FRAMELINE34 – LGBT Film Festival Opens June 17th

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

FRAMELINE, the world’s largest resource for LGBT media and film, is proud to announce several premieres and highlights for Frameline34 – the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. This year’s internationally renowned showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) cinema runs June 17th—27th, with San Francisco screenings at the historic Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street), Roxie Theater (3117 16th Street) and the Victoria Theatre (2961 16th Street), and in Berkeley at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood (2966 College Avenue). During the 11 days of the Frameline34 Film Festival, tens of thousands of people from the Bay Area and all across the globe will come together to see the best of the 500+ films submitted this past year from more than 20 countries including Brazil, Norway, Tunisia, and the Bahamas. Tickets for Frameline34 are on sale to members beginnng Friday, May 28th and to the general public on Friday, June 4th.
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THE SECRET DIARIES OF MISS ANNE LISTER
Anna Madeley (Mariana) and Maxine Peake (Anne Lister)

The festival will open with THE SECRET DIARIES OF MISS ANNE LISTER by James Kent, a passionate drama portraying the true story of a British lesbian who defied early nineteenth century conventions by living with a female lover until her death in 1840. The film is based on Lister’s diaries—concealed in a code that was only recently deciphered—and provides extraordinary insight into the life of Britain’s “first modern lesbian.”

An Andy Warhol retrospective will be featured at this year’s festival, examining the earlier queer films by the pop art master. Curated by Yale Professor Ronald Gregg, director of their Film Studies program, this series will explore Warhol’s early film style, queer subject matter in his works, as well as his influence on both experimental and mainstream gay cinema. The series will include HAIRCUT #1, MARIO BANANA #1, MARIO BANANA #2, VINYL, and MY HUSTLER. Audiences may be surprised to discover that most of these Warhol films are not as erotic as their titles might suggest, but rather, portray queer sexualities as mundane and everyday – a radical act for pre-Stonewall cinema. The series will also include a film clip lecture by Dr. Gregg, exploring other Warhol films from the 1960s.

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PLAN B
Manuel Vignau (Bruno) and Lucas Ferraro (Pablo)

Frameline will be presenting the Frameline Award this year to Wolfe Video’s Kathy Wolfe and Maria Lynn. As Wolfe celebrates their 25th Anniversary in 2010, Frameline wants to honor them for their groundbreaking distribution efforts on behalf of queer film over the last quarter century. Frameline34 is especially pleased to shine a spotlight on queer films from across Latin America. From Argentina, Marco Berger’s PLAN B offers a smart and sexy look at two men caught in a bizarre love triangle: after his girlfriend breaks up with him, Bruno decides he will do anything to get her back — even pretend to have a crush on her new, reportedly bisexual, boyfriend Pablo. But as their feelings start to feel genuine, the bonds between them become even more complex. Marcelo Laffitte’s ELVIS & MADONA, from Brazil, offers another unconventional love story, this time between Elvis, a beautiful young lesbian photographer who delivers pizzas, and Madona, a transgender hairdresser and performer in a dangerous relationship. As the friends- turned-lovers negotiate their unorthodox relationship, Elvis discovers she is pregnant, leaving difficult decisions for both characters about whether to raise a child or pursue their own dreams. Frameline34 will also present several international films that premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

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SPRING FEVER
Qin Hao (Jiang Cheng) and Chen Sicheng (Luo Haitao)

SPRING FEVER, winner of the Award for Best Screenplay, follows the clandestine gay and bisexual trysts of five young people in modern China. Director Lou Ye was banned from filmmaking for five years for failing to submit his last film (SUMMER PALACE) to government censors, however the intimate SPRING FEVER was surreptitiously shot in defiance of this ban. Also a favorite at Cannes, Xavier Dolan’s I KILLED MY MOTHER delivers a non-traditional, gay coming-of-age story. This complex, semi-autobiographical drama about a teenager’s love/hate relationship with his mom explores how relationships constantly change and grow, and how easy it is to get lost along the way.

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Always known for presenting insightful and ground-breaking documentaries, Frameline34 is no exception. From down under, Leanne Pooley’s THE TOPP TWINS: UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS portrays the unusual story of a pair of yodeling twin lesbians, famous throughout New Zealand for their kooky comedy and country music. The recipient of a Frameline Completion Fund grant and the opening night film at Slamdance, WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN is a long-awaited documentary that follows the life and times of a notorious ex-junkie, Beat writer, and literary outlaw. Yony Leyser’s outstanding documentary examines the cultural forces and tragic biographical events that shaped The Naked Lunch author, while tracing the wide range of his influence from punk rock to performance art.

Frameline is thrilled to screen another Frameline Completion Fund grant recipient, THE OWLS, an experimental narrative film by the iconic Cheryl Dunye (THE WATERMELON WOMAN) about four aging lesbians who accidentally kill a young lesbian and try to get away with it. Dunye fuses noir and documentary, revisiting and challenging the “pathological lesbian films” of the sixties, while also asking questions about the relevance of age and race in our current times. LE REFUGE, the latest from François Ozon, winner of the Frameline Award in 2006, is the story of a pregnant woman who loses her lover to a drug overdose, and flees Paris to seek solace in his brother.

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WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS
Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs

Frameline34 would not be complete without outstanding shorts programs. This year’s short films include the recent Academy Award winner THE NEW TENANTS, directed by Joachim Back, and written and starring David Rakoff (THIS AMERICAN LIFE). Also scheduled, the ever-popular FUN IN GIRLS SHORTS and FUN IN BOYS SHORTS – programs that feature the best and most hilarious queer short films from all around the world.
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THE OWLS
Cheryl Dunye (Carol) and Lisa Gornick (Lily)

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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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