LGBTQ Filmmakersby yrnej | created - 19 Jun 2017 | updated - 23 Jun 2017 | Public
June is Pride Month, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots and asking all of us to remember how far gay rights have come since those dark times. Which of these screenwriters and/or directors who often tell LGBTQ stories do you think presents the most interesting films?
Discuss the list here
Writer | Hable con ella
The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study ...
All About My Mother, Bad Education, Kika
Director | Fireworks
Kenneth Anger grew up in Hollywood and started out as a child actor, but his interest in filmmaking was evident at an early age: he made his first film, "Who's Been Rocking My Dreamboat?", at age 9. Anger developed into one of the pioneers of the American underground film movement. His gritty, ...
Scorpio Rising, Lucifer Rising, Fireworks
3. Gregg Araki
Director | Mysterious Skin
Mysterious Skin, The Doom Generation, Nowhere
Writer | Milk
Dustin Lance Black was born on June 10, 1974 in Sacramento, California, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Milk (2008), When We Rise (2017) and J. Edgar (2011). He has been married to Tom Daley since May 6, 2017.
Milk, When We Rise, Pedro
Director | The Kids Are All Right
Lisa Cholodenko earned an MFA at Columbia University Film School where she made an award-winning short film Dinner Party (1997) Her feature High Art (1998) won the National Society of Film Critics award for Ally Sheedy's performance and The Waldo Salt Screenwriting award at Sundance. Both "High Art...
The Kids Are All Right, High Art, Laurel Canyon
6. Jamie Babbit
Director | But I'm a Cheerleader
Jamie Babbit was born on November 16, 1970 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA as Jamie Merrill Babbit. She is a director and producer, known for But I'm a Cheerleader (1999), Silicon Valley (2014) and Girls (2012). She has been married to Karey Dornetto since 2014.
But I'm a Cheerleader, Itty Bitty Titty Committe, Sleeping Beauties
7. Xavier Dolan
Actor | Tom à la ferme
Xavier Dolan was born on March 20, 1989 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Xavier Dolan-Tadros. He is an actor and writer, known for Tom à la ferme (2013), J'ai tué ma mère (2009) and Les amours imaginaires (2010).
Heartbeats, I Killed My Mother, Laurence Anyways
8. Rob Epstein
Producer | The Celluloid Closet
Rob Epstein was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA as Robert P. Epstein. He is a producer and director, known for The Celluloid Closet (1995), Paragraph 175 (2000) and The Times of Harvey Milk (1984).
Rob has produced films that have screened worldwide, in cinemas, on television, home video and ...
and Jeffrey Friedman Howl, The Celluloid Closet, The Times of Harvey Milk
Writer | Faustrecht der Freiheit
Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and...
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Water Drops on Burning Rocks, Querelle
10. Todd Haynes
Director | Far from Heaven
Todd Haynes was always interested in art, and made amateur movies and painted while he was still a child. He attended Brown university and majored in art and semiotics. After he graduated he moved to New York City and made the controversial short film Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988). ...
Carol, Velvet Goldmine, Poison
11. Derek Jarman
Director | Edward II
Derek Jarman was born on January 31, 1942 in London, England as Michael Derek Elworthy Jarman. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Edward II (1991), Caravaggio (1986) and Wittgenstein (1993). He died on February 19, 1994 in London.
Caravaggio, Sebastiane, Edward II
12. Isaac Julien
Director | Looking for Langston
Looking for Langston, Derek, The Attendant
13. Ang Lee
Director | Wo hu cang long
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ...
Brokeback Mountain, Taking Woodstock, The Wedding Banquet
Actor | Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus, Tarnation
15. François Ozon
Director | Dans la maison
8 Women, Time to Leave, Water Drops on Burning Rocks
Writer | Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma
Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written numerous novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His first film Accattone (1961) was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life ...
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, Mamma Roma, Ro.Go.Pa.G.
17. John Schlesinger
Director | Midnight Cowboy
Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger, who was born in London, on February 16, 1926, was the eldest child in a solidly middle-class Jewish family. Berbard Schlesinger, his father, was a pediatrician, and his mother, Winifred, was a musician. He served in the Army in the Far East during World War ...
Midnight Cowboy, The Next Best Thing, Sunday Bloody Sunday
18. Rose Troche
Director | Go Fish
Bedrooms and Hallways, Go Fish, The L Word
19. Gus Van Sant
Director | Elephant
Gus Van Sant was born on July 24, 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Gus Greene Van Sant Junior. He is a director and producer, known for Elephant (2003), My Own Private Idaho (1991) and Drugstore Cowboy (1989).
Milk, My Own Private Idaho, Paris, je t'aime
20. John Waters
Writer | Pecker
Growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s, John Waters was not like other children; he was obsessed by violence and gore, both real and on the screen. With his weird counter-culture friends as his cast, he began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid-'60s; he screened these in rented Baltimore ...
Pink Flamingos, Desperate Living, Polyester
Director | Loong Boonmee raleuk chat
Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970, Bangkok) grew up in Khon Kaen, a city in the north east of Thailand. He has a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been making films and videos since the ...
Tropical Malady, The Adventures of Iron Pussy, Reincarnate