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Manuel is working his way through all the Lgbt-themed HBO productions.
Last week we looked at the recent doc Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures which works as a nice primer on the famed photographer and, as is par for the course for films on gay icons from a certain era, as a portrait of a man working tirelessly to make the most of his ever winnowing time: Mapplethorpe died at age 42 of AIDS complications. We’re not going too far afield this week, as we’re focusing on a documentary on “America’s angriest AIDS activist” in Jean Carlomusto’s Larry Kramer in Love and Anger.
Kramer should be familiar to you. We’ve previously encountered him and talked about his righteous anger when we talked about The Normal Heart, and by that point he had already made HBO appearances in The Out List, Vito, and Outrage. That enough should »
- Manuel Betancourt
A gutsy and accomplished American director and producer, Amy Ziering has been working hand-in-hand with writer-director Kirby Dick on three politically- and socially-engaged documentaries: The Tribeca-premiering “Outrage” about closeted gay politicians who vote against same-sex marriage, the Oscar-nominated “The Invisible War” about sexual assaults in the military and “The Hunting Ground,” a gripping three-years-in-the-making investigation into the rampant phenomenon of college rapes.
Shortlisted for an Oscar nomination, the controversial documentary world premiered at Sundance and prompted heated debates, campus protests as well as a probe launched by the Department of Education on multiple universities throughout the United States. The doc has already won the Producers Guild of America’s 2016 Stanley Kramer Award and is nominated for the Producers Guild of America’s top documentary award.”The Hunting Ground,” released in the States by Radius-twc on Feb. 27, has also been applauded for its original song “Til It Happens to You,” which »
- Elsa Keslassy
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