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Celebrating 25 years of commitment to the LGBT community

Helping to create safe schools, inclusive workplaces, and financial success The LGBT community has come a long way in the last 25 years, and Wells Fargo has been right there. Our commitment goes back to 1987, when we added sexual orientation to our non-discrimination policy. Since then, we’ve contributed to LGBT organizations, lent our support to anti-bullying efforts, and continued to foster a culture of equality in the workplace. Then, in 2011, Wells Fargo Advisors was the first in the industry to have Financial Advisors earn the Accredited Domestic Partnership Advisor℠ designation. We are only as successful as the communities we serve. Here’s to the next quarter-century.

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Welcome to Frameline36


Frameline Award: B. Ruby Rich

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Showcase Programs

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Special Programs

Sponsors About Frameline Opening Night Film & Gala:Vito


Centerpiece: Call Me Kuchu


Centerpiece: Keep the Lights On


Closing Night Film & Party: Cloudburst


Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of New Queer Cinema



US Features World Cinema

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Ticket Info

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Join Frameline

Documentaries Shorts Pull Out: Schedule at a Glance

New Queer Cinema Retrospective



Ticket Order Form Festival Venues Festival Info Frameline’s Earth-Friendly Initiatives

Volunteers Frameline Board, Staff, Members & Donors, Acknowledgments Film & Program Index




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take action. AT&T is proud to once again be the Grand Sponsor of Frameline36, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. Celebrating the most outstanding stories of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in film.


The Academy congratulates the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival on 36 years of celebrating motion pictures.

WELCOME On behalf of all of us at Frameline, we welcome you to the 36th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival! Our tagline for this year’s 11-day event is: Find Your Story. This is a direct action statement inviting you to look through the 104 programs containing 217 films from 30 countries, so that you can find your story in our 36th edition of the best and most artistically innovative LGBT cinema from all across the globe.


Frameline36 offers you a celebratory space for all our stories. In 2012, we’ve seen a clear theme of activism reflected in many of this year’s documentaries. With this in mind, the Festival is proud to open with the long-awaited documentary Vito by Jeffrey Schwarz chronicling the extraordinary life of tireless activist and film scholar, Vito Russo, best known for his celebrated book The Celluloid Closet that changed LGBT cinema forever.

Both our Centerpiece Films this year won the 2012 Teddy Awards in Berlin for Best Documentary and Best Feature. Call Me Kuchu is our Centerpiece Documentary about the LGBT human rights struggle in Uganda. And Ira Sachs’s Keep The Lights On, our Centerpiece Narrative, is one of the most honest and moving films queer cinema has ever seen. For Closing Night, we’re thrilled to be premiering Cloudburst starring Academy Award-winners Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck) and Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot) as an elder lesbian couple who break out of a nursing home and run for the border to get married. Frameline36 contains complex and touching coming-of-age stories like Belgian director Bavo Defurne’s must see North Sea Texas. We’re also thrilled to bring you a moving transgender narrative feature from Iran, Negar Azarbeyjani’s Facing Mirrors. Plus, we’re proud to screen two gorgeous lesbian narratives from Scandinavia this year with Alexandra-Therese Keining’s Kiss Me from Sweden and Ole Giæver’s The Mountain from Norway. And if you’re looking for side-splitting comedies, don’t miss Jonathan Lisecki’s uproarious Gayby, based on the short film that was a huge hit at Frameline34. Or be sure to catch Carmen Maura in Mikael Buch’s Let My People Go! Frameline36 also will be screening many of the newest and best LGBT hits from all over the world including Mosquita y Mari, My Best Day, Stud Life and Me@ The Zoo. Other highlights include new documentaries on Audre Lourde, Somerset Maugham, Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson, Charlotte Bunch, Jobriath, and many others. And we’ll have hundreds of glorious shorts showing in 19 programs throughout the Festival! Lastly, this year is the 20th anniversary since critic and author B. Ruby Rich identified the trend of New Queer Cinema. To commemorate this anniversary, Frameline is presenting a retrospective on four highlights of 1990s New Queer Cinema films. We are honored to present B. Ruby Rich with this year’s Frameline Award. We thank you for all your support of Frameline; and with all of this to enjoy, we look forward to seeing you at the Castro, Roxie, Victoria and Elmwood Theatres—and we hope that you will Find Your Story! See you at the movies,

K.C. Price Executive Director

Desiree Buford Director of Exhibition & Programming

Frances Wallace Director of Strategic Partnerships & Programmer



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FRAMELINE’S MISSION is to strengthen the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and further its visibility by supporting and promoting a broad array of cultural representations and artistic expression in film, video and other media arts. EXHIB ITIO N Founded in 1977, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world. As a community event with an annual attendance of 57,000, the Festival is the most prominent and well-attended LGBT arts program in the Bay Area. Frameline also presents year-round exhibitions, including Frameline at The Center, a free film series highlighting diverse, socially relevant works. Year-round programs also include members-only sneak previews and special events, as well as special screenings and events featuring directors, actors and other queer media icons.

D ISTR IBU TIO N Established in 1981, Frameline Distribution is the only nonprofit distributor that solely caters to LGBTQ film. Frameline’s collection has more than 300 award winning films and we have partnerships with universities, public libraries, film festivals, and community groups. In 2008, Frameline Distribution launched Youth In Motion, a program that provides free LGBT-themed films and curriculum resources to California Gay-Straight Alliances. In 2011, we launched Frameline Voices, a new effort to showcase diverse LGBTQ stories online with an emphasis on films by and about people of color, transgender people, youth, and elders. The content featured on Frameline Voices is free and you can now enjoy the best of our distribution collection anytime on your computer, Smartphone, TV, or other device.

FILMMAK ER SU PPO RT Since 1990, more than 100 films and videos have been completed with assistance from the Frameline Film & Video Completion Fund. Awards are presented annually and provide much-needed support to filmmakers for their final editing and lab work. Once completed, these films often go on to receive international exposure. Submissions include documentary, educational, narrative, animation, and experimental projects about LGBT people and their communities. Frameline also supports filmmakers and the LGBT community through the Frameline Generations Filmmaker Workshop, which brings youth and elders together to write, shoot and edit their own films to tell their own stories.



The support of our Frameline Members helps to champion the Festival and all of our year-round programs. By joining the most respected LGBT arts organization in the nation, you help to deliver thought-provoking films documenting LGBT lives and supporting LGBT filmmakers—and our members enjoy exciting benefits, too! See page 114 for more information about Frameline Membership or go online:







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The HBO Documentary Film VITO will premiere at Frameline36 Opening Night June 14 at the Castro Theatre with the Director and Special Guests

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DIR Jeffrey Schwarz 2011 USA 93 min



We could think of no better way to begin this year’s Festival than with a film about one of the most influential people in the history of LGBT cinema: Vito Russo. For our 36th Opening Night, Frameline proudly presents Jeffrey Schwarz’s magnificent new documentary about the inexhaustible LGBT activist and film author. New York-born Russo was in his early twenties when he witnessed firsthand the community response to Stonewall. Throughout his life, Russo had no qualms about confronting others and fighting for Thursday June 14, 7:00 pm • Castro justice by organizing rallies; founding groups such as ACT UP; and giving celebrated speeches infused Film & Gala: $75 members, $90 general • VITO14C Film Only: $30 members, $35 general • VITO14C with conviction and charisma. Always an avid movie lover, Russo took his passion for film and mined Gala Only: $45 members, $60 general • GALA14C through archives all over the world. He then started lecturing on Hollywood’s fear of homosexuality as expressed through tragic, self-loathing LGBT characters that are found throughout the early history of cinema. Russo created a renowned lecture and film clip presentation that he took to sold out audiences in colleges and theatres— including the Castro and Roxie— all across the country. What resulted next was his groundbreaking book The Celluloid Closet, which would change queer cinema forever. This moving documentary highlights Russo’s connections to San Francisco and the Bay Area where he spent many of his later years. Here he met his partner Jeffrey Sevcik, taught at Santa Cruz, consulted for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and even helped program some of Frameline’s earlier Festivals. In 1986, Russo was the first recipient of the annual Frameline Award. Vito gorgeously chronicles this incomparable activist’s work, influence and ideas, which brought about changes we should never take for granted. Join us and many special guests for what promises to be a memorable evening. This film is a Frameline Completion Fund recipient.

GA LA After Vito, join us for our shimmering Opening Night Gala at Temple Nightclub (540 Howard Street between 1st & 2nd Sts) where the global LGBT film community will come together to kick off eleven days of outstanding films inside this architectural gem. Tempt your taste PROUDLY SPONSORED BY buds with culinary delights, cocktails and effervescent beverages from our Gala Partners. Mix, mingle, dance and flirt your way through two floors full of film lovers as we kick off our 36th Frameline Festival!


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Call Me Kuchu DIR Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall 2012 USA 87 min

Homophobia is rampant across the African continent. But in Uganda it has been taken to a new— and perilous— extreme. Here, homosexuality is not only considered sinful; it is illegal. From Kampala to the remote villages, gay people — or kuchus, as gay people are known — are at risk of being beaten, harassed and even stoned to death. And a new Anti-Homosexuality Bill has been introduced in Parliament which would take the law several steps further, imposing a death sentence for HIV-positive gay men and a three-year prison sentence for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual— even your own child. Meanwhile, the governTuesday June 19, 7:00 pm • Castro ment, the media, church leaders and American evangelicals are actively fueling the $12 members, $15 general • CALL19C fire of intolerance and hatred throughout the greater population. The editor of one local tabloid is mercilessly outing gays on its front pages, encouraging violent PROUDLY SPONSORED reprisals such as hanging. BY Yet amidst all the venom and homophobic fervor, veteran activist David Kato is undeterred in his fight for the rights of the LGBT community. The first openly gay man in Uganda, Kato boldly dares to protest publicly — in the courts, on television, at the United Nations— despite the great personal danger it poses to him and his small band of fellow kuchu activists. Yet no one truly expects the tragedy to come, when Kato is suddenly and brutally murdered. A traumatizing loss for the kuchu community, his death resonates throughout the world and becomes a lightning rod for gay activism and LGBT rights in Africa. A Teddy Award winner at this year’s Berlinale, Call Me Kuchu is a remarkable portrait of one man’s courage and conviction and the inspiring final testimony of a true David fighting a vociferous Goliath. — JOANNE PARSONT

This film is a Frameline Completion Fund recipient.




Keep the Lights On DIR Ira Sachs 2012 USA 102 min

Ira Sachs’s ambitious and intense depiction of the fraught relationship between a literary lawyer with substance abuse issues and a documentary filmmaker is one of the most honest and moving films in years. When they hook up in 1990s New York City via a phone sex line, Eric is attempting to make a film about underground figure Avery Willard while Paul is a closeted professional who smokes crack casually. Their initial encounter evolves into something more serious; unfortunately, so does Paul’s drug habit. Taking the couple through nine years involving rehab, infidelity and break-ups, Keep the Lights On is deeply personal, drawn from Sachs’s own experiences. Through this autobiographical prism, the film refracts powerfully to convey a larger and Wednesday June 20, 6:30 pm • Castro revelatory lesson about the secrets people keep. After Paul heads to counseling, Eric’s best $12 members, $15 general • KEEP20C friend wonders why she was told nothing about the problem and he confesses, “I’ve been hiding crucial events in my life since I was 13.” This film’s remarkable frankness is a potent PROUDLY SPONSORED rejoinder to this statement, a plea to all marginalized communities to speak up and tell their BY stories no matter how painful. Daring in its depiction of gay sexuality, powerfully acted by Danish Thure Lindhardt (Brotherhood, Frameline33, and Flame and Citron) as Eric and Zachary Booth as Paul, the film benefits also from the melancholy folk-disco soundtrack featuring Arthur Russell and Thimios Bakatakis’s luminous cinematography. Regarding the latter, notice particularly how light shines on Eric at different moments and in different ways— illumination may be out of reach for him, indeed for many of us as we grope our way through life, but it’s definitely, and defiantly, within the grasp of Mr. Sachs’s brave and inspiring film. — ROD ARMSTRONG





DIR Thom Fitzgerald 2011 Canada 94 min

As if watching Academy Award-winning Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck) hysterically wield a vibrator isn’t enough reason to see this film, Cloudburst is one of the most funny, romantic and moving films around. Stella (Dukakis) and Dot, played by Brenda Fricker, (Oscar winner, My Left Foot) have been together for over thirty years, which is impressive for any couple— gay or straight. Stella is a drinking, swearing, cowboy hat-wearing, truck-driving spitfire with a ribald sense of humor, a fast temper, and a knack for offending even the most patient of people. Dot, previously married with children, is blind and serene with a soft Irish brogue, and knows Stella like the back of her hand. When Dot’s meddling granddaughter (who is the only one in town who doesn’t quite catch on that Stella is not merely Dot’s “best friend”) puts Dot in a senior facility and demands that Stella move out of their home, Stella dons a disguise, breaks her true love out, and they run for the border to legally get married. Along the way, they pick up a young pseudo-hustler named Prentice who is hitchhiking to Nova Scotia to deal with his troubled home life. As they share past troubles— and create new ones— the three of them form an unlikely kind of kinship and redefine “road trip.” Cloudburst manages to be tender without being cloying, and delivers an important message without being preachy. The wit and easy banter of these two old broads only scratches the surface of a deep and long-standing relationship that is skillfully conveyed on screen. — ANGELIQUE SMITH

Sunday June 24, 7:30 pm



PA RTY Temple Nightclub (540 Howard Street between 1st & 2nd Sts) will play host to our dazzling Closing Night Party honoring 36 years of Frameline Festivals. Enjoy delicious bites, signature cocktails and sophisticated wines amongst unique antiquities from Southeast Asia. Be there as we announce our Frameline36 AT&T Audience Award Winners and send our visitors off in style.

Film & Party: $50 members, $60 general • CLOU24C Film Only: $30 members, $35 general • CLOU24C


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Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of New Queer Cinema LGBT film history tracks with virtually the entirety of film history itself, offering myriad visions of queer life, imagination and sensibility. Rarely, however, has any tributary within this history fused real-life struggles with artistic innovation as urgently and memorably as in the case of “New Queer Cinema.” Now a concept 20-yearsold — the term was coined in 1992 by B. Ruby Rich — it is still a watchword in discussions of LGBT media. The distinction might merely be thought of as an ingenious act of branding, if the case were not so compelling that it identified something worth naming, experiencing and remembering. NARRATIVE FEATURES The early 1990s can seem many decades away, when one remembers the noxious debates surrounding gays in the U.S. military, battles waged by activist groups over anti-gay violence and HIV/AIDS policy, and the naked fact that AIDS itself remained a little-mentioned fact of life in national public discourse. By contrast, the sudden, disruptive appearance of an array of defiant independent features, still seems shockingly modern. Proclaiming queer identity with rage, humor and style, these works confronted well-intended films about acceptance, identity, coming out and civil rights with a suggestion that another conversation had better begin, and quickly. As stated by the loose-cannon character “Luke” in Gregg Araki’s The Living End, “Don’t you get it? We’re not like them.”

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* All Over Me * Head On * The Living End * Watermelon Woman This program was made possible in part by a grant from

This suggestion, that queer culture would never sail safely into the harbor of hetero-normativity, nor should seek to, was a momentous shock to the system. Tempering her argument, Rich pointed out that such a hot, hip trend as New Queer Cinema was not immune to breakdowns, brought by hierarchies and contradictions within the community. Still, the world was not immune to New Queer Cinema, and its influence has been felt regularly and powerfully, both in the United States and abroad. To celebrate this 20th Anniversary, Frameline36 will present a retrospective of four highlights of 1990s-era New Queer Cinema, including the remixed and remastered version of Araki’s The Living End, Cheryl Dunye’s seminal The Watermelon Woman, Alex Sichel’s moving All Over Me and Ana Kokkinos’ bracing Head On. Twenty years since its first sighting, New Queer Cinema, as both repository of images and impulse to create, remains a beacon to the global queer imagination. —SHANNON KELLEY







B. Ruby Rich When she introduced the term “New Queer Cinema” to LGBT film culture some twenty years ago, renowned critic and scholar, B. Ruby Rich was simply acting in the line of duty; reporting on what was timely and significant in moving image culture, and in queer culture. PHOTO: Sheila McLaughlin Happily, this time the news was good: queer audiences faced the promise of a cinema that might finally do justice to the complexity of LGBT lives, and—as a bonus—one that the mainstream film establishment could little afford, nor in fact manage, to ignore. That we are still talking about “New Queer Cinema” in its twentieth year, in a culture so (ironically) fixated on the “new,” is a testament to Rich’s insight.

For years an essential contributor to American and international film discourse, Rich has fashioned a unique role within film culture. Currently a Professor in the Film and Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she is also a fixture within the worlds that she documents. Her body of work combines the rapt enthusiasm of the most ardent fan with the discerning eye of the critic, and the long view of the historian. The incisiveness of her writing and speaking on these topics (not to mention its accessibility) bespeaks a palpable urgency, without compromising a sense of excitement for the possibility, and importance, of having fun at the movies. More than this, Rich situates films not only as artifacts, but as human exchanges within specific social contexts and historical moments. Her attentiveness to the way films play out within culture is best symbolized by her presence at film festivals; moderating panel discussions, posting reports about emerging talents and trends, and helping to foster an experience of film as something shared. Not incidentally, she has pointed out the powerful place that LGBT film festivals have come to assume in queer lives, not as mere backdrops but as new generators of community. Illuminating film history, the American independent scene, world cinema trends, and situating queer film within these contexts, Rich has made a salutary and indispensable contribution to a community’s sense of its own achievements and challenges; holding our feet to the fire while directing our eyes to the screen. We are the richer for it. —SHANNON KELLEY




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Bye Bye Blondie DIR Virginie Despentes 2011 France 87 min in French with English subtitles

Can you revive a teenage romance? At first Gloria (Béatrice Dalle, Betty Blue) is icy when Frances (Emmanuelle Béart, 8 Women, Manon of the Spring), the girl who broke her 16-year-old heart, shows up out of the blue. But the chemistry between them hasn’t changed, and the resurrected affair heats up quickly. Flashback to the ’80s: punk-rocker Gloria (played as a teenager by French rockstar Soko) is committed to the loony-bin by her conservative parents. There, she finds fellow-patient Frances, who is impressed when Gloria attacks a nurse for turning off her music. When Frances reports that patients aren’t supposed to have sex with each other, rule-breaking Gloria has all the incentive she needs. What follows is a punk-rock summer of love, until Gloria loses Frances to upward mobility. Now forty, Frances has made it. She’s a famous talk show host, married to a well-known writer, with girls on the side. Gloria, on the other hand, is as unabashedly punk as ever, couch surfing and raising hell. “Are you proud of being on TV?” she sneers at Frances, who retorts, “Are you proud of being on welfare?” When these starcrossed lovers decide to try again, everyone predicts disaster. Will they make it work, this time around? French film icons Béart and Dalle heat up the screen, backed by a soundtrack that will have you gelling your hair into a mohawk (look for Lydia Lunch’s cameo). Writer/director Virginie Despentes (whose first feature was the controversial Baise-Moi) can be depended on for fast-paced stories of girls being bad, and she doesn’t disappoint, right up to the immensely satisfying conclusion.

Saturday June 16, 9:30 pm $10 members, $11 general

Wednesday June 20, 7:00 pm $10 members, $11 general










Facing Mirrors Aynehaye Rooberoo Monday June 18, 6:30 pm $10 members, $11 general




Tuesday June 19, 9:30 pm $10 members, $11 general



DIR Negar Azarbayjani 2011 Iran 102 min in Farsi with English subtitles

Iranian female director Negar Azarbayjani’s first feature is also the first Iranian narrative film with a transgender protagonist. Adineh, or “Eddie” as she calls herself, is waiting impatiently for her passport to be processed so that she can get female-to-male sex-reassignment surgery in Germany. The reason she won’t get an operation in Iran (where sex reassignment is surprisingly accessible despite the fundamentalist government’s policies against homosexuality) is that her wealthy and humiliated father is just as impatient to marry her off to a male cousin. Having slipped from his clutches and needing to lay low while waiting for her passport, Eddie is on the verge of being assaulted by goons when Eddie flags down a passing car. It’s actually a clandestine taxi driven by Rana, a conservative young wife whose husband is in prison and can’t provide for the family. Although a woman driving a cab is taboo in her social class, she can’t resist when Eddie offers her triple fare to get her to her hideout. But when Eddie tries to explain that she’s “trans,” Rana panics and drives into the path of a bus. This remarkable film is anchored by a magnetic, heartbreaking performance by Shayesteh Irani as Eddie, who also played the butchest of the forbidden female soccer fans in the banned director Jafar Panahi’s Offside. What at first seems like an implausible friendship between Rana and Eddie achieves rare sympathy and solidarity through their mutual oppression, cutting through their class and ethical differences. — FRAKO LODEN




Gayby DIR Jonathan Lisecki 2012 USA 89 min

What happens when a straight girl and her best gay male friend’s biological clocks both kick into overdrive, but there’s no romantic partner on the horizon for either of them? Jenn, self described “hag since birth” and her gay BFF Matt find themselves in their thirties, single and dealing with a frustrating dating scene in New York City. Jenn’s career teaching hot yoga is ready to blossom like a lotus flower while Matt’s comic book store serves as the meeting ground for the superhero set. Remembering a pact they made in college, they decide to jumpstart adulthood by having a child together. Distrustful of doctors and fertility treatments, they agree to approach things “the old fashioned way.” Matt’s desperate attempts to get over his ex-boyfriend, Jenn’s herbally enhanced sex drive, and their own awkward attempts to conceive lead to some of the most hilarious sex scenes since Bridesmaids. Faced with the challenges of creating their family, Jenn and Matt resort to the help of their newly turned bear friend, Nelson and his dead cat. But gay or straight, those embarking on the journey to parenthood are in for a few surprises. Based on the award-winning short by the same name (Frameline34), director Jonathan Lisecki brings his unique brand of irreverent humor to offer a delightfully contemporary twist on the romantic comedy. In Lisecki’s own words “Come for the sex, stay for the laughs. That’s how most of my relationships have gone, now that I think of it.”

Saturday June 16, 7:00 pm $10 members, $11 general





This film is a Frameline Completion Fund recipient.




Kiss Me Kyss Mig Friday June 15, 6:45 pm $10 members, $11 general





DIR Alexandra-Therese Keining 2011 Sweden 105 min in Swedish with English subtitles

Mia is anxious about going to her father’s birthday/engagement party for numerous reasons: her relationship with him is strained due to her parents’ divorce, she will be meeting her future stepmother and stepsister for the first time, and she also has to share the news that she’s engaged to her live-in boyfriend. Once in the presence of her father, and in observing how different he is with his fiancée, Elisabeth (played by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Lena Endre), Mia finds herself more closed off than ever and resentful like a petulant child...especially when her father leaves her stranded on an island with her new “family.” Stuck and wanting to be polite, Mia is forced to spend time with Frida, Elisabeth’s daughter. Light and easygoing, Frida can’t help but tease cold and uptight Mia to get her out of her shell. This very quickly ends up also getting Mia out of her clothes after a chemistry-filled moment in the forest and a magical midnight swim. As the two women begin a heavy and passionate love affair (which moves incredibly fast, even by lesbian standards), they must both figure out how this surprising turn of events will fit into their current lives and their new family dynamic. Do they bravely take a chance on love at the risk of turning the lives of everyone around them upside down? Or are long buried secrets easier to ignore? — ANGELIQUE SMITH




Love Free or Die DIR Macky Alston 2012 USA 83 min

Director Macky Alston (Questioning Faith, Frameline26) and producer Sandra Itkoff (The Killer Within) bring to life the riveting story of Gene Robinson and the Episcopal Church at a crossroads. As the first openly gay and partnered Episcopal bishop, Robinson leads the fight for LGBT justice as the Church threatens to split over the controversy. Shall they bless same-sex unions and consecrate more partnered LGBT bishops? Or hew closer to scripture and welcome only LGBT celibates? In 2003, Gene Robinson was ordained a bishop in fiercely independent New Hampshire. He wore bulletproof gear under his vestments. This humble family man is recast as a spiritual warrior, strengthened by the holy love he shares with his partner Mark, who has helped raise his daughters. This daily love and unwavering faith bolster him and his allies to undo the harm their church has done. At the 2008 international gathering of the Anglican Communion and Episcopal Church, Robinson is banned from officially participating or even speaking casually with his fellow bishops. He instead meets with other exiles in a London HIV support organization and preaches at a sympathetic church; but even there, he is confronted by a shouting fundamentalist. Meanwhile, the Communion is advised to neither consecrate any more LGBT bishops nor bless any more same-sex relationships. After some Episcopal Church leaders split to join more conservative Christian orders, Love Free or Die builds to a gloriously moving crescendo at the 2009 General Convention. Will love triumph over fear to spur this hallowed institution to grow with the times?

Sunday June 17, 4:30 pm $8 members, $9 general








My Brother the Devil DIR Sally El Hosaini 2012 United Kingdom 111 min

Friday June 15, 4:00 pm $8 members, $9 general





Mo is a young boy growing up in a traditional Egyptian household, but beyond the front door of the family’s modest London flat is a completely different world— the streets of Hackney. He is a lonely, sensitive boy whose hunger for the rant and banter of buddies makes him prone to tread dangerous territories. The impressionable Mo idolizes his handsome older brother Rashid and wants to follow in his footsteps. However, Rashid, a charismatic and shrewd member of a local gang, wants a different life for his little brother as Rashid deals drugs hoping to put Mo through college. Aching to be seen as a tough guy himself, Mo takes a job that unlocks a fateful turn of events and forces the brothers to confront their inner demons. It turns out that hate is easy. It is love and understanding that take real courage. Then one eventful summer, Rashid forces Mo to confront his own fears and phobias, which threatens to tear the brothers apart. Written and directed by Sally El Hosaini in her feature film debut, My Brother The Devil stars newcomer Fady Elsayed as Mo, James Floyd as his older brother Rashid, and Saïd Taghmaoui as Sayyid. El Hosaini proves herself a bold and brilliant new directorial talent with this gorgeous and masterful debut. Rich in beauty, humility, and authenticity, My Brother the Devil is an urban tale that burns with vision and passion— a gem bound to find a place of distinction.



North Sea Texas Noordzee Texas DIR Bavo Defurne 2011 Belgium 96 min in Dutch with English subtitles

In this charming, sexy coming-of-age story set along the Belgian coastline in the early 1970s, Pim is a boy unafraid of his predilection for dressing up in women’s clothes, putting on makeup or pining for the handsome, older boy who lives next door. His mom Yvette is a blowsy woman who spends more time in the pub than she does with her son, so she is somewhat oblivious to his burgeoning sexuality. Pim gets more attention from the neighbors where single mom Marcella feeds him, daughter Sabrina fawns over him, and son Gino isn’t averse to being fondled by him. Adolescence is never easy; however, and Pim’s clandestine relationship is complicated by Gino’s new girlfriend and the arrival of a sexy boarder named Zoltan to Yvette’s household. Effortlessly mingling these supporting characters and their stories with the trajectory of Pim’s journey toward self-acceptance, North Sea Texas delights with its presentation of a bold central character pursuing his desires headlong. Frank without being prurient, well acted by a cast of relative newcomers and told with a precise sense of the days and hours of its young protagonist, this debut feature by the director of several well-known, gay-themed shorts will remind many of the emotional maelstrom of growing up.

Friday June 15, 9:30 pm $10 members, $11 general








Stud Life DIR Campbell X 2012 UK 80 min

Sunday June 17, 7:00 pm $10 members, $11 general




Monday June 18, 9:30 pm $10 members, $11 general



JJ, a black lesbian stud with mad swagger and stone butch tendencies, and her best friend Seb, a cute white twink with a penchant for brightly colored nail polish, do everything together. Seb assists JJ when she’s photographing gay and straight weddings, they club together, get high together, and they live together...usually harmoniously, even when JJ catches Seb masturbating in their flat’s kitchen. When JJ meets a beautiful femme named Elle at the local pub, Seb warns her that the seductress is trouble, to no avail: JJ is determined to have her, whether she’s seeing someone else or not. As JJ becomes more and more enamored with Elle, they begin a tumultuous, boundary-pushing relationship. Meanwhile, Seb is busy lusting after his online conquests and thwarting the advances of a flamboyant drug dealer; their once solid friendship begins to waver. But it turns out that Elle has something to hide that JJ can’t wrap her mind around, and Seb’s manly cyber crush isn’t all that he seems. As urban London’s homophobia affects both of their lives in different ways, JJ and Seb must lean on each other and both are forced to reevaluate their own stereotypes and beliefs on love and life. — ANGELIQUE SMITH



Elliot Loves


DIR Terracino

DIR Joshua

2011 USA 92 min

Finding love in the big city is never easy. But it’s always entertaining in this bouncy romantic comedy from first time feature director Terracino. Elliot is an earnest twenty-one-year-old Dominican-American looking for love in all the wrong places. Bubbling with wistful enthusiasm, Elliot attacks each day in search of Mr. Right, despite consistently frustrating results. Scenes of this tragiccomedy include missed love connections, combined with flashbacks to Elliot’s childhood where he bonds with his young mother, a wide-eyed dreamer who fantasizes about winning The Price is Right and pulls her son out of school to watch soap operas. Amidst a chaotic upbringing, including a colorful assortment of talkative relatives, young Elliot exhibits wisdom beyond his years. The juxtaposition of Elliot’s past and present paints a sweet, complex character study of a young gay man trying to find love and meaning in the big city. Terracino boasts a distinctive, fresh filmmaking style that demands attention. Each scene explodes with the energy of an artist in full bloom as he masterfully combines a hip slice of modern day romance with colorful family dynamics. Wild visual nuances, surprising fantasy interludes and a nontraditional approach to just about every aspect of filmmaking make this a must see for connoisseurs of brave new cinema. — BRENDAN PETERSON

Monday June 18, 7:00 pm $10 members, $11 general




An adaptation of Pulitzer prize finalist Christopher Shinn’s first play of the same name, Four is both an emotional and urgent glimpse into the lives of four troubled and fascinating individuals, as well as a mirror on the very American experience of life in the suburbs, where devastating dialogues of romance and loneliness routinely play out in the most mundane of spaces. As the world around them celebrates the 4th of July with fireworks and festivity, a closeted married man, his young daughter, a gay teen and a minor drug dealer haltingly negotiate one-night affairs that will allow them a temporary respite from their own stifling lives. Between the sex and the small talk, moments of unexpected intimacy and tenderness emerge, and the specter of a real connection proves more intoxicating than any momentary physical pleasure. Filmmaker, author and artist Joshua Sanchez (Kill or Be Killed, Frameline28) upends typical expectations of race and gender, reading Shinn’s drama with an intensity that invariably invites comparison to the early films of Neil Labute for its candor, carnality, and explicit focus on the mechanics of longing. Alongside a cast of hot, young indie standouts including Emory Cohen (Debra Messing’s son on Smash), character actor Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Treme) gives a nuanced, powerful performance that echoes the film’s own unlikely intermix of hope and despair. — JACKSON SCARLETT



Wednesday June 20, 9:30 pm $10 members, $11 general

Sanchez 2012 USA 75 min



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Sassy Pants

I Do

DIR Kyle

DIR Coley


Henry 2012 USA 80 min

Bathroom sexcapades, porn store shenanigans and complex human-canine relationships are just some of the adventures in Kyle Henry's engaging feature anthology, Fourplay, executive produced by Jim McKay and R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe. One, Skokie: Gail, a closeted lesbian is hot for Marcy. When Marcy and her husband (Methodist pastor, Roger) go away for the weekend, Gail dog-sits for the couple and sleeps in their bed. The dog’s behavior swings from irritating to extremely affectionate as Gail slips in and out of sleep, having intense sex-dreams. Two, Austin: Lily and her boyfriend Kai are grappling with the desire to have a baby. Lily’s sister and sick baby are staying in their apartment, preventing that from happening. On a hot night, Lily, now wearing mirrored glasses, leads Kai into the backroom arcade maze at “Adult News.” Three, Tampa: this segment, which screened at Sundance, is not for the faint of heart. If you can appreciate a slapstick tearoom sex farce that manages to be cinematically smart, sassy and hilarious beyond imagination; this is for you. Louis, a gay man plagued with self-doubt has a bite at the food court and steps into a surreal iconoclastic scene in a public restroom. Four, San Francisco: Aliya, a transvestite prostitute is driven across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin at Christmastime for a unique assignment with a bed-ridden man, (arranged by the man’s wife), which climaxes in an unexpected level of tenderness and beauty.

Sohn 2012 USA 87 min

USA 97 min

The screening of GIRLTRASH has been canceled; Sassy Pants is screening in its timeslot. Coley Sohn’s first feature film Sassy Pants demonstrates that she is a director to start paying attention to. This is the poignant tale of Bethany Pruitt (Ashley Rickards) who is valedictorian of her one-student, home school class! Stuck with younger brother Shayne under their oppressive mother’s (Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad) thumb, Bethany’s only escape is reading a teen fashion ’zine courtesy of her absentee gay dad. Bethany reluctantly succumbs to her mom’s post-graduation mandate to get an accounting degree from an online university, but when she sneaks out with neighbor Hector, who she has an eye for, Mom freaks out. Finally broken, Bethany catches the first Greyhound to her dad’s. Life at dad Dale’s (Diedrich Bader, The Drew Carey Show) mobile home is no picnic either. She forms a strong bond with her father’s fun-loving, much younger boyfriend, Chip (hilariously played by Haley Joel Osmont, The Sixth Sense). But Dad’s outbursts weigh heavily on Bethany, so she finds solace and independence by selling clothes at a trendy retail chain called Jail Bait, amongst cutthroat co-workers. When Bethany learns about the Fashion Art Technology Institute in San Francisco, she sees a chance to finally break free and forge her own brighter future. How Bethany gets there will surely redefine her and her quirky family. With an astutely cast ensemble— capped off by chain-smoking Jenny O’Hara as grandma — the film’s core is a wonderful story of what is passed down through three generations of self-reliant, remarkable women.

Family is everything to Jack and on the night of his brother’s death he’s emotionally broken. Seven years later he devotes his life to taking care of his sister-inlaw Mya (indie actress Alicia Witt) and niece Tara, the only family he has left. But when his worker’s visa is denied and deportation to his native England seems imminent, Jack is forced to do what any gay man would be tempted to — marry his bestie Ali (JamieLynn Sigler of The Sopranos fame) to get his green card and stay in New York with his family. After a quick cookie-cutter wedding and moving Ali into his place, things seem to be right back on track. Jack returns to focusing his attentions on his brother’s family, until he meets Mano, a sexy Spaniard (Maurice Compte) who fills the void of the love interest Jack hadn’t allowed himself to enjoy before. As Jack’s attentions lean increasingly toward Mano, his world begins to shift. Ali, feeling ignored and growing resentful of their marriage, files for divorce before Jack has gotten his green card. As Jack searches for a new wife, the situation becomes complicated when Mano must return to Spain for a family crisis. If Jack leaves the United States before he has his green card, he won’t be allowed reentry, but if he stays he risks losing the love of his life. Director Glenn Gaylord (writer of Leave It on the Floor, Frameline35) helms this beautiful ensemble family drama and multi-talented screenwriter/actor David W. Ross shines as Jack who must listen to his heart and decide how he wants to live his life.

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Friday June 15, 7:00 pm • Victoria

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I Want Your Love DIR Travis

Mathews 2012 USA 71 min

Expanded to feature length from an award-winning 2010 short film of the same name (Frameline35), I Want Your Love tells the story of Jesse, a scruffy, thirty-ish performance artist living in San Francisco. After a decade surviving hand-to-mouth in the gay mecca, he is forced to move back to bland but affordable Ohio, a bittersweet decision made via much unfinished soul-searching. Faced with fears of an uncertain future and career, Jesse shows ambivalence about the going-away party being thrown by his BFF/roommate, who has his own issues to sort out with a passive-aggressive boyfriend who’s moving into the apartment. A visit from Jesse’s “comfort food” ex only adds to the overall angst quotient. Writer-director Travis Mathews (creator of the gay video web series In Their Room) is a refreshing new talent. If you took the raw, unsimulated sex of Shortbus and the naked, unflinching honesty of Weekend, then tailored it to the Butt generation, you’d have something akin to the charmingly low-key yet in-your-face I Want Your Love. To call this hairy indie animal “sexually explicit” is to sell the film short. Yes, a lot is on camera, but there’s an emotional maturity to the story and naturalistic performances that subverts and transcends your run-of-the-mill adult film flick. The sex scenes are explicit, erotic, sloppy, funny, awkward, spontaneous and relatable— just like real life. — CHRIS KEECH

This program contains sexually explicit material.

Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean

Love or Whatever

DIR Matthew Mishory

Anal-retentive Corey has his life going exactly to plan, with a bustling career as a therapist and a hot boyfriend, Jon. But when young Jon learns of Corey’s plans for “the future” he leaves him for a woman, sending Corey on a downward spiral. As the pieces of Corey’s life fall out of his control, he leans on his quirky lesbian sister, Kelsey, for guidance on his journey of self-discovery and search for true love. After a series of comically discouraging first dates, including a schizophrenic puppeteer, Corey is on the verge of giving up. Making matters worse, Corey discovers that one of his patients is the woman he got dumped for! Fortunately Kelsey is there to teach him the mantra of twenty-first century gay “dating,” Grindr. It’s not long before the man he’s lusting after, Pete, pops up on the screen, and with only one-hundred feet between them Corey gets his grind on. But just as Corey is learning to put his spreadsheets away and live his life, he’s thrown off course when Jon wants him back. Torn between the comfort of the familiar and the man of his dreams, Corey has to decide if he’ll fight for love or settle for whatever. Filled with great lines, hot guys and a plot most of us can far too easily relate to, Love or Whatever is an entertaining and delightful comedy.

USA 2012 94 min

Grab your Wayfarers and hop in a fifties vintage car for a road trip to Joshua Tree, 1951 in this sumptuously filmed, neo-noir portrait of James Dean just before he finds fame. Breathtaking views of the arid landscape and lush gardens at poolside cocktail parties create a dreamy atmosphere that lure the viewer in, as writer/director Matthew Mishory’s story blends biographical and re-imagined parts of James Dean’s life. James Preston, cast as Dean, bears a stunning and strikingly handsome resemblance to the outsider icon. The film seeks to redefine Dean for a new generation, by examining his complicated sexuality and his formative relationships. Dean’s roommate and fellow struggling actor (Dan Glenn) is along for the ride from their Santa Monica apartment to the desert. The roommate is a quiet source of refuge as well as a passport to a world of cultural refinement. Accompanying them is femme fatale, Violet (Dalilah Rain), a would-be starlet who struggles to survive within the postwar Hollywood machine. Complex love triangles develop and twist, sometimes with tearful innocence, sometimes with tense consequences. The film cuts back and forth in time, from the pool to the desert, from intimacy to isolation. The binaries set up in the storytelling parallel those in Dean’s life — he is childlike and jaded; sensitive, yet brutal; and a Rimbaud-reading-intellectual as well as an Indiana-born tough guy. It reveals a remarkably beautiful portrayal of this man who was incredibly focused on refashioning himself as the great American actor.

DIR Rosser Goodman

USA 2012 84 min



Sunday June 17, 9:30 pm • Castro

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Mosquita y Mari

My Best Day

DIR Michael

DIR Aurora

DIR Erin

Akers 2011 USA 91 min

Morgan Oliver (Leo Minaya) has returned to his New York City apartment after five months of grueling surgeries and therapy from a bicycle racing accident, which has left him a paraplegic. Facing his once active life without the use of his legs, Morgan resumes his daily rituals as he did before the accident. A chance meeting at a local basketball court introduces Morgan to Dean Kagen (Jack Kesy), a sensitive and awkward young man who inspires Morgan to try and rebuild his life as they embark on a relationship together. With Dean’s support, Morgan decides to reenter the same race where he so recklessly took a risk and lost the use of his legs. His obsessive training causes Morgan to ignore responsibilities and commitment to family, friends and finding a job. Morgan’s mother, his closest friend, even his doctor, wrestle with his blind defiance. After Morgan collapses from the physical strain, Dean pleads for Morgan to drop from the race, to no avail. Alone once more, Morgan takes a final risk: can he summon the strength and courage to pull his way back? Filmmaker Michael Akers crafts a compassionate story of turning limitations into a lesson of acceptance and courage. — MARCUS WONACOTT

Guerrero 2011 USA 85 min in English & Spanish with English subtitles

There’s nothing like a “bad girl” to make both your heart race and your grades drop! For shy and responsible Yolanda, the intrigue around the tough, possiblefuture-drop-out Mari starts out innocently enough. When Yolanda bears witness to Mari almost getting caught smoking weed in the bathroom, they are forced to lean on each other to avoid getting in trouble. A straight-A student with dreams of college, Yolanda offers to tutor the feisty and hot troublemaker. As she and Mari study and share their intimate thoughts in an abandoned auto body shop, their feelings inevitably get deeper, furtive glances grow longer, and Yolanda starts to come into her own. But, gossip travels fast in the neighborhood. When Yolanda’s strict parents are called to the school, they begin to pay more attention to the local busybodies and take notice of their daughter’s more recent, out-of-character activities, like the purple streaks in her hair. On the other hand, Mari — of whom not much is expected — revels in newfound pride in her studies, but finds it hard to balance schoolwork and family responsibilities. Aurora Guerrero’s debut feature takes a tender look at what it’s like to discover yourself and fall in love for the first time. Both girls fluctuate between teenage immaturity and a wiseness that comes with navigating economic hardship and parental expectations. The realism with which the two girls deal with blossoming, and what can be confusing, feelings is what makes Mosquita y Mari so sweet and genuine.

Greenwell 2012 USA 75 min

At Hank’s Refrigeration on the 4th of July, cute receptionist Karen unexpectedly gets a call from what could be her long-lost father. She hasn’t seen him or her sister since her parents divorced, so with her dykey friend Megan (Ashlie Atkinson aka “Muffler” from Another Gay Movie) in tow, she rides out on a motorcycle to his trailer park hoping for an all-American family reunion. Instead she finds her sister with a wicked gambling problem, her dad’s closeted downand-out live-in boyfriend, and a pre-teen stepbrother who rolls around in his wrestling outfit while not out romancing the town vegetarian. Writer/director Erin Greenwell (Mom, Frameline 31) takes us on an unexpected journey of mishaps, fireworks, and poignant realizations alongside an ensemble of outsiders in her latest feature that had its world premiere at Sundance 2012. Nailing the deadpan dialogue of its quirky small town inhabitants (Napoleon Dynamite could be their neighbor), My Best Day is a funny and reflective romp— the kind of sweet indie film that makes you want to put your arm out the car window, feel the sticky summer breeze, and hope for a day that just might be your best. — NATALIE MULFORD


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Wednesday June 20, 9:30 pm • Castro

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Naked As We Came

A Perfect Ending


DIR Richard

DIR Nicole


LeMay 2011 USA 84 min

A lifetime of dysfunction bubbles to the serene surface of this mesmerizing family drama from director Richard LeMay. After an unsettling phone call, Laura and her brother Elliot rush to their family’s gorgeous country estate. Once there, they discover their estranged mother is dying and living with a strapping young groundskeeper, Ted. Together in the house for the first time in years, the small family launches into intense conversations about past mistakes and forgotten promises as they debate plans for the future. Despite the material riches surrounding them, the wound-up relatives must deal with an unspoken family darkness anchored by a decades old scandal. And when Elliot turns to Ted for emotional and physical support, he discovers that this stranger might have ulterior motivations. Meanwhile Laura and her mother lock into a battle of wills that represents years of parallel control issues. This focused and absorbing exploration of complex relationships rises above simple melodrama thanks to believable dialogue, stellar performances and a beautifully photographed tranquil setting filled with the wonders of nature. Filmmaker Richard LeMay creates a quiet but forceful portrayal of one family’s struggle to connect as he raises questions about lost love, lifetime regrets and the meaning of following your passion.

Christian 2011 USA 104 min

She’s elegant, wealthy and proper — an upstanding wife and mother with three grown children, a swanky estate and an awful husband. And she’s never had an orgasm. Determined to solve the problem, Rebecca’s lesbian friends set her up with an exceptionally talented high-class call girl named Paris— and the lives of both Rebecca and Paris are changed forever. Filled to the brink with aching desire, the sexual chemistry is off the charts between ’90s TV icon Barbara Niven as the beautiful blond client and out lesbian actress Jessica Clark as the smokin’ hot hooker who truly does have a heart of gold. This opposites-attract, edge-of-your-seat lesbian romance is a glossy, sexy and fun romantic drama guaranteed to earn a fresh array of fans for veteran writer/director Nicole Conn whose Elena Undone steamed up the screen at Frameline34. Grappling with a veritable soap opera of family drama at home, Rebecca escapes into the oasis of her encounters with Paris. Meanwhile, outside of her lucrative sex-worker day-job, Paris is a struggling artist with troubles of her own. Featuring a bold, beautiful, unleashed performance by Niven and a star turn from drop dead gorgeous Clark (yes, the British South Asian beauty is also a fashion model), A Perfect Ending also boasts the fabulous Morgan Fairchild as the presiding madam of ill-repute and the talented John Heard as Rebecca’s husband, plus a great turn by prolific daytime star Rebecca Staab and a cameo from celesbian actress/therapist Cathy DeBuono.

Meek, neurotic blogger Charlie Petunia is supposed to be celibate, but he’s in love with a man who lives in the apartment downstairs. His family isn’t faring much better: newly married brother Michael (Eddie Kaye Thomas) frets over his indifferent wife Vivian (Thora Birch) who is pregnant with somebody’s baby but secretly sleeping with Michael and Charlie’s other brother, Adrian, a sex addict who spends his days immortalizing on canvas the private parts of women he has known. Meanwhile, his deeply withdrawn psychoanalyst parents Felicia (Christine Lahti) and Percy (David Rasche) are struggling through a bout of empty nest syndrome and coping with marital problems of their own particular sort. As if not to be outdone, unwitting Charlie, the family mediator, promptly falls for Vivian’s cousin, the very attractive George (Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie). After Charlie’s sexual sobriety flies out the window, his temporary sanity soon follows when George’s healthnut spouse returns from vacation, and they all become embroiled in a three-way relationship where nobody seems to get what they want. Stepping out from the small-town environs of his previous features, director Ash Christian (Mangus!, Frameline35; Fat Girls, Frameline30) delivers a lovely New York City story about a New York City family. Petunia is a comedy at heart, but it’s also a film about the desire and denial that rules our lives, and the tricky way it has of righting itself— whether we like it or not.

Sunday June 24, 4:30 pm • Castro

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Sunday June 17, 1:30 pm • Castro

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Conn 2012 USA 114 min








Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads

The Wise Kids

DIR Michael

Messages are quiet and deep in Stephen Cone’s brilliantly sweet coming-of-age drama about being gay and Southern Baptist in middle-class Charleston, South Carolina. Best friends Brea, Tim and Laura are getting ready for college — Tim has plans for film school at NYU; and Brea, the preacher’s daughter, wonders where school will take her as she grapples with serious questions of her faith. Laura, the most enthusiastically Christian of the group, wants to attend a Christ-centered college, and this starts to drive a wedge between the friends. They might know their life is cloistered and that there’s more out there in the world than Easter pageants and Sunday services. But this is a gorgeously realized, complex story where the safeties of home and hearth are not so stifling that they rebel — these kids are quietly grateful for their lives and their parents. As Tim grapples with his homosexuality and coming out, his close friends and relatives react in different ways. There is no grand explosive moment or any easy “bad guys” in the film. Refreshingly, characters change with subtlety and are tenderly portrayed in various shades of grey. So reverent as to change minds in religious communities and so sincere as to appeal to questioning teens, The Wise Kids wants to do right by its characters and its premise. At its heart, the film examines the confusing and wondrous space between high school and college, youth and adulthood— when questions far surpass answers.

DIR Stephen

Schiralli 2011 USA 83 min

The outrageously outrageous Varla Jean Merman is at it again in this epically campy mockumentary screen adaptation of her hit musical. The story unfolds from the perspective of a community college film crew documenting Varla’s quest for stardom by developing her own children’s television show. Tired of performing in dive bars, Varla sets out to recruit high caliber talent to help her reach her dreams. Hilarity ensues when our desperate diva sets out to wrangle her creative team, bringing in director and former child star Donna Drake (Broadway’s A Chorus Line) and composer/accompanist Seth Rudetsky (Sirius XM Broadway Host) under false pretenses. Convincing Varla that she needs co-stars, the gang holds local talent auditions. Enter the Mushroomhead sidekicks: a bitter local theater actor and a former child pageant coach banned from the circuit. Varla is all giggles as things seem to be moving forward, but when Seth bails ship a new accompanist must be found. Fortunately Varla’s familiarity with New Orleans’ bath houses and dive bars lead them to a former porn star turned born again Christian piano man. Squatting in an empty house for rehearsals, Varla must learn to work with others before it all falls part. PRECEDED BY:

The Divine Decadence of Cheesecake DIR

Peter Savieri 2012 Australia 13 min

Ash is sent a highly erotic piece of Golden Girls fanfiction. As he’s drawn into their hilariously lusty world, his masculine and feminine sides split, gorgeously! — KYLIE MINONO

Cone 2011 USA 91min


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Arisan! The Sequel DIR Nia Dinata 2011 Indonesia 113 min in Bahasa Indonesia with English subtitles

Navigating life in your thirties can be hard; when you’re nearly forty it can seem downright impossible. After eight years, Sakti, Meimei and Andien have expanded their close social circle, adding new friends and old lovers. Lita and her son Talu, Sakti’s ex Nino, the plastic surgeon Dr. Joy and Nino’s new boyfriend are among the multitude joining the three friends in their day-to-day lives in Indonesia. Director Nia Dinata returns to some of the subjects of her breakthrough film Arisan! (Frameline28), touching on homosexuality in Indonesia, secrets between friends and the titular arisan, or social gathering. Her narrative swings between the socialite scene of Jakarta and isolated outlying areas in Java, capturing the breathtaking landscape of Indonesia along the way. Andien lives the life of a socialite widow, throwing parties and getting botox from Dr. Joy. Sakti nurses the hurt he has after breaking up with Nino, the filmmaker he fell for eight years earlier, spending time with his older married lover. Meimei hides a dark secret, keeping her lymphoma diagnosis from her closest friends while visiting a healer outside the city. Meimei leaves the city once and for all, choosing spiritual healing over chemotherapy and prompting her friends to follow her. They find her on the beach far outside Jakarta. The expanded group must cut through the shallow trappings of the rich set to find themselves, proving that while older does not necessarily mean wiser, it is possible to grow up at any age. — MORDECAI STAYTON

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Beauty Skoonheid DIR Oliver Hermanus

2011 South Africa/France 99 min in English and Afrikaans with English subtitles

“It’s important to know yourself,” states Francois, the troubled and controversial protagonist of the provocative South African feature Beauty, yet so extreme is this middle-aged married man’s self-denial that he is tragically unable to heed his own words of wisdom. A razor-sharp portrait of repression and its terrible consequences, writer-director Oliver Hermanus’s hightension tale teases out many possible meanings behind its open-ended title, suggesting both a celebration of surface perfection and a state of inner bliss, neither of which is attainable without self-acceptance. Successful businessman Francois (Deon Lotz, master of the slow burn), an Afrikaner minority in his rapidly changing country, is introduced as a devoted husband and proud papa presiding over his daughter’s nuptials, yet he’s focused more on wedding guest Christian (studly model Charlie Keegan), the college-grad son of an old friend. His obsession with the cocksure young man intensifies—spying on Christian sunbathing and drunk-dialing him while on a bender at a hellish gay bar, all leading up to a shocking act of violence. Hermanus, who previously helmed the award-winning Shirley Adams, ratchets up the tension with long takes, awkward pauses and exacting camerawork that places viewers uncomfortably alongside the voyeuristic Francois. Offering the flawed Francois a final haunting glimpse of the life he might have led, Beauty is a complex and highly challenging drama about sexual repression.



DIR Zoltan

Paul 2012 Germany 87 min in German with English subtitles

DIR Daniel Roby 2011 Canada 132 min in French and English with English subtitles

A chance encounter between two lesbian couples on a bucolic lake leads first to friendship, then flirtation and finally the raw exposure of relationship rifts— assisted by generous amounts of wine, beer and pot. Rosa makes her living on the lake, setting fish traps; students Evi and Olivia are canoe-camping, when they steal a fish for supper. At first irate, Rosa relents and shares dinner with the pair — and a kiss with Evi. Then Rosa’s urbane girlfriend, Kirsten, gets into the act, with an invitation to the younger couple to stay at her stunning lakeside house. All seems idyllic as the two couples engage in some sisterly bonding and compare notes on their respective relationships. But there are dangerous undercurrents just below the tranquil surface. The younger couple’s casual questions about Rosa and Kirsten’s relationship rock the boat for Rosa, who longs for more than Kirsten is willing to give. Meanwhile, Evi’s interest in Rosa becomes more blatant, as she cozies up to the broodingly beautiful fisherwoman practically in full view of Olivia and Kirsten. Four sexy leads show more than just skin in this leisurely, lakeside weekend, as they explore the boundaries of modern lesbian romance. The supple, swooping camera makes it clear that nothing is for certain in today’s queer world, where marriage, kids and open relationships are all on the menu.

Welcome to Funkytown. It’s 1976, and the Disco era has landed in Montreal, bringing with it groovy new sounds and moves, flamboyant clothes and clubs, and a new generation of cultural icons and wannabes. Everyone wants in on the action, to make a name for themselves in the disco scene, or to defend their status as top power players. At the center is high-rolling Bastien, host of TV’s hot show Disco Dance Party, a man at the top of his game yet struggling to balance his family life with the many temptations his fame presents. At his side as co-host and culture-maker is the flamboyantly gay Jonathan. When young Tino (Justin Chatwin of Showtime’s Shameless) tries out with his girlfriend to get their dance moves on the show, he stumbles upon the gay disco subculture, to which he’s irresistibly drawn. Jonathan spies this proclivity and tempts Tino into backroom trysts, though Tino continues to struggle with denial of his true identity. Is there a price to pay for these hedonistic dalliances? Weaving together a large cast of characters, Funkytown takes us on a ride through the glitz and glamour of the era, as well as through its darker underside when karmic consequences unfold from all the carefree cavorting. The frequent transitions between French and English authentically capture the unique, bicultural setting of Montreal, which provides a dynamic backdrop for this hip and stylish retro-morality tale.




This film contains graphic sexual violence.

Monday June 18, 9:30 pm • Castro

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Graupel Poetry


Let My People Go!

DIR Bruce

Saxway 2011 China/Hong Kong 77 min in Mandarin with English subtitles

DIR Veronica

Kedar 2011 Israel 80 min in Hebrew, English and French with English subtitles

DIR Mikael Buch 2011 France 88 min in French and Finnish with English subtitles

A surreal, sexually charged exploration of complex passions, bizarre love triangles and the thin line between sanity and madness, Graupel Poetry is a fascinating filmmaking trip that will leave you breathless at every unexpected turn. Leung and Ming share a small flat in Hong Kong. Leung is an aspiring actor in his first big role, who suffers from recurring nightmares. When his co-star turns up dead, an apparent murder, Leung spirals into a jumbled, uncertain world where everything he has known, including his own identity, comes into question. Meanwhile his relationship with Ming moves in a startling direction that raises questions about the foundation of their bond. Channeling David Lynch throughout, filmmaker Bruce Saxway crafts a slick, unsettling atmosphere that manages to stay focused on the everyday existence of these fascinating characters while exploring their complicated internal lives in a twisted underbelly of dark, candlelit apartments and odd Hong Kong nightlife. Saxway expertly plays with audience perception creating a riveting mash-up of reality and dreams that explode into a filmmaking language like nothing you’ve ever seen. Combining immaculate cinematography, sleek sound design and pitch perfect performances, Saxway conjures up a memorable, jarring tale that represents cinematic poetry at its finest.

Joe and Belle meet when Belle decides to commit suicide in Joe’s bathtub, in this quirky black comedy from Israeli triple threat writer/director/star Veronica Kedar. Set in Tel Aviv during the shelling of the town of Sderot, this film takes an after-school special’s worth of serious subject matter and playfully turns it upside down. At first, sexy, cynical Joe (Kedar), a drug dealer with ex-boyfriend troubles, doesn’t have the time or patience for the depressive Belle, who’s still sporting her medical ID bracelet from a recent hospital stay. However, the unlikely pair is forced together by a series of mishaps that begin with a gun in a microwave and end with the two on the run from the cops. Belle’s lithium calm proves handy, when she knocks out one of their pursuers and ties him to a Jacuzzi. Holed up with Belle in a fleabag hotel, Joe begins to reconsider her initial reaction to lesbian sex (“yuck!”) and soon is trying it on for size. Could these two mixed-up kids be falling in love? Joe and Belle flee to Sderot, where they find not devastation but an unexpected haven (including friendly locals who invite the pair to open mic night). In the end, Joe+Belle is more screwball comedy than Thelma and Louise; just under the movie’s bad-girl vibe is a sweet rom-com waiting to come out.

Rosy, twink-like Ruben is a mailman in a candy-colored Finland where tolerance reigns supreme and every house has a bright red roof that seems to sing in the afternoon sunshine. Ruben, played by Nicolas Maury, has a floppy physicality that almost resembles Pee Wee Herman. He falls into a spot of trouble on his daily route when one of his customers refuses delivery of a suspicious bag full of euros, and they have a dustup. After a huge misunderstanding over all of this, Ruben is cast out of paradise by his gorgeous Finnish boyfriend Teemu and promptly deposited back into the chaotic bosom of his Jewish family in France. Back in bustling Paris, our hero is unwittingly enlisted in enough family drama to keep any lonely heart busy. He suffers through tennis with his father, only to be forced to meet his long-time mistress. He defends his unhappily married sister’s honor to her goyam husband. And he attends yoga classes with his off the wall mother (hilariously played by Almodóvar regular Carmen Maura). As Passover approaches, Ruben daydreams his way through exile while Teemu rushes to France to win back his love — hopefully he will get there in time! First time feature director Mikael Buch, along with co-writer Christopher Honoré, delivers an uproarious farce packed with dazzling visuals, zany performances and irreverent retellings of the “been-there, done-that” tales everyone that was ever young and gay is sure to recognize. A ridiculous and relatable heart warmer, Let My People Go! is filled with laughs, love, and heaping helpings of kitschy fun.




Sunday June 17, 7:00 pm • Victoria

Monday June 18, 9:30 pm • Victoria

Saturday June 23, 8:30 pm

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A Map to Talk Mapa para Conversar DIR Constanza

Fernández Chile 2011 81 min in Spanish with English subtitles

In Roberta’s dream, she is trudging through the streets of Santiago, Chile carrying her bed on her back, having lost everything. In reality, she has a young son; an ex— the boy’s father — who still adores her; a girlfriend, Javiera, who operates a “post pornography” website; and among other family members, a mother, Ana, whose disapproval she’s come to expect. When she comes out to her mom, the older woman’s reaction is predictably negative, which only encourages Roberta to bring her mother and her girlfriend together on a daylong sailing trip. Trapped together on the open water, the three women have no choice but to talk to one another, even as they discover how impossible communication sometimes is. Gorgeously shot, briefly erotic, writer/director Constanza Fernández’s intimate drama touches on many things, including the challenges of coming out in a repressive society, the politics of sexual representation, and Chile’s dark history and the tragic legacy of its “desaparecidos.” Mostly it is about the difficulty of relationships, whether between lovers or parent and child; how easy it is to hear but how hard it is to listen; and how difficult it is to understand and be understood. Roberta opens a Pandora’s box with this voyage, as the woman who demands honesty from her lover and her mother finds out how hard it is to be honest, even with herself.


Mixed Kebab

DIR Dominique Cardona, Laurie Colbert

DIR Guy Lee Thys 2012 Belgium/Turkey 98 min in Flemish, Turkish, Dutch, French, Arabic and English with English subtitles

2012 Canada 90 min

Margarita the nanny is muse to all: she’s a whipsmart bookkeeper, can fix everything from a hot tub to a smoothie, and could put Martha Stewart to shame with her effortless domestic engineering. Not to mention she’s sexy as a jaguar, sweet as dulce de leche, and regularly piques everyone’s more ways than one. She’s everything power couple Gail and Ben and their teenage daughter Mali could ask for in a gorgeous young live-in from Mexico. But when finances shrink and they can no longer afford her, Margarita’s livelihood and the household stability are suddenly on muy shaky ground. Is this a crisis that Jane the saucy law school girlfriend or Carlos the hot Brazilian handyman can solve? Family, friends, and lovers must come together to keep her in town and the “proposals” start flying. Filmed in a quaint snowy Toronto suburb against a steamy Latin soundtrack, this Canuck dramedy features Nicola Correia Damude (Degrassi: The Next Generation) as scrumptious stalwart Margarita, Canadian television star Patrick McKenna as pothead doctor Ben, Claire Lautier (Elf, Law and Order) as bi-curious mom Gail, and Maya Ritter who also starred in filmmaking duo Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert’s first feature Finn’s Girl (Frameline31) as tomboy teen Mali. — NATALIE MULFORD

“I’m Ibrahim, I’m Turkish. I’m Bram, I’m Belgian. I am a Muslim, and I’m gay.” By kicking off his cultureclashing romance with this loaded declaration of self-identity from a handsome hunk, Mixed Kebab immediately addresses the opposing assertions and complicated impulses that drive his characters as they grapple for happiness in this deftly balanced dramedy, greatly enlivened by colorful characters, sensitive performances, picturesque locales and some seriously sexy scenes. Bram, who introduces himself as a bundle of contradictions, is a bar-scene player and casual drug dealer in Antwerp who remains closeted among his traditional Turkish family. He is particularly guarded around younger brother Furkant. Accompanied by his pal Kevin, Bram jets off to Turkey, where bride-to-be and cousin Elif awaits their arranged marriage. But before he can say “I do,” Bram’s gets much closer to Kevin, and the two share a shower and drinks together prior to a steamy seduction. Back home in Belgium, the couple faces discrimination from Bram’s parents (“I’ve lost you to the devil,” his father wails) and worse from his brother Furkan. However, Bram and Kevin still embrace their crosscultural love in this wonderfully told story by director Guy Lee Thys. — STEVEN JENKINS

This film contains a scene of graphic violence.


Friday June 22, 9:30 pm • Roxie

Wednesday June 20, 7:00 pm • Victoria

Thursday June 14, 10 pm • Castro

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Mommy Is Coming DIR Cheryl

Dunye 2012 Germany 64 min in German and English with English subtitles

Directed by Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Woman, The OWLS) and produced by the force behind gay cinema provocateur Bruce La Bruce, Jürgen Bruning, this raunchy queer sex filled romance features a cast of top porn stars including Papí Coxxx and Jiz Lee. Sexy stud Claudia (the fabulously hot Papí Coxxx) grapples with her vulnerability and a desire for more intimacy with her ice-queen femme girlfriend Dylan (Lil Harlow). But Dylan just wants sex and to open things up. More specifically, she wants to top Claudia — who is not quite ready for that. Claudia’s search for this personal growth takes her to a magical Berlin queer sex club for an exceptionally submissive encounter with two transguys who help “Claude” discover gender bending and his true capacity for giving up control. Meanwhile a surprise visit from Dylan’s mother (the divine Maggie Tapert) creates additional dramatic complexities as she escapes her sexless marriage with Dylan’s father and embarks on an outof-town fling with the handsome and ever attentive hotel clerk, Claude.

In classic Cheryl Dunye style, faux documentary interviews with the actors in character add a fresh layer of storytelling amidst the film’s abundant explicit queer sex scenes. And prepare yourselves for the final frontier taboo breaking sexual encounter you thought you would never see on film! — JENNI OLSON

This film contains sexually explict material.

The Mountain Fjellet

Off Beat DIR Jan Gassmann 2011 Switzerland 95 min in Swiss German with English subtitles


Giæver 2011 Norway 73 min in Norwegian with English subtitles

A lesbian couple hikes through the vast landscape of a Norwegian mountain range in an attempt to thaw their frozen relationship. Superbly observed moments — the criticism barely camouflaged as advice about the best way to put up a tent, the utter sullenness contained in the line “Pass the salt, please,” beg the question: what are these two doing together? Why does Solveig put up with relentless sniping from girlfriend Nora? Why was Nora forced into the trip only by an ultimatum from Solveig? The endless wind and quivering vegetation underline the emotional suspense as Nora and Solveig circle around the tragedy which has blighted their relationship. The sparse script reveals little and tension builds through gestures as small as a private smoke or an aborted caress. As the two women continue their solitary trek and the stunning backdrop grows white with snow and frost, their journey is revealed as a kind of quest, an attempt to salvage the love they once shared and perhaps build a new future together. Actors Ellen Dorrit Petersen (Solveig) and Marta Magnusdotter Solem (Nora) prove well up to the challenge of carrying this two-character film, particularly Solem, who as Nora manages to be both bitchy and vulnerable. Nora’s face has a lived-in beauty that matches the austere landscape (evocatively photographed by Øystein Mamen). Winter camping never looked so good, nor proved so rewarding.

What do you call it when a kid calls out his older brother, on stage, in front of a crowded club, in an expletive-filled rap? In Off Beat, that’s called brotherly love. Lukas is a guy with many faces: he’s a lover, a musician, manager of a hemp plantation, a drug addict and a big brother. His business partner, Mischa, is also secretly his lover, if not also both the angel and devil on his shoulders. Lukas is looking for a way to salvage his dream of becoming a rap star. Enter Sämi, Lukas’s brother and a more talented and disciplined performer. When Mischa encourages them to work together, Lukas starts to unravel even more in an exquisitely painful downward spiral. In this Berlinale hit, director Jan Gassmann makes fine work of his narrative debut. By casting authentic members of the Swiss rap and music scene, Gassmann succeeds in creating raw intimacy among his cast. Fans will recognize Chocolococolo, also known as Hans-Jakob Mühlethaler, as the magnetic Lukas. Working with a handheld camera and available light, Gassmann’s pedigree in documentary filmmaking serves the story well, bringing us closer to a family teetering on the verge of implosion. — TRISTA S. KENDALL


Saturday June 16, 9:30 pm • Victoria

Tuesday June 19, 9:30 pm • Castro

Thursday June 21, 1:30 pm • Castro

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Our Paradise Notre Paradis



DIR Vincent Sandoval

DIR Bryn

After abandoning her life as a sex worker in Manila, transgender woman Donna (played by filmmaker Vincent Sandoval) retreats to a quieter existence in a small town where she is raising her 12-year-old foster son Tomas and working on the campaign of an honest and idealistic underdog mayoral candidate. The discovery that a powerful and ruthless former client is the puppet master pulling the strings of the corrupt opposition spurs her to make provocative moves on the campaign trail and to return to the bed of a man she despises as she uses her sexual wiles as part of a perilous gambit to take him down. Sandoval’s debut feature expands on his 2009 short, also titled Señorita (Frameline34), with a heady blend of sex and politics. In this sun-drenched neonoir, the femme fatale is recast as the heroine, boldly challenging the powers that be at the risk of her own skin. Donna is a complex character, warm and sympathetic, but not without flaws. Her well-meant actions have consequences, for the candidate she supports and more crucially for herself and Tomas, as she inadvertently endangers their lives. Both a thriller and a melodrama, on the surface this is a sexy, suspenseful entertainment that digs deeper as Sandoval explores the nature of power, its allure, its uses, its abuses and its limits.

Owen and Kristen are basically well-behaved twin siblings who look after their disabled mother. But they’d like a little fun in their lives. Enter loan officer Liam (Christian Cooke, perfectly cast), who comes to their house to discuss a recent application. Handsome, charismatic and more mature, he manages to inspire desire from all three members of the family. Kristen is the first to show an active interest, but it’s Owen who goes out drinking with him. After a raucous evening, the two young men repair to Liam’s flat where a strange request is made— the older businessman asks the youngster to put on women’s clothes. “I’ve wanted this as long as I can remember,” Liam confesses, and Owen is inebriated and fascinated enough to accede. At first thrilled by their subsequent secret encounters and invigorated by the deception when asked to “pass” in public, Owen suffers confusion and distress as Liam’s behavior turns more erratic, sometimes even violent. An astonishingly brave and surprising comingof-age story, Unconditional convincingly demonstrates the malleability of sexuality and gender, the potentially dangerous ability of older people to manipulate and coerce the young, and the freedom that comes with finally realizing who you want to be. Owen’s transgressive journey, expertly conveyed by relative newcomer Harry McEntire, is a difficult one, fraught with danger and tumult but also liberation, and the movie is a potent reminder of the challenges and glories of growing up.

2011 Philippines 99 min in Tagalog and English with English subtitles

DIR Gaël

Morel 2011 France 100 min in French with English subtitles

“When you’re over 30, you’re through,” says aging hustler Vassili (Wild Reeds’ Stéphane Rideau) to his younger lover Angelo soon after they meet. The very hunky, if over-the-hill, rent boy encounters the youth bleeding in Paris’s Bois du Boulogne on a cold winter evening. They embark on a passionate affair, marred only by the financial necessity of various client encounters and Vassili’s increasingly alarming and violent behavior toward these benefactors. As johns become insulting and perverse with Vassili, his responses veer further out of control. Taught only to believe in his body as a commodity, he becomes brutal and goes on a murderous rampage when he perceives himself as no longer valued. In the latter half of the film, things take an intriguing turn as Angelo and Vassili skip town and meet up with Vassili’s long-time friend Anna (Betty Blue’s Béatrice Dalle) and her young son. Seeing the potential for a newfound reconfiguration of family, Vassili seeks out a place where the four outcasts might live together and be happy — but several obstacles remain in the way. Our Paradise is explicit and raw, sometimes sexy and frequently disturbing. Exploring the perils of aging and the danger of tying one’s self-worth to one’s attractiveness to others, it provokes and titillates as few other films have managed. — ROD ARMSTRONG


This film contains sexual violence.

Higgins 2011 UK 90 min


This film contains graphic violence. This film contains graphic violence.

Saturday June 23, 6:00 pm • Castro

Saturday June 23, 4:15 pm • Roxie

Friday June 22, 9:30 pm • Castro

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Unforgivable Impardonables

Yes or No? Yaak Rak Gaw Rak Loey?

DIR André

DIR Saratsawadee

Techiné 2011 France 111 min in French and Italian with English subtitles

Wongsomphet 2010 Thailand 107 min in Thai with English subtitles

Beloved French auteur André Techiné, whose classic LGBT films include Wild Reeds, Thieves and The Witnesses (Frameline31), brings his world-wise maturity and narrative grace to this riveting drama set along the canals of Venice and the island of Sant’Erasmo, suitably picturesque backdrops for a panoply of characters entangled in all manner of Euro sophistication, from passionate affairs, family discord and fallen aristocracy to drug-running, alcoholism and bisexual chic. Famous French writer Francis (silver fox Andre Dussollier, baring all), arrives in Italy hoping to pen his next novel in peace, yet a meeting with Judith, a bisexual real estate agent (Carole Bouquet), quickly leads to marriage. When Francis’s hard-partying daughter disappears, he hires Judith’s ex, Anna Maria, a saucy lesbian private detective, to track her down. At the same time, suspicious of his younger wife’s fidelity (she’s seemingly slept with every girl and guy in Venice), Francis hires Anna Maria’s ex-con son to follow Judith. Surprising discoveries are made and unlikely alliances formed among these “impardonables;” they contend with irrational passion, emotional upheaval, artistic struggle and even gay-bashing. Techiné effortlessly maintains multiple storylines and treats all of his characters with sympathy, regardless of their sexual orientation. Viewers of this refreshingly adult film will have much to discuss, and cause to consider their own “unforgivable” relationships.

When city girl Pie meets new college roommate Kim, she grumbles: “I escaped from a lipstick lesbian just to end up with a tomboy!”— the term for butch lesbian in Thailand. But Kim protests she’s not a tomboy; she’s a simple farm girl who’s never had a boyfriend or girlfriend— and she flips her shirt up to prove it, as well as her own sexual naiveté. Not satisfied with this evidence, the uneasy heterosexual Pie tapes a dividing line on the dorm-room floor and forbids Kim to cross this no-blanket Wall of Jericho into her own territory. Goodnatured Kim strums her ukulele on the other side, but her superior cooking skills lure Pie over more than once. One night a rainstorm soaks Pie’s bed and forces her into Kim’s— but Kim is a gentleman and sleeps on the floor. Their tentative romance is threatened by everyone around them including Pie’s middle-class mother, who can’t accept “those abnormal sexualities.” Rivals, like Pie’s mother-approved boyfriend and the ex-roomie lipstick-lesbian drama queen who is instantly smitten by Kim, only push the hesitant lovers into uncharted territory. With this winsome romantic comedy featuring Thailand’s first lesbian protagonists, lesbian director Wongsomphet has fashioned a debut that gently eases gay women into mainstream love stories. After struggles with financing and her own worries that the film would repel viewers, she was rewarded with the Thai equivalent of an Academy award nomination for best director.

DIR M. Caner Alper, Mehmet Binay 2012 Turkey 107 min

in Turkish and German with English subtitles

Life in Turkey is guided by traditional values, in place for centuries — from religious fervor and family to the military. Tradition and modern culture collide in the lives of three gay men. Daniel (Giovanni Arvaneh) is an acclaimed photographer from Munich who comes to Istanbul to bring new inspiration to his craft. Can (Kerem Can), a statuesque male belly dancer, ventures out only at night to avoid the authorities that are searching for him for dodging the draft into the national army, a requirement for all Turkish men. His friend Ahmet (Erkan Avci) has left the rural countryside to look for a bearish lover, resulting in avoiding “the shadow” that is spying on him and reporting to his maniacally religious mother and confused father. As Daniel comes to love Ahmet, he sacrifices his career and makes their relationship about saving a fearful Ahmet from the oppression of family and country. Imaginative Can dreams of being free from the gilded cage he’s constructed — physically and emotionally. The word “zenne” refers to male performers who dress in women’s clothing and dance in front of an audience. Can desperately wants to escape, like the proverbial bird in a cage. Finally, Daniel pushes Ahmet to make a decision with tragic results, an action that also brings promise of freedom and fulfillment. Adapted from actual events, directors M. Caner Alper and Mehmet Binay (Whispering Memories and Talking Pictures) breathe life into a story of courage and self-discovery, offering hope of a better day.




This film contains graphic depictions of homophobic violence.

Friday June 22, 1:45 pm • Castro

Tuesday June 19, 7:00 pm • Roxie

Saturday June 23, 1:30 pm • Victoria

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Zenne Dancer






365 Without 377 DIR Adele

Tulli 2011 Italy 53 min in Hindi and English with English subtitles

One of the legacies of British colonial rule in India was section 377, which criminalized homosexuality. Almost 150 years after it became part of India’s penal code, section 377 was repealed and India’s LGBT community rejoiced. 365 without 377 documents the repeal’s one year anniversary, and follows three members of India’s queer community as they celebrate. Pallav recalls feeling suicidal in his youth, and says that what is most important is the public acknowledgement “that we exist.” Beena tells the story of a love affair that ended when her girlfriend was pressured into getting married. “I don’t want to move abroad,” she tells the camera. “I want to be acceptable here.” And finally Abheena argues passionately (to the camera and in a dance performance) that hijiras like her shouldn’t be limited to sex work and begging. Progress does not come easy; in television footage that bears a depressing resemblance to Fox News, assorted religious leaders vehemently condemn the repeal. The film’s gorgeous cinematography captures Mumbai’s vibrant life, making the city a kind of fourth character. The film offers a vivid glimpse into a community and country on the cusp of change, and notes that conservative religious leaders have mounted a legal fight against the repeal. PRECEDED BY:

The Queen of My Dreams DIR

Fawzia Mirza, Ryan Logan 2011 USA 3 min

As a young girl, Fawzia Mirza fell under the spell of Bollywood heroines and their promise of love and feminine perfection; as an adult, she re-imagines it in a queer light.

Audre Lorde — The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 DIR Dagmar Schultz 2012 Germany 81 min in English and German with English subtitles

Things you should know about Audre Lorde: she loved flowers, she had a deadpan sense of humor, and after her cancer diagnosis, she believed that being in Berlin added years onto her life. In 1984 Lorde began teaching at the Berlin Free University, and from the beginning, her work in West Berlin focused primarily on bringing together the farflung, disjointed community of Afro-German women. Lorde would spend the better part of the next decade between two homes, West Berlin and St. Croix, living with the same vitality she brought to her writing and her work. Students remembered her for her unfailing encouragement, activists for her uncompromising vision of justice. But what makes this film shine are the moments of banter between her and her friends— her complaining about why Germans refuse to match their pillowcases to duvets or her lover teasing her about never admitting when she’s wrong. Dagmar Schultz, Lorde’s German publisher, colleague and friend has crafted a lyrical, humanizing snapshot of the iconic writer for the twentieth anniversary of her death in 1992. Through lectures, discussion groups, and intimate journal-like audio entries, Lorde’s forceful, captivating personality shines through. Feminist giant Audre Lorde wanted an “irresistible revolution”, and as this lively documentary testifies, as a revolutionary, Lorde herself is irresistible. — TRISTA S. KENDALL


Friday June 15, 7:15 pm • Roxie

Saturday June 16, 4:00 pm • Victoria

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Ballroom Rules

Beautiful Games

Boy Cheerleaders

DIR Nickolas

From Brighton to San Francisco to Sydney, this trio of short sporty docs takes a sweaty look inside the traditionally macho and homophobic worlds of soccer and rugby to see what happens when gay athletes create their own teams and leagues.

DIR James

Bird, Eleanor Sharpe 2012 Australia 77 min

The tango. The rumba. The waltz. These gay Aussies love to boogie. But can they make it to the Gay Games in Cologne and face off against the world’s best queer ballroom dancers? Follow the students of Dance Cats, Melbourne’s only gay and lesbian ballroom studio, as they sweat their way through the heartaches and joys of training for the event of a lifetime. Ballroom Rules is an exhilarating and very personal peek into the lives of some very dedicated Aussies giving it their all. You’ll get to know Grant, the midwife, as he cha-chas next to the syringes and wonders if his partner, Adrian, will remember how to follow. You’ll celebrate alongside Bridget and Caro as they commemorate their 15-year anniversary and Bridget’s win in her battle with breast cancer. Will Tania’s knees hold out? Will their longtime teacher, Anny, be able to lead them to victory? Even as they face the prejudices of a sport entrenched in tradition and inflexibility, these five couples pull out their best tails and foxtrots and come to show both hemispheres the beauty and power of being able to both lead AND follow. PRECEDED BY:

The Last Waltz DIR Nickolas Bird, Eleanor Sharpe 2011 Australia 21 min

A young man loses his one and only love to a bush-fire disaster. Twelve months later, he returns to ballroom dancing, and he sees his dead partner on the edge of the dance floor for one final waltz. — NATALIE MULFORD

Justin DIR Ian

McDonald 2010 UK 30 min

Justin Fashanu, the first openly gay professional U.K. footballer committed suicide in 1998. A decade later, the Justin Campaign against homophobia in soccer is kicked off and friends and members of the gay Brighton Bandits examine how racism and homophobia drove Justin to take his own life. Beyond the Team DIR Tim

Kulikowski 2012 USA 15 min

Take a peek inside the lives of the members of the San Francisco Spikes Soccer Club and see how they developed a deep sense of gay community, friendship and extended family on and off of the field. Sydney Convicts DIR Dirk

Lienig 2010 Germany & Australia 45 min

The Sydney Convicts Rugby Union is as tough as other Australian teams; the only difference is it’s an all-gay male squad. In just 45-minutes, you get an incredibly intimate insight into the players’ lives— and a brilliant look around Sydney. Rugby is not a game for the fainthearted. In very flattering shorts, players carb-up before practice, seriously work out in the gym, box, run sprints up and down stairs and at the beach, do major ab work and the pre-game “squeeze.” Interviews with team members are surprisingly candid and engaging. — KEVIN SCHAUB TOTAL RUNNING TIME :

Armed with pairs of pompoms and an abundance of adolescent energy, the DAZL Diamonds cheerleading squad of South Leeds is preparing to become the first all-boy team to compete in the U.K. Cheerleading Championships. Led by Ian, their flashy head coach with a bleached blonde Bieber haircut and take-no-prisoners coaching style, these scrappy working class kids are told that they “gotta get some balls if they’re gonna win in a predominantly female sport.” But just because they’re male doesn’t mean they’re not emotional, as at least one boy’s tantrum sends him crying into the corner. And on any given day, half the boys are at risk of not participating at all based on their moods, bad behavior or inability to perform. The team is the very definition of ragtag: freckle-faced Harvey sleeps in pink sheets, loves to dance and dreams of being the next Billy Elliot; while sullen Josh has a recurring problem with fighting at school; and Elliot can’t seem to master some of the basic dance moves in their routines. The majority of the boys are raised by single moms, each with their own histories of broken lives and bad choices. But none appear to hold any disdain for the boys’ unusual choice of sport — to them it is a chance to develop skills that might just help their sons succeed in life and keep them from making similar mistakes. Rah! PRECEDED BY:

Deep End DIR

Bretten Hannam 2011 Canada 8 min

When Dane’s older brother comes out to him, he has to choose between siding with his homophobic classmates or supporting his brother and becoming a social pariah. — JOANNE PARSONT

Saturday June 23, 1:45 pm • Roxie

Saturday June 23, 4:15 pm • Victoria

Saturday June 23, 11:30 am • Roxie

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90 min

Newton 2011 UK 60 min





Children of Srikandi Anak-Anak Srikandi

Dearly Beloved Three endearing documentaries investigate the history of the LGBT community’s fight for marriage equality:


Children of Srikandi Collective 2012 Germany 74 min in Indonesian with English subtitles

The Devotion Project: More than Ever DIR

Antony Osso 2011 USA 10 min

The mythical figure of Srikandi is the inspiration for this anthology of stories on the state of alternate sexualities in Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population in the world. In the Hindu epic the Mahabharata, Srikandi was a great warrior of indeterminate gender, both man and woman. Srikandi’s love for the woman Larasati is enacted in sequences from the wayang kulit, or shadow puppet play, by a transgender puppeteer and singer duo with haunting expressiveness. Eight different stories weave together and comprise the first film by queer women about queer women in Indonesia. We meet Dian, who lived on the streets because she was thrown out of the house for being a lesbian. After a period of harassment and torture by police and a male religious group, she is now a law student. Others describe the insidious psychological violence from within their own kind. A lesbian applying for a job dramatizes the probing, invasive questions that can destroy her chances at employment. Edith describes her gradual transformation from jilbabed (veiled) Islamic devotion to a “mind boggling” philosophical epiphany that paralleled her growing affection for another woman. We see lesbians searching for their identities among adopted families, chatrooms, dance clubs and shopping malls. In the final sequence “No Label,” women holding signs saying 99% LESBIAN, ANDRO FEMME and PANSEXUAL playfully interrogate each other and let their labels fall to the ground.

Change is constant, but incremental. Citizen Change reveals how a dedicated group of LGBT pioneers from the East Bay blazed the trail for marriage equality by inventing the concept of “domestic partnership” and attaining its first-ever enactment into law in the city of Berkeley, CA in 1984. These remarkable activists’ stories create a vivid portrait of how a small, dedicated group tackled the seeming-impossible in the ’80s: the attainment of the world’s first law that affirmatively recognized same-sex relationships.



Meet John and Bill, a couple who beat the odds through the decades in order to live an incredible 54-year love story. Their story of devotion is an inspiration to anyone wondering how to make love last. Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness DIR

Thomas Allen Harris 2011 USA 16 min

A truly inspiring doc project about same-sex marriage from an African-American perspective, the film focuses on Massachusetts State Representative and Civil Rights Movement veteran Byron Rushing, who together with a group of progressive Black clergy and activists, took the campaign for same-sex marriage into the Black community, confronting the hostility of the church and finding important straight allies. Citizen Change DIR

James Chambers 2012 USA 48 min


Die Standing Up Morir de Pie DIR Jacaranda Correa 2011 Mexico 90 min in Spanish with English subtitles

Where most saw defeat, socialist activist Irina Layevska saw a call to action; it was now or never, and her body is her first site of revolution. She was still in diapers when doctors said she wouldn’t live past twenty. Irina was born into a male body; she grew up idolizing Che Guevara and spent much of her young life fighting in the Cuban solidarity movement. Socialists talk about a “new man,” one that has to learn indirectly how to be in a newly left-wing society. It’s a simple idea, but it’s hardly easy to execute; and Layevska and her partner Nelida Reyes live the truth of the adage. They married in Cuba: Layevska was a socialist leader and Nelida a major player. A totemic revolutionary couple, Irina’s confinement to a wheelchair appeared incidental against an indomitable spirit and relentlessness in the face of indifference. Though they’re evidently tough, their tenderness towards each other is inspiring. Nelida has committed herself to understanding her feelings towards her partner’s disability and massive life changes. “I don’t think of it as death,” she says, “the person just isn’t around anymore.” The “old man” is replaced by a “new woman,” in a nation that’s not quite prepared for this transition. Crowned Best Mexican Documentary at the Guadalajara Film Festival, Mexican anchorwoman and journalist Jacaranda Correa’s directorial debut takes a gentle but powerful approach to record the transformations of these gentle and powerful people. —SARA MARIA VIZCARRONDO

75 min

Thursday June 21, 7:00 pm • Roxie

Wednesday June 20, 7:00 pm • Roxie

Sunday June 17, 2:00 pm • Roxie

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Face 2 Face DIR Katherine

Brooks USA 2011 110 min

There are tales of saving our souls, saving our relationships and even saving our friends, but when was the last time you heard about someone launching a massive rescue mission to save herself? Successful Hollywood writer/director Katherine Brooks (Loving Annabelle, Frameline 30) has more than 5,000 Facebook friends, but what is the value of virtual friendship if you haven’t had a hug in a month? Struggling with depression, addiction and years of suppressed trauma, Kat comes to grips with her need for true human interaction and impulsively posts on her Facebook wall a vow to visit the first fifty people who respond. An enthusiastic and hearty response comes immediately, and Kat quickly hops in a Face 2 Face van and embarks on an 11,000 mile journey around America, meeting complete strangers, reigniting relationships with long lost acquaintances, and exploring a past that continues to rear its ugly head in the present. The healing goes both ways as Kat and the diverse people she encounters trade stories and wisdom, and experience the power of humanity. With Kat’s personal and professional life bravely bared for the audience, Face 2 Face is a raw and emotional tale of one woman’s journey that speaks to universal truths of what relationships mean in a world where friendship is often an idea rather than an action. —SARA MARIA VIZCARRONDO

Girl or Boy, My Sex is Not My Gender Fille ou Garçon, Mon Sexe n’est pas Mon Genre DIR Valerie Mitteaux 2011 France 61 min in English and French with English subtitles

For the four subjects of this doc, it’s clear that no man is an island. Families, friends and the world around act differently to men and women. So how does being raised as a girl affect the man you become? Each examines how their lives have changed since transition, as they work out the kinks. In SF, Lynnee Breedlove bickers with his mother about why his dad didn’t make the best male role model. In Paris, Kaleb adapts to blending in with the world after years as a noticeably striking blonde woman. In Barcelona, Miguel keeps photos of his youth around to remind himself and others that his transition was an evolution, not a sudden change. In NYC, Rocco Kayiatos went from being one of twin girls to his mother’s precious son. This insightful film moves beyond the transition genre to explore how four individuals choose to remake themselves when suddenly given new power and privilege. If the world is a boys’ club, these four aren’t sure where, or if, they want to belong. PRECEDED BY:

Threadbare DIR Lucas Crawford 2011 Canada 3 min A box of sweaters becomes an archive of transgender emotions. Putting the “I” in Trans DIR

DIR Eric Brach 2010 USA 61 min in Spanish and English with English subtitles

Amor speaks louder than words in Eric Brach’s compelling documentary that follows the complicated romantic entanglements and émigré dreams of Chino, a charismatic deaf-mute bisexual who supports his female partner and kids in rural Cuba while falling for a Mexican lover in Havana. Chino works odd jobs to support his family and is a devoted partner to Anaylis and father to their two kids, yet desires both sexual and financial draw him to his country’s bustling capital, where generous Jose offers dinero and the possibility of a better life. Chino’s plan to move to Mexico with Jose receives mixed reactions: friends in his deaf-mute community warn of dangers overseas, citing Cuba’s surprising acceptance of alternative lifestyles, while Anaylis, concludes, “He’s a free man. What can I do?” Jose arranges for Chino to marry a friend and obtain a work visa, and a journey seems imminent. But does Chino truly love Jose? Brach spent three years with his subjects, and under his careful watch they reveal uncertain emotions that rise and fall just as their expressive hands gesture in sign language. With its gorgeous views of Cuba, artfully layered soundscape and compassionate portrayal of its central trio — Habana Muda gives voice to what Van Morrison termed the inarticulate speech of the heart. PRECEDED BY:

Simply Rob

Steen Starr 2012 Canada 6 min


Tom Shrapnel 2011 UK 15 min

Following some in-depth coverage by a major Canadian newspaper, LGBT community members are asked for comments on a long-overlooked aspect of identity.

New York based poet and activist Rob Vassilarakis was diagnosed in 1993 as HIV-positive; this film follows Rob as he tells his turbulent life story through his poetry.



Tuesday June 19, 1:45 pm • Castro

Tuesday June 19, 9:30 pm • Roxie

Monday June 18, 1:30 pm • Castro

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Habana Muda






Hollywood to Dollywood

I Am a Woman Now

I Stand Corrected

DIR John

DIR Michiel

DIR Andrea

Lavin 2011 USA 81 min

This is not your typical road trip movie! Gay twin brothers Gary and Larry are off on the pilgrimage of a lifetime: to put their movie script into Dolly Parton’s hands. North Carolina natives living in Los Angeles, these adorable Southern gentlemen have spent years writing a script for their idol. They’ve rallied Hollywood’s gay and Southern royalty, from Beth Grant to Dustin Lance Black to Leslie Jordan, and they’re ready to make Dolly an offer (they hope) she can’t refuse. What better way to make sure Dolly sees it than to hand it to her personally? Armed with their script, an RV named “Jolene,” and a birdhouse replica of Dolly’s childhood home, the boys strike out for Dollywood, freely admitting, “We’re in over our heads.” They brave tornadoes, floods and their mom’s conservative values, all in the hope of making it to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in time for the Dollywood 25th Anniversary celebration. The duo are engaging documentary subjects, petulant and wise in turns. You’ll root for them all along the way. You might even find yourself parroting the delightful Leslie Jordan — dressed impeccably in seersucker — who sends the two on their way with that knowing Southern benediction: “Bless their hearts!” PRECEDED BY:

Jacob Sterling DIR

David Pittu, Todd Verow 2011 USA 7 min

Jacob Sterling is a musical theater composer and this is his video submission for the reality show Project Barbra.

Van Erp 2011 Netherlands 87 min in French, German, Dutch and English with English subtitles

They are all women of a certain age; blue-haired ladies using canes, well-preserved sixty-year-olds walking small dogs in the park, or aging beauties meeting old beaus for a posh lunch. And they all have one thing in common: Dr. Georges Burou, who in the ’60s and ’70s operated a clinic in Casablanca where he performed groundbreaking sex-change surgeries. In this beautifully photographed documentary, five transwomen reflect back on their lives as women, and the various paths that led them to surgery. In a mixture of interviews, home-movies, and scenes of their daily lives, we hear their stories. April, now every inch the British dowager, remembers her mother’s rejection and her early years in the navy. Corinne and Bambi reminisce about their days as showgirls at Le Carrousel in Paris and Colette talks about the difficulties of post-op dating; meanwhile, Jean recounts a life spent travelling back and forth across gender borders. The film is as much about aging as it is about changing genders. “Once you’ve got white hair, you seem to disappear,” April observes. Now single, Corinne says she misses cuddling, but adds, “there are lots of single women; it’s the same for heterosexuals.” The mood is elegiac, but also triumphant — April tells us that she wakes up every morning with some of the joy she felt waking up for the first time post-surgery. These are self-made women in every sense of the term. — MONICA NOLAN

Meyerson 2011 USA 83 min

Over the course of more than two decades, Jennifer Leitham, then John, built a successful career as a jazz musician; a virtuoso on the upright bass who played in the Tonight Show Band and toured with both Doc Severinsen and with Mel Tormé for years. Leitham’s youthful energy and pageboy haircut were distinctive, as was the choice to play the hefty upright bass lefthanded, a highly unusual orientation for the instrument. Though successful professionally, Leitham had been living a fractured life: as John out in the world and as Jennifer at home. In 2005, that all changed, when Leitham underwent sexual reassignment surgery and fully embraced life as Jennifer. Andrea Meyerson, who has documented outstanding performers from Kate Clinton to Bruce Vilanch in her Laughing Matters series, delivers another intimate and engrossing film. Step on stage with this talented and self-confident woman as she shares her challenging and courageous journey, revealing all of the selfdoubts and fears, risks and rewards and joys and disappointments that her transition entailed. In the often homophobic, male-dominated world of jazz, the challenges are great, but, for Jennifer, the music will always be paramount. For her whole life “music was the equalizer; it gave me an activity that could go to— and survive.” Join Jennifer and a slew of jazz luminaries including Doc Severinsen, Ed Shaughnessy, Roy McCurdy, Denny Tedesco, Sweet Baby J’ai and Gary Chen for an uplifting personal story of liberation with a cool jazz soundtrack. — JOANNE PARSONT

Thursday June 21, 7:00 pm • Elmwood $10 members, $11 general


Saturday June 23, 7:00 pm • Victoria

Wednesday June 20, 1:30 pm • Castro

Friday June 22, 9:30 pm • Victoria

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The Invisible Men Gvarim Bilti Nirim

Jobriath A.D.

DIR Yariv Mozer 2012 Israel 69 min in Hebrew, English and Arabic with English subtitles

In a tumultuous region fraught with religious, cultural and political tribulations, simply being oneself is a luxury that gay Palestinians cannot afford. Threatened with violence and death by the their families, outed gay men such as 32-year-old Louie have fled Palestine for Tel Aviv. But while the Israeli urban center may arguably be the most LGBT friendly city in the Middle East, it is still a space where gay Palestinians have a very tough time living legally and getting by. His face scarred by his father’s blade, pensive Louie has been hiding in Tel Aviv for almost ten years, eluding police who knock on his door, and living a life with no passport, no bank account, and a cloud of fear following him. Though asylum in a third country is his only legal option, Louie is reluctant to move: the Middle East is, quite simply, his home. While other refugees such as 24-year-old Abdu, who was tortured, has no such qualms about moving to Europe, Louie is torn: he can be in Europe and be free to love, or he can be in the only land he has ever known. He can never have both. Examining the multiple layers of identity that add up to make a person, award-winning director Yariv Mozer’s intimate film sheds light on a world where one cannot be gay in Palestine, or a Palestinian in Israel. In this world, they truly are The Invisible Men.

Very few movies in this world grab you in the first five seconds — Jobriath A.D. is one of them. Sprinkled with real life footage, fascinating bits of nostalgia and animated interludes, Jobriath A.D. is the story of the first openly gay rock star, who came out without apology or restraint, come what may. A self-identified “true fairy,” Jobriath was the dynamite that kickstarted the 1970s glam rock scene and influenced iconic musicians like Pet Shop Boys, Def Leppard, The Scissor Sisters and Morrissey. Turner has crafted a touching and tumultuous story of an over-the-top, flamboyant rock god who began his life as a shy piano prodigy from Pennsylvania. Narrated by Henry Rollins and including interviews with Jobriath’s musical colleagues and close friends, Turner brings to life the lipsticked, androgynous superstar who both enchanted and repulsed his contemporaries. As the viewer witnesses the euphoric highs and bitter lows Jobriath himself experienced, the film becomes more than just a “Behind the Music” documentary. It’s a beautiful, colorful and often heartwrenching tale of one man who was so far ahead of his time, we are only now beginning to see him for the trailblazer he was. This film will make you want to buy Jobriath’s records, not just for the spectacular music, but for a glimpse into the soul of a gifted and tortured man who changed the rock music scene forever.



DIR Kieran

Look At Me Again Olhe Pra Mim de Novo

Turner 2011 USA 102 min

DIR Kiko Goifman, Claudia Priscilla 2012 Brazil 72 min

in Portuguese with English subtitles

The clouds hang motionless over the arid landscape as a figure slowly journeys down the road that stretches out ahead. It is Syllvio Luccio, who was born a girl, grew to identify as a lesbian then finally a man, embarking on a road trip through Northeastern Brazil, a region characterized by rigid ideas rooted in evangelical religion and machismo. The influence of this culture that he describes as “tacky and rude” is sometimes undeniable in his frank discussion of sex and desire, but is tempered by his endearing confessions of love, both romantic and familial, witnessed in the sweet messages left for his girlfriend, Widna, and recollections of his family. Drawn in by his gregarious nature, flirtatious sense of humor, sensitivity and insightfulness, Syllvio engages with outsiders of different backgrounds on the road, including LGBT youth, a man whose paternity is questioned by his family and a group of adults afflicted with a genetic disease as they find common ground in their struggles with the expectations and prejudices of society as well as their own families. Syllvio’s personal narrative elegantly unfolds against more expansive questions about the circumstances one may be born with: the wrong body, the wrong family or the wrong genes. Directors Kiko Goifman and Claudia Priscilla draw candid testimony from their subjects to construct a moving portrait of an individual and exploration of outsider culture. — HOLLY ROACH

Saturday June 23, 7:00 pm • Roxie

Tuesday June 19, 9:30 pm • Victoria

Saturday June 16, 4:30 pm • Roxie

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Me @ The Zoo

Mississippi: I Am

DIR Chris

DIR Harriet Hirshorn,

Moukarbel, Valerie Veatch USA 2011 90 min

“Leave Britney alone!” screamed Chris Crocker, who would become one of YouTube’s first to be wildly famous for not being famous. Behind these three simple words lies much more than a plea of empathy for a pop star being perpetually hounded by paparazzi. It’s also a powerful cry of rage in this fascinating documentary about a young gay man who fights against bullying in a platform that has changed how we can share stories. Chris, who in high school was gender variant and out, was bullied so severely in school that by eighth grade safety was a major concern — and the school system did nothing to help. Therefore, home schooling became the only choice for survival. Trapped at home but armed with a webcam, Chris’s pioneering persona emerges online via self-made videos which rapidly go viral. On YouTube, anyone can become a “star”; no agents, manager or lawyers needed— just bare your soul and upload. The documentary’s name comes from the title of the first video uploaded to YouTube; indeed Chris lives in the cyber equivalent of a zoo. Chris becomes a folk hero to some and hated for his unapologetic in-yourface queerness by others. The bullying experienced in school only increases with global visibility. This HBO documentary (executive produced by Jim McKay and R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe) goes on to examine Chris’s attempt to get a reality TV show and what happens when Chris’s mother (who was only 14 when she gave birth to Chris) returns home from a tour of duty in Iraq, more troubled than ever. — KEVIN SCHAUB

Katherine Linton 2011 USA 46 min

If you’re from Mississippi, you’re expected to be hospitable, polite and proud. You should hold true to your Christian beliefs and be hard-working. Don’t question authority. Churches are on almost every corner, where homophobic vitriol has been spewed for decades. Under this backdrop, Mississippi: I Am examines the push from young people to bring LGBT civil rights issues to the forefront. From a lesbian who chooses home-schooling to avoid constant bullying, to a gay boy who wants to join the Marines and serve his country, to out and proud native son Lance Bass of ’N Sync fame, to the national press garnering story of Constance who merely wanted to wear a tuxedo to her senior prom and bring her girlfriend as her date, these queer Mississippians share their courageous stories. PRECEDED BY:

Whistlin’ Dixie: Queer Sounds, New South DIR

Meredith Heil 2011 USA 30 min

In this foot-stompin’, guitar-strummin’ ride to the southland, amidst evangelical country radio and confederate flags you’ll find a new generation of queer activists. Rock, folk, bluegrass and country music all seem to waft in the humid air and it deeply informs their sense of community. In Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgia, Whistlin’ Dixie investigates the complex relationship between music, identity politics and resistance through intimate interviews and riveting performances — including a Butchies reunion show in Athens, Georgia and with insightful words from Amy Ray of Indigo Girls. —KEVIN SCHAUB TOTAL RUNNING TIME :

Passionate Politics / A Force of Nature Two of the most influential activists of the past fifty years have more than their passion for Feminism and enthusiasm for change in common; they are also strong queer women whose contributions are now onscreen. Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch DIR

Tami Gold 2011 USA 58 min

“Women’s rights are human rights!” Though spoken by First Lady Hilary Clinton at the 1995 Beijing World Conference on Women, this concept originated in the life and work of lesbian feminist activist, writer and teacher Charlotte Bunch. From the Civil Rights Movement and anti-Vietnam war sentiments in the ’60s to groundbreaking international activism that changed the definition of human rights violations, Bunch brought to the forefront of activist thought the notion that the personal is political and “at stake is half the human race.” A Force of Nature DIR

Barbara Kopple 2011 USA 47 min

Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA, Shut Up and Sing) is back, inspired by the dynamic whirlwind Ellen Ratner, who heads the Washington bureau of Talk Radio News Service. A reliable voice for old school FDR liberal democrats, the out lesbian Ratner reaches beyond political boundaries to genuinely befriend conservatives, bridging the cultural divide. Whether assisting former slaves in South Sudan or joining forces with Hurricane Katrina survivors, witness the power of one woman’s dedication to connecting people, ideas, and resources through Kopple’s deft lens.

76 min


105 min

Saturday June 23, 1:00 pm • Castro

Saturday June 16, 6:30 pm • Roxie

Friday June 15, 11:00 am • Castro

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Positive Youth

Revealing Mr. Maugham

DIR Charlie

DIR Michael

David 2011 USA 44 min

Positive Youth is a documentary which follows four HIVpositive youth (late teens to 27) in four different North American cities in cinema vérité style. Growing up in the 1980s and 90s we were hammered with terrifying statistics of HIV/AIDS. Thirty years in, we are still learning. What education do youth receive now and why is the youth transmission rate still the highest? We have seen retrospective documentaries on the AIDS crisis and interviews with survivors but what about the positive youth of today? This energetic documentary features accessible and inspirational individuals and the often-rocky road that they’ve traveled to get here. Each of the four subjects present a dynamic perspective on the reality of living positive today. Medical and psychological experts weigh in to provide up-to-date facts and a historical context to the reality of living positively — and these dynamic youth inspire beyond their years to bring us their stories of unparalleled bravery. This free screening will be followed by a panel discussion. PRECEDED BY:

Why We Ride: The Story of AIDS/LifeCycle DIR

Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside 2012 USA 13 min

Each year, more than 2,500 participate in a bicycle ride from SF to LA in order to raise money for the fight against HIV/AIDS. This film tells the story of this emotional journey.

House 2011 France 84 min

Who was W. Somerset Maugham? His hugely successful books and plays were adapted into major Hollywood movies, including Of Human Bondage and The Razor’s Edge; he was the highest paid author of the 1930s. Despite this level of notoriety, the average reader knows little about this fascinating man and his passionate relationship with Gerald Haxton, a native of San Francisco. Filmmaker Michael House’s illuminating documentary explores the professional and private complexities of this literary giant, who very publicly left his wife for the man of his dreams. Through interviews with family, friends and scholars, Revealing Mr. Maugham paints a comprehensive picture of a dynamic life that began with his early struggles and led to his subsequent great success. We learn how a stammering, shy boy from a broken home managed to find his voice and his identity through the world of words. Insightful analysis from writers like Armistead Maupin and Alexander McCall-Smith also frame Maugham’s sexually frank work around issues of gender politics and gay identity. It’s not easy to tell the full story of one man’s life in 84 minutes, but House finds the perfect blend of talking head interviews, homemade video footage and classic Hollywood film clips to craft an exhilarating and informative portrait of a great writer and a gay pioneer. — BRENDAN PETERSON

The Right To Love: An American Family DIR Cassie

Jaye 2012 USA 88 min

Director Cassie Jaye puts a human face to the divisive issue of marriage equality in the U.S. Make that four faces: Jay and Bryan Leffew and their children Daniel and Selena. Thirteen years ago Jay Foxworthy and Bryan Leffew became good friends, fell in love and had a civil union. Along the way, they fostered and adopted Daniel and Selena. When gay marriage was legalized in California in 2008, Jay and Bryan got hitched at City Hall in San Francisco. Happy ever after, right? That second Summer of Love was short-lived as the religious right pushed through California’s Proposition 8 to unconstitutionally ban same-sex marriage, defining marriage as one man and one woman. With a flummoxed No on 8 campaign far outspent by media conservatives and fear mongers, California voters passed Prop 8 to deny rights to their fellow citizens. What the No on 8 campaign needed was the humble, humanizing approach taken by the Leffews. To show that LGBT families are just like anybody else in terms of love and devotion, Jay and Bryan started posting home videos on YouTube and their blog Gay Family Values. Their quiet, steady activism shows the daily trials and triumphs of a typical American family. PRECEDED BY:

Hold on Tight DIR

Anna Rodgers 2011 Ireland 12 min

When it comes to same-sex relationships, showing your love outside of the home is sometimes a complicated personal and political choice. This short documentary moves between the public and private spaces in which lesbian and gay couples live. — CAROL HARADA

Saturday June 16, 11:00 am • Victoria

Thursday June 21, 11:00 am • Castro

Saturday June 16, 11:00 am • Roxie


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Sexing the Transman


Submerged Queer Spaces

DIR Buck

DIR Julie

DIR Jack

Angel 2012 USA 71 min

In this intimate inquiry into transmen’s sexualities, porn star Buck Angel (famously billed as “the man with a vagina”) asks transmen and those who love them about how their bodies, sexualities, and identities are affected by the medical and social process of transition. Exploring the fluidity and nuances of what trans guys do sexually, Angel elicits vulnerable honesty from his subjects about sex with people of various genders, masturbation, fantasies, porn proclivities and kink. In addition to a focus on embodiment and the changes that come with testosterone and/or surgery, Angel also highlights how transition can open up a greater sense of freedom and willingness to explore new types of pleasure and desire. The film includes interviews with Margaret Cho who discusses her identity as a queer bottom attracted to masculinity, and comedian Ian Harvie who reflects on body dysphoria, discomfort with language to describe body parts, and how his relationship with his body and sexuality changed post-transition. Graphic excerpts from Angel’s films are spliced with interview footage and scenes of his subjects playing and proudly exhibiting their wares. PRECEDED BY:

What Makes Us Queer? DIR

Tina Horn, Courtney Trouble 2011 USA 7 min

This explicit mini-doc presents a juxtaposition of visuals of queers having sex and audio clips from an interview that asks, ‘What Makes Us Queer?’ Featuring cameos from queer porn performers including Jiz Lee, James Darling, Tobi Hill-Meyer, Mr. Grey, Madison Young.

Wyman 2012 USA 76 min

Castro muscle bears have nothing on three-time Olympian Cheryl Haworth! “It takes mass to move mass.” That’s what Cheryl, a power lifter who can dead lift more than some of the strongest people in the world, has to say about her size. Cheryl is a big woman — a big, strong, healthy woman— and her effervescent gravitational pull far exceeds her size. Cheryl’s vitality and wit shine through in the first half of the film. In the second act, injury and self-doubt coincide with concerns about her body. What she once saw as a tool for succeeding in the sport she loves, she now sees as a hindrance to a life of love and attraction. Like so many struggles for self-acceptance, Cheryl’s issues are unresolved at the end of the film. That, in itself, is a stark reminder of the power of documentary to capture only a brief snapshot of a larger life. Director Julie Wyman (A Boy Named Sue, Frameline24) and producer Vivian Kleiman (Tongues Untied) ask us to push our boundaries of what we define as “queer film.” In a community where body image and definitions of femininity are so tied up in identity, Cheryl’s experiences challenge the audience to reconcile societal notions of health and beauty with the healthy, beautiful woman on screen. PRECEDED BY:

The Naked-Boy Business, Pt. 2 DIR

Andre Hereford 2011 USA 5 min

A dream-like confession set to music— two wrestlers, kicked off their team for posing nude, bare their souls and brave the consequences. — KATE CARROLL

Curtis Dubowsky 2012 USA 100 min

Submerged Queer Spaces invites you on a colorful stroll through San Francisco queer history in this urban archeological expedition that goes well beyond the Castro and begins long before the first Pride parade. San Francisco’s neighborhoods and population changed significantly post-World War II; buildings were remodeled, rebuilt or destroyed. Neighborhoods gentrified, communities changed and were often displaced. Many of the spaces examined in the early part of the film are bars — which were the primary places queer people were able to socialize and build community. In the ’50s and ’60s, gay watering holes abound in North Beach and the Tenderloin. Soon after, Polk Street is lined with (some cleverly named) gay bars and eateries. The film whisks us to the former sites of these queer spaces with archival images placed over the current location— then slowly fade away, revealing its present day exterior. Interviews with eight longtime San Francisco residents who recount their first-hand stories provide the film’s heartwarming narrative. Gerald Fabien experienced gay San Francisco before WWII, and tells tales of sailors and a harrowing evening cruising in Union Square. Guy Clark and Jae Whitaker discuss the unexpected racism they experienced in otherwise liberal San Francisco. JD Taylor cheerfully remembers Amelia’s and other women’s spaces in the Mission. You will leave the theater with a new eye for architectural details in neighborhoods around San Francisco— and the stories hidden within them. — KEVIN SCHAUB


This program contains sexually explicit material.

Sunday June 17, 9:30 pm • Victoria

Sunday June 17, 11:30 am • Roxie

Saturday June 16, 1:45 pm • Roxie

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Taking a Chance on God DIR Brendan

Fay 2011 USA 54 min

Pioneering gay priest, psychotherapist and teacher, Father John J. McNeill always knew he was gay and had intended to live as a celibate priest. But God had other plans and led him on a more whole holy path. Jesuit-trained in open inquiry, McNeill examined his life as a gay man in a committed relationship and found himself truly blessed to be with his partner Charles Chiarelli. He made peace with being a gay Catholic priest in the late 1950s. This revolutionary private act would have huge societal consequences. At Le Moyne College, Father McNeill protested the Vietnam War, the first WWII vet and priest to do so. He wrote seminal articles dissecting scriptural, doctrinal, ethical, psychiatric and legal views on homosexuality. The subsequent book, The Church and the Homosexual, was published in 1968; his findings: Gay is Good and the Church misguided. McNeill’s writings inspired the formation of Dignity, the LGBT Catholic organization. (Dignity SF celebrates its 40th anniversary this year). His book’s success caused the Church to silence McNeill on the subject. He complied and yet continued to teach, leading a pivotal 1977 retreat that influenced future Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson and others longing to reconcile their sexual orientation and their faith. PRECEDED BY:

The Arrival DIR Narissa Lee 2011 USA 5 min A light hearted look at both the fear and non-event of LGBT people joining inclusive churches. Sister Mercy DIR Laura Hadden 2011 USA 8 min Kelli Dunham, a genderqueer comic, reflects on her time as a nun.

Transgender Tuesdays: A Clinic in the Tenderloin DIR Mark

Freeman 2012 USA 50 min

Transgender Tuesdays tells the story of the Tom Waddell Health Center, the first low-cost public health clinic opened specifically for transgender clients. Nestled in the heart of San Francisco, people came for the hormones and stayed for the health care. The film addresses the dire need for and specific needs of transgender health care through in-depth interviews with patients who have long been marginalized. The word “transgender” was coined in 1969; today, there are more than a million transgender Americans from every walk of life. The intriguing stories of these courageous patients at times horrify and other times inspire. Alarming statistics of bullying, violence, abuse, homelessness, addiction and suicide roll on screen — all resulting from the daily discrimination trans folks face from all sides — medical, judicial, economic, social, educational and familial. To date, trans people have few legal protections and it’s really tough to get and hold a “traditional” job— even in San Francisco. While the “Bad Old Days” are not yet over, narrator Veronica Klaus beams about the most significant change: transgender people are helping each other navigate the system and avoid its pitfalls— and taking control of their right to medical care. For the past 16 years, the Tom Waddell Health Center has played a pivotal role in fostering transgender community building. These days, young kids coming out as trans have a chance to escape some of the horrors prior generations had to overcome.

UNFIT: Ward vs. Ward DIR Edwin Scharlau III, Katherine Carmichael, Penny Edmiston 2011 USA 75 min

Who’s the better parent: a convicted murderer or a lesbian? A question that seems absurd to most of us was grist for a contentious and nightmarish custody battle that played out in Florida state courts in the mid-1990s. UNFIT: Ward vs. Ward tells the heartbreaking and astonishing story of devoted mother and out lesbian Mary Ward, who found herself fighting John Ward, her convicted murderer ex-husband, for custody of their 11-year-old daughter, Cassey. The story of Mary’s struggle to prevent deadbeat dad John — who served eight years for murdering his first wife and had shown little or no interest in his daughter before Mary petitioned for an increase in child support payments — from gaining custody of Cassey is told through interviews with family, friends and attorneys (including Kate Kendall, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and one of Mary Ward’s appellate attorneys). Although we like to think that lesbian and gay parents fare better today, Mary’s story serves as a reminder of what can happen when one judge decides that a child “should be given the opportunity and the option to live in a non-lesbian world.” — KATE CARROLL


This film features graphic discussion of transphobic violence.


Saturday June 23, 11:00 am • Victoria

Saturday June 23, 11:00 am • Castro

Sunday June 17, 2:00 pm • Victoria

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United in Anger: A History of ACT UP

What’s in a Name





With a deft combination of unobtrusive documentary camera work and near-hallucinogenic theatrical sequences, Eva Küpper’s debut film reveals a fascinating segment of gender terrorist and body art performer Jon Cory’s (a.k.a. Rose Wood’s) journey. Working by day restoring furniture, Rose performs five nights a week to applause and controversy. Quickly discovering that audiences demanded and even fed on a certain level of transgression challenged Cory’s performances to become more confrontational, verging on direct-action: think ’70s extreme performance art/Viennese Actionism/slasher horror film. An integral component of Cory’s gender terrorism is “the speed at which information is given” which causes an internal shock or stirring for the audience that usually brings down the house. Dispelling hard views of gender and gender roles, Cory embodies performance in everyday life — as Küpper documents life pre- and post-breast implant we take the journey as well. Especially touching is the support and love shown by his Jewish mother. Intimately shocking and wildly funny, this film embodies many sides of a manifold personality. With the physical changes of the fragile human body, the fluidity and possibilities of being becomes more and more apparent.

Hubbard 2012 USA 93 min

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP is a featurelength documentary about the birth and growth of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. It examines how the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), a small group of men and women of all races and classes, came together to change the world and save each other’s lives. At best, early information about AIDS was shrouded in silence. ACT UP emerges from the anger and rage at the invisibility of the AIDS crisis and the inaction of governmental agencies. ACT UP was superbly skilled at crafting media events that would garner the attention of the press. The film takes us through the planning and execution of a dozen major actions. Utilizing oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well as rare archival footage including clips of Vito Russo, the film depicts the efforts of ACT UP as it battles corporate greed, social indifference, and seemingly insurmountable government neglect. This fascinating documentary reveals the group’s complex culture, from its meetings to affinity groups to how it strategized on civil disobedience. Most importantly, the film demonstrates the ways in which ACT UP helped to shift how AIDS was represented in U.S. culture and responded to by the government. — KEVIN SCHAUB

Küpper 2010 Belgium 70 min


In Search of Avery Willard DIR

Tsang 2012 USA 74 min

Wildness is a portrait of the Silver Platter, a historic bar in the MacArthur Park area that has been a thriving part of the Latin/LGBT immigrant communities since 1963. Chronicling what happens to the bar when art student, Chicago transplant and director Wu Tsang falls in love with the bar and sets up a weekly dance/performance art party, it raises the questions of how popular is too popular? What happens when the safe spaces in our community start to go mainstream? Throughout the film we see the bar struggle with success as the clientele start to move away from its Latino working class, immigrant and transgender base towards a more hipster flavored audience that doesn’t always respect the original community and family aspect of the bar. As media outlets start covering the immensely popular party, the new attention on the bar brings increased police surveillance and some of the regular girls of the bar are deported. Inspired by narrative documentaries such as Marlon Riggs’s Tongues Untied and Charles Atlas’s Hail the New Puritan, director Wu Tsang decided at that moment to utilize his previous organizing experience and film it. Full of love, energy, pathos and community, Wildness in essence is the love story between a young, idealistic queer person in search of something and the magical bar that takes him in and helps him grow up.

Cary Kehayan 2012 USA 24 min


Who was Avery Willard? Photographer, filmmaker, writer, publisher, leatherman, pornographer...this short uncovers the life and work of a groundbreaking but perhaps forgotten artist.

This film is a Frameline Completion Fund recipient.


Tuesday June 19, 11:00 am • Castro

Thursday June 21, 9:15 pm • Roxie

Friday June 15, 9:30 pm • Victoria

$8 members, $9 general

$10 members, $11 general

$10 members, $11 general







Bay Area Buffet

Gay and bisexual men face a lot of obstacles when it comes to love, whether it’s one-night stands, age differentials, first dates, first love, separations, or even our families. Either way, it’s a battlefield! Join us for some of the best gay men’s shorts of the year. The emotional negotiation of a one-night stand in Battlefield offers a snapshot of single-serve love and the desire for more. Slow tells the story of an online hook up and each person’s very different expectations of the evening. Cody and his older lover discover an eye locked within a snow bank outside their vacation cabin in The Eyes and the Ice. Nick is a gay man living in Los Angeles with his partner Brian and their dog Chloe. When Nick attends his nephew’s First Birthday (Dol), he finds himself yearning for a life just out of reach. In Sabbatical, Phillip and Sam grapple with the concept of having taken time apart from one another and dealing with the consequences of coming back together after this mutually agreed-upon separation. Prora is on the Baltic Sea, a mysterious, endless place that is a deserted former Nazi vacation center and communist military complex — here teenagers Jan and Matthieu embark on a risky game.

From the drag queens and bears of the Castro to the butches of Oakland, this is a local cinematic smorgasbord. Anyone with a go-bag will identify with director Laura Green’s preoccupation with earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural phenomena, in Disaster (a personal geography). Local director Shani Heckman America’s Most Unwanted reveals the lives of foster youth and exposes the homophobia in the foster care system. In Love is Not Enough, Eric must choose whether to stay with his polyamorous boyfriend, Conrad. A young man’s emotional attachments are put to the test after discovering his lover’s lifeless body in Blood Flow. The Bears of San Francisco are celebrated from beard to toe in a celebration of furry masculinity. How does a dating site user’s choice of words impact HIV-positive men? Ub2 debates the true meanings of terms such as “clean” or “disease-free” in the dating lexicon. The drag culture of San Francisco is examined in a doc featuring local performers in Off Castro. Queers on a Boat begs the question, “how queer is a parody of a parody?” In Dyke Central Pilot two butches search for a third roomie, who sets out to discover the real Oakland.

BATTLEFIELD dir Tim Marshall 2011 Australia 9 min SLOW dir Darius Monroe 2011 USA 13 min THE EYES AND THE ICE dir Ian Samuels 2011 USA 11 min FIRST BIRTHDAY (DOL) dir Andrew Ahn 2011 USA 12 min SABBATICAL dir Glenn Kiser 2012 USA 12 min PRORA dir Stephane Riethauser 2012 Switzerland 23 min in French and German with English subtitles TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 81 min

DISASTER (A PERSONAL GEOGRAPHY) dir Laura Green 2011 USA 9 min AMERICA’S MOST UNWANTED dir Shani Heckman 2012 USA 21 min LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH dir Bryan Darling 2011 USA 12 min BLOOD FLOW dir Jimmy Defebaugh 2011 USA 6 min THE BEARS OF SAN FRANCISCO dir Mike Agnew, Samantha André, Sabrina Tan Fen Yi, Eunice Lai 2012 USA 8 min UB2 dir Dan Goldes 2011 USA 5 min OFF CASTRO dir Kay O. Anderson, Ashmita Nair, Rudy Lona 2012 USA 10 min QUEERS ON A BOAT dir Dara Sklar 2011 USA 3 min DYKE CENTRAL PILOT dir Florencia Manovil 2011 USA 22 min TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 96 min

Friday June 15, 1:45 pm • Castro

Sunday June 17, 11:00 am • Victoria

$8 members, $9 general

$8 members, $9 general








Bi Candy

Black & Blue All Over

Con Tu Nombre

Love triangles, rectangles and circles abound as bi characters find themselves caught in nightmares, enveloped by fantasies, traveling in foreign lands or just trying to get home and make out. The stakes are high in these genre- and realitybending shorts that will keep you guessing, laughing, gasping and maybe even weeping. Can you be allergic to love? Do You Have a Cat? explores the trials of one bisexual dating a variety of pet owners. Jenny is disappearing in a flash of feathers, but she is vividly remembered by her lovers and friends in Jenny Mi Amor. Dreams, reality, sex and sexuality blur leaving Lex stranded in her own nightmares (or are they realities?) in Gyre. Some people can’t even make it to hump day in Tuesday Night Make-Out, as a couple’s attempt at a little election day QT causes suspicion among friends. Get transported by Continental Drift as forbidden passion ignites between a Serbian woman and her mysterious Australian houseguest. Travel bi sea? Queers on a Boat begs the question, “how queer is a parody of a parody?”

A titillating trio of kink films are sure to deliver and leave marks as a couple’s play date with a newbie gets triangulated, viewers are treated to a primer on staying kinky in one’s golden years and a doc portrait of a fetishist with a well-endowed footwear collection. Chloe Likes Olivia is a sexy drama that unfolds in the course of one night. Olivia has brought home an eager student as a surprise gift for her girlfriend. But tonight, what was supposed to be hot three-way play gets complicated. In Law and Order we are welcomed into Manfred and Jürgen’s home for an intimate visit. Now here’s an inspiring sight: two naked elderly gay men talking about their relationship and the good old days, and chatting in a refreshingly candid manner about their fetishes, sadomasochistic predilections and bondage. What is more important? The boots or the man wearing them or the man worshipping them? In a storeroom in Brazil, a pair of leather boots caught the eye of a young Celso and a fetishist was born. Today he is an artist making explicit fetish art. A former Bear who slimmed down just so he could wear more of his beloved gear, Celso is a bonafide boot pig! The Life and Death of Celso Junior is an intriguing look into the life, musings, the art and the many deaths of a fetishist.

This impressive collection of queer Latin@ shorts brings together a strong blend of poder, fe y nuestra familia. Family photos entwine with sacred ritual and relationship remembrance, fly homeboys and crushedout schoolgirls explore their deseos, a ranchero yearns of being una reina, and a precious regalo is shared with comunidad. The Piece of Furniture in the living room serves as one family’s proud and sacred window to their menaje. In The Blessed, Papa has arranged for his hija to play the Virgin Mary in a procession as a means to heal her. Casa explores the relationship of a female couple in this delicate recuerdo. Kicking it on The Bridge a young vato braves the consequences of coming-out in his tough Los Angeles barrio. Poetry is all over the streets of Brasilia and in the eyes of two schoolgirls in The Art of Walking Through The Streets. A Good Son is forced to decide whether he will pursue his dream or remain on his family farm. At his tia’s birthday party, a ten-year-old boy in an upscale Miami home takes advantage of a family gathering to make a very personal announcement in Mariquita.


DO YOU HAVE A CAT? dir Jason Sax 2011 USA 11 min JENNY MI AMOR dir Abigail Severance 2011 USA 10 min GYRE dir Lindsay Morrison 2011 USA 18 min TUESDAY NIGHT MAKE-OUT dir Katie Jones, Richard Paro, Breahan Eve Pautsch, Cyra K. Polizzi 2011 USA 11 min CONTINENTAL DRIFT dir Anna Helme 2012 Australia 15 min in Croatian, English and Serbian with English subtitles QUEERS ON A BOAT dir Dara Sklar 2011 USA 3 min TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 72 min


This program contains sexually explicit material CHLOE LIKES OLIVIA dir Mette Kjærgaard 2011 Denmark 19 min in Danish and English with English subtitles LAW AND ORDER (ZUCHT UND ORDNUNG) dir Jan Soldat 2012 Germany 9 min in German with English subtitles THE LIFE AND DEATH OF CELSO JUNIOR dir Panayotis Evangelidis 2011 Greece 48 min TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 76 min

THE PIECE OF FURNITURE (EL MUEBLE DE LAS FOTOS) dir Giovanni Maccelli 2009 Spain 3 min in Spanish with English subtitles THE BLESSED (LA SANTA) dir Mauricio López Fernández 2012 Chile 15 min in Spanish with English subtitles CASA dir Rene Guerra 2011 Brazil 6 min THE BRIDGE dir Andrés Torres-Vives 2011 USA 8 min THE ART OF WALKING THROUGH THE STREETS (A ARTE DE ANDAR PELAS RUAS DE BRASILIA) dir Rafaela Camelo 2011 Brazil 18 min in Portuguese with English subtitles A GOOD SON (UN BUEN HIJO) dir Juan Gil Garcia 2011 Mexico 21 min in Spanish with English subtitles MARIQUITA dir Bill Bilowit 2011 USA 14 min TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 85 min

Wednesday June 20, 9:30 pm • Victoria

Thursday June 21, 9:30 pm • Victoria

Tuesday June 19, 7:00 pm • Victoria

$10 members, $11 general

$10 members, $11 general

$10 members, $11 general









Empire of Evil

Fly By Night

Fun in Boys Shorts

This program contains three of the wackiest, most outlandish films at Frameline36. Feast your eyes on an inter-galactic gay super hero, a John Waters-like fairy tale, and a lurid and sleazy life and death drama by the late George Kuchar. We begin our program with the peerless science student Walter Gilman who meets his match in Eve Walpurgis and promptly falls in love. But when Eve is taken by an extra-dimensional terror, Walter is forced to summon a demon of his own: the anachronistic Doctor Glamour. In Love and Anger, the tale of Cousin Wonderlette whose mother has treated her like human garbage (literally) her entire life. One day she discovers she has a clumsy and unsophisticated Fairy Godmother who transports her to a far away land from another time. We conclude with our title work by George Kuchar, which was his last student class film. The celebrated underground film director, who just passed away last year, had this to say about Empire of Evil, “This high octane drama that I made with my students at the SF Art Institute chronicles the moral decline of its heroine, as the love of a man she obsesses over drives her over something else: a cliff into hell. It’s a free fall all the way to the bottom destination, and there’s a heck of a lot of nice looking, young people along for the ride. The picture has a fallen hero too and Gay Festivals take note: his slide into a homo-erotic environment makes for some slippery slopes worth keeping greasy!”

This is an eclectic collection containing dramatic and comic stories about the sorrows and joys of our lives and how it affects our lovers, our families and our friends. A couple’s love for one another has disintegrated into indifference and betrayal in Entwine. Danny must face this dilemma and question his commitment to a stale relationship. Raymond is a terminally ill gay man who comes home to seek forgiveness from the lover he abandoned, but redemption comes from an unlikely source. In Empire, Rick and Sage evaluate their commitment to one another when one of them decides to join the armed services. Jiro Onuma worked in the prison mess hall along side muscular men, and Looking for Jiro is a musical mash-up video featuring drag king performance, U.S. propaganda footage, muscle building and homo-erotic bread making. In Fortune Cookie Magic Tricks, a traditional Chinese father struggles to cope with his son’s sexuality, which then takes an absurd and comical turn. A Song of Despair is about a couple deciding on the future of their relationship. Lastly, a young man has a sexual relationship with another man for money in Fly By Night, while he tries to not let on to his older brother what he’s up to.

Join us for our annual crowd-pleasing favorite of best of men’s comic shorts. We kick off with Vince and Daniel who each week attend Couples Therapy, and each week they have something to talk about. From Australia, Two Guys in a Backyard sees a man put his friendship on the line during a backyard sparring session. Four Pounds is the story of an actor (Scott Thompson from Kids in the Hall) who intently focuses on the goal of losing some weight. Prom night in the South Bronx, Michael is in for an evening of hilarity and hope as he decides whether or not to ‘kick it’ to his high school Crush. In 33 Teeth, Eddie accidentally spies upon his attractive neighbor as he steps out of the shower with a red comb. Learn how to kiss in 7 Deadly Kisses. A cartoon character goes to therapy because he feels rejected in a ‘live-action’ world that dislikes those who are different in Unanimated. When William’s family joins their oddball guests, Friday nights are not as boring as usual in Shabbat Dinner. In Alone with Mr. Carter, John dreams of becoming a cop and wants to confide in his neighbor that he is secretly in love with him— but time is of the essence.

DOCTOR GLAMOUR dir Andrew Jones 2011 USA 15 min LOVE AND ANGER dir Brian Benson 2012 USA 17 min EMPIRE OF EVIL dir George Kuchar 2011 USA 51 min TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 83 min

ENTWINE dir Raymond Yeung 2011 USA 10 min RAYMOND dir Mark V. Reyes 2011 Philippines 17 min in Tagalog and English with English subtitles EMPIRE dir Nick Corporon 2011 USA 14 min LOOKING FOR JIRO dir Tina Takemoto 2011 USA 6 min in Japanese and English with English subtitles FORTUNE COOKIE MAGIC TRICKS dir Alex Chu 2011 USA 11 min A SONG OF DESPAIR dir King Liu 2012 USA 5 min in Mandarin & Cantonese with English subtitles FLY BY NIGHT dir Tae-Gyum Son 2011 South Korea 22 min in Korean with English subtitles TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 85 min

COUPLES THERAPY dir Mike Rose 2012 USA 10 min TWO GUYS IN A BACKYARD dir Tez Frost 2011 Australia 5 min FOUR POUNDS dir Josh Levy, Robi Levy 2010 Canada 8 min CRUSH dir Gloria LaMorte 2011 USA 9 min 33 TEETH dir Evan Roberts 2011 Canada 8 min 7 DEADLY KISSES dir Sammaria Simanjuntak 2011 Indonesia 4 min SHABBAT DINNER dir Michael Morgenstern 2012 USA 15 min UNANIMATED dir Emilio Martí López 2011 Spain 8 min in Spanish with English subtitles ALONE WITH MR. CARTER dir Jean-Pierre Bergeron 2011 Canada 18 min TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 85 min

Saturday June 16, 11:00 am • Castro $8 members, $9 general


Saturday June 23, 9:15 pm • Roxie

Tuesday June 19, 4:30 pm • Castro

Sunday June 24, 2:00 pm • Castro

$10 members, $11 general

$8 members, $9 general

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Fun in Girls Shorts Public processing, princess meets maiden, missed connections, inopportune allergy attacks, Bollywood drag king dreams and unrequited lovers— bring a date, find a date, heck, dump a date at this stellar offering of queer women’s shorts! In the anti-romantic comedy Coffee & Pie a couple must come to term with the fact that theirs is a love that could never be. Emmy kisses a girl on the playground and is left feeling isolated and alone. The Grand High Council of Fairy Tale Rules and Standards sends her a hetero-normative fairytale to set her down the ‘right’ path in The Maiden and The Princess. Moleskin notebooks and serendipity make two hotties cross paths in Half. It’s hard searching for love in the modern world, especially when you’re a severely allergic bisexual woman who must ask Do You Have a Cat? Good thing you have a rockin’ bestie (Buffy’s Amber Benson) for advice in finding Mr. or Ms. Right! As a young girl, Fawzia Mirza fell under the spell of Bollywood heroines and their promise of love and feminine perfection. As an adult, she looks back and re-imagines an epic romance in The Queen of My Dreams. In postwar Japan, Tsuyako, a factory worker and mother, must decide between duty and love, her family and her freedom.

Generations: Youth and Elders Making Movies Celebrate youth and elders in this collection of shorts. In What Do You Know? Six to Twelve Year-Olds Talk About Gays and Lesbians, elementary school students share their unique perspective. In Hear Me Now, three deaf members of the local LGBT community discuss identity, activism and adversity. A troubled teen navigates his discovery that he is gay, and possibly transgender in Scar, created in BAVC’s Factory youth program. Teens Like Phil explores the roots of the bullying epidemic. Gender Menu exams a dystopic society where the gender binary has taken over...until a gender rebel sparks a change. At his tia's birthday party, a boy makes a personal announcement in Mariquita. The arrival of a package leads a disenchanted queer youth to a colorful encounter in Lost and Found. San Francisco Past and Present tells a series of intergenerational stories that offer a glimpse of LGBT locals. A youth and an elder discuss the future and the past in Run-A-Ways.

Hella Love — QWOCMAP Shorts From queer family values to a mother coming out to her grown children, to magical musical film mash-ups with novice fairy godmothers, these joyous films rip the veil off societal expectations! Elope with your heart and solemnly vow undying delight! For forty years, legendary drummer Carolyn Brandy has infused her percussion with Drum Love Joy. Queer Asian women and their children see their Family Blessings shine through everyday devotion. A queer Mexicana couple journey through online dating and across borders to find their Corazon de Melon. After a life-changing accident, a Black lesbian model finds her true Love Ability where she least expects it. During a zombie apocalypse, a genderqueer Asian survives A Night In The Woods with some help. With her new fairy godmother, a woman gets One Wish packed with much more than she asked. A queer Asian efficiency expert focuses on Chicks And Love to get betrothed by her next birthday. All films created through Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP).

WHAT DO YOU KNOW? SIX TO TWELVE YEAR OLDS TALK ABOUT GAYS AND LESBIANS dir Ellen Brodsky 2011 USA 13 min HEAR ME NOW dir Elizabeth Albert, Katie Chaplin, Megan Chilman, Brianna Mueller 2011 USA 16 min SCAR dir Lauren Lindberg, Raymundo Archila, Fifer Garbesi 2011 USA 3 min TEENS LIKE PHIL dir Dominic Haxton, David Rosler 2012 USA 20 min GENDER MENU dir Sophie Blinder, Tessa Garcia-Duarte, T.R. Raffa 2011 USA 5 min MARIQUITA dir Bill Bilowit 2011 USA 14 min LOST AND FOUND dir Tez Anderson, Perry Bradstreet, Michael Johnstone, Angel VanStark, David Cooney 2012 USA 8 min SAN FRANCISCO PAST AND PRESENT dir Thad Kellam, Patrick Jerome Forte, James Ryan Celis, Cecilia Hui, H ChaseLivingston 2012 USA 8 min RUN-A-WAYS dir Nicki Randolph, Julia Retzlaff, Niko Gasca, Thomas Tavis, Cleo Kempe Towers 2012 USA 8 min TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 95 min

DRUM JOY LOVE dir Shawn Nealy 2012 USA 17 min FAMILY BLESSINGS dir QWOCMAP PRODUCTIONS 2012 USA 25 min CORAZON DE MELON dir Zoila Avilés 2012 USA 13 min LOVE ABILITY dir Alisha Byrd 2012 USA 9 min A NIGHT IN THE WOODS dir Alexander Lee 2012 USA 9 min ONE WISH dir Sandy Martinez 2012 USA 12 min CHICKS AND LOVE dir KJ 2012 USA 9 min TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 94 min

Sunday June 24, 11:30 am • Castro

Sunday June 17, 4:30 pm • Roxie

Sunday June 17, 4:30 pm • Victoria

$8 members, $9 general

$8 members, $9 general

$8 members, $9 general

COFFEE & PIE dir Douglas Horn 2011 USA 16 min THE MAIDEN AND THE PRINCESS dir Ali Scher 2011 USA 18 min HALF dir Alex Bohs 2011 USA 6 min DO YOU HAVE A CAT? dir Jason Sax 2011 USA 11 min THE QUEEN OF MY DREAMS dir Fawzia Mirza, Ryan Logan 2011 USA 3 min in Hindi and English with English subtitles TSUYAKO dir Mitsuyo Miyazaki 2011 Japan 24 min in Japanese with English subtitles TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 78 min

Saturday June 16, 1:30 pm • Castro $8 members, $9 general









In The Life

It’s Complicated

Mystery Date

This potent compilation of Black queer shorts takes us on a journey of keeping it real with fine fellas looking for love, campy Foxy Brown-inspired burlesqueploitation, strong ladies seeking understanding and fierce allies confronting “The Church.” Two Bodies examines sexual identity and the fragility of silence within a motherdaughter relationship. Prom night in the South Bronx, Michael is in for an evening of hilarity and hope as he decides whether or not to ‘kick it’ to his high school Crush. Nefertitty is one bad burlesque mother. The suckers in the city have found cocaine that turns them into albino zombies. They better run cause Nefertitty is back in town and it’s twirling time! The allure of an online hook-up brings together two handsome strangers in Slow. While grieving the sudden death of his partner, Michael finds himself embroiled in a legal battle over burial rights with his mother-in-law in Free Man. Thomas Allen Harris (That’s My Face, Frameline26) crafts a truly inspiring doc about same-sex marriage, Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness, focusing on Massachusetts State Representative and Civil Rights Movement veteran Byron Rushing, who took the campaign for gay marriage into the Black community, confronting the church and finding important straight allies.

Whether you have been together for years or mere hours, relationships can be nerve-racking, confusing and downright strange. For anyone who has ever felt completely lost in the world of dating, may you find refuge in these tales of the awkward moments that haunt those of us who have ever been in love (or lust). In 2nd Best, a pesky set of IKEA furniture and an empty fridge test the patience of one couple. Tristan and Zooey hope to reconnect on a road trip with their fluffy cat Stephen, but can they find what they’re looking for at “The Thing?” What is left to say between Lucas and Arthur as they learn to navigate the space left in a relationship that is no more When Night Falls Silent. In Battlefield, the emotional negotiation of a one-night stand provides a contemporary snapshot of single-serve love and gay men’s desire for more. Finally, in A Safe Place for the Wild, couple Elisa and Klara share an intimate relationship with next door neighbor Maryam. Together with some friends, they tear down the wall between their two apartments, and the house warming party turns into a chaotic swirl of dancing, longing and desire.

Indulge your CSI gay mind as corpses, cops and coffins stack up in this suspense-filled program. Revenge in drag, mannequins that flip your mind, gothic tales that will upend you and gay serial killers...great night for a mystery date! In Silver Stiletto two straight men are found dead in a dumpster outside of a gay bar — could a disheveled drag queen really be responsible? A onenight stand might turn out to be your last — is this the work of a serial killer? Regrets will reveal all. An empty shopping mall and a basement full of mannequins, Night Shift follows a window dresser and a security guy as they form a friendship with deadly consequences. In The Rookie and the Runner, a jogger in a park gets more than he bargained for when he encounters two handsome strangers. My Night with Andrew Cunanan portrays one drunken gay man’s decisions during an encounter in San Francisco with future serial killer Andrew Cunanan. In It’s Just a Detail, a killer gets a surprise when cleaning up the scene of the crime. In Ursula’s Victory, Ursula stops at the gate of an old cemetery and breaks the chains that keep her from entering. In her right hand she is holding a shovel, and in her left, a heavy suitcase... what does Ursula unearth?

TWO BODIES dir Nijla Mumin 2011 USA 13 min CRUSH dir Gloria LaMorte 2011 USA 9 min NEFERTITTY dir Lola Rock’N’Rolla 2011 USA 15 min SLOW dir Darius Monroe 2011 USA 13 min FREE MAN dir Katie Rotondi 2010 USA 17 min MARRIAGE EQUALITY: BYRON RUSHING AND THE FIGHT FOR FAIRNESS dir Thomas Allen Harris 2011 USA 16 min TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 83 min

2ND BEST dir Sarah Gertrude Shapiro 2012 USA 8 min THE THING dir Rhys Ernst 2011 USA 16 min WHEN NIGHT FALLS SILENT dir Herbert Bianchi 2011 Brazil 12 min in Portuguese with English subtitles BATTLEFIELD dir Tim Marshall 2011 Australia 9 min A SAFE PLACE FOR THE WILD dir Hanna Högstedt 2011 Sweden 45 min in French, Swedish and English with English subtitles TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 90 min

SILVER STILETTO dir Luke Mayze 2011 Australia 15 min REGRETS dir Michelle Pollino 2011 USA 11 min NIGHT SHIFT dir Carlos Ruano 2011 Spain 17 min in Spanish with English subtitles THE ROOKIE AND THE RUNNER dir Augie Robles 2012 USA 11 min MY NIGHT WITH ANDREW CUNANAN dir Devin Kordt-Thomas 2011 USA 11 min IT’S JUST A DETAIL dir Giovanni Maccelli 2010 Spain 3 min in Spanish with English subtitles URSULA’S VICTORY dir Nacho Ruipérez, Julio Marti 2011 Spain 17 min in Spanish with English subtitles TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 85 min

Friday June 22, 7:00 pm • Victoria

Monday June 18, 9:30 pm • Roxie

Saturday June 16, 9:15 pm • Roxie

$10 members, $11 general

$10 members, $11 general

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Us. A Family Album

Ever wonder what the apocalypse, talking penises and a gay cartoon musical have in common? We’re not sure either, but they’re all subjects in our annual animated program. On a trip to “Crippled Children’s Camp,” Terry Galloway falls for the swimming instructor, nearly drowning in The Performance of Drowning. It’s girl meets girl in Half, but is it ever that simple? Two queer characters question the meaning of the end of the world in Land: An Animation. Nowhere to Run: Paul’s Story from ORAM (Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration) chronicles the challenges Paul faces as he tries to escape to the U.K. from Jamaica. Animated nocturnal emissions never looked so sexy as in Strong and Dreaming. Based on the popular gay comic strip, Troy: Naked Boy Behind Bars, Sing! is a silly, sweet, slightly sarcastic, animated satire of gaysploitation entertainment. In the heart of the Australian outback lives Miss Beaver Eater who reveals her filthiest fantasies in The Confession of Father John Thomas. In The Paper Mirror cartoonist Alison Bechdel and painter Riva Lehrer and collaborate on a new artistic project.

From the stylings of burly transmen to animated fairy tales to the first music video by local singer/songwriter StormMiguel Florez, this year’s crop of Transtastic! films features an eclectic representation of our trans community. 36A tells an original story of transformation and discovery. In My Inner Turmoil, an Indian woman faces angst as she navigates living life in two genders. Lili Longed to Feel Her Insides is a fairy tale inspired by pioneer trans woman Lili Elbe. Animated nocturnal emissions never looked so sexy as in the meditation on self-love in Strong and Dreaming. A transgender man rapidly dons and sheds a closetful of sweaters in Threadbare. Set against an impressionistic backdrop, Oscillare follows Alyson Bowles along the remnants of a golden dream. A teenage prostitute must take creative measures to escape a brothel when her secret is discovered in Nisa. With haunting suburban visuals backed by the rich sounds of Toronto based-band Ohbijou, Akin examines the silent secrets of a shared past. Hairdresser Phyo Lay provides a rare glimpse into the emergent gay community in Burmese Butterfly. StormMiguel Florez drinks deep to forget in his first music video, featuring SF queer and trans celebrities and zombies in I’ve Been to Manhattan.

“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done and the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.” These shorts honor the loving intentionality of creating queer families as well as the multitude of gifts and exquisite challenges that can arise for parents and parents to-be. A couple on a first date discuss the complexities of procreation. If only their Daddy Issues were their biggest hurdle. A suddenly single drag chanteuse tries to fill the void in her life after her plans to start a family fall apart in Queen. Us. A Family Album is a striking montage of home movies proving that all family and all love is equal. The beautifully complicated Stitches finds a couple at the hospital on the evening after their child is born. The Devotion Project: Listen from the Heart, traces the relationship of two Oakland women, from their initial meeting and love affair, through the birth of their child, a boy with a heart condition who enriches their lives in ways they could never have imagined. When her teenage daughter is accepted to university one mother is forced to confront the state of her relationship and her life in Reprise. Uncle Nick attends his baby nephew’s Dol, a traditional Korean first birthday party, and finds himself yearning for a life just out of reach.

This program contains graphic violence THE PERFORMANCE OF DROWNING dir Jeanette Castillo, Terry Galloway 2011 USA 10 min HALF dir Alex Bohs 2011 USA 6 min LAND: AN ANIMATION dir Lares Feliciano 2011 USA 6 min NOWHERE TO RUN: PAUL’S STORY dir Matthew Heckart 2011 USA 4 min STRONG AND DREAMING dir Kalapa 2011 USA 7 min TROY: NAKED BOYS BEHIND BARS, SING! dir Michael Derry 2011 USA 14 min THE CONFESSION OF FATHER JOHN THOMAS dir Elka Kerkhofs 2011 Australia 5 min THE PAPER MIRROR dir Charissa King-O’Brien 2012 USA 26 min TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 86 min


36A dir Alejandro Gabriel Cruz Gonzalez 2011 USA 15 min MY INNER TURMOIL dir Rashmi V 2012 USA 9 min LILI LONGED TO FEEL HER INSIDES dir Wren Warner, Adelaide Windsome 2011 USA 5 min STRONG AND DREAMING dir Kalapa 2011 USA 7 min THREADBARE dir Lucas Crawford 2011 Canada 3 min OSCILLARE dir Lauren Feiring 2011 USA 9 min NISA dir Doug Archibald 2010 USA 12 min AKIN dir Chase Joynt 2012 Canada 9 min BURMESE BUTTERFLY dir Hnin Ei Hlaing 2011 Germany 13 min I’VE BEEN TO MANHATTAN dir StormMiguel Florez 2012 USA 5 min TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 87 min

DADDY ISSUES dir Carolina Roca-Smith 2011 USA 14 min QUEEN dir Adam Rose 2011 USA 22 min US. A FAMILY ALBUM dir Natalia Babinski 2011 USA 7 min STITCHES dir Adiya Imri Orr 2011 Israel 18 min in Hebrew with English subtitles THE DEVOTION PROJECT: LISTEN FROM THE HEART dir Antony Osso 2012 USA 10 min REPRISE dir Shripriya Mahesh 2011 USA 14 min FIRST BIRTHDAY (DOL) dir Andrew Ahn 2011 USA 12 min in Korean and English with English subtitles TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 97 min

Sunday June 17, 7:00 pm • Roxie

Thursday June 21, 7:00 pm • Victoria

Monday June 18, 7:00 pm • Roxie

$10 members, $11 general

$10 members, $11 general

$10 members, $11 general







Worldly Affairs

Worldly Women

This year’s edition of the best and sexiest international gay men’s shorts takes us on a tour of Latin America, the Middle East and Down Under. We’ll visit a drag show in Cuba, take a train ride in Europe, explore a park in the Middle East and finish our journey at a juvenile detention center in Australia. Jonathan’s thirst for love brings him to the park for the first time in Your Warmth; but he just wants to be held. Will the park offer him that? In Alle Werden, Samuel meets Philippe, a handsome, highly admired colleague of his best friend Andreas. As the two get close, Andreas becomes irritated and put in the uncomfortable position to watch his best mate helplessly fall in love. Every weekend at an illegal drag show in a suburb of Havana, 17-year-old Sebastián transforms into Mila Caos, but Sebastián suffers from his mother’s indifference and dreams that one day she will see him on stage. Sandro and Ivo study together in a high school in Brazil but have a troubled relationship in More or Less. When there is less than expected, there may be more than you think. In The Wilding, Malcolm, a juvenile delinquent, is offered parole, yet he is torn between his chance for freedom and protecting the one he loves.

Take your mind on a tour around the globe with this women’s shorts program, with destinations unlimited — seductive hotel rooms, dimly lit nightclubs, rugged coastlines and threesomes. In Chloe Likes Olivia a Danish love triangle unfolds. After a night out, Olivia brings home Chloe. Chloe is in love with Olivia, but Olivia is in a relationship with Andrea, who is waiting at home. In Continental Drift Adele, a young Australian woman travels by the Croatian sea, she meets Antonija and together they discover the uncanny intimacy that can develop between strangers. For Kerstin and Petra in Fresh Air Therapy 2 their relationship is not their only problem, as they return to couple’s therapy and take part in a role-play. In It’s Just a Detail, a killer gets more of a surprise than she’s bargained for, when cleaning up the scene of the crime. In the darkness of a nightclub One Night finds the meeting place for the first few hours in a young couple’s relationship. In The Blessed Maria’s father has arranged for his thirteen-year-old daughter to play the Virgin Mary. But Maria doesn’t want to. Her father hopes that this will heal her. Maria has no idea if she wants to be healed— and from what, anyway?

YOUR WARMTH dir Zvi Landsman 2011 Israel 14 min in Hebrew and English with English subtitles ALLE WERDEN dir Piet Baumgartner 2011 Switzerland 19 min in German with English subtitles MILA CAOS dir Simon J. Paetau 2011 Cuba/Germany 18 min in Spanish with English subtitles MORE OR LESS dir Alexander Siqueira 2010 Brazil 14 min in Portugese with English subtitles IT’S CONSUMING ME dir Kai Stänicke 2012 Germany 4 min THE WILDING dir Grant Scicluna 2012 Australia 16 min TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 85 min

CHLOE LIKES OLIVIA dir Mette Kjærgaard 2011 Denmark 19 min in Danish and English with English subtitles CONTINENTAL DRIFT dir Anna Helme 2012 Australia 15 min in Croatian, English and Serbian with English subtitles FRESH AIR THERAPY 2 dir Christoph Scheermann 2011 Germany 16 min in German with English subtitles IT’S JUST A DETAIL dir Giovanni Maccelli 2010 Spain 3 min in Spanish with English subtitles ONE NIGHT dir Joséphine Adams 2012 Sweden 23 min in Norwegian with English subtitles THE BLESSED dir Mauricio López Fernández 2012 Chile 15 min in Spanish with English subtitles TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 91 min

Friday June 22, 4:30 pm • Castro

Saturday June 23, 3:30 pm • Castro

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Annie DIR John

Huston 1982 USA 126 min

Sunday June 17, 10:30 am



$8 members, $9 general • ANNI17C Free for ages 12 and under

Leapin’ lizards — we got Annie! Before there was the 99%, those with a hard-knock-life were represented by red-haired ten-year-old fireball title character Annie in this Academy Award winning musical sensation! In a dank New York orphanage run by the often drunk Ms. Hannigan (a spectacular Carol Burnett) no one can top Annie when it comes to fighting boys and rescuing adorable runaway dogs. But under her tough exterior, Annie is just a girl who wants a family of her own. Meanwhile, though the depression rages on across the nation, businessman and ultimate onepercenter Oliver Warbucks (Albert Finney) finds himself in a PR nightmare and decides to welcome an orphan into his home to help his image, and who better than Annie! As Annie and Mr. Warbucks grow closer, Ms. Hannigan’s sinister brother Rooster (Tim Curry) and his girlfriend Lily (Bernadette Peters) threaten Annie’s happiness with the man who could turn out to be her Daddy Warbucks. With the all-star cast of Burnett, Curry, Peters and Finney, and a band of surly girls singing and dancing their way through one of the most infectious soundtracks of all time, this 30th anniversary screening of Annie is not to be missed— for kids and adults of all ages! — ALEXIS WHITHAM


Christine in the Cutting Room A Work-in-Progress Screening, Lecture and Clipshow with Susan Stryker Saturday June 16, 1:30 pm FREE



In a new film project that straddles the boundary between documentary and art, transgender scholar and filmmaker Susan Stryker uses the career of 1950s transsexual icon Christine Jorgensen to explore identity, embodiment, technology and representation. This program will feature an overview of Jorgensen’s career, highlights from archival media discovered during research and a clip from the work-in-progress. Susan Stryker, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona, won an Emmy for her 2005 documentary Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria.



All Over Me DIR Alex

Sichel 1997 USA 97 min

Wednesday June 20, 11:00 am • Castro $8 members, $9 general


Hailed by PopcornQ as “The Hottest Lesbo Romance You’ve Ever Seen” All Over Me is a timeless coming of age story set amidst a fierce riot grrrl soundtrack. Claude and Ellen are 15-year-old best friends growing up in Hell’s Kitchen in the late 90s— they are riot grrrls-in-training practicing barre chords on electric guitars with no amps in Claude’s bedroom. The duo plan to start a band, which is prevented by Ellen dating thuggish, homophobic, cocaine-dealing Mark. Up and comer Alison Folland earned an Independent Spirit Award nom for her endearing portrayal of Claude, whose bright red hair and budding baby-butch demeanor make her visibly queer. Luke, a gay musician who has just moved into Claude’s building, senses Claude’s isolation and convinces her to check out a place where she might find “other girls looking to start a girl band.” At a dyke bar, Claude meets Lucy (a very preThe L Word Leisha Hailey), an adorable pink-haired guitarist in the house band. A romance blossoms haltingly with endearingly authentic teenage clumsiness. But, a friend’s violent murder rocks the neighborhood— and someone in the group knows something, but what will it take to make them speak up? This 1997 Teddy Award-winning drama by the Sichel Sisters (director Alex and writer Sylvia) received funding to make a film about the riot grrrl music scene. The hard-hitting soundtrack is core to the film and features Ani DiFranco, Sleater-Kinney and Patti Smith. By the end, there is a queer riot going on— and the guitars do get plugged in— with the distortion pedals cranked up to “10.”

Head On DIR Ana

Kokkinos 1998 Australia 104 min

Friday June 15, 5:00 pm • Roxie $8 members, $9 general


Head On is an award-winning 1998 Australian film based on the acclaimed novel Loaded by Christos Tsiolkas. Hunky Alex Dimitriades stars as Ari, a brooding, unemployed 19-year-old gadabout who lives at home with his very traditional Greek parents in the inner city of Melbourne. He’s living in a powder keg and giving off SPONSORED BY sparks, numbing the pain of his turbulent home life with drugs and seedy back-alley encounters. His father finds Ari’s irresponsible behavior disgraceful, while his mother is a bit more understanding but struggles in her role as the family’s peacekeeper. Meanwhile, Ari’s younger sister seems poised to follow in her brother’s wild-child footsteps. During one of his many adventures, Ari meets a handsome blonde guy with whom he has immediate and sizzling chemistry, which later proves quite combustible. Head On also features a memorable transgender character, Johnny/Toula, Ari’s cousin and partner in crime (played with class and sass by Paul Capsis) who, unlike the fatalistic Ari, is not afraid to openly express who he is— and ends up paying the price for it. The film gained notoriety upon its release for its raw sexuality and honest portrayal of someone spinning out of control. The film also features an edgy, big-beat soundtrack that was all the rage on many ’90s hipster mixtapes. Director Ana Kokkinos has crafted a unique gay classic that begs to be seen by today’s younger audiences. — CHRIS KEECH




The Living End DIR Gregg

Araki 1992 USA 92 min

Friday June 22 11:00 am • Castro $8 members, $9 general


Billed as “An Irresponsible Movie by Gregg Araki,” The Living End would change the future of queer cinema when it was released twenty years ago. Nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1992; this revolutionary road trip film continues to leave you spinning even today, especially with the 2008 remixed and remastered version. Luke is a mischievous and reckless drifter who has HIV. Jon is a somewhat uptight film critic who has just discovered that he’s HIV-positive.They meet rather unconventionally after Luke has a runin with a trio of gay-bashers. Trouble ensues and problems escalate off the rails, thanks largely to the gun Luke is toting around. They go on a nihilistic and hedonistic road trip; fueled by bottles of whiskey and Luke’s motto: “Fuck the world.” The soundtrack is a stellar collection of ’80s/’90s industrial and post-punk gems, which sonically reinforce the manifesto. Andy Warhol, John Waters and Derek Jarman images and references show up early in the adventure. But nods to Jean Luc Godard run rampant throughout. In many ways, the film is a love letter to the work of Godard and of the French New Wave Cinema of the late ’60s— which sprang from the context of the anti-war and student movements. With The Living End, Araki establishes himself as a vanguard in what would soon be called “New Queer Cinema” which springs out of the struggle for queer rights and HIV/AIDS activism, wrapped in the fear of potential assimilation, or rather the “Death of Cinema.” — KEVIN SCHAUB

The Watermelon Woman DIR Cheryl

Dunye 1996 USA 85 min

Friday June 15, 9:15 pm • Roxie $10 members, $11 general


The ever-charming African-American writer/director/actor Cheryl Dunye stars as an aspiring documentary filmmaker researching the life of an obscure black Hollywood actress from the 1930s (“The Watermelon Woman”). In her singular “Dunyementary” style, Dunye interweaves direct-to-camera storytelling and faux-documentary with a smartly observed fictional tale of lesbian life and love in contemporary Philadelphia. The film co-stars the fabulously sexy Guinevere Turner (Go Fish, The L Word) as Dunye’s sassy love interest. The Watermelon Woman achieves a genre-bending mix of humor, romantic chemistry, artistic depth and socio-political analysis— exploring race, sexuality and history in one fell swoop and featuring an amazing cast that also includes appearances by: Camille Paglia, Brian Freeman, Cheryl Clarke and Toshi Reagon! An early recipient of a Frameline Completion Fund grant, The Watermelon Woman took home the Teddy Award for Best LGBT Film at the 1996 Berlin Film Festival before going on to become the first African-American lesbian feature to be theatrically released in the U.S. (and it retained the distinction of being the ONLY one until just this past year, when Pariah was released by Focus Features). Like another pioneering African-American queer cinema landmark before it (1990’s Tongues Untied), The Watermelon Woman had the distinction of being debated in Congress (and earning the special disdain of Senator Jesse Helms) when right-wing conservatives objected to the fact that it had received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Fifteen years later, it remains an innovative landmark film — in addition to being a tremendously fun lesbian movie! — JENNI OLSON



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7:00 pm Vito VITO14C p.19



11:00 am Passionate Politics / A Force of Nature PASS15C p.55 D

11:00 am Fun in Boys Shorts FUNB16C p.62 S

1:45 pm Battlefield BATT15C p.60 S

1:30 pm Fun in Girls Shorts 1:45 pm Submerged Queer FUNG16C Spaces p.63 S SUBM16R p.57 D

1:30 pm Christine in the Cutting Room CHRI16V p.67 t

4:00 pm The Wise Kids WISE16C p.41 U

4:00 pm Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years AUDR16V p.49 D

4:00 pm My Brother the Devil MYBR15C 5:00 pm p.32 Head On HEAD15R p.68 Q

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6:45 pm Kiss Me KISS15C p.30

9:30 pm North Sea Texas NORT15C p.33

11:00 am 11:00 am The Right to Love: Positive Youth An American Family POSI16V p.56 RIGH16R p.56 D

4:30 pm Look at Me Again LOOK16R p.54 D 6:30 pm Mississippi: I Am MISS16R p.55 D

7:15 pm 365 Without 377 365W15R p.49 D

7:00 pm I Do IDO15V p.37 U

7:00 pm Gayby GAYB16C p.29

9:15 pm The Watermelon Woman WATE15R p.69 Q

9:30 pm Wildness WILD15V p.59

9:30 pm Bye Bye Blondie BYEB16C p.27


7:00 pm Mosquita y Mari MOSQ16V p.39 U

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9:15 pm Mystery Date MYST16R p.64 S

9:30 pm Mommy Is Coming MOMM16V p.46 W

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11:00 am All Over Me OVER20C p.68 Q

11:00 am Revealing Mr. Maugham REVE21C p.56


1:30 pm I Am A Woman Now IAMA20C p.53 D

1:30 pm Off Beat OFFB21C p.46


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11:00 am The Living End LIVI22C p.69 Q

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1:45 pm Unforgivable FORG22C p.48 W

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4:00 pm Love or Whatever LOVE20C p.38 U

4:15 pm Joshua Tree: 1951 JOSH21C p.38 U

4:30 pm Worldly Affairs AFFA22C p.66 S

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6:30 pm Keep the Lights On 7:00 pm KEEP20C Dearly Beloved p.21 C DEAR20R p.51 D

7:00 pm Margarita MARG20V p.45 W

7:00 pm Bye Bye Blondie BYEB20E p.27

7:00 pm Four FOUR21C p.36

9:30 pm Elliot Loves ELLI20E p.36 U

9:30 pm A Perfect Ending PERF21C p.40 U


7:00 pm Children of Srikandi CHIL21R p.51 D

7:00 pm Transtastic! TRAN21V p.65 S

7:00 pm Hollywood to Dollywood HOLL21E p.53

9:30 pm Black & Blue All Over BLAC21V p.61

9:30 pm The Wise Kids WISE21E p.41 U


7:00 pm GirlTrash: All Night Long TRAS22C p.37


7:00 pm Morgan MORG22R p.39 U

7:00 pm In The Life LIFE22V p.64 S

9:30 pm A Map To Talk AMAP22R p.45 W

9:30 pm I Stand Corrected STAN22V p.53 D

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9:30 pm My Best Day BEST20C p.39


9:15 pm Arisan! The Sequel 9:30 pm Bi Candy ARIS20R BICA20V p.42 W p.61 S

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9:15 pm What’s in a Name WHAT21R p.59 D


9:30 pm Unconditional UNCO22C p.47


Sunday June 17 Castro 10:30 am Annie ANNI17C p.67



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11:00 am Bay Area Buffet BAYA17V p.60 S

11:30 am STRONG! STRO17R p.57 D

11:00 am Frauensee FRAU18C p.43



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11:00 am United in Anger: A History of ACT UP UNIT19C p.59 D



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1:30 pm Petunia PETU17C p.40 U

2:00 pm Die Standing Up DIES17R p.51 D

4:30 pm Love Free or Die FREE17C p.31

7:00 pm Stud Life STUD17C p.34

2:00 pm UNFIT: Ward vs. Ward UNFI17V p.58 D

4:30 pm Generations: Youth and Elders Making Movies GENE17R p.63 S 7:00 pm Queermation! QUEE17R p.65 S

4:30 pm Hella Love – QWOCMAP Shorts HELL17V p.63 S

1:30 pm Habana Muda HABA18C p.52

1:45 pm Face 2 Face FACE19C p.52 D


3:30 pm Funkytown FUNK18C p.43 W

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4:30 pm Fly By Night FLYB19C p.62 S

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6:30 pm Facing Mirrors MIRR18C p.28

7:00 pm Graupel Poetry GRAU17V p.44 W

7:00 pm Us. A Family Album FAML18R p.65 S

7:00 pm Elliot Loves ELLI18V p.36 U

7:00 pm Mosquita y Mari MOSQ18E p.39 U

7:00 pm Call Me Kuchu CALL19C p.20 C

7:00 pm Yes or No? YESO19R p.48 W

7:00 pm Con Tu Nombre CONT19V p.61 S

7:00 pm My Best Day BEST19E p.39 U

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9:30 pm Sexing the Transman SEXI17V p.57 D

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9:30 pm It’s Complicated COMP18R p.64 S

9:30 pm Joe + Belle JOEB18V p.44 W

9:30 pm Stud Life STUD18E p.34

9:30 pm The Mountain MOUN19C p.46 W

9:30 pm Girl or Boy, My Sex Is Not My Gender GIRL19R p.52 D

9:30 pm Jobriath A.D. JOBR19V p.54 D

9:30 pm Facing Mirrors MIRR19E p.28

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11:00 am Transgender Tuesdays 11:30 am TUES23C p.58 D Boy Cheerleaders BOYC23R p.50 1:00 pm Me @ The Zoo ZOO23C p.55 D

3:30 pm Worldly Women WORL23C p.66 S

6:00 pm Our Paradise OURP23C p.47 W

8:30 pm Let My People Go! LETM23C p.44 W

Sunday June 24 Castro

11:00 am Taking a Chance on God TAKI23V p.58 D


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11:30 am Fun In Girls Shorts FUNG24C p.63 S


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1:45 pm Ballroom Rules BALL23R p.50 D

1:30 pm Zenne Dancer ZENN23V p.48 W

2:00 pm Fun In Boys Shorts FUNB24C p.62 S

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7:00 pm The Invisible Men INVI23R p.54 D

4:15 pm Beautiful Games GAME23V p.50 D

7:00 pm Hollywood to Dollywood HOLL23V p.53

4:30 pm Naked as We Came NAKE24C p.40 U

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9:15 pm Empire of Evil EMPI23R p.62 S

9:30 pm Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads VARL23V p.41 U

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san francisco The iconic CASTRO THEATRE is the setting for the majority of Festival screenings. See and be seen beneath the landmark chandelier, settle into the plush seats, and cozy up in the balcony for eleven days of LGBT films from around the world. And arrive early! Locals know not to miss the thrill of the Mighty Wurlitzer organ that sets the scene before the lights dim and the films roll. Over in the Mission District, filmmakers and audiences get up close and personal at the renowned ROXIE THEATER and VICTORIA THEATRE for screenings and Q&A sessions amidst the neighborhood’s funky only-in-SF vibe. Close proximity among these venues — and tons of great restaurant choices in between — helps you make the most of your Festival days and nights. PARKING

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Victoria Theatre 2961 16th St. (between Capp & Mission)

MUNI Metro: K, L, M, T (exit at Castro station)

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berkeley The RIALTO CINEMAS ELMWOOD, “Berkeley’s Best Neighborhood Movie Theatre,” is the Festival’s East Bay hub. This charming art-deco showpiece anchors a thriving area full of unique shops and delicious dining options — perfect for an evening on the town! ™

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PARKING 2966 College Ave. (at Ashby), Berkeley

In the Elmwood neighborhood, two-hour parking is strictly enforced until 7 pm. If you drive south on College Avenue, there is unlimited parking throughout the Rockridge neighborhood.

Driving: Hwy 24 E » exit at Claremont Ave. turn left, then slight left at College Ave. AC Transit Bus: 9 to College Ave., 51/851 to Ashby Ave.

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BART: Rockridge station » AC Transit 51/851 to Ashby Ave. Ashby station » AC Transit 9 to College Ave.

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has a parking garage located on Colby Street between Ashby Avenue and Webster Street.

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MANY THANKS TO OUR WONDERFUL MEMBERS! Donors to Frameline at the Supporter level and VISIONARY DIRECTOR

Anonymous Stamos Akrivos Adam Berman & Alex Scotta Marc Better & Tom Baker Catherine Brannigan Christopher Cowen & Mark Metasavage Julie Davis Bill Dickey & Matthew Huyck in Memory of Michael J. Berg Bob Dockendorff Kevin Feldman & Thomas Nash Law Firm of Peter A. Fitzpatrick Tim Gullicksen Linda Harrison & Ellen Anderson James C. Hormel & Michael P. Nguyen H. Lee Hufford & William Wells The Hurst Family Fund Michael Kossman Anne Madden & Dana Morse Thomas Matson & Hank Stuart Steve Parker Elizabeth M. Pesch Randolph Quebec & Cal Long Mark G. Reisbaum & Michael T. Case Bob Ross Foundation John Schlesinger & Richard Starkeson Allen Schuh in Memory of Martin Delaney Jim Stephens & Abraham Brown VISIONARY STAR

Julie Ansell & Orla O’Keeffe Scott Arnovitz & Douglas Yates John Crow & Marcus Loy III Moira Dawson Rizalina Dungca & Paula Black Tim Eicher & Jeff Eubanks Anne-Marie Eileraas Dan Flanagan Jessica Graham Letty Ledbetter Lori Lewis & Ilya Pratt Brent Lok & J. Wade French Thomas Magnani & Christopher Orsine Scott Montgomery & Marc Rand Drs. Dee Mosbacher & Nanette Gartrell Jane Moyer & Janet Free Mark Reisman, MD & Rogelio Chapa John Trout Vanessa Vignon Lesley Weaver Christopher E. Wiseman & Eric W. Sleigh VISIONARY

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Celeste Bancroft & Julie J. John Bare & Ignatius Bau Alvin H. Baum, Jr. David P. Black Maria Anna Olga Bonomi & Maria Olveira Ky Boyd & Michael O’Rand Michael Brown & Joseph Chang Robert Bryant & Reymundo Garcia Pete Bullard & Andrew Ogus Tom Burke & Axel Brunger Charles Cassell & Robert Wiseman David Castro Vivien Chan & Kris Morrow Denis Chicola & Ron Newman Susan Colson In Memory of Peter P. Connolly Dennis Crader & Anthony Hebert Pam David & Cheryl Lazar Anne Sterling Dorman Don Eastman Judea Eden Martha Ehrenfeld & Carla McKay Martin Fung & Michael Hughes Marsha Gale & Liz Hoadley Dipti Ghosh & Meggy Gotuaco Gary Grossman, PhD & Matt Dahlberg Steve Clark Hall V. Hall Wayne Hazzard & E. Eastman Jackie Hicks & Beth Yates Kris Hill & Karen Stogdill Crispin Hollings Owen Howson & Gary Canier Patrick Hurley Suzanne Israel & Laurie Hanover Jayson Jaynes Carla Johnson & Anna Kuperberg Glenn Kiser Gerald LaBuda & Daniel Healy Jim Lauber & Tim Portwood Leila Legarda & Diane Cameron Mauricio Leon Lisa Lippincott Jan Marks & Holly Reed Glen Mathison & Zoel Fages Adair McClatchy Carl Merritt Douglas Mylcraine & Kevin Bradford Andrew Nance & Jim Maloney Missy Nery & Mirna Rivera Robert Newbold & Tiago Pinto Ron Norris & Jason Douglass Mark O’Brien & John Cordaro Jennifer Orthwein Marguerite Pakozdi & Amy Toder Stephen E. Palmer Michael Phillips & Mark Street Simon Pitchford & Jim Munson Ferolyn Powell Anna & Rob Prestezog Greg E. Rasalan III Diane Sabin & Jewelle Gomez Judy Schultz & Glenna Dowling John Schwenger Sam Sirko & Lou Smith

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Mitch Altman Art Anderson Timothy Arbogast Enrique Asis Thomas Atkins & Michael Roman Henry Baird & Raymond Harbort Kenneth Barnes & John Ducote Clara Basile Roy Bateman Mario Bertucci, Jr. Victor P. Bonfilio, JD, PhD Andrew Boulter Roland Brunner Kenneth Bukowski Grant Burger Michael Burke & Jose Mendez Darren Cadiz & Keith Kuo Gizelle Cadogan Vincent S. Calvarese Louis A. Camera Lisa Carlin Debra Carmona & Susan Zimbelman John P. Carr Hector Carrillo Kate Carroll Mark Chase Karl Christiansen Paul Cooksey George Corzine Dr. Denys Crain-Gully, Sr. Kevin A. Dean Gary Demyen & Les Partridge Lynna Do Calvin B. Doucet Denise Dubé Christopher Esposito & Fabio Ceballos Carrie Farrell & Jacqueline Bennett Joseph Fera

above (as of April 1, 2012) are listed below. We sincerely regret any errors or omissions. Please contact the Development office for corrections at (415) 703-8650 x309. Erin Flynn & Chloe Atkins Dan Fourrier Jim French Clark Freshman & Jeffrey Freeman Allan Galanter & Cal Domingue John A. Geishecker Judy Graboyes Robert Greenbaum Henry J. Gutierrez & Corey Tiblier Dave Haase Rachel Herbert Paul Herman & Ed Swanson Kirk Hinman & Ramon Santos The James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center of SF Public Library Eric Hsu & James Chambers Marc Huestis David Jackson Connie Jeung-Mills Ken Katen Geoff Kerr David G. King, MD Mike Klayman Karl Knapper Briana Krompier Laura Lange Kuo Piao Li John M. Lobato Gary L. Lomax & Dennis A. Tyler Andrew Madigan Richard L. Madison, Jr. Andrew Mann Richard Mazzarisi Patrick McCabe Mark McCormick Stephen McNeil & Brian Mailman Seth Meisler & John Devine Bobby Miller & Scott McCabe Bert Mittler

Lauretta Molitor & Charlotte Woody Daniel Nicoletta & Michael Pinatelli Nick Nussbaum James Oakley Neil Oktavec John C. Osborne Benjamin Patterson Doug Paxton Joel Perlstein Denise Petty Paul Quick Maria Ramiu Robert Riekman Michael Ritz Ernest Patrick Rodriguez Carina Roque Elan Rosenquist Robert Ruetsch Dorothy Sadd Isa Samuels Wilford C. Sanderson Lee Sauer Tom Seago James Shay Arthur Slepian & Gerry Llamado Rick Solomon & Steven Saylor Jessica & John Spurling Howard Steiermann Bill Stewart Donald Tarver & Dan Easton William Turner Nick Vargas William Vicini & Wallace Greene Oliver Vogel David Young & Donald Bird Stephen Young & Peter Cullinan Edward Yu Andrew Zimmerman & Daniel Killar Ron Zuckerman


Anonymous Jeffrey Adair & Craig Kozlowski Donald E. Baker Marcia Iris Baum, LCSW Jordie Bornstein Jennifer R. Clark Gregory Clinton & Gregory Morris Brad Crowell & Gary Koehler Glenn Davis & James Takagi John Mark Eggerton & Andrew Schwartz Edward Gerard Fike & Peter Taber Michael Filighera & J. Kenneth Higgins Michael J. Genhart, PhD Kurt Geselbracht & Francisco Guevara Matthew Gray & David Groff Olof Hansen Mary Lawrence Hicks & Rhodes Bruns Maurice Jamal Michael Jennis & Michael Butler Paula Johnston Lawrence Kim Hao Le Alan Lessik & Rene Valdes Bernie Lin David Meckley & Claudio Zanet Eric Montgomery & John Wong Erez Morag David M. Naeger Jan Pardoe & Cathy McIntosh Billie Parker Bill Powell & Don Wilson Keith Pugliese Isen & Joe Mutow Jonathan Reitsma Dennis Richards & Andy Connors

Roger Ritland & Thomas Ossenbeck Gabriel Rodriguez Daniel Slaughter & Stephan Blachowski Stu Smith & William D. Earl Martin Soto Victoria & Annie Steinberg Behrman Robert Sullivan & Joan Sullivan Paul Weintraub & Ray Szczesny John A. Williams Steven Wissing Mitchell Youngman DUAL SUPPORTER

Robert Anderson & Kyong Shik Eom Paul Arshawsky & Jeff Spiegel Karlton Bagby & Charles Lancaster Brad Barber & Michael Borgg David & Deborah Barber Jeffrey Beane & David Wingate Beverly Benson & Pamela Farmer Randall Bernard & Kresimir Grgurevic Neelu Bhuman & Andrew Nicholson Catherine Coates & Veronica Selver Michele Cobble & Michelle Echenique Phillip Cole & Chris Morris Cathy Dew & Lisa Dungan Thomas Firpo & Benjamin Bowler Kenneth Foster & Nayan Shah Susan Greef & Maureen Prochaska Martine Habib & Hilary Hart Brad Henderson & Lennard Torres

Alicia Hernandez & K.C. Hunt Constance Hiatt & Kathi Doster Alex Ingersoll & Martin Tannenbaum Evan Kavanagh & Andrew Harkins John Kruse & Gary Beuschel Barry Lake & Stephen Cann Margaret Law & Beth Daniels Ronald Malone & Don Lahann Alistair McElwee & John Gooding Timothy Merritt & Brett Lee Dorothy Noel & Joan Gombos Philip Oggero & Jeffrey Van Houten Robert L. Owen, MD David Plesha Stephanie Portman & Bridget Fahrland Michael Rabanal & Alfredo Victorio Jana Rickerson & Karen Erlichman Gyl Rosenblum & Ann Williams Mateo Rutherford & Roy Rojas-Montero Lisa A. Schen Karlin Sorenson & Krista Lucchesi David Takacs & Larry Carbone Tim Tune & David Pinch Kristine Venstrom & Arienne Landry Gregory Walter & Peter Farmer Mark Yesayian & Scott Lauze SUPPORTER

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Chela Blitt Michael Blubaugh Jennifer Borchardt David Boyle John Brown David Bulanda Diane Caliva K. Lee Callahan Dr. Sheryll Casuga Humphrey Chan Zechary Chuculate Roger Clairmont Michael Clune Etan Cohen Deborah C. Cooper James W. Cranney Charlene M. Crawford Nicole De Meneses Paul A. Denhard Paul Devine Earl Diskin Daniel Ernster Bill Fanning David Farrell Tim Fincham Rink Foto Margo George Rima Goldman Brendalynn Goodall David Hegarty Joe Hege Albert Heller Gerald Herman Maria L. Hernandez V. M. Holman CS Holmes Vincent Hom Gregory Hunter Tom Jarman Marcy Katzin Erwin Kelly Julie Kerr Susan Ketcham Grace Kim Ronald Kisling Samuel Kohler

Robert Kuhn Danielle Lazier Jaclyn La Pierre Mark Lenz Janet Lourenzo Shahpour (Shawn) Matloob Avery McGinn Kelley McKenzie Leslie Miessner Jeffrey L. Mitchell Mark Mullin Joe Olivo Elliot Orona Ayofemi Oseye John Peloquin Michael V. Piscitelli Nicki Randolph Brian Reinhardt Hal Rowland James Sandberg Meredith Santiago Irwin W. Schonberger Hossein Sepas Michael Siever M.T. Silvia Keith Sjöholm Guy Smith William Lonon Smith Catherine M. Strohecker Lisa Su Maureen Sullivan Robert B. Sykes Gillian Thackray Ralph Thomas Laura Tow Karen Trilevsky Linda S. Warrick Gretchen Warthen Brett Wayn Sheryll White William Whitehead Stephen B. Wilson, Jr. Christopher A. Wolf Tim Yale

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Stephen Adams & the Board of Merchants of Upper Market & Castro Keith Arnold Rod Armstrong Adam Ashworth David Averbach Tim Birchall Charlie Boudreau Megan R. Brodkey David Castro Center for Asian American Media Skye Christensen

Treasurer José Cisneros Steve Clark Hall & the Eureka Valley Promotion Association Planning Committee Kevin Clarke Brian Collette The Correa Family Creative B’stro Lisa Daniel David Donahue Ninfa Dawson Dolby Laboratories Sean Dorsey Kebo Drew

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NAMAC Don Nasser Steve Nasser National Sexuality Resource Center Kathy Nelson Ninth Street Independent Film Center Masashi Niwano Rick Norris Jenni Olson Cat Perez Brandon Peters Jason Plourde

Joachim Post QWOCMAP Orly Ravid Jay Rosenblatt Rachel Rosen Carol Rossi San Francisco Film Society San Francisco Jewish Film Festival San Francisco LGBT Community Center Kirsten Schaffer Brian Schulz John Schwenger

Christopher T. Scanlan Scuttle Katharine Setzer Jae Sevelius Greg Sirota Rick Solomon Texas Starr Chris Statton Peter J. Stein Ruthe Stein Susan Stryker The Stud Lewis Tice Basil Tsiokos

Dana Van Gorder Shawna Virago David Warczak Michael Wertz Christopher White Supervisor Scott Wiener Jeffrey Winter Kathy Wolfe Bård Ydén Kim Yutani Dan Zeitman Dale Zeigler Zira & Zoe









2nd Best 64 33 Teeth 62 365 Without 377 49 36A 65 7 Deadly Kisses 62

Daddy Issues 65 Dearly Beloved 51 Deep End 50 Devotion Project: Listen From the Heart 65 Devotion Project: More than Ever 51 Die Standing Up 51 Disaster (A Personal Geography) 60 The Divine Decadence of Cheesecake 41 Do You Have a Cat? 61, 63 Doctor Glamour 62 Drum Joy Love 63 Dyke Central Pilot 60

Habana Muda 52 Half 63, 65 Head On 68 Hear Me Now 63 Hella Love – QWOCMAP 63 Hold on Tight 56 Hollywood to Dollywood 53

The Maiden and the Princess 63 A Map to Talk 45 Margarita 45 Mariquita 61, 63 Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness 51, 64 Me @ The Zoo 55 Mila Caos 66 Mississippi: I Am 55 Mixed Kebab 45 Mommy Is Coming 46 More or Less 66 Morgan 39 Mosquita y Mari 39 The Mountain 46 My Best Day 39 My Brother the Devil 32 My Inner Turmoil 65 My Night with Andrew Cunanan 64 Mystery Date 64

Queen 65 The Queen of My Dreams 49, 63 Queermation! 65 Queers on a Boat 60, 61

Ub2 60 Unanimated 62 Unconditional 47 UNFIT: Ward vs. Ward 58 Unforgivable 48 United in Anger: A History of ACT UP 59 Ursula’s Victory 64 Us. A Family Album 65

A Akin 65 All Over Me 68 Alle Werden 66 Alone with Mr. Carter 62 America’s Most Unwanted 60 Annie 67 Arisan! The Sequel 42 The Arrival 58 The Art of Walking Through the Streets 61 Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 49

B Ballroom Rules 50 Battlefield 60, 64 Bay Area Buffet 60 The Bears of San Francisco 60 Beautiful Games 50 Beauty 43 Beyond the Team 50 Bi Candy 61 Black & Blue All Over 61 The Blessed 61, 66 Blood Flow 60 Boy Cheerleaders 50 The Bridge 61 Burmese Butterfly 65 Bye Bye Blondie 27

C Call Me Kuchu 20 Casa 61 Chicks and Love 63 Children of Srikandi 51 Chloe Likes Olivia 61, 66 Christine in the Cutting Room 67 Citizen Change 51 Cloudburst 23 Coffee & Pie 63 Con Tu Nombre 61 The Confession of Father John Thomas 65 Continental Drift 61, 66 Corazon de Melon 63 Couples Therapy 62 Crush 62, 64

E Elliot Loves 36 Empire 62 Empire of Evil 62 Entwine 62 The Eyes and the Ice 60

F Face 2 Face 52 Facing Mirrors 28 Family Blessings 63 First Birthday (Dol) 60, 65 Fly By Night 62 A Force of Nature 55 Fortune Cookie Magic Tricks 62 FOUR 36 Four Pounds 62 Fourplay 37 Frauensee 43 Free Man 64 Fresh Air Therapy 2 66 Fun in Boys Shorts 62 Fun in Girls Shorts 63 Funkytown 43

G Gayby 29 Gender Menu 63 Generations: Youth and Elders Making Movies 63 Girl or Boy, My Sex Is Not My Gender 52 GIRLTRASH: All Night Long 37 A Good Son 61 Graupel Poetry 44 Gyre 61

I I Am a Woman Now 53 I Do 37 I Stand Corrected 53 I Want Your Love 38 I’ve Been to Manhattan 65 In Search of Avery Willard 59 In the Life 64 The Invisible Men 54 It’s Complicated 64 It’s Consuming Me 66 It’s Just a Detail 64, 66

J Jacob Sterling 53 Jenny Mi Amor 61 Jobriath A.D. 54 Joe+Belle 44 Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean 38 Justin 50

K Keep the Lights On 21 Kiss Me 30

L Land: An Animation 65 The Last Waltz 50 Law and Order 61 Let My People Go! 44 The Life and Death of Celso Junior 61 Lili Longed to Feel Her Insides 65 The Living End 69 Look at Me Again 54 Looking For Jiro 62 Lost and Found 63 Love Ability 63 Love and Anger 62 Love Free or Die 31 Love Is Not Enough 60 Love or Whatever 38


N Naked as We Came 40 The Naked-Boy Business, Pt. 2 57 Nefertitty 64 A Night in the Woods 63 Night Shift 64 Nisa 65 North Sea Texas 33 Nowhere to Run: Paul’s Story 65

O Off Beat 46 Off Castro 60 One Night 66 One Wish 63 Oscillare 65 Our Paradise 47

P The Paper Mirror 65 Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch 55 A Perfect Ending 40 The Performance of Drowning 65 Petunia 40 The Piece of Furniture 61 Positive Youth 56 Prora 60 Putting the “I” in Trans 52

R Raymond 62 Regrets 64 Reprise 65 Revealing Mr. Maugham 56 The Right to Love: An American Family 56 The Rookie and the Runner 64 Run-A-Ways 63

S Sabbatical 60 A Safe Place for the Wild 64 San Francisco Past and Present 63 Scar 63 Señorita 47 Sexing the Transman 57 Shabbat Dinner 62 Silver Stiletto 64 Simply Rob 52 Sister Mercy 58 Slow 60, 64 A Song of Despair 62 Stitches 65 Strong and Dreaming 65 STRONG! 57 Stud Life 34 Submerged Queer Spaces 57 Sydney Convicts 50

T Taking a Chance on God 58 Teens Like Phil 63 The Thing 64 Threadbare 52, 65 Transgender Tuesdays: A Clinic in the Tenderloin 58 Transtastic! 65 Troy: Naked Boys Behind Bars, Sing! 65 Tsuyako 63 Tuesday Night Make-Out 61 Two Bodies 64 Two Guys in a Backyard 62

V Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads 41 Vito 19

W The Watermelon Woman 69 What Do You Know? Six to Twelve Year Olds Talk About Gays and Lesbians 63 What Makes Us Queer 57 What’s in a Name 59 When Night Falls Silent 64 Whistlin’ Dixie: Queer Sounds, New South 55 Why We Ride: The Story of AIDS/LifeCycle 56 The Wilding 66 Wildness 59 The Wise Kids 41 Worldly Affairs 66 Worldly Women 66

Y Yes or No? 48 Your Warmth 66

Z Zenne Dancer 48

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