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Sights and Sounds #30

by Jamie Sanford on December 5, 2011

Sights and Sounds #30

Videos and whatnot!

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  • I can go on binges where I watch a ton of beauty videos on YouTube.  My latest find is ItsRoseRoma.

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This is her video on the perfect beginner kit for getting into serious makeup application.

Let’s close this out with some wisdom from the amazing RuPaul.

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Bear Nation (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on November 26, 2011

88. Bear Nation (Available to rent digitally on Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Bear Nation.

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Bear Nation is the most recent documentary by Malcolm Ingram, who I previously praised about his fabulous documentary Small Town Gay Bar.  It teaches the audience about the bear community within gay culture.  The bears are bigger, hairier, more traditionally “manly” men – but the community also includes the chasers who love them.  I’m married to a bear myself, so I certainly understand the attraction.

The bears have entered my consciousness as a flag-waving fag hag in the past 5 or so years.  I knew it was a big deal when the innkeeper at a B&B in Provincetown told me how popular Bear Week was, and theme weeks in Provincetown are a BIG DEAL.  Bear Nation gives us a little more in-depth look at the subgroups within the larger group of “bears,” including muscle bears and leather bears, as well as focuses on a few chasers that aren’t bears but love them all the same.

My favorite part of Bear Nation is the joy I feel when seeing people who have found their people, found their place in the world.  A lot of the subjects of this film talk about being absolutely confused about being not only gay, but not interested in being or being with the twinky standard that many people think of when they think of a gay man.  Thanks to the internet, groups of bears started forming, gatherings started happening, and now the bears all have somewhere to go.

Malcolm Ingram, himself a bear, gives a wonderful look into a lesser-known portion of the gay community that have taken matters into their own hands and have an amazing time doing it.  I definitely recommend checking this documentary out. Go Bears!

Bear Nation is not currently available on DVD, but can be rented for $3.99 from Amazon to watch online, and for $2.99 from Walmart (totally surprising) to watch online.

Also, Malcolm Ingram’s next film will be a documentary about the infamous Continental Baths in NYC, where a young Bette Midler started her career!

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Sights and Sounds #29

by Jamie Sanford on November 22, 2011

Sights and Sounds #29

Lots to share!

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Old clip of RuPaul on the Arsenio Hall Show. I love RuPaul, and I love even more that the message has not changed in all of these years!

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During Britney’s Circus tour, videos played during costume changes, and this one using Marilyn Manson’s version of “Sweet Dreams” was super hot.

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Amazing behind-the-scenes video of the Spring/Summer 2012 Alexander McQueen show.

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Love this Brian Atwood video, inspired by some new color block heels.

I’m going to need to do multiple Sights & Sounds posts, I have a lot to catch up with.

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Paris is Burning (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on September 10, 2011

62. Paris is Burning (Not available for streaming via Netflix or Amazon)

I can’t find a trailer for Paris is Burning, so here’s a taste of the film.

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Paris is Burning is a documentary that showcases the drag ball scene/culture in New York City in the late 1980s. Drag balls were not just limited to the traditional drag queens, but included all sorts of categories in which one could walk.  Much like a runway – one would come to the event to compete in a category and would walk the runway, competing with one another.

Intertwined with footage from the drag balls are interviews with active members of the ball scene, including leaders as well as up-and-coming “children” in the different houses.  Some of the most interesting stories are like that of Venus Xtravaganza, pictured above, who is transgendered, transitioning from male to female.  Many of the people in the ball scene had developed their own families within their houses after many of them were disowned by their family for being gay or transgendered.

Terms still popular today are defined throughout the movie – you will learn about realness, reading and shade.

If you’ve read this blog for more than a minute, you might figure out that I am a big fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and am a proud fag hag.  Many references will be cleared up for you if you watch Paris is Burning.  I got the DVD from Netflix and would recommend watching the movie again with the commentary track, because it’s a lot of fun.

Paris is Burning is available on DVD from Amazon for $26.99.

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100 Films in 2011: But I’m A Cheerleader

by Jamie Sanford on February 10, 2011

Hello again everyone – my clear obsession with RuPaul is unrelated to the fact that I like this movie.

Well, don’t get me wrong, I’m excited that Ru is in the movie (as an ex-gay), but I didn’t see this movie because of RuPaul.  That was just a bonus.

9. But I’m A Cheerleader (Not available to stream on Netflix Instant Watch)

Let’s start with the trailer, which is rated R.

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But I’m A Cheerleader centers around Megan, played by Natasha Lyonne, a cheerleader that we find out doesn’t realize that she’s a lesbian.  Her friends and family bring in RuPaul for an intervention, and she’s off to True Directions, a camp to turn people straight.  We meet the other kids at the camp, but are intrigued by Graham, played by Clea Duvall.  The kids start going through their steps to heterosexuality and hilarity ensues – I won’t give it away because it’s funny and I’m not giving anything away beyond what’s in the trailer.

I will give away that Megan and Graham fall for each other, so it gets to be a sweet love story in addition to a comedy.

I can recommend But I’m A Cheerleader to anyone who likes romantic comedies – and this one has a great message stuck in there too, about being yourself even if it isn’t the most comfortable choice.

But I’m A Cheerleader is available on DVD from Amazon for $11.99.

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