OUTlook, Frameline Distribution, and San Francisco Pride co-present a  new restoration of GAY USA.

Filmmaker and preservationist Jenni Olson in person for a post-screening discussion!


Community Partner: The GLBT Historical Society

Gay USA’s nationwide release, after its August 1977 San Francisco premiere, brought images of out and proud lesbians and gay men to cities across the country. Just a few months later, Harvey Milk was sworn in as a San Francisco Supervisor, becoming one of the first openly gay people elected to public office and delivering a triumphant conclusion to that harrowing year.

Beautifully restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive in collaboration with Frameline and Outfest, GAY USA is the first American feature-length documentary by and about gay and lesbian people. Director Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. (best known for his 1985 gay drama Buddies) mobilized camera crews across the country to document the national Gay Freedom Day marches in June of 1977.


“A historic look at a key moment in queer history — pre-AIDS and just before the
dawn of modern queer activism — that still resonates today.”
— Gary Morris, Bright Lights Film Journal

Directed by Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. 1977. USA. 78 min. English.


Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive from a 16mm internegative and a 35mm print. Laboratory services and DCP by UCLA Film & Television Archive Digital Media Lab. Special thanks to Roe Bressan, Jenni Olson, Frameline.

NOTE FILMS START RIGHT AT THE LISTED SHOWTIME. Roxie Theater trailers play during the 30 minutes prior to showtime.





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