Frameline Award: Wolfe Video

6/17/2010
This year, Frameline's Board and Staff are proud to present the Frameline Award to Wolfe Video's Kathy Wolfe and Maria Lynn.

Kathy Wolfe and Maria Lynn


Established in 1986, the Frameline Award is given every year to a person or entity that has made a major contribution to LGBT representation in film, television, or the media arts. Past honorees range from film historian and author Vito Russo, to Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan, avant-garde lesbian filmmaker Barbara Hammer, drag artiste extraordinaire Divine, producer Christine Vachon, long-time leader of the Festival and the organization Michael Lumpkin, and producer/distributor Marcus Hu.


This year, Frameline's Board and Staff are proud to present the Frameline Award to Wolfe Video's Kathy Wolfe and Maria Lynn.


When founder Kathy Wolfe describes the origins of Wolfe Video, she credits an early Frameline screening of the landmark documentary Word Is Out as her catalyst. The message she took out of the theatre that night — about being out and proud and actively working to improve lesbian and gay lives — resulted in the birth of Wolfe Video.


From that beginning twenty-five years ago, Wolfe has evolved into the largest exclusive distributor of gay and lesbian films. The company's films are now reaching viewers via film festivals, theatrical and non-theatrical releasing, broadcast, DVD, and digital delivery.

Launched in 1985 on the eve of the "Gay New Wave," which included the theatrical releases of classics like Desert Hearts and Parting Glances, this Northern California company began by producing short lesbian videos. When Maria Lynn, Wolfe's current President, came aboard, her extraordinary business sense paved the way for the team's skyrocketing success. They company's first big break came from the
support of Lily Tomlin, who chose Wolfe to distribute her entire catalog of performance works. With Tomlin's films, Wolfe built a loyal customer base for their mail order distribution business.


Wolfe's popular library of titles includes award-winning Frameline favorites like Big Eden, Claire of the Moon, Loving Annabelle, Were The World Mine, Itty bitty Titty Committee, and Brother To Brother. This tradition of excellence continues this year with the stunning Peruvian feature and Centerpiece Film for Frameline34 titled Undertow (Contracorriente), one of Wolfe's newest acquisitions among hundreds of other features, documentaries and shorts.


Like Frameline, Wolfe was founded with the conviction that LGBT film deserves a larger audience and that the LGBT community deserves a wide array of cinematic representation. For all that Kathy Wolfe, Maria Lynn and the staff at Wolfe have done to shape and advance the LGBT cinematic landscape over the past quarter century, we are proud to honor Wolfe with this year's Frameline Award.


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