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Congrats To Frameline’s Completion Fund Grantees

Congrats To Frameline's Completion Fund Grantees

Frameline has announced the seven LGBT films that will receive completion grants from the annual Frameline Completion fund — including Desiree Akhavan’s “Appropriate Behavior” (which /bent just listed as one of favorite Sundance films). Since 1990, Frameline has awarded more than $400,000 in completion funding to 125 film projects by and about the LGBTQ community. This year, the Frameline Completion Fund received 112 submissions – the highest number ever received – and a 30% increase over the previous year’s record number of submissions. This year’s Frameline Completion Fund awarded over $25,000 in funding to seven independent film and video works that are in the final stages of production.

Congrats to the seven recipients of this year’s grants:

 
 
APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
Directed by Desiree Akhavan / (Narrative Feature)
 
For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn’t easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn’t know she’s bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can’t understand why she doesn’t tell them. Following a family announcement of her brother’s betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine.
 
AWOL
Directed by Deb Shoval / (Narrative Feature)
 
Days before her deployment to Afghanistan, Joey, 19, comes home to rural Pennsylvania for Christmas, with big dreams of running away to Canada. AWOL is a rural love story, and a lesbian love story, and a story about the choices that young people in this country have – and don’t have.
 
THE JONESES
Directed by Moby Longinotto / (Documentary Feature)
 
This feature documentary follows the search for true love by transgender trailer park matriarch Jheri Jones and her two adult sons in Bible belt Mississippi. Trevor is a 34-year-old virgin, Brad was born with brain damage, and mom Jheri Rae Jones, now 70, was formerly their father. Now, as three single adults living under one trailer park roof in small town Mississippi, they are each ready to embark on a journey to find love outside this reunited, close-knit family unit.
 
KUMU HINA
Directed by Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson / (Documentary Feature)
 
KUMU HINA is a powerful film about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values within the westernized society of modern day Hawai’i. It is told through the lens of an extraordinary Native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident mahu, or transgender woman, and an honored and respected kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader.
 
OUT RUN
Directed by Johnny Symons and S. Leo Chiang / (Documentary Feature)
 
OUT RUN is a feature documentary that follows a transgender Filipina woman who fights hostility, discrimination and persecution in her quest to become the Philippines’ first openly LGBT elected official. The film chronicles the rise of charismatic leaders in places where positive LGBT role models rarely emerge.
 
RADICAL LOVE
Directed by Hillevi Loven / (Documentary Feature)
 
Cole, a young transgender Christian man growing up in rural North Carolina, is in a loving relationship with a young Christian woman, Ashley. Together they struggle to be accepted for who they are, in a conservative Bible belt community that is struggling to come to terms with the changing values of Christian youth.
 
STICKS & STONES
Directed by Silas Howard / (Documentary Short)
 
“Every street has a story.” Sticks & Stones is an intimate, short documentary about a song, a street, and a diva. Bambi Lake, a notorious San Francisco transgender performer and entertainer, takes us on a stroll down Polk Street, sharing anecdotes and the history behind her song “Golden Age of Hustlers,” which was written about her time as a street hustler in the mid-70’s. Now 62, still living near Polk street and performing in small bars, she remains larger than life. Her status as an outsider with a legacy is evidenced by her music, stories and unique perspectives spanning histories of queer/trans people, sex work, rock ‘n’ roll, and over four decades of underground art/music scenes in San Francisco.
 
The Frameline Completion Fund was established in 1990 to provide support to filmmakers whose work is consistent with the goals of Frameline, and brings much needed financial assistance to groundbreaking LGBTQ media arts projects.
 
Past recipients of the Frameline Completion Fund include Dee Rees’ PARIAH, Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall’s CALL ME KUCHU, Cynthia Wade’s Oscar-winning FREEHELD, and David Weissman’s WE WERE HERE.
Submissions are accepted for documentary, educational, narrative, animation, and experimental projects about LGBTQ people and their communities. The Fund also seeks to bring new work to under-served audiences; with this in mind, submissions by women and people of color are especially encouraged.
 
The Frameline Completion Fund is supported in part by The Bob Ross Foundation.
 
About Frameline
Founded in 1977, Frameline’s mission is to change the world through the power of queer cinema. As a media arts non-profit, Frameline’s programs connect filmmakers and audiences in San Francisco and around the world.
 
Frameline’s annual San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world. As a community event with an annual attendance of 65,000, the Festival is the most prominent and well-attended LGBTQ arts program in the Bay Area. Frameline38: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival takes place June 19-29, 2014 throughout San Francisco and the East Bay. www.frameline.org

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