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 Made possible by the Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation and the Robert Gore Rifkind Foundation

Queer Rhapsody

"Queer Rhapsody Film Series" logo.
July 19, 2024 -
July 28, 2024


Welcome to Queer Rhapsody, a radiant celebration of the joy, transformative power and indomitable spirit of contemporary LGBTQIA+ cinema. This community-led film series curated by independent curators, set against the vibrant backdrop of Los Angeles, exists to illuminate the dynamic and multifaceted landscape of queer film. With an unwavering focus on liberatory narratives, Queer Rhapsody invites you to embark on a cinematic journey that explores the extraordinary expansive spirits of our community. A testament to the transformative power of cinema, it is a call to embrace the rich tapestry of queer storytelling, to celebrate our collective history, and to envision a future where every voice is heard and cherished. Join us on this cinematic odyssey, as we illuminate the vibrant landscape of queer film and kindle a community united in joy, defiance and creative expression. The series is anchored by five iconic venues across Los Angeles that are committed to offering a sanctuary in celebration of queer culture and community.  

Organized by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and supported by the Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation and the Robert Gore Rifkind Foundation, this initiative is curated with meticulous care and a deep reverence for the art of cinema by an independent queer programming team: Martine McDonald, Moi Santos, Natalie Jasmine Harris and Daniel Crooke. 

The Queer Rhapsody journey begins with several short film programs that entice with both intimacy and universality. These programs include Queering Memory: Gathering Light Past, Present and Future, Sacred Sites: Queer Sanctuaries, Laughing Through Fire: Comedy as a Compass, Determined Defiance, Generations in Bloom: Growth and Connection Across the Ages and Transcendent Movements: Queer Artists in Motion. Each film featured contributes to an overarching imprint of artful direction, dynamic cinematography and collective voices of celebration. The narrative and documentary feature films foster a sense of belonging, ignite creative connections and bring together diverse voices in a symphony of shared experiences and aspirations.

Screening partners across Los Angeles:

American Cinematheque at the Los Feliz 3 Theatre
American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre
Eagle Theatre at Vidiots
Oculus Hall at The Broad
UCLA Film & Television Archive at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

Watch the series trailer: