Shaving the Castro

Since it opened its doors on Castro Street in 1947, Louie’s Barber Shop has seen the neighborhood change from a sleepy blue collar Irish community to the world’s most famous gay mecca. Louie is still there, cutting the thinning hair of his old-time customers; but so too are the neighborhood’s new inhabitants, a diverse mix of older and younger gay men and lesbians. The film illustrates the ways in which gays and lesbians appropriate a traditional mainstream symbol – the barber shop – and make it part of their own expanding cultural community.

Awards & Screenings:

  • SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: FIRST RUNNER UP FOR OUTSTANDING FILM – In the Life Short Film and Video Competition
  • US national public television and international broadcast