Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Patrick Harris, Cynthia Nixon and Wanda Sykes discuss coming out in Hollywood. Writer and activist Janet Mock talks about her gender transition. Big Love and Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black recalls growing up in a conservative Mormon family, struggling with his sexuality-- and with thoughts of suicide. AIDS activist Larry Kramer and drag queen Lady Bunny are among the other folks profiled in photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ The Out List, which gets a special pre-HBO screening Monday evening at the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Greenfield-Sanders, who did a similarly structured three-volume documentary in 2008, 2009 and 2010 about African-Americans called The Black List, will be on hand to discuss his new project, which offers intimate and revealing portraits of 16 prominent members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, talking about their hopes and fears, trials and triumphs. With its diverse and charismatic subjects, elegantly framed against gray backdrops, their interviews intercut with archival materials, the film gives audiences a window into the many challenges, struggles and rewards faced by LGBT-ers in the past and present. The Out List will be shown Monday, June 10, at 7:30pm at the Central Library, 1901 Vine Street. Admission is FREE. For Info, click here or call 215-567-4341. Gary Kramer, the Philadelphia film writer and author of Independent Queer Cinema: Reviews and Interviews, will host the event and lead a Q & A with Greenfield-Sanders.
For those who can’t make it, the film premieres on HBO Thursday, June 27.