Virtual Cinema Celebrates Pride Month May 24, 2021

June is Pride Month, an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the history and achievements of the LGBTQ community. MFAH Virtual Cinema is proud join the salute with two new documentaries.

Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation
Opens June 18

This revelatory film looks at the enduring friendship between legendary writers Truman Capote (1924–1984) and Tennessee Williams (1911–1983). Both openly gay, they lived parallel lives and struggled to balance creativity and self-doubt with success. Filmed as “an encounter between two lifelong friends in their own words,” the film creatively uses the voices of actors Jim Parsons (as Capote) and Zachary Quinto (as Williams).

Against the Current
Opens June 25

Follow the journey of Veiga Grétarsdóttir, the first woman in the world to attempt to kayak more than 1,200 miles around Iceland—counterclockwise and “against the current.” The trip is presented alongside her decision to have gender-reassignment surgery, transitioning from male to female. These two stories of conflict and struggle are intertwined over the amazing 103-day trek, with the magical, rugged coastline a backdrop to the story of her transition.
WATCH HERE beginning June 25

Reel Pride
On June 12, “Night Out at the Movies: A Reel Pride Pop-Up” includes the premiere of the documentary Ailey. The annual Reel Pride film festival is part of the City of Houston’s Pride Houston celebration, which has been rescheduled for fall 2021. Visit for updates.

Mark your calendar for the landmark 25th edition of QFest, Houston’s international LGBTQ film festival, July 22–26. Plans are being finalized for a hybrid event, with films streaming online and also projected in person. Check for details.

About the Author
Marian Luntz is film curator for the MFAH.

Underwriting for the Film Department is provided by Tenaris and the Vaughn Foundation. Generous funding is provided by Nina and Michael Zilkha; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Lois Chiles Foundation; ILEX Foundation; L’Alliance Française de Houston; and The Foundation for Independent Media Arts.