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The Other Database...

We do strive to include every film that has been screened at the LGBT film festivals around the world.

Life does become a little more difficult when they [the films] don’t have an IMDb entry...therefore, they end up here...films in dire need of publicity/promotion/marketing...

1990s - UPDATED: 4 January 2020

 

A Boy’s Life (1996-2018)

Mike Hoolboom

1998

Canada  / 8’

1996: the protagonist of this short film (seemingly Hoolboom himself) is a thirty-five-year-old HIV-positive man who, for the past 8 years, has been reflecting on his condition of patient observing the changes which his body is subjected to. And there, where language runs aground, dismissing the images as childish and trivial, a gap begins to opens up where desire creeps in and where life continues to flow.

Choreographic movements, visual rhymes, synesthetic juxtapositions and kaleidoscopic efflorescences manifest on screen until they dilate the image and its alleged sense. Because, if “any man who expresses his true feelings is a drag queen”, all that remains is to try to reconcile with the body, to ensure that his own suffering does not transform it into an object disconnected from his inner self.
Watch… https://vimeo.com/280951680

A Supernatural Premiere

Kevin Kelly

1995

Canada | 6 mins

Memories of the artist’s relationship with his brother, told through clips of 1960s TV shows they enjoyed together.

After Morning

Kelly O’Brien

1999

5 min / CANADA
Things the filmmaker forgot and learned about birth control on her trip to America.

Airport

Silke Dunkhorst &

Manuela Kay

1994

Germany / 33’
Silke Dunkhorst and Manuela Kay made the no- budget film “Airport” on borrowed S-VHS cameras and with the support of many friends from the Berlin lesbian community in 1994. The idea for this lesbian porn came after a video project on the subject of lesbians, safer sex and HIV. “Airport” was a first in Germany and the mere fact that lesbians have sex at all :-), a sensation. Manuela Kay will introduce the film and show a classic lesbian porn made in San Francisco in the 90s that was the inspiration for “Airport”.

Alphabit Land: The Backyard Tour Featuring Wigstock 89

John Canalli

1990

USA / 28 mins
John takes his cousin on a tour of his Manhattan neighborhood. A search for the coolest party in town leads them to the annual Wigstock drag festival.

B.U.C.K.LE.

Catherine Gund

1993

USA / 10’
Bargain, undress, caress, kiss, lick and entice with the women of New York's legendary Clit Club, which lit up the scene from 1990 to 2002. A lesson in cruising and busting a move, told with humour, affection and intimacy.

Bad Girls

Krista Beinstein

1990

Germany , 30’

Auch Krista Beinstein feiert 2019 ihr 30-jähriges Jubiläum als freischaffende Künstlerin und Fotografin. Daher zeigen wir noch einmal ihren Avantgardefilm von 1990: sexuelle Obsession in bizarren Wechselbädern zwischen Minus 10 Grad und glühender Überhitzung.

bed

Evie Leder

1999

14min / USA
bed offers a playful new look at female desire and queer sexuality. Raw, edgy and sexy. Stunning black-and-white images of two women making love are juxtaposed with dreamy scenes of city life, illuminating the contrast between public and private life that many women, lesbian in particular, share.A rich soundtrack incorporates original vocals and ambient elements with sexy, funky trip-hop music. “This well-crafted work of art turned me on, made me wet and stimulated my good taste in art.” – Annie Sprinkle

Bhangra Jig

Pratibha Parma

1990

UK, 4mins
A young Asian woman walks through the city of Glasgow, once the second largest city of the British Empire. Her eyes reflect on the wealth symbolised in the concrete textures of the city’s architectural icons. Signs of Empire ever present in the stone freizes, imposing cast iron statues of dead colonialists, ornate pillars and the opulence of the marble interiors of Glasgow’s City Chambers. Against histories of colonial carnage, Asian people build our communities and cultures forging identities of self-affrimation. Against echoes of colonial memories is the living memory of today’s cultures of resistance … through dance and music, young Asian people celebrate desire and self pride.

Butch Femme Polka

Maureen Brownsey

1997

USA / 3 mins
In this uproarious musical medley, a trio of lesbians sing and dance their way through a laundry list of do’s-and-don’ts for their ideal lady lover. It’s like Lawrence Welk on acid!

Chateaux Andalous

Lionel Soukaz

1995

France / 6’
Un voyage en Andalousie, filmé depuis la fenêtre d’un autobus, la main sur le bulge de son compagnon.

Chow Down

Allyson Mitchell

1997

USA / 3 mins
A chubby girl tries to find the perfect outfit for the big concert. Trouble is, nothing fits. Rather than being frozen by body image badness, the star of Chow Down finds the perfect outfit then ventures down to the kitchen where a kick ass band serenades her from the fridge.
Trailer...https://vimeo.com/88960549

Coming Home

Shu Lea Cheang

1995

5 mins
The short film, allegorically dramatized, constitutes a pressing appeal for lesbian rights. In a game of hanafuda (flower cards), the terms of lesbian domesticity are played out according to such legalities as joint property, social security, and pensions.

Cupcake

Allyson Mitchell

1998

3 mins
Cupcake is Girl as chubby eye candy. She takes us on a quest for the perfect dessert. She is proof that eating is sexy. Cupcake talks without shame, about desserts that she loves.
Trailer...https://vimeo.com/88960551

Cuz It’s Boy

Catherine Gund

1994

USA / 14’
A rare time-capsule of the attitudes and opinions of queer women to ideas about trans-masculine identity and immediate reactions after the death of Brandon Teena.

Deviant Beauty

Tina Keane

1996

UK, 12mins
‘An androgynous woman’s surreal journey through the carnivalesque. Deviant Beauty embodies spectator, erotica, sexuality, death and decay. It questions our expectations of, and pleasure in, the image, against the death and emptiness that lies beneath the alluring surface.’

Diva TV: Like a Prayer

Catherine Gund

1991

USA / 29’
DIVA TV was founded in 1989 as a video-documenting affinity group with ACT UP AIDS COALITION TO UNLEASH POWER, an activist group famous for its direct action against bureaucratic neglect and drug company profiteering in the AIDS crisis and widely acknowledged as re-energizing civil disobedience tactics
in the United States.  DIVA TV * documents public testimony, the media, and community activism to motivate the fight against AIDS. 
Watch… https://vimeo.com/127200464

Drag on a Fag

Nick Stagias

1994

Canada | 5 min
An experimental essay about queer slang, language and semiotics, playful and subverted.

Elle Pour Elle

Conny Scherrer

1993

Switzerland | 60 min

Encounter with a Stranger

Atif Siddiqi

1998

Canada, 6’

Erotic Exotic

Atif Siddiqi

1998

Canada | 19 min

A video essay-performance of gender fluidity: mingling the intolerance of South Asian religious heritage towards sexual/gender difference with the rich materials of fabric, makeup, voice and dance.

Fat Chance

Anne Golden

1994

Canada / 7 mins
The starting point of Fat Chance was sexual fantasy. It was featured as both an installation in Fantasmagoria: Sexing the Lesbian Imaginary, produced by the Lock Up Your Daughters Collective. Fantasy? Well, yes. But Fat Chance is also about a big girls’ struggle to insert her own body into a series of tableaux.

Fingers and Kisses

Shu Lea Cheang

1995

5 min / Lesbian
The short film offers (mostly, by a non-verbal language) a glimpse of lesbian’s public manifestation of sexuality. Fingers and Kisses subverts the cultural invisibility of Asian and lesbian women in Tokyo. The music by Chu punctuates the narrative as it begins in the streets and continues under the sheets.

Genderfuck

Sveta Gilerman

1994

Australia

I Like Dreaming

Charles Lofton

1994

USA, 6 mins
Lofton muses on the pleasures of cruising “straight-acting, straight-appearing” men.

I Never Danced the Way Girls Were Supposed To

Dawn Suggs

1992

USA, 7 mins
Suggs meditates on Black lesbian subjectivity, exploring the connections between daily rituals and sexuality.

Internal Combustion

Alisa Lebow, Cynthia Madansky

1995

USA / 8 min
Internal Combustion breaks many silences surrounding lesbians and HIV/AIDS. Interweaving the voices of two friends — an HIV+ Latina lesbian and an HIV- Jewish lesbian —, the video juxtaposes two very different yet overlapping experiences. The piece points to the often unspoken tensions occurring within this epidemic: survival and power, mourning and loss.

Joan Jett Blakk Announces Her Candidacy For President 

Bill Stamets

1992

USA / 48 mins
Watch...https://vimeo.com/223633213

Kissing Doesn't Kill

Tom Kalin, Gran Fury

1990

USA / 4 min
Part of a campaign initiated in 1989, this video is a component of Gran Fury’s plan to raise consciousness and advance medical and federal reform on HIV/AIDS policy. These ads ran on TV as a counterpart to controversial bus posters, which generated some intensely negative reactions.
Trailer… https://youtu.be/mcr4CZs5Ciw

Letter to My Father / Lettre à Mon Père

Michel Langlois

1992

Canada | 13 mins -

Deeply personal, the artist’s voice addresses his late father and updates the departed on family and identity.

Listen to This

Tom Rubnitz

1992

USA / 16 mins
The film is a fragment of collective memory that finds critical relevance in contemporary queer discourse. Rubnitz weaves narration, image, and a form of temporality, dislocated from ‘real time’, into a video where artist and HIV/AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz’s loss and anger is palpable.

LUST Plenary

Catherine Gund

1994

9 mins
This sharp, funny introduction to the organisation and aspirations of the Lesbians Undoing Sexual Taboos conference in reaction to the essential need for a (missing) space for women-loving-women to discuss everything from fisting to cats. Still sound familiar?

Memory Tracks

Jamika Ajalon

1997

UK-USA, 10mins
A woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown follows the afroed spirit of a revolutionary past through London's streets: Brixton and Portobello. I used the camera as the means for reflexive analysis of black female subjectivity and performances of resistance in urban spaces, specifically within the context of London's Portobello and Brixton.

Mr. B.

Cathy Sisler

1994

Canada / 7 mins
A short drag video about becoming a businessman in public for a day.

Natten är min – en film om Eugene Jansson

Olle Holm

1997

Sweden / 13 mins
Natten är min är en bit svensk queer historia om konstnären och ”Blå-målaren” Eugene Jansson av Olle Holm, som även filmade kultfilmen ”Bögjävlar” från 1977. I filmen medverkar även nu bortgångne Greger Eman, uppskattad redaktör på RFSLs tidning Kom Ut!

Nomades Afghans

Ella Maillart

1992

Switzerland | 37 mins

One and the other time

Sarah Tuner

1990

UK, 5mins
An exploration of the dynamics between intimacy and violence, in the context of one’s continual desire to reconcile psychical and external reality; that is the nearer one gets to that essentially, the further one is literally pushed away from ‘it’.

Outlaw

Alisa Lebow

1994

USA / 26 min
A video-verité manifesto made with self-identified gender outlaw, author and activist, Leslie Feinberg (1949-2014). Raw and confrontational, this videotape asks its audience to examine their assumptions about the "nature" of gender, challenging any nead certainties and calling for more sensitivity and awareness of the human rights and dignity of transgendered people.
Watch… https://vimeo.com/120351030

Portrait d’une Présidente

Brigitte Tijou

1995

France / 88’ / Documentaire.
Portrait de Cleews Vellay, président d’Act Up-Paris, mort du sida en 1994, qui évoque son enfance, sa famille, son homosexualité et ses engagements. Se dessine à travers ses anecdotes personnelles une histoire du sida et de l’homophobie. Et surtout, l’histoire d’une colère. Avec les témoignages de Philippe Labbey, Didier Lestrade, Philippe Mangeot et Jacques Martineau.

Prowling by Night 

Gwendolyn + Co

1990

Canada | 12 mins

RV

Lionel Soukaz

1994

France / 28 mins
Watch... https://vimeo.com/74105607

Save Sex

Barbara Hammer

1993

USA / 1:14
A brief, rhythmic play on words, Hammers safe sex film makes a compelling case for no glove, no love.

Sex Bowl

Shu Lea Cheang

1994

7 mins
The short film –edited like a music video– is celebratory of eroticism through bowling scenes and sexually explicit content. Sex Bowl represents, narratively and aesthetically, the fetishes and the promiscuity of various sexual encounters.

Sex Fish

Shu Lea Cheang

1993

6 min
In Sex Fish, water is representative of nature imaginary and sex. In this sense, water signifies the relation between the sexualization of nature and the naturalization of sexuality. The short film constitutes a representation of lesbian eroticism and explores the relation between nature, women and power

Sex Lies Religion

Annette Kennerley

1993

UK, 6mins
'Then you lit a cigarette and carefully put the tip of it to the corner of the photograph and watched it smoulder and curl...' SEX LIES RELIGION is a sexy dyke film made the day after two women met at the Clit Club. Largely improvised, it explores some of the complex, often disturbing elements of lesbian sexuality. It raises issues around power, repression, desire and resentment placing the cast, crew and audience in a voyeuristic role.

Shirley Temple and Me

Barbara Hammer

1993

USA / 3:00
A meditation on Barbara Hammers relationship to the celebrated child actor whose high-profile career dominated her childhood—and her parents highest hopes.

The Daisy Chain

Kevin D’souza

1998

Canada, 15’

The Mister Sisters

Ingrid Wilhite

1994

USA / 12 mins
Two dykes vent about mistaken gender and the power and perils of presenting as butch, while hilariously fantasizing about turning the tables on the gay bachelor scene.

Those Fluttering Objects of Desire

Shu Lea Cheang

1992

60 min
This tape was originally an installation at the Whitney Museum of American Art, part of which included the video collaboration Channels of Desire. Recreating coin-operated porno booths, Channels aired one photo image on seven TVs, interrupted only by the viewer inserting a coin and choosing a segment. The concept behind it was the construction of desire in categorical ways, the form of the piece speaking to sexual desire as something that is constantly evading the viewer. The images present women’s experiences with interracial, lesbian, and heterosexual encounters. Those Fluttering Objects of Desire also investigates the different construction of sexuality among white and black women, as well as multicultural readings.

Two/Doh

Michelle Mohabeer

1996

Canada / 5’

Untouchable

Thirza Cuthand

1998

Canada / 4 mins
Pedophiles, teenage stalkers, and innocent little girls! Cuthand explores the struggles between inter-generational partners and the powerlessness felt by youth.

Water into Fire

Zachery Longboy

1994

Canada / 10mins
The Final piece of the trilogy Stained Glass Windows, the artist continues his search for identity and placement in Canada's Multi-Cultural and First Nation arena. Longboy outs himself as a first Nations FAG, who is living with HIV and abruptly severs attached preconceptions of two spirited peoples, forcing the First Nations community to address him rather than the disease. In a contemplative and meditative search, Longboy recollects how HIV/AIDS has affected himself and the community around him, revealing a strength through loss. Stained Glass Windows is comprised of: From Another Time Comes One..., Eating Lunch, & Water Into Fire.

Zap

Vincent Martorana

1995

France / 87’/ Documentaire
« D’Act Up-Paris on connaît les actions médiatiques… D’Act Up-Paris je connais quelques militants, amicalement ou pour les avoir accompagnés à plusieurs reprises lors de manifestations. Ce film est la chronique d’une quinzaine de jours passés avec certains d’entre eux. » Vincent Martorana.
Watch... https://vimeo.com/48544555