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‘I Am Michael’ To Open 39th Frameline Festival

'I Am Michael' To Open 39th Frameline Festival

Frameline — the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival — has announced its Opening Night and Centerpiece films for its 39th showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer cinema. Justin Kelly’s controversial “I Am Michael” — starring James Franco as a former gay rights advocate who renounces his sexuality — will open the festival, while Alanté Kavaïté’s “Summer of Sangaile” and Malcolm Ingram’s “Out To Win” will serve as centerpieces.

Descriptions of the films below care of the festival. The world’s oldest and largest LGBTQ film festival, Frameline will be held June 18-28, 2015 in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland.

I AM MICHAEL / dir Justin Kelly / USA

Thursday, June 18 at 7:00PM, Castro Theatre

In a controversial transformation, co-founder of Young Gay America and gay rights advocate Michael Glatze (James Franco) shocked his followers when he renounced homosexuality and embraced a heterosexual life. Director Justin Kelly, a protégé of executive producer Gus van Sant (Milk), presents this true story in an admirably measured, non-judgmental fashion.

SUMMER OF SANGAILE / dir Alanté Kavaïté / Lithuania, France, Netherlands

Tuesday, June 23, Castro Theatre

Seventeen-year-old Sangaile is obsessed with stunt planes and struggling in her adolescence, but when she meets vivacious, outgoing Auste at an aeronautics show, her life changes. This is a sumptuously shot, subtly told story of the transformative power of first love.

OUT TO WIN / dir Malcolm Ingram / USA, Canada

Wednesday, June 24, Castro Theatre

Featuring interviews with sports legends Martina Navratilova, David Kopay, Jason Collins, Brittney Griner, and many others, this riveting new documentary from award-winning director Malcolm Ingram takes a powerful look at the struggles and triumphs of LGBT athletes in pro sports and leaves everyone cheering.

The complete Frameline39 program will be announced on Monday, May 18.

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