Celebrating Pride Month: John Cooper on the Legacy of LGBTQ+ Films at the Sundance Film Festival

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Jennie Livingston brought 'Paris Is Burning' to the 1991 Sundance Film Festival.

John Cooper is the emeritus director of the Sundance Film Festival, a role he stepped into this summer after serving as Festival director from 2010 to 2020. He originally joined Sundance Institute in 1989.


LGBTQ+ films have been a staple of the Sundance Film Festival for decades—since the Institute’s inception back in the early 1980s, actually. But why?

The answer may not be what you think. Although it was a founding goal of Sundance Institute to be inclusive on every level of support for artists, the actual practice of showing diverse work has been a very organic and natural progression. When I think back to the original concept for both the Institute’s labs and the Festival itself, as laid out by our founder Robert Redford, the idea was to support the most original and interesting work possible.

It is understandable that examples of these films usually came from other cultures, other belief systems, other points of view—the stories not being represented in mainstream Hollywood films. They found a home at Sundance, not just because they represented the "others," but because they were, by nature, good and fresh and exciting. In turn, as the Festival grew, we discovered there was an audience hungry for them.

In the late eighties and early nineties, during the earliest years of the of the Institute, we saw titles like Parting Glances by Bill Sherwood, Longtime Companion by Norman René, Desert Hearts by Donna Deitch, even Hairspray, which was not considered a gay film but was obviously infused with John Waters’s queer point of view, pop up on the festival slate. Famous British experimental filmmaker Derek Jarman came to Sundance in 1992 with Edward II, the same year Gregg Araki brought the The Living End to Park City.

It was educator and film academic B. Ruby Rich who coined the name “New Queer Cinema” as she moderated a panel at the 1992 Festival under the cheeky title “Barbed Wire Kisses.” After that, it was evident that a new energy from the independent film world had ignited, and those anomalies were becoming a formidable new wave.

In the years that followed—all the way up to the present, in fact—most of the best queer films had their world premieres in Park City. What once was specific to an artful counterculture developed into films spanned all genres and styles. Queer films peppered every category and section of the Festival. We were seeing a reinvention or reclaiming of romances, thrillers, family dramas, short films, and, of course, the classic coming-of-age stories. Today’s acceptance of LGBTQ+ themes has changed and matured with most recent titles premiering like Call Me By Your Name, Pariah, and The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

This leading edge was not just reserved for fiction: documentaries as well sprang up with previously unheard storylines, covering everything from activism to AIDS to alternative families. From The Times of Harvey Milk (1985), Absolutely Positive (1991), Paris Is Burning (1991), and Silverlake Life: The View from Here (1993) to more recent titles like Larry Kramer: In Love and Anger (2015), This Is Not Berlin (2019), and Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen (2020), the Festival has exposed factions of different lifestyles and cultures yet unseen by most of America.

The history of Sundance’s work nurturing and presenting stories from and about the queer community is deep and resonant. This June during Pride Month, I am proud to look back at the legacy of support for queer work from Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival. I am proud of the Institute’s leadership and staff, who have made it all possible for decades. Let’s respect the past as we lust for a better, more equitable future.

Below, see a long list of LGBTQ+ feature films that have screened at the Sundance Film Festival since its inception in 1985. As you scroll through, you’ll find links to where you can watch each project (where applicable).


1985

Before Stonewall (Greta Schiller, Robert Rosenberg) [WATCH]

The Times of Harvey Milk (Rob Epstein) [WATCH]

1986

Parting Glances (Bill Sherwood) [WATCH]

Desert Hearts (Donna Deitch) [WATCH]

Going Down (Haydn Keenan)

1987

Anne Trister (Léa Pool)

Beyond Therapy (Robert Altman) [WATCH]

Waiting for the Moon (Jill Godmilow)

Working Girls (Lizzie Borden)

1988

Chuck Solomon: Coming of Age (Marc Huestis)

The King and His Movie (Carlos Sorin)

Nobody’s Wife (María Luisa Bemberg)

Park Row (Samuel Fuller) [WATCH]

Signed: Lino Brocka (Christian Blackwood) [WATCH]

1989

Apartment Zero (Martin Donovan)

1990

Identity Crisis (Melvin Van Peebles) [WATCH]

Longtime Companion (Norman Rene)

Metamorphosis: Man into Woman (Lisa Leeman)

1991

Absolutely Positive (Peter Adair) [WATCH]

City of Hope (John Sayles) [WATCH]

Paris Is Burning (Jennie Livingston) [WATCH]

The Enchantment (Nagasaki Shunichi)

Poison (Todd Haynes) [WATCH]

White Lies (Arturo Ripstein)

1992

Caravaggio (Derek Jarman) [WATCH]

Distant Voices, Still Lives (Terence Davies) [WATCH]

Edward II (Derek Jarman) [WATCH]

The Hours and Times (Christopher Münch) [WATCH]

The Living End (Gregg Araki) [WATCH]

Swoon (Tom Kalin) [WATCH]

Vegas in Space (Phillip R. Ford)

Where Are We?: Our Trip through America (Jeffrey Friedman, Rob Epstein)

Young Soul Rebels (Isaac Julien)

1993

Inside Monkey Zetterland (Jefery Levy)

Naked in New York (Daniel Algrant)

Nitrate Kisses (Barbara Hammer)

Orlando (Sally Potter) [WATCH]

Silverlake Life: The View from Here (Peter Friedman, Tom Joslin)

Three of Hearts (Yurek Bogayevicz) [WATCH]

1994

Cancer in Two Voices (Lucy Massie Phenix)

Closing Numbers (Stephen Whittaker) [WATCH]

Coming Out Under Fire (Arthur Dong)

Fast Trip, Long Drop (Gregg Bordowitz)

Go Fish (Rose Troche) [WATCH]

Grief (Richard Glatzer)

Heart of the Matter (Gini Reticker, Amber Hollibaugh)

Totally F***ed Up (Gregg Araki) [WATCH]

1995

A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde (Michelle Parkerson, Ada Gay Griffin)

Ballot Measure 9 (Heather MacDonald) [WATCH]

Black Is… Black Ain't (Marlon Riggs) [WATCH]

The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (Maria Maggenti)

Priest (Antonia Bird)

Strawberry and Chocolate (Tomas Gutierrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabio)

Super 8 1/2 (Bruce LaBruce)

Wigstock: The Movie (Barry Shils)

1996

A Star Is Born (William A. Wellman) [WATCH]

Believe Me (Angela Pope) [WATCH]

Bound (The Wachowskis) [WATCH]

Celestial Clockwork (Fina Torres)

The Celluloid Closet (Jeffrey Friedman, Rob Epstein) [WATCH]

Cutting Loose (Andrew Young, Susan Todd)

Everything Relative (Sharon Pollack)

Female Perversions (Susan Streitfeld) [WATCH]

Frisk (Todd Verow)

Hustler White (Bruce LaBruce)

It's My Party (Randal Kleiser)

Johns (Scott Silver)

The Last Supper (Stacey Title)

Late Bloomers (Julia Dyer, Gretchen Dyer) [WATCH]

Midaq Alley (Jorge Fons) [WATCH]

Palookaville (Alan Taylor)

Spitfire Grill (Lee David Zlotoff) [WATCH]

Stonewall (Nigel Finch)

Tender Fictions (Barbara Hammer)

Trailer Camp (Jenni Olson)

1997

All Over Me (Alex Sichel)

Chasing Amy (Kevin Smith) [WATCH]

Finished (William E. Jones)

Hide and Seek (Su Friedrich) [WATCH]

Kiss Me, Guido (Tony Vitale)

Licensed to Kill (Arthur Dong)

Love! Valour! Compassion! (Joe Mantello)

Out at Work (Tami Gold, Kelly Anderson)

Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer’s End (Monte Bramer)

Querelle (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) [WATCH]

Slaves to the Underground (Kristine Peterson) [WATCH]

Someone Else from Queens Is Queer (Richard Elovich)

When the Cat’s Away (Cedric Klapisch)

1998

Baby, It’s You (Anne Makepeace) [WATCH]

Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss (Tommy O’Haver)

Bocage, the Triumph of Love (Djalma Limongi Batista)

Divine Trash (Steve Yaeger)

High Art (Lisa Cholodenko) [WATCH]

Martín (Hache) (Adolfo Aristarain)

Out of the Past (Jeff Dupre)

Party Monster: The Shockumentary (Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato)

Relax… It’s Just Sex (P. J. Castellaneta)

Safe Men (John Hamburg) [WATCH]

The Hanging Garden (Thom Fitzgerald) [WATCH]

The Opposite of Sex (Don Roos) [WATCH]

1999

Beefcake (Thom Fitzgerald) [WATCH]

Edge of Seventeen (David Moreton) [WATCH]

Get Real (Simon Shore) [WATCH]

Happy Texas (Mark Illsley) [WATCH]

I Stand Alone (Gaspar Noe)

Jawbreaker (Darren Stein) [WATCH]

The Source (Chuck Workman) [WATCH]

Spendor (Gregg Araki)

Trick (Jim Fall) [WATCH]

Yusho-Renaissance (Hiroyuki Oki)

2000

Blessed Art Thou (Tim Disney)

But I'm a Cheerleader (Jamie Babbit) [WATCH]

Chuck and Buck (Miguel Arteta) [WATCH]

Could Be Worse! (Zachary Stratis)

Beau Travail (Claire Denis) [WATCH]

The Eyes of Tammie Faye (Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato) [WATCH]

Groove (Greg Harrison) [WATCH]

I.K.U. (Shu Lea Cheang)

Nuyorican Dream (Laurie Collyer)

Oi! Warning (Dominik Reding, Benjamin Reding)

Original Schtick (Maciek Wszelaki)

Paragraph 175 (Jeffrey Friedman, Rob Epstein)

Psycho Beach Party (Robert Lee King) [WATCH]

Punks (Patrik-Ian Polk)

Songcatcher (Maggie Greenwald) [WATCH]

The Broken Hearts Club (Greg Berlanti) [WATCH]

Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her (Rodrigo Garcia) [WATCH]

Urbania (Jon Shear) [WATCH]

What's Cooking? (Gurinder Chadha) [WATCH]

2001

101 Reykjavik (Baltasar Kormákur) [WATCH]

The Confusion of Genders (Ilan Duran Cohen)

The Deep End (Scott McGehee, David Siegel) [WATCH]

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (John Cameron Mitchell) [WATCH]

Hey, Happy! (Noam Gonick) [WATCH]

History Lessons (Barbara Hammer)

L.I.E. (Michael Cuesta) [WATCH]

Lost and Delirious (Léa Pool) [WATCH]

The Low Down (Jamie Thraves) [WATCH]

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind (Stanley Nelson)

National 7 (Jean-Pierre Sinapi)

Our Lady of the Assassins (Barbet Schroeder) [WATCH]

Possible Loves (Sandra Werneck) [WATCH]

Princesa (Henrique Goldman) [WATCH]

Scout's Honor (Tom Shepard)

The Sleepy Time Gal (Christopher Munch)

Southern Comfort (Kate Davis) [WATCH]

Stranger Inside (Cheryl Dunye)

Together (Lukas Moodysson)

Trembling Before G-d (Sandi Simcha Dubowski)

2002

The Laramie Project (Moises Kaufman) [WATCH]

Britney, Baby, One More Time (Ludi Boeken)

By Hook or by Crook (Harry Dodge, Silas Howard) [WATCH]

Cherish (Finn Taylor) [WATCH]

Close to Home (Vanessa Roth, Alexandra Dickson)

Daddy & Papa (Johnny Symons) [WATCH]

Devil's Playground (Lucy Walker) [WATCH]

Family Fundamentals (Arthur Dong)

Gerry (Gus Van Sant) [WATCH]

Karmen Geï (Joseph Gaï Ramaka)

Lan Yu (Stanley Kwan)

Lola (Carl Bessai)

Love in the Time of Money (Peter Mattei)

Lubov and Other Nightmares (Andrei Nekrasov)

Lucky Break (Peter Cattaneo) [WATCH]

May (Lucky McKee) [WATCH]

Miss 501 (Jules Karatechamp)

On_Line (Jed Weintrob) [WATCH]

Smokers Only (Veronica Chen)

Soft Shell Man (Andre Turpin)

Teknolust (Lynn Hershman Leeson) [WATCH]

That's My Face (Thomas Allen Harris)

The Business of Fancydancing (Sherman Alexie)

The Cockettes (David Weissman, Bill Weber) [WATCH]

The Execution of Wanda Jean (Liz Garbus)

The Slaughter Rule (Alex Smith, Andrew Smith) [WATCH]

XX/XY (Austin Chick) [WATCH]

Y Tu Mamá También (Alfonso Cuaron) [WATCH]

2003

A Certain Kind of Death (Blue Hadaegh, Grover Babcock)

AKA (Duncan Roy)

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (Nancy Kates, Bennett Singer) [WATCH]

Camp (Todd Graff) [WATCH]

Capturing the Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki) [WATCH]

Civil Brand (Neema Barnette) [WATCH]

Detective Fiction (Patrick Coyle)

Die, Mommie, Die (Mark Rucker)

The Education of Gore Vidal (Deborah Dickson)

The Event (Thom Fitzgerald) [WATCH]

Girls Will Be Girls (Richard Day)

The Hebrew Hammer (Jonathan Kesselman)

Laurel Canyon (Lisa Cholodenko) [WATCH]

Madame Sata (Karim Ainouz)

The Mudge Boy (Michael Burke)

Nightstalker (Chris Fisher)

Normal (Jane Anderson)

Party Monster (Fenton Bailey) [WATCH]

Soldier's Girl (Frank Pierson) [WATCH]

State of Denial (Elaine Epstein)

Thirteen (Catherine Hardwicke) [WATCH]

2004

Bright Young Things (Stephen Fry) [WATCH]

Brother to Brother (Rodney Evans) [WATCH]

Carandiru (Hector Babenco)

D.E.B.S. (Angela Robinson) [WATCH]

Easy (Jane Weinstock) [WATCH]

Eulogy (Michael Clancy) [WATCH]

Garden (Ruthie Shatz, Adi Barash)

Harry and Max (Christopher Munch)

Haute Tension (Alexandre Aja) [WATCH]

Home of Phobia (Ryan Shiraki)

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (Mike Hodges) [WATCH]

In the Company of Women (Gini Reticker, Lesli Klainberg)

In the Realms of the Unreal (Jessica Yu)

Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Andersen) [WATCH]

Love by Mistake Gerardo (Chijona Valdez)

Love in Thoughts (Achim von Borries) [WATCH]

Mean Creek (Jacob Aaron Estes) [WATCH]

Raspberry Reich (Bruce LaBruce)

Saved! (Brian Dannelly) [WATCH]

Second Best (Eric Weber)

Tarnation (Jonathan Caouette) [WATCH]

Touch of Pink (Ian Iqbal Rashid) [WATCH]

Until the Violence Stops (Abby Epstein)

2005

Forty Shades of Blue (Ira Sachs)

Happy Endings (Don Roos) [WATCH]

Inside Deep Throat (Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato) [WATCH]

Lackawanna Blues (George C. Wolfe)

Live-in Maid (Jorge Gaggero) [WATCH]

Loggerheads (Tim Kirkman) [WATCH]

Mysterious Skin (Gregg Araki) [WATCH]

Palermo Hollywood (Eduardo Pinto)

Pretty Persuasion (Marcos Siega) [WATCH]

Reefer Madness (Andy Fickman) [WATCH]

Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story (Dan Klores, Ron Berger)

Rize (David LaChapelle) [WATCH]

Room (Kyle Henry) [WATCH]

Saving Face (Alice Wu) [WATCH]

Strangers with Candy (Paul Dinello)

The Ballad of Jack and Rose (Rebecca Miller) [WATCH]

The Dying Gaul (Craig Lucas) [WATCH]

The Education of Shelby Knox (Marion Lipschutz, Rose Rosenblatt)

The Joy of Life (Jenni Olson) [WATCH]

The Salon (Mark Brown)

Twist of Faith (Kirby Dick) [WATCH]

Unconscious (Joaquín Oristrell)

2006

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (Dito Montiel) [WATCH]

All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise (Shari Cookson)

Beyond Beats and Rhymes (Byron Hurt)

Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon (Peter D. Richardson) [WATCH]

Forgiving the Franklins (Jay Floyd)

In the Pit (Juan Carlos Rulfo, Valentina Leduc Navarro) [WATCH]

Kinky Boots (Julian Jarrold) [WATCH]

Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris) [WATCH]

Puccini for Beginners (Maria Maggenti)

Quinceañera (Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland) [WATCH]

small town gay bar (Malcolm Ingram)

Songbirds (Brian Hill)

The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (Auraeus Solito) [WATCH]

This Film Is Not Yet Rated (Kirby Dick)

Who Killed the Electric Car? (Chris Paine) [WATCH]

Wordplay (Patrick Creadon) [WATCH]

Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner (Freida Lee Mock)

2007

A Very British Gangster (Donal MacIntyre)

An American Crime (Tommy O’Haver) [WATCH]

For the Bible Tells Me So (Daniel Karslake) [WATCH]

How She Move (Ian Iqbal Rashid) [WATCH]

Life Support (Nelson George) [WATCH]

Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt) [WATCH]

Pierre Huyghe Artist Spotlight (Pierre Huyghe)

Protagonist (Jessica Yu) [WATCH]

Save Me (Robert Cary) [WATCH]

Smiley Face (Gregg Araki)

The Last Dining Table (Gyeong-Tae Roh)

The Nines (John August)

Tuli (Auraeus Solito)

2008

An American Soldier (Edet Belzberg)

Be Like Others (Tanaz Eshaghian)

Derek (Isaac Julien) [WATCH]

Half-Life (Jennifer Phang)

Otto; or, Up with Dead People (Bruce LaBruce) [WATCH]

Pretty Bird (Paul Schneider) [WATCH]

Savage Grace (Tom Kalin) [WATCH]

The Guitar (Amy Redford)

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (Rawson Marshall Thurber) [WATCH]

Towelhead (Alan Ball) [WATCH]

2009

Dare (Adam Salky) [WATCH]

Humpday (Lynn Shelton) [WATCH]

I Love You Phillip Morris (Glenn Ficarra, John Requa) [WATCH]

La Mission (Peter Bratt) [WATCH]

Mary and Max (Adam Elliot) [WATCH]

One Day in a Life (Stefano Tummolini)

Precious (Lee Daniels)

Sergio (Greg Barker) [WATCH]

Spring Breakdown (Ryan Shiraki) [WATCH]

2010

8: The Mormon Proposition (Reed Cowan, Steven Greenstreet)

Grown Up Movie Star (Adriana Maggs) [WATCH]

Howl (Jeffrey Friedman, Rob Epstein) [WATCH]

I Am Love (Luca Guadagnino) [WATCH]

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (Tamra Davis) [WATCH]

Joan Rivers—A Piece of Work (Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg) [WATCH]

Secrets of the Tribe (José Padilha) [WATCH]

Southern District (Juan Carlos Valdivia) [WATCH]

The Runaways (Floria Sigismondi) [WATCH]

The Taqwacores (Eyad Zahra) [WATCH]

Undertow (Javier Fuentes-Leon)

2011

!Women Art Revolution (Lynn Hershman Leeson) [WATCH]

A Few Days of Respite (Amor Hakkar)

Becoming Chaz (Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato) [WATCH]

Circumstance (Maryam Keshavarz) [WATCH]

Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (Madeleine Olnek) [WATCH]

Gun Hill Road (Rashaad Ernesto Green) [WATCH]

Kaboom (Gregg Araki) [WATCH]

Our Idiot Brother (Jesse Peretz) [WATCH]

Old Cats (Pedro Peirano) [WATCH]

Pariah (Dee Rees) [WATCH]

Red State (Kevin Smith)

Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (Matthew Bate) [WATCH]

The Ledge (Matthew Chapman) [WATCH]

to.get.her (Erica Dunton)

Uncle Kent (Joe Swanberg) [WATCH]

We Were Here (David Weissman, Bill Weber) [WATCH]

2012

About Face: Supermodels Then and Now (Timothy Greenfield-Sanders) [WATCH]

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (Terence Nance) [WATCH]

Celeste and Jesse Forever (Lee Toland Krieger) [WATCH]

Excision (Richard Bates Jr.) [WATCH]

For a Good Time, Call… (Jamie Travis) [WATCH]

How to Survive a Plague (David France) [WATCH]

I Am Not a Hipster (Destin Daniel Cretton) [WATCH]

Keep the Lights On (Ira Sachs) [WATCH]

Love Free or Die (Macky Alston) [WATCH]

Me @ the Zoo (Chris Moukarbel, Valerie Veatch) [WATCH]

Mosquita y Mari (Aurora Guerrero) [WATCH]

My Best Day (Erin Greenwell) [WATCH]

My Brother the Devil (Sally El Hosaini) [WATCH]

That's What She Said (Carrie Preston) [WATCH]

The Invisible War (Kirby Dick) [WATCH]

Young & Wild (Marialy Rivas) [WATCH]

Your Sister's Sister (Lynn Shelton) [WATCH]

2013

C.O.G. (Kyle Patrick Alvarez) [WATCH]

Concussion (Stacie Passon) [WATCH]

Fire in the Blood (Dylan Mohan Gray) [WATCH]

God Loves Uganda (Roger Ross Williams) [WATCH]

Interior. Leather Bar. (James Franco, Travis Mathews) [WATCH]

Kill Your Darlings (John Krokidas) [WATCH]

kink (Christina Voros) [WATCH]

The Lifeguard (Liz W. Garcia) [WATCH]

Pit Stop (Yen Tan) [WATCH]

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin) [WATCH]

The Truth About Emanuel (Francesca Gregorini) [WATCH]

Valentine Road (Marta Cunningham) [WATCH]

2014

52 Tuesdays (Sophie Hyde) [WATCH]

Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan) [WATCH]

The Case Against 8 (Ben Cotner, Ryan White) [WATCH]

Drunktown's Finest (Sydney Freeland) [WATCH]

The Foxy Merkins (Madeleine Olnek) [WATCH]

Jamie Marks Is Dead (Carter Smith) [WATCH]

Lilting (Hong Khaou) [WATCH]

Love Is Strange (Ira Sachs) [WATCH]

My Prairie Home (Chelsea McMullan) [WATCH]

The Overnighters (Jesse Moss) [WATCH]

The Skeleton Twins (Craig Johnson) [WATCH]

Through a Lens Darkly (Allen Harris) [WATCH]

To Be Takei (Jennifer Kroot) [WATCH]

2015

The Amina Profile (Sophie Deraspe) [WATCH]

Dope (Rick Famuyiwa) [WATCH]

Grandma (Paul Weitz) [WATCH]

I Am Michael (Justin Kelly) [WATCH]

Larry Kramer in Love & Anger (Jean Carlomusto) [WATCH]

The Mask You Live In (Jennifer Siebel Newsom) [WATCH]

Nasty Baby (Sebastian Silva) [WATCH]

Tangerine (Sean Baker) [WATCH]

Take Me to the River (Matt Sobel) [WATCH]

Ten Thousand Saints (Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini) [WATCH]

Tig (Ashley York, Kristina Goolsby) [WATCH

The Royal Road (Jenni Olson) [WATCH]

The Summer of Sangaile (Alante Kavaite) [WATCH]

2016

As You Are (Miles Joris-Peyrafitte) [WATCH]

Author: The JT LeRoy Story (Jeff Feuerzeig) [WATCH]

Film Hawk (JJ Garvine, Tai Parquet) [WATCH]

First Girl I Loved (Kerem Sanga) [WATCH]

The Intervention (Clea Duvall) [WATCH]

Kiki (Sara Jordenö) [WATCH]

Lovesong (So Yong Kim) [WATCH]

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato) [WATCH]

Other People (Chris Kelly) [WATCH]

Plaza de la Soledad (Maya Goded)

Spa Night (Andrew Ahn) [WATCH]

Suited (Jason Benjamin) [WATCH]

Tickled (David Farrier, Dylan Reeve) [WATCH]

Uncle Howard (Aaron Brookner) [WATCH]

Viva (Paddy Breathnach) [WATCH]

2017

Axolotl Overkill (Helene Hegemann) [WATCH]

Beach Rats (Eliza Hittman) [WATCH]

Call Me by Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) [WATCH]

God's Own Country (Francis Lee) [WATCH]

The Little Hours (Jeff Baena) [WATCH]

This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (Barbara Kopple)

The Wound (John Trengove) [WATCH]

2018

A Kid Like Jake (Silas Howard) [WATCH]

And Breathe Normally (Isold Uggadottir) [WATCH]

Assassination Nation (Sam Levinson) [WATCH]

Bisbee '17 (Robert Greene) [WATCH]

Believer (Don Argott) [WATCH]

The Catcher Was a Spy (Ben Lewin) [WATCH]

Colette (Wash Westmoreland) [WATCH]

Dark Money (Kimberly Reed) [WATCH]

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (Gus Van Sant) [WATCH]

The Happy Prince (Rupert Everett) [WATCH]

Hearts Beat Loud (Brett Haley) [WATCH]

Lizzie (Craig William Macneill) [WATCH]

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan) [WATCH]

Seeing Allred (Roberta Grossman, Sophie Sartain) [WATCH]

Skate Kitchen (Crystal Moselle) [WATCH]

Studio 54 (Matt Tyrnauer) [WATCH]

Tyrel (Sebastian Silva) [WATCH]

We the Animals (Jeremiah Zagar) [WATCH]

White Rabbit (Daryl Wein) [WATCH]

2019

Adam (Rhys Ernst) [WATCH]

The Art of Being (JB Ghuman Jr.)

Ask Dr. Ruth (Ryan White) [WATCH]

Before You Know It (Hannah Pearl Utt) [WATCH]

Brittany Runs a Marathon (Paul Downs Colaizzo) [WATCH]

Halston (Frédéric Tcheng) [WATCH]

Jawline (Liza Mandelup) [WATCH]

This Is Not Berlin (Hari Sama) [WATCH]

To the Stars (Martha Stephens) [WATCH]

Velvet Buzzsaw (Dan Gilroy) [WATCH]

Where's My Roy Cohn? (Matt Tyrnauer) [WATCH]

2020

And Then We Danced (Levan Akin) [WATCH]

Boys State (Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss)

Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen (Sam Feder) [WATCH]

Ema (Pablo Larraín)

Falling (Viggo Mortensen)

The Fight (Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres)

The Go-Go's (Alison Ellwood)

I Carry You With Me (Heidi Ewing)

Jumbo (Zoé Wittock)

Kajillionaire (Miranda July)

La Leyenda Negra (Patricia Vidal Delgado)

Mucho Mucho Amor (Cristina Costantini, Kareem Tabsch)

Nowhere Inn (Bill Benz)

Shirley (Josephine Decker) [WATCH]

Uncle Frank (Alan Ball)

Welcome to Chechnya (David France)

Whirlybird (Matt Yoka)


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Lead photo:

Jennie Livingston brought 'Paris Is Burning' to the 1991 Sundance Film Festival.