GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library continues its monthly free LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, July 11 with a documentary exploring the “Queercore” movement and its impact still felt today. Film Series is a free gathering to watch a film in the company of friends and neighbors on the second Thursday of each month. Each film begins at 7pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Licensing restrictions prohibit explicitly naming film titles in general press releases. But feel free to call the Library at (727) 893-1074 for the film title and other information about the film series. Or find titles and more information online: www.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources.
About the July 11 film: Started in the 1980s as a fabricated movement intended to punk the punk scene, Queercore quickly became a real-life cultural community of LGBTQ music and movie-making revolutionaries. From the start of the pseudo-movement to the widespread rise of pop artists who used queer identity to push back against gay assimilation and homophobic punk culture, this 2018 documentary is just that: a how-to-do-it guide for the next generation of queer radicals. ”An important document capturing the influence of queercore, an underground movement that enjoys life on the fringes, where identifying as an anti-establishment ‘arty weirdo’ is just as important as sexuality.” Los Angeles Times(Not Rated)
Save the date, Thursday August 8, for the next film in the series. This 2016 documentary excavates the nightmarish persecution of the “San Antonio Four”: four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls in San Antonio, Texas. The film begins its journey inside a Texas prison, after these women have spent nearly a decade behind bars. They were 19 and 20 years at the time that allegations surfaced. Using the women’s home video footage from 21 years ago combined with recent verité footage and interviews, the film explores their personal narratives and their search for exculpatory evidence to help their losing criminal trials. The film unravels the interplay of mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor that led to their indictment. “A maddening true story that touches on many of America’s most enduring hypocrisies.” The Village Voice (Not Rated)
Watch for announcements of other films as they are added to the series on the second Thursday of each month.
The LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Public Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Resource Center provides collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family. Find out more about the Resource Center and the Library on the web at mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL. Or contact the LGBTQ Resource Center by email to LGBTQGulfport@gmail.com.