Essential documents of what now seems almost a fantastical time and place—San Francisco from the late 1960s into the early ’80s—THE COCKETTES (2002) and WE WERE HERE (2011) respectively tell the stories of the outrageous glitter-bombed, gender-bent performance troupe and a heroic response to the harrowing impact of the AIDS epidemic on a blindsided populace. Keyframe catches up with filmmaker David Weissman.
Happy Pride Month, y’all! To celebrate in proper style, Fandor has curated a rich and colorful package of LGBTQIA2S+ selections from its catalog: “Queer as Day” features 28 films that touch on an expansive range of sexualities and sensibilities. To get you started, we’ve picked six intriguing titles—from revelatory documentaries to heartfelt character studies and the most outrageous fantasies.
Not quite Steve Buscemi’s big-screen debut—that honor goes to Eric Mitchell’s no-wave landmark The Way It Is (1985), alongside fellow first-timer Vincent Gallo and his stage comedy partner Mark Boone Jr.—Bill Sherwood’s Parting Glances (1986) is a “Curator’s Pick” and essential Pride Month viewing on Fandor. It’s the film that first got the world beyond NYC’s East Village to notice the firefighter-turned-actor.
Now streaming exclusively on Fandor, the genderqueer body-swap comedy HOMEBODY is the debut feature from writer-director Joseph Sackett, who took inspiration from his own childhood fantasies, applying a personal touch that is at once tenderly observant of its young protagonist’s imaginative landscape and alert to all the manic possibilities suggested by the premise.