Following June’s 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York (considered the birth of the modern LGBTQIA movement), it seems fair and necessary to highlight several films which have helped to document the history of the queer community.
The still-relevant pageantry of PARIS IS BURNING and THE QUEEN, the omnibus approach to the many skeins of LGBTQIA prehistory that BEFORE STONEWALL so lovingly documents, and the outside-looking-in way that A BIGGER SPLASH explores the life of a gay artist whose work is accepted by the straight world but who remains an unprocessable enigma—each of these classics provides a meaningful look at the expansive palette of queer life, and each is a fascinating journey. The Belcourt’s Queer Qlassics is an invitation to explore these histories—and to spend some time in the dark with voices of all kinds who still have much to teach us.
Tue, Jul 23 | 7:00pm-9:00pm
A film seminar in conjunction with Queer Qlassics. Presented by Terrance Dean, professor in Black Studies at Denison University.
Wed, Jul 24 at 2:00pm, 7:00pm
A hallucinatory blend of biography and impressionist storytelling that finds legendary painter David Hockney artistically and emotionally adrift after the end of a relationship.
Wed Jul 24, 7:00pm: Introduction from artist, stylist, and conservationist Arthur Kirkby
Wed, Jul 31 at 7:00pm
One of cinema’s first looks into the world of drag and its many rituals. This immaculate restoration shows that the sparkle and sass have always been with us—and that the only aspect of drag pageantry that has changed in the intervening decades is the mainstream audience, eager for more.
Wed Jul 31, 7:00pm: Post-screening performance/discussion with Anita Coxx, Tammy Whynot and Thierry Meisel of the SheHaw drag show