At S.F. Queer Fest, "Nurse" and "Outsider" Are Big With Audiences

by Eugene Hernandez

A scene from "Yes Nurse, No Nurse," winner of the narrative audience prize at the 2003 San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Courtesy Frameline

The 2003 San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, organized by Frameline, wrapped up on Sunday night, celebrating an attendance of more than 82,000 at its 27th-annual event. Winners were announced on the closing night of the festival, which included a screening of Alex Steyermark's "Prey for Rock & Roll."

Pieter Kramer's "Yes Nurse! No Nurse!," a campy musical from The Netherlands, won the narrative audience award, while the doc audience prize went to Nancy Yates and Bennett Singer's "Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin," a look at the gay leader of the civil rights movement. The audience award for best short went to Debra Wilson's "Butch Mystique."

The Levi's First Feature Award, with a $10,000 cash prize, went to Kai S. Pieck's "The Child I Never Was." The film is based on the true crimes of Jurgen Bartsch. The $10,000 juried "Stu & Dave's Excellent Documentary Award," for a film having its Bay Area debut at the fest, went to Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdottir and Thorvaldur Kristinsson's "Straight Out" as well as Tracy Flannigan's "Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary."

In other prizes, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato received the festival's Frameline Award for Outstanding Contributions to Lesbian and Gay Media Arts.

[indieWIRE will publish a full festival report next week.]