What a difference a year makes. At this time last year the Bristol Art Museum was canceling (and then uncanceling) its own show because of homoerotic imagery, the public library across the street was canceling (and then uncanceling) its own Drag Queen Story Hour, and in Providence protesters were rallying at the Cathedral after Bishop Tobin made some homophobic remarks on Twitter (a platform he had already sworn off once).
Traditionally right about now I produce a mini-guide of LGBTQ+ events happening around the state, but this year there are no scheduled events of any kind happening, beyond virtual drag brunches and Facebook Live dance parties.
To make up for the lack of festivities, why not curate your own queer film festival? All you have to do is pick four or five movies to watch this month, and then actually watch them. Maybe make it a weekly thing?
Below are 46 options, ranging from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 film Rebecca (with its sinister Mrs. Danvers) to Circus of Books, Rachel Mason’s recent Netflix documentary about her parents’ infamous gay LA bookstore.
There are WAY too many streaming options for me to list how you can watch these, but all of the titles in this list can be streamed or rented online. Use JustWatch or Decider to figure out where, whether it’s Netflix or Kanopy or The Criterion Channel or HBO Max or Pluto or Tubi or Hoopla or Amazon or whatever the heck other options are out there.
1. The Times of Bill Cunningham – Mark Bozek, 2020
2. Cunningham – Alla Covgan, 2019
Two unrelated documentaries about two unrelated gay Cunninghams. Bill is the New York fashion/street photographer, and that one’s currently streaming through local movie theaters, including Acoustic Java, Jane Pickens Theater, and Mystic Luxury Cinemas. Alla Covgan’s film is about choreographer Merce Cunningham, and at 8pm on June 4 the director will be talking about the film at an event presented by FirstWorks and Brown Arts Initiative.
3. I Am Samuel – Pete Murimi, 2020
4. Welcome to Chechnya – David France, 2020
These two documentaries premiere June 11 as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
5. Pakeezah – Kamal Amrohi, 1972 (Hindi)
Watch the movie and then listen to a discussion with Baseera Khan on June 22, presented by monthly New York series Queer|Art|Film.
6. Grey Gardens – Albert and David Maysles, 1975
Watch the movie and then listen to a discussion on June 9 with comedian John Hodgman, presented by Coolidge Corner Theatre.
The rest are just listed alphabetically. Movies in other languages are noted.
Appropriate Behavior – Desiree Akhavan, 2014
Blood from Dracula (aka Andy Warhol’s Dracula) – Paul Morrissey, 1974
Bound – Lana and Lilly Wachowski, 1996 [pictured]
Boys on the Side – Herbert Ross, 1995
Brief Story from the Green Planet – Santiago Loza, 2019 (Spanish)
Call Me By Your Name – Luca Guadagnino, 2017
Cabaret – Bob Fosse, 1972
Carol – Todd Haynes, 2015
Un chant d’amour – Jean Genet, 1950
Circus of Books – Rachel Mason, 2020
Death in Venice – Luchino Visconti, 1971 (Italian)
Disobedience – Sebastián Lelio, 2017
Edward II – Derek Jarman, 1991
Fox and His Friends – Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1975 (German)
Funeral Parade of Roses – Toshio Matsumoto, 1969 (Japanese)
The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook, 2016 (Korean)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch – John Cameron Mitchell, 2001
The Hunger – Tony Scott, 1983
Johan – Phillipe Valois, 1976 (French) This odd one is streaming on Hoopla, available through many local libraries
Laws of Desire – Pedro Almodovar, 1987 (Spanish)
Lianna – John Sayles, 1983
Ma Vie en Rose – Alain Berliner, 1997 (French)
Midnight Cowboy – John Schlesinger, 1969
Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge – Jack Sholder, 1985 [pictured]
Portrait of Jason – Shirley Clarke, 1967
Purple Noon – Réné Clément, 1960 (French)
Rebecca – Alfred Hitchcock, 1940
Swoon – Tom Kalin, 1992
Tangerine – Sean Baker, 2015
Tarnation – Jonathan Caouette, 2006
Tomboy – Céline Sciamma, 2011
Tongues Untied – Marlon Riggs, 1989 [pictured]
Twice a Woman – George Sluizer, 1979
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders – Jaromil Jireš, 1970 (Czech)
Victim – Basil Dearden, 1961
Wild Boys – Bertrand Mondico, 2017 (French)
Wild Nights with Emily – Madeleine Olnek, 2018
X2: X-Men United – Bryan Singer, 2003
Y Tu Mamá También – Alfonso Cuarón, 2001 (Spanish)