rukkle’s Top Gay Documentaries 2014
rukkle presents our list of the top gay documentaries 2014.
Our list of gay documentaries includes one recently released by James Franco, a transgendered documentary in the making, and a documentary on the secrecy of gay surfers.
Here at rukkle, we’ve created a list of the top 2014 gay documentaries that we want to see. This list includes documentaries that were recently released, one’s released years ago that we want to revisit, and documentaries that we look forward to seeing in the year to come.
INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR.
Interior. Leather Bar. is a documentary that offers a re-imagining of the much rumoured lost gay S&M footage from the controversial 1980 film starring Al Pacino, Cruising. James Franco and Travis Matthews direct this documentary.
Franco says he was inspired to direct this after watching Shame starring Michael Fassbender and being disturbed by the representation of gay culture,
“…that scene where he’s at his lowest point and wants to fuck and goes into a gay club, and it’s depicted like the seventh level of hell,”
Watch the trailer for Interior. Leather Bar on YouTube below
Source: The Daily Beast
OUT IN THE LINE-UP
Out In The Line-Up is a documentary on the taboo topic of gay surfers. It features two gay surfers who go on a journey around the globe to interview gay surfers. They work with the surfing community to remove the secrecy and create a more accepting environment for gay surfers.
To learn about how you can support the film in post production, please visit their website.
Watch the trailer to the gay documentary on surfers, Out in the Line-Up, on Vimeo below.
Source: Q News
Bridegroom is a gay documentary that tells the tragic story of the emotional journey of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom. They were two young men in a loving and committed relationship that was cut tragically short. In 2011, Bridegroom died when he fell off a rooftop while taking photos of a friend.
Crone was told not to attend the funeral of Bridegroom and if he did,
“…if I do show up, his uncle and his father had planned an attack.”
Bridegroom was introduced by President Bill Clinton at the Tribeca Film Festival. He introduced the film saying,
“This (“Bridegroom”) is really — on one level — a wonderful, sad, heartbreaking yet exhilarating and life-affirming story, and on another level it’s a story about our nation’s struggle to make one more step in forming a more perfect union, for which marriage is both the symbol and substance.”
Watch the trailer for Bridegroom on Youtube below.
GOD LOVES UGANDA
Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams was inspired to make the documentary, God Loves Uganda, while he was shooting his Oscar winning film Music by Prudence.
The documentary explores the connections between evangelicalism in North America and in Uganda. The documentary suggests that the North American influence is the reason behind the controversial Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill that includes penalties of death for gays and lesbians.
Watch the trailer for God Loves Uganda on Youtube below.
Source: God Loves Uganda website
PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer is directed by Mike Lerner and follows feminist punk band, Pussy Riot, as they protest against Vladimir Putin’s control of Russia and then shows their subsequent incarceration.
The documentary was recently shortlisted for Oscars’ 2014 best documentary category.
Members of Pussy Riot have been outspoken about their support of LGBT rights. They were detained after participating in the banned gay pride parade in Moscow in 2011. Their recent incarceration was due to their public protest of Vladimir Putin. They have since been released under a new amnesty law.
Watch the trailer for Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer on Youtube below.
Transgendered actress and star of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, Laverne Cox is co-producing the documentary, Free CeCe. This still in production documentary tells the story of CeCe McDonald, who is presently incarcerated for defending herself against a transphobic and violent attacker.
Cox states her reasons for working on the documentary are,
“CeCe’s story in so many ways encapsulates the intersectional issues that lead to far too many of us experiencing violence. I wanted to do a piece that explores the nature of how race, class and gender affect violence towards trans women and also give CeCe a space to tell her story in her words in the context of a piece that truly values the lives of trans women of color.”
For more information on the film, Free CeCe, please visit their website.
Homeboy is a feature-length documentary film that examines the lives of several gay Latino men living in and around the Los Angeles area who are former gang members.
The film, by Dino Dinco, made its US premiere at a sold-out screening at OUTFEST 2012, Los Angeles. Watch the trailer for the gay documentary, Homeboy, on YouTube below.
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE
This acclaimed documentary was recently added to Netflix’s long list of GLBT documentaries. How to Survive a Plague is a documentary by David France. The Oscar nominated documentary shows the AIDS crisis and the bravery and activism of the organization, ACT UP.
Watch the trailer for the gay documentary, How to Survive a Plague, on YouTube below
Gay+ (Positive) is a documentary by Greg Dyrsten that focuses on one man trying to bring attention to the outdated ban on gay men donating blood in the United States of America.
By taking a camera to the streets in the US, Gay Positive captures the opinions of people from many walks of life regarding how they feel about the ban today.
Watch the trailer for the gay documentary, Gay Positive, on YouTube below.
Source: Mattioli Productions
PARIS IS BURNING
Another recent addition to Netflix is the classic gay documentary, Paris is Burning. The documentary chronicles the famous New York City ball scene in the mid-to-late 1980s. It features the disenfranchised members of ball culture who created new identities, families, and worlds in which they could be successful within.
Watch the trailer for the documentary, Paris is Burning, on YouTube below
We’ve showed you ours. Now rukkle wants to know, what are your top 2014 gay documentaries?