Art and Activism: Short Film Collection

Art and Activism: Short Film Collection

In this collection of short films programmed in celebration of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project's recent restoration of Greetings from Washington, D.C. (1981), LGBTQ+ activists and activism take center stage.

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Art and Activism: Short Film Collection
  • A Normal Girl

    Activist Pidgeon Pagonis was born intersex, not conforming to standard definitions of male or female, and experienced genital mutilation as a child. Now Pidgeon is fighting the medical establishment, seeking to end medically unnecessary surgeries and human rights abuses on intersex people in the ...

  • Bayard & Me

    Bayard Rustin was the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington and one of the leaders of the civil rights movement. In the 1980s Bayard adopted his younger boyfriend Walter Naegle to obtain the legal protections of marriage. In this intimate love story, Walter remembers Bayard and a time when ga...

  • The Line

    Sparks fly at a Saturday morning clinic defense when two women are tasked with escorting a patient into the clinic. Set against the backdrop of the massive reproductive rights struggles of the 1990’s, The Line is a love story in an age of protest.

  • Trans Happiness Is Real

    A trans activist chronicles their street art activism, which combats an anti-trans stickering campaign on the streets of Oxford with unwavering but not untested hope.

  • The Beauty President

    In 1992, at the height of the AIDS pandemic, activist Terence Alan Smith made a historic bid for president of the United States as his drag queen persona Joan Jett Blakk. Today, Smith reflects back on his seminal civil rights campaign and its place in American history.

  • Nice Chinese Girls Don’t: Kitty Tsui

    In Nice Chinese Girls Don’t, Kitty Tsui recounts her emergence as a poet, artist, activist, writer, and bodybuilder in the early days of the Women’s Liberation Movement in San Francisco. She narrates her experience of arriving to the States as an immigrant from Hong Kong by way of her own origina...