June is LGBT Pride Month, and this weekend is the culmination of Pride events in NYC. Recognizing this, Indiewire's latest curated Documentaries page for Hulu presents five films exploring the diversity of the LGBT experience. Watch all these docs for free now!
"Out in Silence"
After filmmakers Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer place their wedding announcement in Joe's rural hometown's newspaper, they inspire both a controversy and a desperate plea for help from a recently outed and now bullied teen. "Out in the Silence" follows the duo as they return to Oil City, PA, to try to help the boy and find common ground with their opponents.
"The Brandon Teena Story"
Sadly, Brandon Teena didn't have this kind of support in rural Nebraska. In 1993, Teena – a female to male transgender – was discovered "passing" as a boy and murdered. Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir's "The Brandon Teena Story" reveals his life, which inspired the Academy Award winning "Boys Don't Cry."
The subjects of "The Aggressives" adopt masculine appearance and swagger but don't aspire to be men, further demonstrating how varied LGBT communities are. They're part of a fascinating predominantly African-American lesbian subculture explored in Daniel Peddle's insightful documentary.
"30 Years From Here"
Josh Rosenzweig's "30 Years From Here" takes a decades spanning look at AIDS. Drawing together activists, experts, survivors, and others affected by the pandemic, the film explores the legacy of the disease, its impact on the LGBT community and beyond, and the changes wrought by advances in research and drug development.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Finally, John Walsh's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is not technically a documentary, but a one-man show utilizing true stories to reveal the damaging effects of the US military's policy banning service by open LGBT individuals. Based on his award-winning Broadway play, Marc Wolf brings to life actual interviews with eighteen gay and straight individuals, speaking out for them in a compelling performance about the contentious and now-repealed policy.
EDITOR'S NOTE: "Indiewire @ Hulu Docs" is a regular column spotlighting the Iw-curated selections on Hulu's Documentaries page, a unique collaboration between the two sites. Indiewire selections typically appear in the carousel at the top of the page and under "Featured Content" in the center. Be sure to check out the great non-fiction projects available to watch free of charge. Disclosure: Some of the selections are titles provided to Hulu by SnagFilms, the parent company of Indiewire.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Basil Tsiokos is a Programming Associate, Documentary Features for Sundance and a consultant to documentary filmmakers and festivals. Follow him on Twitter (@1basil1) and visit his blog (what (not) to doc).