Last Call at Maud's

DIRECTOR: Paris Poirier

Expected to attend: director Paris Poirier, producer Karen Kiss and cinematographer Cheryl Rosenthal.

Some genuinely wild women take center stage in Paris Poirier’s vivacious and historical documentary about Maud’s, the longest-running lesbian bar in the United States before its closing in 1989. This venerable San Francisco establishment opened in 1966, when lesbians were still very much in the closet. Maud’s flourished throughout the ’70s and ’80s, enjoying an international reputation as a meeting place for lesbians and their friends, only to be shut down as a result of the community’s shifting priorities. A witty and informative look at cultural evolution in the making, Last Call at Maud’s salutes and preserves an era in history when bars were the only cultural institutions in the lesbian community.

Provocative personal stories of coming out, sexual politics, and softball are mixed with flashbacks to the Hollywood gay bars of the ’40s and the vice raids of the ’50s, and vintage photos and personal interviews with Mary Wings, Judy Grahn, Phyllis Lyon, Del Martin, Sally Gearhart, JoAnn Loulan, and Rikki Streicher (to name a few) provide an invaluable window into lesbian history.

Now, twenty years after its premiere, Poirier’s film not only serves to chronicle lesbian life from the 1940s through 1980s, but also provides a perspective on the San Francisco lesbian community in the early ’90s. One of the first films to receive Frameline Completion Funding, and a smash hit at the Festival the first time around, Frameline is proud to present the 20th Anniversary screening of this lesbian classic.

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