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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HOT TO TROT, September 22 at 4:30 pm

Documentary featuring local dancers Emily Coles & Kieren Jameson and Oakland’s April Follies competition! Screening will be followed by a Skype Q&A with director Gail Freedman! 

Using the storytelling techniques of dramatic cinema, HOT TO TROT is an intimate account of a captivating, little-known phenomenon: same-sex competitive ballroom dance, a world where expressions of personal passion become a political statement. Away from their graceful turns on the dance floor, the characters’ backstories frame their struggles. The film chronicles charismatic Ernesto, a former meth addict from Costa Rica who strives for success and love; Emily, a lifelong type 1 diabetic, who has to wear an insulin pump 24/7 to manage her disease; Nikolai, a dazzling dance champ who came out only a few years ago and longs for his Russian family’s acceptance; and Kieren, who grew up in a conservative New Zealand military environment and wrestles with how to balance career and commitment to dance.




Filmmaker Yony Leyser, Lynn Breedlove of Tribe 8 and Jon Ginoli of Pansy Division IN PERSON October 5-6.

What happens when the community you need is not the community you have? Tell yourself it exists over and over, make fan zines that fabricate hordes of queer punk revolutionaries, create subversive movies, and distribute those movies widely—and slowly, the community you’ve fabricated might become a real and radical heartbeat that spreads internationally. This is the story that QUEERCORE tells, from the start of a pseudo-movement in the mid-1980s, intended to punk the punk scene, to the widespread rise of artists who used radical queer identity to push back equally against gay assimilation and homophobic punk culture. – Sophia Lanza-Weil, Frameline



THE HUNGER, October 28th at 6:30PM.

A sensual, stylish goth romp, THE HUNGER is necessary spooky season viewing. Seductive vampires Miriam and John Blaylock (Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie) stalk the clubs of New York looking for victims. When John suddenly begins to rapidly age, they consult a famous gerontologist, Dr. Sarah Roberts (Susan Sarandon). But John is unable to be saved, and the full extent of Miriam’s terrible powers are revealed as she decides to replace him with Sarah as her new lover. Will Sarah yield to the seemingly irresistible Miriam? Watch this darkly sparkling eighties gem and find out.





THE CAMPAIGN, October 28th at 4:00PM.

THE CAMPAIGN follows California’s historic No-on-8 campaign to defend same-sex marriage through exclusive footage, interwoven with the powerful national history of same-sex relationship recognition since the 1950s. The story focuses on an ensemble of five characters – Alison, Holli, Richard, Anne, and Dani Claude – as they labor tirelessly to defeat Proposition 8, sacrificing time with the families they are fighting to protect. The film positions their efforts within the context of the turbulent legal and emotional landscapes of LGBT relationship recognition, from Anita Bryant’s “Save our Children,” to the invention of the word “Domestic Partner” in San Francisco, to Pat Buchanan’s declaration of a “culture war,” and finally to the wave of marriage bans that swept 41 states across the nation. The shocking passage of Prop 8 in seemingly LGBT-friendly California galvanized the US LGBT equality movement and the individual activists who dropped what they were doing and threw themselves into the largest social issue campaign the US has ever seen.




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