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The Frameline33 AT&T Audience Awards

Since 1984 our festival audience has been responsible for selecting the Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film and Best Short Film of the Festival. Putting the power in the audience's hands, the Frameline33 AT&T Audience Awards offer cash prizes to the favorite Feature ($2000), Documentary ($2000) and Short ($1000) in the festival. This year, for the first time in the history of Frameline, audience members will be able to vote via text message from any text-enabled mobile device.

If you love a film, simply text the film's code to 55333 within four hours of the start of the screening. Don't worry we'll tell you the code when you get there! And remember you get just one vote per film per mobile device. Standard messaging rates may apply.

Click here to download a list of all text voting codes at Frameline33.

The Frameline Award

Established in 1986, the Frameline Award is given every year to a person or entity that has made a major contribution to LGBT representation in film, television, or the media arts. Past honorees range from film historian and author Vito Russo, to Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan, avant-garde lesbian filmmaker Barbara Hammer, drag artiste extraordinaire Divine, producer Christine Vachon, long-time leader of the Festival and the organization Michael Lumpkin, and producer/distributor Marcus Hu.

This year, Frameline's Board and Staff are proud to present the Frameline Award to film visionaries George and Mike Kuchar.

Growing up in the Bronx, George and Mike Kuchar began making 8mm films at the age of 12 with the monumental influence and inspiration of Hollywood, King of the B’s Roger Corman, and special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen.

The Kuchars’ expertise at mixing no-budget low-tech filmmaking with untrained actors is fundamentally intertwined with an indefatigable and infectious sense of humor and humanity. In the early 1960s, their 8mm epics came to the attention of the downtown avant-garde through loft screenings and the efforts of experimental filmmaker and impresario Jonas Mekas. George and Mike quickly became major figures in the American underground film movement and defined a high camp aesthetic that would influence subsequent auteurs including John Waters, Andy Warhol, Guy Maddin, and David Lynch among legions of other artists, students, filmmakers and everyday people with questionable taste.

These godfathers of bargain basement cinema pioneered a hilariously campy, lurid style between “Ed Wood exploitation and Douglas Sirk melodrama” with their early films The Naked and the Nude, The Wet Destruction of the Atlantic Empire and I Was A Teenage Rumpot. Throughout their prolific careers, George and Mike continue to investigate, exploit and question themes and tropes inherent to gay culture and subculture while crossing artistic, cultural and experiential boundaries. Perhaps, the most important aspect of their work is the incredible passion and sensitivity behind their films. Still making movies that are fueled by an insatiable desire after all these years, it is our pleasure to salute George and Mike Kuchar with the 2009 Frameline Award for their incredible impact and influence on LGBT filmmaking.

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