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Frameline Announces Complete 2014 Lineup For World's Largest LGBT Film Festival

By Jamie Gates | /Bent May 19, 2014 at 4:23PM

Frameline, the world's largest LGBT media arts nonprofit organization, has announced the lineup for the 38th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.
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"Appropriate Behavior"
"Appropriate Behavior"

Frameline, the world's largest LGBT media arts nonprofit organization, has announced the lineup for the 38th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. This year's festival runs June 19-29, with San Francisco screenings at the historic Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street), Roxie Theater (3117 16th Street) and the Victoria Theatre (2961 16th Street), and in Berkeley at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood (2966 College Avenue).

With an expected attendance of 65,000, the 11 days of Frameline the best in queer cinema to San Francisco from nearly 800 film submissions. 

Programming highlights below care of the festival. Congrats to all the filmmakers! 

OPENING NIGHT

THE CASE AGAINST 8 / dirs Ben Cotner and Ryan White / USA

HBO presents an all-access look at the first Supreme Court case on marriage equality. Shot over five years and featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, the film follows the plaintiffs and the unlikely dream team of attorneys, Ted Olson and David Boies, as they challenge California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage.

After the film, the Frameline38 Opening Night Gala will be held at Terra Gallery (511 Harrison Street at First Street), where Festival attendees will enjoy the best in local cuisine, luscious libations, and scrumptious desserts from gala partners.

CLOSING NIGHT

I FEEL LIKE DISCO / dir Axel Ranisch / Germany

A hilarious and glittering yet tender portrait of awkward adolescence and parenthood. Flori is a pudgy teen who loves disco and struggles with his sexuality. And his overbearing dad just doesn't get him at all. When Flori's mom is suddenly gone, father and son must reconcile their relationship in this stellar fantasy-fueled coming-of-age dramatic comedy. Temple Nightclub (540 Street between First and Second Streets) will play host to the Festival's dazzling Closing Night Gala, where Frameline announces the Frameline38 AT&T Audience Award winners and the Frameline38 Wells Fargo First Feature Award winner.

CENTERPIECE NARRATIVE

LILTING / dir Hong Khaou / UK

Exploring matters of lost love, memory, and cultural barriers with sensitivity and emotional truth, LILTING tells the story of a Chinese mother and her son's British lover attempting to move on after the death of their beloved.

CENTERPIECE DOCUMENTARY and FRAMELINE AWARD

TO BE TAKEI / dir Jennifer M. Kroot and editor/co-dir Bill Weber / USA

Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei journeyed from a World War II Japanese American internment camp to the helm of the Starship Enterprise, and then to the daily news feeds of seven million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband, Brad as they travel around the U.S. on a playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.

The 2014 Frameline Award will honor activist and actor George Takei for his wide-ranging and pioneering contributions to the representation of LGBTQ figures in media.

FRAMELINE COMPLETION FUND RECIPIENTS

The Festival presents six films finished with assistance from the Frameline Completion Fund. Since 1990, Frameline has awarded more than $400,000 in completion funding to 125 film projects by and about the LGBTQ community. The following Frameline38 films were completed with assistance from the Completion Fund:

APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR / dir Desiree Akhavan / USA

In this dry comedy, a semi-closeted bisexual Persian American tries to live up to her family's ideals and traditions while going through a breakup, navigating Brooklyn's dating scene with both men and women, and figuring out what to do with the rest of her life.

BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS / dir Cheryl Furjanic / USA

This touching documentary catches up with Olympic diving legend Greg Louganis in 2011, when he is far from the public eye and struggling to pay the mortgage. Can a comeback as a USA Diving team mentor help preserve his legacy?

KUMU HINA / dirs Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson / USA

This powerful film documents the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture within the westernizing society of modern day Hawai'i. It is told through the lens of Hina Wong-Kalu, an extraordinary Native Hawaiian woman who is both a proud mahu, or transgender person, and a respected kumu, or teacher.

OUT IN THE NIGHT / dir Blair Doroshwalther / USA

OUT IN THE NIGHT is a riveting documentary exploring the notorious case of The New Jersey 4, African American women branded by tabloids as a "Gang of Killer Lesbians!" after an altercation with an aggressive male "admirer" whose advances they rebuffed.

TO BE TAKEI / dir Jennifer M. Kroot and editor/co-dir Bill Weber / USA

Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei journeyed from a World War II Japanese American internment camp to the helm of the Starship Enterprise, and then to the daily news feeds of seven million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband, Brad as they travel around the U.S. on a playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.

STICKS AND STONES / dir Silas Howard / USA

Notorious transsexual chanteuse, Bambi Lake, takes us on a stroll down pre-AIDS 1970s Polk Street, where Lake once worked as a street hustler and later as a performer in the burgeoning San Francisco ‘80s punk scene.

NEW STORYTELLING IN LGBT CINEMA

Frameline38 will also host a special series of film screenings and free panel discussions entitled New Storytelling in LGBT Cinema, an exploration into the future of queer film, covering topics of new cinematic approaches to gay history and biography, digital distribution, and the growth and support of queer women filmmakers. The three panels in the series are:

Past (Im)perfect: Filming Queer History

Secret lives, hidden communities, and suppressed imagery have made telling queer history on film a challenging task. This panel brings together passionate and accomplished filmmakers who have been dedicated to enlivening the queer past. The discussion will address proven and emerging cinematic approaches to LGBTQ history and biography, including hybrid documentary forms and creative narrative and visual strategies.

From Crowdfunding to Social Media to Distribution: Leveraging Emerging Digital Platforms and Technologies

Whether talking about the first dollar raised or the last seat filled during a "theatrical run," the trajectory of an independent film looks quite different now than it did 20, ten, or even five years ago. Digitization has knocked down the barriers between filmmakers and audiences, and the effect can be seen from crowdfunding to the festival circuit to distribution. Frameline's panel will contextualize the new model within the history of queer film and look to the future path being forged. Join Frameline for this exploration of the role of emerging technologies and how they impact filmmakers, audiences, and industry professionals.

Change Makers: In Conversation with Women Filmmakers

2014 marks both the 20th anniversary of the seminal New Queer Cinema classic GO FISH and the 15th anniversary of the trailblazing transmasculine biopic BOYS DON'T CRY. Both were bold and critically acclaimed feature film debuts by gifted storytellers and innovative female filmmakers. Frameline is proud to gather a dynamic group of established artists and emerging new talent to discuss how the contributions of women filmmakers have impacted and changed queer cinema and storytelling. The conversation will also highlight the trajectory over the past two decades of dynamic growth and development in new LGBTQ feature films that are being helmed by queer women filmmakers.

New Storytelling in LGBT Cinema is proudly supported by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

SPOTLIGHT: LGBT FILMS IN TODAY'S RUSSIA

Against the backdrop of widespread intolerance and a 2013 federal law banning so-called "gay propaganda," the quality of LGBT life in Russia has deteriorated disturbingly over the past year. Even so, queer-themed Russian cinema is still being made, albeit under increasingly risky conditions. Frameline38 presents four eye-opening programs featuring recent queer filmmaking from Russia: the dramas STAND and WINTER JOURNEY; a program of short films including PUSSY VS. PUTIN, about the activist band Pussy Riot; and the documentary CAMPAIGN OF HATE: RUSSIA AND GAY PROPAGANDA, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Michael Lucas and journalist Masha Gessen.

Other highly anticipated screenings at Frameline38 include Jason Cohen's Oscar®-nominated short documentary FACING FEAR, Nancy Kates' REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG, Simo Halinen's OPEN UP TO ME, Patrik-Ian Polk's BLACKBIRD, Eytan Fox's CUPCAKES, Bruce LaBruce's GERONTOPHILIA, Sheila Canavan & Michael Chandler's COMPARED TO WHAT: THE IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY OF BARNEY FRANK, and Eduardo Roy, Jr.'s QUICK CHANGE.

For a complete lineup, click here.