A Special SDFF 2021-OUTwatch Collaboration

SDFF 2021 has collaborated with its long-term partners, OUTwatch to bring you a panel discussion of OUTwatch’s selection of the 30 Best LGBTQI documentaries.

Local cinephiles/filmmakers Gary Carnivele and Jane Winslow present and discuss OUTwatch’s newly minted “30 Best American LGBTQIA Documentaries.” In a conversation shaped by the selections, the duo examine films about LGBTQIA history and issues, activism, gender studies, as well as profiles of noteworthy individual. They will also explore queer documentary style and take a closer look at the work of 3 pivotal auteurs: experimental filmmaker extraordinaire Barbara Hammer, and filmmaking partners Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, whose films are not only iconic in queer cinema, but have had widespread mainstream appeal.

The conversation concludes with a discussion of films being co-presented by OUTwatch at SDFF 2021. OUTwatch producer Gary Carnivele is a film critic, screenwriter and director. In addition to co-directing and managing SDFF, Jane Winslow is a filmmaker, film professor and frequent festival judge. OUTwatch’s list of the 30 Best American LGBTQI Documentaries is available on OUTwatch.com and gaysonoma.com, where you can also check-out Sonoma’s 2021 Pride events.




A Sexplanation (Alexander Liu, 2020, 76 mins)

To right the wrongs of his all-American sex education, 36 year-old Alex Liu goes on a quest to uncover naked truths and hard facts—no matter how awkward it gets.


Girlsboysmix (Lara Aerts, Els Van Driel, 2020 7 mins)

Nine year-old Wen Long naturally and candidly describes her experience of growing up intersex. *SDFF 2021 Jury Award Nominee – Best Short!*


Julia Scotti Funny That Way (Susan Sandler, 2020, 72 mins)

This tender and powerful portrait of transgender comedian Julia Scotti explores the courage and humor it takes to be Julia.
*Filmmaker Q&A + West Coast Premiere!*


Kapaemahu (Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, 2019, 9 mins)

This richly animated short brings to life the hidden history of four monumental stones on Waikiki Beach, and the legendary transgender healing spirits within them. *SDFF 2021 Jury Award Nominee – Best Short!*


Other SDFF 2021 films with LGBTQI themes include: The Dilemma Of Desire (Maria Finitzo, 2019, 92 mins);  I Want To Make A Film About Women (Karen Pearlman, 2020, 12 mins); The Passing On (Nathan Clarke, 2021, 64 mins); and When The Cameras Stopped Rolling (Jane Castle, 2021, 75 mins)





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