Frameline Returns, June 20-30
By: Rand Hardy
This year, June 20-30, multiple movie theaters across San Francisco welcome back Frameline—The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. The event features queer films from around the globe in a wide variety of genres, styles and lengths. Frameline attracts more than 60,000 visitors annually, making it the most prominent and well attended LGBT Film Festival in the Bay Area. Prizes are awarded to local filmmakers who are keeping the small but active San Francisco film industry buzzing—judges include audience members and a panel of esteemed judges. The festival also has amazing opening and closing night galas, which celebrate the films, contributors and LGBT community. Check out the exciting lineup of this year’s opening and closing night films as well as the two centerpiece films below:
Thursday, June 20, 7:00pm at the Castro Theatre.
The festival opens with this bold and daring film by writer/ director Stacie Passon that focuses on relationship sustainability and self-fulfillment. Concussion is a beautifully shot, sexually driven, drama that is not to be missed. The screening is followed by the opening night gala at Terra Nightclub.
In The Name Of:
Tuesday, June 25, 7:00pm at the Castro Theatre
The first of the two centerpiece films is a look into the life of Father Adam, an eccentric priest, who is struggling with sexual feelings for another man that he has long avoided. In The Name Of is a beautifully shot and directed film that delves into homosexual Catholic Clergy, and it is no surprise that it has been chosen as one of this year’s centerpiece films.
Wednesday, June 26, 7:00pm at the Castro Theatre
The second of the two centerpiece films that will be shown at Frameline 37, is a look into the 2008 murder of Larry King—a 15 year old gender variant child. Valentine Road will not only make you want to jump into action due to this awful crime, but will also give you a deeper understanding of what exactly happened on that tragic day. The filmmaker—Marta Cunningham—looks into homophobia and different aspects of the murder and what has since followed. This powerful piece should not be skipped; it could be the highlight of the whole festival.
G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend):
Sunday, June 30, 7:00pm at the Castro Theatre
This lighthearted comedy focuses on two gay high school seniors and their different approaches to coming out. G.B.F. will be a great way to end the festival with a flashback to high school social structures and more than just a couple of laughs. The film is followed by the closing night gala at Temple Nightclub, which you will not want to miss.
Keep an eye on their website, http://www.frameline.org/, as more details will be released (including the full lineup of films) on May 21.
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