Films / Programs

Shorts

Great things continue to come in small packages, and short films have always been a large part of the Festival package. With online video viewing increasing by leaps and bounds, queer filmmakers are churning out more and more short-form productions. Frameline continues to bring what are often some of the best small films to the big screen.

2nd Best

USA, 2012, 8M

In 2nd Best, a pesky set of IKEA furniture and an empty fridge test the patience of one couple.

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33 Teeth

Canada, 2011, 8M

In 33 Teeth, Eddie accidentally spies upon his attractive neighbor, Chad, as he steps out of the shower with a red comb.

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36A

USA, 2011, 15M

Interweaving the aesthetics of science with the dreamlike quality of myth, 36A tells an original story of transformation and discovery.

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7 Deadly Kisses

Indonesia, 2012, 4M

From fish kiss to dragon kiss—this is where people of all ages and genders who want to learn how to kiss can find out (almost) everything about kissing. Two willing and able male trainees demonstrate the first seven deadly kisses for any relationship.

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Akin

Canada, 2012, 9M

With haunting suburban visuals backed by the rich sounds of Toronto based-band Ohbijou, Akin powerfully examines the silent secrets of a shared past.

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Alle Werden

Switzerland, 2011, 19M

In Alle Werden, Samuel meets Philippe, a handsome, highly admired colleague of his best friend Andreas. As the two get close, Andreas becomes irritated and put in the uncomfortable position to watch his best mate helplessly fall in love.

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Alone with Mr. Carter

Canada, 2011, 18M

In Alone with Mr. Carter, John dreams of becoming a cop and wants to confide in his neighbor that he is secretly in love with him—but time is of the essence as Mr. Carter is going away forever.

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America’s Most Unwanted

USA, 2012, 21M

Local director Shani Heckman America’s Most Unwanted reveals the lives of foster youth and exposes the homophobia in the foster care system.

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The Arrival

USA, 2011, 5M

A light-hearted look at both the fear and non-event of LGBT people joining inclusive churches.

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Battlefield

Australia, 2011, 9M

In Battlefield, the emotional negotiation of a one-night stand provides a contemporary snapshot of single-serve love and gay men’s desire for more.

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Beyond the Team

USA, 2012, 15M

Take a peek inside the lives of the members of the San Francisco Spikes Soccer Club and see how they developed a deep sense of gay community, friendship and extended family on and off of the field.

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The Blessed

Chile, 2012, 15M

In The Blessed, Papa has arranged for his hija to play the Virgin Mary in a procession as a means to heal her.

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Blood Flow

USA, 2011, 6M

A young man’s emotional attachments are put to the test after discovering his lover’s lifeless body in Blood Flow.

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The Bridge

USA, 2011, 8M

Kicking it on The Bridge a young vato braves the consequences of coming-out in his tough Los Angeles barrio.

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Burmese Butterfly

Myanmar/Burma, 2011, 13M

Twenty-one-year-old hairdresser Phyo Lay provides a rare glimpse into the emergent gay community in Burmese Butterfly.

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Casa

Brazil, 2011, 6M

The sumptuous short Casa explores the relationship of a female couple in this delicate recuerdo.

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Chicks and Love

USA, 2012, 9M

A queer Asian efficiency expert focuses on Chicks And Love to get betrothed by her next birthday.

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Citizen Change

USA, 2012, 48M

Change is constant, but incremental. Citizen Change reveals how a dedicated group of LGBT pioneers from San Francisco’s East Bay blazed the trail for marriage equality by inventing the concept of “domestic partnership” and attaining its first-ever enactment into law in the city of Berkeley, CA in 1984. These remarkable activists’ stories create a vivid portrait of ho

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Coffee & Pie

USA, 2011, 16M

In the anti-romantic comedy Coffee & Pie a couple must come to term with the fact that theirs is a love that could never be.

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Continental Drift

Australia, 2012, 15M

In Continental Drift, Adele, a young Australian woman travels by the Croatian sea, she meets Antonija and together they discover the uncanny intimacy that can develop between strangers.

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Corazon De Melon

USA, 2012, 13M

A queer Mexicana couple journey through online dating and across borders to find their Corazon de Melon.

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Couples Therapy

USA, 2012, 10M

Each week, Vince and Daniel attend Couples Therapy, and each week they have something to talk about.

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CRUSH

USA, 2011, 9M

It’s Prom Night in the South Bronx, Michael is in for an evening of horror, hilarity and hope as he decides whether or not to kick it to his CRUSH.

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Daddy Issues

USA, 2011, 14M

A couple on a first date discuss the complexities of procreation. If only their Daddy Issues were their biggest hurdle.

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Deep End

Canada, 2011, 8M

When Dane’s older brother comes out to him, he has to choose between siding with his homophobic classmates or supporting his brother and becoming a social pariah.

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The Devotion Project: Listen from the Heart

USA, 2012, 10M

The Devotion Project: Listen from the Heart, traces the relationship of two Oakland women, from their initial meeting and love affair, through the birth of their child, a boy with a heart condition who enriches their lives in ways they could never have imagined.

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The Devotion Project: More Than Ever

USA, 2011, 10M

Meet John and Bill, a couple who beat the odds through the decades in order to live an incredible 54-year love story. Their story of devotion is an inspiration to anyone wondering how to make love last.

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Disaster (a personal geography)

USA, 2011, 9M

Any Bay Area queer with a go bag will identify with director Laura Green’s preoccupation with earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural phenomena, in Disaster (a personal geography).

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The Divine Decadence of Cheesecake

Australia, 2012, 14M

Ash is sent a highly erotic piece of Golden Girls fan-fiction. As he’s drawn into their hilariously lusty world, his masculine and feminine sides split, gorgeously!

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Doctor Glamour

USA, 2011, 15M

We begin our program with the peerless science student Walter Gilman who meets his match in Eve Walpurgis and promptly falls in love. But when Eve is taken by an extra-dimensional terror, Walter is forced to summon a demon of his own: the anachronistic Doctor Glamour.

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Drum Joy Love

USA, 2012, 17M

For 40 years, legendary drummer Carolyn Brandy has infused her percussion with Drum Love Joy.

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Dyke Central Pilot

USA, 2011, 22M

We travel across the Bay for the Dyke Central Pilot as butches Alex and Gin search for a third roomie, and newcomer Fabiana sets out to discover the real Oakland.

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Empire

USA, 2011, 14M

In Empire, Rick and Sage evaluate their commitment to one another when one of them decides to join the armed services.

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Empire of Evil

USA, 2011, 51M

This film by George Kuchar was his last student class film. The celebrated underground film director, who just passed away last year, had this to say about Empire of Evil, “This high octane drama that I made with my students at the SF Art Institute chronicles the moral decline of it’s heroine, as the love of a man she obsesses over drives her over something else: a cliff into he

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Entwine

USA, 2011, 10M

A couple’s love for one another has disintegrated into indifference and betrayal in Entwine. Danny must face this dilemma and question his commitment to a stale relationship; however, the continuing comfort of companionship and familiarity might not be worth the despair.

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The Eyes and the Ice

USA, 2011, 11M

Cody and his older lover discover an eye locked within a snow bank outside their vacation cabin in The Eyes and the Ice.

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Family Blessings

USA, 2012, 25M

Queer Asian women and their children see their Family Blessings shine through everyday devotion.

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First Birthday (Dol)

USA, 2011, 12M

Nick is a gay man living in Los Angeles with his partner Brian and their dog Chloe. When Nick attends his nephew’s First Birthday (Dol), he finds himself yearning for a life just out of reach.

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Fly by Night

South Korea, 2011, 22M

A young man has a sexual relationship with another man for money in Fly By Night, while he tries to not let on to his older brother what he’s up to.

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Fortune Cookie Magic Tricks

USA, 2011, 11M

In Fortune Cookie Magic Tricks, a traditional Chinese father struggles to cope with his son’s sexuality, which then takes an absurd and comical turn for the worse.

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Four Pounds

Canada, 2010, 8M

Four Pounds is the story of an actor (Scott Thompson from Kids in the Hall) who focuses his considerable will to the goal of losing some weight.

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Free Man

USA, 2010, 17M

While grieving the sudden death of his partner, Michael finds himself embroiled in a legal battle over burial rights with his mother-in-law in Free Man.

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Fresh Air Therapy 2

Germany, 2011, 16M

For Kerstin and Petra in Fresh Air Therapy 2 their relationship is not their only problem, as they return to couple’s therapy and take part in a role-play by spending a night in a hotel, with curious consequences.

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Gender Menu

USA, 2011, 5M

Gender Menu exams a dystopic society where the gender binary has taken over…until one day a gender rebel sparks a change and gender revolution begins.

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A Good Son

Mexico, 2011, 21M

A Good Son is forced to decide whether he will pursue his dream or remain on his family farm to fulfill what is expected of him.

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Gyre

USA, 2011, 18M

Dreams, reality, sex and sexuality blur leaving Lex stranded in her own nightmares (or are they realities?) in Gyre.

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Half

USA, 2011, 6M

Moleskin notebooks and serendipity make two hotties cross paths in Half.

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Hear Me Now

USA, 2011, 16M

In Hear Me Now, three deaf members of the local LGBT community discuss identity, activism, and adversity.

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Hold On Tight

Ireland, 2011, 12M

When it comes to same-sex relationships, showing your love outside of the home is sometimes a complicated personal and political choice. This short documentary moves between the public and private spaces in which lesbian and gay couples live.

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In Search of Avery Willard

USA, 2012, 24M

Who was Avery Willard? Photographer, filmmaker, writer, publisher, leatherman, pornographer… this short uncovers the life and work of a groundbreaking yet forgotten artist.

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It’s Consuming Me

Germany, 2012, 4M

A guy in the middle of the woods with a red phone can’t get the thought of his boyfriend out of his mind in It’s Consuming Me.

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It’s Just a Detail

Spain, 2010, 3M

In It’s Just a Detail, a killer gets more of a surprise than she’s bargained for, when cleaning up the scene of the crime.

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I’ve Been to Manhattan

USA, 2012, 7M

Folk-twang singer/songwriter StormMiguel Florez drinks deep to forget in his first music video, featuring SF queer and trans celebrities and zombies in I’ve Been to Manhattan.

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Jacob Sterling

USA, 2011, 7M

Jacob Sterling is a musical theater composer and this is his video submission for the reality show Project Barbra.

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Justin

UK, 2010, 30M

Justin Fashanu, the first openly gay professional U.K. footballer committed suicide in 1998. A decade later, the Justin Campaign against homophobia in soccer is kicked off and friends and members of the gay Brighton Bandits examine how racism and homophobia drove Justin to take his own life.

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The Last Waltz

Australia, 2011, 21M

A young man loses his one and only love to a bush-fire disaster. Twelve months later, he returns to ballroom dancing, and he sees his dead partner on the edge of the dance floor for one final waltz.

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Looking for Jiro

USA, 2011, 6M

Jiro Onuma worked in the prison mess hall along side muscular men, and Looking for Jiro is a musical mash-up video featuring drag king performance, U.S. propaganda footage, muscle building and homo-erotic bread making.

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Lost and Found

USA, 2012, 8M

The arrival of a mysterious package leads a disenchanted queer youth to an encounter with the colorful Mrs. Vera in Lost and Found.

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Love Ability

USA, 2012, 9M

After a life-changing accident, a Black lesbian model finds her true Love Ablity where she least expects it.

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Love and Anger

USA, 2012, 17M

In Love and Anger, the tale of Cousin Wonderlette whose mother has treated her like human garbage (literally) her entire life. One day she discovers she has a clumsy and unsophisticated Fairy Godmother who transports her to a far away land from another time.

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Love is Not Enough

USA, 2011, 12M

In Love is Not Enough, Eric must choose whether to stay with his polyamorous boyfriend, Conrad, after Conrad decides to share his love with another man.

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The Maiden and The Princess

USA, 2011, 18M

Emmy kisses a girl on the playground and is left feeling isolated and alone. The Grand High Council of Fairy Tale Rules and Standards sends her a hetero-normative fairytale to set her down the ‘right’ path in The Maiden and The Princess.

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Mariquita

USA, 2011, 14M

At his tia’s birthday party, a ten-year-old boy in an upscale Miami home takes advantage of a well-attended family gathering to make a very personal announcement in Mariquita.

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Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness

USA, 2011, 16M

A truly inspiring doc project about same-sex marriage from an African-American perspective, the film focuses on Massachusetts State Representative and Civil Rights Movement veteran Byron Rushing, who together with a group of progressive Black clergy and activists, took the campaign for same-sex marriage into the Black community, confronting the hostility of the church and finding important straigh

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Mila Caos

Cuba, 2011, 18M

Every weekend at an illegal drag show in a suburb of Havana, 17-year old Sebastián transforms into Mila Caos, but Sebastián suffers from his mother’s indifference and dreams that one day she will see him on stage.

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More or Less

Brazil, 2010, 14M

Sandro and Ivo study together in a high school in Brazil but have a troubled relationship in More or Less. When there is less than expected, there may be more than you think.

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My Inner Turmoil

USA, 2012, 9M

In My Inner Turmoil, an Indian woman (Aneesh Sheth) faces angst as she navigates living life in two genders.

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My Night with Andrew Cunanan

USA, 2011, 11M

My Night with Andrew Cunanan portrays one drunken gay man’s decisions during an encounter in San Francisco with future serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

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Nefertitty

USA, 2011, 15M

Nefertitty is one bad burlesque mother. The suckers in the city have found cocaine that turns them into albino zombies. They better run cause Nefertitty is back in town and it’s twirling time!

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Night Shift

Spain, 2011, 17M

An empty shopping mall and a basement full of mannequins, Night Shift follows a window dresser and a security guy as they form a friendship with some deadly consequences.

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Nisa

USA, 2010, 12M

A teenage prostitute must take creative measures to escape a brothel when her secret is discovered in Nisa.

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Nowhere to Run: Paul’s Story

USA, 2011, 4M

Nowhere to Run: Paul’s Story from ORAM (Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration) chronicles the challenges Paul faces as he tries to escape to the United Kingdom from Jamaica after being ostracized by his neighbors for his sexual orientation.

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Off Castro

USA, 2012, 10M

The drag culture of San Francisco is examined in a doc featuring local performers sure to tickle your pickle in Off Castro--concept by Sarah Willis.

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One Night

USA, 2009, 14M

A socially awkward and somewhat misguided girl with questionable boundaries lands in a steamy pickup scene at a dance club. Text Voting Code: S593

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One Wish

USA, 2012, 12M

With her new fairy godmother, a woman gets One Wish packed with much more than she asked.

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Oscillare

USA, 2011, 9M

Set against an impressionistic backdrop, Oscillare follows Alyson Bowles’s along the remnants of the golden dream—abandoned fields, fast-food parking lots, and the sun-bleached borderlands between reality and desire.

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The Paper Mirror

USA, 2012, 26M

In The Paper Mirror cartoonist Alison Bechdel and painter Riva Lehrer move away from representation of their immediate cultures and collaborate on a new artistic project.

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The Performance of Drowning

USA, 2011, 10M

On a trip to “Crippled Children’s Camp,” Terry Galloway falls for the deep-end swimming instructor, nearly drowning as she learns to perform her newly discovered queer, disabled identity in The Performance of Drowning.

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Prora

Switzerland, 2012, 23M

Prora is on the Baltic Sea, a mysterious, endless place that is a deserted former Nazi vacation center and communist military complex—here teenagers Jan and Matthieu embark on a game that puts their friendship at risk.

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Putting the ‘I’ in Trans

Canada, 2012, 6M

Following some in-depth coverage by a major Canadian newspaper, LGBT community members are asked for comments on a long-overlooked aspect of identity.

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Queen

USA, 2011, 22M

A suddenly single drag chanteuse tries to fill the void in her life after her plans to start a family fall apart in Queen.

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The Queen of My Dreams

USA, 2011, 3M

As a young girl, Fawzia Mirza fell under the spell of Bollywood heroines and their promise of love and feminine perfection; as an adult, she re-imagines it in a queer light.

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Raymond

Philippines, 2011, 17M

Raymond is a terminally ill gay man who comes home to seek forgiveness from the lover he abandoned, but redemption comes from an unlikely source.

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Regrets

USA, 2011, 11M

A one-night stand might turn out to be your last—is this the work of a serial killer? Regrets will reveal all.

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Reprise

USA, 2011, 14M

When her teenage daughter is accepted to university one mother is forced to confront the state of her relationship and her life in Reprise.

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Run-A-Ways

USA, 2012, 8M

A youth and an elder discuss the youth’s future and the elder’s past in Run-A-Ways.

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Sabbatical

USA, 2012, 12M

Phillip and Sam grapple with the concept of taking time apart from one another, and dealing with the consequences of coming back together after a mutually agreed-upon separation.

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San Francisco Past and Present

USA, 2012, 8M

San Francisco Past and Present tells a series of intergenerational stories that offer a glimpse of LGBT history and examine an evolution in the local community.

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A Safe Place for the Wild

Sweden, 2011, 45M

In A Safe Place For the Wild, couple Elisa and Klara share an intimate relationship with next door neighbor Maryam. Together with some friends, they tear down the wall between their two apartments, and the house warming party turns into a chaotic swirl of dancing, longing and desire.

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Scar

USA, 2011, 3M

A troubled teen discovers tools to help him navigate his discovery that he is gay, and possibly transgender in Scar, created in BAVC’s Factory youth program.

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Shabbat Dinner

USA, 2012, 15M

When William’s family joins their oddball guests, Friday nights are not as boring as usual in Shabbat Dinner.

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Silver Stiletto

Australia, 2011, 15M

In Silver Stiletto two straight men are found dead in a dumpster outside of a gay bar and their wounds suggest the actions of a trained killer—could a disheveled drag queen really be responsible?

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Simply Rob

UK, 2011, 15M

Simply Rob is a portrait of New York based poet and activist Rob Vassilarakis. Rob was diagnosed in 1993 as HIV-positive. Using a mixture of HD and Super8 footage, this film follows Rob as he tells his turbulent life story through his poetry.

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Slow

USA, 2011, 13M

Slow tells the story of an online hook up and each person’s very different expectations of the evening.

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Stitches

Israel, 2011, 18M

The beautifully complicated Stitches finds a couple at the hospital on the evening after their child is born.

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Strong and Dreaming

USA, 2011, 7M

Animated nocturnal emissions never looked so sexy as in Strong and Dreaming, an inspiring meditation on self-love and strength.

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The Sydney Convicts

Germany, 2010, 45M

The Sydney Convicts Rugby Union is as tough as other Australian team; the only difference is it’s an all-gay male squad. In just 45-minutes, you get an incredibly intimate insight into the players’ lives—and a brilliant look around many parts of Sydney. Rugby is not a game for the faint-hearted. In very flattering shorts, players carb-up before practice, seriously work out

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Teens Like Phil

USA, 2012, 20M

Teens Like Phil explores the complicated and painful circumstances surrounding a relationship in an effort to better understand the roots of the bullying epidemic.

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The Thing

USA, 2011, 16M

Tristan and Zooey hope to reconnect on a road trip with their fluffy cat Stephen, but can they find what they’re looking for at The Thing?

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Threadbare

Canada, 2011, 3M

A box of sweaters becomes an archive of transgender emotions—a collection of outmoded feelings, fond and not-so-fond memories and the chance to become something new by trying on something old.

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Troy: Naked Boys Behind Bars, Sing!

USA, 2011, 14M

Based on the popular, long running, gay comic strip, Troy: Naked Boy Behind Bars, Sing! is a silly, sweet, slightly sarcastic, animated satire of gaysploitation entertainment.

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Tsuyako

Japan, 2011, 24M

In postwar Japan, Tsuyako, a factory worker and mother, must decide between duty and love, her family and her freedom.

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Two Bodies

USA, 2011, 13M

Two Bodies examines sexual identity and the fragility of silence within a mother-daughter relationship.

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Two Guys in a Backyard

Australia, 2011, 5M

From Australia, we start with Two Guys in a Backyard where a man puts his friendship on the line during a backyard sparring session.

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ub2

USA, 2011, 5M

How does a dating site user’s choice of words impact HIV-positive men? Ub2 debates the true meanings of terms such as “clean” or “disease-free” in the dating lexicon.

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Unanimated

Spain, 2011, 8M

A cartoon character goes to therapy because he feels rejected in a ‘live-action’ world that dislikes those who are different in Unanimated.

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Ursula’s Victory

Spain, 2011, 17M

In Ursula’s Victory it’s a stormy night, Ursula stops at the gate of an old cemetery and breaks the chains that keep her from entering. In her right hand she is holding a shovel, and in her left, a heavy suitcase…what does Ursula unearth?

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Us. A Family Album

USA, 2011, 7M

Us. A Family Album is a striking montage of home movies proving that all family and all love is equal.

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What Makes Us Queer

USA, 2011, 7M

This explicit mini-doc presents a juxtaposition of visual imagery of queers having sex (taken from the archives of porn site QueerPorn.TV) and audio clips from an interview that simply asks, What Makes Us Queer?; Featuring cameos from dozens of queer porn performers including Jiz Lee, Dylan Ryan, Tobi Hill-Meyer, Maxine Holloway, Mr. Grey, Madison Young, James Darling and Wolf Hudson.

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When Night Falls Silent

Brazil, 2011, 12M

What is left to say between Lucas and Arthur as they learn to navigate the space left in a relationship that is no more When Night Falls Silent.

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Whistlin’ Dixie: Queer Sounds, New South

USA, 2011, 30M

In this foot-stompin’, guitar-strummin’ ride to the southland, amidst evangelical country radio and confederate flags you’ll find a new generation of queer activists. Rock, folk, bluegrass and country music all seem to waft in the humid air and it deeply informs their sense of community. In Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgia, Whistlin’ Dixie investigates the comple

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The Wilding

Australia, 2012, 16M

In The Wilding, Malcolm, a juvenile delinquent, is offered parole, yet he is torn between his chance for freedom and protecting the one he loves.

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Your Warmth

Israel, 2011, 14M

Jonathan’s thirst for love brings him to the park for the first time in Your Warmth; but he just wants to be held. Will the park offer him that?

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