) at an elite private school accused of misconduct with a male student,” the cast features Jackson as Harner’s lover with Illeana Douglas as their best friend, Julia Ormond as the lawyer who defends Harner and newcomer Chris Bert as the student.
Back2Stonewall.com presents Luchino Visconti’s classic interpretation of the Thomas Mann’s novella “Death In Venice”. Dirk Bogarde plays the ageing composer who reassesses his life when his eyes alight on a beautiful teenage boy
Based on German writer Thomas Mann’s renowned 1912 novella, Luchino Visconti’s film is a stately, majestic work starring a 50-year-old Dirk Bogarde as German composer Gustav Von Aschenbach (a character some suppose to be based on Gustav Mahler, whose music provides the film’s score).
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Straight Acting is a 2005 documentary by filmmaker Spencer Windes about his journey from closeted Mormon missionary into an openly gay man, through involvement in the subculture of gays who play contact sports.
The Washington Blade:
Windes’ well-meaning and sweet film…. …the film’s empowering portrayal of gay men make it worthwhile.
Out in the Silence captures the remarkable chain of events that unfold when the announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson’s wedding to another man ignites a firestorm of controversy in his small Pennsylvania hometown. Drawn back by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school, Wilson’s journey dramatically illustrates the universal challenges of being an outsider in a conservative environment and the transformation that is possible when those who have long been constrained by a traditional code of silence summon the courage to break it.
On February 24th, 2004 President George W. Bush announced his support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Three days later in response to the President’s words and inspired by events in Massachusetts, Village of New Paltz Mayor, Jason West, began solemnizing same-sex marriages in Upstate NY. Will & Right takes a deeper look into those fighting for equality and the effects it has on individuals, family values and the nation