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In Passing
rating:2.3

In Passing

2006Runtime:0 minutes
With New York City as a backdrop, actress Vanessa Kelly (Veronica Mittenzwei) and playwright Julia Garrison (Lisa Rothe) fall in love in this tender lesbian romance that faces a singular set of challenges. Being a couple proves complicated as Vanessa and Julia open their hearts, becoming more involved and more vulnerable -- and when one of the women violates the other's hard-earned trust, their relationship lands on the rocks.

Directed by:

  • Kate Fitzgerald
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Some Prefer Cake
    rating:2.3

    Some Prefer Cake

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    This brisk comedy follows two friends -- lesbian Kira (Kathleen Fontaine) and straight Sydney (Tara Howley) -- who cope differently with their unrealized personal and professional dreams. Suffering from stage fright that prevents her career from thriving, aspiring comic Kira engages in empty sexual encounters to drown her sorrows. Meanwhile, Sydney, a would-be restaurant critic with a decided lack of interest in sex, turns to food for comfort.

    Directed by:

  • Heidi Arnesen
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Robin's Hood
    rating:2.3

    Robin's Hood

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    After being fired for her caring approach with clients, disenchanted social worker Robin (Khahtee V. Turner) is at a loss as to how to help her impoverished neighborhood, but everything changes when she meets butch lesbian Brooklyn (Clody Cates), a mechanic who moonlights as a thief. In this hip-hop update on the classic Robin Hood fable, sparks fly between the two women, and soon, they hatch a plan to bring relief to their inner-city community.

    Directed by:

  • Sara Millman
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Fun in Girls' Shorts 2
    rating:2.3

    Fun in Girls' Shorts 2

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Frameline -- which produces the annual San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival -- presents its second compilation of notable selections from the world of lesbian film, featuring a diverse array of narrative, documentary and animated shorts. Highlights include a same-sex send-up of soap operas, a tale of two antique dolls who partake in a nighttime tryst, and the true story of a lesbian who makes a remarkable discovery about her ancestors.

    Directed by:

  • Nicole Brending
  • Amy Neil
  • Erik Gernand
  • Kekeletso Khena
  • Robert Gaston
  • Tonnette Stanford
  • Quentin Kruger
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    La Cucina
    rating:2.3

    La Cucina

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Food preparation on a summer evening reveals the intricacies of relationships in four related stories. Lily (Christina Hendricks) prepares a gourmet meal for her older lover (Joaquim de Almeida), while pregnant Shelly (Leisha Hailey) runs tearfully to friend Jude (Rachel Hunter) when her lasagna-making attempt fails. Meanwhile, Jude makes Italian food for her absent lover, Celia (Clare Carey), who's busy filming a kitchen scene in her movie.

    Directed by:

  • Allison R. Hebble
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Gasoline
    rating:2.3

    Gasoline

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    After accidentally causing the death of her mother (Mariella Valentini), a young lesbian, Lenni (Regina Orioli), runs away with her auto mechanic girlfriend (Maya Sansa). To add a degree of difficulty, Lenni's mom's body is stashed in the trunk of their car and a gang of crazies is on their tail. But crazy is a relative term in this case...!

    Directed by:

  • Monica Stambrini
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Homo Promo
    rating:2.3

    Homo Promo

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    Hollywood's relationship with the gay community and the way it portrays them on film has run the gamut from incendiary to awkward to heartbreakingly poignant. This documentary explores the industry's attempts to include gay themes by way of trailers of vintage films (those made between 1956 and 1977), including "Tea and Sympathy," "Outrageous," "Midnight Cowboy" and more, and looks at how the films were marketed to moviegoers.

    Directed by:

  • Jenni Olson
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Surrender
    rating:2.2

    Surrender

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    When naïve new girl in Los Angeles Georgia (Julie Clay) takes up residence with Salene (Kate Hill), a beautiful lesbian writer with a checkered past, a mutual attraction begins to blossom between the two women. But are they doomed? As Salene researches her novel -- featuring a dominatrix as its central character -- Georgia finds herself drawn into the shadowy S&M scene. But when a dead body turns up in a local club, Salene becomes suspect No. 1.

    Directed by:

  • Katherine Brooks
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye
    rating:2.2

    The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye

    1990Runtime:0 minutes
    The endearing, provocative wit of filmmaker Cheryl Dunye is on full display in this collection of early works that preceded her breakout first feature, Watermelon Woman. The short films featured here -- the lesbian dating odyssey "Greetings from America," "The Potluck and the Passion," "An Untitled Portrait," "Vanilla Sex," "She Don't Fade" and "Janine" -- uniquely blend narrative and documentary techniques with entertaining results.

    Directed by:

  • Cheryl Dunye
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    History Lessons
    rating:2.2

    History Lessons

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    In a trilogy of experimental documentaries, director Barbara Hammer rewrites history by inserting lesbians and lesbian imagery throughout educational films, newsreels, medical footage and more from the past century.

    Directed by:

  • Barbara Hammer
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    A Siren in the Dark
    rating:2.2

    A Siren in the Dark

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    After interviewing a gay teen about the whereabouts of his sadistic lover, psychic cop Cameron is sucked into an investigation that leads him down a seedy road of sex, drugs and obsession. Along the way, Cameron encounters a mysterious male siren who feeds off the addictions of wayward travelers. Did the missing lover succumb to the siren's charms? Will Cameron be able to resist? The erotic mystery stars David Beutler and James Townsend.

    Directed by:

  • Laura Reilly
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    The Ultimate Lesbian Short Film Festival
    rating:2.2

    The Ultimate Lesbian Short Film Festival

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    This eclectic sampling of 10 short films from American, Australian and Canadian directors tackles lesbian life from a variety of angles. Included are "Blow" by Marie Craven; "Half Laughing" by Michelle Ehlen; "Tina Paulina: Living on Hope Street" by Barbara Green and Michelle Boyaner; "The Black Plum" by Meredyth Wilson; and "A Woman Reported," helmed by Chris J. Russo and featuring Moira Kelly.

    Directed by:

  • Roberta Marie Munroe
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    Girls Kissing
    rating:2.2

    Girls Kissing

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Barbara Lee's fast-paced documentary explores lesbianism from a variety of angles, including how pop culture is changing society's outlook on the subject. Radio show host Sue Johanson ("Sunday Night Sex Show") comments on social and political issues, and Lee's film captures a range of personal experience and opinion on the subject through candid interviews with real-life couples, porn stars, gay activists, Christian crusaders and many others.

    Directed by:

  • Barbara K. Lee
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    Make a Wish
    rating:2.2

    Make a Wish

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    In celebration of their friend Susan's birthday, a group of women with scandalous, intertwining pasts take off for a weekend retreat in the hills, unaware of the chaos and danger ahead. The friends' sweet celebration quickly sours with the arrival of a jealous boyfriend, a deranged hunter and a mysterious detective, and things take an even darker turn when the partygoers start disappearing one by one. Moynan King and Hollace Starr co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Sharon Ferranti
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    Erotique
    rating:2.2

    Erotique

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    A quartet of international filmmakers pools their talents for this steamy anthology of short films. Selections include Lizzie Borden's "Let's Talk About Sex," which follows a phone-sex operator fixated on a regular caller; and Monika Treut's "Taboo Parlor," which chronicles the exploits of a lesbian couple who entertain a man. And in "Final Call" from Ana Maria Magalhães, a woman has an affair with the man who saved her from being raped.

    Directed by:

  • Monika Treut
  • Lizzie Borden
  • Clara Law
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    Tokyo Cowboy
    rating:2.2

    Tokyo Cowboy

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    Obsessed with living in the kind of Wild West depicted in his favorite movies, wannabe cowboy No Ogawa (Hiromoto Ida) quits his dead-end job in Tokyo and heads to Canada to meet his childhood pen pal, Kate (Christianne Hirt). Unfortunately for No, Kate has no intention of being his cowgirl, and soon, the endearing "Tokyo Cowboy" is forced to find his way alone on the dusty prairies of the Great White North.

    Directed by:

  • Kathy Garneau
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    Now and Then
    rating:3.8

    Now and Then

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Waxing nostalgic about the bittersweet passage from childhood to puberty in this tender coming-of-age tale, four childhood girlfriends -- Teeny, Chrissy, Samantha and Roberta -- recall the magical summer of 1970. During their walk down memory lane, they reconcile experiences with boys, secrets, bullies and more. Lesli Linka Glatter directs; Gaby Hoffmann, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Cloris Leachman, Thora Birch and Christina Ricci co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Lesli Linka Glatter
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Now and Then (1995)
    A heartwarming movie about four childhood girlfriends who, in adulthood reunion, relive their experience of the life-changing summer of 1970, including a mystery death, divorce, standing up to the boys, first kiss, and the meaning of true friendship. Each explores her unique identity amidst family and friends. Beautifully directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
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