To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the earliest surviving feature film about LGBT people, the Provincetown Film Society presents a special screening of the recently restored DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS. Once feared lost, it's believed to be the only gay-themed movie from Germany’s progressive Weimar era that survived destruction after Hitler took power. Writer Christopher Isherwood recounted screenings broken up by Nazis. Most of the estimated 40 prints of the film were believed to have been destroyed by the Nazis, however a surviving copy was located during the collapse of the Soviet Union and was later restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The Provincetown Film Society offered two screenings of the film earlier this year in Provincetown and it played to a sold-out houses with rave reviews.
DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS will be shown on Thursday, December 5 at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road in Dorchester. Well-known Provincetown musician Billy Hough will perform an original score for the silent film with the collaboration of a vocal ensemble including Grammy-winning tenor Jason McStoots. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion about the historic significance of the film which will include noted Harvard University Professor of the Practice in Media and Activism in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Michael Bronski. The evening will conclude with an additional music performance by Billy Hough and Jason McStoots.
The film screening and live performance begins at 7:00 pm. General Admission tickets are $25 per person. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $75 and include a reception featuring the different flavors and tastings of Dorchester, preferred seating at the Strand Theatre and a meet & greet with Billy Hough. The VIP Event begins at 5:30 pm.