Whose movies include a naked man dancing on a freeway, a gay couple at Disneyland, and the world’s first Pride march? Pat Rocco, a trailblazing gay independent filmmaker who is given well-deserved recognition in the charming documentary, Pat Rocco Dared.
At a time when cinema portrayals of homosexuality centred on shame and tragedy, Pat Rocco’s romantic depictions of gay men stood in sharp contrast. Working in Los Angeles, Rocco’s films of the late sixties and early seventies featured sensual, sun-dappled young men falling in love alongside the city’s LGBT activism, protests, police harassment and a growing pride.
Featuring entertaining conversations between the late Pat Rocco and Canadian filmmaker Charlie David, punctuated by plenty of clips that show the diversity of Rocco’s work, Pat Rocco Dared is a fitting portrait of a pioneering and groundbreaking gay filmmaker.