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Lavender Lens

Lavender Lens
New Queer Cinema emerged throughout the 90s as a revolutionary stylistic movement that challenged mainstream media’s sanitized and assimilated view of queerness as Other. Rather than an adjustment to the heterosexual lifestyle, these independent films and filmmakers used radical aesthetics and subverted storytelling to reject the zeitgeist and reclaim this Otherness to create a wondrous, weird, and spirited view of the world. 
As the first installment of Lavender Lens, a series that will explore the ever growing range of the Queer Film Canon, we’ll be considering how these foundational films have shared community for a new generation to explore, question, and celebrate. Join us this Pride Month to see a vibrant way of life and watch some really gay movies together!
6/6 PARIS IS BURNING (1990, 78 min)
6/13 POISON (1991, 85 min)
6/20 THE WATERMELON WOMAN (1996, 90 min)
6/27 NOWHERE (1997, 78 min)

This class will be taught by MMU Instructor Zoe Gillian, whose recent classes include Exploring Portland Through Film, and a one-evening class exploring transcendental and slow cinema in Paul Schrader’s FIRST REFORMED.
Films will be screened at the Movie Madness Miniplex, followed by an instructor-led discussion. Classes will begin on Thursday evening, June 6th, and be held each Thursday through the 27th, at 6:30pm.
Class size will be limited to 18.
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In general, the Hollywood Theatre does not provide content advisories about the subject matter shown in our theatre. Films exhibited don’t necessarily reflect the views of the Hollywood Theatre. Information about content and age-appropriateness for specific films can be found on Common Sense Media and