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Frameline Sets Program For 37th Edition; ‘Concussion’ To Open, ‘G.B.F.’ To Close

Frameline Sets Program For 37th Edition; 'Concussion' To Open, 'G.B.F.' To Close

Frameline — or the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival — has announced the slate for its 37th edition.

Stacie Passon’s “Concussion” and Darren Stein’s “G.B.F.” will bookend the 11 day event, which runs June 20-30. Those two films as well as eight screening in between were all on Indiewire’s recent list of the 10 LGBT films to watch out for on this summer’s queer film festival circuit.

Full press release below.

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.

Frameline37 will open at the Castro Theatre with director Stacie Passon’s CONCUSSION, a sexy and daring breakthrough drama about a wealthy lesbian housewife whose straight-laced lifestyle takes a drastic and rebellious turn following a head injury.

This year’s Frameline Award will be presented to Jamie Babbit for her remarkable influence and accomplishments as a director, producer, and screenwriter in film and television. Frameline37 will also present the Bay Area premiere of Babbit’s latest film, BREAKING THE GIRLS, as well as a special retrospective screening of her 1999 cult classic romantic comedy, BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER.

The Centerpiece Documentary film at Frameline37 will be VALENTINE ROAD, a compelling exposé of the 2008 California hate crime that resulted in the school shooting death of 15-year-old Lawrence King. The Centerpiece Narrative film will be a Polish film titled IN THE NAME OF, a visually striking examination of repression and taboo, and winner of the prestigious Teddy Award at Berlinale 2013.

The Closing Night film for Frameline37 will be director Darren Stein’s G.B.F., a timely feel-good comedy about a recently outed gay teen navigating tokenization and high school social structures. G.B.F. stars Michael J. Willett and includes hilarious, memorable appearances from Megan Mullally, and Natasha Lyonne.

The Festival is also pleased to feature a robust selection of five films finished with assistance from the Frameline Completion Fund. The recipients of the Frameline Completion Fund that will be premiering at Frameline37 are: BIG JOY: THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON, VALENCIA, THE HAPPY SAD, THE BATTLE OF AMFAR, and THE INFAMOUS T.

Frameline37 will also feature a variety of special screenings and programs. This year’s Festival will shine a spotlight on Asian Queer Cinema, highlighting works from emerging and established filmmakers from countries such as China, Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, Taiwan, and South Korea.

This year, Frameline and San Francisco’s indie film cult leader Peaches Christ will join forces to present a special Midnight Mass screening of NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE at the Castro Theatre featuring Peaches’ trademark pre-show extravaganza.

Other highly anticipated screenings at Frameline37 include Travis Mathews and James Franco’s INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR., a film within a film that re-imagines the lost 40 minutes of CRUISING while exploring the politics of portraying gay sex in cinema; Christie Herring’s documentary THE CAMPAIGN, chronicling California’s Proposition 8 during the 2008 election and the historical battle for marriage equality; and Jeffrey Schwarz’s I AM DIVINE, a documentary about Divine, the legendary drag performer and star of numerous John Waters films.

Music takes center stage in Neil Drumming’s BIG WORDS as three members of a New York hip-hop group from the ’90s unwittingly reunite on the eve of President Obama’s election in 2008. Queer alternative-music icon Antony Hegarty (of and Antony and the Johnsons) is joined by 13 beguiling transsexual and gender variant women on stage and behind the scenes in TURNING, a revealing documentary directed by pioneering video artist Charles Atlas. Looking for SOMETHING REAL? Spend your afternoon at the Castro Theatre enjoying a wondrous collection of documentary short films about gay men and their art of music. You will be delighted by these incredibly talented musicians, and the filmmakers who captured their careers.

Sending off guests and visitors in style, Temple Nightclub will play host to the dazzling Closing Night Gala.  Enjoying scrumptious bites, signature cocktails, and sophisticated wines, cinephiles will celebrate the Frameline37 AT&T Audience Award Winners.

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