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Jan 28 2016
Howard's End: A Nephew Documents His Uncle's Artistic Journey Comments (0)

Still from Uncle Howard

Fans of Madonna are just about the only people who have caught the underrated film Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989), directed by Howard Brookner. Brookner, who had made a name for himself with his William S. Burroughs doc Burroughs: The Movie (1983), wrote the fun, frothy '20s flick with Colman deKay, and wound up attracting one of the best, most diverse casts of the '80s—along with Madonna, the film features Matt Dillon, Randy Quaid, Jennifer Grey, Anita Morris, Rutger Hauer, Julie Hagerty, Dinah Manoff, Alan Ruck, Esai 12540845_756981177765264_6707135659366426462_nMorales and more.

Though the film bombed at the box office with, for the most part, with critics, it remains a pleasing piece, albeit one badly re-cut after Brookner died of AIDS.

Now playing at the Sundance Film Festival is another Brookner creation, directed by another Brookner—Howard's nephew Aaron is the man behind Uncle Howard, and (Queerty's) Jeremy Kinser turns in an insightful Q&A with the filmmaker at

Madonna and Jennifer Grey perform in a still from Bloodhounds of Broadway.

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Jan 23 2016
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Jan 22 2016
Bunch Of Posers: Madonna's BLOND AMBITION Dancers Reunite For Documentary Comments (0)


According to IndieWire, Strike a Pose, a documentary that catches us up with Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour dancers 25 (!) years later, will debut at the Berlin Film Festival:

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Jan 05 2016
MAKING A MURDERER, She Wrote Comments (0)


Now that Netflix's Making a Murderer is a bona fide sensation—100,000s of signatures have been gathered on behalf of its subject—the reporter who investigated the case all along is releasing new details and evidence that was left out of the series.

Juicy stuff.

Dec 20 2015
Preservations Required Comments (0)

Tumblr_nx3f30GW0v1rdfgw4o1_500Lupita Tovar on the big screen 84 years ago ... and still with us!

The Librarian of Congress has announced the 25 films chosen this year to be preserved in the National Film Registry due to their cultural, aesthetic or historic importance. Of special note: Mother and daughter Lupita Tovar (the world's oldest living actress at age 105) and Susan Kohner were in the Spanish-language Dracula (1931) and Imitation of Life (1959), respectively.

Also cool: The amazing gay doc Portrait of Jason (1967) is included.

Full list—including more recent fare like Ghostbusters (1984) and Top Gun (1986)—after the jump ...

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Dec 08 2015
You Don't Know Jack Comments (0)


My pal Jenni Olson drew my attention to this interesting Kickstarter, for a “non-documentary” about '60s underground filmmaker and artist Jack Smith. Check it out—it looks fascinating and the rewards are pretty cool, too.


A Jack Smith primer, from director Jerry Tartaglia's Kickstarter page:

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Nov 17 2015
Those Were The Gays, My Friend: A Review Of REEL IN THE CLOSET Comments (0)


On Saturday, I was excited to be able to catch an NYC screening of Stu Maddux's documentary Reel in the Closet, which presents dozens of rare clips from home movies (including footage shot from TV, some of which is the only copy of such newscasts known to exist) that show queer people living queer lives.

Framed by a narrative of preservation—we meet several prominent archivists who have devoted themselves to the painstaking task of transferring one-of-a-kind home movies to the digital medium—the film is itself a one-of-a-kind document, a hub that shows images never meant to be shared outside a small circle of intimates, but that must now be shared in order to create a historical record of queer living. 

Among the most amazing finds would be a short piece of film from inside a lesbian nightclub 65 years ago, including incredible footage (with sound) of women singing to butch/femme couples. We have to wait until the end to get some erotica (well-off white gay dudes sunbathing), but it's worth the wait.

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There is also a wealth of raw footage provided by a sneaky film editor who took it from the stations for which he worked in San Francisco, which means that truly unique footage from the White Night Riots is forever preserved.

Framegrabrotatormaster2xcnx1-375x275_cBut as interesting as these unusual bits are, just as compelling is the footage that shows gay people in their day-to-day existences, being goofy, showing off and playing to the camera. Many are people who are unknown to us now, while some—including a wealthy dentist who documented decades of his life—seem to have succeeded in achieving a slice of immortality.

DSC06479Me (L) with the blogger from Kenneth in the (212) (R), sandwiching filmmaker Stu Maddux.

Due to the resources required, most of the footage comes from privileged white men (cameras were expensive!), but Maddux makes sure to reflect people of color and women and drag queens/genderqueer individuals. One part of the movie that sort of leapt out to me was when a trans woman (perhaps she would have been called a transvestite back then) spoke about how drag queens started Stonewall—and this footage was from the '70s, so the recent controversy about whether that impression is true has to take into account the fact that it was widely believed from shortly after the event.

Don't miss Maddux's scrupulously assembled, deeply respectful documentary, and visit his site if you have what you think might be unique footage showing gay life in home movies.

Keep reading for Maddux's remarks before and after the NYC screening ...

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Nov 04 2015
To Be Reel: New, Old Gay Documentary Comments (0)

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Reel In the Closet sounds great—a feature-length doc made of queer home movies from the past (all the way back to the '30s) and gay-themed news footage rescued from attics and closets internationally.

Check out why the filmmaker, Stu Maddux, made the film:

This film screens at the IFC Center (323 Sixth Ave., NYC) on November 14 at 2:15 p.m. with cast (!) and crew in attendance.

Get your tickets here!


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