Marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that sparked the beginning of the gay rights movement with screenings of 50 Years Legal and 1985.
On Saturday 28 June 1969 police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The police’s violent treatment of employees and patrons inside the bar triggered a riot that lasted for six days. The Stonewall Riiots swept across the world, serving as the catalyst of the LGBTQ rights movement. Fifty years on, and the LGBTQ community and all human rights activists alike, continue to celebrate its legacy.
On June 28 1970, a year after the Stonewall Riots, a march took place on Christopher Street in New York, with similar marches also happening in Los Angeles and Chicago, and they represented the first Gay Pride marches in U.S. history. Within two years, Gay Pride marches were taking place in cities throughout America.
Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, Gotham) returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis.
Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York City, Adrian looks to reconnect with his younger brother Andrew while navigating his relationship with religious parents Eileen (Academy Award Nominee Virginia Madsen) and Dale (Golden Globe Award Winner Michael Chiklis). When he reaches out to his estranged childhood friend Carly, their unresolved issues force Adrian to confront an uncertain future that will significantly alter the lives of those around him. Shot on black-and-white super 16mm film, 1985 takes a unique look at a pivotal moment in American history through the prism of empathy, love and family.
“A moving cinematic sketch of a HIV-infected man living through the height of the plague.” Glenn Kenny, New York Times
“1985 feels like a missing minor classic from the decade that preceded the rise of the so-called New Queer Cinema.” Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
“A compassionate, beautifully acted film.” The Guardian
“A fine piece of cinematic craftsmanship.” Indiewire