Go Fish (1994)
Director: Rose Troche
Stars: Guinevere Turner, V.S. Brodie, T. Wendy McMillan, Anastasia Sharp, Migdalia Melendez, Scout, Dave Troche
Riding the wave of LGBT-related indies of the 1990s—a notable mention being The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (1995)— Go Fish was the breakout work of director Rose Troche, the woman who'd go on to produce The L Word, South of Nowhere, and the 2013 Sundance darling, Concussion.
The film, which follows the life of a group of friends in Chicago, is particularly notable for its discussion of gender roles, highlighting the butch/femme dichotomy, the responsibility of queer filmmakers, and the hidden lives of lesbians in history. Mirroring the conversation is the free-form structure of the film, which often breaks the fourth wall, goes into dream sequences, and uses free verse poetry. —TA