LIGHTS, CAMERA, TAKE ACTION.June, is San Francisco’s Pride month of many celebrations. One celebration that is not just recognized country-wide but garners international recognition and that is Frameline: 42 the world’s longest-running and largest showcase of queer cinema. Frameline42: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival will take place June 14-24, 2018 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Expected attendance is estimated at 60,000 . With 52% of all films directed by women, 39 countries are represented, including Brazil, Japan, Lebanon, Norway, Paraguay, Kosovo, South Africa, and Malaysia. The lineup—featuring 153 narratives, documentaries, episodics, and short films—also includes 25 World Premieres.
OPENING NIGHT FILM & GALA:
Directed by Fiona Dawson & Gabriel Silverman
West Coast Premiere. The U.S. military is the nation’s largest employer of transgender people. But now, the careers of some 15,000 transgender military personnel are in peril. This captivating documentary—fresh off its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival where it won the Audience Award—tells the inspiring stories of four transgender troops who are the visible front lines of America’s fight for LGBTQ rights. Supported by the Frameline Completion Fund, TRANSMILITARY is also the first feature film to receive funding from GLAAD media institute.
CLOSING NIGHT FILM:
Directed by Matt Tyrnauer
Bay Area Premiere
Studio 54 is about the most famous disco of all time. (And what a time it was, a time that will never repeat itself. A time personally in my life that I will never forget.) Featuring never-before-seen archival footage and photos as well as candid interviews with co-founder Ian Schrager, STUDIO 54 is one of two feature-length documentaries from director Tyrnauer at Frameline42; Toronto International Film Festival favorite SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD will also screen in the Documentary section. Neither film was available for screening prior .
WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY – Centerpiece US Feature
Directed by Madeleine Olnek
Bay Area Premiere. Starring Molly Shannon, she embodies poet Emily Dickinson as a driven writer, a target of obsessive envy, an ardent lover, and a woman who suffered no fools. This delightful account of creative passion and longing tells only the truth but tells it with an ingeniously subversive slant. Emily was gay and had an on going relationship with her brother’s wife Susan . Forget the spinster status! A great fun romp with a wry twist. RATED: 3 Honey 🐝🐝🐝
AND BREATHE NORMALLY – Centerpiece World Cinema
First feature from director Ísold Uggadóttir
West Coast Premiere,Winner of the Best Director – World Cinema prize at Sundance. A struggling single mom whose life unexpectedly collides with that of a female refugee in this intensely moving drama from Iceland. As the two women find themselves falling outside society’s safety nets, they turn to one another to find a way out of their predicaments.
WHEN THE BEAT DROPS – Centerpiece Documentary
Directed by Jamal Sims, Famed and prolific choreographer Sims directs this bold, energetic documentary exploring “bucking,” a dance subculture popular within the black LGBTQ community in the South, from its beginnings at historically black colleges and universities, through its evolution at underground clubs, and on to fierce competitions at large venues.
West Coast Premiere
BONDING – Centerpiece Episodic
Directed by Rightor Doyle
North American Premiere
First ever Episodic Centerpiece for Frameline42, and eligible for Frameline’s inaugural Episodic Audience Award this year.
Struggling to pay his rent, a shy, aspiring stand-up comedian teams up with his best friend—who moonlights as a dominatrix—in this laugh out loud , touching, and kinky new episodic. BONDING made its world premiere at the inaugural Cannes International Series Festival in April.
Fresh & deliciously wicked, it leaves you wanting more. This is THE one to binge watch. RATED: 3 1/2 Honey 🐝🐝🐝
MAPPLETHORPE (dir. Ondi Timoner) — Starring Matt Smith (The Crown, Doctor Who), this vibrant biography dramatizes the life and legacy of visionary photographer and sexual outlaw Robert Mapplethorpe—from the early days of his friendship with Patti Smith to his success as an artist and provocateur and then to his ultimate struggle with AIDS. RATED: 4 Honey 🐝🐝🐝🐝
YOURS IN SISTERHOOD (dir. Irene Lusztig) — West Coast Premiere — The letters to Ms. magazine were signed, “In sisterhood”—but never published. Forty years later, women across the U.S. read them aloud and react, on camera, to their secrets, rants, and pleas. The result is an eye opener who were not part of the history of 1970s feminism: For those that were it was a remembrance from once we came. Intersectional, personal, & political.
The “idea “of what this was supposed to be was so much better in concept than what the final film turned out to be because of the direction and editing . RATED: 2 Honey 🐝🐝 for effort.
IDEAL HOME (dir. Andrew Fleming) GENRE: Comedy | Drama | Gay | Parenting/Family — Pink Saturday 6:30 PM at the Castro — Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd star as a glamorous professional TV food star and his TV Producer, a couple whose lives are turned upside-down when a secret 10-year-old grandson shows up on their Santa Fe doorstep and threatens to change their lives forever, in this hilarious bantering and endearing comedy. Look for cameo’s at a fabulous foodie dinner of real star chef’s; Susan Feniger , Alex Guarnaschelli, & well you play the game “oh that is “.
Don’t miss this one. RATED : 4 Honey 🐝🐝🐝🐝
“50 Years of Fabulous” Director: Jethro Patalinghug
2018 | USA | 82m
GENRE: Activism | Documentary | Gay | Latino/a | Leather/Kink | Lesbian | Local Interest/Subjects
San Francisco is known as “the gay capital”. Do you know how that came about? Do you know who is Jose’ Sarria ? Have ever heard of “the Imperial Council”? If you answered NO to any of these questions, then “50 Years of Fabulous” is a must see. Knowing the gay history of San Francisco and how it became the city of LGBTQ a beacon of equality is history that should not be forgotten, especially in the Trump era.
Founded in San Francisco by activist and drag queen José Sarria, the first openly gay man to run for political office in the United States, in 1961, the Council has helped shape LGBTQ life and history in San Francisco. Each year, the colorful Council crowns an Emperor and Empress who become the fabulous faces of the non-profit group. Celebrating unity, pride, and an unadulterated dedication to helping others, the Imperial Council advocates for human rights, hosts rousing events, and generates tons of cash for Bay Area charitable organizations.
Combining captivating historical footage and photos with contemporary interviews and delightful performances, 50 Years of Fabulous is an exhilarating chronicle of the City’s gay culture that conveys the group’s epic impact, as well as some of the challenges it currently faces. You’ll leave the theater smiling, crying, and feeling proud to live in a place where people take care of each other, know how to have fun, and—most importantly—are able to be themselves.
RATED: 4 Honey 🐝🐝🐝🐝
Here is the link https://www.frameline.org/festival for all the information you will want and need to maximize the cornucopia of film with the mission to change the world through the power of queer cinema. We are so fortunate to be able to have Frameline : San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, so don’t miss out on this once a year gift offering !