JUST ANNOUNCED: 2009 Festival Program!

George & Mike Kuchar to be honored with Frameline Award

Frameline, the world’s premiere showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema, proudly announces the program for Frameline33: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. The 2009 Festival runs June 18-28, with screenings in San Francisco at the historic Castro Theatre, Roxie Theater and the Victoria Theatre, and in Berkeley at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood. During the 11 days of the Frameline33 Film Festival, more than 60,000 patrons from the Bay Area and across the globe are expected to see the 219 feature length and short films appearing in the festival program.

As a world-renowned stage for the most artistically innovative, culturally rich, and socially relevant LGBT cinema, Frameline33 will feature woks from 14 first-time feature filmmakers, as well as new works from pioneers of queer cinema, like John Greyson. The wide range and experiences of the LGBT community in the Bay Area and beyond are highlighted with high profile films that examining the Latino, African American, Asian American, and Native American experiences as well as our communities international stories. The festival program of Frameline33 represents works from 32 countries, including films from the first LGBT festival in Sarajavo, with themes ranging from the risqué to the absurd, and from to the thoughtfully poignant to the family-friendly.

Frameline33 will proudly bestow the 2009 Frameline Award to San Francisco’s own iconic filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar, the acclaimed legends of underground cinema who inspired and influenced generations of filmmakers.  Besides the Kuchars’ own festival screenings (I, AN ACTRESS), Jennifer Kroot’s feature documentary IT CAME FROM KUCHAR, which essays the lives and careers of the Kuchars, is the perfect companion piece.  Providing insights on the Kuchars in Kroot’s film are John Waters, B. Ruby Rich, Buck Henry, Atom Egoyan, Guy Maddin and Wayne Wang.

Kicking off Frameline33 on Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Castro Theatre will be AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK, directed by Richard Laxton, Quentin Crisp’s legendary tale of homosexuality in the 20th century. In this sequel to THE NAKED CIVIL SERVANT, Britain’s most famous homosexual sashays stateside and becomes the toast of New York. Starring John Hurt, Swoosie Kurtz, Denis O’Hare, Jonathan Tucker, and SEX AND THE CITY’s Cynthia Nixon. Immediately following the screening will be the unofficial launch of San Francisco’s annual LGBT Pride celebration, the Frameline33: Opening Night Gala at the newly renovated Terra Gallery.
The films and celebrations of Frameline33 will climax with director Wendy Jo Carlton’s poignant HANNAH FREE as Closing Night Film on June 28 at the Castro Theatre at 7:30 p.m., followed by the closing night party at the Terra Gallery’s wondrous party space. Adapted from one of Claudia Allen’s award-winning plays, Hannah Free tells the story of a decades-long love affair between Hannah (Sharon Gless)—an adventurous, butch lesbian with gruff charm—and Rachel, a pristine, married homemaker with a religious upbringing. 
Frameline33 will double up with two Centerpiece Films this year. Swedish filmmaker Ella Lemhagen’s feature PATRIK, AGE 1.5 tells the heartwarming story of Sven and Goran, a married gay couple who relocate to the suburbs to adopt a child. The couple is then surprised to find that their 1.5-year-old baby Patrik is in fact 15-years-old and a homophobe. Also a Centerpiece Film, Kim Reed’s autobiographical documentary PRODIGAL SONS is an unpredictable story of sibling rivalry. Kim transitioned long ago and left the persona of star quarterback Paul back in Montana.  Kim returns to her Montana hometown in a bid for a family reconciliation only to discover that her adopted brother is the grandchild of Hollywood royalty.
LGBT family issues are highlighted at this year’s Festival. From France comes GIVE ME YOUR HAND by acclaimed shorts director Pascal-Alex Vincent (Far West).  Quentin and Antoine are 18-year-old identical twins who decide to hitchhike to their mother’s funeral and in the journey discover they are not so identical. From Canada, Alison Reid’s THE BABY FORMULA is about two adventurous women in love and desperate to have their own biological child without any help.  They take a chance on an experimental scientific process and make sperm from their own stem cells. Pregnant with humor and unexpected twists, their journey ultimately confirms that all life is a gift and that all families are not what they are cracked up to be.
From our prolific local filmmakers, Frameline33 is proud to present Debra Chasnoff’s latest film STRAIGHTLACED: HOW GENDER’S GOT US ALL TIED UP.  It’s a fascinating documentary that explores how youth coming of age today are faced with challenging and complex gender expectations. The film features an array of teenagers who—with brave and intimate honesty—open up about their fears and frustrations about social expectations.  Sara St. Martin Lynne’s NIGHT FLIERS is a compelling feature narrative about the transformative friendship between four young kids experiencing the fun and torment of living in a rural town, while questioning and exploring their sexual identities. Michelle Lawler’s FOREVER’S GONNA START TONIGHT chronicles America’s oldest working, transgender drag performer and all that it must have cost to have earned that title.
Frameline is proud to announce a program of some of the most important experimental gay shorts from the 60s and 70s curated by Dominic Angerame. Included are seminal works by Kenneth Anger (FIREWORKS), George Kuchar (I, AN ACTRESS) and Curt McDowell (CONFESSIONS) among others. Frameline expects a festival full of luminaries. Among others, famed sex symbol and actor Joe Dallesandro will make an appearance in person and on screen as the subject of Nicole Haeusser’s fascinating documentary portrait LITTLE JOE.  Sharon Gless (Cagney of TV’s “Cagney & Lacey”) plays Hannah in the Wendy Jo Carlton film HANNAH FREE, based on Claudia Allen’s award-winning play

Adding an extra celebratory edge to this year’s event, the Closing Night festivities will coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.  Frameline’s programming staff has a special surprise in store to ensure that the night is a fitting celebration to close the 11-day festival.  

Frameline is thrilled with new Executive Director, K.C. Price, who was appointed to the position in August. Prior to taking on his new role at Frameline, K.C. was the Managing Director for five years of the Ninth Street Independent Film Center. Also, Jennifer Morris, who has been with Frameline for over 15 years, is now the organization’s new Festival Director.
Frameline33: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival is proud to once again mark the unofficial start to San Francisco Pride, offering a selection of 96 film programs, among which are the U.S. Features, World Cinema Features, Documentaries, Shorts Programs, Kid’s Matinee, Showcase, and the Opening Night, Centerpiece and Closing Night films.
Frameline33 is also excited to announce the return of AT&T as a Grand Sponsor in 2009, and AAA Travel as a Premier Sponsor and to welcome our new Premier Sponsor Skyy Vodka as the exclusive spirit partner.  We are also delighted to announce an exclusive Premier Hotel partnership with Joie de Vivre Hotels.

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