Sexuality Movies on DVD
The world of male hustlers on and around Los Angeles' Santa Monica Boulevard is the subject for this controversial documentary. Filmmakers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey spend two years following a number of "rent boys," and the result is a bold, funny and candid "adults only" chronicle. Features 30 minutes of footage not shown on TV. 115 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Fun and fabulous, the 2006 Glitter Awards celebrated the greatest gay-themed films of the previous year--including such mainstream smash hits as "Brokeback Mountain," "Capote" and "Transamerica." Relive the magic of the event with this program that takes a look at the ceremony and its diverse range of winners. 105 min. Soundtrack: English.
How big a role did the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints play in the 2008 passage of California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage? This provocative documentary blends news footage and exclusive interviews from both sides to follow the controversial ballot initiative and examine it in light of the Mormon hierarchy's long-standing anti-gay rights stance.
It's a controversial topic, but the world of porn is also a purported billion dollar industry that some claim to be bigger than the music business. Filmmaker Jens Hoffman has decided to delve deeper into the largely closed-off universe to present an objective examination of the people who drive the curious trade, from performers and directors to agents and producers. Personalities such as Sasha Grey, Audrey Hollander, Belladonna, and Roxy DeVille, among others are profiled. 95 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
How do gay and lesbian Muslims reconcile remaining in their faith when their very nature is--as some strictly interpret Islamic law--a sin worthy of the death penalty? This challenging, emotional documentary profiles a diverse group of men and women as they address their feelings about prejudice, faith, and their own interpretations of the Islamic call for "holy war." 81 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English, Arabic, Farsi, French, Hindi, Turkish, and Urdu; Subtitles: English; behind-the-scenes footage; bonus footage; interview; more. In English, Arabic, Farsi, French, Hindi, Turkish, and Urdu with English subtitles.
Can a "typical" gal learn the exotic art of the striptease? This saucy documentary follows 10 ladies who enroll in a Seattle-based burlesque "academy" to learn how to bump, grind, jiggle, and wiggle their way to a climactic group performance on a local stage. While each woman has her own reasons for taking the classes, they bond in their quest to titillate, tantalize, and take their self-esteem to the next level. 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English; bonus footage; interview; photo gallery; more.
Gay and lesbian life in America in the wake of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City is chronicled in this documentary follow-up to "Before Stonewall." The groundbreaking gay rights campaigns of the '70s, the devastation and call to action in the wake of AIDS, and the ongoing fight for freedom and acceptance are followed through film footage and interviews with Rita Mae Brown, Barney Frank, Armistead Maupin, and others. Melissa Etheridge narrates. 88 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English; bonus footage; interviews.
Originally airing on HBO, this insightful documentary follows the maiden voyage of R Family Vacations, Rosie O'Donnell's cruise line specially geared towards gay and lesbian families. Over the course of a week-long journey from New York City to the Bahamas and back, O'Donnell, her life partner Kelli and their children are joined by hundreds of other families for a trip that offers an honest look at contemporary gay life--shattering stereotypes along the way. 91 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
The rise of gay erotica in the Eastern European market is explored in depth in this detailed and candid documentary. Conducting revealing interviews with young male stars including Aaron Hawke, filmmaker Markku Heikkinen sheds light on both the glamour and dangers of the controversial industry. 72 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English, Czech, and German Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English; bonus footage. In English, Czech, and German with English subtitles.
"The pleasure and the fun will keep you feeling young," was the battle cry for Plato's Retreat, Manhattan's infamous sex club run by owner Larry Levenson from 1977 to 1985. This stimulating documentary chronicles the heterosexual swingers' paradise, from its heyday to its eventual closing due to the AIDS scare. Graphic footage of club activities and interviews with patrons and employees are featured. 81 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: Spanish; interviews; more.
It's a rare case when you'd be more interested in what a porno star has to say than ogling them "in action," but that's where this documentary comes in--as adult film luminaries such as Belladonna, Jesse Lane, April O'Neil, Misty Stone, Alexis Texas, and others strip themselves bare in more ways than one. Hear what these successful and uninhibited women have to say about both the pornography business and their private lives. 69 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1.
Where--if anywhere--should society draw the line between art and pornography? This provocative documentary from filmmaker Hilton Ariel Ruiz examines the question by offering profiles of five "fetish erotica" artists whose works in the mediums of illustration and photography test the boundaries of what is permissible. AKA: "The Outsiders." 82 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
In 1992, Oregon voters narrowly defeated an initiative that would have excluded gays and lesbians from civil rights laws. This award-winning documentary examines the controversial issue through interviews with ordinary citizens, as well as activists on both sides of the measure, from gays who faced verbal and physical harassment to neighborhood and religious leaders. 72 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary; deleted scenes; documentary; featurettes; theatrical trailer.
Believe it or not, being a gay man doesn't have to mean being perfectly groomed and boyishly slim. Just ask the "bears"! This documentary profiles man-loving-men who visibly defy common homosexual stereotypes just by being big, hairy, and butch. Filmmaker Malcolm Ingram--a self-identified member of the community--explores this subculture of the LGBT world, and talks to teddy-bearish moviemaker Kevin Smith ("Clerks") about his status as a gay icon despite his being straight. 78 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English; extended interviews; theatrical trailer.
Even as a young girl, Chastity Bono, the only child of Cher and Sonny Bono, suffered from a gender identity crisis. Now, as an adult, Chastity has made the painstaking and brave decision to undergo gender reassignment to become Chaz, and live as a man. This remarkable documentary follows Chaz through his transformation, from the use of hormone therapy to surgery, and delves into how those closest to him deal with the change while Chaz goes public with his misunderstood issue. 80 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; featurette; interviews.
Two-disc set includes "Before Stonewall" and "After Stonewall."
A groundbreaking look at the birth of the gay and lesbian movement, this award-winning documentary follows the history of the homosexual experience in America, from social experimentation of the 1920s to McCarthy-era scapegoats to the beginning of the gay rights crusade. Includes interviews with Allen Ginsberg, Audre Lorde, Barbara Gittings, and others. 87 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English; bonus footage; interviews; more.
Forget about splashy Hollywood musical films and seedy rumors spread by the morally offended: What's the real story of burlesque? This documentary doesn't tease, choosing instead to reveal the fascinating true history behind the once-popular tradition of bawdy live entertainment, delivering fresh and tantalizing insights from behind the scenes. 98 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; featurettes; interviews; photo gallery; theatrical trailer.
Fueled by their radical antipathy towards homosexuals, three French skinheads beat and drowned a 29-year-old gay man in a public park in Rheims. The 2002 murder is chronicled in this riveting, compassionate documentary, which explores the psychology behind "hate crimes," offers interviews with relatives of both the victim and the accused, and discusses the case with prosecution and defense attorneys. 85 min. Soundtrack: French; Subtitles: English. In French with English subtitles.
Extreme sexual practices are the focus of this no-holds-barred documentary from filmmaker Claes Lilja. See how porn stars, dominatrixes and escorts share with lawyers, florists and other professionals the love for one thing: extreme kinkiness in their sex life. Bondage, role-playing, cross-dressing, sex toys and odd electronic devices are covered in this adults-only program. With Nina Hartley, Chi Chi LaRue, Cole Tucker. 92 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Long known as one of Europe's leading cultural centers, the Czech capital of Prague has the dubious distinction of also being home to a burgeoning adult video industry. This compelling documentary from director Wictor Grodecki ("Not Angels But Angels") offers a disturbing look at the young men who arrive from throughout Europe to work as street hustlers and models, as well as an interview with a leading adult filmmaker. 103 min. Standard; Soundtrack: Czech; Subtitles: English. In Czech with English subtitles.
They go by many different names, but regardless of what they're called, breasts have long been an American fixation. This eye-popping documentary offers a humorous, and often poignant, look at why such simple and innocent glands have become the country's favorite body part by interviewing folks from anthropologists to porn stars. Tom Arnold, Julie Strain, Mamie Van Doren, and others are featured. 75 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; audio commentary; deleted scenes; photo gallery; theatrical trailer.
Three-disc set includes "Men For Sale," "All Boys," and "Rent Boys."
Over 20 women of all ages, sizes and walks of life go before the camera (sometimes topless) and talk candidly and honestly about their breasts--from such topics as adolescence, nursing, implants, and cancer to how society's ideals have influenced their image of themselves--in this acclaimed documentary. 50 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English; bonus footage; interview; photo gallery.
While he may have toiled largely in anonymity, activist Bayard Rustin exerted a profound influence over the civil rights movement of the 1960s. This documentary profile reveals Rustin's role in the design of the 1963 March on Washington, as well as the struggles he faced living as an openly gay man in an America still entrenched in homophobic prejudices. 84 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
The "world's first gay Christian Bible camp" is profiled in this sensitive, challenging documentary. In an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere, gay teenagers are invited to discuss their feelings about their orientation and their allegiance to a faith that sends mixed messages to them about their identities. The film takes an upbeat look at this complex intersection of sexuality and religion. 78 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English; audio commentary; bonus footage; interviews; photo gallery.
Moved to action by observing the damage caused by bullying and hate crimes, American singer-songwriter Chely Wright became the first major country music artist to proclaim her gay identity. This affecting documentary focused on her "coming out" includes candid interviews with Wright's family members, professional colleagues, her pastor, and Chely herself, and details how both Nashville and the LGBT communities responded to her courageous gesture. 96 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English; biographies; bonus footage; photo gallery.
Three attractive young men living in Orlando, Florida, take refuge from their troubles...by stepping in front of a bank of video cameras and posting their every move on the Internet for all to see! This spicy gay-themed documentary follows the boys' journeys during their stint on CollegeBoysLive.com, a site that neighbors believe to be all about porn but is really concerned with promoting acceptance of diverse lifestyles. 94 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English; theatrical trailer.
The real-life experiences of gay men and women who served in America's armed forces during and after World War II in the face of prejudice and persecution are recounted in this moving, award-winning documentary. 71 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; extended scenes; interviews; theatrical trailer; more.
The life and oeuvre of Tom of Finland, whose highly stylized drawings of muscular and often leather-clad men in homoerotic poses brought him worldwide acclaim, are recounted in this engrossing documentary, made shortly before the artist's death. 55 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English and Finnish; Subtitles: English; interviews; art gallery.
Narrated by Janeane Garofalo, this powerful documentary examines the challenges faced by gays and lesbians in non-Western cultures. As residents of Egypt, Honduras, Kenya, Thailand, and elsewhere relate harrowing tales of oppression and courage, the program spotlights a global movement to end discrimination and further gay rights. 60 min. Soundtrack: English; biographies; bonus footage; interviews; theatrical trailers.
Gay filmmaker Tim Kirkman's "letter home" to his fellow North Carolinian, veteran U.S. senator, right-wing champion and avowed homophobe Jesse Helms, is both a humorous, sobering and revealing look at Helms' allies and detractors from across the state and a chronicle of Kirkman's coming to terms with his homosexuality. An ironic coda to this documentary is a 1996 interview with Kirkman and future Wyoming gay-bashing victim Matthew Shepard. 82 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary; biographies; bonus footage; interviews.
From the filmmakers behind "The Brandon Teena Story" comes this moving documentary about the lives of Edie and Thea, a lifelong lesbian couple. Falling in love during the closeted '60s, the pair maintained a secret engagement that would span 40 years and take them all over the world as activists. Join the couple, now in their 70s, as they travel to Toronto--with Thea's health in rapid decline--to finally take their marriage vows in a stirring example of love's ability to endure. 61 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English; featurettes; interviews; photo gallery; more.
Visiting conservative religious and military colleges across the nation, 33 young activists forming a coalition known as the Soulforce Equality Ride confront anti-gay policies at the institutions, often risking arrest due to their demonstrations of "relentless nonviolent resistance." In this revealing documentary, the activists--many of whom self-identify as religious--face an uphill battle getting their message heard. 90 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1.
Intriguing documentary series takes candid sit-downs with Johnny Hazzard, Jason Ridge, Nick Piston, Brad Benton, and a dozen other leading lights of the male adult film industry, as they lay bare their career paths, lifestyles, and perspectives on their notorious and taboo professional world. 7 episodes on 2 discs. 3 3/4 hrs. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
In the poorest parts of Cuba, Santo Domingo, and Cambodia, a booming trade exists as desperate men, women, and children willingly prostitute themselves to a wealthy Western clientele out to fulfill the most unspeakable of desires. This frank documentary contains revelations certain to shock and stun. 47 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
It's generally believed that French porn star Claudine Beccarie paved the way for ladies such as Brigitte Lahaie and Marilyn Jess. That's why director Jean-Francois Davy focuses on Beccarie in this documentary that presents a revealing and informative portrait of the adult industry in France. Through interviews with the superstar that detail her likes and dislikes, how she got into the profession, and the direction the business is headed, a shocking but intriguing program is offered. 90 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: French; Subtitles: English. In French with English subtitles.
Go behind the scenes of the gay porn industry with this insightful documentary that chronicles the making of the award-winning sex flick "BuckleRoos." As the crew pitches in to make a movie about a group of handsome hombres (including Owen Hawk and Zak Spears), you'll learn about the, er, ins and outs of how an adult film gets produced. 97 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; photo gallery; theatrical trailers.
Highly controversial when first screened, this remarkably intimate documentary by provocative Japanese filmmaker Kazuo Hara profiles the director's former lover, Takeda Miyuki. Miyuki is shown to be a confidently independent, bisexual young woman who pursues feminism, interracial romance, and childbirth with a bracing conviction that scandalized 1970s Japan. 97 min. Standard; Soundtrack: Japanese; Subtitles: English. In Japanese with English subtitles.
An honest, compassionate, and distinctly impartial look at the roiling controversies surrounding homosexuality, Arthur Dong's documentary focuses on fundamentalist American families who have gay offspring. 75 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; deleted scenes; interviews; more.
Gay parenthood is the focus of this sensitive documentary following the stories of four Canadian men pursuing their dreams of raising children in healthy, stable homes. Couple Randy and Drew face a conditional welcome inside their neighborhood, while Stephen co-parents with a lesbian couple, and the single Scott pursues the blessing of a child through a surrogate. 55 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Monika Treut ("Seduction: The Cruel Woman") directed this five-part documentary on sexual practitioners of the extraordinary kind. Among the subjects: Dr. Camille Paglia, the Philadelphia-based author of "Sexual Personae"; Annie Sprinkle, porn star and performance artist; Carole, an S&M specialist; Max, a female-to-male transsexual; and Norwegian-born Eva, Mexican film star and free love advocate, profiled in the feature-length "Didn't Do It for Love" (1997). 160 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; interview; photo gallery; biography.
If you look to the Bible in the formation of your opinions about homosexuality, this lighthearted and enlightening documentary should pique your interest. Lesbian filmmaker Ky Dickens examines the stories of Adam and Eve, Sodom and Gomorrah, and other well-known Biblical passages anew and subjects them to fresh scrutiny. The film also includes interviews with theologians and members of the lesbian and gay communities. 60 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; interviews; more.
Working-class black families in a Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood resist the encroachment of wealthier, white gay couples into their community, as their presence appears to increase pressure to either complete expensive renovations on their own properties or face being displaced because of gentrification. This intimate documentary reveals surprising complexities as Americans in conflict fight for both their rights and their dreams. 86 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English (SDH); interview; theatrical trailer.
To raise funds for New York City's Harvey Milk High School for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth, musicians Frank Black, Ben Folds, Cyndi Lauper, They Might Be Giants, Rufus Wainwright, and others recorded songs from the off-Broadway play "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" for a benefit album. Along with interviews with "Hedwig" creators John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, this poignant documentary introduces you to several of the teens who attend the groundbreaking institution. 100 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary; featurettes; music videos; theatrical trailers.
When Charlene Strong lost her partner of nine years, Kate Fleming, in a flash flood in their Seattle home, both the hospital and funeral home refused to recognize their relationship. Motivated by this discrimination, Charlene shared her story with Washington State lawmakers, who then passed a Domestic Partnership bill. This emotional documentary chronicles one woman's inspiring fight for marriage equality. 60 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; interviews; music videos; trailer; more.
Does the desire to be a "good Christian" require the condemnation of homosexuality? This explosive documentary profiles five American families--including that of former House of Representatives leader Richard A. Gephardt--who have experienced the convergence of their religious faith with the emergence of a gay family member. The film reveals how strict adherence to Christian principles can lead believers either to hate or to love. 98 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English; biographies; interview; photo gallery; theatrical trailers.
Revelatory documentary on the gay experience in Cuban society visits with six diverse members of the country's LGBT community whose reflections span back to the Batista era, and examines how matters have progressed from the generations when homosexuality was regarded as a punishable crime. 58 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Spanish; Subtitles: English; bonus short "Habana Libre" (2006); featurette. In Spanish with English subtitles. Two-disc set.
The competition is fierce during eight days of sporting competition held during the Sports and Cultural Festival in Chicago. But just as important as who wins and who loses are the out-and-proud celebrations that highlight the gathering of 12,000 athletes, artists, and celebrities for the seventh official Gay Games! Features appearances by Margaret Cho, Megan Mullally, Cyndi Lauper, Ari Gold, Marlee Matlin, and many others. 135 min. Soundtrack: English; featurette; photo gallery.
How can you affiliate yourself with a political party that actively seeks to deny you your rights? That provocative question is explored in this documentary focusing on Log Cabin Republicans, a grass roots organization consisting of gays and lesbians seeking to build a more inclusive GOP. As President George W. Bush voices his staunch opposition to gay marriage during his 2004 re-election run, the Log Cabiners splinter over whether or not they should continue to support his exclusionist views. 62 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; bonus footage.
Sex documentarian Monika Treut ("Virgin Machine") examines what it means to be male or female--or, for some people, somewhere between the two--with this eye-opening film. Explore the lives and thoughts of an array of San Francisco residents who refuse to define their sense of gender based on the body they were born into and, according to Treut, in doing so are pioneers in a new realm of the human experience. 87 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; outtakes; interviews; photo gallery; theatrical trailer; more.
The mystique of the "lesbian fantasy" is explored in this documentary program, featuring insights by porn stars, gay activists, Christian fundamentalists, as well as real-life couples in gay or bisexual relationships. The attraction of "girl on girl" action to the male species is discussed, in addition to the depiction of homosexuality in popular culture. 68 min. Soundtrack: English.
Can a person be gay and worship God at the same time, or must they be "cured" to achieve forgiveness and salvation? This intimate documentary profiles a variety of actively Christian gay and lesbian citizens who share their life experiences as well as reflect on their candid thoughts about the battles between religious pride and religious discrimination. 92 min. Soundtrack: English.
A gay minister from Vancouver, who hopes to someday join his committed partner in wedlock. A religious activist from Calgary, who crusades against same-sex marriage. When they agree to spend time living in one another's homes and see one another's perspective, the end result makes for a fascinating documentary chronicle. 52 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
This engaging and obviously graphic documentary explores the story behind Brent Scott (aka PD) and his insex.com website, considered by many to be the most influential and innovative adult site dealing with bondage and sadomasochistic practices. Interviews with Scott (a former Carnegie Mellon University professor) and his models detail the rise of the site in 1997 to its shutdown due to government pressure in 2005. WARNING: Features nudity and explicit sexual content. 86 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; deleted scenes; interviews; theatrical trailer.
Fascinating documentary explores the lives of a group of friends involved in Los Angeles' bondage and sadomasochism scene. As the pals explore the delicate line between pleasure and pain, they take part in a series of erotically charged activities that exist outside of the sexual mainstream. 55 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; bonus footage; theatrical trailer.
Having done time for her infamous prostitution ring to the rich and famous, the Hollywood Madam surfaced in the mid-2000s with a new entrepreneurial scheme: establish an all-male brothel in the hamlet of Crystal, Nevada, to service an exclusively female clientele. The roadblocks she faced to this new venture, and the bizarre circumstances surrounding its ultimate derailment, are laid bare in this fascinating documentary. 70 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Pioneering gay filmmaker Barbara Hammer's acclaimed documentary mixes vintage film footage--from silent films and newsreels to educational and stag films--with reworked dialogue and photo images to offer an irreverent view of 20th-century lesbianism. 70 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; interview; biography; photo gallery.
The inner workings of Paradise TV, a 24-hour Japanese sex network, are explored in this seriocomic softcore documentary. When one young woman graduates from the world of playing video games to titillating millions of Tokyo couch potatoes, she discovers the demands of a career in sexploitation are even wilder than she imagined! 58 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English; bonus footage; deleted scenes; music video. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Just what sort of playboy is Playboy founder Hugh Hefner? This intimate documentary offers a fresh portrait of the publishing icon that's more than skin deep, exploring his dustups with the government; his political activism, including the push for the Equal Rights Amendment; his involvement in the civil rights movement; and more. Features interviews and insights from feminist Susan Brownmiller, Bill Maher, Hef himself, and others. 124 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1.
Narrated by Betty DeGeneres (Ellen's mother), this thought-provoking documentary examines the controversial issue of gay marriage. Through interviews with 20 gay and lesbian couples, you'll witness the obstacles they face as they attempt to earn the same marital rights, benefits and equal protection under the law that heterosexuals are entitled to. 57 min. Soundtrack: English.
If you're tired of Miss America, you may want to see some of the most outrageous "girls" ever vie for the title of the Alternative Miss World. This funky, spacy drag queen contest features commentary by guest emcee Divine, a peek behind the scenes, and a zippy title song by Little Nell. 81 min. Soundtrack: English.
Do women really experience desires like the ones depicted in the wildly popular 2011 novel "Fifty Shades of Grey"? In this revealing documentary, real-life female fantasies of dominance and submission are explored, with dramatic re-enactments providing vivid illustrations of a lifestyle that emerged from behind the shadows. 85 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1.
"Sex and the City" star Kim Cattrall takes you deep inside humanity's body of carnal knowledge. Ever wondered what turns people on, and why? Been to England to a 2,000-year-old, 26-foot-long phallus? Seen Cyprus, the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite? Leave your inhibitions at the door for this tongue-in-cheek exploration, which includes interviews with noted experts and everyday sexual adventurers, examinations of masterful artworks, and amusing animation. Study hard and you'll be teacher's pet in no time! 82 min. Soundtrack: English; behind-the-scenes footage; biography; music video.
The big tent of the International Mr. Leather competition just got a little bigger! Not only is the kinky contest a draw for gay white men--this spicy celebration of the muscular male form now draws a variety of straight, disabled, transgender entrants (and (and audiences) of all races, colors, and creeds! This documentary chronicles the behind-the-scenes story of how the sexy fetish event bulked up and went more mainstream. 75 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
A week before Marilyne returns to her home in Africa, her friend Vanena encourages her to have sex with a black man for the first time. What follows is an inventive documentary featuring four secretly filmed unscripted, unrehearsed and unbelievable dates in which issues of sexuality and race relations are candidly explored. 75 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; biographies; bonus footage; music video; photo gallery.
An entertaining, insightful look at Maud's, the world's most enduring lesbian bar, which opened in San Francisco in 1966 and closed its doors in 1989. Along with an intimate study of Maud's, the film covers the lesbian culture of the '40s, '50s and '60s through provocative personal stories. 75 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
This provocative miniseries explores the world of lesbian sexuality, consulting writers, scholars, and sex experts to obtain a wide-ranging collection of insights. You'll get "after dark" tours of sex shops, dance clubs, and porn companies run by lesbian executives, and an up-close look at what appeals to girls who love girls. All six episodes of the series--"Porn Today: Pushing the Limits," "For Your Pleasure: Erotic Dancers," "The Evolution of Erotica," "Fulfilling Fantasy," "Thinking Outside the Box," and "Selling Sex in the Mainstream"--are included. 158 min. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Superb documentary follows the lives of three lesbians--a soccer coach, an activist and a devoted mother--as they live, work and love in Buenos Aires. Candidly discussing topics ranging from their fantasies to their coming out experiences, each of the women offers an emotionally powerful glimpse into what it is like to be a lesbian in Latin America. 82 min. Soundtrack: Spanish; Subtitles: English. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Is that an invitation you can get behind? If so, check out this informative documentary exploring America's attitudes about sexuality and how they impact teenagers in the modern era. In addition to visiting a Los Angeles school for pregnant girls and a look at HIV infection rates in the nation's capital, the program reveals how European views of sex contrast with those in the U.S. 63 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Documentarian Arthur Dong offers a chilling examination of anti-gay violence, interviewing seven convicted killers whose crimes were all motivated by their hatred of homosexuality. 77 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; featurette; interviews; more.
Three-disc set includes "Taxi Zum Klo," "Kink Crusaders," and "Uncle Bob."
"Striptease" meets "Norma Rae" in this funny and insightful documentary from co-writer/director Julia Query, a stand-up comic and stripper who attempted to unionize with her fellow performers at the Lusty Lady, a San Francisco adult nightclub. The women's quest for decent working conditions is chronicled, along with a candid look at their lives on and off the stage. 80 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; deleted scenes; theatrical trailer; scene access.
What does the future hold for pornography--its stars and its fans? This probing documentary explores the changing relations between adult film stars and the consumers of their on-camera exploits, making the case that the highly competitive industry has been driving performers toward establishing more personal connections with their followers as cutting-edge technologies offer transformative new ways of delivering sexual satisfaction. 52 min. Soundtrack: English.
Can a man truly love God if he is in love...with another man? With this 14th-season documentary entry of the "Independent Lens" program, viewers will experience the fascinating story of Gene Robinson, an openly gay New Hampshire bishop who challenged the traditions and tenets cherished by members of his Anglican community--many of which were defiantly outraged by Robinson's history-making appointment. 83 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; deleted scenes.
Does lifelong monogamy really work? Can two people be committed emotionally but not physically? These questions and more are explored in this provocative documentary that examines the realities of marital fidelity by profiling a variety of relationships--including a middle-aged couple who have an open marriage, a Baptist minister and his wife of 50 years, and a former male stripper who discusses the affairs he and his wife have engaged in. 74 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; bonus footage.
Intimate documentary chronicles the highs and lows experienced by lesbian couple Ann Krsul and Leslie Sullivan as they attempt to become parents. From selecting a sperm donor to the birth of their daughter Grace, the program follows the pair on an emotional journey packed with warmth, wisdom and love. 86 min. Soundtrack: English; interviews; theatrical trailers.
Amsterdam's notorious red light district is put in unique perspective by this documentary portrait of two of its most unlikely denizens: 69-year-old identical twins Louise and Martine Fokkens, who have plied their trade there since they were teenagers. The sisters' frank assessments on how their profession--and lives--have waxed and waned over the decades make this a tale not to be missed. 80 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: Dutch Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English. In Dutch with English subtitles.
A harrowing documentary from director Rodrigue Jean profiles the desperate lives of 11 young men working the gay sex trade on the streets of Montreal. Jean follows these men for a full year as they immerse themselves in a wicked web of drugs and prostitution. Through stark admissions that contrast with the city nightlife, troubled men detail their "gay for pay" lifestyle, attempt to affirm their masculinity, and contemplate escaping their plight. 145 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: French Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English. In French with English subtitles.
Narrated by Gore Vidal, this riveting documentary examines the ways societies across the world handle issues of gender and sexual identity. Through interviews with transgender, intersexual and bisexual men and women, as well as scientists and academics, the film explores life outside of the sexual mainstream while also celebrating tolerance and diversity. 75 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
The relationship between art and pornography is explored in this daring documentary that includes interviews with Catherine Breillat and Virginie Despentes, the directors of such controversially explicit movies as "Anatomy of Hell" and "Baise Moi." In addition to their valuable insights, the film includes appearances by Annie Sprinkle, Norma Jean Almodovar, and other artists whose work stretches the limits of the titillating and the taboo. 92 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English and French; Subtitles: English. In English and French with English subtitles.
Best known for his recurring role on "Will & Grace," actor Leslie Jordan presents his one-man show in this performance that was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia. As he candidly discusses such topics as his encounters with celebrities, his Southern background, and his homosexuality, Jordan presents a fun and fascinating look at his life. 90 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital Surround stereo.
First, celebrated shutterbug Michael Grecco presented an intimate portrait of adult industry performers with his photographic book also titled "Naked Ambition." Now, Grecco peels back another layer of this controversial business with an in-depth examination of the "Oscars" of porn, the Adult Video News Awards. Join performers Jenna Jameson, Ron Jeremy, Jesse Jane, and Sunny Lane for all the glitz and glamour. 81 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; deleted scenes; theatrical trailer.
A riveting, unflinching documentary on boy prostitution in Prague, in which young males attempt to supply Eastern and Western tourists with sexual activity for easy money. The hustlers' frankness will jolt you, as they reveal their sordid experiences. 80 min. Standard; Soundtrack: Czech Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English. In Czech with English subtitles.
Convinced that being black is fundamentally incompatible with being gay, the four Cleveland, Ohio, men profiled in this candid documentary choose to live as heterosexuals in public and as homosexuals in secret--"on the downlow." The film provides fascinating interviews that aim to illuminate the choice made by some African-American men to live this controversial dual lifestyle. 70 min. Soundtrack: English; biography; interviews; theatrical trailer.
Strange, funny, and at times chilling study of the ways medical and religious authorities have tried to "convert" gays and lesbians to heterosexual lifestyles, including such methods as tackle football for gay men and beauty makeovers for butch lesbians, electroshock "orgasmic revelations," and "ex-gay" ministries. 83 min. Soundtrack: English; biographies; photo gallery; more.
Do the children of gay and lesbian parents grow up any differently from children raised in heterosexual households? This uplifting documentary provides intimate profiles of five families from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, revealing in candid interviews what it is like for children to grow up in homes "unlike" those of their friends and neighbors. AKA: "Our House: A Very Real Documentary About Kids of Gay & Lesbian Parents." 56 min. Soundtrack: English; bonus footage; theatrical trailers.
Embracing the view that openness is worth celebrating, this documentary focused on the LGBTQ community addresses the most common fears and misconceptions about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and others--in particular, young people who remain "at risk" of oppression all over the world. This uplifting film honors both the virtues of community and individuality. 88 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
Is a person ever too old to "come out of the closet"? You won't think so after observing this moving documentary that explores the life stories of five men and women who chose to be honest about their sexual identities with others once past the age of 55. These gay, lesbian, and transgender interviewees offer their candid insights about what it has meant to them both to conceal their true selves for so long and to live openly at last. 62 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; biographies; more.
Set against the true story of 17-year-old Kelli Peterson, who ignited a nationwide controversy when she tried to start a gay and lesbian student group at her Utah high school, this award-winning documentary opens a long-neglected chapter in American history as it profiles key figures in the struggle for inclusion by homosexuals. Features the voices of Edward Norton, Stephen Spinella and Gwyneth Paltrow; Linda Hunt narrates. 70 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Filmmaker Kirby Dick ("This Film Is Not Yet Rated") heads to Washington, D.C., blowing the cover of politicians who indulge in hypocrisy by concealing their gay identities while voting against the GLBT community's interests. In this explosive documentary, Dick penetrates the scandals surrounding the questionable ethics of powerful lawmakers while taking the media to task for abetting their lives "in the closet." 89 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: Spanish; audio commentary; deleted scenes; more.
There she--that is, he--is, Miss Gay America! Follow this extraordinary pageant competition through the eyes of five contestants vying for the title in this smashing and sassy documentary. Employing elaborate makeup and costumes as well as perfecting the ideal movements across the stage (no hormones allowed!), these lovely lads demonstrate their talents in lavishly staged musical numbers. 95 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; behind-the-scenes footage; theatrical trailer.
Unable to live and work in their home country, a group of Filipino transsexuals journeys to Israel, finding employment as caregivers for elderly Jewish men. This touching documentary explores the unique cross-cultural world that develops between the workers and their charges, how they escape the pressures of their situation by performing in a drag revue called "Paper Dolls," and what happens when government policies could lead to their expulsion. 80 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Hebrew and Tagalog Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English; theatrical trailer. In Hebrew and Tagalog with English subtitles.
What's all the buzz about vibrators? In this amusing and enlightening documentary, the history of the evergreen sexual device is revealed in a program that begins with a fascinating overview of 19th-century concerns about women's "hysteria" and then plunges deeply into the nature of feminine pleasure and the science of orgasms in the modern era. Guys and gals alike will enjoy taking it all in. 74 min. Soundtrack: English.
A moving look at the nature of family and what it means to a parent, filmmaker Murray Nossel's acclaimed documentary follows New York couple Matt and Erik on a two-year quest to find a surrogate mother for the child they long to have. Their search brings them to Maine, where wife, mother and self-styled witch Wen agrees to carry the baby, but the road to parenthood is filled with hazards. 74 min. Soundtrack: English; deleted scenes; bonus footage; interview; photo gallery; more.
The provocative, gender-bending performances of the Boston-based, all-female drag theater troupe All the Kings Men are spotlighted in this funny, frank, and revealing documentary portrait. Their audacious on-stage antics are interspersed with the individual members' candid observations about their own lives and identity struggles. 85 min. Soundtrack: English.
The filmmakers behind the provocative series "Taxicab Confessions" take you on an intimate journey to a Nevada brothel, where prostitution remains a legal transaction between consenting adults. In this six-part series, you'll meet the ladies who make a comfortable living making clients comfortable between the sheets, and learn about their feelings concerning self-esteem, outsiders' judgments, and sexual liberation. 156 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
The graphic depiction of sex for entertainment has been around since ancient times, and in this comprehensive (and tastefully managed) series, the directors of "Inside Deep Throat" present a wide-ranging history of the art and business of "porn." From primitive drawings on the walls of Pompeii to the World Wide Web, you'll trace the evolution of the always controversial enterprise, with segments covering erotica in the age of the printing press; the writings of the Marquis de Sade; the origins of "stag" films; and more, with commentary by industry figures such as Marilyn Chambers, John Leslie, and Seymour Butts, as well as scholars in art, history, sexuality, and film. 5 hrs. total on two discs. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Everyone relax. There's nothing kinky going on here. Director Margie Schnibbe presents an engaging and often heart-warming examination on the relationships between adult film stars and their various pets. As Ron Jeremy feeds his turtle, and Taylor Wane cares for her dogs, they may just demystify the stigma surrounding porn performers. Teri Weigel, Sunset Thomas, Violet Blue, and many others are also featured. 52 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English; audio commentary by Jeremy; outtakes; photo gallery.
The hidden gender gap between gays and lesbians is explored in this provocative documentary that was filmed around the U.S. and in which more than 100 people are interviewed. Surveyed are the bonds between gays and lesbians as they battle homophobia, as well as their complex, often difficult relationships that sometimes mirror straight ones. Michael Musto, Barney Frank, Camille Paglia, Rose Troche are featured. 57 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.