Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Thanks for the Memories

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Thanks for the Memories

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Last Call at Maud's * Directed by Paris Poirier * Produced by Karen Kiss Water Bearer Films

Pride Divide * Directed by Paris Poirier * Produced by Karen Kiss * Water Bearer Films

We have a short memory in this country, so thank goodness for filmmakers such as director Paris Poirier and producer Karen Kiss, who take lesbian and gay history seriously enough to preserve it on film--and now on DVD. Their 1993 Last Call at Maud's and 1997 Pride Divide have recently been released on the digital medium, and the two documentaries are as relevant as when they first appeared. Real history, after all, has an unlimited shelf life.

Maud's is ostensibly a remembrance of the longest-lived women's bar in San Francisco, opened by Rikki Streicher in 1966 and staying in business until 1989, when sobriety and a changing lesbian social scene killed its profitability. But the real text of this doc is the changing lesbian styles and mores over those 25 years and how bars provided one of the few places for us to find identity, acceptance--and other lesbians. …

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