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Your search by 'Biography / History' identified 34 films


  • 24 Hitchhikers

    24 Hitchhikers

    USA , 2013 , 5 min. The roadside pickups of a closeted government official in the late ’60s and early ’70s are artfully and erotically reimagined through period-perfect black-and-white photography in this poetic short by Paul Detwiler, equal parts meditative memory piece and bearded-beefcake bonanza.... Read more
  • A Ballet Dialogue

    A Ballet Dialogue

    Brazil , 2012 , 8 min. A young man in his late teens and a senior man wake up in their respective apartments—and from across the avenue on which they both live, they communicate in an unusual way.... Read more
  • The Battle of amfAR

    The Battle of amfAR

    USA , 2013 , 40 min. 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.... Read more
  • Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

    Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

    USA , 2012 , 83 min. 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.... Read more
  • Brown

    Brown

    USA , 2012 , 2 min. Filmmaker Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler (Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen, Frameline33) returns with this beautiful short meditation on crying.... Read more
  • Change Over Time

    Change Over Time

    USA , 2013 , 7 min. This experimental, animated, personal documentary chronicles the filmmaker’s first year on testosterone from an impressionistic and poetic perspective.... Read more
  • Codebreaker

    Codebreaker

    UK , 2011 , 82 min. 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.... Read more
  • Continental

    Continental

    USA , 2013 , 95 min. 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.... Read more
  • Cuki Colorinchi Evolution

    Cuki Colorinchi Evolution

    Spain , 2011 , 4 min. In this utterly charming film, a masked crochet artist (yes, his mask is crocheted) takes us into the world of his beloved craft.... Read more
  • Entry Denied

    Entry Denied

    USA , 2012 , 28 min. Entry Denied (executive produced by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman) follows three bi-national gay and lesbian couples struggling with the U.S.’s discriminatory immigration laws, which have no provisions for same-sex couples, due to the Defense of Marriage Act.... Read more
  • Finding Franklin

    Finding Franklin

    USA , 2012 , 15 min. This simply gorgeous short about death, nostalgia, and digging through old family memories is hauntingly touching, and truly tender. Returning to the family home upon the death of her grandfather, young Violet finds someone from the past: a mysterious man named Franklin. Violet investigates deeper, and the film delicately weaves old and recreated footage, set to a wonderful soundtrack, to recount ... Read more
  • The Fortune Teller

    The Fortune Teller

    USA , 2013 , 9 min. Fortune Teller is an acid trip through the past present and future of Gay Male Iconograpny/Culture, using found footage montages to show our oppression, tradition and resilience. It’s part music video, part documentary and part time capsule.... Read more
  • Gay Latino Los Angeles

    Gay Latino Los Angeles

    USA , 2012 , 78 min. 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.... Read more
  • Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

    Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

    USA , 2013 , 89 min. 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.... Read more
  • I Am Divine

    I Am Divine

    USA , 2013 , 85 min. 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!... Read more
  • I've Only Just Begun

    I've Only Just Begun

    Finland , 2012 , 7 min. In response to a Russian law banning “homosexual propaganda,” director Koskimies has created an activist music video that depicts the androgynous Venuz Vulgar, a coterie of colorful queers, and their quest to fight discrimination.... Read more
  • Joan in the Rain

    Joan in the Rain

    France , 2012 , 6 min. A wonderfully hypnotic, experimental found-footage collage of Joan of Arc films made for part of a museum exhibition to commemorate Joan’s 600th birthday.... Read more
  • JOY! Portrait of a Nun

    JOY! Portrait of a Nun

    Canada , 2012 , 52 min. 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.... Read more
  • Last Call at Maud's

    Last Call at Maud's

    USA , 1993 , 77 min. 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... Read more
  • Lesbiana—A Parallel Revolution

    Lesbiana—A Parallel Revolution

    Canada , 2012 , 63 min. 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.... Read more
  • Lewd & Lascivious

    Lewd & Lascivious

    USA , 2013 , 50 min. 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.... Read more
  • like rats leaving a sinking ship

    like rats leaving a sinking ship

    Germany , 2012 , 25 min. Personal narrative and clinical objectivity combine in a multilayered narrative about the psychiatric assessments imposed on transgendered people and the nature of personal memory. The narrator shifts voices and stories in an attempt to placate to a rotting system and, at the same time, desert it for something better.... Read more
  • The Little House That Could

    The Little House That Could

    Canada , 2012 , 90 min. 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.... Read more
  • Loving The Bony Lady

    Loving The Bony Lady

    USA , 2012 , 7 min. Arely Gonzalez, a Mexican immigrant and transsexual woman, sees her life transform through her devoted worship of the skeletal saint, La Santa Muerte.... Read more
  • Mr. Angel

    Mr. Angel

    USA , 2013 , 69 min. A doc-style short showing two people who transitioned to the other sex answering the same questions. Director Chase Joynt uses clever cuts to create rhythmic montages through their juxtaposition.... Read more
  • Paul Bowles: The Cage Door is Always Open

    Paul Bowles: The Cage Door is Always Open

    Switzerland , 2012 , 87 min. 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.... Read more
  • Reaching for the Moon

    Reaching for the Moon

    Brazil , 2013 , 118 min. Based on the novel Strange and Common Place Flowers, poet Elizabeth Bishop’s tormented love affair with Brazilian Lota de Macedo Soares gets the lavish big-screen treatment it deserves in this compelling account of their gloriously romantic, yet messy relationship. ... Read more
  • Rebel

    Rebel

    USA , 2013 , 72 min. 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.... Read more
  • The Secret Disco Revolution

    The Secret Disco Revolution

    Canada , 2012 , 90 min. 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.... Read more
  • A Self-Made Man

    A Self-Made Man

    USA , 2013 , 57 min. Uncomfortable with her body since youth, Chantal, who lives with her six-year-old son in Munich, yearns to be accepted as both a man and a father. At a parents’ night at school, Kevin bravely makes his first public appearance.... Read more
  • Valentine Road

    Valentine Road

    USA , 2012 , 88 min. 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.... Read more
  • Where I Am

    Where I Am

    Ireland , 2012 , 70 min. 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.... Read more
  • Who Is Pauline Park?

    Who Is Pauline Park?

    USA , 2012 , 12 min. Pauline Park is a Korean-American adoptee, a transgendered woman, and a human rights activist. Yearning to belong, she has been tracing the genealogical roots of her adoptive parents, helping her, and us as well, better understand how our identities can both define and betray us at the same time.... Read more
  • Young and Wild

    Young and Wild

    Chile , 2011 , 96 min. Sent by her religious mother to work at an evangelical TV station, a sexually adventurous teenager set her sights on two co-workers, a pious boy and a standoffish girl, the status of both relationships becoming erotic fodder for her blog.... Read more