MORE New Stuff: New DVDs

Last week, I shared some of my favorites that we just added to our collection.  Well this week, we got some MORE new materials, including a Cinderella retelling–Ash by Malinda Lo–and a parenting memoir chronicling the journey of raising a gender nonconforming child–Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son by Lori Duron.  But since I shared books last week, I thought I’d share some of our new movies, because I am really, really, really excited about them.

Based on the great novel by Brent Hartinger,

Geography_clubGeography Club (2013) is an American comedy-drama directed by Gary Entin. Sixteen-year-old Russell is still going on dates with girls while having a secret relationship with football quarterback Kevin, who will do anything to prevent his football teammates from finding out. Min and Terese tell everyone that they’re just really good friends. And then there’s Ike, who can’t figure out who he is or who he wants to be. Finding the truth too hard to hide, they all decide to form the Geography Club, thinking nobody else in their right mind would ever want to join. However, their secrets may soon be discovered and they could have to face the choice of revealing who they really are.

And speaking of teenagers,

MV5BMjI0Njc5NDQ5NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTk2MjE3OA@@._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_The Wise Kids (2011), a vivid dynamic Southern coming-of-age drama, takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when life seems to be all questions and no answers, and the future is scarily wide open. Set in and around a Charleston, SC Baptist church, weaving through this ensemble piece are three main characters – Brea, an introspective pastor’s daughter experiencing debilitating doubt, the hyperactive Laura, Brea’s best friend and a devout believer, and Tim, the open-hearted son of a single father, confronting his homosexuality for the first time. Tensions and buried feelings abound, as colleges are chosen and adults behave badly, as Brea, Laura and Tim attempt to hang onto what they have, all the while yearning to break free.

And because who doesn’t love a well-done documentary? We’ve got two new great ones!

MV5BMTMyMzIwMTQ5NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODAyOTY3Mw@@._V1_SY317_CR6,0,214,317_AL_Chiseled bodies, flawless skin, sculpted jawlines.  At a time when popular culture objectifies men more than ever, it’s hard for them to avoid the pressure to possess such physical traits. In The Adonis Factor (2010), director Christopher Hines exposes how far some will go to attain “the Adonis factor” — the kind of god-like masculine beauty only seen in ancient Greek sculptures.
Hines takes the viewers on an eye-opening journey through circuit parties, gay porn, and avant-garde fashion photo shoots, all of which promote their own kinds of idealized physiques.  By capturing a diver range of voices the documentary poses the question: does a man’s fixation on body image make him any happier?

I cannot stop talking about this next film. Watch it. Seriously.

MV5BMTQyNzQ2NjI0N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTc5NjA0MDE@._V1_SX214_AL_Bridegroom (2013) gives an intensely personal edge to the ongoing debate over the legal rights of same-sex couples. Interviews, photos and video footage all testify to the uncommon connection that drew together Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom. For six years they remained united despite extreme challenges from both family and society, until a tragic accident tears apart their dreams. Now one must fight to be recognized as his soul mate’s legitimate counterpart.

Bridegroom won the Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, the 2013 Toronto Inside Out Festival and the 2013 Little Rock Film Festival as well as Outstanding Documentary Feature at the 2013 Outfest in LA. Most recently it won Best Documentary at the GLAAD Media Awards.

Take my word for it and check out the trailer.

Be sure to stop by the office, we’ve got all these and more of our new materials on display!

New DVDs at the GLBT Library!

Now that we’ve covered some of our new non-fiction, fiction, and memoirs, let’s wrap up with a look at our new DVDs!

Feature Films

 The World Unseen
WORL 2008

In the pressure cooker of apartheid South Africa, free-spirited Amina meets Miriam, a traditional wife and mother. Their unexpected attraction pushes Miriam to question the rules that bind her, forcing both women to face outrage and violent disapproval.

 

 Glen or Glenda
GLEN 2000

A psychiatrist tells two stories: one of a transvestite (Glen or Glenda), the other of a pseudohermaphrodite (Alan or Anne).

 

 

 Clapham Junction
CLAP 2007

After another man falls victim to a violent gay-bashing incident, the homosexual community of Clapham Junction, South London comes together to bring the assailants to justice.

 

 

 The Four Faced Liar
FOUR 2010

A story of love and lies for four twenty-somethings looking to find themselves in New York City. A pair of best friends and a seemingly perfect couple meet at a local Irish pub tucked in the winding streets of the West Village. Through their chance meeting, the four bond and over time all of their relationships with one another morph into love, betrayal and heartbreak for all.

 Walk on Water
WALK 2005

While on assignment in Berlin, a homophobic Israeli intelligence agent is ordered to assassinate a Nazi war criminal. However, he has a crisis of conscience after he befriends the target’s gay grandson.

Documentaries

 Out in the Silence
OUTI 2009

Filmmaker Joe Wilson returns to his hometown of Oil City, Pa., after his wedding announcement appears in his small hometown newspaper causes controversy, and he receives a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen who is being tormented in school. Challenges viewers to rethink their values and close the gaps that divide communities on this controversial issue.

 8: the Mormon Proposition
EIGH 2010

A searing indictment of the Mormon Church’s historic involvement in the promotion and passage of California’s Proposition 8, and the Mormon religion’s secretive, decades-long campaign against gay rights.

 

 Let’s Talk About Sex
LETS 2011

This film takes a revealing look at how American attitudes toward adolescent sexuality impact today’s teenagers.