Thursday, May 21, 2015

Frameline39 Festival Announcement

Monday evening Frameline held a press announcement for the up-coming San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, running June 18 - 28 at the Castro, Roxie & Victoria Theaters in San Francisco, the Elmwood in Berkeley & the Landmark in Piedmont. We saw the festival's colorful trailer, made by Peaches Christ & parodying The Wizard of Oz. Frameline’s Executive Director Frances Wallace, Director of Exhibition & Programming Desiree Buford & Senior Programmer Peter L. Stein cheerfully ran through festival highlights while seated on the stage of the Oasis club.

Ms. Wallace said that they aimed to provoke with the opening night film, I Am Michael, starring James Franco as Michael Glatze, the former gay activist who renounced his homosexuality & became a judgy heterosexual Christian pastor. The centerpiece narrative film, The Summer of Sangaile, is a romance from Lithuania, & the centerpiece documentary, Out to Win, looks at gay professional athletes. The festival will show several films about sports, including documentaries about gay athletes at the Sochi Olympics & competitors in an Australian rugby tournament. Closing night is Bare, a drama set in Nevada & starring Dianna Agron, with Paz de la Huerta as an alluring drifter.

I counted 15 shorts programs, including an all-animation compilation. Peter Greenaway's Eisenstein in Guanajuato, a fictionalized version of the Soviet director's 1931 visit to Mexico, was described as a "glitter bomb." Tab Hunter is scheduled to attend the screening of Tab Hunter Confidential, Jeffrey Schwarz's profile of the actor. There were shouts of approval when it was announced that the festival will host a special preview screening of Magic Mike XXL.

There will be a retrospective showing of Fassbinder's Querelle, as well as a new documentary about the director. The documentary The Yes Men Are Revolting will bring us up to date with Mike & Andy's political pranks. I was glad to see that Do I Sound Gay?, a humorous examination of the gay accent, is on the schedule.

I also had a nice time chatting with board members Liz Pesch & Christopher Wiseman. Mr. Wiseman was a delightful & persuasive conversationalist, so it's a good thing he warned me that he is a Bad Idea Bear.

§ Frameline39
San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival
June 18-28, 2015

§ Press Conference & Festival Launch Event
Monday, May 18, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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