Watching a series of short films can be like eating single bites of everything on the dessert menu; some you wished you’d skipped, others leave you wanting more.
I’m not a huge fan of short film compilations on DVD. I prefer to see shorts in a theater, with an audience reacting around me, than alone on my couch, where I frequently multitask.
That said, I’ve added Lesbian Nation to my Netflix list. It’s available now on DVD and releasing on Netflix tomorrow.
Lesbian Nation is a compilation of short films focusing on gay women in front of the camera and behind it.
At the center of the collection, is an hour-long documentary, Lavender Limelight: Lesbians in Film.
A film festival favorite, this 11-year-old film was made at a time when queer cinema was just beginning to gain momentum. Directed by Marc Mauceri, the film features conversations with then up-and-coming female filmmakers.
From Go Fish to Paris is Burning to The Watermelon Woman, the documentary goes behind the scenes with a diverse group of filmmakers – Cheryl Dunye (Watermelon Woman), Rose Troche (Go Fish), Jennie Livingston (Paris is Burning), Monika Treut (Seduction: The Cruel Woman), Maria Maggenti (The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love), Su Friedrich, (Sink or Swim), and Heather MacDonald (Ballot Measure 9) – using clips from their documentaries, feature films, shorts, and even experimental works.
You can read more about Lesbian Nation in this review in the San Francisco Bay Times.