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Wednesdays in July 2022

Queer Qlassics

Queer Qlassics

Our inaugural Queer Qlassics series, long ago in 2019, focused on primary-source documents of the history of the LGBTQ community. For this, our second installment, we have focused on transformational narratives — the process of coming to know oneself, the resolve to live on one’s own terms in a hostile environment, taking the pressures of the world and emerging a diamond, and the ways that something once rejected can become something treasured (and vice versa). 

BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER speaks openly to the unique struggles facing queer youth with a pastel palette and the most open of hearts. BOUND is an exquisite neonoir about sexual liberation that also marked the first film from the preeminent trans filmmakers currently working in the world. Once protested by the community, BASIC INSTINCT has become a beloved classic thanks to its caustic view of the world and an iconic lead performance. And the magical dreamscapes of TROPICAL MALADY served as the International breakthrough for one of the most acclaimed queer directors of this era.

There are many facets to the queer experience, and these four films provide a rich tapestry for discussion. With guest speakers, interactive discussions and enrichment activities, it is our hope that the Queer Qlassics series becomes an ongoing means by which to engage with, embrace, and experience major works of queer art as a community, on the big screen — where dreams live and fantasy holds sway.


Past Screenings

BOUND
Wed, Jul 6 at 8:00pm

BOUND

When sparks begin to fly between two unco neighbors, Corky and Violet, it isn’t long before everything in their once separate lives fuses together and is consumed by the flames. This sapphic, neo-noir drama is a perfect melody of hopeless romance, suspense and violence.
BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER
Wed, Jul 13 at 8:00pm

BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER

Initially misunderstood and largely dismissed by critics, this satirical rom-com about a high school cheerleader sent to conversion therapy, has stretched beyond its cult classic status over the past 20 years to become part of the canon in New Queer Cinema.
BASIC INSTINCT
Wed, Jul 20 at 3:10pm, 8:00pm

BASIC INSTINCT

Protested and boycotted on initial release 30 years ago, Paul Verhoeven’s sleaze noir reinvigorated the erotic thriller on a global scale. And what then seemed a case of hero cops versus bisexual stereotypes has now done a 180-degree shift for the “Be Gay Do Crimes” era — presided over by the iconic Sharon Stone in a starmaking performance.
TROPICAL MALADY
Wed, Jul 27 at 8:00pm

TROPICAL MALADY

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, this sensual meditation from Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a bifurcate narrative of the tangled relationship between two men — the former tale a sweet idyllic swoon into earthy romance, the latter a harrowing jungle pursuit where bodies are as mutable as desire itself. Screening in 35mm