FRAMELINE35 — LGBT Film Festival Winners Announced

Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

The world’s largest and longest-running festival celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender films and filmmakers, FRAMELINE35, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, closed Sunday, June 26, with Geoffrey Sax’s highly anticipated film CHRISTOPHER AND HIS KIND, followed by a Closing Night party and awards ceremony at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. The Festival drew together an audience of over 56,000 for its 35th anniversary Festival celebrating the LGBT, independent film, and media arts communities for eleven days of exciting, diverse, innovative, and socially relevant cinema.

MATT SMITH (Christopher) and IMOGEN POOTs (Jean)
Christopher and His Kind

Esteemed guests at the landmark showcase festival included filmmakers from around the world, along with cinema stars and famous guests such as Esai Morales, Judy Reyes, Chaz Bono, Don Bachardy, and Chely Wright.  The Festival screened 231 films in eleven days from June 16 through June 26 at the Castro Theatre, the Roxie Theatre, the Victoria Theatre, and the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood in Berkeley, with attendance this year topping 56,000 guests.

Frameline35 announced its two juried awards for Outstanding First Feature and Outstanding Documentary, plus two honorable mentions. The Frameline35 Outstanding First Feature Award went to the French film THE EVENING DRESS directed by Myriam Aziza, a tale about sexual awakening and obsession.  Honorable mention went to Madeleine Olnek’s CODEPENDENT LESBIAN SPACE ALIEN SEEKS SAME, the hilarious, crowd-pleasing tale of the trials and tribulations of intergalactic romance.

Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same

Taking home the Frameline35 Outstanding Documentary Feature Award was Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf’s WISH ME AWAY, chronicling Chely Wright’s journey as the first Nashville country music star to come out. Honorable Mention went to P. David Ebersole’s HIT SO HARD for its portrayal of Patty Schemel, the openly gay drummer of Courtney Love’s seminal rock band ‘Hole.’

Jury members for Outstanding First Feature were Steve Jenkins, Deputy Director of San Francisco Film Society; Charlie Boudreau and Katharine Setzer, Executive Director and Director of Programming respectively of Montreal’s image+nation; and Lewis Tice, Producer of  LONGHORNS and BEAR CITY. Jury members for Outstanding Documentary included Jason Plourde, Programming Director of Three Dollar Bill Cinema; Vivian Kleiman, teacher, director and producer; and Connie Flores, Director of Film Programming for the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival.

Frameline AT&T Audience Awards were the Festival’s most crowd-pleasing hits. The Frameline AT&T Audience Award for Best Feature was awarded to the French film TOMBOY directed by Céline Sciamma.  Local director Stu Maddux was awarded the Frameline35 AT&T Audience Award for Best Documentary for GEN SILENT, a moving exposé on LGBT elders. The Best Short Film went to the popular Norwegian musical comedy BALD GUY, directed by Maria Block.

Gun Hill Road

Many films of the Frameline35 festival were honored with standing ovations, gripping question and answer sessions with the filmmakers and cast, and laughter and cheers throughout. Among the festival hits were Opening Night film, GUN HILL ROAD, attended by director Rashaad Ernesto Green and stars Esai Morales, Judy Reyes and Harmony Santana; J.B. Ghuman Jr’s directorial debut coming-of-age-film SPORK, Tom Tykwer’s THREE, and the 20th anniversary retrospective screening of PARIS IS BURNING. Standing ovations were at WISH ME AWAY, WITH YOU, GEN SILENT, GONE, and CHRISTOPHER AND HIS KIND.

The popularity of the oldest LGBT film festival in the world continued in Frameline35, as many films played to sold-out audiences, including: GUN HILL ROAD, WEEKEND, I AM, ONLY IN SAN FRANCISCO, COMING OUT, GENERATIONS: YOUTH & ELDERS MAKING MOVIES, CHO DEPENDENT, THREE, WE HAVE TO STOP NOW, SEASON 2 , FLUIDITY – BISEXUAL SHORTS, GONE, LEAVE IT ON THE FLOOR, THE ONE, CHRISTOPHER AND HIS KIND.


Audiences were thrilled throughout the festival by the attendance of high-profile directors and stars who led intimate discussions following the films, attended parties, and stayed to watch other films. Among some of Frameline35′s many guest attendees were BECOMING CHAZ’s star Chaz Bono, WISH ME AWAY’s star Chely Wright and LEAVE IT ON THE FLOOR’s director Sheldon Larry and star MissBarbie Que.

CHAZ BONOBecoming Chaz

Special programs this year for Frameline35 included a series of panels and retrorspective screenings at the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center of the San Francisco Public Library. Also for the 35th anniversary, there was a spotlight focus on transgender films. A meet the filmmaker panel at the Victoria Theatre was featured titled Frameline Green Room: A Conversation with Filmmakers Dee Rees and Nekisa Cooper, which was a behind scenes look at the making of PARIAH.

Frameline35′s annual Frameline Award went to comedian, actor, author and all-around entertainer Margaret Cho for providing the LGBT community with a public voice through an artistic medium. Publicly supporting gay rights issues such as marriage equality and transgender rights, Cho has branched out as an activist while continuing to excel as an entertainer.

The Frameline Volunteer of the Year Award went to Bob Sullivan, who has been volunteering with Frameline for 18 years.  After screening over 50 programs to make his selection he chose WEEKEND to receive a $2,500 grant, made possible by The Small Change Foundation.


» Don’t miss a thing. Get Sentinel breaking news alerts delivered to your inbox.

See related material:

HEIDI MELTON – An Interview with “Sieglinde” in San Francisco Opera’s DIE WALKÜRE, 6/29
“MANGUS!” – FRAMELINE35 – Great comedy at the Castro Theatre
UNTIL THERE’S A CURE FOUNDATION – meets “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City”
LUCY WOODWARD – Replaces China Forbes in Pink Martini concerts with SF Symphony
AUDITIONS – San Francisco Opera holding auditions for boys
“WISH WE WERE HERE”, Genie-ous Comedy at NCTC
GÖTTERDAMMERÜNG — A World Premiere, At San Francisco Opera
FRAMELINE35 — Sunday, 6/19 – The Muppets Take Manhattan, Spork, Hit So Hard, Cho Dependent, and Ausente
“DAS RHEINGOLD” – The slippery steps to Valhalla
“BILLY ELLIOT” – Leaps Into the Orpheum June 27th
PICASSO — Now at the de Young Museum
OLYMPIA DUKAKIS – Will Host “Tales of the City” Benefit on June 24th
“THE RAMBLER” – A World Premiere from Joe Goode Performance Group
SANDRA BERNHARD – “I Love Being Me, Don’t You?”
JOHNNY MATHIS and “CASABLANCA” – In the Summer Line-up with SF Symphony
SONDHEIM’S “ASSASSINS” – Ray of Light Theatre is right-on target
“TALES OF THE CITY” – Totally Sensational, Totally San Francisco
“THE STOPS” – At NCTC – Come On and Get A Faith Lift
BRENDEN GUY — British Clarinetist In Concert, June 2nd
BLUE MAN GROUP — Best show in town!
FRAMELINE35: SF International LGBT Film Festival Opens June 16th
SILENT FILM FESTIVAL – Opens July 14th with re-discovered film by John Ford
THIS GUN FOR HIRE, 1942 – Looking at “Now you see it, now you don’t” sung by Veronica Lake
Seán Martinfield YouTube with Janet Roitz – ‘Marked Woman’ (1937) and the song that gave it pizzazz – ‘My Silver Dollar Man’
“Would You Like A Souvenir?” – Sean Martinfield and Janet Roitz explore a song from Film Noir classic NORA PRENTISS (1947)
SFMOMA — The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde
THE 2011 FRESH MEAT TOUR — 4 Festive Days of Everything Transgender and Queer
“ASSASSINS” – Ray of Light Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim’s controversial musical, June 2–25
ArtPadSF — Opens Today at the Phoenix Hotel
MISSA SOLEMNIS – Christine Brewer to appear with the SF Symphony, June 23–26
VICE PALACE – All Singing! All Dancing! All Hedonism!!!
SF GIRLS CHORUS — At the Conservatory of Music, June 9th and 11th
BLUE MAN GROUP – Opens May 24th at the Golden Gate Theatre
THE MAGNA CARTA — Now on view at the Legion of Honor
THE LITTLE MERMAID – Fabulous Revival by SF Ballet, ends Sunday, 5/8
SF SYMPHONY CHORUS – In Concert at Davies Hall, 5/22
PICASSO: At the de Young Museum, Tickets on sale 5/11
THESE AMAZING SHADOWS – Opens Friday at the Sundance Kabuki Theater
SF DECORATOR SHOWCASE 2011 – 2950 Vallejo Street gets the make-over
BETH WILMURT – A stunning “Alma” in The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, at the Aurora Theatre
TENOR JAY HUNTER MORRIS – Replaces Ian Storey as “Siegfried” at SF Opera
MIKE WARD – Benefit for ailing director at Most Holy Redeermer, 4/30
THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER – Les yawns, les sighs
CD: ZUILL BAILEY, Cellist – Brahms Works for Cello and Piano
TIIT HELIMETS – An Interview with “Prince Edvard” of SF Ballet’s THE LITTLE MERMAID
NO EXIT: A Helluva Great Time at the American Conservatory Theatre
THE FLOW SHOW 3 – Coming to Dance Mission Theater, 4/29—5/1
THIS WEEKEND: New Conservatory Theatre Center presents – “Gender Mystic” and “The Busy World Is Hushed”
THE WHIFFENPOOFS – Coming To The City, May 27th
AUDITIONS: San Francisco Opera seeks physically fit male supernumeraries for Wagner’s Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung
KIRK DOUGLAS – On stage at the Castro Theatre, July 24th
54th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Presents Midnight Award to Clifton Collins Jr.
NO EXIT – U.S. Premiere at A.C.T. through May 1st
WAGNER’S RING – Single tickets now on sale for SF Opera summer productions
SF BALLET’S PROGRAM 7 – Petrouchka, Underskin, and Number Nine
LORENA FEIJÓO – SF Ballet Star To Appear on “Dancing with the Stars”, 4/12
SF BALLET – Program 6, A Power-Packed Triple Feature
CD: DAVID RUSSELL — Isaac Albéniz: Spanish Music on Guitar
PROGRAM 6 at SF Ballet – Opens Thursday, April 7th
NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE CENTER – Announces 2011-12 Pride Season
NEW PUBLICATIONS: PUBLIC TRUST BETRAYED. An Interview with author and real estate appraiser, James E. Manning
MARVELOUS MENAGERIE: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel – At the Legion of Honor
CHARLOTTE SALOMON: Life? or Theatre? – Opens today at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
THE ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE – At the Aurora Theatre, 4/1—5/8
AUDITIONS – SF OPERA Needs In-Shape Men and 40 Kids For WAGNER’S RING
VICE PALACE: The Last Cockettes Musical – Opens April 29th
ARMISTEAD MAUPIN – At the Julia Morgan Theatre, Thursday, 4/14
JOAN and SANFORD I. WEILL – Contribute $12 Million Dollars to Sonoma State University for Green Music Center
HUGH JACKMAN – Exclusive Engagement at the Curran Theatre, May 3–15
BALENCIAGA AND SPAIN – At the de Young, 3/26–7/4
COPPÉLIA – A Gorgeous New Production at San Francisco Ballet
NEW ON CD – Icicle Creek Piano Trio: Haydn, Turina, Shostakovich
NATALIE DESSAY – Is “Lucia di Lammermoor” in HD at Sundance Kabuki Cinema
NEW CENTURY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA – Presents “Mastery of Schubert”, Featuring Soprano Melody Moore, 3/24–27
SF CONCERT CHORALE – Presents Herbert Howells’ Requiem and Arthur Honegger’s King David
“COPPÉLIA” – A SF Ballet Premiere, Cast Announced for Opening Night, 3/19
“THE HOMECOMING” – A Home Run at A.C.T.
BACH B-MINOR MASS – This week at San Francisco Symphony
KILLER QUEEN – The Story of “Paco the Pink Pounder”
ARE WE THERE YET? — At the Contemporary Jewish Museum, March 31st – July 31st
FLORAL DESIGNER NATASHA LISITSA – Creating the Fantastical in the Wilsey Court for “Bouquets To Art 2011″
EDITOR’S CHOICE — HÉLÈNE RENAUT, Vinyl Release Celebration at Cafe du Nord, 3/9
ZHENG CAO – A Conversation with A Miracle Artist
MELODY MOORE – Soprano shines in SF Ballet’s “Nanna’s Lied”
MARNIE BRECKENRIDGE – An Interview with “La Princesse” of Philip Glass’ Orphée
ODC THEATER – Presents Sarah Michelson and Richard Maxwell’s “Devotion”
AVENUE Q – A Totally Fabulous Place To Be
CONSTANTINE MAROULIS – Comes to the Curran Theatre in “Rock of Ages”
EDITORIAL – A confession about ballerina Lorena Feijóo
PULP FASHION: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave at the Legion of Honor
YURI POSSOKHOV’S RAkU — Stunning World Premiere At San Francisco Ballet
CAMERON CARPENTER – Organist signs with CAMI Music and Konzertdirektion Schmid
THE PALACE OF FINE ARTS – Opening Celebration, January 14th
GISELLE – Opens SF Ballet’s 78th Season, 1/29/11
A Conversation with Elza van den Heever
THE BLACK SWAN – Don’t Save The Drippings
HEART OF A SOLDIER – SF Opera Commissions New Work
SF SYMPHONY – Announces 2011/12 Centennial Celebration
SHREK THE MUSICAL – Ogres and Freaks and Spells, “Oh, my!”
CD: MAHLER’S “Songs With Orchestra” – SF Symphony Completes Mahler Recording Project
KARITA MATTILA – “Viva To The Diva!”
CLUB FOOT ORCHESTRA – A Conversation with Richard Marriot
WEST SIDE STORY – Most of it, anyway
Dr. ELISA STEPHENS – My Visit with the President
PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA – 30th Anniversary Gala, 9/24
TENOR RAMÓN VARGAS – A Worthy “Werther” At San Francisco Opera
AÏDA – Spectacular Opening Night At San Francisco Opera
CUBAN BALLET – An Interview with Octavio Roca
A Look At “Giselle” with Ballerina Lorena Feijóo
DOLORA ZAJICK – Internationally Acclaimed Mezzo To Receive Merola Distinguished Alumni Award
DEBORAH VOIGT – A Captivating “Fanciulla del West”
JEANETTE MacDONALD – Hollywood Diva Remembered at the War Memorial Opera House
CD/DVD Release: CAMERON LIVE! – Organist Cameron Carpenter
PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI – An Interview with Russell Blackwood
ZUILL BAILEY – A Conversation
DAVID PERRY – On the “Dos and Don’ts of Social Media”
CAMINOS FLAMENCOS – A Conversation with Yaelisa
JANE MONHEIT – At The Empire Ballroom
CAMERON CARPENTER – Up Close and Very Personal
RUBÉN MARTIN CINTAS – Principal Dancer with San Francisco Ballet
CHRISTINE ANDREAS – A Conversation with Beautiful Broadway and Cabaret Star
CD Review – REVOLUTIONARY, Cameron Carpenter, Organist
Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at:

Israeli Music CD’s

» Don’t miss a thing. Get Sentinel breaking news alerts delivered to your inbox

Telephone: 415-846-2475

Photo By Luke Thomas



Comments are closed.