Tom Arnold (Frank)Randy Barbato (Self)Dan Bucatinsky (Self)Steve Buscemi (Nick)Patricia Charbonneau (Cay Rivvers)DivineAdam Goldberg (Brett Miles Sanford)Maggie Gyllenhaal (Jude)Harry Hamlin (Bart McGuire)Randy Jones (Cowboy)Andrea Martin (Dr. Ellen Wyckoff)Jason Ritter (Otis)Chloë Sevigny (Lana Tisdel)Helen Shaver (Vivian Bell)Mink Stole (Connie Marble)John Kirk (Interviewee)
Lisa Ades, Lesli Klainberg
A chronological look at films by, for, or about (or 'by, for, and about') gays and lesbians in the United States, from 1947 to 2005, from Kenneth Anger's "Fireworks" to Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain." Talking heads, anchored by critic and scholar B. Ruby Rich, are interspersed with an advancing timeline and with clips from two dozen films. The narrative groups the pictures around various firsts, movements, and triumphs: experimental films, indie films, sex on screen, outlaw culture and bad guys, lesbian lovers, films about AIDS and dying, emergence of romantic comedy, transsexual films, films about diversity and various cultures, and then mainstream Hollywood drama. What might come next?