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Warhol Icon and Pre-Stonewall Cinema to be Featured in Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Queer Programming

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Joe Dallesandro and early LGBT touchstones will be among queer content screening this season.

Throughout the winter and into this spring, the Film Society of Lincoln Center will be queering its programming with three special events devoted to niche pockets of queer cinema. The first, taking place January 30, will unite legendary French auteur Serge Gainsbourg and Andy Warhol's cult muse Joe Dallesandro. Appearing in person, Dallesandro will be presenting Gainsbourg's Je t'aime moi non plus, the 1970s road flick that stars Dallesandro as a gay truck driver who lands in a sexually confused scenario with a butch waitress (Gainsbourg's widow, Jane Birkin).

Part of a series dubbed "Jane and Charlotte Forever," running from January 29 to February 7, Je t'aime moi non plus offers viewers a glimpse of down-home America through Gainsbourg's French lens, and it's just the wind-up for more queer features. An American filmmaker enriched by marvels of the French screen, Paris-based Benjamin Crotty, will see his debut feature, FortBuchanan, highlighted by the Film Society from February 5 through 11. A 2015 New Directors/New Films selection, and an expansion of Crotty's own 2012 short, the bittersweet movie is set on an army base, and follows a lonely man's struggle to connect while his husband completes a mission abroad.

Crotty's work will be showcased along side that of three other directors in the series "Friends with Benefits: An Anthology of Four New American Filmmakers." It will unfold just ahead of what's likely the season's most exciting program, "An Early Clue to the New Direction: Queer Cinema before Stonewall." Comprised of documentaries, "physique films," experimental pictures, and explorations into the homo world of classic Hollywood, this series--allegedly the most comprehensive of its kind ever assembled--aims to change the conversation surrounding LGBT moviemaking before 1969, eschewing shopworn themes of censorship and exposing a rich artistic legacy.

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