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Directed by Stu Maddux | USA | 2015 | 68 min
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Reel in the ClosetMidwest Premiere
Saturday, June 25 |
3:00pm
Tivoli Cinemas in Westport


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The real lives of LGBTQ people from the past are uncovered in precious gems of orphaned home movies, discarded news footage and archive reels of some of the earliest moving images we have of queer lives.

At turns thrilling, touching, tantalizing and wondrous, documentarian and UMKC alumnus Stu Maddux (who will be here in person) brings to light a treasure trove of historical footage from an era when gay life was mostly left undocumented, including fascinating and often poignant moving images from the 1930s through the AIDS epidemic.

Home movies of gay house parties and vacation reels from the 1940s reveal the joyful exuberance and comfortable ease of social gatherings that would have been possible to witness only behind closed doors. A film shot in a lesbian “bohemian bar” features performances from a sultry chanteuse and a woman in a smart tan suit. Later clips include works made by an early gay video-art collective, first-person documentation of Mattachine Society and ACT UP political activities, taped television news stories covering Anita Bryant and the Briggs Initiative, and raw news footage of the White Night riots in San Francisco.

Join history buffs and LGBTQ folk of all ages in our area and be inspired to look inside your own closets in hopes of preserving this too-easily-lost visual history and the lives it represents. Time is running out to save what's left before the films are destroyed by unknowing or unaccepting families.

A special reception with Stu Maddux co-hosted by GLAMA (the Gay & Lesbian Archives of Mid-America) follows the screening.

At the after-screening reception, GLAMA will be showing clips from recently acquired home movies of local gay parties in the '70s. Please join us for this surprising release.

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