What do a farmer in Kansas, a laid-o factory worker in Ohio, and an Uber driver in Florida have in common? All three are resourceful, positive thinkers who strive to adapt and thrive despite dehumanizing forces at play in the American economy. As the film’s heroes face these roadblocks with courage, certain ideals remain sacred: family, love, and staying strong in the face of adversity. Lush cinematography galvanizes a sense of place and, as the narrative unfolds, the intimacy with the characters results in an emotionally rich observational drama. Ultimately, “The Disrupted” reveals a collective American experience of financial challenge, family resilience, and the quest for the purpose and dignity of work.
Marlon T. Riggs (1957-1994) was an independent filmmaker, professor, poet, and gay rights activist who wrote, produced, and directed provocative, formally innovative meditations on representations of race, gender, and sexual identity in American culture. The re-release of his work marks the 25th anniversary of Riggs’ death from AIDS-related complications, and the 30th anniversary of the premiere of one of his most famous works, Tongues Untied, a poetic reflection on the experiences of black, gay men in America.sexism and cultural nationalism. He died at 37 due to complications from AIDS.
Race, Sex & Cinema: The World of Marlon Riggs consists of seven films: Ethnic Notions (56 minutes, 1987), Tongues Untied (55 minutes, 1989), Color Adjustment (87 minutes, 1991), Black Is…Black Ain’t (86 minutes, 1995) and three shorter works, Affirmations (10 minutes, 1990) Anthem (8 minutes, 1991), and Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret) (38 minutes, 1992).
Imagine a world where a little boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Welcome to Kumu Hina’s Hawai’i.
Licensed To Kill takes a riveting journey into the minds of men whose contempt for homosexuals led them to murder. Attacked in 1977 by gay bashers on the streets of San Francisco, filmmaker Arthur Dong confronts murderers of gay men face-to-face in his film. He asks them directly: “Why did you do it?”
What happens when religiously conservative Christian parents have children who have “become homosexual?” Family Fundamentals is filmmaker Arthur Dong’s personal attempt to answer that explosive question.
In 1993, the controversy over the US military’s ban on homosexuals touched off a furious and polarizing national exchange. Yet, for many Americans this issue seemed to come out of nowhere. Coming Out Under Fire, an hour-long documentary from Arthur Dong, goes to the World War II origins of today’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” compromise.
Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star’s playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.
This insightful and warm profile comes on the occasion of the 70th anniversaries of Rosalind Russell’s breakthrough role as Sylvia Fowler in The Women (2009) and her most famous role as Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday (2010).
Kimberly Reed returns home to a small town in Montana for her high school reunion, hoping for reconciliation with her long-estranged adopted brother.
The film focuses on two women from meager means who immigrated to the US nearly a hundred years ago, reinvented themselves and ultimately created the cosmetics, health, and beauty industry we know today.