AHEAD OF THE CURVE

This entertaining and informative documentary tells the history of Curve, the best-selling lesbian lifestyle magazine ever published, and the pioneering exploits of its founder, Franco Stevens, Audio description verson also available starting 6/4!

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AHEAD OF THE CURVE - AUDIO DESCRIPTION

This entertaining and informative documentary tells the history of Curve, the best-selling lesbian lifestyle magazine ever published, and the pioneering exploits of its founder, Franco Stevens, Audio description verson also available starting 6/4!

CLOSED CAPTIONS AVAILABLE

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BREAKING FAST

Set against the twinkling lights of West Hollywood, Breaking Fast is a romantic comedy that follows Mo, a practicing Muslim still reeling from heartbreak. When an All-American guy named Kal offers to join him in his nightly Iftars - the traditional meal eaten by Muslims during Ramadan - meal after meal, the two start to discover they have more in common than meets the eye.

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DRAMARAMA

At the end of summer 1994, five high school drama club friends are about to part ways for college - all except for Gene, a closeted gay kid stuck in their hometown. Before they go, the group throws a Victorian-literature-themed murder mystery party as a final send-off. But instead of revelry, they end up exposing their secrets, resentments, and fears. Filled with wit, charm, and heart, Dramarama is part Breakfast Club, part Clue.

AVAILABLE 6/4 >>

END OF THE CENTURY

In his alluring debut feature, Lucio Castro offers both a sun-soaked European travelogue and an epic, decades-spanning romance. When Ocho (Juan Barberini), a 30-something Argentine poet on vacation in Barcelona, spots Javi (Ramón Pujol), a Spaniard from Berlin, from the balcony of his Airbnb, the attraction is subtle but persistent. With sumptuous lensing of a Barcelona summertime and tangible chemistry between the actors, End of the Century is a love story that echoes across time.

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FORBIDDEN LETTERS

ADULTS ONLY

Shot in the midst of the gay community’s fight against Anita Bryant’s "Save Our Children" campaign, this critically acclaimed feature from Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. (Gay U.S.A., Buddies) is a touching look at memory, fantasy, and the psychological tolls of the closet.
Larry, a young gay man, is trying to pass the time on the day his older lover Richard is set to be released from prison. Unable to clear his head through casual sex, he reads through his letters to Richard — letters he knew he could never send out of fear that an outing would lead to a harsher sentence. Long unseen since its '79 release, this landmark film is finally available uncut in a new restoration by The Bressan Project.

“What Bressan has given us is what we’ve wanted to see for so long, something neither Hollywood...nor the specifically gay (which is to say porno) movie producers have given us: the gay love fantasy.”
– The Advocate

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PRIDE SHORTS: DATE NIGHT

Celebrate Pride Month with these queer date night shorts!

Includes:

Bad Boy Date Night
Don't Text Back!
Here With You
Sweet Sweet Kink
Swipe

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MOSQUITA Y MARI

When straight A student Yolanda — aka Mosquita (Fenessa Pineda) - decides to help struggling tough girl Mari (Venecia Troncoso) with her homework an intense attraction evolves between the two. As their friendship grows, a yearning to explore their strange yet beautiful connection surfaces. Mounting pressures at home collide with their new-found desires thus driving Yolanda and Mari’s relationship to the edge, forcing them to choose between their obligations to others and staying true to each other.

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PASSING STRANGERS

ADULTS ONLY

One of cinema's first coming out stories, this debut feature from pioneering gay filmmaker Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. (Forbidden Letters, Buddies) tells the story of Robert, a young, closeted gay man who finds love, acceptance, and activism through a Berkley Barb ad. Critically acclaimed upon release and long-unavailable since, Passing Strangers is a romantic portrait of the gay liberation era that still resonates today. Newly restored by the Bressan Project from its original film elements.

"The joyful revelation of what must be the very finest personal and artistic success in the history of gay erotic cinema."
- Lee Atwell, Gay Sunshine

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QUEER JAPAN

Trailblazing artists, activists, and everyday people from across the spectrum of gender and sexuality defy social norms and dare to live unconventional lives in this kaleidoscopic view of LGBTQ+ culture in contemporary Japan. From shiny pride parades to playfully perverse underground parties, Queer Japan pictures people living brazenly unconventional lives in the sunlight, the shadows, and everywhere in between.

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SHAKEDOWN

Charting the eight-year run of Shakedown, a peripatetic black lesbian strip club in Los Angeles, director Leilah Weinraub attempts “to portray the before and after of a utopic moment.” Weinraub presents a world unto itself, shaped by the desires and pleasures of its community. Shot with the tenderness of a home movie, Shakedown captures the propulsive, dreamlike atmosphere of the club and achieves a stunning intimacy with its subjects.

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SO PRETTY

Four queer and trans youth in New York City struggle to maintain their proto-utopian community against the outside world as their lives curiously merge with the 1980s German novel So Schön by Ronald M. Schernikau.

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SONG LANG

An unlikely bond forms between an underground debt collector and a cai luong "Vietnamese opera" performer against the backdrop of Saigon in the 90s.

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THE NEW BLACK

The New Black is an award-winning documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights.

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FAQ

What is Pride Month?

Pride Month is a month-long virtual theater experience curated by Milwaukee Film's GenreQueer program while the Oriental Theatre remains closed due to the pandemic. These films are now offered through the same platform used during the Festival to make it easier for film fans to enjoy their movie from home!

How much are tickets?

Tickets: Our standard price is $5 for Milwaukee Film Members / $8 for non-members. The only exception is Ahead of the Curve, which is $10 for Milwaukee Film Members / $12 for non-members.

Streaming tickets offer the opportunity to view a single film within a 48-hour window.

Please note: There are no refunds for Sofa Cinema tickets.

Do MKE Film Member discounts apply to Pride Month films?

Yes! Members should make sure they are logged into their account before purchasing so they can see any available discounts.

I'm having trouble streaming a particular title. Can you help?

Take a look at mkefilm.org/help for detailed streaming instructions. If you are still having trouble after checking out that page, please feel free to email us at help@mkefilm.org. We'll respond as soon as possible, but definitely within 24 hours.

 

Can I watch my movie on (insert streaming device here)?

You should be able to watch on the glowing screen of your choosing! Take a look at mkefilm.org/help for detailed streaming instructions.