Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Volume 6, Issue 1
fall 2015
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editors, Linda Hase & Moe Gardner
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

Lesbian Filmmaker Series: Six Groundbreaking Lesbian Filmmakers, Six Landmark Queer Films

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This unprecedented year-long series brings six leading lesbian filmmakers to Yale to screen their films and discuss the history and current prospects of lesbian filmmaking and queer representation. Traversing multiple genres and themes, the series surveys forty years of filmmaking from Barbara Hammer’s experimental Dyketactics (1974) and Donna Deitch’s breakthrough Hollywood romance Desert Hearts (1985) to the new queer cinema and independent films of the 1990s – Rose Troche’s hip and sexy portrayal of college-age dykes in 1990s Chicago (Go Fish, 1994), Cheryl Dunye’s bracing exploration of sexual and racial identity in The Watermelon Woman (1996), and Kimberly Pierce’s groundbreaking trans film Boys Don’t Cry (1999) – to Lisa Cholodenko’s recent, award-winning and still stunningly rare studio release The Kids Are Alright (2010).  The series provides the Yale and New Haven communities a chance to see a remarkable group of films and to engage in a year-long conversation with leading filmmakers about the issues their films raise, the challenges they’ve faced as lesbian filmmakers trying to create work addressing queer themes, and how they see their work in relation to the larger history of lesbian and queer representation. At each event, the filmmaker will briefly introduce her film and then, after the screening, engage in an on-stage discussion with a student and faculty member from Yale before the conversation is opened up to a Q&A with the audience.

The Series is sponsored by LGBT Studies, the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities, and Films at the Whitney with generous support from the Madelbaum-Byrnes Fund for LGBT Studies and the Wallace-Sexton Fund for LGBT Studies. With very special thanks to James C. Mandelbaum and Steven M. Byrnes and to Kirk Wallace and Mark Sexton.

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