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LGBTQ Film Series: THE CELLULOID CLOSET
December 8, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its new monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday December 8th, featuring the film, THE CELLULOID CLOSET (1995). This is a free gathering to enjoy a film on the second Thursday of each month. Popcorn, candy, bottled water and soda are available. Donations will be accepted to benefit the LGBTQ Resource Center. Feel free to bring your own “brown bag” supper and beverages.
Each film begins at 7pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Save the date for the next film in the series, the 2016 French film SUMMERTIME (LA BELLE SAISON) on January 12th. Watch for announcements of other films as they are added to the series in the new year on the second Thursday of each month.
More information about THE CELLULOID CLOSET:
Narrated by Lily Tomlin and based on a now-classic 1981 book by Vito Russo, this groundbreaking 1995 documentary states from the outset that in one hundred years of cinema history, homosexuality had until that time rarely been acknowledged, and only then for laughs, pity, or fear. As the film continues, it details the depiction of gays during each decade, showing how the visibility of LGBTQ characters increasing and evolving. The film includes interviews with Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Curtis, Shirley MacLaine, Gore Vidal, Harvey Fierstein and many others. Over 100 film excerpts date from 1895 to 1994, including dozens of legendary and popular movies.
According to the New York Times, THE CELLULOID CLOSET is “an indispensable addition to the history of Hollywood, with the popular appeal of THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT.”
This award-winning documentary is directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Though the LGBTQ community and its representation in film has progressed significantly since the 1990s, THE CELLULOID CLOSET and the book upon which it is based represent landmarks in shedding light on our history of LGBTQ people in film. Rated R.