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Family Values: An American Tragedy
rating:2.8

Family Values: An American Tragedy

1996Runtime:0 minutes
This riveting documentary traces the experiences of filmmaker Pam Walton as she struggles to reunite with her "family values" father after a long-standing rift. Rus Walton -- a radical religious fundamentalist -- disowned his daughter because of her lesbian lifestyle. Although he once suggested that practicing homosexuals should be executed, Pam is willing to pay the emotional price to fulfill her longing for parental acceptance.

Directed by:

  • Pam Walton
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    He Likes Guys
    rating:2.8

    He Likes Guys

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    This anthology of gay men's shorts offers an eclectic mix of comic, dramatic and erotic films, including "Laundromat," in which two young men at a relationship crossroads come face-to-face with the joys and challenges of long-term commitment. Other titles in this provocative collection include "Silver Road," "Steam," "Traces," "Babysitting Andy," "Waiting for Yvette," "Seeing You in Circles" and "Just."

    Directed by:

  • Damien Rea
  • Bill Taylor
  • Rachel Zisser
  • David Maurice Gil
  • Edward Gunawan
  • Sam McConnell
  • Justin Ross
  • Pat Mills
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Gaudi Afternoon
    rating:2.8

    Gaudi Afternoon

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Barcelona hasn't turned out to be the romantic dreamland fledgling translator Cassandra (Judy Davis) thought it would be. She's about to return to America when the mysterious Frankie (Marcia Gay Harden) offers her a large sum of money to track down Frankie's missing lover. Soon, Cassandra's embroiled in a kidnapping case full of double crosses and lesbian femmes fatales! Juliette Lewis and Lili Taylor co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Susan Seidelman
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Boys Life 2
    rating:2.8

    Boys Life 2

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    In this quartet of thought-provoking films about life as a gay male in America, "Must Be the Music" offers a frank depiction of urban gay youth, while "Nunzio's Second Cousin" finds a gay cop getting even with some homophobes. "Alkali, Iowa" chronicles a homosexual, Midwestern teen who unearths his dead father's secret, while "The DadShuttle" centers on the communication breakdown between a father and his gay son.

    Directed by:

  • Mark Christopher
  • Tom DeCerchio
  • Nickolas Perry
  • Peggy Rajski
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    The Watermelon Woman
    rating:2.8

    The Watermelon Woman

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    While doing research for a movie about a forgotten African-American actress, black video-store clerk Cheryl (writer-director Cheryl Dunye, playing herself) discovers that her subject shared a secret love affair with a white female director. In a stroke of intergenerational coincidence, Cheryl soon finds herself in love with a white woman. The movie captured the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film at the 1996 Berlin International Film Festival.

    Directed by:

  • Cheryl Dunye
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Show Me
    rating:2.8

    Show Me

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    When two squeegee kids (Allegra Fulton and Gabriel Hogan) confront Sarah Tabbot (Michelle Nolden) while she's stopped in her car, the slow-burning fuse is lit on a tense game of cat and mouse with the mice being the pursuers. Under duress with the street urchins in tow, Sarah continues her trip to an isolated cottage where the unlikely trio plays mind games with one another in search of some vague truth just out of reach.

    Directed by:

  • Cassandra Nicolaou
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    April's Shower
    rating:2.8

    April's Shower

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Love, laughter and friendship take center stage in this touching comedy, in which accomplished chef Alex (Trish Doolan) is consumed with the preparations for the bridal shower she's throwing for her best friend, April (Denise Miller). Although they're close, the two are experiencing friction, the cause of which they have yet to reveal. As the minutes pass by, it's clear this is an event that neither of them will forget, and nor will their guests.

    Directed by:

  • Trish Doolan
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Out of Season
    rating:2.8

    Out of Season

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Micki (Carol Monda), a cynical and jaded lesbian from New York, takes a break from big-city life and moves to a coastal New Jersey town to help her ailing uncle. While there, she meets Roberta (Joy Kelly), a Cape May local who's content to live a quiet life. Eventually, the two women find that opposites really do attract in this touching drama about the surprises and complexities of relationships.

    Directed by:

  • Jeanette L. Buck
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    The Baby Formula
    rating:2.8

    The Baby Formula

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    When Athena (Angela Vint) and Lilith (Megan Fahlenbock) decide to have a baby, they don't want just any baby: They want a baby that comes from both of them. But how to do it without a man? An experimental procedure that can turn stem cells into semen, of course. With this inventive independent comedy, director Alison Reid explores the limits of scientific possibility alongside the quirks of unconventional parenthood.

    Directed by:

  • Alison Reid
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Go Fish
    rating:2.8

    Go Fish

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    Brash lesbian Camille "Max" West (Guinevere Turner) is looking for romance in this hip, film festival favorite. Sick of hearing Max whine about her love life, her roommate sets Max up with the bashful, older -- and frumpy -- Ely (V.S. Brodie). Not surprisingly, their meeting doesn't exactly set off fireworks. But just as Max begins to believe she's destined to be alone, she discovers that life's best surprises sometimes come in ordinary packages.

    Directed by:

  • Rose Troche
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Inescapable
    rating:2.8

    Inescapable

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Directed by Helen Lesnick, this sexually frank drama follows the steamy affair that Chloe and Jessie carry on behind their girlfriends' backs. But as the new lovers' fling becomes more passionate, they find themselves plagued by guilt.

    Directed by:

  • Helen Lesnick
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    SoleJourney
    rating:2.8

    SoleJourney

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Chronicling a 65-mile protest march to the headquarters of Focus on the Family, an outspoken, anti-gay Christian organization, this compelling documentary follows a group of gay-rights activists that embraces nonviolent means to advance their cause. Interviews with high-profile participants such as former evangelical pastor Mel White shed light on the group's efforts to see equal rights established for Americans of every sexual orientation.

    Directed by:

  • Kate Burns
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Watching You
    rating:2.8

    Watching You

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Catch some of the best lesbian-themed short films from around the world in this fascinating collection. The selections include "4PM," a British movie in which a one-night stand brings comic relief; the Israeli feature "Watching You," in which the green-eyed monster -- jealousy -- rears its hideous head; "Dear Emily," an American short in which an older woman reminisces over her first crush, and more.

    Directed by:

  • Katherine Brooks
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Water Lilies
    rating:2.7

    Water Lilies

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    A Caméra d'Or contender at Cannes, this coming-of-age drama from first-time feature film director Céline Sciamma tracks the sexual awakenings of three female friends over the course of a single summer. Finding privacy in the solitude of the swimming pool locker room, blossoming teens Marie (Pauline Acquart), Anne (Louise Blachère) and Floriane (Adele Haenel) come to learn the true meaning of arousal and the power of sexual attraction.

    Directed by:

  • rating:2.7 2.7 Average Rating

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    Like It Never Was Before
    rating:2.7

    Like It Never Was Before

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Rune (Loa Falkman) and his wife (Stina Ekblad) take their family on a seaside vacation, hoping to restore some stability to their failing marriage. But when Rune meets a young man named Petrus (Simon Norrthon) and finds himself strangely attracted to him, he begins to question his identity. Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier directs this award-winning drama about keeping up appearances in the face of a personal crisis.

    Directed by:

  • Susanne Bier
  • rating:2.7 2.7 Average Rating

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    Butch Jamie
    rating:2.7

    Butch Jamie

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    After transforming her look into a femme and still not getting the part, struggling lesbian actress Jamie (Michelle Ehlen) pumps ups her butch factor and lands a male role. Problem is, everyone on set thinks Jamie's a man, including a very seductive young starlet. In order to keep her part in the film, Jamie must continue to fool cast and crew into believing she's all man in this twist on Dustin Hoffman's classic role as Tootsie.

    Directed by:

  • Michelle Ehlen
  • rating:2.7 2.7 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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