I Don't Know

1970

Dir. Penelope Spheeris , 16mm B/W Sound 00:20:00

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A movingly intimate, funny, and unconventional portrait of Linda, a lesbian, and Jimmy, a transsexual, and their loving but uncertain relationship.

[Source: Mark Toscano]


In the film I DON'T KNOW we shot a scene at a parade that was the very first gay pride parade in West Hollywood. They called it a Gay Liberation parade back then. Thank god that my instinct was to document it because if you stop to think about it, it is the basis for a lot of contemporary styles and mindset. People today don't know where it came from so if you look at things like these films you can see it a little better. Back in the day I was something of an outcast and I think it was difficult to get through being perceived as an outcast. A lot of the reaction to the films did criticize me for even dealing with the subject matter I was dealing with. -- Penelope Spheeris

[Source: "Experimentation is the only way to live," Interview with Penelope Spheeris, Rohstoff Magazine 2006]

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