San Francisco’s Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is Just Around the Corner by Kevin M. Thomas

Frameline, the world’s largest resource for LGBT media and film, is proud to announce the 35th anniversary of the internationally renowned San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. Tickets go on sale now.
This year’s legendary showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) cinema runs June 16-26, with San Francisco screenings at the landmark 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).

During the 11 day festival, tens of thousands of people from the Bay Area and all across the globe will come together to see the best of the best 200+ films from more than 30 countries including South Africa, Iran, Belgium, Algeria, and Thailand.

This year festival has its usual mix bag of offerings. In addition to a lot of foreign films, the festival is represented by films with plots ranging from musical to horror to period piece to human interest. The festival also has a good sampling of documentaries and short films.
"With You"

"With You"

A highlight among the documentaries has to be “Becoming Chaz,” dealing with the female-to-male transformation of Chasity Bono, the daughter of Sonny & Cher. Read our previous review and coverage here.

"Becoming Chaz"

"Becoming Chaz

Another documentary that will likely hit home is “With You,” the story of Mark Bingham and his mother. If you don’t recall the name, Bingham has been heralded as one of the heroes from the Sept. 11 United Flight 93 tragedy.
Short subjects also seem to be very interesting to seek out, especially with titles like “Cupcake: A Zombie Musical” and “Slut, the musical.” Another short film “I Want Your Love” looks appealing, primarily as the lead actor looks like a bear!
Narrative features also seem to aimed at varied tastes. “Leave it on the Dance Floor” has my attention just from the title and “Flight of the Cardinal” features Matthew Montgomery, an actor I’ve enjoyed from his work in previous film festivals.
"Bumblefuck"

"Bumblefuck"

One lesbian-themed movie that looks especially good is “Bumblefuck.” This tells of a young woman from Amsterdam who ends up in Iowa of all places.

From previous festivals, I liked Casper Andreas’ “Big Gay Musical” and “Slutty Summer” so I can’t wait to see if his “Going Down in La La Land” will be just as fun.
There’s a lot of indy film star power in the hilarious dark comedy “Magnus!” – most notably Jennifer Coolidge (“American Pie”, “Best in Show” and “Legally Blonde), Heather Matarazzo (“Welcome to the Doll House”)  and Leslie Jordan (“Will & Grace”).
"The Green"

"The Green"

Not all movies are musicals and comedies. “The Green” deals with homophobia in a small town and stars Julia Ormond and the very sexy Cheyenne Jackson, many know him from “Glee” and “30 Rock” but I loved him in the Broadway musical “Xanadu.”

"Night Watch"

"Night Watch"

“Night Watch” from the UK is a period piece about four Londoner’s struggle with sexuality, secrets and inner demons amidst the chaotic background of World War II.

I haven’t seen an of the films yet, but subscribe to this page/blog/column and you will get regularly updates with the films I’ve seen. These attracted me just by their titles, subject matter and/or star power. But there could be so many other gems in store and I can’t wait to tell you about them.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets for matinee screenings, (Monday-Friday, 5:00 pm and earlier), are $9 for the general public and $8 for Frameline members, while evening and weekend shows are $11 for the general public and $10 for members.
Castro Passes, good for admission to all screenings at the Castro Theatre, other than Opening Night and Closing Night, are available for $200. Weekday Matinee Passes, good for admission to all weekday matinee screenings starting at 5pm or earlier at the Castro Theatre are available for $40 for the general public and $35 for members.
For more information, visit www.frameline.org.

2 Responses to “San Francisco’s Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is Just Around the Corner by Kevin M. Thomas”

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  1. Cynthia says:

    Please review Gone: The disappearance of Aeryn Gillern

  2. erik says:

    can you review the weekend by Andrew Haigh, looks interesting .. :)