By Jourdain Searles. All we can do right now is curl up under our blankets with a libation or two and try to forget our troubles by streaming movies nonstop. Queer cinema is not a monolith, but I do prefer to prioritize the films that depict queer life as it is. This is a list big on laughs, keeping the sadness to a minimum. There are some recognizable titles in here, mixed in with lesser-known gems that deserve public attention.
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Under normal circumstances, June busts out all over with Pride Month parties and parades. The gay neighborhood thumps with house music. The conditions are optimal for you to catch up on your queer cinema. The range runs from the shoestring brilliance of The Watermelon Woman to the big-budget glitter-bomb that is Rocketman. While gay characters tended until much too recently to be one-dimensional, white, and doomed, in Barry Jenkins won a Best Picture Oscar telling the layered and hopeful story of a gay Black man in Moonlight.
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Set in , Caught is a tuneful memory film of a shy teenager who is tempted by an alluring new student. Shot in Super 8, the Cinematographer was Kris White. Music by Kevin McLardy. Interesting tidbit 1: Excluding the opening and closing shots, ever scene was shot twice, once on Super 8 and once digital as a back up. In the final product only one shot had to be replaced with a digital shot when it turned out one scene was too dark.
The coronavirus has halted large gatherings. Several cities have canceled parades and festivals altogether. Many will be celebrating online. Pride Houston has opted to have a rally and march at City Hall in response to the protests against police brutality and racism in the wake of George Floyd's death.