Films / Programs


Documentaries can be informative. They can be fun. They can be eye-opening. The best have it all. And the best of the best screen at Frameline. This year’s selection features legendary directors and actors of the queer community, intimate international award-winners, and everything in between.

  • Act Up Oral History Project Series

    Act Up Oral History Project Series

    USA , 2008 , 90 min. ACT UP helped to transform entrenched cultural ideas about homosexuality, illness, health care, civil rights, the rights of patients and more. Here is how, in the words of those who did it. Text Voting Code: D314... Read more
  • Against A Trans Narrative

    Against A Trans Narrative

    USA , 2008 , 61 min. Combining documentary technique, dramatic reenactment, spoken word performance and meta-level commentary by the participants on the film itself, Against a Trans Narrative takes the conversation on trans-masculinities in the United States to a bold new level. Text Voting Code: D310... Read more
  • Assume Nothing

    Assume Nothing

    New Zealand , 2009 , 80 min. New Zealand photographer Rebecca Swan’s unique representation of the rich diversity of her island nation and the transgender worldwide family is captured in this film with intersex, queer and transgender artists and actvists. Text Voting Code: D317... Read more
  • The Butch Factor

    The Butch Factor

    USA , 2009 , 88 min. Masculinity and homosexuality have always been hopelessly — and helplessly — intertwined. From clones to queens, Bears to gym rats, Christopher Hines’ wide-ranging documentary explores it all. Text Voting Code: D319... Read more
  • City of Borders

    City of Borders

    USA , 2009 , 66 min. Welcome to the border between Ramallah and Jerusalem, where cement barriers, barbed wire and army guards divide Israel and Palestine. Four interwoven stories reveal the complexity of LGBT life in communities where religious belief pits neighbor against neighbor. Text Voting Code: D321... Read more
  • College Boys Live

    College Boys Live

    USA , 2009 , 90 min. You may have paid to watch the sexy webcams, but you haven't really gone inside this infamous online party house until you see George O'Donnell's fascinating documentary. Meet “house mothers” Zac and Jonathan and their teen and twentysomething tenants - troublemaker J.C., heartbreaker Tim and fresh-out-of-the-closet Chuck - then see what happens when their neighbors rally to kick them out.... Read more
  • Cure For Love

    Cure For Love

    Canada , 2008 , 59 min. This pair of films introduces us to gay people searching for both God and Love. Must they sacrifice one in order to satisfy their need for the other? Or can they reconcile both as integral aspects of their lives? Text Voting Code: D301... Read more
  • Diagnosing Difference

    Diagnosing Difference

    USA , 2009 , 60 min. Bypassing old-school Standards of Care for transexualism and confronting the Gender Identity Disorder mental health categorization, Diagnosing Difference lets us hear from real experts, like elder diva Ms. Major, San Francisco’s own Cecelia Chung, activist treasure Adela Vazquez and the punk rock directness of Shawna Virago. Text Voting Code: D322... Read more
  • East/West - Sex & Politics

    East/West - Sex & Politics

    Germany , 2008 , 97 min. This gutsy documentary reveals the complex, contradictory nature of lesbian and gay life in Moscow, illustrating at each turn the difficulty of building a movement for minority rights — especially gay rights — in a country without a democratic tradition. Text Voting Code: D328... Read more
  • Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement

    Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement

    USA , 2009 , 67 min. When Edie and Thea meet, it is love at first sight, and the beginning of a relationship that will last the rest of their lives. Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement recounts their romance, from the closeted pre-Stonewall days to the present. Text Voting Code: D330... Read more
  • Fagbug


    USA , 2008 , 83 min. When a young lesbian’s VW bug is vandalized, she transforms the ugly incident into an opportunity to educate, and embarks on a 58-day cross-country trip. Text Voting Code: D312... Read more
  • Ferron: Girl On A Road

    Ferron: Girl On A Road

    Canada , 2009 , 77 min. This film celebrates women’s music icon Ferron with stories, interviews and most of all music. Girl on a Road documents Ferron’s 2008 Vancouver concert as she reunites with her band and hits the road after a ten-year absence. Text Voting Code: D307... Read more
  • Forever's Gonna Start Tonight

    Forever's Gonna Start Tonight

    USA , 2009 , 54 min. A legendary American drag artist still performing in her seventies, the tale of Vicki Marlane is a loving tribute to a local living legacy in Forever's Gonna Start Tonight, while The Lovers and Fighters Convention chronicles the gender and sexual politics of The UK’s Gender Recognition Act. Text Voting Code: D309... Read more
  • General Idea: Art, AIDS and the Fin de Siecle

    General Idea: Art, AIDS and the Fin de Siecle

    Canada , 2008 , 48 min. AMFAR AIDS insignia — clever graphic or apolitical rip-off of Robert Indiana’s LOVE? The Apple logo-simple symbol or tribute to the gay man who invented computers? Quentin Crisp-honored family member or notorious shame? You decide in these biopics. Text Voting Code: D311... Read more
  • The Good American

    The Good American

    Germany , 2009 , 90 min. German male escort entrepreneur Tom Weise is the subject of this stunning doc about the man who gave us HustlaBall and, and whose ambivalence about success, porn and national identity contextualizes the dreams and travails of male prostitution. Text Voting Code: D325... Read more
  • An Island Calling

    An Island Calling

    New Zealand , 2008 , 72 min. After Fiji Red Cross Director-General John Scott and his partner Greg Scrivener are brutally murdered in 2001, John’s brother’s investigation leads him to draw an equally frightening and compelling line between the horrid legacy of colonialism on the Pacific Island and the homophobic hate crime. Text Voting Code: D302... Read more
  • It Came From Kuchar

    It Came From Kuchar

    USA , 2009 , 86 min. It Came From Kuchar is the definitive documentary film about the legendary underground filmmakers George and Mike Kuchar, recipients of this year’s Frameline Award. Text Voting Code: D326... Read more
  • Little Joe

    Little Joe

    USA , 2009 , 87 min. Little Joe is a fascinating documentary starring iconic cult actor Joe Dallesandro. The film covers his 40-year career, beginning with the Andy Warhol productions Flesh, Trash and Heat and continuing with mainstream films such as The Cotton Club and Cry-Baby. Text Voting Code: D323... Read more
  • The Lovers and Fighters Convention

    The Lovers and Fighters Convention

    UK , 2009 , 66 min. A legendary American drag artist still performing in her seventies, the tale of Vicki Marlane is a loving tribute to a local living legacy while The Lovers and Fighters Convention chronicles the gender and sexual politics of The UK’s Gender Recognition Act. Text Voting Code: D303... Read more
  • Making The Boys

    Making The Boys

    USA , 2009 , 90 min. Crayton Robey’s fun-packed documentary Making The Boys gives the inside scoop on The Boys In the Band — the first openly gay mass-market film. This fun making-of doc features interviews with Edward Albee, Dan Savage, Christian Siriano and others. Text Voting Code: D329... Read more
  • My Buddy Claudia

    My Buddy Claudia

    Brazil , 2009 , 87 min. She went from Sao Paulo’s Stonewall and premiering as the first travesti in Brazilian soft-core films and straight men’s magazines to activism for AIDS and sex-worker rights. Claudia Wonder, in this feature documentary, is both hot and heroic. Text Voting Code: D306... Read more
  • Off and Running

    Off and Running

    USA , 2009 , 80 min. An African American teenager growing up in Brooklyn with two mothers attempts to contact her birth mother, bringing about an identity crisis that threatens her future in this fly-on-the-wall documentary that explores issues of race and the definition of family. Text Voting Code: D318... Read more
  • Pop Star On Ice

    Pop Star On Ice

    USA , 2008 , 85 min. Olympic figure skater, diva, fashionista, super-star: That’s athlete Johnny Weir, whose lithe grace and provocative personality both dazzle and scandalize the image-obsessed figure skating world in this intimate documentary. Text Voting Code: D316... Read more
  • Raging Grannies: The Action League

    Raging Grannies: The Action League

    USA , 2009 , 54 min. The women in this program aren’t your average little old ladies! The Raging Grannies Action League employs a unique blend of activism and street theater in their grassroots organization. Text Voting Code: D327... Read more
  • Seeds of Summer

    Seeds of Summer

    Israel , 2007 , 63 min. In Seeds of Summer, director Hen Lasker takes a deeper look at the place where she first fell in love with a woman. This fly-on-the-wall documentary, which follows Israeli female combat soldiers, not only studies the intersection of love and duty, but also exposes the dichotomy of the youth with the burden of military service. Text Voting Code: D304... Read more
  • Shakespeare and Victor Hugo's Intimacies

    Shakespeare and Victor Hugo's Intimacies

    Mexico , 2008 , 83 min. Watch as love and mystery unfold in Mexico City in this documentary told through the memories of a woman who fondly recalls the years of an artistic queer lodger in her house, who she still suspects of murder. Text Voting Code: D315... Read more
  • Standing-N-Truth: Breaking the Silence

    Standing-N-Truth: Breaking the Silence

    USA , 2008 , 70 min. Harrowing and hopeful, this passionate, absorbing documentary about African American sexuality includes stories and insights from academics, artists and preachers as they talk about what it means to be black and gay in America. Text Voting Code: D305... Read more
  • Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen

    Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen

    USA , 2008 , 77 min. 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. Text Voting Code: D300... Read more
  • Straightlaced: How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up

    Straightlaced: How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up

    USA , 2009 , 66 min. The latest peer-to-peer, consciousness-raising doc from local pioneer Debra Chasnoff (It’s Elementary, That’s a Family) and The Respect For All Project charmingly and disarmingly tackles teen attitudes toward gender roles with humor, color, compassion and pop. Text Voting Code: D313... Read more
  • Training Rules

    Training Rules

    USA , 2009 , 57 min. No drugs. No drinking. No lesbians. For over 25 years, Penn State women’s basketball coach Rene Portland’s homophobic coaching philosophy wrecked the lives and dreams of many talented young players. Text Voting Code: D324... Read more
  • Two Spirits: Sexuality, Gender, and the Murder of Fred Martinez

    Two Spirits: Sexuality, Gender, and the Murder of Fred Martinez

    USA , 2009 , 60 min. Native notions of fluidity in gender and sexuality hold promise but meet the harsh reality of assimilation in Two Spirits. And the Group of Seven Inches sends up white painters of “Indian savages.” Text Voting Code: D308... Read more

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