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Of more than 230 features and short films, Frameline31, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, is proud to offer some of the year’s best films by or about African Americans. This year’s Festival runs June 14-24 at the historic Castro Theatre, Roxie Film Center and the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco, as well as at Oakland’s Parkway Theater. Frameline’s renowned Film Festival offers 11 days of the newest and best in LGBT cinema from around the world for audiences of 70,000 from the Bay Area and beyond.

The queen of all drag queens, RuPaul, struts into the Festival’s Showcase section with a starring turn in Starrbooty, a riotous, raunchy adventure comedy that finds our hero(ine), a supermodel/secret agent, going undercover in the prostitution underworld to save her kidnapped niece.

First-time feature director Kirk Shannon-Butts comes to the Festival with Blueprint, which details the unlikely romance that blossoms between two very different African American male college students in Harlem. Equal parts urban valentine and pastoral romance, Blueprint is a winsome tribute to self-discovery and young love – and a bold new direction in queer and African American cinema.

Iconic feminist director Lizzie Borden gets a second look with a revival screening of Born in Flames (1983), a classic indie polemic on racism, sexism and socialism that follows the activities of the Women’s Army, a faction of female vigilantes and counterrevolutionaries led by an outspoken black woman. The late, great and irreplaceable feminist activist Flo Kennedy plays a pivotal role as an adviser to the guerilla activists.

The LGBT-oriented Here! Networks gets the big-screen treatment with a screening of three episodes of the series The DL Chronicles, which offers a wide ranging look at the different ways African American men live on the downlow, secretly engaging in homosexual activity while outwardly living a heterosexual life.

San Francisco’s seedy underbelly gets examined in local filmmaker Cyrus Amini’s gritty, verite-style 25 Cent Preview, which trails two hustlers as they look for johns on the streets of
the Tenderloin district. As the charismatic, fast-talking African American hustler Dot Com, Dorian Brockington (whom Amini found on Polk Street) gives a powerful, natural performance.

Following up on her hit Crash Pad, local African American lesbian porn auteur Shine Louise Houston, the woman behind Pink&White Productions, further pushes the bounds of dyke porn with Superfreak, a girlicious confection of a movie that follows the sexual exploits of one Madison Young, a woman possessed by the ghost of Rick James.

Celebrated experimental filmmaker Abigail Child offers up the documentary On the Downlow, in which she uses the expert work of cinematographer Arthur Jafa (Crooklyn, Daughters of the Dust) to examine the lives of four African American men in Cleveland who struggle with the process of coming out. Child’s 2004 documentary short The Party, also shot in Cleveland’s black gay community, precedes.

Another Showcase screening, Out at the Wedding, the latest by award-winning director Lee Friedlander (Girl Play), follows Alex, a young Caucasian woman who hides her engagement to an African American man from her conservative Southern family, inadvertently causing a series of comic mishaps and deceptions. When her family begins to believe she is a lesbian, Alex opts to embrace the façade – but must simultaneously convince her fiancée (played by Mystro Clark) and his parents (Mink Stole and beloved Family Matters patriarch Reginald VelJohnson) that she still plans to head straight to the altar.

Frameline31 remains committed to exhibiting the best short films and videos, giving audiences an opportunity to get a sneak peek of tomorrow’s visionaries. Queer Streets trails seven gay, lesbian, and transgender youth living on the streets of New York. Frameline Completion Fund winner Pariah centers on a black lesbian teen struggling with self-doubt and guilt as she suppresses her identity to avoid rejection from her family. Local hero Aya De Leon gets profiled in Definition: Aya De Leon, while the British film Legacy questions the lasting effects of four hundred years of slavery.

With these and other African American films scattered throughout Frameline31’s programs, the Festival ably demonstrates that African American cinema is alive and well, ably engaging all facets of the LGBT spectrum.

Frameline31: The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, screening June 14-24, 2007 at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street), Roxie Film Center (3117 16th Street) and the Victoria Theatre (2961 16th Street) in San Francisco and the Parkway Theater (1834 Park Boulevard) in Oakland.

Advance tickets go on sale May 25 at the Frameline Box Office located inside Superstar Satellite, 474 Castro Street (between Market and 18th). Box Office hours are 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm daily beginning Friday, May 25 (for Frameline members) and Friday, June 1 (for general public). Tickets are also available online ( and by fax (415-522-5543). Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $10 general, $9 members; and $8 general, $7 members for matinee screenings, starting at 5:00 pm or earlier. 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 at the Castro Theatre starting at 5pm or earlier, are available for $35. For more information, visit

The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival is presented by Frameline, a nonprofit LGBT organization whose mission is to strengthen the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and further its visibility by supporting and promoting a broad array of cultural representations and artistic expression in film, video and other media arts.

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