REEL IN THE CLOSET: A Benefit for the GLBT Historical Society

August 31 only

A benefit screening of Reel in the Closet featuring filmmakers Stu Maddux and Joe Applebaum, plus a bonus episode of Stu and Joseph’s latest project, “Queer Ghost Hunters.” A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow.

About the film: “Reel in the Closet” is a feature-length documentary that reveals LGBTQ life through hundreds of never-before-seen home movies dating back to the 1930s. Working primarily with the GLBT Historical Society for material, the filmmakers (Stu Maddux/Joe Applebaum) raised funds for the archive to digitally transfer, for the first time, many of the reels in the Hal O’Neal, Crawford Barton and other collections. Until that point in 2015, the collections had been processed but many of the reels unviewed.  The documentary reveals the best moments of these home movies along with community productions and other video donated to archives around the world to weave a rarely seen glimpse of queer history through the eyes of those who lived it.

“No film here moves me as much as Stu Maddux’s Reel in the Closet” -The Village Voice at DOC NYC

About the beneficiary: The 32-year-old GLBT Historical Society maintains one of the largest collections of LGBTQ historical material in the world, including approximately 1,000 hours of film and video, 1,000 hours of recorded sound, and more than 500 oral histories. The society also sponsors San Francisco’s GLBT History Museum. This event will support the society’s video and film assets, including its oral history and digitizing projects.

Tickets: $15 general admission / $12.50 GLBT Historical Society Members with membership card or copy of receipt.

Watch the trailer here:


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