Blackstar: Autobiography of a Close Friend
A prequel to Tom Joslin’s Silverlake Life: The View from Here, “in this experimental, self-ethnographic documentary, Tom Joslin (1946–1990) blends breathtaking, moving snapshots from the natural world, filmic cultural touchstones, and cutting (pseudo) cinema verité to dissect and reassemble his gay identity despite constant warnings to stay in the closet. In Blackstar perhaps more than any of his other films, he unflinchingly captures casual devastation, meditations on premature loss, and his own determination to stop lying—actions that serve as reminders to reach for personal and political self-love at every turn.”
Debra Chasnoff, Kim Klausner, United States, 1985
In 1984 Choosing Children was one of the first documentaries to challenge homophobic and sexist attitudes about lesbian parenting. This was Debra Chasnoff (1957–2017) and Kim Klausner’s first venture into documentary filmmaking. The project was inspired by questions that the filmmakers, who were also life partners at the time and would eventually have two sons together, were asking about the social and legal landscape for being a lesbian parent.
Maya Montañez Smukler