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virtual LL 2016-17
Curated by Tanya Zuk

Since the early 90s, Lesbian Looks has been bringing audiences to the University of Arizona campus, and to community venues including the Loft Cinema, the Screening Room, the Grand Cinemas Crossroads 6, and the Wingspan LGBTQ community center, to watch movies together that could not otherwise be seen in Tucson. In 2011 we added a new location: your computer.

Virtual Lesbian Looks offers a curated portal to made-for-the-web programming. When we started Lesbian Looks in 1993, you could count the number of lesbian-themed feature films on one hand, and the number of television shows with a lesbian character (usually a special guest on one episode) on the other. Today, you can find dozens of programs online, created by LGBTQ filmmakers for LGBTQ audiences.

In this constantly evolving media landscape, web-based series provide a dynamic new avenue where both veteran and emerging filmmakers can take creative risks, launch fresh projects, develop a fan base, and sometimes parlay a low-budget experiment into a television deal or feature film.

‘Brown Girls’ is an intimate story of the lives of two young women of color. Leila is a South Asian-American writer just now owning her queerness. Patricia is a sex-positive Black-American musician who is struggling to commit to anything: job, art and relationships. While the two women come from completely different backgrounds, their friendship is ultimately what they lean on to get through the messiness of their mid-twenties. Written by Fatimah Asghar, directed and produced by Sam Bailey, this series is presented by OpenTV.

Entangled with You (still)

Created by Caryn K. Hayes, Entangled is a relationship dramedy following roommates Alisha (Kathryn J. Taylor) and Jaliyah (Loren Lillian), who move in together after separating from their partners. Failing to fully disconnect from their relationships leaves the roomies in a constant back and forth with their emotions and the pair form an unlikely bond as their lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways.

Brazilian web series, RED, tells the story of Mel Béart and Liz Malmo, two actresses who meet while shooting a short film and end up taking to their real lives the romantic relationship that they portray in fiction as Scarlet and Simone.

The Chanticleer (still)

A web series stylized as a 1950s pulp novel, featuring Annie Hall as Edie Chaucer owner of the underground gay bar The Chanticleer in upstate New York. Created by Becky Lane this period drama is full of atmosphere and camp.

 

Her Story poster

Her Story is about two trans women in Los Angeles who have given up on love, when suddenly chance encounters give them hope. Violet is drawn to Allie, a reporter who approaches her for an interview, while career-driven Paige meets James, the first man she’s considered opening up to in years. Will they risk letting what they are stand in the way of being loved for who they are? Co-written by Jen Richards and Laura Zak, directed by Sydney Freeland (Drunktown’s Finest), with cinematography by Bérénice Eveno, and produced by Katherine Fisher/Speed of Joy Productions, Her Story features predominantly LGBTQ women, on and off-screen.

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