Our August film selection is Fire Island, an unapologetic, modern day rom-com about a group of queer best friends who gather in the Fire Island Pines for their annual week of love and laughter. When a sudden change of events jeopardizes their summer in gay paradise, their bonds are pushed to the limit.
Also featured this month is celebrated artist Jeffrey Gibson, whose multidisciplinary practice synthesizes the cultural and artistic traditions of his Cherokee and Choctaw heritage with themes from contemporary, popular, and queer culture. His work is a vibrant call for queer and Indigenous empowerment, envisioning a celebration of strength and joy within these communities. A 2019 MacArthur Fellow and Whitney Biennial recipient, Gibson’s solo exhibition, The Body Electric, is currently on view at SITE Santa Fe.
Consistent with JusticeAid’s mission to promote justice through the arts, and in keeping with our 2022 focus on LGBTQ civil rights, throughout the year we will feature films that address important issues to the LGBTQ community. Our film picks do not aim to represent the broad spectrum of this community—that is an impossible feat. Rather, they offer a glimpse into the complexities and strengths inherent in queer and gender non-conforming identities. We hope these films also offer inspiration, deepen our collective understanding, and prompt candid conversations with family and friends. We suggest artworks, songs, books, TV shows, and viewpoints to supplement the films below.
We welcome your reactions and suggestions and look forward to taking this journey with you throughout 2022 as we strive to forge greater empathy and deeper commitment to providing access to justice and protections for the civil rights of all persons.