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Two short films share unique stories of LGBTQ comedy greats. They include: STAND UP, STAND OUT: THE MAKING OF A COMEDY MOVEMENT tells the story of a unique brand of activism belonging only to San Francisco--where three gay teachers’ fight for equal rights during the Gay Liberation Movement of the 1970s, led to the blossoming of the Valencia Rose Cabaret, Café, and Restaurant, believed to be the first and only gay-owned and operated comedy club in the USA. As AIDS ravaged San Francisco, the Valencia Rose Cabaret, Café, and Restaurant blossomed as the home of queer comedy, the birthplace of many well-known careers, a de-facto community center and a gathering place for activists. Through the voices and humor of the Rose’s performers, the film explores gay comedy as an outgrowth of the rich traditions of activism and performance in San Francisco, an empowering response to the conservative politics of the era, and a valiant quest for joy and laughter amidst the horrific onslaught of the AIDS crisis. Stand Up, Stand Out features Tom Ammiano, Karen Ripley, Monica Palcacios, Danny Williams, Dirk Alphin, Paul Boneberg, and the song stylings of Romanovsky & Phillips. I GOT THE LAST LAUGH! (Inspired by The LIFE AND TIMES of Jackie MOMS Mabley): You may never have heard of Jackie “Moms” Mabley, but chances are you've busted a gut laughing at some of the many comedians she inspired to take to the stage. In this brilliant adaptation of the off-Broadway play, Charles Earthstein, who works for The Chicago News and M&M Publications, goes to Harlem's World Famous Apollo Theatre in New York City to interview the one and only Jackie "Moms" Mabley. There, we see and hear of her life, discover some of her personal hopes, dreams, betrayals, despairs, fame and most importantly, come to understand her struggles to become America #1 comedian and "The Funniest Woman in the World!" Viewers will experience her life through flashbacks of performances and the telling of her-story from her birth in 1884 until her death in 1975.

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