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The Queer Paulettes* is a Meetup group for queer women who love cinema. We see films that leave a strong impression and make us want to talk about them afterwards. Come meet other cool women still keen on the big screen!
The Queer Paulettes programming focuses on independent features, documentaries, and foreign and festival films. We give special attention to women directors and feminist and LGBTQ selections. We don't shun Hollywood, though. Hollywood dishes up irresistible and important films that are must-sees as well. From time to time, we schedule films that aren't "feminist" or "woman-positive" – however you define that – but make for great viewing anyway.
Our mission is to create a comfortable space – in nearby cafes – for women to get together after the screenings and express their views. You're also welcome to come and listen. The idea behind our gatherings is, not only to talk, but also to listen closely to each other. This group is not an academic one, by the way. You don't need a fancy degree in Cinema Studies to hang out with us, but if you do speak the critical lingo, come join us!
Hopefully, by the time the next Frameline festival rolls around in June 2015, we'll have a critical mass of movie buddies to go with!
Look forward to seeing you in the dark,
*"The Paulettes" is the snarky name given to a coterie of mostly male film critics who were protégés of Pauline Kael, the film reviewer for The New Yorker from 1968 to 1991. With The Queer Paulettes, we're reclaiming the name.
Photo of Castro Theatre sign by David Gallagher