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I Am My Own Woman
rating:3.0

I Am My Own Woman

1992Runtime:0 minutes
This docudrama tells the story of Charlotte von Mahlsdor -- born Lothar Berflede -- who, defining herself as a woman trapped in a man's body, survived World War II and the East German Stasis to become a founder of the German gay liberation movement. Melding documentary footage and interviews with dramatic reenactments, filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim paints a vivid portrait of a woman who defied convention to live according to her own rules.

Directed by:

  • Rosa von Praunheim
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    Amour de Femme
    rating:3.0

    Amour de Femme

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Jeanne, a beautiful wife and mother, feels herself slipping further into loneliness and isolation every day. Her mainstream existence is crushing her, and her relationship with her husband becomes distant and strained. So, she begins spending quality time with the sexy and exuberant Marie, who becomes the conduit for bringing passion -- complete and with no small measure of sexual tension -- back into Jeanne's life.

    Directed by:

  • Sylvie Verheyde
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    D.E.B.S.
    rating:3.0

    D.E.B.S.

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Encrypted within the SAT is a secret test that measures a girl's potential for espionage. Amy (Sara Foster), Janet (Jill Ritchie), Dominique (Devon Aoki) and Max (Meagan Good) score so high that they're recruited to join the elite paramilitary group known as D.E.B.S. But when their mission to capture arch villainess Lucy Diamond (Jordana Brewster) gets complicated, even their spy skills might not be able to save them.

    Directed by:

  • Angela Robinson
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    Nina's Heavenly Delights
    rating:3.0

    Nina's Heavenly Delights

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Born into an Indian expatriate family and raised in Glasgow, Nina (Shelley Conn) flees to London to avoid an arranged marriage. But when she returns home to run her family's struggling restaurant after her father's death, she discovers a new kind of love. Joining forces with the chef, Lisa (Laura Fraser), she works to win a cooking contest her father entered and save the restaurant. Soon, her blossoming feelings for Lisa take her by surprise.

    Directed by:

  • Pratibha Parmar
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    Left Lane: On the Road with Folk Poet Alix Olson
    rating:3.0

    Left Lane: On the Road with Folk Poet Alix Olson

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    In this intimate documentary, you'll tag along with fiery folk poet and progressive lesbian activist Alix Olsen as she and filmmaker Samantha Farinella -- who's also Alix's tour manager -- hit the road. Stopping in such places as Lincoln, Neb., and Charlotte, N.C., Alix delivers dynamic performances and champions the fight for independent thinking and tolerance. Also included are insightful interviews with her feisty grandmother and mom.

    Directed by:

  • Samantha Farinella
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    Ballot Measure 9
    rating:3.0

    Ballot Measure 9

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, this documentary chronicles the fight over Oregon's State Ballot Measure 9, an amendment put forth by the conservative group Oregon Citizen's Alliance in 1992. Intended to revoke current laws and prohibit the passing of future laws protecting homosexuals from discrimination, Measure 9 provoked an explosive battle between the gay community and conservative factions before its ultimate defeat.

    Directed by:

  • Heather MacDonald
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    Finding North
    rating:3.0

    Finding North

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    After getting fired on her 30th birthday, bank teller Rhonda encounters Travis whom she had previously seen trying to jump from the Brooklyn Bridge, and the pair set off on a life-changing journey together. The two take a road trip to Texas, and their relationship becomes complicated with sexual tension and the fact that he's mourning the loss of his boyfriend. A sweet, quirky and humorous drama.

    Directed by:

  • Tanya Wexler
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    Who's Afraid of Kathy Acker?
    rating:3.0

    Who's Afraid of Kathy Acker?

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Trace the extreme life of outlaw writer, performance artist and punk icon Kathy Acker through this vibrant documentary portrait, which chronicles her controversial career challenging society's assumptions about gender and sexuality. Through animation, archival footage, interviews and dramatic reenactments, director Barbara Caspar explores Acker's colorful history, from her well-heeled upbringing to her role as the scribe of society's fringe.

    Directed by:

  • Barbara Caspar
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    Puccini for Beginners
    rating:3.0

    Puccini for Beginners

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Allegra is recovering from a breakup with her girlfriend when she starts to fall for a member of the opposite sex. Philip is the tidy professor who's romancing the ambivalent Allegra while she pursues a straight woman who's recently become single.

    Directed by:

  • Maria Maggenti
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    Flag Wars
    rating:3.0

    Flag Wars

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    A gripping look at a complex issue, this documentary explores the upheaval that occurs in a primarily African-American working-class neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio, when it becomes gentrified by an influx of white homosexuals. While longtime residents struggle to survive, the gay newcomers face their own set of issues. The economic and political clash between two historically oppressed groups brings out prejudice and insensitivity on both sides.

    Directed by:

  • Linda Goode Bryant
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    Finn's Girl
    rating:3.0

    Finn's Girl

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Following the untimely death of her partner, Nancy (Gail Maurice), Dr. Finn Jeffries (Brooke Johnson) struggles to single-handedly care for the couple's angst-addled preteen daughter, Zelly (Maya Ritter), while taking on the responsibility of running the abortion clinic Nancy founded. Yanna McIntosh, Richard Clarkin, Nathalie Toriel and Gilles Lemaire also star in this sensitive drama from co-directors Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert.

    Directed by:

  • Laurie Colbert
  • Dominique Cardona
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    Fiona's Script
    rating:3.0

    Fiona's Script

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    On the heels of her breakup with her long-term boyfriend, Sebastian (Allan Lazo), struggling screenwriter Fiona (Sonia Montejano) finds herself overwhelmed by a case of writer's block and an unexpected crush on an enigmatic young woman. Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Florencia Manovil, this refreshingly frank dramedy explores the complexity of discovering one's individuality in a world of conformity.

    Directed by:

  • Florencia Manovil
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    Drool
    rating:3.0

    Drool

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    After beginning an unexpected romance with her neighbor, Imogene (Jill Marie Jones), housewife Anora (Laura Harring) accidentally shoots her abusive husband, Ched (Oded Fehr), and then sets out on an outrageous road trip with her new lover and kids to dispose of the corpse. Nancy Kissam writes and directs this unpredictable romantic comedy that also stars Ashley Duggan Smith and Christopher Newhouse as Anora's children.

    Directed by:

  • Nancy Kissam
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    Head On
    rating:3.0

    Head On

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    This edgy indie drama follows 19-year-old Ari (Alex Dimitriades), a gay Greek-Australian whose roiling ethnic- and sexual-identity struggles lead to a wild, 24-hour odyssey. When he's not dealing drugs or bedding nameless partners, Ari joins his younger sister (Andrea Mandalis) in a battle of wills against their reactionary parents. Though he ultimately runs afoul of the law, Ari remains impenitent about his self-destructive hedonism.

    Directed by:

  • Ana Kokkinos
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    Gray Matters
    rating:3.0

    Gray Matters

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Sam (Thomas Cavanagh) and Gray (Heather Graham) are a devoted brother and sister who share a dwelling and a love of many things -- ballroom dancing, 1940s movie musicals and, much to their surprise, strong feelings for an attractive woman (Bridget Moynahan). But Gray, who's historically heterosexual, is confused by her strange new feelings. Sibling rivalry, love and destiny go topsy-turvy in first-time writer-director Sue Kramer's romantic romp.

    Directed by:

  • Sue Kramer
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    Cruel & Unusual
    rating:3.0

    Cruel & Unusual

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Five transgender women share their experiences behind bars in this shocking documentary. Though they consider themselves women, their male genitalia forces them into men's prisons, where they face unspeakable abuse from both inmates and officials. Easy targets on the inside and frequently denied the medical care and hormone treatments they require, these inmates spend years caught between worlds, making their sentences even harder to bear.

    Directed by:

  • Dan Hunt
  • Janet Baus
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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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