By Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev
Frameline44’s virtual teaser to its full festival not only has some wonderful narrative films, but great documentaries as well. This cinema showcase June 25-28 helps whet the appetite of fans of the longest-running LGBTQ film festival and will definite tide us over until complete festival comes back.
Of the documentaries, an interesting note will be the screening of “Ahead of the Curve.” While there aren’t advanced critic screenings of this movie about the history of Curve magazine, it will be playing at a drive-in! With social distancing still in play, there has been a resurgence in drive-in theatres. This will be a great throw-back for many of us and an intro to Millenials! While most other movies can be viewed virtually from any where in the world – you need to be in the Bay Area Saturday, June 27 to attend this screening at the Solano Drive-In in Concord, CA.
If you can or can’t make it to Concord, you can watch from home “House of Cardin.” This thorough and thoroughly entertaining movie about the roots and accomplishments of Pierre Cardin is utterly fascinating. Sure he’s an acclaimed designer and his fans will fall in love with this film. But the story about him being a self-made man is inspiring and should help the movie find a deserved audience that goes beyond his fandom and appeal to people who like stories of interesting people. This screens virtually starting June 27.
“Denise Ho: Becoming the Song” is a wonderful portrait of a Hong Kong lesbian singer who has been using her lyrics to make political statements in order to help a city in turmoil. The movie shows the power of entertainers who can not only perform, but they can use their platforms to get grassroots support behind a cause, bringing some issues to the foreground. Further, there’s some great songs to boot. Check it out June 26.
To see all of the shows and programs, go to www.frameline.org.