June 12, 2017

Screen Time: Week of June 12

From 'Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives.'

Screen Time is your curated weekly guide to excellent documentaries and nonfiction programs that you can watch at home.

Currently streaming at Filmstruck is Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives, the groundbreaking 1977 documentary in which a group of gay and lesbian individuals share their personal stories about identity, prejudice, and acceptance. The Village Voice called it "extraordinary...still enormously powerful today."

Starting its four-night run on Showtime Monday, June 12 at 9pm is Oliver Stone's The Putin Interviews, in which the controversial filmmaker sits down with the Russian President to discuss Russian meddling in the U.S. election, challenge him on Russia's persecution of gay people, and watch Dr. Strangelove together. The New York Times calls the special "solicitous, even obsequious, but sometimes revealing anyway."

Now available on iTunes and other digital platforms is Eddie Rosenstein's The Freedom To Marry, the epic story of how same-sex marriage become the law of the land in the U.S. The Los Angeles Times writes that "the film is a reminder of the long and difficult work that victory took as well as a notification that no triumph can be taken for granted."