Well, it's official. The New York screening of Outfest Project Legacy's restored print of my favorite gay film of all time -- and one of my favorite films of all time -- "Parting Glances" has been confirmed. (Complete details below.) If you've been on this blog before then you've undoubtedly heard me yammer on and on about this landmark film. Its impact on me and, as I've come to learn, so many other people of my generation is enormous. Although it deals with the AIDS crisis, which was certainly at the forefront of my mind at the time in 1986, for me "Parting Glances" was really about every other part of being a gay man. It showed this teenage boy in Mesa, Arizona, that I wasn't the only gay person in the world. That I wasn't a complete freak. That the only option for me wasn't being drag queen.* (How much we owe to independent film.) The character of Michael taught me that I could still be a smart, witty, upstanding member of society -- an editor, a lover, a friend -- in spite of everything I'd seen or heard about being one of those "homosexuals." His boyfriend, Robert, gave me hope for meeting the hunky man of my dreams. His friend Joan helped me understand why so many of my closest friends had always been girls. And Douglas helped me understand who Doug Semig was. Watching Bill Sherwood's 48-hour slice of Manhattan gay life was the first time in my life that I believed that I was going be OK.
Monday, October 29
Scheduled to appear: Kathy Kinney, Richard Ganoung and John Bolger