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Pride Month Film Series

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Sat., June 1, 2019

Directed by Stephen Elliott . Australia. 1994. R. 1 hour 44 minutes. Park Circus. Digital.
Sponsored by LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County

When drag queen Anthony (Hugo Weaving) agrees to take his act on the road, he invites fellow drag queen Adam (Guy Pearce) and transgender woman Bernadette (Terence Stamp) to come along. In their colorful bus, named Priscilla, the three performers travel across the Australian desert performing for enthusiastic crowds and homophobic locals. But when the other two performers learn the truth about why Anthony took the job, it threatens their . . .

The Celluloid Closet

Fri., June 7, 2019 thru Sat., June 8, 2019

Directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman. US. 1995. R. 1 hour 47 minutes. Sony Pictures Classics . DVD.
Sponsored by LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County

This documentary highlights the historical contexts that gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders have occupied in cinema history, and shows the evolution of the entertainment industry’s role in shaping perceptions of LGBT figures. The issues addressed include secrecy — which initially defined homosexuality — as well as the demonization of the homosexual community with the advent of AIDS, and finally the shift toward acceptance and positivity in the modern era . . .

Pride

Fri., June 14, 2019 thru Sat., June 15, 2019

Directed by Matthew Warchus. UK. 2014. R. 1 hour 57 minutes. CBS Films . Digital.
Sponsored by LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County

Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story.  It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families.  Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person.  As . . .

Gay Chorus Deep South

Fri., June 21, 2019 thru Sat., June 22, 2019

Directed by David Charles Rodrigues. US. 2019. RN. 1 hour 40 minutes. The Film Collaborative. Digital.
Sponsored by LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County

Pennsylvania Premiere of the Toast of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival!
In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South. Led by Gay Chorus Conductor Dr. Tim Seelig and joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; the tour brings a message of music, love and acceptance to communities . . .

Paris is Burning

Fri., June 28, 2019 thru Sat., June 29, 2019

Directed by Jeannie Livingston. US. 1990. R. 1 hour 11 minutes. Janus Films. Digital Restoration.
Sponsored by LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County

Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene. Made over seven years, Paris Is Burning offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses,” from fierce contests for trophies, to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia and transphobia . . .