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Armen Ra is a pioneering musician
Armen Ra is a pioneering musician
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The SF Indie Film Festival kicks off next week some GLBT titles worth looking into.

Honest Liar: The Amazing Randi Story” tells of a man who long before David Cooperfield and Criss Angel, there was James Randi doing magic, escapism and other trickery. What makes this better, or more relatable than learning about “how he does it,” is the story of Randi’s coming out at age 81. This pays on June 7 at the Oakland School of the Arts and June 15 and 17 at San Francisco’s Roxie (which also screens all other movies listed here).

Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger” gets one screening June 14 and in a mere 70 minutes covers a lot of ground on the icon becoming a “trans auntie” to several generations of gender rebels and touching ipon her own struggles with health and mortality.

We Always Lie to Strangers” plays June 6 and 10 and tells of four performing arts families from Branson, MO…In case you don’t know, Branson is one of the top tourist attractions for shows and cabarets in the U.S. and this small area of middle America has long turned its eye on diversity but perhaps grows more accepting as the economy begins to turn.

When My Sorrow Died” screens June 14 and 18 and is a wonderful mix of rare concert performances, candidate interviews and archival material of Armen Ra, who used music to help him escape from despair among New York 1980s drag queen by mastering the Theremin, the first electronic musical instrument invented.

For a complete listing of movies, many great ones don’t have GLBT themes, go to www.sfindie.com.

The festival runs June 5-19, 2014.