Saturday, June 12, 2010

Meet the Queen of Queer Cinema

"Before Kathy Wolfe, 62, started Wolfe Video in 1985, public screenings of gay and lesbian films were rare. She said that in 1983, when she was living in San Jose, she traveled to San Francisco and spent two hours standing in line to see the 1983 French lesbian film Entre Nous. The 1979 screening of the pioneering gay documentary Word Is Out at the Frameline festival inspired her to create her distribution company."

Chloe Veltman writes:
Over the past 25 years, Wolfe Video has worked to put gay media within mainstream culture.

One of the few exclusive distributors of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender films in the United States, the company has helped to bring such award-winning films as “Big Eden,” “Brother to Brother” and “Desert Hearts” before television, movie theater and festival audiences across the country.

“The mere existence of Wolfe Video has been incredible,” said Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, an advocacy organization. “Inside the gay community, Wolfe films have raised awareness of the reality of our lives and our place in popular culture. They’ve also made gay issues much more visible in the culture at large.”

For these efforts, Ms. Wolfe, 62, has become a heroine within the gay community.

She has won numerous accolades, including, on June 3, a lifetime achievement award at the New York LGBT Film Festival.

On June 22, she will receive the 2010 Frameline Award at the 34th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival for her influence on gay and lesbian filmmaking. READ MORE

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