Films / Programs

Documentaries

The best documentaries capture the richness of our communities –and we're proud to bring you the best of this year's LGBTQ documentaries from the U.S. and around the globe!

The Abominable Crime

USA, 2013, 66M

A moving documentary that explores the homophobic culture of Jamaica by following a lesbian mom and a gay human rights activist, both of whom are forced to choose between homeland and survival.

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The Battle of amfAR

68M

Academy Award–winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (HOWL, The Celluloid Closet, Paragraph 175) return with yet another stellar documentary, this time focusing on Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor and research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim, who founded amfAR in 1985.

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Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

USA, 2012, 83M

The great gay Renaissance man—poet, filmmaker, sexual liberator—of SF counterculture, who believed in “ecstasy for everyone,” is celebrated in this doc that traces his artistic explorations and romantic romps.

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Born This Way

USA, 2012, 85M

In Cameroon, where homosexuality is punishable by up to five years in prison, there are signs of hope and change in an underground community where gays and lesbians can find a safe haven from the hostile society that surrounds them.

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The Campaign

USA, 2013, 72M

This locally produced marriage equality documentary examines the struggles and harsh defeat of the hard-fought No on 8 Campaign, as well as how public attitudes towards same-sex marriage have evolved since the ’50s.

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Camp Beaverton: Meet the Beavers

84M

A sanctuary for women during the eight-day Burning Man celebration, Camp Beaverton with its notorious Strap-on-a-Thon party and other events is one of the biggest sexual playpens in the world—and home to an open, supportive and ever-growing sisterhood.

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Chuppan Chupai / I Am Gay and Muslim

127M

The reality of gay life in the Muslim world is far from simple, but complexity isn't always the worst outcome. In these two documentaries, LGBT people in Morocco and in Pakistan live and find love despite their surrounding circumstances.

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Codebreaker

UK, 2011, 82M

A complicated and eccentric genius. A man ahead of his time. The father of Computer Science. British mathematician Alan Turing was inarguably one of the most influential gay figures of all time, and finally receives the well-deserved feature-length spotlight in the docu-drama Codebreaker.

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Continental

USA, 2013, 95M

Filled with steamy dark-room encounters, gossipy dish from transgender Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn and onstage antics by The Divine Miss M, this fascinating documentary by the director of Small Town Gay Bar and Bear Nation recalls the glory days of New York City’s legendary bathhouse and its silver-fox impresario Steve Ostrow.

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Disrupted

Mexico, 2013, 95M

This quietly expansive documentary offers an involving, revelatory portrait of performer and trans woman Coral Bonelli and her actress-mother, who reminisce about Coral’s personal and artistic evolution since the 1970s, when she was child actor “Pinolito” in Mexico’s rough-and-tumble film industry.

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Future My Love

UK, 2012, 97M

An intimate exploration of love and the human condition unfolds in an arresting experimental hybrid of documentary and personal narrative as filmmaker Maja Borg explores radical alternatives to our current, inequitable economy through the work of esteemed American futurist Jacque Fresco.

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Gay Latino Los Angeles

USA, 2012, 78M

In their inspiring journey to adulthood, three twentysomethings from Los Angeles speak to the dynamic reality of being gay and Latino in Los Angeles, supported by an Indigenous tradition that suggests the recovery of a rich, neglected history.

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Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

USA, 2013, 89M

A lively and entertaining profile of the literary provocateur, political gadfly on the left, Hollywood screenwriter and novelist Gore Vidal, who gleefully embodied that endangered species, the American public intellectual.

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I Am Divine

USA, 2013, 85M

Documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz (Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, and Vito) celebrates the life and legendary career of Harris Glenn Milstead, better known as John Waters’ fearless muse and the international drag icon, Divine!

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Ian Harvie Superhero

108M

Hot guys on stage! This trio highlights three transguys who work in different capacities: Ian Harvie’s standup comedy, D’Lo’s performance art, and Rocco Katastrophe’s hip-hop.

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Intersexion

New Zealand, 2012, 68M

Witness how “it doesn’t suck to be intersex; it sucks to be persecuted.” Activist Mani Bruce Mitchell and friends share their powerful journey from secrecy and shame to healing and belonging in this vital emerging community transcending the gender binary system.

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JOY! Portrait of a Nun

57M

Sisters are doing it for themselves in this intimate portrait of Missionary P. Delight and her fellow members of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence as they look back on decades of faerie-fabulous radicalism and whip out their wimples for colorful celebration.

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kink

USA, 2012, 80M

Ever wonder what—and who—really goes down in that imposing brick fortress at Mission and 14th? This adults-only doc (produced by James Franco) goes behind closed doors at the Armory to reveal purveyors of fetish porn, working and wanking on the edge of big-business BDSM.

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Last Call at Maud's

USA, 1993, 77M

Some genuinely wild women take center stage in Paris Poirier’s vivacious and historical documentary about Maud’s, the longest-running lesbian bar in the United States. One of the first films to receive Frameline Completion Funding, and a smash hit at the Festival the first time around, Frameline is proud to screen the 20th Anniversary screening of this witty and informative lesbian cla

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Lesbiana—A Parallel Revolution

Canada, 2012, 63M

Join filmmaker Myriam Fougère’s road trip through the United States and Canada as she revisits the lesbian activists of the ’70s and ’80s who sparked a revolution to define their own culture, inspiring formative lesbian art, literature, philosophy and music.

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Lewd & Lascivious

65M

Archival footage from the 1950s and ’60s, and frank interviews bring queer San Francisco history to life amidst the backdrop of anti-war protests pre-Compton and pre-Stonewall. As the ramifications from this New Year’s 1965 Ball sparked monumental change for gay civil rights.

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The Little House That Could

97M

Patricia Field’s work as costume designer on Sex and the City earned her acclaim, but this tribute focuses on the community of queers, drag queens, and club kids she mentored at her iconoclastic New York boutique in the 1980s and ’90s.

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Mama Rainbow

90M

This touching documentary about being gay in contemporary China introduces us to six different mothers of LGBT children and their own version of a “coming out” tale, as they begin to recognize, acknowledge, and accept the sexualities of their sons and daughters.

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Mr. Angel

75M

Mr. Angel chronicles the life and career of porn pioneer and trans activist Buck Angel from his days as a teenage tomboy, struggling with acceptance and addiction, to becoming the most famous female-to-male adult film star in the world.

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The New Black

USA, 2013, 80M

The New Black is a refreshing and much-needed inside look at African American activists, citizens and clergy seeking to change attitudes toward LGBT rights within their communities and churches.

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One Zero One—The Story of Cybersissy & BayBjane

92M

This vibrant documentary introduces the fantastical world of a dynamic duo drag performers: Antoine “Cybersissy” Timmermans, a visual-and-performance artist battling with schizophrenia, and Mourad “BayBjane” Zerhouni, “the smallest drag queen in the world.”

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Out Here: A Queer Farmer Film Project

89M

Queer people are sprouting up in rural and urban farms, part of the new crop of American farmers. With sustainable agriculture and a queer activist sensibility, they are healing the land, cultivating diversity in their communities, and improving food access.

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The Out List

USA, 2013, 60M

Through intimate and incredibly well crafted, emotionally moving interviews, The Out List is a gorgeously produced HBO documentary which showcases the voices of influential and iconic, out and proud LGBT Americans.

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Paul Bowles: The Cage Door is Always Open

Switzerland, 2012, 87M

Never far from his lifelong lesbian partner Jane Auer, Sheltering Sky author and composer Paul Bowles influenced a generation of writers with his subdued ego and raw talent, in the process transforming his adopted home, Tangiers, into a literary destination.

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Rebel

78M

Writer, Mother, Soldier, Spy. Loreta Janeta Velazquez altered her sex, ethnicity and identity to become a Confederate soldier in the US Civil War. Rebel unlocks the mystery of this border-crossing, gender-bending story that’s been dismissed as a hoax for 150 years.

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Romeo Romeo

USA, 2012, 80M

Newly married, Jessica and Lexy’s efforts to have a baby end up marked by frustration, disappointment, and many expensive procedures. This intimate portrait of a modern queer marriage demonstrates just how much they’re willing to invest to build a family.

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The Secret Disco Revolution

Canada, 2012, 90M

A trio of superheroes plot the eradication of racism, sexism and homophobia by launching a cultural revolution under the guise of disco music in this vibrant and rollicking doc/narrative about the history of the era.

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A Self-Made Man

65M

Tony Ferraiolo is an endearing trans youth advocate who shares his personal female-to-male journey while mentoring transgender kids and advising their families. He lives by the credo “create yourself,” which saved his life and gave him wings.

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Seventh-Gay Adventists

USA, 2012, 105M

Sherri, Marcos, and David are LGBT people of faith deeply rooted in the Seventh-day Adventist church. Some are survivors of ex-gay therapy, they embrace their authentic selves, reconnect with the church, and inspire their communities to further embody love and compassion.

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Turning

USA, 2013, 76M

Queer alternative-music icon Antony Hegarty (of and Antony and the Johnsons) are joined by 13 beguiling transsexual and gender variant women on stage and behind the scenes in this revealing documentary of their acclaimed 2006 European tour, directed by pioneering video artist Charles Atlas (The Legend of Leigh Bowery).

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Valentine Road

USA, 2012, 88M

This extraordinary centerpiece documentary of Frameline37 about the 2008 murder of 15-year-old Larry King will both break your heart and fire you up into action. It brilliantly focuses on how bigotry and prejudice are community-wide problems, rather than only the acts of individuals.

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What's the T?

89M

What's the T? is asked in this candid, brave, and often humorous documentary which examines the intersecting lives of these five dynamic transwomen as they discuss passing, living stealth, getting clocked, and building sisterhood and community.

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Where I Am

Ireland, 2012, 70M

After a gay bashing in Ireland in 1999 left author and anthologist Robert Drake with permanent brain damage, he chose to get better, not bitter. This inspiring, beautifully shot portrait follows the eloquent Philadelphian’s return to Dublin and Sligo.

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