Film critic Gary M. Kramer has always looked to films as a mirror to see how gay and lesbian life is represented. Independent Queer Cinema collects 100 of Kramer’s reviews and interviews (from 1999 to 2004) that celebrate the latest “queer wave” of actors, writers, and directors. These are films and filmmakers to be discovered and discussed—from the independent American hit Kissing Jessica Stein and the provocative foreign gem Come Undone, to tantalizing insights from Stephen Fry and Tilda Swinton. Independent Queer Cinema is a valuable reference guide as well as an entertaining compilation of Kramer’s astute reviews and interviews.
Independent Queer Cinema includes interviews with:
John Greyson, who discusses the difficulties making the stylish and provocative Proteus
Javier Bardem, who talks about his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Cuban poet Renaldo Arenas in Before Night Falls
Steve Guttenberg, who discusses why he choose the cult classic novel P.S.: Your Cat Is Dead for his directorial debut
Andrew Jarecki, who talks about his thought-provoking documentary, Capturing the Friedmans
Margaret Cho, who takes a rather serious look at comedy and the appeal of Notorious C.H.O. . . . And reviews of 60 films, that range from hot and sexy to thoughtful and sensitive to just plain offensive, including:
Burnt Money, a stylish crime melodrama from director Marcelo Piñeyro
Swimming Pool, a deliciously sinister character study starring Charlotte Rampling
The Rules of Attraction, Roger Avary’s adaptation of the novel by Bret Easton Ellis
A Dirty Shame, John Waters’ return to the decadence of his earlier flms
Elephant, Gus Van Sant’s chilling and disturbing take on the Columbine High School massacre
Far From Heaven, a brilliant homage to the domestic melodramas of the 1950s
Mambo Italiano, an over-the-top, laugh-out-loud comedy and many more! Independent Queer Cinema provides you with the best seat in the house for a wise, witty, and insightful collection of reviews and interviews that reflect the current state of gay and lesbian filmmaking.