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The Legacy Project is a collaborative effort bringing together the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Outfest to collect and restore film and video.  We screen prints from this valuable and unique collection on a bimonthly basis. Check back each month to see what film is showcased. We look forward to seeing you at the movies!



The Edge of Seventeen
Wednesday | September 30 | 7:30pm | Billy Wilder Theater

In 1984, shy, cute Eric works a summer job at an amusement park with his best friend Maggie until setting and circumstances change when Eric finds himself dating an older man and leaving Maggie behind.  Sustaining indignities and injuries on the bumpy road to love, Eric gradually learns to trust his loved ones, and to love himself.  The film’s pitch-perfect evocation of the mid-‘80s recalls a time of life we all may remember with a little embarrassment and a lot of emotion.

Sat | May 9 | 7:30pm | Billy Wilder Theater

Ruthie & Connie: Every Room in the House  (2002) 

This moving documentary profiles Ruthie Berman and Connie Kurtz, Jewish housewives and mothers who met in 1959 and ultimately fell in love.  Their subsequent political activism for LGBT partner benefits, and in support of parents and families of lesbians and gays, paints an inspiring portrait of resourcefulness and courage, and of creativity in creating new lives against incredible odds. 

Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement  (2009) 

Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer met and fell in love in the 1960s, living thereafter as a couple and as stalwart community activists, finally realizing the opportunity to marry some 42 years later.  Battling stigma, social pressure and numerous personal and political battles, the two present an inspiring vision of queer love and leadership, presaging the later Supreme Court decision United States v. Windsor, in which their personal story fueled one of the most important legal victories in the ongoing battle for marriage equality.

In-person: Ruthie Berman, Connie Kurtz, Deborah Dickson, Susan Muska, Gréta Ólafsdottir

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Sat | Feb 21 | 7:30pm | Billy Wilder Theater

An instant classic, now celebrating its 30th year, director Hector Babenco’s remarkable film was a sophisticated and high-profile queer triumph in the midst of the conservative 1980s.  In an unspecified Latin American country, two men share a prison cell: one (Raul Julia) incarcerated for his leftist militant activism, the other (William Hurt, in an Oscar-winning performance) for his dalliance with an underage boy.  In close quarters the two slowly find common ground.  Seeking spiritual escape, Hurt’s character enacts scenes from a favorite film, actually a Nazi propaganda piece, evoking the eponymous “spider woman” (fantastically enacted by Sonia Braga) who comes to personify and propel the intensity of the passions that have brought the men to this hellish existence.

Sat | Jan 31 | 7:30pm | Billy Wilder Theater

Filmmaker Richard Glatzer’s disarming comedy was an examplar of New Queer Cinema, stated in West Coast terms.  Handsome Mark mourns the recent passing of his lover, but his grief is given precious little chance to coagulate in his workplace, the production office of a daytime TV show (The Love Judge) where drama abounds, and the prospect of new love seems tantalizingly near.  Skating effortlessly between sincere emotion and balls-out comedy, the film showcases numerous standout performances, including stellar turns by such denizens of early-‘90s Los Angeles queer culture as Jackie Beat and Alexis Arquette. Timely and touching, Grief is above all an affirmation of life.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Fri | Dec 12 | 7:30pm | Billy Wilder Theater

Writer-director Stephan Elliott’s 1994 breakaway hit finds three drag performers of different ages, piloting a private party bus (“Priscilla”) across the bush of central Australia, heading for a nightclub gig.  Rehearsing, bickering and boozing along the way, they encounter adventures and some dangers that underline their place in the world (sometimes compromised, sometimes glorious) and deepen their bond.  Their stage performances, set to pop tunes of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, are beyond belief.

I Was A Jewish Sex Worker (1996)/Anne Sprinkle’s Amazing World of Orgasm (2004)
Sat | Nov 15 | 7:30pm | Billy Wilder Theater

I Was a Jewish Sex Worker (1996)

I Was a Jewish Sex Worker is a humorous, no-holds-barred autobiographical film about the director’s former career as a sex worker and his relationship with his Jewish family. From graphic, erotic massages to a revealing interview with his grandmother, Roth tells a unique tale and explores themes of sexual wellness, connection and self-realization. Featuring guest appearances by German filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim and sexologist/performer Annie Sprinkle. 16mm, b/w and color, 75 min.

Annie Sprinkle’s Amazing World of Orgasm (2004)

Directed by Annie Sprinkle, Sheila Malone. Artist, sexologist, educator and thespian Annie Sprinkle offers her unique perspective on sexual joy in this unbridled exploration of the orgasm. Fun, freewheeling and explicit, the informative documentary gathers numerous experts and adventurers of virtually every gender identity and expression for a far-ranging exploration of the big “O.” Parsing science, mysticism, creativity, even tackling the “fake” orgasm, this documentary celebrates the pleasure that is everyone’s birthright. Digital video, color, 50 min.


In the Life: Celebrating a Historic Television Legacy
Sun | Sep 20 | 7:30pm | Billy Wilder Theater

This program celebrates the legacy of the Emmy-nominated public television news magazine In the Life, with a selection of its most moving and exciting moments.  From 1992 to 2012, the venerable program earned a place as the LGBT community’s media source of record.  Solid reporting, interviews with noted leaders and cultural figures, and coverage of major historical events provided authentic, self-determined queer images and messages to a previously underserved mass audience.  The program documented the community’s diversity, long-term struggles and triumphs, as well as presenting superb music, comedy and other artistic expression.

The Legacy Project has recently been enriched by a historic deposit of all 208 In the Life episodes, along with outtakes and other related materials.  These programs will be made available to researchers and the public, principally on a new digital portal that will launch in fall 2014.


Brother to Brother (2004)  & Tongues Untied (1989)
Sun | June 22 | 7:00 PM | Billy Wilder Theater
10th Anniversary Screening!

Director Rodney Evans’ moving feature film frames dilemmas facing black gay people with remarkable insight. Perry Williams uneasily straddles several worlds. An African American art student, ambivalent about success in a white-dominated sphere, he faces rejection by homophobic classmates, and fetishization from his white lover. Meeting Bruce Nugent, an older, black gay artist and poet, and a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance, Perry comes face to face with a living legacy of which he is a part, emboldening him to face the future with confidence and pride.

Producer: Jim McKay, Aimee Schoof, Isen Robbins, Rodney Evans. Screenwriter: Rodney Evans. Cinematographer: Harlan Bosmajian. Editor: Sabine Hoffmann, Rodney Evans. Cast: Anthony Mackie, Roger Robinson, Larry Gilliard Jr., Aunjanue Ellis, Duane Boutte.

35mm, color, 90 min.

Tongues Untied (1989), directed by Marlon Riggs.

25th Anniversary Screening!

Filmmaker Marlon Riggs’ landmark work powerfully advanced the discussion of spaces in history and culture to which black gay men must lay claim. Widely viewed on public television, the NEA-funded documentary with its surprising combinations of testimonial, performance, nudity, sensuality and humor sent shockwaves through the conservative establishment. Still powerful in its 25th year, this indispensable work has become a bedrock of political imagination.

Producer/Cinematographer/Editor: Marlon Riggs. Screenwriter: Marlon Riggs, Joseph Beam, Craig Harris, Reginald Jackson, Steve Langley, Alan Miller, Donald Woods. Cast: Essex Hemphill, Cornelius Moore, Kerrigan Black, Wayson Jones, David Barron Kirkland.

Digital video, color, 55 min.


Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City (1993-1994)

SAT | MARCH 22 | 7:30 PM | Billy Wilder Theater

IN-PERSON: Armistead Maupin

Directed by Alastair Reid

Armistead Maupin’s series of novels about the denizens of 1970s San Francisco, and of a charmed apartment complex there, have delighted readers since their initial serialization in theSan Francisco Examiner, beginning in the mid-1970s. They formed a sort of valentine to the Bay Area, with its particular brand of pleasure-seeking and its unique sense of supportive community and imagination. When television adaptations of the first three novels (produced by Britain’s Channel 4) first appeared on American public television in 1994, the result was a bona fide public communications event, garnering PBS’ highest-ever ratings for a dramatic program, but drawing criticism over its frank depictions of sexuality and drug use, as well as calls for PBS to be defunded. Twenty years later these struggles seem almost ancient, but the “tales” themselves retain their original freshness, speaking to an optimism abroad in both the 1970s and the 1990s. We are pleased to celebrate this indispensable and influential legacy with a glimpse at the show’s first two episodes, and the participation of Armistead Maupin himself.

Producer: Antony Root, Alan Poul. Screenwriter: Richard Kramer, based on the novels by Armistead Maupin. Cinematographer: Walt Lloyd. Editor: David Gamble. Cast: Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Chloe Webb, Marcus D’Amico, Donald Moffat.

Outfest members receive two for one admission at the Billy Wilder Theater box office!


TRICK (1991)

SAT | FEB 22 | 7:30 PM | Billy Wilder Theater

In-person: director Jim Fall

Directed by Jim Fall

We are delighted to present this landmark queer hit 15 years after its first bow. Aspiring Broadway tunesmith Gabriel scores a liaison with hot go-go boy Mark. Trouble is, New York offers precious little privacy in its myriad potential hookup spaces, aswarm with roommates, strangers and friends. Hilarious supporting parts for Tori Spelling and Miss Coco Peru (née Clinton Leupp) cap this sexy, fun affirmation of both hookups and friendship in the jungle of love.

Producer: Eric D’Arbeloff, Jim Fall, Ross Katz. Screenwriter: Jason Schafer. Cinematographer: Terry Stacey. Editor: Brian A. Kates. Cast: Christian Campbell, J.P. Pitoc, Tori Spelling, Brad Beyer, Lacey Kohl.

35mm, color, 90 min.



Sexperimental (1992-2001)

SAT | DEC 7 | 7:30 PM | Billy Wilder Theater

In-person: filmmakers Kadet and Texas.

Directed by Kadet, Texas

This unique, omnibus work gathers diverse and varied images of transgender and queer women’s sexual play produced between 1992 and 2001, bringing visibility to these communities and characterizing their erotic possibilities as boundless, safe and fun. The collected works also represent experiments in the makers’ creative practice, combining complex video imaging techniques and electronic music to suggest a bold, new erotic wonderland.

Digital video, b/w and color, 69 min.


John Greyson in the World


In-person: Alexandra Juhasz, Professor of Media Studies, Pitzer College; Lucas Hilderbrand, Associate Professor, Film & Media Studies, University of California at Irvine; Alonso Duralde, Senior Programmer, Outfest.

Filmmaker John Greyson, who presented his film Zero Patience (1993) in last year’s salute to New Queer Cinema, and who has recently been detained in Egypt while traveling for a film project, is widely noted not only as a chronicler of international queer imagination and politics, but also a committed participant in global LGBT and human rights causes worldwide. This program celebrates the sweep of Greyson’s artistic vision and commitments, featuring a screening of two individual works and a panel discussion designed to shed light on Greyson’s contributions to film art, queer communities and public life.

Outfest members receive two for one admission at the Billy Wilder Theater box office!

Proteus (Canada/South Africa, 2003), directed by John Greyson.

With flourishes of design, costuming, metaphor and music, filmmaker John Greyson dramatizes an 18th-century anecdote of two men, black and white, imprisoned on South Africa’s infamous Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was later incarcerated). Their discovered affair exposes the two to severe persecution as part of a politically motivated witch-hunt.

Producer: Anita Lee, Steven Markovitz, Platon Trakoshis. Screenwriter: J. Greyson, Jack Lewis. Cinematographer: Giulio Bicarri. Editor: Roslyn Kalloo. Cast: Rouxnet Brown, Neil Sandilands, Shaun Smyth, Kristen Thomson, Tessa Jubber.

35mm, color, 100 min.

Preceded by

Moscow Does Not Believe in Queers (1986), directed by John Greyson

An eccentric and prescient video diary based on director John Greyson’s experience attending the 1986 Moscow Youth Festival as an out gay delegate.

Digital video, color, 27 min.













Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:30pm

IN-PERSON: Filmmaker Tom Shepard and Steven Cozza

Filmmaker Tom Shepard’s inspiring documentary examines the long-standing policies of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) prohibiting gay members. The film profiles 13-year-old Scout Steven Cozza, an unlikely straight-identified activist for the rights of gays in scouting. Viewed through the prism of the BSA’s recent decision to revise portions of its anti-gay policy, the film offers a fascinating glimpse of a struggle that once seemed futile.

Producer: Tom Shepard. Screenwriter: Meg Moritz. Editor: Jim Klein. Cinematographer: Andrew Black, Tina Di Feliciantonio, Frank Green, Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, Philippe Roques, Howard Shack, Howard Stack.

Outfest members receive 2 for 1 admission at the Billy Wilder Theater box office! Get tickets!

Digital video, color, 57 min. This program was produced in association with the Independent Television Service.

Saturday, May 18 , 2013 at 7:30pm

 An Evening with Quentin Lee

Prolific independent filmmaker and multi-hyphenate Quentin Lee has been a unique presence in both the independent and LGBT film movements of the last two decades. As writer   and director of a unique string of films depicting queer Asian lives, the Hong Kong-born Lee, a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, has also at times been an actor, editor, cinematographer and producer of varied works, not to mention a successful distributor through his company, Margin Films. His adventurous refiguring of cinema genres, and his dismantling of stereotypes, imbue his cinema with an edginess rarely seen in American LGBT fare. This evening, we celebrate Lee’s unique role within queer film culture, showcasing a pair of his earliest features.

Flow (Canada/USA, 1998)

Directed by Quentin Lee

For his debut feature, Lee resourcefully reworked a number of short student films into a feature film format, positing an unseen filmmaker who reviews the films he has made by way of reviewing his evolution in self-understanding. Bridging topics from matricide and vampires to budding romance, Lee’s stylish and surprising feature charts a compelling course through queer life and art, viewed from the inside out.

Screenwriter: Quentin Lee. Cast: B.P. Cheng, Radmar Jao, Lela Lee.

16mm, color and b/w, 80 min.

Drift (Canada/USA, 2002)

Directed by Quentin Lee

Twenty-something coffee-puller and hopeful screenwriter Ryan shares a comfortable, if rote, existence with boyfriend Joel. When he meets cute college student Leo, who shares his passion for horror movies, serial killers and such, Ryan pursues a new destiny—then another and another, as the film explores different choices he might make. A heady romantic drama, Drift underlines the enormity of life decisions, when so much of life is still ahead.

Screenwriter: Quentin Lee. Cast: R. T. Lee, Greyson Dayne, Jonathan Roessler.

35mm, color, 86 min.

IN-PERSON: Director Quentin Lee, actor Barney Cheng.

Outfest members receive two-for-one admission at the Billy Wilder Theater box office! Buy tickets now.


Saturday, June 29 , 2013 at 7:30pm

In Celebration of Queer Shorts

The short film has always been crucial to queer film culture; a realm where new ideas and new filmmakers have been tested and discovered. These delightful shorts from the Outfest/UCLA Legacy Collection demonstrates myriad storytelling strategies, and hearkens to the pre-You Tube days of the late 1990s, when shorts were a staple of queer film. They also offer myriad glimpses of Los Angeles in that halcyon period in emergent LGBT culture.

TRT: 95 min.

My Pretty Little Girl Friend (1996)

Directed by Jennifer Gentile. Screenwriter: Jennifer Gentile. Cast: Tres Temperilli, Zoe Trilling. 16mm, color, 7 min.

Boy Next Door (1996)

Directed by Carl Pfirman. Cast: Danny Slavin, Piper Harrell, Tom Lenk. 16mm, color, 13 min.

Goulet’s Sick (1997)

Directed by Russell DeGrazier. Screenwriter: Russell DeGrazier. Cast: Daniel Escobar, Steve Breaker, Max Goldberg. 16mm, color, 28 min.

Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in all the World  (1999)

Directed by Q. Allan Brocka. Screenwriter: Q. Allan Brocka. Cast: Terence McFarland, Christopher R. Joyce, Misti Chamkunthod. Digital video, color, 8 min.

Maid of Honor (1999)

Directed by Jennifer Arnold. Screenwriter: Jennifer Arnold. Screenwriter: Cast: Kehaunani Hunt, Wendy Braun, Tracey Adams. 35mm, color, 25 min.

Ben Wa’s Shopping Spree (1998)

Directed by Mone P. Smith. Digital video, b/w, 6 min.

Better Late (1996)

Directed by Jessica Yu. Screenwriter: Jessica Yu. Cast: Tek Young Lin, Bette Rae, Rod Roeser. 35mm, color, 8 min.

Outfest members receive two-for-one admission at the Billy Wilder Theater box office! Buy tickets now.


The Billy Wilder Theater is located in Westwood Village—one of the most exciting shopping, dining and entertainment districts in Los Angeles. Conveniently located at the Hammer Museum on the corner of Westwood and Wilshire Boulevards, the Theater offers filmgoers the chance to augment their evenings with dining and dessert options.


Billy Wilder Theater
Courtyard Level, Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
(intersection of Wilshire and Westwood Boulevards)
Los Angeles, CA 90024




Our continuing series (part of our ongoing Legacy Project Screening Series), presented with the support of the Andrew J. Kuehn, Jr. Foundation, commemorates the introduction of the term “New Queer Cinema” into the queer film vernacular 20 years ago. Critic and scholar B. Ruby Rich (professor, UC Santa Cruz) coined the term in 1992 to denote a group of films that depicted queer lives and realities in transgressive terms and beautiful forms.

A hotly-debated critical distinction ever since, “New Queer Cinema” indicates both specific works and an impulse that still informs certain queer artists in film, and it is often invoked as a standard against which contemporary LGBT media is compared.

Our salute to an idea, and to its representative films and artists, will continue throughout 2012 with guest filmmakers and speakers on site to engage in conversations and debate.

Outfest members receive two-for-one admission at the Billy Wilder Theater box office!

Read “New Queer Cinema, Rising,” by the Archive’s Head of Public Programs, Shannon Kelley.


Parking is available in the lot under the Billy Wilder Theater. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire.
Parking for people with disabilities is provided on levels P1 and P3.

Mon-Fri: After 6 p.m.: $3.00 flat rate.
Mon-Fri: Before 6 p.m.: $3.00 for first 3 hours with Museum validation and $1.50 per 15 minutes thereafter. To obtain validation stamp show your ticket stub at the security desk in the Wilshire Lobby.
Sat-Sun: $3.00 flat rate.


The box office opens one hour before show times. Visit the Achive’s Ticketing Page for more information.

Lotted and garage parking is available twenty-four hours at 233 S. Main St. Limited street parking is also available after 6pm.