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Frameline features, part II: queer cinema's maturity, complexity

Frameline features, part II: queer cinema's maturity, complexity

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Sep 15, 2020

Having watched Frameline44's new roster of narrative features, what becomes increasingly evident is that queer cinema is maturing by bravely dealing with often taboo topics in inventive ways, creating thoughtful, even provocative movie-going experiences.

Shorts attention span: Frameline44 short films in comedy, romance, documentary and animation

Shorts attention span: Frameline44 short films in comedy, romance, documentary and animation

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Sep 14, 2020

Short film programs have long been a popular favorite with Frameline patrons. They not only bring succinct stories to the screen, but also give fledgling filmmakers a first look at their talents.

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.

Drive right in: Frameline, Fort Mason, Drive-in movie options

Drive right in: Frameline, Fort Mason, Drive-in movie options

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Sep 4, 2020

Fort Mason just announced a drive-in movie plan for its parking lot. Frameline's fab opening night world premiere of D'Arcy drollinger's sexploitation satire, Sh*t and Champagne, is a perfect selection for the Concord Solano Drive-In.

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.

'The Boys in the Band' new film adaptation sets Sept. release

'The Boys in the Band' new film adaptation sets Sept. release

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 25, 2020

Ryan Murphy's film adaptation of the star-filled 2018 Broadway revival of Mart Crowley's historic play, The Boys in the Band, will be released online September 30.

Movie stars in bondage: 'Hollywood Bound's all tied up

Movie stars in bondage: 'Hollywood Bound's all tied up

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Aug 25, 2020

'Hollywood Bound,' a coffee table book published by Reel Art Press, isn't about starstruck kids heading to Tinseltown in search of stardom. Rather, it's a picture book featuring black and white photos of movie stars either tied up or in chains.

OutFest 2020: Films online bring diversity to your screen

OutFest 2020: Films online bring diversity to your screen

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 21, 2020

The annual Los Angeles OutFest LGBT film festival screens a diverse array of narrative, documentary and short films, all online, through August 30.