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Through the Windows: Documenting Twin Peaks Tavern

  • GLBT Historical Society Museum 4127 18th Street San Francisco, CA, 94114 United States (map)


GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114


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With its plate-glass windows looking out on the corner of Castro and Market Streets, the landmark San Francisco gay bar Twin Peaks Tavern is not only one of the Castro’s most beloved establishments, but also a living testament to the revolutionary idea that LGBTQ people should be seen and celebrated rather than hide in the darkness of alleys and behind blacked-out windows.

Filmmakers Petey Barna and Bret Parker will present their new documentary “Through the Windows” about the history of Twin Peaks, featuring deeply personal interviews that illuminate the history of the bar and the lesbian owners who transformed it from a straight working-class tavern into a gay landmark in 1972. The film recounts the ways this establishment has provided a feeling of home, family and emotional nourishment for its patrons every day of its 47-year history.


Petey Barma (director): A self-described storyteller and cofounder of Artfarm Productions, Petey Barma is a director committed to bringing fresh stories from her perspective as a queer woman to the screen. Her current focus is to focus her lens on marginalized communities who have not typically appeared on screen. She is currently in production on a new animated short film.

Bret Parker (director/producer): Bret Parker, cofounder of Artfarm Productions, is a veteran in the film industry with 23 years under her belt at Pixar Animation Studios. Outside the studio, she has created and directed work for the groundbreaking dance troupe ILuminate and the Marine Mammal Center, and she is currently in production on a new animated short film.

Image credit: Poster for “Though the Windows”; photo by Adam Habib and graphics by Susan Bradley, used with permission.