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d. Gabrielle Zilkha 93min Canada 2019
Queerness on television has moved from subtext, in series such as “Xena: Warrior Princess,” to all-out multi season relationships between women, as seen on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Lost Girl,” and “Carmilla.” But things still aren’t perfect. In 2016, a record number of queer women died on fictional shows, which broke the hearts of queer fans and launched a successful fight for better, more diverse LGBTQ2S+ representation. Stars such as Ilene Chaiken, Stephanie Beatriz, Lucy Lawless and Angelica Ross join with the voices of numerous kickass fangirls in this fast-paced history of queer women’s representation on contemporary television.
QUEERING THE SCRIPT not only charts the evolution of queerness, but also demonstrates the extraordinary impact of activism on its many diverse fans, ensuring that they see themselves accurately portrayed on screen.
Featuring interviews with Lucy Lawless (Actor, “Xena: Warrior Princess”), Ilene Chaiken (Producer/Director/Writer, “The L Word”, “The Handmaid’s Tale”), Princess Weekes (Journalist, The Mary Sue), Gloria Calderón Kellett (Producer/Writer, “One Day at a Time”), Angelica Ross (Actor, FX’s “POSE”), Stephanie Beatriz (Actor, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, The Light of the Moon), and many more.
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9:00 PM – 10:45 PM – Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street
d. Roman Chimienti, Tyler Jensen 100min USA 2019
At the time of release, The Advocate dubbed 1985’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge the gayest horror film ever made. For the film’s closeted young star, Mark Patton, such a tag was a stark reminder about the homophobia in Hollywood at the time—and the painful experience he had making the high-profile film and living through the polarizing critical aftermath as well as the devastating AIDS epidemic. This new documentary highlights Patton’s time in the horror spotlight, and Patton sets the record straight about the controversial sequel, which ended his acting career just as it was about to begin. The film follows Patton as he travels to horror conventions across the U.S. Each new city unwraps a chapter from his life that is met with equal parts joyful and bittersweet detail, as he attempts to make peace with his past and embrace his legacy as cinema’s first male “scream queen.” Patton confronts the Freddy’s Revenge cast and crew for the first time, including co-stars Robert Rusler, Kim Myers and Clu Gulager, as well as Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund. The film also discusses Freddy’s Revenge’s status as an LGBTQ cult classic, and illustrates how the career turbulence experienced by Patton—whose résumé includes stints on Broadway and a regarded role in the 1982 film Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean—wasn’t out of the ordinary for the time. “There were plenty of gay actors like me,” says Patton. “They starred in one movie and just disappeared. A whole generation just vanished.”
Featuring an introduction by author, academic and activist Dan Vena
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11:00 PM – 12:30 AM – A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
d. Jack Sholder 87min USA 1985
Five years have passed since Freddy Krueger was sent howling back to hell. But now, there’s a new twink on Elm Street named Jesse and every night he dreams of a strange man attempting to enter his body. And if Freddy succeeds in possessing Jesse’s body, he will return from the dead to wreak bloody murder and mayhem upon the entire town. This film is notorious for its outrageous gay subtext that the writer and director have claimed for years was unintentional and the blame was (unfairly)targeted on Out actor Mark Patton as Jesse. However, the film is saturated in queerness including long, lingering shots of male nudity and a sadistic Phys Ed teacher with a penchant for leather and bondage. This late-night feature would make a perfect double-bill with Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street at 9pm.
Featuring an outrageous drag performance by Kingston’s worst drag nightmare, Miss Lilith Cain!
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