The Very Best of TV/Film

The Real L Word Returns, !Women Art Revolution (!W.A.R.), Brooklyn
International Film Festival (BFF)

Lynn Hershman Leeson’s new film, !Women Art Revolution (!W.A.R.), will have its theatrical premiere at New York City’s IFC Center on June 1 (one week only). !W.A.R. charts the history of the Feminist Art Movement in America from the 1960s to the present and illuminates how this under-explored movement radically transformed the art and culture of our times.  Featuring an original score by Carrie Brownstein (formerly of Sleater-Kinney), the film includes appearances by countless groundbreaking figures such as Marcia Tucker, Nancy Spero, Silvia Sleigh, Carolee Schneemann, Yoko Ono, Miranda July, The Guerrilla Girls, Judy Chicago and many others.

The Real L Word is back for a hotter-than-ever second season! Wild child Whitney is joined by an all-new cast of girlfriends (and some old flames), and they’re ready to stir up some heartbreaking, girl taking and troublemaking while trying to find success in the city of angels. Tune in to Showtime on June 5 for the Season 2 premiere of this guilty summer pleasure.

Two sisters, Mary and Marie, return to their childhood home after their mother’s death to enjoy one last summer together there. The heat and isolation of the countryside blossom and blurs the girls’ growing physical and emotional intimacy. When the local handy man Peter shows up, he threatens to reveal their secrets. The girls’ bond becomes dangerously competitive as the sexual tension builds…and the summer takes an unexpected turn. Watch the drama unfold in the sizzling debut indie feature Mary Marie, making its world premiere June 4 at indieScreen Cinema during the Brooklyn International Film Festival (BFF).

On June 10, The Center hosts a special free screening of the iconic lesbian film Bloodsisters. This controversial film was attacked in the mid-‘90s by the anti-gay group the American Family Association for its depictions of so-called “radical” lesbian sexuality. Tonight’s screening celebrates its re-release by the Tribeca Film Institute with a post-film discussion between the filmmaker and lesbian author Sarah Schulman. From pushy bottoms to macho femmes, Bloodsisters is an A-Z documentary guide that takes an in-depth look at the San Francisco Leatherdyke scene during the mid-‘90s, shattering assumptions about
gender and lesbian sexuality.

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