Providence Public Library to Present RI LGBTQ+ Film Series during Pride Month

May 20, 2022

Events will support awareness of the RI LGBTQ+ Community Archive at PPL

Providence Public Library (PPL) is pleased to present a free, three-part film series with panel discussions of queer history and filmmaking, film archives and preservation. Offered in conjunction with PPL’s 2022 Exhibition & Program Series Identities, these events will focus on different aspects of storytelling and filmmaking, all tied to the RI LGBTQ+ community.

“The RI LGBTQ+ Community Archive at PPL is a community archives initiative to ensure the preservation of materials chronicling the social, cultural and political history of RI LGBTQ+ people and organizations. We are excited for the opportunity to gather in person to celebrate the work of local filmmakers for our first programs supporting this project,” said Kate Wells, Curator of Rhode Island Collections at PPL.

Film screenings will be free and open to the public in PPL’s Donald J. Farish Auditorium (3rd floor), 150 Empire Street, Providence. Each event will include moderated conversations with those involved in either the creation or preservation of film.

PPL is grateful to these RI LGBTQ+ Film Series presenting sponsors: Billy Kepner & Joe Zappala, Office of Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, City of Providence, Julie Smith (in memory of Julie Pell), Mark Pompelia & Charles Flora, Nick Autiello & Eric Reitveld, Deborah T. Rempis (in memory of James A. Rempis), Lise Iwon, Joe Wilson, Jr., The Dark Lady/Alleycat, and Open Door Health.

Events to be held as follows:

RI LGBTQ+ Film Series: Queer Archives Movie Night (in-person screening)
Tuesday, June 7, 6 – 7:30 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm)
View archival film footage that is only recently available to the public. We’ll screen film footage from the RI LGBTQ+ Community Archives and audio-video recordings from the Rhode Island Historical Society holdings. Learn about the importance of film and audio archives to researchers and historians and how you can best preserve your own home movies.

Preserving historical evidence is important so that we can learn from the past and celebrate the communities and lives of those who came before us. Engaging with archival records of the LGBTQ+ experience can be emotional, especially since materials may contain a reflection of oppression and trauma. Our goal with this program is to celebrate the lives of LGBTQ+ people in Rhode Island and to honor their legacy with preservation.
Program is free and open to the public; registration is required.
Please note that masks are required in the Auditorium.


RI LGBTQ+ Film Series: Death Drop Gorgeous (in-person screening)
Tuesday, June 14, 6 to 8:30 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm)
Join us for a screening of Death Drop Gorgeous — a campy drag exploitation horror film set in the seedy gay nightlife of Providence, RI. Inspired by Giallo films & 80s slashers, the movie balances dark humor, crime, mystery, and supernatural elements to create a unique cinema experience that has all the makings of a horror cult classic. A discussion with filmmakers Brandon Perras-Sanchez, Michael Ahern & Christopher Dalpe will follow the film.
Please note:
This film is rated “R” and includes images of sex and violence.
Program is free and open to the public; registration is required. Masks are required in the Auditorium.


RI LGBTQ+ Film Series: I’m Gonna Make You Love Me (in-person screening)
Tuesday, June 21, 6 to 8:15 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm)
I’m Gonna to Make You Love Me is a full-length documentary about the life of Brian Belovitch, who grew up in Providence and who in the 1980s, as a transgender woman named Trish, was one of New York’s most famous downtown divas. Then, after more than a decade as Tish, she transitioned back to Brian. Now in his sixties, Brian’s iterations include army wife and loving husband; sex worker; club performer; actor; author; AIDS survivor and playwright. Today, he holds a Master Degree in Mental Health Counseling and works with the LGBTQ community. His unique odyssey is a moving and thought-provoking look at gender identity. It’s also a love story and a tale of survival. It’s about the universal desire to feel comfortable in one’s own skin, and the reality that some of us have to work much harder to get there.
Please note:
This film is rated “R” and includes images of descriptions of sex, addiction and domestic violence.
Program is free and open to the public; registration is required. Masks are required in the Auditorium.