Over Pride Month, we here at /bent are partnering with SnagFilms to offer you six free, fantastic LGBT films — and help out our LGBT sisters and brothers in the process. We’ll be sharing some of SnagFilms’ great LGBT content (which you can watch here too), and for every time you follow @thebentblog and retweet this tweet, we’ll donate 10 cents to The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people. And on top of that we’ll donate an additional $1,000 if the films collectively get 50,000 streams.
And I couldn’t recommend the first film in the series more: Peter Friedman, Mark Massi and Tom Joslin’s “Silverlake Life: The View From Here,” an incredibly moving documentary from 1993 that rightfully won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, Berlin’s Teddy Award and a Peabody Award.
The film documents the final months of a relationship between two gay men, Tom Joslin and Mark Massi, as they both struggle to deal with AIDS. It began with diaries filmed with a hand held camera by Joslin from when Massi was diagnosed from AIDS, and then when Joslin himself becomes too sick to work, Massi takes over the camera. In the end, Peter Friedman — one of Joslin’s students in USC’s documentary program — finished the film, as both men no longer could. It is a true testament to humanity, and sincerely one of the best documentaries to ever deal with AIDS… Certainly not an easy watch at times, but a crucial one as we consider our history as LGBT people this June.