2013 New Releases
Frameline New Releases
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 Divineâ 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.
Love Free or Die
Macky Alston 82 min USA 2012
Director Macky Alston (Questioning Faith) and producer Sandra Itkoff (The Killer Within) bring to life the riveting story of Gene Robinson and the Episcopal Church at a crossroads. As the first openly gay and partnered Episcopal bishop, Robinson leads the fight for LGBT justice as the Church threatens to split over the controversy. Shall they bless same-sex unions and consecrate more partnered LGBT bishops? Or hew closer to scripture and welcome only LGBT celibates?
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 changeÂ. 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,Âfrom 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.