“We love lots of LGBT films so it is difficult to choose just one. Some are for the subject and treatment, some for the pleasure to see representation of love that appeals to us. One of our all time favorites is D.E.B.S. It is funny and fresh and exactly the kind of film we would have liked to have seen in our teens years. We loved such a positive and amusing vision of young love. Show Me Love — a Swedish film — is another of our favorites because of the “realistic” depiction of growing up as a lesbian. And we both love Eloise (a Spanish film) — a wonderful film about young love which not many North Americans got to see.”
Dominique and Laurie are co-directors of the hot new lesbian drama, Margarita — coming to DVD and digital October 29th from Wolfe. Their previous lesbian drama, Finn’s Girl is also available at fine retailers and digital platforms everywhere including WolfeVideo.com and WolfeOnDemand.com!
“One of my many favorite queer films that is upper most in my heart lately is Marlon Riggs‘s groundbreaking personal documentary Tongues Untied. As an experimental filmmaker myself, there are a handful of artistically and politically courageous films that have inspired me over the years. Tongues Untied showed me (and so many other filmmakers, artists and poets) a whole array of daring directions in storytelling as Marlon took on his fundamental goal of challenging what he described as: “society’s most deeply entrenched myths about what it means to be black, gay, a man, and, above all, human.” I remember being on the edge of my seat when I saw it at Frameline in 1990 — and the film is still as bold and fresh and inspiring today. Marlon pioneered and championed the explosion of new and exciting works by queer filmmakers of color in the early ’90s, and his legacy lives on today (Marlon died of AIDS in 1994). There’s no better time than now to see this film. Since Tongues Untied is available on DVD you have no excuse for not seeing it as soon as possible.
My other all time favorite LGBT movie is the absolutely brilliant lesbian feature, D.E.B.S. directed by Angela Robinson (who went on to direct HERBIE: FULLY LOADED — starring Lindsay Lohan — which is also pretty fun). D.E.B.S. was the first lesbian-themed feature film to be rated PG-13 (so that teenagers could actually see it). It’s a hilarious Hollywood spy movie about a team of four teenage girl spys fighting the evil villain Lucy Diamond. But Lucy and one of the girls unexpectedly fall in love. This is a brilliant film and I wish every teenager could see it. It’s first and foremost a really fun movie — and Robinson makes the lesbian storyline central to the plot in a seamlessly elegant way. The lead actresses convey both innocent romance and actual erotic chemistry. Every minute of the film is a joy to watch.”
Jenni Olson is a queer filmmaker and LGBT film historian — she is also VP of e-commerce and consumer marketing for Wolfe. Find out more about her at her personal website, Butch.org.
“It’s hard for me to choose — as I think we have increasingly diverse and wonderful LGBTQ movies! I can narrow it down to three: Claire of the Moon by Nicole Conn, was one of the very first LGBTQ films I ever saw and I just love the dichotomy of Claire and Noel. It has been so amazing for me to have gone full circle and having the opportunity to work with Nicole Conn on A Perfect Ending!
I also adored Pariah by Dee Rees. It was such an evocative experience watching Adepero Oduye play Alike and it completely transcended the ‘Coming Out’ story and was this amazing, soulful experience.
My final ‘favorite’ is I Can’t Think Straight by Shamim Sarif. I grew up multi-racial and in London where the film is set, and I just loved watching a love story blossom between two women from very different cultures and how they and their families and friends responded to the relationship. It is still something not often addressed… although I saw Circumstance last year and found that a rich experience, with exceptionally beautiful cinematography… I really liked the cultural exploration that all the characters went through… not just the two leads.
Oops! I really can’t pick favorites… I love movies too much!!”
“I have a *lot* of favorite queer movies, but right now my top LGBT movie is BY HOOK OR BY CROOK, released in 2001. I was in San Francisco in the late ’90s and I remember when co-writers/co-directors Harry Dodge and Silas Howard were going through the process of making this film, and watching it brings me back to a place and time. I love the richness of the characters and the way that they weave their stories into a poetic whole.”
“Man, I’ve been enthralled by PARIS IS BURNING ever since my 2005 (yes, so belated) introduction to the ’90s portrait of drag culture in the ’80s. As a young artist, performer, and New Yorker the film continues to resonate with me on all levels, and it remains a jarring reminder both of how far we’ve come and the progress that remains in the fight for equality.”
Check out Sean’s terrific performance in PRIVATE ROMEO now on DVD and digital from Wolfe. Enjoy the trailer below and then rent or own the film on digital for just $3.99 to rent and $14.99 to own via the WolfeOnDemand.com player below!