Three stories about gay life in the fictional small town of Homer, Connecticut, over the past half century. Johnny Burroughs has lived in Homer his entire life and has watched the characters’ different experiences from the center of town. In the 1950s, Dorothy Nelson returns to Homer and is alienated after the town finds out she has been dishonorably discharged from the Navy when the military police assume that she is a lesbian because she is caught in a raid at a gay bar with fellow sailor Billy Temple. In the 1970s, high school swim team star Toby Anderson is beaten by schoolmates who suspect he prefers boys to girls. Toby looks for support from his gay teacher, Gil Roberts, who initially refuses to “come out” for fear of losing his bid to become principal of the high school. In 2000, Amos and Andy have decided to marry in the town’s community center, which is supported by the town elders, but protested by a group of veterans, including Amos’ dad Ira. –inbaseline.com
Donna Deitch (born June 8, 1945 in San Francisco, California) is an American film and television director best known for her 1986 film Desert Hearts. The film was one of the first film releases to depict a lesbian love story in a generally mainstream, albeit art house, vein but with positive and respectful themes. Deitch also directed the mini-series The Women of Brewster Place. Her partner is writer Terri Jentz.
Donna Deitch segued from award winning documentary filmmaker to producing and directing Desert Hearts, the landmark hit of the 1986 Sundance, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. The film was picked up for worldwide distribution by The Samuel Goldwyn Company. Shortly after seeing the film, Oprah Winfrey hired Deitch to direct the Emmy nominated 4 hour mini-series The Women of Brewster Place.
Deitch directed four pilots subsequent to the success of Brewster Place, three of which were picked up for series including Second Noah. She has directed numerous episodes… read more