Private Project

Queer City

Four decades after the Stonewall riots exploded, life is dramatically different for LGBT people. Queer City shares untold first-person stories of an indomitable spirit that made every victory possible and kept a community moving forward after devastating losses. Queer City explores the lives of a highly diverse group of women and men living across New York City. The film cannot, of course, represent every aspect of LGBT life, but rather weaves together a selection of stories to offer a compelling portrait of queer lives. From a first hand account of invisibility among older people within the gay community to gender transition in a working class immigrant home, Queer City goes outside the usual neighborhoods and archetypal subjects of LGBT narratives.

This film is a personal, intimate exploration of the ways we live now. Queer City incorporates both the routine and the extraordinary to create a remarkable chronicle of contemporary lives. Often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, the film will introduce you to stories and people you will never forget.

  • Draper Shreeve
    Kids of Penzance, Dangerous Music, Varieties of Religious Experience
  • Henry Chalfant
    Style Wars, From Mambo to Hip Hop, Flyin' Cut Sleeves
  • Townes Coates
    Everything Matters, Gayby, Bigga Than Ben
  • Libby Heimark
  • Austin De Besche
    The Year We Thought About Love, American Experience, Return of the Secaucus Seven
  • Mike Harlow
    From Mambo to Hip Hop, Jonestown: The Life and Death of the Peoples Temple, Taxicab Confessions
  • Eef Barzelay
    Rudderless, Janie Jones, Rocket Science
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Biography, LGBT
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 23 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 15, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • [Multiple selections; list pending Festivals' press announcements]
  • qFlix Film Festival
    Philadelphia, PA
    Best Documentary Film, Jury Award
  • New York Public Library Pride on Film Series
    New York, NY
  • NYC Independent Film Festival
    New York, NY
  • Bennington College
    Bennington, VT
  • DOCfeed 2016 - Documentaire Festival Eindhoven
    Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Reel Queer
    Buffalo, NY
  • Google Film Series/Google Talks
    New York, NY
  • Reel Affirmations Film Festival
    Washington, DC
  • Anthology Film Archive
    New York, NY
    Private audience screening
  • Delancey Street Foundation
    San Francisco, CA
    Private audience screening
Director Biography - Draper Shreeve

DRAPER SHREEVE is a director and editor based in New York City. Previous documentaries include Kids of Penzance, featured on the Documentary Channel. Shreeve has directed four short narrative films including The Varieties of Religious Experience and the award-winning Dangerous Music featuring Tony Award-winner John Benjamin Hickey. It has screened at festivals internationally, been included in the New American Short Film series at the American Film Institute, and broadcast on television in nine countries. Following Queer City, he is finishing production on Everything Matters, a film following long-term survivors of cancer and HIV/AIDS.

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