No Straight Lines

Grandy Jury Prize ~ Outstanding Documentary Feature
L.A. Outfest
Kleiman tells a wider and deeper tale about the power of seeing one’s experience represented… Kleiman made the artwork itself the star of film.


No Straight Lines

No Straight Lines chronicles the journey of five scrappy queer cartoonists from their early DIY work to the international stage, and who, as Alison Bechdel says, did the revolutionary act of representing their real lives in their comics.

Their work is funny, smart, and profound, and provides a unique window into LGBTQ lives from the 1970s onward, beginning at a time in which there was no other genuine queer storytelling in popular culture. Equally engaging are their personal journeys, as they, against all odds, helped build a queer comics scene that has been able to grow and evolve in remarkable ways. This warm-hearted tribute to art, politics, and comedy is sure to make you both laugh and think of how far our community has come.

“It is far more…  [than a film] about the rise, influence, and growth of queer comic strips… The comics, as portrayed in No Straight Lines, reveal truths… In the end, No Straight Lines is about so much more than comics: it is a film that tells us of the importance of human relationships, human diversity, and the values of difference and equality… The film’s underlying components leave us with hope for the possibility of human creativity to make better worlds.” - Edward Avery-Natale, Film International

"No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics, which won the Documentary Grand Jury Award at this year’s [Outfest] festival, was easily a favorite. …The documentary balances humor, history and craft in its deep dive into the incredible stories of the queer godparents whose legacies continue to inspire LGBTQ comics of today." - Hansen Bursic, International Documentary Association

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Documentary, Art & Artists, LGBTQ
Vivian Kleiman
Alison Bechdel, Jennifer Camper, Howard Cruse, Rupert Kinnard, Mary Wings
Winner, Grandy Jury Prize ~ Outstanding Documentary Feature, L.A. Outfest
Sally McGee, Filmmaker Magazine

Directed and produced by Vivian Kleiman, Tribeca premiere 'No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics' provides a glimpse into the lives and works of comic artists Alison Bechdel, Rupert Kinnard, Mary Wings, Howard Cruse, and Jennifer Camper, who were integral to the development of the first queer ...

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