January 11, 2012
We recently added Making the Boys to the DBRL collection. The film was Indiewire’s pick of the week back in November and currently has a rating of 95% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from the film website:
Before Prop 8, Milk or Will & Grace, before the AIDS epidemic, gay pride parades or the Stonewall uprising, The Boys in the Band changed everything. MAKING THE BOYS explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience. Beloved by some for breaking new ground, and condemned by others for reinforcing gay stereotypes, The Boys in the Band sparked heated controversy that still exists four decades later. Featuring anecdotes from the surviving cast and filmmakers, as well as perspectives by legendary figures from stage and screen, MAKING THE BOYS traces the behind-the-scenes drama and lasting legacy of this cultural milestone.
Check out the film trailer or the official film site for more info.
January 31, 2011
We recently added Fish Out of Water to the DBRL collection. The movie played at the 2010 Citizen Jane Film Festival and won the Best Documentary Film award at the 2010 Show Me Social Justice Film Festival. Here’s a synopsis from the Citizen Jane website:
You might think you know where the Bible stands on the subject of homosexuality, but when was the last time you actually checked? In the spirited documentary Fish out of Water, filmmaker Ky Dickens explores the seven Bible passages used to condemn homosexuality and justify marriage discrimination. Through animated Bible passages and witty illustrations, Fish out of Water makes this polarizing subject accessible and non‐threatening. The film starts with the director coming out to her sorority sisters in college but their rabid rejection sparks her search for Bible‐ based condemnation. Crisscrossing America and listening to the country’s impassioned speech on this divisive issue, she speaks with ministers of all denominations, recording the experiences of the oppressed and the justifications of the oppressors.
Check out the official movie site for more info.