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FRAMELINE38: SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL LGBT FILM FESTIVAL - June 19-29

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Frameline, the world’s largest LGBT media arts nonprofit organization, iwill present Frameline38: the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. This year’s internationally renowned showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer cinema runs June 19-29, with San Francisco screenings at the historic Castro Theatre, Roxie Theater, and the Victoria Theatre, and in Berkeley at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood.

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With an expected attendance of 65,000, the 11 days of Frameline38 will bring together film lovers, media artists, and LGBTQ communities from the Bay Area and all across the globe to behold the best in queer cinema from nearly 800 film submissions. More than 30 countries will be represented, including Germany, Venezuela, Slovenia, Mexico, Finland, France, and a spotlight on LGBT films in today’s Russia.

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, 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 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 twenty, 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.

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.

EXPECTED GUESTS:

Al Nisa: Black Muslim Women in Atlanta’s Gay Mecca – Director Red Summer

Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy -- Director Andrea James, Subject/Performer Alec Mapa, Subject Jamison Hebert

Anita’s Last Cha Cha – Director Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, Guests Veronica Jessica Verder Columna, Angel Aquino, Jay Borek

Appropriate Behavior -- Actor/Director Desiree Akhavan, Producer Cecilia Frugiuele

Back on Board: Greg Louganis -- Subject Greg Louganis, Director Cheryl Furjanic, Producer Will Sweeney

Bad Hair – Distributors Sandro Fiorin and Alex Garcia

Blackbird -- Actor/Producer Mo’Nique, Director Patrik-Ian Polk, Actor Julian Walker, Producers Keith Brown and Carol Ann Shine

Black is Blue -- Director Cheryl Dunye, Actor Kingston Faraday

Born to Fly -- Director Catherine Gund, Subjects Elizabeth Streb and Laura Flanders

Boulevard -- Actor Roberto Aguire, Director Dito Montiel, Screenwriter Douglas Soesbe, Editor Jake Pushinsky

Boys Don't Cry -- Director Kimberly Peirce

Broken Gardenias -- Director Kai Alexander, Producer/Screenwriter Alma S. Grey

Broken Heart Land -- Directors Jeremy Stulberg, Randy Stulberg, Producer Eric Juhola

Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda – Director Michael Lucas, Panelist Julie Dorf

Change Makers: In Conversation with Women Filmmakers — Panelists Rose Troche, Guinevere Turner, Kimberly Peirce, and Desiree Akhavan

Coming Out in the 1970s – Director Phil Siegel

Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank -- Directors Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler, Subjects Barney Frank and Jim Ready

Crazy Bitches -- Director Jane Clark, Actors Guinevere Turner, Cathy DeBuono, Mary Wells, Trey McCurley, Blake Berris, Samantha Colburn, Andy Gala, Nayo Wallace, and Liz McGeever

Drunktown’s Finest -- Director Sydney Freeland

Dyke Central -- Director Florencia Manovil, Cinematographer Kristina Willemse

Eat With Me -- Director David Au, Producer Joyce Liu-Countryman, Actress Sharon Omi, Actor Teddy Chen Culver, Actor Ken Narasaki

Eye Candy – Subject Jason Mecier
Facing Fear -- Director Jason Cohen

First Clue -- Director Susan Sullivan

First Period -- Actor Brandon Alexander III, Producer/Actor Dudley Beene, Actor Karli Kaiser

Five Dances -- Director Alan Brown, Editor Jarrah Gurrie

Folsom Forever – Director Mike Skiff , Producer Tony McEwing

From Crowdfunding to Social Media to Distribution: Leveraging Emerging Digital Platforms and Technologies — Panelists Jenni Olson, Dean Hamer, Allie Esslinger, and Max Silverman

Go Fish -- Director Rose Troche, Actor/Co-writer Guinevere Turner

Happy Toilet -- Director Lark Buckingham

Heklina -- Director Brian Favorite, Subject Heklina

Helicopter Mom -- Director Salome Breziner, Actor Jason Dolley, Actor Lisa Loeb, Producer Stephen Israel, Performer Christopher Unck, Producer J.M.R. Luna, Producer Derek Tran, Producer George Voskericyan

Home From the Gym -- Director Bob Hawk

Kidnapped for Christ -- Director Kate Logan

Kumu Hina -- Directors Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson, Producer Connie Florez, Cinematographer Cindy Iodice, Subject Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Editor Nels Bangerter

Ladies and Gentlemen: Phatima Rude -- Director Paul King

Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story -- Subject Kristin Beck, Co-directors Sandrine Orabona and Mark Herzog

Lats Yerk -- Director Siobhan Aluvalot

Letter to Anita – Director Andrea Meyerson, Producer Kelly Watson, Subject Ronni Sanlo, Cinematographer/Editor Adriana Torres

Lilting -- Director Hong Khaou

Limited Partnership -- Director Thomas G. Miller, Cinematographer S. Leo Chiang, Subjects Tony Sullivan, Lavi Soloway, Clela Rorex

Miss Finknagle Succumbs to Chaos -- Director Amy Harrison

Open Up to Me -- Director Simo Halinen

Out in East Berlin -- Distributor Nancy Fishman

Out in the Line-Up: Uncovering the Taboo of Homosexuality in Surfing – Producer Don Reddin, Subjects Cori Schumacher and Keala Kennelly, Interviewees Barney Frank, Jim Ready

Out in the Night -- Director Blair Doroshwalther, Producer Giovanna Chesler, Subjects Patreese Johnson, Terrain Dandridge

Past (Im)Perfect: Filming Queer History — Panelists Stefan Haupt, Dawn Logsdon, Nancy Kates, and Don Perry

Puppy Love -- Director Aron Kantor

Prinsesa -- Director Drew Stephens

Regarding Susan Sontag -- Director Nancy Kates, Cinematographer Sophie Constantinou

Songs for Alexis – Subject Ryan Cassata

Stand – Director Jonathan Taieb, Actors Andrey Kurganov and Renat Shuteev, Producers Kalin Linsberg and Marcos Rodriguez, Editor Anthony Robin

The Case Against 8 -- Directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White, Subjects Kris Perry & Sandy Stier and Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, Subject Rob Reiner, Producer/Cinematographer Rebekah Fergusson

The Circle -- Director Stefan Haupt

The Foxy Merkins -- Director Madeleine Olnek, Actor Lisa Haas

The Last One -- Director Nadine Licostie

The Way He Looks -- Director Daniel Ribeiro

Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People -- Producer Don Perry

To Be Takei -- Subjects George Takei, Brad Takei and Lorenzo Thione, Director Jennifer Kroot, Editor/Co-Director Bill Weber, Producers Gerry Kim and Eric Smith

Together – Director Gary Fembot

Tru Love -- Directors Kate Johnston and Shauna MacDonald

Truth About Love and Panic -- Director Angie Powers

Veteran Documentary Corps: Zoë Dunning – Subject Zoe Dunning, Director Silvia Turchin

Violette Leduc: In Pursuit of Love -- Director Esther Hoffenberg

What It Was – Director Daniel Armando, Actors Arlene Chico-Lugo and Deirdre Herlihy, Producer Dane Joseph, Composer Sean Balas, Cinematographer/Editor Ryan Balas

Box Office hours are 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm daily. Tickets are also available 24 hours daily online (frameline.org/festival) and via fax (415-861-1404).
For more information, visit frameline.

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