Two years ago, I had an idea for a story: compose a definitive list of the Top 10 "must-see" movies that gay people must see, as an introductory crash course in their history and culture. Lots of these lists exist on various blogs--anyone who takes the time to write anything and publish it on the internet for the world to enjoy is inherently someone who gives a lot of value to his/her own opinions on things. But rather than me put together what I thought was right, I emailed all the LGBT film festivals and asked their programmers to vote. And I emailed Sundance, just for the hell of it. And surprise surprise, almost everyone responded--even the Sundance fellow. How cool is that?
Hundreds of emails and much begging later, it is now 2012 and it is finally finished--stretched from Top 10 to Top 12, but they're not in any particular order. Click here: LGBT film
This is a great starter for people who haven't seen many independent films, or have heard of "Brokeback Mountain" and that's the extent of their knowledge. My goal is to send this to student groups at colleges, so they can plan movie nights. Times change, and there are images of gay people everywhere now, but for some people it's still not enough to ease the stress of living a closeted life. Watching a film, particularly one with a positive message, can be life-changing.
...and they're also good movies regardless of the social significance. My personal favorites are "Priscilla" and "Bound."