OUTlook is the Roxie’s year-round programming initiative to highlight LGBTQIA+ voices in cinema. For decades, we’ve been committed to showcasing movies that reflect the full spectrum of identities both in our San Francisco community and the wider world. Through a mix of new and mainstream releases, classic repertory, and the avant-garde fringe, we’ve continually sought to show something for everybody at the Roxie.
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OUTlook Summer Titles
Screening July 12
New Restoration! When David Hockney’s beautiful lover, Peter Schlesinger, breaks up with him, it leaves David a complete emotional wreck. An artist, he suddenly finds himself unable to create anything, and is awash in depression and loneliness. After a time, David is able to find inspiration in his backyard swimming pool, and he begins a portrait of it. This unique docudrama presents a semi-fictionalized account of the story behind one of Hockney’s most popular paintings.
Starts July 18
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the Roxie brings back the acclaimed, newly restored, 1984 doc depicting American’s brutally closeted history & the events leading up to the birth of the Gay Liberation Movement.
This stirring feature portrait of lucha libre star Cassandro in his waning years in the ring is less a swan song than a meteor shower rendered in Technicolor. Famed as much for his flamboyant drag and sky-high pompadour as for his show-stopping kicks and flips, Cassandro’s trailblazing ascent as one the industry’s first openly gay wrestlers has resonated internationally for a quarter century. Marie Losier captures the moving, at times humorous, and always colorful dualities of this legendary figure with her talent for forging intimacy with a subject while celebrating his individuality broadly. Cassandro, a prize-winning fighter who reinvented a staunchly macho sport, exudes resilience of all kinds—from the physical power to leave his opponents KOed to an ability to revisit past trauma and cope with the scars of a body pushed to its limits. Cassandro’s story—of an underdog and a queer icon, simultaneously fragile and mighty—is ever more evocative as it unfolds on both sides of the Mexican-American border.
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