OUT!: programs about the LGBT experience, June 16-30

June 16, 2009

This June, THIRTEEN is spotlighting the unique stories and experiences of the LGBT community with programs that document issues from gay parenting to gays in the military.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
10 p.m.: INDEPENDENT LENS: ASK NOT
As wars rage in the Middle East, the U.S. military is eager for more recruits –– unless they happen to be openly gay. “Ask Not” explores the tangled political battles that led to the infamous “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and reveals the personal stories of gay Americans who serve in combat under a veil of secrecy. A film by Johnny Symons.
Watch a clip.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZS6NWnEz94&hl=en&fs=1]

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
3 a.m.: INDEPENDENT LENS: ASK NOT
As wars rage in the Middle East, the U.S. military is eager for more recruits –– unless they happen to be openly gay. “Ask Not” explores the tangled political battles that led to the infamous “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and reveals the personal stories of gay Americans who serve in combat under a veil of secrecy. A film by Johnny Symons.

4 a.m.: INDEPENDENT LENS: BILLY STRAYHORN: LUSH LIFE
As Duke Ellington’s co-composer, arranger, and right-hand man, Billy Strayhorn wrote some of the greatest American music of the 20th century. But as a gay man in the ’40s and ’50s, Strayhorn had to lead a discreet existence, while Ellington played to thunderous applause on center stage. BILLY STRAYHORN: Lush Life tells the story of the unheralded man who changed jazz and popular music forever, maintaining artistic and personal integrity, while challenging prejudice along the way.

Friday, June 19, 2009
10 p.m.: FATHERHOOD DREAMS
This documentary film follows four fathers through a private journey through fatherhood that forces them to deal with much larger issues that affect gay fathers, including the legal aspects of surrogacy, the complexity of “open adoption”, and the battles concerning the official recognition of LGBT and multi-parent families. A film by Julia Ivanova.
Watch a clip.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IozpcuGR174&hl=en&fs=1]

Sunday, June 21, 2009
12 p.m.: SUNDAYARTS: WRESTLING WITH ANGELS: PLAYWRIGHT TONY KUSHNER
The famed playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) is profiled in this program. Kushner, a gay progressive who grew up in the South, has earned a Pulitzer, an Emmy and two Tony Awards — and a reputation that runs the gamut from charming to demanding to unpredictable.
Watch a clip.

11:30 p.m.: EMILE NORMAN: BY HIS OWN DESIGN (originally aired June 23, 2008)
Emile Norman: By His Own Design is a portrait of the self-taught California artist, Emile Norman, who at age 90 is still working with the same passion for life, art, nature and freedom that inspired him through seven decades of a changing art scene and turbulent times for a gay man in America.

Monday, June 22, 2009
10 p.m.: IN THE LIFE: 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF STONEWALL
In recognition of the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall riots in June 1969, this one-hour special looks at the growth of the LGBT community and movement over the past forty years.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009
4:30 a.m.: ANYONE AND EVERYONE
ANYONE AND EVERYONE tells the stories of families from Utah to North Carolina and Wyoming to New York, all connected by a common thread — a gay child. During the film, parents of homosexual teens and young adults eloquently recall their initial reactions to their child’s coming-out and their sometimes difficult journeys to acceptance. A film by Susan Polis Schutz.
Watch a clip.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RBjEDCgE4o&hl=en&fs=1]

Friday, June 26, 2009
5 a.m.: EMILE NORMAN: BY HIS OWN DESIGN (originally aired June 23, 2008)
Emile Norman: By His Own Design is a portrait of the self-taught California artist, Emile Norman, who at age 90 is still working with the same passion for life, art, nature and freedom that inspired him through seven decades of a changing art scene and turbulent times for a gay man in America.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
10 p.m.: P.O.V.: BEYOND HATRED
In September 2002, three skinheads were roaming a park in Rheims, France, looking to “do an Arab,” when they settled for a gay man instead. Twenty-nine-year-old François Chenu fought back fiercely, but he was beaten unconscious and thrown into a river, where he drowned. The acclaimed French vérité film Beyond Hatred is the story of the crime’s aftermath; above all, of the Chenu family’s brave struggle to seek justice while trying to make sense of such pointless violence and unbearable loss.

1:30 a.m.: AMERICAN MASTERS: ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: LIFE THROUGH A LENS (originally aired 10/30/2008)
Annie Leibovitz has produced some of the most iconic images of the last 30 years and is, arguably, America’s most influential woman photographer. The program documents her losses as well as her grand successes.