Little Joe Selects

Little Joe Selects

Published between 2010 and 2021, cult periodical par excellence "Little Joe" put a decidedly queer spin on the conversation surrounding cinema and its history. To accompany the publication of a new collection of some of the finest essays, stories, and interviews from throughout "Little Joe"’s history, we’ve invited former editor-in-chief Sam Ashby to select films covered at one time or another in his august publication’s pages.

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Little Joe Selects
  • A Bigger Splash

    Directed by Jack Hazan | 106 mins | 1973
    Jack Hazan’s intimate and innovative film about English-born, often California-based artist David Hockney and his work honors its subject through creative risk-taking. The improvisatory narrative-nonfiction hybrid features Hockney—a wary participant—as wel...

  • BloodSisters

    Directed by Michelle Handelman | 69 mins | 1995
    A headlong plunge into the thriving “leatherdyke” BDSM community of ’90s San Francisco, Handelman’s film lets its eight subjects—all active participants in the leather scene—discuss private fantasy and public activism before the camera, as well as l...

  • I.K.U.

    Directed by Shu Lea Cheang | 67 mins | 2000
    Sexed-up replicants roam the faceless cities of the future, providing no-strings orgasmic delights to unwitting prey who have their erotic data mined for corporate databases in net artist Cheang’s feminist cyberpunk porn, which envisages a gender-blurre...

  • L.A. Plays Itself

    Directed by Fred Halstead | 55 mins | 1972
    Elliptically edited, narratively experimental, and majestically skeevy, Halsted’s sadomasochistic porno opus of innocence despoiled opens in the elysian fields outside of Los Angeles city limits, then plunges into the hot, hedonistic bowels of the devili...

  • Thundercrack!

    Directed by Curt McDowell | 159 mins | 1975
    Written by and co-starring underground legend George Kuchar, McDowell’s pornographic, polymorphously perverse epic is a gaspingly funny, proudly flamboyant camp send-up of the Victorian “old dark house” mystery in which eight horned-up men and women and...

  • Zero Patience

    Directed by John Greyson | 101 mins | 1993
    Toronto New Wave fixture and queer activist Greyson’s wildly original work—part-protest film, part-comic musical fantasy—depicts the most unlikely romance between immortal Victorian explorer Sir Richard Burton (now employed at the Toronto Natural History...