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Focus on Frameline44 features, part I

Focus on Frameline44 features, part I

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Sep 8, 2020

Under demanding circumstances, Frameline has scheduled an exciting array of American and international films, (including a special spotlight on Taiwan) that will temporarily brighten your mood during these tense days and make queer cinema visible.

Frameline documentaries explore LGBTQ Life

Frameline documentaries explore LGBTQ Life

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Sep 8, 2020

Like everything else during the Coronavirus pandemic, Frameline, the San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival, has moved online. Documentary shorts and features have always been a major part of the menu, and Frameline 44 is no exception.

Mr. Soul: documentary pays tribute to the Black gay TV show host

Mr. Soul: documentary pays tribute to the Black gay TV show host

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Sep 2, 2020

Long before Oprah and Arsenio hit the airwaves, Ellis Haizlip hosted Soul!, a pioneering New York variety show that showcased musicians, activists and actors at the height of the Black Power and Civil Rights moment.

Documenting queer lives: Outfest & Docfest's LGBT selections

Documenting queer lives: Outfest & Docfest's LGBT selections

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Sep 1, 2020

Notable documentaries at the two independent film festivals include films about historic civil rights activists, trans chorus members, Joe Sarria, and Big Freedia.

Screen Savor: playing it straight

Screen Savor: playing it straight

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Sep 1, 2020

James Sweeney's queer rom-com 'Straight Up,' now available on DVD, has more in common with Woody Allen's 'Annie Hall' than you might expect.

 'Disarm Hate' chronicles LGBT activists' trip to an anti-gun rally

'Disarm Hate' chronicles LGBT activists' trip to an anti-gun rally

  • by Vic Gerami
  • Aug 26, 2020

Narrated by the iconic actor Harvey Fierstein, 'Disarm Hate' seeks to create awareness about gun violence against the LGBTQ+ community following the 2016 Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando that took 49 lives.

Frameline announces lineup for 44th LGBTQ film festival, Sept. 17-27

Frameline announces lineup for 44th LGBTQ film festival, Sept. 17-27

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 25, 2020

Kicking off with a high-flying drag satire, Frameline44, the SF International LGBTQ+ Film Festival, will screen 77 films from 24 countries in a wide array of genres, from features and documentaries to short subjects and animated films.

Lyric legend: Howard Ashman and Disney musicals' connection in documentary

Lyric legend: Howard Ashman and Disney musicals' connection in documentary

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Aug 25, 2020

Howard, the new documentary on the life and career of gay lyricist Howard Ashman, encompasses the joy of creating now-classic musical animated features, and his tragic decline and death from AIDS.

Monstrous: scary but offensive

Monstrous: scary but offensive

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Aug 18, 2020

'Monstrous,' the new chiller available on DVD and on-demand August 11, is a film which claims to be a Bigfoot movie. Actually, the legendary monster makes but a few brief cameos in the film.

Home movies: late summer cinema selections

Home movies: late summer cinema selections

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 18, 2020

Dark drama, enlightening documentary and a psychedelic romp: 'The Prince/El Principe,' 'For They Know Not What They Do' and 'Holy Trinity' are reviewed.

Besties forever: Jack & Yaya's true love story

Besties forever: Jack & Yaya's true love story

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 4, 2020

Seeing as how 'Jack & Yaya' is first-time co-directors Jen Bagley and Mary Hewey's full-length documentary debut, Bagley and Hewey get more right than wrong in their rendering of this touching true story.

Remembering John Lewis: 'Good Trouble' documentary recounts a life of activism

Remembering John Lewis: 'Good Trouble' documentary recounts a life of activism

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Jul 28, 2020

The new documentary by Dawn Porter, 'John Lewis: Good Trouble,' makes no pretense of being anything but a paean to Lewis's life and activist work.

All God's children get off - 'Yes, God, Yes' reveals Catholic school kinks

All God's children get off - 'Yes, God, Yes' reveals Catholic school kinks

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 28, 2020

For her feature-length directorial debut, Karen Maine doesn't shy away from subject matter that hasn't gotten the attention it deserves. In the case of 'Yes, God, Yes,' the hot button topic (so to speak) is female masturbation.

Burning love: 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire's voluptuous affair

Burning love: 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire's voluptuous affair

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jul 21, 2020

Portrait of a Lady on Fire, just released on Blu-ray DVD, is one of the best lesbian films ever made, nominated for nine Cesar Awards. A sensual dreamy romance about forbidden love and the healing potentiality of art, it also analyzes how desire works.