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The LGBT Outreach will again be screening and discussion a number of films as part of LGBT History Month. Below is the list of films to be shown during the 2008 LGBT History Month Celebrations. After each film there will be a brief discussion examining content, artistic, and cinematic elements of the films.
ALL FILMS ARE SHOWN ON TUESDAYS
AT 9:00 PM IN SMITH HALL RM. 154
October 7th: The Times of Harvey Milk
A devastatingly skillful and emotionally compelling documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk charts the political rise and brutal slaying of the first openly gay city official in the United State, Harvey Milk. Ironically, the same election that brought Milk to the board of city supervisors of San Francisco also elected the man who killed him, a former police officer and fireman named Dan White. After White shot both Mayor George Moscone and Milk, his defense lawyers convinced the jury that White's judgment was impaired by depression and junk food, resulting in a conviction for manslaughter instead of murder--a verdict that prompted riots. With care and conviction, The Times of Harvey Milk captures not only Milk himself, but also the political and social landscape in which these events took place. The interviews--with friends, politicians, and journalists--are articulate and heartfelt, expressing the impact that Milk had upon this historical moment.
October 14th: The Itty Bitty Titty Committee
This latest fabulous movie from Jamie (But I'm a Cheerleader) Babbit is a dynamic, romantic, frequently funny and politically astute movie with a smart script, rockin soundtrack and terrific ensemble cast that includes sexy young Melonie Diaz as the new dyke on the block who falls in with a great gang of Feminist troublemakers called Clits in Action (CiA), and then falls in love with leader of the pack, Nicole Vicius. Unfortunately, Nicole has a girlfriend Melanie Mayron and, as they say, drama ensues. With Carly Pope, Daniela Sea, Guinevere Turner, Deak Eugenikos, Jenny Shimizu and Lauren Mollica.
WINNER- South by Southwest Jury Award - Best Narrative Feature
Official Selection: Berlin Film Festival
October 21st: The History Boys
From award-winning playwright Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George) comes this delightfully witty comedy of eight boisterous-yet-talented schoolboys hoping to gain admittance to England's most prestigious universities. They're aided on their quest by two teachers a shrewd young upstart and an inspiring old eccentric whose opposing philosophies challenge the boys to confront the true meaning of education and the relative values of happiness and success. Adapted from the original Tony Award winning play and starring the original Tony Award winning cast The History Boys is an engaging thought-provoking and wickedly funny look at history the pursuit of knowledge and the utter randomness of life.
October 28th: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Sometimes grace and hope come in surprising packages. The title character of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a would-be glam-rock star from East Germany, undergoes a botched gender-change operation in order to escape from the Soviet bloc, only to watch the Berlin Wall come down on TV after being abandoned in a trailer park in middle America. Hedwig gets involved with Tommy, an adolescent boy who steals her songs and becomes a stadium-filling musical act. Suffering from a broken heart and a lust for revenge, Hedwig follows Tommy's tour, playing with her band (the Angry Inch) at tacky theme restaurants. Into this simple storyline, writer-director-star John Cameron Mitchell packs an astonishing mix of sadness, yearning, humor, and kick-ass songs with a little Platonic philosophy tucked inside for good measure.
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