Highlights from the Jenni Olson Queer Film Collection
Produced in 1967, this amazing 22-minute 35mm short introduces us to Misty, Vicky, Sonja and Simone—four trans women who are subjected to a six-month psychological project and then grilled about their personal lives by a weird guy in a wood-paneled office who claims to have interviewed "thousands of homosexuals” (and who obviously doesn’t understand the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity). Queens at Heart offers a rare and poignant glimpse into pre-Stonewall queer life as it takes us to a New York City drag ball and follows the girls through their daily lives. The original 35mm film print of this film — from Jenni Olson's Queer Film Collection — has been restored and preserved by the Outfest/UCLA Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation.
Learn more about the Jenni Olson Queer Film Collection at the Harvard Film Archive.