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3 Great LGBT Docs Coming To The Billy Wilder Theater In LA

3 Great LGBT Docs Coming To The Billy Wilder Theater In LA

This fall, UCLA Film & Television Archive will presents several LGBT documentaries at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village that are absolutely worth checking out.

On Sunday, Nov. 8, they’ll screen a restored print of the first feature-length doc on gay and lesbian identity, “Word is Out: Stories of Some of our Lives” (1977). On Sunday, Nov 22, the Archive will present a special free screening of the Academy Award–winning documentary, “The Times of Harvey Milk” (1984). And on Saturday, Dec. 5, we’ll present “Wigstock: The Movie” (1995), with special guests Alexis Arquette and Barry Shils in person. 

Full info below:

OUTFEST UCLA LEGACY PROJECT SCREENING SERIES

Sunday, November 8

7 p.m.

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the David Bohnett Foundation and additional support from The Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation and the members of Outfest.

WORD IS OUT: STORIES OF SOME OF OUR LIVES

1977

Widely considered the first feature-length documentary on gay and lesbian identity, Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives offers a vastly different perspective on American queer lives than the common view of LGBT people at the time.  The remarkably moving film presents 26 individuals who, with profundity, honesty and humor, describe their struggles and triumphs in the face of prejudice and discrimination. 

Producer: Peter Adair.  Director: Mariposa Film Group (Peter Adair, Nancy Adair, Veronica Selver, Andrew Brown, Robert Epstein, Lucy Massie Phenix). 

35mm, color, 124 min.

Preceded by:

Restoration World Premiere!

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive for the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project with funding provided by the National Film Preservation Foundation.

WE WERE THERE

1976

A glimpse at gay pride celebrations in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the U.S. bicentennial year of 1976.

Director: Pat Rocco. 

16mm, color, 21 min.  

 

ARCHIVE DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT

Sunday, November 22

7 p.m.         *Free Admission!

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive in cooperation with Telling Pictures, the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center and Earle-Tones Music, Inc. with funding provided by The Ahmanson Foundation in association with the Sundance Institute. 

THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK

1984

The Academy Award-winning film that documents the life and assassination of San Francisco’s first openly gay city supervisor makes clear from its title that Harvey Milk’s era is as much the subject as Milk himself.  Director Rob Epstein’s superb documentary compellingly relates Milk’s life story, inscribing the martyred supervisor’s catalytic effect as the locus of a broader energy, which continues until today.

Producer: Robert Epstein, Richard Schmiechen.  Director: Robert Epstein.  Screenwriter: Judith Coburn, Carter Wilson.  Cinematographer: Frances Reid.  Editor: Robert Epstein, Deborah Hoffman.  Composer: Mark Isham.  With: Harvey Fierstein (narrator).

35mm, color, 87 min. 

Preceded by:

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive in collaboration with Orphan Film Symposium with funding provided by The Film Foundation.

SUNDAY

1961

A stunning document witnessing the police crackdown on a peaceful demonstration of folk singers in Washington Square Park.

Producer: Emile de Antonio, Dan Drasin.  Director: Dan Drasin.  Cinematographer: Dan Drasin, Gerald E. McDermott, Frank Simon, Francis Stillman.  Editor: Dan Drasin.

35mm, b/w, 17 min. 

 

OUTFEST UCLA LEGACY PROJECT SCREENING SERIES

Saturday, December 5  

7:30 p.m.   

Special 20th Anniversary Screening!

WIGSTOCK: THE MOVIE

1995

This joyous, rambunctious documentary captures the 1994 edition of New York’s famed drag music festival Wigstock, featuring performers such as RuPaul and Jackie Beat, as well as Deee-Lite, Debbie Harry and other music acts.  Taking us behind the scenes, the film also samples the insights of performers and other workers about the importance of transgressive gender expression, and offers visions of the festival’s spirited audience and community.

35mm, color, 85 min. 

Production: The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Distribution: The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Producer: Dean Silvers, Marlen Hecht.  Director: Barry Shils.  Cinematographer: Wolfgang Held.  Editor: Marlen Hecht, Tod Scott Brody, Barry Shils.  Composer: Peter Fish, Robert Reale.  With: The Lady Bunny, RuPaul, Alexis Arquette, Lypsinka, Daisy.

 

IN PERSON:  Alexis Arquette and Barry Shils.

 

VENUE  

The Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90024 (corner of Wilshire & Westwood Blvds., courtyard level of the Hammer Museum).

TICKETS

Admission to The Times of Harvey Milk on Nov. 22 is FREE.

Advance tickets for Word is Out: the Story of Some of Our Liveson Nov. 8 and Wigstock: The Movie on Dec. 5 are available online for $10.  Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office beginning one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; FREE to all UCLA students with valid ID; $8, other students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.

 

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