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Frameline New Releases
El Canto del Colibri
Marco Castro-Bojorguez , 53 minutes
Much like the seldom-heard song of the hummingbird, the voices of Latino fathers are rarely heard addressing LGBTQ issues. But in Marco Castro-Bojorquez's
El Canto del Colibri, made in participation with Somos Familia and BAYCAT, these voices are amplified in a groundbreaking documentary- the first of its kind.
Expanding Gender: Youth Out Front
Jeremy Asher Lynch, 14 minute
These four short documentaries explore the varied identities of trans and gender expansive youth and young adults.
, 101 minutes
An honest, sensitive portrait of disability and the sexual awakening of an adventurous young woman, Margarita With a Strawhas garnered praise around the world, and caused social waves in India upon release for its compassionate portrayal of taboo subjects rarely seen on screen.
Naz & Maalik
Jay Dockendorf , 86 minutes
In this riveting dramatic tale, gay teens Naz and Maalik are friends, classmates, business partners and lovers. As the two closeted Muslim teens go about their regular daily routine on a Friday afternoon in Brooklyn they arouse the suspicions of an undercover FBI agent who begins to track them
Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson
Michelle Boyaner , 78 minutes
Like a fast-paced detective story, Packed In a Trunk celebrates the life of Edith Lake Wilkinson, a gifted and prolific lesbian artist who, in 1924, was committed to an asylum. All of Edith's worldly possessions were packed into trunks and she was never heard from again (objections had been raised at the time about Edith's close and constant contact with her longtime companion Fannie).
The Royal Road
Jenni Olsen , 65 minutes
A cinematic essay in defense of remembering,
The Royal Road offers up a primer on Junipero Serra's Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women, butch identity and Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo all against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban California landscapes, and featuring a voice-over cameo by Tony Kushner.
The Girl King
Mika Kaurismaki , 102 minutes
This lush English-language period drama recounts the life of Sweden's Queen Kristina, an enigmatic, flamboyant, and unpredictable woman centuries ahead of her time who ascended the throne at age six, was raised as a prince, and strived to bring peace and education to her country while pursuing an illicit romance with her female royal attendant.
Women He's Undressed
Gilliam Armstrong , 99 minutes
The extraordinary Hollywood story of Australia's Orry-Kelly, the designer whose costumes created some of the most magical moments in cinema history. Orry-Kelly was a Hollywood legend, his costume designs adored by cinema's greatest leading ladies - but in his home country of Australia his achievements remained unknown.
Clare Beavan and Nic Stacey 82 min UK 2011
British mathematician Alan Turing was inarguably one of the most influential gay figures of all time, and he finally receives the well-deserved feature-length spotlight in Clare Beavan and Nic Stacey's Codebreaker, a hybrid drama-documentary nominated for the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.
Stefan Haupt 102 min Switzerland 2014
Part love story, part thriller, and all astonishingly true, The Circle weaves a gorgeous 1950s period drama around a documentary to reveal the story of Zurich's groundbreaking gay magazine Der Kreis and its network of readers, friends, and lovers, who formed one of the first modern homophile societies.
Sandrine Orabona and Mark Herzog 84 min USA 2014
As a decorated U.S. Navy SEAL, Christopher Beck experienced some of the most intense combat known to anyone. Yet Christopher's journey to become Kristin Beck, an openly transgender veteran fighting for the rights of all transgender people, has proven to be the greatest battle of her life.
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson 74 min USA 2014
Kumu Hina is a powerful film about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values within the westernized society of modern day Hawaii. It is told through the lens of an extraordinary Native Hawaiian woman who is both a proud and confident mahu, or transgender person, and an honored and respected kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader.
Fun in Boys Shorts
Various directors 82 min Norway, Spain, USA 2014
Every June, a packed house fills the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco for a raucous showcase of the finest in short gay men's films. Frameline, host to the oldest and largest LGBT film festival, now brings the festival to you. The misadventures of the gay experience come to life in this variety of award-winning shorts, from awkward threesomes to dubious dating etiquette to the trials and tribulations of shopping excursions. Settle into your finest boxers and enjoy brief films with Frameline Presents: Fun in Boys Shorts.
I Am Divine
Jeffrey Schwarz 86 min USA 2014
I Am Divine is the story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, from his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to an internationally recognized drag superstar through his collaboration with filmmaker John Waters. Spitting in the face of the status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality, and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine was the ultimate outsider turned underground royalty. I Am Divine is a definitive biographical portrait that charts the legendary icon's emotional complexities and rise to infamy.
Reaching for the Moon
Bruno Barreto 118 min USA 2013
Winner of the Audience Award at Frameline37: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, this sumptuous period piece recounts the mid-life years of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop. So Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy) sets sail for Rio de Janeiro and a life-changing relationship with the wealthy architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Pampered by the extravagant Lota, Elizabeth writes, wins awards, and is feted by Rio society.
The Infamous T
Melissa Koch 30 min USA 2013
Homeless, bullied, and failing out of high school, 18-year-old Jonathon is ready for a big change. After enduring a lifetime of homelessness and unstable housing with his loving mother and brothers, Jonathon wants to make the transition to a new house and family and all the promise that idea seems to hold.
INSIGHTS: Queer Youth Defining Our Future
This collection includes short films representing a range of LGBT youth experiences - from authentic self-expression to classmate crushes to films that delve into the dangers of bullying.
A Self-Made Man
Lori Petchers 56 min USA 2013
At a crucial turning point in his life, Tony Ferriaolo's inner voice said, "Create yourself." This credo once saved his life and now serves as a guiding principle as he educates gender non-conforming youth, as well as their parents. Lori Petchers' moving A Self-Made Man interweaves the poignant story of Ferraiolo's personal transition with his life work as a transgender youth advocate.
Grant LaHood 68 min New Zealand 2012
For every two thousand births easily defined, one intersex baby is born into a life fraught with challenges. In this binary-gendered world, having ambiguous genitalia or something other than XX-female or XY-male chromosomes brings immense social pressure. Intersex activist Mani Bruce Mitchell seeks out his/her peers to find community, healing, and a wider view of intersex life: "It doesn't suck to be intersex; it sucks to be persecuted."
The Paper Mirror
Charissa King-O'Brien 34 min USA 2013
Charissa King's short documentary captures a pivotal collaboration between two influential artists, Alison Bechdel and Riva Lehrer, as Lehrer completes a compelling portrait of Bechdel, yielding a highly satisfying work of psychological insight.
Melissa Osborne 24 min USA 2013
An African-American teenager grapples with his sexual identity on the night Barack Obama is elected President and Proposition 8, the California voter initiative to eliminate same-sex, is passed.
Mississippi: I Am
Katherine Linton & Harriet Hirshorn 46 min USA 2012
Mississippi: I Am examines the relatively new battle on the part of primarily young LGBT people to bring LGBT civil rights and visibility out in the open and beyond division in the rural south.