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Upcoming Event: Queer as Film

University Archives and Special Collections is pleased to exhibit a selection from its growing collection of LGBT themed film posters in conjunction with the Saskatoon Public Library’s second annual Queer as Film Series.

Location: SPL Frances Morrison Library, 23rd St. E. Saskatoon, Theatre 311

Dates: May 4th, May 11th, May 18th, May 25th, June 1st, June 8th.

Time: 7:00- 9:00 pm

Cost: Free admission

thingUniversity Archives and Special Collections is pleased to exhibit  a selection from its  growing collection of LGBT themed film posters in conjunction with the Saskatoon Public Library’s second annual Queer as Film Series.

Leading up to Saskatoon’s Pride Week June 5-12, the series features screenings of films on a variety of LGBT issues each Wednesday evening May 4 thru June 10, each introduced or accompanied by an engaged and engaging speaker. To check out the upcoming viewing, visit: http://www.saskatoonlibrary.ca/calendar/queer-as-film

Posters representative of the film industry’s long and tangled relationship with homosexuality and LGBT audiences will be presented for viewing at the receptions to be held each evening.  This poster collection has been developed in connection with the Neil Richards Collection of Sexual and Gender Diversity and presently includes examples of over 150 LGBT themed films spanning the period 1961 to the present. Among the earliest films represented is Victim, a 1961 British suspense film dealing with the blackmail of gay men. It is credited with being the first English language film to use the word homosexual.  The poster collection is supplemented with other promotional material including press books, stills and movie lobby cards.

On the final night of screenings Neil Richards will introduce The Lavender Lens: 100 Years of Celluloid Queers (1995), a mesmerizing but little seen video montage of the portrayal of lesbians and gays in film history.

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