“Folsom Forever” Finds Its Way Home to Frameline Film Festival by Kevin M. Thomas


“Folsom Forever,” the documentary chronicling the history of the world’s largest street fair, makes its way home and will screen June 22 as part of the 38th annual Frameline Film Festival.

Mice 1The film offers more depth and history than one would expect of a film that deals with kink, bondage and fetish interests within the gay community.

After having blown away the Progressive Pulse team when the film showed in New York, we sat down with director Mike Skiff who was in town promoting his upcoming screening.

We talk to Skiff about some of the influences the Folsom Street Fair has had on helping to  rebuild the South of Market business community,  after AIDS scares from the 1980s,  to the support it gets from San Francisco as a whole. He also tells us about the charitable organizations that benefit from the movie and how much money the Fair has raised over the years.

Skiff also points out how the Fair, which draws over 400,000 participants,  and lookey-lo’s alike, has been embraced by other major cities nationally and internationally, putting on their own version of Folsom Street Fair.

We at Progressive Pulse will keep you posted on the film’s future beyond Frameline38 – will “Folsom” be forever available?  For more information on film, visit www.FolsomForever.com