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When Home Is No Sanctuary

When Home Is No Sanctuary

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Lesbian writer and director Patricia Rozema’s “Into the Forest” is an intense apocalyptic drama adapted from Jean Hegland’s celebrated novel. In the near future, two sisters, Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood), are forced to survive during a lengthy power outage while holed up in their family home […]

When Feelin’ Good Was Easy

When Feelin’ Good Was Easy

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Even the best films about lesbians directed by men, such as Robert Aldrich’s “The Killing of Sister George” and David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive,” tend to end unhappily, if not tragically. A new French film directed by a lesbian, Catherine Corsini’s “Summertime,” both follows this pattern and subverts it. It might be the […]

Nature Under Surveillance

Nature Under Surveillance

BY STEVE ERICKSON | For far too long, the uncanny has been missing from American independent cinema. It has a long and venerable tradition in our literature, from Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft to Thomas Ligotti and lesbian transgender author Caitlin Kiernan. But while indie horror films continue to be made, something as weird […]

Barrie Chase Remembers

Barrie Chase Remembers

BY DAVID NOH | For those of us forever enraptured by Hollywood’s Golden Age and its indelible personalities, chasing memories is a race against time, as each passing year sees fewer and fewer of them alive and well enough to tell their tales. Dancer Barrie Chase, one of the last studio contractees during the sunset […]

Iconic Photographer, Both Chatty and Cagey

Iconic Photographer, Both Chatty and Cagey

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Laura Israel’s jazzy, inspiring documentary “Don’t Blink — Robert Frank” is a nifty portrait of the iconic Swiss-born photographer. Through artfully assembled interviews, home movie footage, film clips, and dozens of sensational photographs, Israel captures Frank’s talent and his candor. Her film also raises intriguing questions about the nature and […]

Sisterhood Rhapsody

Sisterhood Rhapsody

BY STEVE ERICKSON | There are Americans who live in a world made entirely of Japanese culture: anime, manga, outrageous fashion. The frequency with which Japanese settings are used in cyberpunk science fiction suggests that many writers see the country as our future. Director Hirokazu Kore-eda is busy doing something else, exploring the style, if not […]

Gay Iraqi Couple’s Struggle Highlighted at UN

Gay Iraqi Couple’s Struggle Highlighted at UN

MICHAEL LUONGO | It was an event mixing glamour, tragedy, and power — that last word literally. Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, was keynote speaker at a UN event focused on Iraqi LGBT issues, held amidst the ongoing refugee crisis caused by ISIS terror. Glamour came in the person of moderator […]

Taking Risks, Following Dreams

Taking Risks, Following Dreams

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Todd Verow’s latest erotic, experimental video, “Available Light” is now available on DVD and through Vimeo, along with “Age of Consent,” his affectionate documentary about the London leather club the Hoist. In both films Verow presents a penetrating investigation of sex, fetishism, and gay subcultures. “Available Light” is a non-narrative feature […]

Contradictions Wrapped Into Right and Wrong

Contradictions Wrapped Into Right and Wrong

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Judging from his 17-film oeuvre (made in only 20 years), here’s a list of things South Korean director Hong Sang-soo likes: filmmakers such as himself, young women who are attracted to them, zoom lenses, soju (an indigenous Korean wine, equivalent to sake), complicated narrative structures. Hong has built a personal vocabulary […]

Human Rights Watch Film Fest Opens June 10

Human Rights Watch Film Fest Opens June 10

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The 27th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival screens at the IFC Center and the Film Society of Lincoln Center June 10-19. Among this year’s program of 18 features and documentaries, four films consider LGBT issues. “Growing Up Coy” (Jun. 16 at 7 p.m., IFC Center; Jun. 17 at 6:30 […]

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