FRAMELINE 32 – A spectacular contribution to PRIDE 2008
By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka
Founded in 1979, the mission of FRAMELINE 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. Frameline’s year-round programs provide critical funding for LGBT filmmakers, reach hundreds of thousands with a collection of more than 200 films distributed internationally, and create an international stage for the world’s best queer film through the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival and additional year-round cinematic events.
WERE THE WORLD MINE — A DOUBLE LIFE
With annual attendance of 60,000 to 80,000 the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival is the longest running, largest and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world. Founded in 1977, the Festival is the most prominent and well attended LGBT arts event in the Bay Area. Frameline also presents year-round exhibition events. FRAMELINE AT THE CENTER: Free Screenings for the Community features monthly screenings of socially relevant works at the San Francisco LGBT community Center. Year-round programs also include members-only screenings and special events, as well as sneak previews of feature films and documentaries.
Established in 1981, FRAMELINE DISTRIBUTION serves an international audience of hundreds of thousands and is the leading educational distributor solely dedicated to LGBT film and video. Frameline is an important bridge between independent filmmakers and their audiences, and our collection of more than 200 groundbreaking films reaches teenagers, college students, individuals and families in urban centers, small towns and rural areas through multiple channels, including film festival screenings, television airings and home video sales.
FUN IN GIRLS’ SHORTS — BREAKFAST WITH SCOT
Since 1990, nearly eighty films and videos have been completed with assistance from the Frameline Film & Video Completion Fund. Awards are made 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, animated and experimental projects by or about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their communities. Frameline also supports filmmakers with the largest cash awards of any LGBT film festival in the world: the $10,000 First Feature Award and the $10,000 Best Documentary Award, as well as three $2,500 audience awards.
To watch: FRAMELINE ONLINE – From all of the Film Festival trailers and trailers for Frameline DVDs, to iTunes downloads and streaming content available with our broadcast partners, Frameline will be bringing more movies and videos to you month-to-month as we expand our reach and presence online.
To order featured films:
FUN IN GIRLS’ SHORTS – Directors: Jenn Kao, Jen Heck, Justine Morris, Carolina Roca-Smith, Claudia Lorenz, and Guinevere Turner. This compilation of festival favorites and award winning short includes Outside, Airplanes, Can You Take It?, Members Only, Hi Maya and Hung.
NOT | GAY – When is a friend just a friend and when could he turn into something more? Sexual ambiguity blurs the lines of gay/straight friendships in Frameline’s first-ever shorts compilation. Not | Gay features four films—The Best Men, Cowboy Forever, Float, and Katydid—and all turn up the drama as audiences join the characters in asking “is he or isn’t he?” Films include: The Best Men, Cowboy Forever, Float, Katydid.
TONGUES UNTIED – Directed by Marlon T. Riggs, 1989, USA. The stories are fierce examples of homophobia and racism: the man refused entry to a gay bar because of his color; the college student left bleeding on the sidewalk after a gay-bashing; the loneliness and isolation of the drag queen. Yet they also affirm the black gay male experience: protest marches, smoky bars, “snap diva,” humorous “musicology” and vogue dancers. Bonus Features include: Newly Released Outtakes, 1991 Interviews with Director Marlon T. Riggs, Filmmaker Isaac Julien, Filmmaker, AIDS Activist Phill Wilson, Spoken Word Artist Juba Kalamka, and Cultural Critic Herman Gray.
FUN DOWN THERE – Dir. Roger Stigliano, 1988, 89 minutes, USA; an early gem of the New Queer Cinema. Chronicling a single week in the life of Buddy, Fun Down There is one of the early gay films produced after the arrival of the AIDS epidemic and is a refreshingly uncomplicated view of coming out and coming of age. The morning after Buddy’s sister discovers his copy of Playgirl, Buddy sneaks away to New York. Shortly after his arrival, he experiences his first sexual encounter. His partner, Joseph, takes Buddy under his wing and provides him with the Big City essentials: a hotel room, a subway map and a lecture about safe sex. In a wry and off-hand style, Fun Down There captures the ordinary day-to-day events which make life extraordinary. Stigliano and Waite’s comfort with their story and their characters provide a radiant energy, simply and unquestioningly asserting that no matter how challenging the times, gay life will continue and thrive. Bonus Features includes Stigliano’s unfinished and never-before-seen short, Seduced and Abandoned
ENOUGH MAN – Directed by Luke Woodward. Documentary meets explicit sexuality in Luke Woodward’s groundbreaking debut video about body image, relationships, sex and sexuality from the perspective of nine female-to-male (FTM) transmen and their partners. Enough Man features health educators, college students, sex workers, activists and artists, including Best Transgender Erotica co-editor, Raven Kaldera. With an irresistible all-queer/trans soundtrack, Enough Man includes tunes by San Francisco transman hip-hoppers Jacob Perez and Katastrophe, along with NYC rock diva, Lisa Jackson and queer Hawai’ian/Palestinian hip-hop ensemble, Juha. By, for, and about FTMs, Enough Man is at once sexy and political, raunchy and poignant. Bonus Features include Deleted Scenes
Directed by Milford Thomas, 53 minutes, USA. – Set in a storybook 1920s rural American South and inspired by the Japanese fairytale “Kaguyahime,” Milford Thomas’ Claire tells the story of a child-less. elderly male couple (Mish P. DeLight and James Ferguson) who discover a princess made of moonlight (Toniet Gallego) inside an ear of corn. The enchanting young Claire bewitches onlookers with her readings of fantastic poetry in unfamiliar languages, entrances a local boy and discovers her miraculous healing powers when he jumps from a cliff in an attempt to win her heart. While exemplifying the untraditional family (two men lovingly raising a moon-child), Claire celebrates the diversity of family and poignantly treats the grief of losing a loved one.
An homage to early cinema, the film was glowingly shot on a vintage hand-cranked 35mm camera and is accompanied by the Orchestra De Lune conducted by Anne Richardson. Like its silent-era camera, all set-design and special effects were achieved the old-fashioned way, using canvas backgrounds, semi-hidden wires and multiple exposures, creating a timeless atmosphere of wonderment and magic. Bonus Features include: Additional Information about the Feature – Production Stills Gallery – Interviews with Milford Thomas: Writer & Director, and Anne Richardson: Composer – Director Commentary – Live Soundtrack Recording from the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.
THE JOY OF LIFE – Multitalented performance artist Harriet “Harry” Dodge (By Hook or By Crook, Cecil B. Demented) brings to life this innovative story of a butch dyke in San Francisco searching for love and self-discovery. Against a backdrop of stunning landscape cinematography, this bold, lyrical voiceover film evolves from lesbian lust story to inventive documentary – delving into explicit descriptions of lesbian sexuality and offering up a quick look at Frank Capra’s 1941 film Meet John Doe before embarking on the fascinating and previously untold history of the Golden Gate Bridge as a suicide landmark. A true San Francisco experience, The Joy of Life also includes poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti intoning his ode to the City by the Bay, “The Changing Light” and features music from legendary poet-painter (and probable Golden Gate suicide) Weldon Kees.
Since its world premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, The Joy of Life has played a pivotal role in renewing debate about the need for a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge and has been praised by audiences and critics alike for its poetic style and unique vision. Bonus Features Include Jenni Olson’s acclaimed shorts: MEEP! MEEP! – Blue Diary – Sometimes – The Joy of Life Original Theatrical Trailer. And Information Guide: The Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier campaign.
IS IT REALLY SO STRANGE?
As the foppish, sexually ambiguous, brilliant singer/songwriter of ’80′s music legends The Smiths, Morrissey brought intelligence, wit and mystery to pop tunes still unmatched in their ability to make grown men cry. In this intimate documentary, filmmaker William E. Jones interviews a new, but equally fanatical, fan base of The Smiths and Morrissey: Latino youths in East Los Angeles. Making the connection between The Smiths’working-class, Manchester-raised, ethnic Irish experience and that of the sons and daughters of Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles, Is It Really So Strange? is the first documentary that allows the fans themselves to speak at length about their lives, their loves and their brief encounters with their idol. Interviews with members of tribute band Sweet and Tender Hooligans reveal even more about Morrissey’s enduring appeal among the pompadoured denizens of the Inland Empire who, as one fan puts it, relate to Morrissey because “”he always sounds sad and depressed and lonely …all the good stuff.” Bonus Features include: William E. Jones Photo Gallery & The Joy of Life Original Theatrical Trailer
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Seán Martinfield 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”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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