DIY Pride Film Fest

DIY Lesbian Film Fest Pride 2016

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Disclaimer: this list leans Lesbian…it’s just my dominant perspective


PARIAH Netflix

2011 | Drama Film | 1h26m | US

Director: Dee Rees | Producer(s): Nekisa Cooper

Starring: Adepero OduyeKim WayansAasha Davis

7.2/10IMDb   3.5/4Roger Ebert     79%Metacritic

Winner of GLAAD Outstanding Film Award


Suited HBOGo

2016 | Documentary| 1h25m | US

Director: Jason Benjamin | Producer(s): Lena Dunham, Carly Hugo, Jennifer Konner, Stacey Reiss, Ericka Naegle

“A documentary about custom suits, accepting difference & living bravely in one’s own skin…SUITED follows its subjects—clients seeking a personalized experience—into the minimalist office space of Bindle & Keep, a bespoke tailoring company based in Brooklyn that caters to a diverse LGBTQ community and looks beyond the gender binary, creating custom-made suits for gender-nonconforming and transgender clients. Clothier duo Rae and Daniel take a holistic approach to their work, considering each client’s personal narrative, which becomes inextricable from the creation of the perfect suit.”

Boy Meets Girl Film

Boy Meets Girl NetflixYouTube

2014 | Documentary| 1h39m | US

Director: Eric Shcaeffer | Producer(s):Eric Schaeffer, Edward Aitken, Charles Blackstone, Bruce Edward, Elisa Pugliese, Gail Smerigan

Starring: Michelle Hendley, Michael Welch, Alexandra Turshen

“Love transcends gender…”

7.2/10IMDb  2/4Washington Post   86%Rotten Tomatoes

“Boy Meets Girl is a funny, tender, sex positive romantic comedy that explores what it means to be a real man or woman, and how important it is to live a courageous life not letting fear stand in the way of going after your dreams.” – Boy Meets Girl (2014)


Cloudburst Netflix

2011 | Drama Film/Adventure | 1h34m | Canada/US

Director: Thom Fitzgerald | Producer(s): Thom Fitzgerald, Doug Pettigrew

Starring: Olympia Dukakis, Brenda Fricker, Ryan Doucette

A lesbian couple escape from their nursing home and drive to Canada to get married.

Cloudburst is the kind of movie our community so greatly needs. It’s an epic tale of love and living life to the fullest, with a rare focus on the elderly queer community. In order for the queer film canon to expand and grow gracefully, it needs to include tales of all of our lives. Cloudburst is an acknowledgement of the lives of older lesbians, and just maybe allows us to glimpse into a future for ourselves full of love and laughter. – Dana Piccoli, Afterellen

7.3/10IMDb           100%Rotten Tomatoes

The Summer of Sangaile  Netflix

2015 | Drama Film/Romance | 1h28m | Lithuania, subtitled

Director: Alanté Kavaïté | Producer(s): Živilė Gallego, Antoine Simkine

Starring:Julija SteponaityteAistė Diržiūtė

Press Kit

Awash with ripe, voluptuous summertime imagery and brimming with aborning adolescent female sexuality, The Summer of Sangaile is an appealingly simple, poetically conceived teen coming-of-age tale that pivots on the slow-burning romance between two girls, one with deep-rooted fears of self-assertion who nonetheless harbors an intense desire to become a stunt airplane flier. Lithuanian writer-director Alante Kavaite‘s second feature intensifies that evanescent moment between curious adolescence and full-blown erotic consciousness with a cascade of lushly sensuous visuals. – Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter


Sense8  Netflix

2015 | Drama Series/Science Fiction| | Season 1 = 12 episodes | US

Director: James McTeigue, Tom Tykwer, Dan Glass| Writer(s):J. Michael Straczynski, Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

Starring: Jamie Clayton, Freema Agyeman, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Tuppence Middleton, Brian J. Smith, Donna Bae, Max Reimelt, Toby Onwumere, Aml Ameen, Tina Desai, Terrence Mann, Anupam Kher, Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah

You could just stream an awesome show like Sense8 and call it a film fest 🙄  –


Starting from…Now ! YouTube

2014 | Drama Series | Season 1 = 6 episodes | Australia 

Director: Julie Kalceff | Producer(s): Rosie Lourde

Starring: Sarah de PossesseRosie LourdeLauren OrrellBianca BradeyJulia Billington

Steph has just landed what appears to be the perfect job. She arrives in Sydney full of hope and expectation, determined that a fresh start is just what she needs. But when Steph falls for Darcy, her friend’s girlfriend, life gets complicated. –

Desert Hearts Hulu

1985 | Drama Film/Romance | 1h36m | US

Director/Producer:Donna Deitch| Based on book Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule
Starring: Patricia Charbonneau,  Helen Shaver

It’s a CLASSIC!!!! –


Though it may hold a timeless appeal, Desert Hearts was ahead of its time when it was released. “It was well before lesbian chic,” Shaver pointed out, “and it was considered very risqué by a lot of people. And it was the first lesbian love story that didn’t end up in suicide or ménage à trois. It was just a true love story.”

Charbonneau concurred. “It was a completely different time,” she said. “There hadn’t been anything like it.” And she was widely advised against taking the role. “Most people that were working with me, as far as my career at the time, really felt as if I was making a really huge mistake,” she said. At least one person told her they hoped she enjoyed making the film because it might be her last. –

Elena Undone  Netflix

2010 | Drama Film/Romance | 1h45m | US

Director:Nicole Conn| Producer: Jane ClarkJD Disalvatore

Starring:Necar ZadeganTraci Dinwiddie

Fun Fact: The Film Elena Undone features the longest on-screen kiss in cinema history, a whooping 3:24! 😘 😘 😘 💋

You’ve never seen so much chemistry on screen. Also, don’t look directly into Necar Zadegan‘s eyes…you will melt…you’ve been warned. –

Frida Kahlo

Frida Hulu & Netflix

2002 | Drama Film/Romance | 2h3m | US

7.4/10IMDb                  3.5/4Roger Ebert

Director/Producer:Julie Taymor| Producer(s): Salma HayekSarah Green

Starring: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Valeria Golino, Mia Maestro, Roger Rees, Geoffrey Rush


Frida is an intimate recounting of the life and times of ultra-icon Frida Kahlo. To this day the famed Mexican artists is ubiquitous in pop culture and art, though many are unaware of her full story.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. sstreuli says:

    So many great films to check out! Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Dāsha says:

    This list is so good I can’t pick a favorite!

    Liked by 1 person

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