Films / Programs


Frameline40 proudly presents several retrospective screenings in this year's Festival including a “flashback” to the Festival's founding year.

The Celluloid Closet


Exactly twenty years after its theatrical release, San Francisco-based documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s monumental film remains an indispensable—and profoundly moving—record of the way Hollywood depicted gays and lesbians throughout the 20th century.

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Flashback 1977: Frameline’s Founding Year


In tribute to Frameline’s 40th anniversary, this program revisits a remarkable year in gay and lesbian visibility, including a film from the first festival and the rarely screened Gay USA, Arthur Bressan’s groundbreaking documentary on the burgeoning gay rights movement of 1977.

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Living with Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100


Filmmaker Yvonne Welbon’s breakthrough documentary provides exceptional insight into the life and times of activist and centenarian Ruth C. Ellis, who shows us—with undeniable charm, humor, and joy for life—that a life lived with pride is a life well lived.

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Tongues Untied


Emmy Award-winning director Marlon T. Riggs’ 1989 seminal documentary used poetry, personal testimony, and performance to examine homophobia and racism through images of gay bashings, voguing, and protest marches.

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