Summer Film Series — 100 Years of Gay History

Step Aside, Dame Edna

Brokeback Mountain excluded, gays in mainstream film have mostly fallen into the category of the main gal’s silly best friend (see Sex and the City) or the over-the-top comedic lead (see The Birdcage). But gay film history is in fact very far-reaching, as indicated in Summer Film Series — 100 Years of Gay History, which closes tonight with Tarnation. Jonathan Caouette’s 2003 documentary/diary/confessional film tells the story of his dysfunctional family, focusing mostly on his schizophrenic mother, Renee. The film, which had an original production budget of $218, ended up being co-produced by Gus Van Sant and John Cameron Mitchell, and went on to win the best documentary prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry this ain’t. 2 p.m. Creative Life Center, 2014 Commonwealth. For information, call 617-480-2004 or visit www.normsdavis.com. $7.
Sun., Aug. 24, 2 p.m., 2008

 
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