Michelle Handelman’s most recent project, Dorian, A Cinematic Perfume, a queer retelling of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, was shut down at a showing at Austin’s Arthouse festival this past March for being “lewd and pornographic.” But the filmmaker is no stranger to controversy. Her 1995 feature-length documentary, BloodSisters, was attacked by the American Family Association on the floor of Congress for depicting radical lesbian sexuality, particularly in San Francisco’s leather-dyke scene. Tonight, the Tribeca Film Institute hosts a re-release of the film. Handelman and author Sarah Schulman will be in conversation following the screening.
Fri., June 10, 7 p.m., 2011