These three, separate film rarities highlight the diversity of representations offered in the Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation, a joint effort of Outfest and UCLA Film & Television Archive to preserve moving image artifacts documenting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender peoples. Total Running Time: 95 min. The directors of Queens at Heart and Mona’s Candle Light are unknown.
Queens at Heart (1967) presents four male-to-female transsexuals in candid discussions about their lives and identities. Their answers provide a rare glimpse of the vernacular surrounding gender and sexuality of the time. Digitally restored to its vivid, original hues from two faded 16mm projection prints, the curious and moving short film bursts not only with new color but also with human dignity.
Mona’s Candle Light (1950) is among a relatively small number of films depicting gay people before gay liberation. This brief film was discovered at a flea market and depicts patrons of a lesbian bar in San Francisco, representing a rare example of queer life on its own turf and on its own terms.
Debra Chasnoff’s and Kim Klausner’s groundbreaking documentary, Choosing Children (1984), broke the topic of gay parenting with grace and towering authority, presenting portraits of several lesbian mothers who were among the first to make the historic choice to become parents.
Co-presented by the Boston LGBT Film Festival
Queens at Heart: Preservation funded by Joanne Herman with additional support from the Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation and Outfest. Preserved from two faded 35mm acetate prints. Digital laboratory service by IVC Digital Film Center and Audio Mechanics. Additional laboratory services by Ascent Media, Cinetech, and DJ Audio. Special thanks to: Andrea James, Tom Letness, Dick Millais, Jenni Olson, Kristin Pepe.
Mona's Candle Light: Preserved as part of the Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation, in collaboration with the Academic Film Archive of North America. Preserved from the original 16mm single-system reversal print. Laboratory services by the Stanford Theatre Film Laboratory, Film Technology Company, NT Picture and Sound, and Audio Mechanics. Special thanks to: Geoff Alex- ander, Nan Boyd, Bob Heiber, Lynne Kirste, Kristin Pepe, John Polito, the San Francisco Public Library, Ralph Sargent, Todd Wiener.
Choosing Children: Preservation funded by the Andrew J. Kuehn, Jr. Foundation, with support from The Women’s Film Preservation Fund, a project of New York Women in Film & Television, and Outfest. Preserved from an original 16mm color reversal print. Laboratory services by Cinetech, NT Picture and Sound, and Audio Mechanics. Special thanks to: Debra Chasnoff, frameline, Groundspark, Kim Klausner, the Library of Con- gress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation.
Highlighting the Outfest Legacy Project: Three Films
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Remis Auditorium, 161
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