A prequel to Grey Gardens? That's how some might describe Goran Hugo Olsson's That Summer, a new film culled together from footage partly filmed by the Maysles (the directors of the legendary 1975 Grey Gardens documentary) and overseen by Lee Radziwill (Jackie O's sister, and cousin and niece of Little Edie and Big Edie) and photographer/artist Peter Beard. Back in that summer of 1972, Radziwill and Beard went back to the Hamptons to make a film about Lee and Jackie's childhood — they interviewed friends and relatives, including the Beales. The footage ended up getting lost for decades and finally found its way back to Beard. Now Swedish director Olsson has shaped it into a film that warmly depicts Radziwill sharing memories with her eccentric aunt and cousin, and helping them clean up their decaying home. Open now in New York and Los Angeles.
Iconoclastic gay filmmaker Bruce LaBruce lampoons a certain type of radical feminism in The Misandrists, about a group of lesbian separatist feminists in "Ger(wo)many," whose plans for revolution get complicated when one takes in a wounded male activist. Lesbian porn and transgender inclusion are among the topics tackled by LaBruce with his trademark campy humor and other B-movie tropes, in what he considers something of a sequel to his 2004 effort The Raspberry Reich. There's one very gory scene, but the rest is mostly lighthearted and often erotic — and LaBruce assured The Advocate that he's not antifeminist and is, indeed, "a certain stripe of feminist" himself. The case includes Susanne Sachsse and (pictured, from left) Victoire Laly, Kita Updike, and Serenity Rosa. The Misandrists opens today in New York City, next week in Los Angeles, and over the next couple months in cities nationwide. Find screenings here and watch a trailer below.
Creator and star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch John Cameron Mitchell helmed this adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s story How To Talk to Girls at Parties, which at first glance looks like a pretty straightforward heterosexual love story but just may be the director’s queerest film to date. Set in late ‘70s Britain, Alex Sharp stars as an aspiring punk who meets and falls for the wide-eyed Zan (Elle Fanning), who it’s revealed is an alien attempting to break free from the limitations placed on her by her species’ leaders. Nicole Kidman costars as a doyenne of the punk scene while Ruth Wilson and Matt Lucas play divinely weird aliens.
There's no sophomore slump for out Australian indie sensation Courtney Barnett. Her recently-released second album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, is a confessional set to music, with beautifully aching songs of strength and vulnerability. We're so excited to see the growth trajectory for this young talent. Tell Me How You Really Feel is out now; watch the video for "Nameless, Faceless" below.
Héloïse Letissier, the queer French pop sensation better known as Christine and the Queens, is back with a new single, “Girlfriend,” and the song's brand new endlessly watchable video. Directed by Jordan Bahat, the video flips stereotypes about gender while paying homage to candy-colored American musicals — most pointedly West Side Story.
"The message is both simple and radical," Christine and the Queens said of the concept for the video. "Simple because the video relies on energy and an effective use of choreography: more physical, sensual and assertive. Radical in terms of its aesthetics: here, the gang concept blurs the lines between ballerina and thug, as was often the case in American musicals such as West Side Story."
Even in 2018, some queer kids still don’t feel like their high school offers a safe and encouraging space to embrace their sexual orientation or gender identity when the time-old tradition of prom rolls around. Luckily, Buzzfeed is offering an inclusive, exciting solution by hosting their second Queer Prom! Any LGBT-identifying high school or college student who is able to get to Manhattan can apply here: https://airtable.com/shrUuNPnkSLTKmCMU. The event will take place on Friday, June 1, from 6-10 p.m. and feature the dancefloor and coronation of any other high school prom accompanied by a red carpet and special guest appearances. The bash will be hosted by Buzzfeed personalities Curly Velasquez and Jazzmyne Jay Robins.
Years and Years’ new music video for "If You’re Over Me" continues the narrative introduced in the band’s music video for "Sanctify," which features the futuristic society of Palo Santo, in which the world is dominated by glamorous, diverse androids. The new video features Years and Years out frontman Olly Alexander giving an expertly ostentatious dance performance, showing off his skills with both male and female partners. Alexander is vocal proponent of LGBT rights, holding charity events and publicly advocating for anti-bullying campaigns and access to information that would lead to safer, more informed sex. The music video embraces LGBT overtones, displaying open desire and even the possibility of a budding romance between Alexander’s character and various men around him. You can listen to the rest of the band’s upcoming album, Palo Santo, available on iTunes July 6.