LGBTQ+ Favorites

LGBTQ+ Favorites

18 Episodes

Proud, rebellious, colorful, intimate, and frank, these visions of LGBTQ+ life include beloved modern classics as well as hidden gems. From staples of the art-house canon (JE TU IL ELLE, QUERELLE) to highlights of the New Queer Cinema explosion (ZERO PATIENCE, THE LIVING END) and contemporary showstoppers from emerging talents (PIER KIDS, SHAKEDOWN), these films represent just a sample of the wide world of queer cinema, but they offer a taste of its breadth, creativity, and defiance in the face of adversity.

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  • Je tu il elle

    Episode 1

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1975 • France

    In her provocative first feature, Chantal Akerman stars as an aimless young woman who leaves self-imposed isolation to embark on a road trip that leads to lonely love affairs with a male truck driver and a former girlfriend. With its famous real-time...

  • Madame X: An Absolute Ruler

    Episode 2

    Directed by Ulrike Ottinger • 1977 • West Germany
    Starring Tabea Blumenschein, Roswitha Janz, Monika von Cube

    Ulrike Ottinger’s singular debut feature is an extravagantly stylized lesbian pirate spectacle that radically deconstructs decades of male-oriented adventures. Madame X (Tabea Blumensche...

  • A Woman Like Eve

    Episode 3

    Directed by Nouchka van Brakel • 1979 • Netherlands
    Starring Monique van de Ven, Maria Schneider, Marijke Merckens

    Acclaimed actors Monique van de Ven and Maria Schneider star in this groundbreaking work of lesbian cinema, in which a married woman embarks on an affair with another woman, with th...

  • Querelle

    Episode 4

    Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder • 1982 • Germany
    Starring Brad Davis, Franco Nero, Jeanne Moreau

    Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s final film is a deliriously stylized tale of hothouse lust and simmering violence. Set amid an expressionistic soundstage vision of a French sea port, this da...

  • The Times of Harvey Milk

    Episode 5

    Directed by Robert Epstein • 1984 • United States

    A true twentieth-century trailblazer, Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and one of the first openly gay U.S. politicians elected to public office; even after his assassination in 1978, he continues to inspire disenfranchised peop...

  • Desert Hearts

    Episode 6

    Directed by Donna Deitch • 1985 • United States

    Donna Deitch's swooning and sensual first narrative feature, DESERT HEARTS, was groundbreaking upon its release in 1985: a love story about two women, made entirely independently, on a shoestring budget, by a woman. In this 1959-set film, adapted...

  • Mala Noche

    Episode 7

    Directed by Gus Van Sant • 1985 • United States
    Starring Tim Streeter, Doug Cooeyate, Ray Monge

    With its low budget and lush black-and-white imagery, Gus Van Sant’s debut feature MALA NOCHE heralded an idiosyncratic, provocative new voice in American independent film. Set in Van Sant’s hometown ...

  • Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt

    Episode 8

    Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman • 1989 • United States

    A tremendous, handmade monument to lives lost to AIDS, the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt demonstrated that grief and activism together could forge a powerful symbol of resilience. Winner of the Academy Award for best documen...

  • Paris Is Burning

    Episode 9

    Directed by Jennie Livingston • 1990 • United States
    Starring Dorian Corey, Pepper LaBeija, Angie Xtravaganza

    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 America...

  • Zero Patience

    Episode 10

    Directed by John Greyson • 1993 • Canada, United Kingdom
    Starring John Robinson, Norman Fauteux, Dianne Heatherington

    Inspired by the story of Gaëtan Dugas—the gay French Canadian flight attendant wrongly blamed for being “patient zero” in the North American AIDS epidemic—John Greyson’s daring a...

  • Fresh Kill

    Episode 11

    Directed by Shu Lea Cheang • 1994 • United States
    Starring Sarita Choudhury, Erin McMurtry, Abraham Lim

    Taiwanese-born new-media visionary Shu Lea Cheang directs this avant-anarcho ecosatire, in which a lesbian couple living on Staten Island find themselves ensnared in a vast conspiracy involvin...

  • The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love

    Episode 12

    Directed by Maria Maggenti • 1995 • United States
    Starring Laurel Holloman, Nicole Ari Parker, Maggie Moore

    Breaking new ground in queer representation when it was released in 1995, this tender and charming tale of first love traces the tentative relationship that develops between two high-schoo...

  • Weekend

    Episode 13

    Directed by Andrew Haigh • 2011 • United Kingdom
    Starring Tom Cullen, Chris New

    This sensual, remarkably observed, beautifully acted wonder is the breakout feature from British writer-director-editor Andrew Haigh. Rarely has a film been as honest about sexuality—in both depiction and discussi...

  • Stud Life

    Episode 14

    Directed by Campbell X • 2012 • United Kingdom
    Starring T’Nia Miller, Kyle Treslove, Robyn Kerr

    The rare slice-of-life film to center the experiences of a Black butch lesbian, the debut feature from Campbell X focuses on JJ (T’Nia Miller), a lesbian stud, and her white gay “pretty boy” best frie...

  • Shakedown

    Episode 15

    Directed by Leilah Weinraub • 2018 • United States

    Charting the eight-year run of Shakedown, a peripatetic black lesbian strip club in Los Angeles, director Leilah Weinraub attempts “to portray the before and after of a utopic moment.” Weinraub presents a world unto itself, shaped by the desires...

  • The Gospel of Eureka

    Episode 16

    Directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher • 2018 • United States

    Welcome to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a one-of-a-kind oasis in the Ozarks where Christian piety rubs shoulders with a thriving queer community. Narrated with homespun humor by Mx Justin Vivian Bond, this lushly photographed docu...

  • Pier Kids

    Episode 17

    Directed by Elegance Bratton • 2019 • United States
    Starring Krystal Dixon, DeSean Irby, Jusheem Thorne

    Elegance Bratton’s powerfully empathetic documentary is an immersion into the lives of the homeless queer and transgender youth who have forged a community of their own on downtown Manhattan’s...

  • Keyboard Fantasies

    Episode 18

    Directed by Posy Dixon • 2021 • United States
    Starring Beverly Glenn-Copeland

    As a Black sci-fi obsessive living in near isolation, Beverly Glenn-Copeland wrote and self-released “Keyboard Fantasies” in Huntsville, Ontario, in 1986. Recorded in an Atari-powered home-studio, the cassette featured...