Frameline Award: Jamie Babbit

5/20/2013

FRAMELINE37: The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival Honors Jamie Babbit


San Francisco, CA—Frameline, the world’s largest LGBT media arts nonprofit organization, is proud to announce Frameline37: the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.  This year’s internationally renowned showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) cinema runs June 20 - 30, with San Francisco screenings at the historic Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street), Roxie Theater (3117 16th Street) and the Victoria Theatre (2961 16th Street), and in Berkeley at Rialto Cinemas™ Elmwood (2966 College Avenue).

With an expected attendance of 60,000, the 11 days of Frameline37 will bring together film lovers, media artists, and LGBTQ communities from the Bay Area and all across the globe to behold the best in queer cinema from this year’s record number of more than 700 film submissions. More than 30 countries will be represented, including Poland, Ireland, South Korea, Thailand, Argentina, Brazil, and Australia. Tickets for Frameline37 will be on sale through www.frameline.org to members on Friday, May 24, 2013 and to the general public on Friday, May 31, 2013.

Each year during the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival the Frameline Award is given to a person or entity that has made a significant contribution to LGBT representation in film, television, or the media arts. This year, Frameline’s Board of Directors and staff are proud to present the award to Jamie Babbit.

A career-long, out-and-proud queer and feminist independent film director, producer, and screenwriter, Jamie Babbit has also directed a staggering number of female-centered television shows—indeed, she has blossomed into a reigning diva of modern episodic television.

The independent film world first saw Babbit’s work in the short films Frog Crossing (1996) and
Sleeping Beauties (which debuted at Sundance 1998). In 1999, she exploded onto the national LGBT cinematic stage with the now iconic first feature But I'm a Cheerleader (which debuted as Frameline24’s Closing Night Film). This classic queer comedy brilliantly blends hilarity with awkward teen romance, and speaks profoundly to society’s homophobia and confining gender roles. Her short Stuck (2001) premiered at Sundance in 2002 and won a jury prize. Her second feature film, The Quiet (2005) was a thriller about a family with dark secrets. Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2006 and Frameline31’s Closing Night Film) was created with an all-female cast, crew, and soundtrack. This year we are delighted to be showing her newest feature film, BREAKING THE GIRLS (2012), a sexy and twist-filled lesbian thriller where a murder plot goes off-the-rails.
 
Babbit’s prolific television career has nurtured her numerous high-quality independent film projects. What’s consistent in all of her work? You will always find a female, often an easily identifiable lesbian, or one with an unidentified sexuality—front and center, with a very clear voice—resisting societal or gender norms. For far too long, femaleness, and in particular, queer femininity, has been pushed to the margins; Babbit will have none of that in her work.

A glance at the highlights of her TV credits illustrates how often Babbit’s work reads as authentically feminist at its core: Go On (a lesbian wedding episode), Drop Dead Diva (many episodes, including a hilarious lesbian prom episode with Wanda Sykes), Smash, Revenge, United States of Tara, The Middle, Cougar Town, The L Word, Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls, Ugly Betty, Alias, Nip/Tuck, and Popular (a provocative “coming out as bi” episode).

In the late ‘90s, Babbit emerged as part of a new group of Hollywood directors who have been out for their entire careers, and she continues to make LGBT films and television episodes. She has long been a trailblazer, promoting the visibility of queer women in entertainment and the media, and consistently bringing LGBT stories to film festivals and to the mainstream.

For all that she has directed, written, and produced in the cinema and on television, we are proud to present Jamie Babbit with this year’s Frameline Award.

About Frameline37: The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival


Frameline37: the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival screens June 20-30, 2013 at the Castro Theatre, (429 Castro Street), Roxie Theater, (3117 16th Street), and the Victoria Theatre, (2961 16th Street) in San Francisco, and in Berkeley at Rialto Cinemas™ Elmwood, (2966 College Avenue). The Frameline Box Office on Market Street, located inside Johnston Tax Group, (2327 Market Street at Noe) opens Friday, May 24 for Frameline member ticket sales, and Friday, May 31 for the general public. Box Office hours are 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm daily. Box Office is closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.  Tickets are also available online (www.frameline.org) and via fax (415-861-1404).

Unless otherwise noted, tickets for matinee screenings, (Monday-Friday, 5:00 pm and earlier), are $10.00 for the general public and $8.00 for Frameline members, while evening and weekend shows are $12.00 for the general public and $10.00 for members. Castro Passes, good for admission to all screenings at the Castro Theatre, other than Opening Night and Closing Night, are available for $200. Weekday Matinee Passes, good for admission to all weekday matinee screenings starting at 5:00 pm or earlier at the Castro Theatre are available for $40 for the general public and $35 for members.