LGBTQ Film as an Agent of Social Change: Then & Now


Frameline’s 40th anniversary offers a prime opportunity to take stock of extraordinary strides in both the world of cinema and broader social change, as LGBTQ filmmaking has made its impact. Authentic portrayals of LGBTQ lives—through documentaries in particular—have played a significant role in establishing visibility, promoting social and political progress, and shifting attitudes toward the LGBTQ community. From landmark films that have screened throughout the Festival’s history, such as the Frameline23 Audience Award-winning Living with Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100, to those making waves today, like Frameline40 Opening Night film Kiki and Centerpiece Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, we reflect upon LGBTQ documentaries—and the change makers behind them—that push forward important narratives, and explore the opportunities and challenges facing filmmakers eager to make a measurable social impact now.

Panelists (Scheduled to Participate):

Deb Esquenazi (Director, Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four)

Sara Jordenö (Director, Kiki)

Ellen Schneider (Founder, Active Voice)

Johnny Symons (Director/Producer, Out Run, Ask Not, Daddy and Papa)

MODERATOR: Peter L. Stein (Senior Programmer, Frameline40; Director, The Castro)

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