MAKING THE BOYS – Frameline 33 Presents Documentary On the Making of THE BOYS IN THE BAND (1970)

Featuring interviews with Albert Albee, Dan Savage, and Christian Siriano
Exciting line-up for Monday, June 22nd

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

In the same week Judy Garland died and through the historic riots at the Stonewall Bar in the Village, a few blocks away director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, Rules of Engagement) was shooting the first openly gay mass-market film, The Boys In The Band. These and other treasured facts and figures are a part of Crayton Robey’s fun-packed documentary, Making The Boys. [At the Castro Theatre, 1:00 pm]. Another is writer Mart Crowley’s comment, “What did I have to lose?” to explain how a fey Hollywood failure wrote the play in a week, won a five-day workshop way off-off Broadway that turned into the event absolutely Everybody Had to See, then turned down big Tinsel town money to insist the 1970 film be made with its original, very brave, cast of unknowns.

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1968 OFF-BROADWAY ORIGINAL CAST – The Boys In The Band

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THE BOYS IN THE BAND – Directed by William Friedkin (1970)

Making The Boys is marbled with swirls of canny (and catty) commentary by a cast of well-known characters. The heads doing the talking include Carson Kressley (Queer Eye), Dan Savage, Michael Musto, Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and a now uncloseted Edward Albee. It is also candy-sprinkled with period clips. Footage includes a Malibu beach party showing Mart Crowley cavorting on the sand at Roddy MacDowell’s house with Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Judy Garland, Rock Hudson and a dozen more of Hollywood’s gay glitterati and female admirers.

EL NIñO PEZ (Castro Theatre, 3:30 pm) – Writer-director Lucía Puenzo won awards – including two prizes at Cannes – and critical acclaim all over the world for XXY, and now the Argentine filmmaker returns with a lesbian romance that’s also a Chabrol-esque mystery thriller and a scathing examination of class differences in the South American nation.

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FIG TREES

FIG TREES (Castro Theatre, 7:00 pm) – Queer cinema visionary John Greyson (Lilies, Proteus) once again dazzles the senses and challenges the intellect with this experimental documentary, a remarkably complex and moving rumination on AIDS activism, St. Teresa of Avila and Gertrude Stein that features a singing albino squirrel.

I CAN’T THINK STRAIGHT (Castro Theatre, 9:30 pm) – While tackling big picture issues of religion, racism, and ethnic differences, I Can’t Think Straight also delves into the intimate matter of family. The drama limns the relationship between mothers and daughters as Tala and Leyla must choose which is more important: family approval, or the love that burns within their hearts for one another.

FIONA’S SCRIPT (Rialto Cinemas, 7:00 pm) – Unapologetically bisexual and dazzlingly beautiful queer women of color navigate the complex terrain of family loyalty, devastating breakups and hot hookups in this one-of-a-kind bi-friendly film.

THE COUNTRY TEACHER (Rialto Cinemas, 9:30 pm) – Winner of Best Queer Film at Reykjavík Film Festival last year, The Country Teacher’s elegiac camera work and subtle character motivations give it the sweeping feel of classical foreign cinema, while its bites of wit give it a sense of the modern that makes this coming out story one you surely haven’t seen before.

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THE COUNTRY TEACHER

STILL BLACK (Roxie Theater, 7:00 pm) – Preachers, teachers, students and activists educate us simply by making their presence known in this documentary filled with vivid images and an open discussion about the experience of being black, transgender and a man.

BANDAGED (Roxie Theater, 9:30 pm) – Lucille can no longer suffer her father’s tyranny and attempts suicide, only to find herself grotesquely disfigured and in the able arms of Joan, a sensual and severe nurse who tends to Lucille’s bandages, her poetic soul and much more in this Maria Beatty feature.

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BANDAGED

TO EACH HER OWN (Victoria Theatre, 6:30 pm) – A Romeo & Juliet-style balcony exchange ignites a fire between free-spirit Casey and Jess, who is both married and utterly repressed. This relatable first feature captures that instant you first fell in love, and knew for sure who you were.

ANDER (Victoria Theatre, 9:30 pm) – Set in the verdant splendor of remote Basque country, a traditional family gives way to queer reinvention, as the 40-something single farmer Ander struggles to escape parental judgment.

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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”, 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: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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