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  • Boys Don’t Cry

    Boys Don’t Cry

    USA , 1999 , 118 min. With its indelible lead performance by Hilary Swank as a young Brandon Teena and its unstinting portrait of the violent undercurrent of the blue-collar Midwest, Boys Don’t Cry retains its power to stir the emotions fifteen years after its original release.... Read more
  • The Circle

    The Circle

    Switzerland , 2014 , 102 min. Seamlessly combining a thriller narrative with a documentary love story, The Circle is the astounding true tale of Switzerland’s 1940s–1960s magazine of that name—and the network of friends and lovers that formed around it, becoming one of the world’s first homophile societies.... Read more
  • Coming Out in the 1970s

    Coming Out in the 1970s

    USA , 2014 , 15 min. Four teen activists, local heroes, and filmmaker Phil Siegel explore the history of the not-so-distant past in the third part of Siegel’s vivid and engaging documentary series.... Read more
  • Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank

    Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank

    USA , 2013 , 87 min. This fascinating documentary explores the life of our country’s most prominent out gay politician to date: the inimitable Barney Frank, a staunch defender of civil rights and “small-d” democratic principles for 32 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.... Read more
  • David Hockney IN THE NOW (in six minutes).

    David Hockney IN THE NOW (in six minutes).

    USA , 2014 , 6 min. This short takes you on a quick romp through the life and work of David Hockney, filled with sun-splashed imagery, fun archival clips of poolside nudity, and an explosion of color that charts his prolific practice.... Read more
  • The Dog

    The Dog

    USA , 2013 , 100 min. Immortalized by Al Pacino in the 1970s classic Dog Day Afternoon, unlikely gay-liberation icon and unrepentant ex-con John Wojtowicz, who attempted to rob a bank to finance his lover’s gender-reassignment surgery, is the complex and charismatic subject of this riveting documentary, filmed over more than a decade.... Read more
  • Edward II

    Edward II

    UK , 1991 , 90 min. Unfolding in elegant tableaux, Derek Jarman’s bold version of Marlowe’s 400-year-old play focuses on the king’s obsessive love for the low-born Gaveston. Tilda Swinton is marvelous as his neglected, revengeful queen in this new digital restoration marking the 20th anniversary of Jarman’s death.... Read more
  • Eye Candy

    Eye Candy

    USA , 2013 , 10 min. Eye Candy is a whimsical look at San Francisco-based celebrity portrait artist Jason Mecier. Fashioning famous likenesses out of everything from old toothbrushes to turkey basters, Mecier has created a unique visual style. Is he making a statement on consumption and pop culture, or is it just eye candy?... Read more
  • Facing Fear

    Facing Fear

    USA , 2013 , 22 min. In this Oscar-nominated short, the worlds of a former neo-Nazi and the gay victim of his senseless hate crime collide by chance 25 years later. Both are challenged to examine their fears and beliefs, which remarkably leads to a rare collaboration. At its core, this poignant documentary examines violence, racism, homophobia, discrimination, and the ultimate act of self-love—forgiveness.... Read more
  • First Clue

    First Clue

    USA , 2014 , 6 min. Because before you knew, you had a clue. Charming and upbeat First Clue offers insight into our earliest intuitions that we knew and delighted in who we were until we were taught otherwise.... Read more
  • Folsom Forever

    Folsom Forever

    USA , 2014 , 72 min. What could be more fun than 400,000 sweaty leatherfolk packed in tight and having the time of their lives? Leatherman documentarian Mike Skiff (Kink Crusaders) takes to the street for this look at the Folsom Street Fair’s history as it turns 30.... Read more
  • Heklina

    Heklina

    USA , 2013 , 15 min. The hair. The laugh. The stories. Heklina is the founder and hostess of Trannyshack, currently San Francisco’s longest-running drag show. From her early days growing up in Iceland, a discharge from the navy, overcoming drugs and alcohol, she has emerged as one of the premiere performers in the San Francisco alternative drag scene. Enjoy the show!... Read more
  • Homegrown

    Homegrown

    77 min. From first love to the fight for fair housing, this program is an upbeat look at what lingers in the hearts, minds and pants of those who proudly call the SF Bay Area their home.... Read more
  • Jimmy Carter!

    Jimmy Carter!

    USA , 2010 , 4 min. A magical exploration of the tenure of President Jimmy Carter, this animated music video recapitulates the highlights of Carter’s Presidency with a bit of history, Japanese rap, laser beams, penis monsters, and many other wildly exciting features.... Read more
  • Ladies and Gentlemen: Phatima Rude

    Ladies and Gentlemen: Phatima Rude

    USA , 2014 , 24 min. For the last 20 years, Phatima Rude has pioneered the performative alternative queer punk drag scene that has now become internationally famous. Intimate and unflinching, this documentary follows Phatima's struggles and triumphs with illness, poverty, addiction, and gender identity.... Read more
  • Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story

    Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story

    96 min. As a decorated U.S. Navy SEAL, Christopher Beck experienced some of the most intense combat known to anyone. But Christopher’s journey to become Kristin Beck, an openly transgendered veteran and civil rights advocate, has proven to be the greatest battle of her life.... Read more
  • Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story

    Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story

    USA , 2014 , 84 min. As a decorated U.S. Navy SEAL, Christopher Beck experienced some of the most intense combat known to anyone. But Christopher’s journey to become Kristin Beck, an openly transgendered veteran and civil rights advocate, has proven to be the greatest battle of her life.... Read more
  • Letter to Anita

    Letter to Anita

    81 min. Dr. Ronni Sanlo’s activist career was launched in 1978, when she came out and lost custody of her young kids in Florida. Sanlo’s pioneering journey leads her into gratitude and forgiveness toward Anita Bryant, who unwittingly catalyzed the LGBT civil rights movement.... Read more
  • Letter to Anita

    Letter to Anita

    USA , 2014 , 55 min. Dr. Ronni Sanlo’s activist career was launched in 1978, when she came out and lost custody of her young kids in Florida. Sanlo’s pioneering journey leads her into gratitude and forgiveness toward Anita Bryant, who unwittingly catalyzed the LGBT civil rights movement.... Read more
  • Limited Partnership

    Limited Partnership

    Australia , 2014 , 74 min. In 1975, Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan became one of the first same-sex couples to legally marry—and the first to be denied legal immigration status. This documentary tells the story of a pioneering bi-national couple who paved the way to defeat DOMA.... Read more
  • Local Legends

    Local Legends

    88 min. Bambi Lake, Heklina, mr Pam, Phatima Rude, and Jason Mecier. You may know these names, but do you know their stories? Join us in celebration of these local legends as the artists share stories about their lives that are raw, brave, entertaining and above all else, inspiring.... Read more
  • Out in East Berlin—Lesbians and Gays in the GDR

    Out in East Berlin—Lesbians and Gays in the GDR

    Germany , 2013 , 98 min. The politics, passion and personal toll of coming out in East Berlin are captured in this powerful, illuminating documentary about thirteen East Berliners who came to terms with their sexuality in an authoritarian state.... Read more
  • The Places I Can Never Go Back To

    The Places I Can Never Go Back To

    USA , 2014 , 10 min. We all have places we avoid because they trigger a bad memory. Parks. Cafés. Street corners. Even the most mundane locations can feel tainted once something bad happens. This film explores the rise and fall of a relationship through the exact places where things went wrong.... Read more
  • Rad Queers: Payasos L.A.

    Rad Queers: Payasos L.A.

    USA , 2012 , 9 min. Smashing taboos and redefining philanthropy, Rad Queers: Payasos L.A. offers an intimate glimpse into a group of gay Latino men who wear clown make-up, go-go dance at leather bars, and try to make the world a better place.... Read more
  • Regarding Susan Sontag

    Regarding Susan Sontag

    106 min. This new documentary about America’s most glamorous public intellectual is a feast for the eyes and mind. It features a trove of fascinating archival footage of Sontag, along with vivid commentary from her friends and lovers.... Read more
  • Regarding Susan Sontag

    Regarding Susan Sontag

    USA , 2014 , 100 min. This new documentary about America’s most glamorous public intellectual is a feast for the eyes and mind. It features a trove of fascinating archival footage of Sontag, along with vivid commentary from her friends and lovers.... Read more
  • Salvation Army

    Salvation Army

    France , 2013 , 82 min. Adapting his autobiographical novel, director Abdellah Taïa tackles various taboos to tell the story of a gay Moroccan boy who finds his own personal strength within a society that shuns him.... Read more
  • Sticks & Stones

    Sticks & Stones

    USA , 2014 , 14 min. Notorious transsexual chanteuse, Bambi Lake, takes us on a stroll down pre-AIDS 1970s Polk Street, where Lake once worked as a street hustler and later as a performer in the burgeoning San Francisco ‘80s punk scene.... Read more
  • Mulan

    Mulan

    USA , 88 min. Invite your friends, family, and loved ones to revisit a classic tale of bravery, selflessness, and unconditional love at our surprise family screening of Mulan! Watch one young heroine defy the rules and use marvelous wit and courage to save her community in this surprise family screening at The Castro Theatre.... Read more
  • Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

    Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

    USA , 2013 , 92 min. Thomas Allen Harris excavates a century and a half’s worth of sublime, mostly black-and-white photographs from family albums and African American newspapers, and etches a poignant, probing portrait of everyday black life that stands in sharp contrast to the stereotypes and racist propaganda of the mainstream press.... Read more
  • To Be Takei

    To Be Takei

    USA , 2014 , 90 min. The stellar centerpiece documentary of Frameline38 celebrates the Star Trek legend, the marriage-equality advocate, the spokesperson for Japanese Americans imprisoned in internment camps during World War II, Facebook phenomenon (with nearly 7 million fans), and the recipient of this year’s Frameline Award: superstar George Takei.... Read more
  • Transforming Family

    Transforming Family

    Canada , 2013 , 11 min. Through intimate interviews, Transforming Family offers an eloquent snapshot of current issues, struggles and strengths of transexual, transgender and gender fluid parents (and parents-to-be) in North American society today.... Read more
  • Trunk

    Trunk

    Australia , 2013 , 12 min. Neil, a still-in-the-closet Australian college lad, visits home for his grandpa’s funeral, and is beset by a loud, larger-than-life, unwelcome guest.... Read more
  • Veteran Documentary Corps: Zoe Dunning

    Veteran Documentary Corps: Zoe Dunning

    USA , 2014 , 12 min. Expected to attend: Subject Zoe Dunning, Director Silvia Turchin Maria Zoe Dunning is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, a gay rights activist, and the first and only openly gay person allowed to remain on active duty in the military prior to the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.... Read more
  • Violette

    Violette

    France , 2013 , 139 min. Emmanuelle Devos tears up the screen in Martin Provost’s (Séraphine) brilliant biopic of tormented lesbian writer, Violette Leduc, whose unbalanced relationship with Simone de Beauvoir was key to her eventual success.... Read more
  • Violette Leduc: In Pursuit of Love

    Violette Leduc: In Pursuit of Love

    France , 2013 , 57 min. Lyrically combining archival interviews and the author’s own words, this absorbing documentary offers a rare opportunity to rediscover the taboo-breaking works and life of lesbian writer Violette Leduc.... Read more
  • We Should Have Coffee Sometime

    We Should Have Coffee Sometime

    USA , 2013 , 6 min. Full of visual depth and complexity, this short film explores the loss of faith that comes at the end of a relationship and how to go on when a chapter in your life has come to an end.... Read more
  • Yves Saint Laurent

    Yves Saint Laurent

    France , 2014 , 106 min. A gorgeous, sumptuous biopic about an extraordinary artist, Yves Saint Laurent tells the story of the fashion legend’s career and his decades-long love affair with Pierre Bergé. It’s a visual feast and a must-see for fashion lovers.... Read more