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Queer Movie Night Double Feature

Thursday, June 10, 2010
9:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
lil d
Location Details:
Station 40
3030b 16th st @ Mission

Every Thursday Station 40 hosts free movie night after Food Not Bombs at

For the month of June we are showing Queer films, not because Obama oh-so
liberally declared June "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Month," but
because it has always been the month we remember how fabulously we queer folk
have kicked hetero-patriarchy ass throughout history. Double features this

Thursday June 10:

Paris is Burning: (1990) Poignant, well-received documentary that reveals the
community of New York's minority drag queens, gay black and Latino men who
cross dress as women and invent the dance style of "voguing," imitating the
fashion poses on the covers of the magazine Vogue. As director Jennie
Livingston discovers, her subjects band together into family-like "houses" for
protection, taking the same last names and competing in drag balls where awards
are given out for authenticity or "realness," as well as other categories like
"evening wear" and "executive wear." Both an embracing and a refutation of the
world of high fashion, the balls become the social locus of this underclass,
underground society of outcasts defiantly refusing to be ignored by a world
that scorns them. Paris Is Burning (1991) was one of several critically
acclaimed documentaries of the late 1980s and early 1990s excluded from Academy
Award nominations, eventually leading to a reappraisal of the Academy's stodgy
selection process.

Ma Vie en Rose [My life in Pink]: (1997) Ludovic is a young boy who can't wait
to grow up to be a woman. When his family discovers the little girl blossoming
in him they are forced to contend with their own discomfort and the lack of
understanding from their new neighbors. Their anger and impatience cave and
Ludovic is sent to see a psychiatrist in the hopes of fixing whatever is wrong
with him. A movie that addresses trans-gender and gender issues in general
through the eyes of a child.
Added to the calendar on Wed, Jun 9, 2010 9:54PM
by lil d
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