What we're about

The Queer Paulettes* is a Meetup group for queer women** who love cinema. We watch 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 programming of The Queer Paulettes (The QPs) focuses on independent features and documentaries and on international and festival films. We give special attention to women directors and feminist and LGBTQ selections. We don't shun Hollywood, though. Hollywood dishes up some irresistible and important films that are must-sees, too. We also schedule some films that aren't "feminist" or "woman-positive" – however you define that – but make for great viewing anyway.

Once we're released from the clutches of this heinous virus, which has shuttered cinemas around the world, we'll continue to create a comfortable space – usually 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.

As a QP regular, you'll find yourself with a posse of movie buddies so you don't have to go to your next festival solo – that is, if you'd rather be in the company of other queer cinephiles!

Until then, we look forward to seeing you online,


*"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 moniker, The Queer Paulettes, we're reclaiming the name.

**By "women," we mean women of all sorts and self-identifications, including, but not limited to, lesbians, bisexual women, trans women, genderqueer, and non-binary folks, who feel a connection to the identity of “woman" or "female."

Photo of the Roxie Theatre sign by Michael Macro.

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