Fandor Launches Queer Cinema Spotlight
By Shannon Liao
Fandor, an online streaming service for movie buffs, is also home to an extensive library of LGBT films, and has debuted the Queer Cinema Spotlight for Pride Month. Composed of 22 carefully curated films, including award winners and rarities, the series launched on June 10 and the site is offering one lucky Out reader a special prize.
Several of the films featured in the Fandor collection are included in Out's 30 Sexiest Gay Scenes in Film. On the list is Todd Haynes’ Poison, a lurid art house film that won the 1991 Sundance Grand Jury Prize. In one of Poison's three intercut stories about sex, outsiders, and violence, a prisoner is drawn to a fellow inmate. Another notable film included is Wong Kar-wai’s Happy Together (pictured above), for which Wong won Best Director at Cannes in 1997. The gay romance stars two of Hong Kong’s biggest stars, Tony Lueng and Leslie Cheung, as expatriates in Buenos Aires.
A sexy comedy that appears in the series is The Watermelon Woman, directed by Cheryl Dunye, which won a Teddy in 1997. In it, a black lesbian who works at a video store is busy making a documentary about an obscure black actress. She soon finds that the actress had a white lesbian lover, and that life imitates art.
To enter into the sweepstakes, email Fandor and tell them which LGBTQ film title is your favorite. One lucky winner will be chosen at random and receive a one-year subscription to the site for free.