When Lisa Cholodenko’s first feature film, High Art, came out in 1998, The Advocate said, “It just might be the film that wins the lesbian crossover success sweepstakes.” The gay mag got the film wrong, but the filmmaker right. More than a decade later, Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right scored a Best Picture Golden Globe and has just garnered an Oscar nomination. While it tells the story of a family feud in an otherwise fully functional lesbian home, High Art dove into the dysfunctional world of the early-’90s girl-on-girl junkie art scene. Ally Sheedy is captivating as Lucy Berliner, a former star photographer who takes a young photo editor under her wing and into bed; Patricia Clarkson plays Lucy’s lover, a washed-up German actress. The film screens tonight as part of the series “Before They Were Nominated.”

Thu., Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m., 2011