Hide and Seek
Jenni Olson is a Berkeley-based queer film historian, writer, and filmmaker who is the proud proprietor of Butch.org—which features more information about all of her work as a longtime champion of LGBTQ+ cinema.
Chelsea Holland, Ariel Mara, Linzy Taylor, Sarah Jane Smith, Alicia Manta,
Mining her own experience as a young girl for Hide and Seek, Su Friedrich daringly immerses her viewer in her own 1960s adolescence via the uncharted angle of a tweenage lesbian awakening. Constructed narrative moments are mixed with documentary interviews with lesbians of various ages discussing their burgeoning lesbian identities alongside archival footage of fascinatingly outmoded sex education films likely seen by Friedrich herself in her middle school classroom.
Jan Oxenberg, United States, 1975
Jan Oxenberg’s first film is often cited as one of the first lesbian feminist films.
If Every Girl Had a Diary
Sadie Benning, United States, 1990
Using a Pixelvision toy video camera and everyday objects, Sadie Benning crafted intimate, performative explorations of their own coming-of-age as a young lesbian.
Jenni Olson, United States, 1998
In this elegiac film of San Francisco views, an anonymous diarist recounts her unrequited attraction to a heterosexual woman.