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Osvaldo  



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Posted: 29 Jul 2003, 12:57 pm    Post subject: LGBT Teen Movies Reply with quote

I recently started a new job were I work with gay teenagers in a support group and have begun doing some queer cultural programming where kids learn about queer history, people, literature and so fourth...I recently showed a movie called: "Get Real" from the UK, the kids really liked it! This week I'm showing a similar film called "Beautiful Thing" which I hope will be well recieved.

I wanted to start a discussion on the topic of LGBT movies that dealt with Teens and have people share any films they have seen or heard of for discussion. In the past ten years this subgenre within queer filmmaking has really taken off. I am particularly interested in short films on the subject. Please share any that you know of. What did you like and or dislike about the film? Would you reccomend it? If you work with youth, how did they react to the film? And so on....
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Posted: 20 Aug 2003, 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only one that comes to mind is Lost and Delirious, which isn't exactly the best for morale.
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Posted: 24 Aug 2003, 6:30 pm    Post subject: Re: LGBT Teen Movies Reply with quote

Osvaldo wrote:
I recently started a new job were I work with gay teenagers in a support group and have begun doing some queer cultural programming where kids learn about queer history, people, literature and so fourth...I recently showed a movie called: "Get Real" from the UK, the kids really liked it! This week I'm showing a similar film called "Beautiful Thing" which I hope will be well recieved.

I wanted to start a discussion on the topic of LGBT movies that dealt with Teens and have people share any films they have seen or heard of for discussion. In the past ten years this subgenre within queer filmmaking has really taken off. I am particularly interested in short films on the subject. Please share any that you know of. What did you like and or dislike about the film? Would you reccomend it? If you work with youth, how did they react to the film? And so on....


I think Beautiful Thing and Get Real are the two best teen queer movies around, and I prefer Beautiful Thing, just because it's slightly grittier. If you can track down a short film called Trevor, that's worth watching, but it is only 15 minutes long or something.
Boy's Life and Boy's Life 2 are both good compilations of shorts by young gay filmmakers, and they vary in quality, but they're all appropriate.
Edge of Seventeen is not awful, just bad. It's the US version of the better British films mentioned. I would add that even difficult adult movies would be appropriate with the right form of discussion before and afterward. Priscilla is a great one for young people in that it doesn't get too over the top. Most kids can handle a bit of raw language nowadays.
Also, any of the great non-fiction documentaries would be good, particularly with discussion afterward: The Times of Harvey Milk, Little Sister's vs. Big Brother, Before Stonewall, I am My Own Woman, and mountains of other ones. Kids need to know about our history, right?
Cheers,
Mark in Vancouver.
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Posted: 31 Aug 2003, 11:20 am    Post subject: Re: LGBT Teen Movies Reply with quote

Osvaldo wrote:
I recently started a new job were I work with gay teenagers in a support group and have begun doing some queer cultural programming where kids learn about queer history, people, literature and so fourth...I recently showed a movie called: "Get Real" from the UK, the kids really liked it! This week I'm showing a similar film called "Beautiful Thing" which I hope will be well recieved.

I wanted to start a discussion on the topic of LGBT movies that dealt with Teens and have people share any films they have seen or heard of for discussion. In the past ten years this subgenre within queer filmmaking has really taken off. I am particularly interested in short films on the subject. Please share any that you know of. What did you like and or dislike about the film? Would you reccomend it? If you work with youth, how did they react to the film? And so on....


Gosh, there are lots of these films. Unfortunately, most are for the boys in your group. Lesbian, TV, TS and bisexual films are really under-represented. I highly recommend all of the ones mentioned below.

I know you're looking for short films, but let's start with the feature-length films. You've already shown "Beautiful Thing" and "Get Real," so that's a good start. I'd also try:

"Wild Reeds" - a French film starring a young Stephane Rideau, about a 13 year old boy who falls for a 17 year old boy in a boarding school, only the love of his life considers himself straight (he's not) and is in love with a girl. Subtitled. Available on DVD and video. (Although most teens had trouble reading the subtitles and relating to the 1960s French era [none of them knew what the Algerian war was], they related well to the emerging sexual feelings and "crush" theme.)

"Nico and Dani: Krampack!" - a Spanish film about two teenage boys, one secretly gay and in love with his best friend; his friend refuses to examine his sexualy but seems to be bi. A fateful week spent together while the parents are away lead both kids to deep revelations about themselves and their friendship. ("Krampack" is a brand of condom in Spain.) Subtitled. Available on DVD and video. (Teens again had trouble with the subtitles. But the older teens really got into this film, and especially liked the way the two main characters let their friendship turn sexual -- which many teen boys have experienced. Many bisexual teens, especially, related to Nico's trouble handling cultural norms to "be straight" while also being attracted to boys.)

"Come Undone" - That's the English title of a French film ("Presque Rien," starring an adult Stephane Rideau) about a teenager who spends the summer at the beach with his older sister and his dying mother. He meets a local boy -- uneducated, poor, working as a cook at a beach-side fast-food joint -- and they fall in love. But sexual promiscuity complicates their relationship. The film is told partially in flash-back, and can be disturbing due to some kids due to themes of suicide and the mother's death. Subtitled. Available on DVD and video. (Mostly for kids in their late teens. The more mature subject matter -- the mother's death from cancer, Mathieu's decision to break up with Cedric and then commit suicide over the break-up -- was tough for some kids to relate to and to deal with. But they appreciated being shown an "adult" movie about teens.)

"Edge of Seventeen" - Todd Stephens' award-winning film about a schoolboy's decision on the last day of high school (in 1984) to come out of the closet. It was a huge hit at GLBT film festivals in America. (Also stars the incredible Andersen Gabrych.) Available on DVD and video. (Although some kids didn't relate to the John Hughes-esque mid-80s setting, most really loved this film. The characters are very stereotyped in many ways, but most teens didn't mind this. Better for the high schoolers than the middle school.junior high kids.)

Now for some shorts I highly recommend:

"Bumping Heads" (now on DVD and video as part of the "Boys' Life 4" shorts collection) - a 19 year old college boy and his 30 year old best friend confront the meaning of love and commitment after a night in the emergency room. Available on DVD and video. (Better for the high schoolers and college crowd, due to the age of Gary -- the young kid attending community college. The film raises issues of intergenerational relationships for most of the kids. Many of the boys are looking for father-figures in their lives, and the film raises that issue. The "commitment" theme went over their heads.)

"The Favor" - short-short film about a teenage gay boy who buys his first gay magazine on the street, accompanied by his straight best friend. Stars teen idol Noah Fleiss. Not sure about its availability. (Everyone loved this film. It's funny, it stars a well-known teen actor ["Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her"] and it's something almost every GBT teenage boy has gone through.)

"Jan-Michael Vincent Is My Muse" - funny short fictional film about a teenager's infatuation with Jan-Michael Vincent in the 1970s. Although adults will find it funnier (because they went through this sort of thing), teens will like it because it confronts exactly the sort of mass-media hero-worship they go through. Not sure about its availability. (Most teens appreciated the film's focus on crushes on media idols. But they found talking about it afterward difficult, for exactly that same reason. But I think most teens took away some thoughtful stuff from the film.)

"Passing Resemblance" - short film about two best friends who worry about the future, and discover there may be more to their feelings than brotherly love. Not sure about its availability. (The "two straight boys discover they love one another" theme hit home for many teen boys; the girls in the group were upset by the film, because they've been hurt by boys "on the down low" [e.g., lying about their sexuality]. The ambiguous ending left many of the kids confused and upset. Teens need a more pat ending, I think.)

"Late Summer" - David Ottenhouse's eye-popping short film about a 13 year old boy who is orphaned and sent to live with his 17 year old cousin for the summer. His cousin not only helps him overcome the loss, but supports and encourages him (and his burgeoning homosexuality). Shocking ending to the film raises questions about loss and death, but also about what it means to be unconditionally loved. Supposed to be out on Strand Releasing's "Boys to Men 2" DVD, but Strand hasn't released that yet. Go pressure them! www.strandreleasing.com (Almost everyone loved the film. The older boy is hit by a car at the end of the film, and dies in the arms of his younger cousin. Every bawled for a long time afterward. Teenage boys felt very upset about this, and thought it horribly unfair. They had trouble confronting how tragedy can make you stronger. But the rest of the film, especially the older cousin's "mentoring" and complete acceptance, made many kids voice deep desires for something like that in their own lives.)

"Crush" - the "best of the fest" winner all over America in 2001, this short film tells the story of a 16 year old who spends the summer in his grandmother's small rural town. There, he and a 13 year old girl discover a mutual love of a major pop star (think Robbie Williams or Adam Rickett). But the boy's attentions soon turn toward the local town hunk, with the girl playing matchmaker. (Stars Brett Chuekerman, who later did MTV's "Undressed.") Available on DVD and video. (Funny, dramatic, sweet -- everyone absolutely loved this film. Much like "Jan Michael Vincent Is My Muse" in theme, but it also worked for the girls in the audience. The "happy ending" made for a good evening.)

"Into the Night" - when a British teenage prostitute is picked up by an old man, sex is the last thing on their minds. Raises issues of the importance of fathers, sons, families and relationships in the audience's minds. Not sure about its availability. (Film raised issues about running away, teenage prostitution, families who abandon kids for being queer, pedophilia -- all tough topics. My audience has been through a lot of that, and many kids who had run away or been sexually molested were talking for hours later about the film. Some kids compared the film's ending -- where the older runaway befriends the younger runaway -- to coming out, and "recreating" family when your biological family rejects you.)

"The Moment After" - What would happen if each choice in life could lead you down a different path? One teenager visualizes his life as it could have been compared to his life as he lived it, based on the choices he makes. The conclusion of the film is shocking (it's all told in flash-back as he lies dying, committing suicide). It's a fairly disturbing (an anti-suicide) film that asks the audience to consider the choices they make in life. Not sure about its availability. (Very, very tough for most kids to deal with. Lots of tears afterward. Some older teens felt the film was too black-and-white in the way it portrayed the two lives. Some also felt that the film portrayed life as "if you just ignore the bad stuff, life ends up happy" -- and they know it doesn't work that way. Some kids who had attempted or thought about suicide were very upset by the film, in a good way.)

"Rape of Ganymede" - animated short film about the role of GLBT people as far back as Greek myth. Enlightening and funny! Not sure about its availability. (Eye-opening for kids who think that being openly gay started with Ian McKellan and Melissa Etheridge.)

"Weeki Wachee Girls" - When two teenage girls spend the summer of 1958 at Weeki Wachee, Florida -- a kitschy vacation spot where girls can swim with mermaid tails in order to show off for the tourists -- one of them begins falling for the local "bad girl." Soon, though, love goes bad and jealousy rears its ugly head. Will friendship overcome? (FYI, Weeki Wachee will close for good at the end of Summer 2003.) Not sure about its availability. (Teenage girls LOVED LOVED LOVED this film. Most of them had gone through the exact same feelings of first love, jealousy and the attractiveness of tom-girls. Not particularly deep, but it was deeply affecting for them.)
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Posted: 31 Aug 2003, 11:31 am    Post subject: Re: LGBT Teen Movies Reply with quote

One other film I'd add:

"A cause d'un garcon" - French film (English title is usually "A Teenager's Notebook") starring Jeremie Elkaim ("Presque Rien"/Come Undone). When high school superstar swimmer Vincent (the terrific Julien Baumgartner) falls for sexy newcomer Benjamin (Elkaim), he tries to keep their love a secret. But when alternative-lifestyle Benjamin gets harassed for his beliefs, Vincent comes to his rescue -- and gets outed. Vincent either has to stand up for himself against the homophobia of his teammates and the school or watch his life fall apart. Subtitled. Available on DVD and video. (A lot of teenage boys really liked the film. Vincent's initial decision -- to cave in to the pressure, quit the swim team, drop out of school, etc. -- is very much the reaction most GBT boys make. The film isn't that pat -- Benjamin never supports Vincent, and abandons him by mid-movie, which made a lot of kids angry -- which was good for kids to see. Many of the girls related to Vincent's female friend, Noemie, because they've been the shoulder-to-cry-on for a lot of gay friends.)
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Posted: 4 Sep 2003, 6:22 pm    Post subject: re: LGBT Teen Movies Reply with quote

Unfortunately, as mentioned before, there are very few short films on these topics. There are a few very good teen / coming out feature-length movies for the lesbian audience, including "All over me" which is a coming out story about a girl from Hell's Kitchen in New York and how this effects her relationship with her best friend. The film also incorporates a story about drugs and drug-taking too.

"The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love" is a sweet independent movie about two girls from different backgrounds and cultures falling in love; despite problems all teenagers encounter with parents, school and friends.

"Oranges are not the only fruit" is a British film from the BBC which depicts the growth of a young girl who's mother is very religious. As one can imagine, difficulties are encountered when the girl explores her sexuality and her mother discovers her daughter's secret life, resulting in some harsh "religious healing".

"Boy's Don't Cry" may be a useful recommendation. This highly acclaimed film, based on a true story, about a young woman who is living as a man. The story ends in tragedy, but the story is hard-hitting and well directed.

I would also highly recommend the middle segment entitled "1972" in the HBO production "If These Walls Could Talk 2" which portrays a young feminist lesbian looking for love (played by Dawson Creek's Michelle Williams). When she finds love, however, it is perhaps not with whom she, or her friends, expect. This recommendation is as close to a short film as i could find and runs at about 30 minutes long.

I hope these suggestions have been a little useful, I hope things go well in your discussions.
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Posted: 11 Feb 2004, 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It may not be short but "The Broken Hearts Club" has an awsome message for young queers. "But I'm a Cheerleader" is also a great one for the females in the group, and it deals well with all of the gay stereotypes we find ourselves thrust into. i'm so hapy you made this post, because i myself have been looking for movies to show gay teens, and i have gotten many ideas from this thread.
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Posted: 16 Mar 2004, 1:10 am    Post subject: Teen films Reply with quote

One Norwegian and two Danish films top my list, all three very appropriate for teenagers and all, unfortunately, available only on VHS. The two Danish films are entitled Friends Forever and You Are Not Alone; their titles tell their story. My favorite of all gay films is the Norwegian 'Sebastian'. As in many teen stories, a gay teenager falls in love with his straight best friend, with the inevitable strained relationship but ultimate acceptance. What distinguishes the movie is the way the kid philosophizes himself into an understanding of himself. His mother is very 'hip', until, that is, she is faced with the reality of her son's homosexuality. Lots of humor. Beautifully acted. Available through Award Films International (tomvinyl.com)
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Posted: 16 Mar 2004, 3:23 pm    Post subject: gay/lesbian films Reply with quote

all over me
la repetition (foreign)
aimee & jaguar (foreign)
tipping the velvet (bbc production)
set me free (foreign)
dont worry it will probably pass (foreign)
show me love (fucking amal) (foreign)
heavenly creatures (new zealand)
kissing jessica stein
gia
lianna
boys dont cry
french twist (foreign)
henry and june
the closet (foreign)
get real
soldier's girl - really good movie, based on a true story
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Posted: 29 May 2004, 5:06 am    Post subject: Gay Films Reply with quote

There are some serious listings presented above by members of this forum. Congrats!

For a continued update of films checked out by many moderators one can always pop into the GLBTQ-Cinema Database which we are constructing. Th URL is:

http://www.studio-46.com/studio-46.com/GLBTQ-Cinema/FILMS.htm

The Data Base includes a a constantly updated (monthly) list of GLBTQ films along with codes for individuals to understnad the general nature of the film (whether it be predominately, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered or the like).

Membership to the group is free...

We also provide links to various other groups of GLBTQ nature when posted, provided they do not contain XXX material and are not a PAY site.

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Posted: 15 Jan 2005, 11:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Gay Films Reply with quote

The link you provided does not work. Please provide a working link.

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xtro181 wrote:
There are some serious listings presented above by members of this forum. Congrats!

For a continued update of films checked out by many moderators one can always pop into the GLBTQ-Cinema Database which we are constructing. Th URL is:

http://www.studio-46.com/studio-46.com/GLBTQ-Cinema/FILMS.htm

The Data Base includes a a constantly updated (monthly) list of GLBTQ films along with codes for individuals to understnad the general nature of the film (whether it be predominately, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered or the like).

Membership to the group is free...

We also provide links to various other groups of GLBTQ nature when posted, provided they do not contain XXX material and are not a PAY site.

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- The Monster!!!! It's worth watching!!! Very good! Based on true story it had a great effect on me when I watched it first!
- Mulholland Drive, which is one of the sexiest thrillers. Two beautiful women are caught up in a lethally twisted mystery and ensnared in an equally dangerous web of erotic passion.
- Queer as Folkt is he story of a group of gay men and lesbians living in Pittsburgh. Focusing on their relationships, careers, loves and ambitions, this series is a brave, realistic and funny portray.
- Show Me Love: A sensitive and funny coming-of-age drama about two teenage girls growing up in a small town, who find liberation in a conservative setting. Show Me Love explores the minds of the teenage girls with surprising sensitivity. The result is an uncliched contemporary story about longing, the joy and pain of being in love, the comical and heartbreaking aspects of growing up - and the courage it takes to be different.
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Posted: 3 Oct 2005, 11:43 am    Post subject: Re: Teen films Reply with quote

Eric,

I have to agree with one of your selections: You are not Alone. A great movie.

Osvaldo


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One Norwegian and two Danish films top my list, all three very appropriate for teenagers and all, unfortunately, available only on VHS. The two Danish films are entitled Friends Forever and You Are Not Alone; their titles tell their story. My favorite of all gay films is the Norwegian 'Sebastian'. As in many teen stories, a gay teenager falls in love with his straight best friend, with the inevitable strained relationship but ultimate acceptance. What distinguishes the movie is the way the kid philosophizes himself into an understanding of himself. His mother is very 'hip', until, that is, she is faced with the reality of her son's homosexuality. Lots of humor. Beautifully acted. Available through Award Films International (tomvinyl.com)
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