“Back to Burgundy” Film Review

BACK TO BURGUNDY - Courtesy of Music Box Films

Wine, is it just a by-product of grapes, that you order by the glass and drink to be social ?

Do you consider yourself a wine snob because you reside in the plentiful northern California wine regions?  Or do you actually own, run, harvest and  vintner for your own winery?  Even if you don’t drink wine ” Back to Burgundy” is a film to appreciate, for all it’s subtile complexities that engages all your senses. It provides a fascinating real life season to season, day-to-day view into the winemaking process. Rarely depicted on-screen and authentically filmed.

Not since “Sideways” 2004 that used wine as the premise for a buddy road trip through wine country for the film.  Or “Bottle Shock”2008 that did focus on the historic “Blind Paris Wine Tasting, 1976″ that pitted French wine against U.S., Californian,  Napa Vally wine.  This French, English subtitled film that Writer-director Cédric Klapisch known for (L’Auberge Espagnole, Russian Dolls, Chinese Puzzle)’s  newest film ” BACK TO BURGUNDY” that sets this wine themed film apart from the others. Klapisch, shot “Back to Burgundy” over a year in order to capture the four French seasons it took to grow and harvest a domain .

The film is so meticulously shot that you feel that you are part of the family, their extended family and the workers that contribute to their vineyard.

If you are engaged in the lives of the TV show cast “This is Us” you will love the relationship of these three French siblings.  If you don’t watch “This is Us” but you have a heart that beats, than you too will engage in the lives of Jean (Pio Marmai), the eldest and black sheep of the family. He unexpectedly returns home from a decade abroad to reconnect with his hospitalized father. He’s welcomed by his strong-willed beautiful sister, Juliette (Ana Girardot), who has taken over the reins of the vineyard after their father has fallen ill.  Jeremie (Francois Civil), is the youngest of the three who has recently married into one of the region’s more prestigious wine making families.

In an interview with Writer / Director Klapisch , “Back to Burgundy brings together many different subjects… Just like wine. What’s in a glass of wine? It contains the terroir, the combination of a particular climate, sunshine, rainfall, the geology of the soil. Each of these elements contributes an odor, a flavor, a particular density to the wine. There are also elements that result from human intervention – the choice of type of viticulture and growing methods. It’s fascinating to see how in Meursault (region) alone there are a hundred different proprietors and a hundred ways of “interpreting” this terroir. When a vintner makes a bottle of wine, it is like a director making a film. It’s the concept of authorship. All of this complexity is contained in a single glass of wine. There is time and space, history and geography. The marriage of man and nature. It’s an extremely sophisticated world and it was imperative that the film express all of this. That is why I wanted to speak about wine. In the film, we follow the production of wine over the course of one year. In parallel, we follow more than ten years in the life of a family of wine makers. I try to juxtapose the two, to follow the cycles of nature and the stages in the evolution of three individuals. First we are children, then adults, then parents. Are these human changes, these stages of life, comparable to the seasons of nature? In Back to Burgundy, not only do you film nature, but also the seasons…”

My advise, is to have a glass of your best wine by your side along with your favorite accompaniments  after taking the “Back to Burgundy” film trip.

RATED: 4 🍷🍷🍷🍷 satiated 🍯 🐝’s

Opens March 23rd
The Vogue Theater San Francisco
Christopher B. Smith Film Center in San Rafael
Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa






IMG_0429Oh, Oh, Oh Lucy , who are you?  Setsuko, (Shinobu Terajima), is single, emotionally detached and unfulfilled. She is selfish, unabashedly nasty and doesn’t get along with anyone . She has a sister, who she is at odds with as well. The only one she has a civil relationship with if you can call it that is her niece, Mika (Shioli Kutsuna, Deadpool 2).  There is no surprise that she has a meaningless life in Tokyo. Her life seems to change when she, enrolls in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named “Lucy.” The new identity awakens something dormant in Setsuko. She quickly develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett, Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”). When John suddenly disappears from class with her niece Mika, Setsuko aka Lucy,  travels to the United States in search of him. It is under the pretense of finding her niece with her sister who is worried for her daughter’s well being. The interaction between the two siblings is the most interesting . What is more interesting is why Megan Mullally (aka Karen Walker “Will & Grace”) winds up sitting in the middle seat between the non-talking sisters from Tokyo to Southern California? With a nod to the “Karen” role sans the high pitch voice, she manages to get the sisters drunk and talking. Oh Megan! Why couldn’t you have stayed longer in Oh Lucy!?

It took about 35 minutes into the film to get to the interesting flight to Southern California with the two sisters. When they do find ” John” (Josh Hartnett)  the film starts to come together. In the end one questions , does it?  Oh Lucy, do we really care??

Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi,  born in Nagano and raised in Chiba, Japan. She attended San Francisco State University. OH LUCY!, received a First Prize Wasserman award. Her feature-length version of OH LUCY! was a recipient of the 2016 Sundance / NHK Award. She was recently named one of the “20 Rising Women Directors You Need to Know” by IndieWire. Hirayanagi returned to the Bay Area in 2014 and currently lives in San Francisco.

I look forward to seeing what she does with her next film. I hope it will be better than this one.

Opens March 16th
San Francisco Landmark Theater to be announced
Landmark Theaters Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley
Christopher B. Smith Film Center in San Rafael

RATED: 2 1/2 Honey 🐝🐝 1/2



It is only befitting on National Women’s day , That we celebrate Hedy Lamarr . Born Hedwig Eva Marie Kiesler on November 9th, 1914.  Austrian- born in Vienna, under the strong sign of  multi-talented Scorpio .

Under Nazi Germany , the Lamarr family was able to escape , no small fete, being Jewish. Hence, the change of name for the American silver screen.

“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamar Story” is the story of one of the most talented, brilliant women in history.  An inventor, film maker/producer and actress, dubbed the most beautiful women in the world.  A women for all ages and for all ages of women to admire!  Truly, an inspiration for breaking barriers in all fields.

In 2016, debut director Alexandra Dean and producer Adam Haggiag unearthed four never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life.

Combining this newly discovered interview with intimate reflections from her children, closest friends, family and admirers, including Mel Brooks and Robert Osborne, BOMBSHELL (executive produced by Susan Sarandon and Michael Kantor) finally gives Hedy Lamarr the chance to tell her own story.

About the Director Alexandra Dean
Alexandra Dean is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer. She produced news-magazine documentaries for PBS before becoming a series and documentary producer at Bloomberg television, producing the series Innovators, Adventures and Pursuits. She also writes about invention for Businessweek magazine. Today, she is a founding partner at Reframed Pictures.

March is women’s history month. Celebrate by seeing this full length documentary.

Directed by a women, Co- Produced by a women, about a women whose long over due,

full life recognition has finally come.

Opens March 9th ’18 :
Landmark Clay in San Francisco
Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San RafaOpens March 9th
Landmark Clay in San Francisco
Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafa

RATED: 4 Queen 🐝🐝🐝🐝

Directors Guild Award Winners 2018

Award season continues with the 70th Annual DGA Awards.

The 2018 Directors Guild of America Awards, celebrated the best in movie making and television for the non-televised award show, held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Check out the full winners list below along with the nominees in their catagory :

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film:
Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water” – WINNER
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Jordan Peele, Get Out

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries
Matthew Heineman, “City of Ghosts” – WINNER
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War
Bryan Fogel, Icarus
Steve James, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Errol Morris, Wormwood

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film:
Jordan Peele, “Get Out” – WINNER
Geremy Jasper, Patti Cake$
William Oldroyd, Lady Macbeth
Taylor Sheridan, Wind River
Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game

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Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series:
Reed Morano, The Handmaid’s Tale for “Offred” – WINNER

The Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things for “Chapter Nine: The Gate”
Jeremy Podeswa, Game of Thrones for “The Dragon and the Wolf”
Matt Shakman, Game of Thrones for “The Spoils of War”
Alan Taylor, Game of Thrones for “Beyond the Wall”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series:
Beth McCarthy-Miller, Veep” for Chicklet – WINNER
Aziz Ansari, Master of None for “The Thief”
Mike Judge, Silicon Valley for “Server Error”
Melina Matsoukas, Master of None for “Thanksgiving”
Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for “Pilot”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series:
Jean-Marc Vallee, Big Little Lies – WINNER
Scott Frank, Godless
Barry Levinson, The Wizard of Lies
Kyra Sedgwick, Story of a Girl
George C. Wolfe, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled
Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live for “Host: Jimmy Fallon” – WINNER
Andre Allen, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee for “Episode #2061”
Paul G. Casey, Real Time with Bill Maher for “Show #1527”
Jim Hoskinson, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for “Joe Biden/Elton John”
Paul Pennolino, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for “French Elections”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials
Glenn Weiss, 89th Academy Awards – WINNER
Stan Lathan, Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin
Linda Mendoza, Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Honoring David Letterman
Paul Pennolino, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Amy Schumer, Amy Schumer: The Leather Special

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs:
Brian Smith, MasterChef for “Vegas Deluxe & Oyster Schucks” – WINNER
Hisham Abed, Encore! for “Pilot”
John Gonzalez, Live PD for “Episode 50”
Adam Vetri, Dare to Live for “Chainsmokers”
Kent Weed, Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge for “Season Premiere”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs:
Niki Caro, Anne with an E” for “Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny” – WINNER
Benjamin Lehmann, The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special
Lily Mariye, Just Add Magic for “Just Add Meddling”
Alison McDonald, An American Girl Story: Summer Camp for “Friends for Life”
Matthew O’Neill and Thalia Sodi, 15: A Quinceañera Story: Zoey

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials:
Martin de Thurah, StubHub’s “Festival” and “Machines”, and Wealthsimple’s “Mad World” – WINNER
Alma Har’el, P&G’s “Love without Bias”
Will Hoffman and Julius Metoyer, KitchenAid’s “Anthem” and Ford’s “Go Further”
Miles Jay, Bose’s “Alive”, and Squarespace’s “Calling JohnMalkovich.com” and “Who is JohnMalkovich.com?”
Isaiah Seret, Samsung’s “Growing Up” and “I Love You”, and Kohler’s “Never Too Composed”




Saturday Night Live, “Host: Jimmy Fallon”




MasterChef, “Vegas Deluxe & Oyster Shucks”




Anne with an E, “Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny”



“After Louie” & Whitney.”can I be me” S.F. LGBTQ Film Festival, Film Reviews

Kudos’ to all that participated in the making of one of the best Frameline: Genre Queer 2017, S.F.International LGBTQ Film Festivals.

Closing night film “After Louie” was a brilliant choice to end the festival. Why?  because, it deals with closure. Deep emotions from the survivors of a lost generation of AIDS victims as well as a new generation that is living in the Gay present.  Alan Cummings , is (Sam) a man, who after two decades after surviving the loss of his lover, his friends, his activist community of  brave souls that had been touched by the AIDS’s pandemic. Sam is now dealing with survivors guilt as so many have and still are.  Alan Cummings portrayal of Sam is so personal, so deep, so present, that one may question, is he being the brilliant actor that he is or is he just being himself reliving his own accounting of his life. Directed by longtime activist and ACT Up member Vincent Gagliostro. Many other LGBTQ luminaries appear in the film.  It is no wonder why Alan Cummings is the recipient of the 2017 Frameline Award. Co-Starring, Zachary Booth.

RATED: 3 1/2 . Honey 🐝🐝🐝’s

WHITNEY. “Can I Be Me” 

Why, oh why was this sham of a film ever allowed into the LGBTQ  S.F. Frameline Film Festival? Was it under the guise that childhood friend, Robin Crawford was Whitney’s lover? Was that old rumored news supposed to be the reason it was accepted  into the festival ? Because It was given a “Gay Hook”?  Robin Crawford was never interviewed. Robin Crawford did not confirm, sanction nor dignify the assertions made by Rudi Dolezai and Nick Broomfield.

Rudi Dolezai was somehow on just a small part of the 1999 , Whitney “My Love is Your Love Tour”. The footage that he shot for himself was grainy and had the quality that he was skulking around in the shadows to capture what he could.  With the intent on how to make a buck off of a time when Whitney’s drug disease was at it’s most vulnerable. He edited over and over again the small amounts of his footage to be reinserted into everything you have ever seen before on TMZ, ABC, any and all interviews over the years. Carefully cherry picking only the negative soundbites and of course his favorite source, “Being Bobby Brown” footage. Editing it all into the most salacious, vicious, mean spirited film. It is all self serving for these peddlers of exploitation for profit at it’s worst!

No wonder there weren’t any interviews by the most trusted influential and respected people that could speak to the validity about Whitney’s life. No wonder these two are being sued. In the Q&A section after the showing of this garbage they said upon the question posed to them “why weren’t there interviews by Robin Crawford who you are hanging your hat on the premise of this film ?” or of  Clive Davis her mentor and her close knit confidents ?” Their answer ” We talk to our Lawyers they are our best friends these days” . Well, you know the ol stories about lawyers and what they will do for a dollar. A Marriage made in sleaze heaven.  Rudi and Nick should get on the Broom-field they flew in on and fly away.

RATED: Don’t get STUNG paying for this one or waste your time seeing everything you already have seen or heard over the years.

Frameline 41 Genre Queer: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival: June 15-25, 2017

JUNE is LGBTQ month! It is time to celebrate! It is also SF International LGBTQ Film Festival 41 Genre Queer. I have been covering this festival for 21 years of it’s 41 years. I will start by saying in my estimation, this years line-up is the best. It is so exciting. The breath and depth of topics, evolved filmmaking, new and established star power of fine actors , break out directors from far and near. Be prepared to run the gamut of emotions  with these fine film selections by Frameline.

Frameline’s mission is to change the world through the power of queer cinema. As a media arts nonprofit, Frameline’s programs connect filmmakers and audiences in San Francisco and around the globe. Frameline’s integrated programs provide critical funding for emerging LGBTQ filmmakers, reach hundreds of thousands with a collection of more than 250 films distributed nationally, inspire thousands of students through Youth In Motion, which sends free films and curricula to schools across the nation, and creates an international stage for the world’s best LGBTQ film through the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival and additional year-round screenings and cinematic events. Learn more at http://www.frameline.org

Opening night :THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN (USA, 2017 – 90 mins)
Directed by Jennifer Kroot, editor/co-director Bill Weber
For decades, Armistead Maupin has deftly conjured the enchantment of San Francisco and its denizens in “Tales of the City”. In this very revealing  documentary, Maupin is shown to be just as endearing, funny, vulnerable, and bold as his popular protagonists.

It is also  historical in its “GAY” accounting  of the evolution of the Castro district and  Polk st. that gave San Francisco it’s worldwide “Gay” recognition. It’s not just the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, Honneey ! that makes San Francisco famous and fabulous.

Rated: 3 1/2 Honey 🐝🐝🐝

Showcase Film: FREAK SHOW (USA, 2017 – 95 mins)
Directed by Trudie Styler  (yes, that one, married to Sting)
Featuring Alex Lawther, Bette Midler, Abigail Breslin, Laverne Cox, and John McEnroe
“Nails that stick out get hammered down,” warns Billy’s dad. But Billy was born to be fabulous. How could he not be, when Bette M is his birth mother. North Carolina is not ready for the independent, defiantly outrageagous Billy.  No amount of bullying is going to change that, in this fresh, poignant, and wildly funny coming-of-age drama.

Ms. Styler has shown another side of her creativity. I look forward to her Directing more films.  Rated: 3 1/2 Honey 🐝🐝🐝

Here is a guide to the diverse films that will be shown:

AFTER LOUIE – Closing Night Film, Frameline Award, and Party

● First feature from director Vincent Gagliostro

● West Coast Premiere

● Struggling with survivor’s guilt from the early years of HIV/AIDS, Sam (Alan Cumming, in one of his best performances to date) is bewildered by a younger generation of carefree gay men with their social media, sexting, and seeming political indifference. But when he meets the seductive young Braeden (Zachary Booth) at a bar, their pants quickly come down and, eventually, so does Sam’s ossified guard.

● AFTER LOUIE star Alan Cumming is also being honored with the 2017 FRAMELINE AWARD. The award, established in 1986, is given every year to a person or entity that has made a major contribution to LGBTQ representation in film, television, or the media arts.

● Closing Night Party: After the program, toast to a phenomenal Frameline41 at the Closing Night Party at Oasis. Be the first to hear the winners of the Frameline41 Festival Awards and catch a performance from drag queen extraordinaire Heklina.


BECKS – Centerpiece US Feature

● Directed by Daniel Powell and Elizabeth Rohrbaugh

● Bay Area Premiere

● After dropping everything to move west for her girlfriend’s career, Becks (Tony-award winner Lena Hall of Hedwig fame) discovers she’s been replaced by a “younger, hotter, LA set of tits.” Retreating to her Midwestern hometown, she moves back in with her ex-nun mom (Academy Award nominee Christine Lahti), and, to her surprise, discovers romance, and herself, in the most unexpected of places.

CHAVELA – Centerpiece Documentary

● Directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi

● Bay Area Premiere

● This larger-than-life portrait showcases one of the toughest, most talented singers of her generation, the iconic chanteuse and sexual outlaw Chavela Vargas—a favorite of filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. She was a macha lesbian who forcefully played by her own subversive rules.

I DREAM IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE (Sueño en otra idioma) – Centerpiece World Cinema

● Directed Ernesto Contreras

● Bay Area Premiere

● The mysterious circumstances surrounding a fifty-year feud between two of the last speakers of a dying indigenous language in Mexico are artfully intertwined with bittersweet remembrances of the past in this enchanting feature, winner of an Audience Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.


Icons & Heroes – Strong Biopics & Documentaries Covering Fascinating People From the exquisite profile of Armistead Maupin and the inspiring journey of Todrick Hall, to the captivating lives of artists as diverse as Whitney Houston and Tom of Finland, Frameline41 shines a spotlight on a beautiful spectrum of icons and heroes, exploring their stories in both biopics and documentaries.

● THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN (see Opening Night Film, above)

● CHAVELA (see Centerpiece Documentary, above)

● BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TODRICK HALL, by Katherine Fairfax Wright, travels backstage with iconic artist Todrick hall as he gleefully subverts whitewashed pop culture, moving like a chameleon from sparkly red slippers to football helmets, from the Wicked Witch to Beyoncé.

● THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON, by David France, seeks answers about the 1992 death of transgender pioneer Marsha P. Johnson while also celebrating the lives and legacy of Johnson and her friend and comrade Sylvia Rivera, who, together, launched the modern trans rights movement.

● THE FABULOUS LIFE OF ALLAN CARR, by Jeffrey Schwarz, captures an ambitious producer, manager, and marketer who built his flamboyant reputation while earning millions from the hit film Grease and the Broadway smash La Cage aux Folles, only to have it all come crashing down after he produced 1989’s Academy Awards ceremony.

● STUMPED, by Robin Berghaus, is a captivating portrait of patience, perseverance, and perspective, examining a quadrilateral amputee’s survival story that explores physical and emotional challenges, as well as identity, diversity, and the strength of the human spirit.

● TOM OF FINLAND, by Dome Karukoski, tells the dramatic biography of an unassuming illustrator who dares to send some erotic sketches to an American publisher, launching the career of the newly dubbed “Tom of Finland,” whose iconic hyper-masculine imagery helped transform the self-image—and fantasies—of a button-down gay world.

● WHITNEY. “CAN I BE ME”, by Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal, uses never-before-seen footage to uncover a sprawling and riveting portrait of Whitney Houston—from a youth inspired by gospel music to a superstar plagued by addiction and forced into playing a role both on and off stage.

Queer Cinema and Filmmakers of Color in the Post-Moonlight Era

The colossal moment signified by Moonlight’s 2017 Academy Award for Best Picture has prompted many to wonder whether stories about the lives of LGBTQ people of color have finally been accepted into the mainstream. As part of a special initiative supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, California Humanities, and The GriffinHarte Foundation, Frameline41 presents “Barriers & Breakthroughs: Illuminating Filmmakers of Color Before and Beyond Moonlight”—a series of film screenings and panels that celebrate and contextualize a powerful body of filmmaking from queer artists of color. Film highlights include:

● ABU (Father), by Arshad Khan, explores Khan’s upbringing in a modern yet traditional Muslim family in Pakistan where he couldn’t confide his attraction to boys, and his moving journey to self-acceptance, told through home movies, animation, film clips, and pop songs, that began after the family immigrated to Canada.

● LOOKING FOR LANGSTON, by Isaac Julien, screening in a new digital restoration, is a classic 1989 meditation on desire, poetry, and the Harlem Renaissance that still pulsates with urgency: a prophetic forerunner of the Moonlight era.

● SIGNATURE MOVE, by Jennifer Reeder, finds common ground between a closeted Muslim lawyer (Fawzia Mirza) and a free-spirited Chicana bookstore owner in this heartfelt and funny film about how modern romance can arise from a path steeped in tradition. Also featuring Shabana Azmi.

● STRONG ISLAND, by Yance Ford, is a piercing work of self-reflection told by Ford, a transmasculine filmmaker, who makes personal the countless tragedies brought about by racism in this country.

A New Episodic Section

Frameline has showcased episodic and web-based content over the years. Frameline41 goes all in with an entirely new section of episodic programming devoted to the edgy, binge-worthy frontier, created primarily through lenses of queer people of color, including a large majority of women makers.

● BEARDS, by Dan Robert and Lisha Brooks, is a truly bizarre and deliciously satirical comedy sketch surrounding funny, poignant tales of people trying desperately to deny their true desires.

● BROWN GIRLS, from director Sam Bailey and creator Fatimah Asghar, follows Single Girls Club friends as they navigate the beautiful messiness of their mid-twenties in this hilarious and heartfelt story centered on the lives of two young women of color.

● DISPATCHES FROM CLEVELAND, by Catherine Gund, is a series of five short documentaries that paint a full picture of how intersecting social justice movements—from police reform to economic equality to transgender visibility—are revitalizing and empowering marginalized communities in Cleveland.

● THE F WORD, by Nicole Opper, captures the funny and emotional world of an Oakland couple, ready to expand their family, as they venture into the complicated world of the American foster-to-adopt system.

● MORE THAN T, by Silas Howard, explores how many trans people are externally defined by finding their path in life, and illuminates themes of self-determination and discovering one’s calling.

● WOKE WOMEN MIXTAPE is an episodic two-for-one that takes an intimate look at the lives of women of color in Brooklyn, and creates a deeply satisfying display of comradery, desire, heartache, and joy. Featuring two works: 195 LEWIS, EPISODES 1-5, by Chanelle Aponte-Pearson, and BKPI, EPISODES 1-3, by Hye Yun Park.


● THE ARCHER, by Valerie Weiss, combines queer romance with a bit of First Blood, Foxfire, and Thelma and Louise, telling the story of a steely-eyed archery champion fighting back against the sadistic staff at a youth detention facility.

● BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TODRICK HALL (see Icons & Heroes, above)

● THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON (see Icons & Heroes, above)

● FREAK SHOW, by Trudie Styler, is an effervescent, poignant, and wildly funny coming-of-age drama about a teenager who challenges parental warnings, bullying, and the status quo to truly be his fabulous self. Featuring Alex Lawther, Bette Midler, Abigail Breslin, and Laverne Cox.

● GIRL UNBOUND, by Erin Heidenreich, explores the world of the top-ranked female squash player in Pakistan who has been the target of Taliban death threats since her teens, and her perseverance as she dares to defy those who seek to contain or categorize her.

● GOD’S OWN COUNTRY, a feature debut by Francis Lee, beautifully conveys how passion can transform lives, telling the rich and sexy story of a hard-drinking Yorkshire lad who keeps his emotions in check until an irrepressible Romanian immigrant comes to help out on the family farm.

● SIGNATURE MOVE (see The Post-Moonlight Era, above)

● STUMPED (see Icons & Heroes, above)

● WHITNEY. “CAN I BE ME” (see Icons & Heroes, above)

● THE WOUND, by John Trengove, brims with dramatic tension as a man returns to his small, South African community to participate in the annual ceremony where teenage boys are initiated into manhood in an environment wholly dedicated to traditional male mores.


Since 1990, Frameline has awarded more than $490,000 in completion funding to 143 film projects by and about the LGBTQ community. Frameline41 is proud to present ten films that were finished with assistance from the Completion Fund:

● BOBBYANNA, a short film by Jackson Kroopf, is a lyrical love story that explores connection, gender expression, and privilege, featuring a breakout turn from Legacy Bailey. Part of the REALNESS & REVELATIONS shorts program.

● CHAVELA (see Centerpiece Documentary, above)

● THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON (see Icons & Heroes, above)

● DISPATCHES FROM CLEVELAND (see Episodic Section, above)

● ENCUENTRO, a short film by Florencia Manóvil, rides along on a spark-filled evening between two women, one of whom challenges the other’s perspectives of Latinos and even herself. Part of the REALNESS & REVELATIONS and HOMEGROWN shorts programs.

● INTERSECTION, a short film by Angela Tucker, finds a young woman and her two besties on a road trip where they are forced to examine their identities and place in the American South. Part of the REALNESS & REVELATIONS shorts program.

● SIGNATURE MOVE (see The Post-Moonlight Era, above)

● STUMPED (see Icons & Heroes, above)

● THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN (see Opening Night Film, above)

● WOMAN ON FIRE, by Julie Sokolow, is the stunning portrait of Brooke Guinan, New York City’s first transgender firefighter, and her battle for acceptance from two families—her conventional suburban family and the deeply conservative family that is the New York Fire Department.




Please check http://www.frameline.org  website for:  Theatre, dates and times. Purchase tickets and find all the films that will be part of the festival.

“When is San Francisco do as the citizens of S.F do”. Party, So, See you at the Parade and in the Festival theaters .

“Like Crazy” Film Review

Like Crazy

“Like Crazy” is one of the most perfect titles for this Italian Dramedy . Directed by Paolo Virzì. Starring, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Beatrice ) & Micaela Ramazzotti ( Donatella)  As Italian momma , Sofia Petrillo (Golden Girls) would start a story with a visual,

Picture this;

Pistoia, Italy, Villa Biondi, a secure psychiatric experimental facility that looks like the Villa from the Godfather lll, Corleone family village.  “never let anyone know what you are thinking” said Michael Corleone .  This can be applied to “Like Crazy”.

Beatrice, a self described Countess who has a flare for ‘putting it over” on anyone at anytime to get what she wants or other wise known as a pathological liar. She suffers from mythomaniac . Beatrice, for the most part just wants to be a free spirited wealthy women who just wants to have” FUN”. Her attitude is infectious.

Donatella, is a young, multi-tattooed  women, who  keeps her punishing mysterious pain to herself, rendering her an introvert by design.

The two women meet at Villa Biondi.  There is a unique attraction and bond that forms between them . Is there a level of silent recognition and familiarity  that is felt between two ” crazy” likeness’ between people?

If you loved “Thelma and Louise”  then you will love “Like Crazy”. This Italian film with English subtitles  goes deeper into the phycological depth of “Beatrice and Dontatella’s ” wild escapades .  “Like Crazy” runs the gamut of emotions .  Valeria Bruni Tedeschi,  is captivating in her portrayal of Billionaire Countess Beatrice, at least in her own mind .

Micaela Ramazzotti’s ( Donatella ) performance, emotionally  sucks you into her tormented psyche. A condition, which is more common than not in its cause and effect. Micaela, puts a face on to this “disorder” that goes straight to your heart.

RATED:  3 Honey 🐝🐝🐝 I’m a like pazzo for this film

Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival 2016 (Directors Fortnight)
Official Selection – Vancouver International Film Festival 2016

Opens May 19, 2017
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth Street (between A&B Streets)
San Rafael, CA

Opera Plaza Cinema,  San Francisco