The University of Chicago's Doc Films, 'the longest-running student film society in the U.S.,' is presenting Queer Heroes, a multi-week series featuring recent queer-related films, through March 13.
A complete schedule is at www.docfilms.uchicago.edu or by calling (773) 702-8575.
Thursday, Feb. 13
7 pm: Paris is Burning and Benjamin Smoke: A decade ago, Madonna's 'Vogue' catapulted the queens of Harlem's drag scene and Paris is Burning into the international spotlight. Benjamin Smoke (2000) updates the genre from rural Georgia, where his punk band 'Smoke' has garnered the attention & admiration of Patty Smith.
Thursday, March 6
7 pm: The Man Who Drove With Mandela and Tongues Untied: Queer Political History 101: in South Africa, a white gay theater director 'hires' Nelson Mandela as his 'driver' in order to smuggle him throughout the country furthering the cause of anti-apartheid revolution. Meanwhile, Marlon Riggs makes headlines and enemies in the U.S. with his documentary Tongues Untied, delivering a brutally honest account of the black gay experience into America's living rooms via PBS, making Riggs the favored whipping post of conservative politicians Jesse Helms, Pat Robertson, and …
Thursday, March 13
6 pm: Closing Night Dinner Reception, free with ticket
7 pm: I'm the One That I Want : Margaret Cho.
All screenings: $4 each (except for Trembling Before G-d, free). At the Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. at the U. of Chicago. Free parking on the street and in campus lots (after 4 pm).
www.docfilms.uchicago.edu or (773) 702-8575.