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2016-2017

Welcome to the 23rd ANNUAL LESBIAN LOOKS!

FEB 2, 2017:
Southwest of Salem

NOV 15, 2016:
Real Boy

SEP 29, 2016:
Welcome to This House

Stay tuned for further info
about our 2016-17 program!

THURSDAY, FEB 2, 2017 / 7:30pm / FREE
(Deborah S. Esquenazi, 2016)

Southwest of Salem - Festival Trailer from Deborah S. Esquenazi on Vimeo.

After being wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls during the Satanic Panic witchhunt era of the 80s and 90s, four Latina lesbians fight against mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor in their struggle for exoneration in this riveting 'True Crime' tale.

In 1994, four women were accused, tried and convicted of the heinous sexual assault of two young girls--as one newscaster puts it, "the modern version of the witchcraft trials." Twenty years later, the four women have maintained their innocence, insisting that the accusations were entirely fabricated, and borned of homophobic prejudice and a late-90s mania about covens, cults and child abuse. A riveting and layered story that explores the web of prejudices in a contentious trial and the interrelated political and personal forces that work to convict those thought guilty, trampling the innocent in the process.

"Has your blood pressure been sufficiently raised by shows like "Making A Murderer" and movies like the "Paradise Lost" trilogy? Buckle up, because we've got another unbelievable true crime story that will leave you equal parts fascinated and furious."
— INDIEWIRE, April 2016

More reviews of Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

Rolling Stone: Inside Case Behind Wrongful Conviction Doc 'Southwest of Salem'

AfterEllen: Guilty of being QWOC: The San Antonio Four on being wrongly accused

New York Magazine: Director Deborah Esquenazi on What Drew Her to a Satanic-Ritual Abuse Trial in Texas

Curve Magazine: San Antonio Four Exonerated

 


TUESDAY, NOV 15, 6:30pm / FREE
(Shaleece Haas, 2016)

REAL BOY is the coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager on a journey to find his voice—as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. As he navigates the ups and downs of young adulthood, he works to gain the love and support of his mother, who has deep misgivings about her child’s transition. Along the way, Bennett forges a powerful friendship with his idol, Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician with his own demons to fight.

"Bennett Wallace, a trans teenager facing heartaches and joys...is charming, funny and insightful throughout." —Chicago Tribune

"A multifaceted coming-of-age narrative that never succumbs to sensationalism."—HeadStuff

"An uplifting journey of discovery and self-awareness"—Austin 360

"Rich with realness, struggle, triumph, and love. Hands down the best doc I’ve seen about a boy’s transition into manhood."—Ian Harvie, comedian and actor, Transparent

Co-sponsored by the Honors College, Pride Alliance, and the Office of LGBTQ Affairs


OPENING NIGHT
THURSDAY, SEP 29, 7pm / FREE
IN PERSON: Barbara Hammer
Welcome to This House
(Barbara Hammer, 2015)

Lesbian Looks opens our 23rd annual season with Barbara Hammer's 2015 lyrical documentary Welcome To This House (2015). The film explores the homes and loves of poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)--her life in the shadows, and the anxiety of art making without full self-disclosure. Hammer filmed in Bishop's 'best loved homes' in the US, Canada, and Brazil believing that buildings and landscapes bear cultural memories. Interviews with poets, friends, and scholars provide "missing documents" of numerous female lovers. Bishop's intimate poetry is beautifully performed by Kathleen Chalfant, with the creative music composition by Joan La Barbara.

Post-screening Q&A with legendary filmmaker Barbara Hammer!

"Hammer weaves together anecdotal fragments and imagery to build a portrait of a poet as a lesbian at a time when nobody talked of such things openly. Elizabeth Bishop had told Robert Lowell, whom she met in the '40s, that she was "the loneliest person in the world"; in Welcome to this House, Hammer crafts a vivid picture of how loneliness worked as a driving force in Bishop's life and work. The film explores the ambiguity of relationships when things were about the "love that dare not speak its name," necessarily fraught, hidden, and ambivalent."
Ruth Novaczek

"a layered portrait of the person behind the poet"
—Monica Nolan, Frameline
»Read full review

"a sensorial experience of Bishop's work and chosen habitat, which at its best becomes a polymorphous evocation of the sonorous affects permeating Bishop's physical and psychological milieu"
—Clayton Dillard, slantmagazine.com
»Read full review

»Read interview with Barbara Hammer in the Paris Review

Presented by the UA Poetry Center, and co-sponsors the UA Institute for LGBT Studies, Gender & Women's Studies, Exploded View Cinema, and Joe and Janet Hollander.