THURSDAY JUNE 15 THROUGH SUNDAY JUNE 25 SPECIAL EVENT

FRAMELINE 41

Thursday, June 15

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin: 7:00PM (opening night)
91 min

For decades, Armistead Maupin has deftly conjured the enchantment of San Francisco and its denizens in Tales of the City. In this charming documentary, Maupin is shown to be just as endearing, funny, vulnerable, and bold as his popular protagonists.

Santa & Andres: 10:00PM
105 min

An unusual relationship develops between a gay counter-revolutionary writer living in exile and a peasant girl informant-committee member assigned to monitor him, in this harrowing, heartbreaking, and award-winning tale set in 1983 Cuba.

Friday, June 16

Flirting with Disaster: 1:30PM
87 min

The potent combination of excitement, danger, and regret that comes with impulsive decisions in sex and love defines these seven thoughtful and provocative short male dramas.

Dating My Mother: 4:00PM
84 min

Aimless postgraduate Danny and his mom are both in the market for a new boyfriend, and both are navigating the rocky world of online dating. Can either of them find Mr. Right, or will it all end in disaster?

The Archer: 6:30PM (showcase)
83 min

Steely-eyed archery champion Lauren Pierce fights back against the sadistic staff at a youth detention facility, in this thrilling action film that combines queer romance with a bit of First Blood, Foxfire, and Thelma and Louise.

Saturday Church: 9:15PM
81 min

A gender-nonconforming teen flees his closed-minded community, finding on the New York City piers a feisty but inclusive gathering of trans and queer youths who shepherd him into the sanctuary that is Saturday Church, a local drop-in space that throws the fiercest voguing event in town.

Saturday, June 17

Fun in Boys Shorts: 11:00AM
70 min

Pride burnout? General malaise? These six bite-size cinematic mood elevators, each with a different flavor of sweet-tart goodness, will lift your spirits and warm your heart.

Fun in Girls Shorts: 1:15PM
79 min

Awkward family intros, flying solo at a same-sex wedding, heroic rescues in online dating, millennial hot messes, and rampant blonde blindness converge in this year’s comedic collection of queer women’s shorts!

Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall: 345PM (showcase)
100 min

Grabbing iconic Disney images and Taylor Swift music videos and reworking their contexts, Todrick Hall gleefully subverts whitewashed pop culture, moving like a chameleon from sparkly red slippers to football helmets, from the Wicked Witch to Beyoncé.

God’s Own Country: 6:30PM
105 min

Filmed in Yorkshire, Francis Lee’s debut feature tells the rich and sexy story of John Saxby, a hard-drinking lad who keeps his emotions in check until an irrepressible Romanian immigrant comes to help out on the family farm. Beautifully conveying how passion can transform lives, God’s Own Country is one of the year’s most moving romantic dramas.

Nobody’s Watching: 9:30PM
98 min

After leaving a successful soap opera career in his native Argentina for a chance to make it in New York, Nico finds himself staying afloat by becoming a “manny,” and confronting the end of his romantic and professional dreams in a new land.

Sunday, June 18

The Lavender Scare: 11:00AM
88 min

In 1953, President Eisenhower signed an order barring homosexuals from federal employment, ushering in an era of witch-hunts and mass firings. This vicious purge cost thousands their jobs and some their lives, but it also ignited the modern gay rights movement.

Girl Unbound: 1:30PM (showcase)
80 min

The top-ranked female squash player in Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai has been a target of Taliban death threats since the age of sixteen. Through both peril and perseverance, she dares to defy those who seek to contain or categorize her.

The Fabulous Allan Carr: 4:00PM
90 min

Carr was an ambitious producer, manager, and marketer who built his flamboyant reputation while earning millions from the hit film Grease and the Broadway smash La Cage aux Folles, but it all came crashing down after he produced 1989’s Academy Awards ceremony.

The Wound: 7:00PM (showcase)
88 min

Each year Xolani joins the men of his Xhosa community in the mountains of South Africa, where they initiate teenage boys into manhood in an environment wholly dedicated to traditional male mores.

Tom of Finland: 9:15PM
115 min

In this handsome dramatic biography, an unassuming Finnish illustrator dares to send some erotic sketches to an American publisher, launching the career of the newly dubbed “Tom of Finland,” whose iconic hyper-masculine imagery helped transform the self-image—and fantasies—of a button-down gay world.

Monday, June 19

Prom King, 2010: 1:30PM
102 min

Charlie is a college student who yearns for the version of love that he’s seen in the movies. But he finds himself, time and again, blindsided by disappointment as he stumbles through the minefield that is urban gay dating.

Looking for Langston: 4:15PM
46 min

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect year for Looking for Langston to be restored to its full elegance. Isaac Julien’s classic 1989 meditation on desire, poetry, and the Harlem Renaissance still pulsates with urgency: a prophetic forerunner of the Moonlight era.

Chavela: 6:30PM (showcase)
90 min

This is a larger-than-life portrait of one of the toughest, most talented singers of her generation, the iconic chanteuse and sexual outlaw Chavela Vargas—a favorite of filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. She was a macha lesbian who forcefully played by her own subversive rules.

4 Days in France: 9:15PM
141 min

In Jérôme Reybaud’s ambitious film, middle-aged Pierre slips out of the flat he shares with his boyfriend and into a white Alfa Romeo that will take him across various gorgeous regions of France—with his lover in close pursuit.

Tuesday, June 20

Portraits of Resistance: 1:30PM
79 min

These five short documentaries paint brilliant portraits of resistance and bravery in the face of insurmountable challenges.

Stumped: 4:00PM
72 min

This captivating portrait of patience, perseverance, and perspective explores the physical and emotional challenges that come with a sudden, life-altering event. Quadrilateral amputee Will Lautzenheiser’s surprising survival story addresses issues of identity, diversity, and the strength of the human spirit.

I Dream in Another Language: 6:30PM (centerpiece world cinema)
101 min

The mysterious circumstances surrounding a fifty-year feud between two of the last speakers of a dying indigenous language in Mexico are artfully intertwined with bittersweet remembrances of the past in this enchanting feature, winner of an Audience Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

My Friend Dahmer: 9:15PM
107 min

This film, based on a best-selling graphic novel, seeks to understand how no one in a cozy Ohio suburb suspected that a quiet, gay introvert was growing into one of the most notorious serial killers in history.

Wednesday, June 21

100 Men: 1:15PM
95 min

Over the course of four decades, filmmaker Paul Oremland (Like it Is, Frameline22) documented his sexual and romantic encounters. He preserved nearly all of his recollections and has now threaded them together in an epic portrait of a gay life.

Remembering the Man: 4:00PM
83 min

Based on the 1995 memoir Holding the Man by Australian writer, actor, and activist Timothy Conigrave, this engaging and emotionally charged documentary captures universal truths about true love and tragic loss while serving as an important document of a dark time in LGBTQ history.

Becks: 6:30PM (centerpiece US)
91 min

After dropping everything to move west for her girlfriend’s career, Becks (Tony-award winner Lena Hall of Hedwig fame) discovers she’s been replaced by a “younger, hotter, LA set of tits.” Retreating to her Midwestern hometown, she moves back in with her ex-nun mom (Christine Lahti), and she might just find some romance, and herself, in the most unexpected of places.

Center of My World: 9:15PM
115 min

In this audacious and sexy adaptation of a popular German novel, a self-confident teenage boy’s first dalliance with true love is challenged, and his unconventional family is nearly upended, by romantic betrayal and the unearthing of childhood secrets.

Thursday, June 22

4 Days in France: 12:00PM
141 min

In Jérôme Reybaud’s ambitious film, middle-aged Pierre slips out of the flat he shares with his boyfriend and into a white Alfa Romeo that will take him across various gorgeous regions of France—with his lover in close pursuit.

Abu (Father): 3:30PM
95 min

Growing up in a modern yet traditional Muslim family in Pakistan, Arshad Khan couldn’t confide his attraction to boys. His moving journey to self-acceptance, told through home movies, animation, film clips, and pop songs, began after the family immigrated to Canada.

Whitney. “Can I Be Me”: 6:30PM (showcase)
100 min

With never-before-seen footage from her 1999 “My Love Is Your Love” World Tour along with interviews with some of those closest to the star, prolific documentarian Nick Broomfield and renowned music video director Rudi Dolezal uncover a sprawling and riveting portrait of Whitney Houston—from a youth inspired by gospel music to a superstar plagued by addiction and forced into playing a role both on and off stage.

Hello Again: 9:30PM
105 min

Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton, and Cheyenne Jackson lead a star-studded cast in this spectacular adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa’s Off-Broadway musical of the same name, which follows ten characters through a chain of pansexual trysts across the 20th century.

Friday, June 23

Up Close & Personal: 1:30PM
76 min

These five short documentaries examine the lives of some amazing people, in beautiful, intimate, and inventive ways. You’ll get to know them all, Up Close & Personal.

Worldly Affairs: 4:00PM
79 min

The barriers we build in our hearts can be as cruel and impractical as the walls countries erect to keep “foreigners” out. But the beautiful men in this charged and achingly romantic shorts program, which spans the globe from Mexico to Indonesia, refuse to build such walls when it comes to love and sex.

Signature Move: 6:30PM
79 min

A closeted Muslim lawyer and a free-spirited Chicana bookstore owner find common ground in this heartfelt and funny film about how modern romance can arise from a path steeped in tradition.

Alaska is a Drag: 9:15PM
83 min

Ready to emerge from his drag chrysalis, daydreamer Leo—an aspiring queen and reluctant amateur boxer—lives in small-town Alaska, working long days in the local cannery and fantasizing about the international superstardom for which he’s surely destined.

Saturday, June 24

No Dress Code Required: 11:00AM
92 min

Victor and Fernando’s moving quest for marriage equality leads them into a seemingly endless bureaucratic maze in conservative Mexicali. With allies and attorneys, their devotion to each other fuels their fight for human rights for all LGBT Mexicans. Love wins!

Mansfield 66/67: 1:15PM
85 min

Jayne Mansfield is the focus of this gleefully dishy documentary. After a romp through Mansfield’s oeuvre, the film settles on her relationship with Anton LaVey, the founder of San Francisco’s Church of Satan, and his connection to her tragic death.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson: 3:45PM (showcase)
105 min

Seeking answers about the 1992 death of transgender pioneer Marsha P. Johnson, this film also celebrates the lives and legacy of Johnson and her friend and comrade Sylvia Rivera. Together, Johnson and Rivera launched the modern trans rights movement.

Against the Law: 6:30PM
84 min

A powerful mix of biopic and documentary, Against the Law uses the story of gay rights activist Peter Wildeblood to explore the nearly forgotten world of gay men in 1950s England, an era when homosexuality was aggressively persecuted and prosecuted.

Freak Show: 9PM (showcase)
95 min

“Nails that stick out get hammered down,” warns Billy’s dad. But Billy was born to be fabulous, and no amount of bullying is going to change that, in this effervescent, poignant, and wildly funny coming-of-age drama.

Sunday, June 25

Fun in Girls Shorts: 11:00AM
79 min

Awkward family intros, flying solo at a same-sex wedding, heroic rescues in online dating, millennial hot messes, and rampant blonde blindness converge in this year’s comedic collection of queer women’s shorts!

Fun in Boys Shorts: 1:30PM
70 min

Pride burnout? General malaise? These six bite-size cinematic mood elevators, each with a different flavor of sweet-tart goodness, will lift your spirits and warm your heart.

Santa & Andres: 4:00PM
105 min

An unusual relationship develops between a gay counter-revolutionary writer living in exile and a peasant girl informant-committee member assigned to monitor him, in this harrowing, heartbreaking, and award-winning tale set in 1983 Cuba.

After Louie: 7:00PM (closing night)
96 min

Struggling with survivor’s guilt from the early years of HIV/AIDS, Sam (Alan Cumming, in one of his best performances to date) is bewildered by a younger generation of carefree gay men with their social media, sexting, and seeming political indifference. But when he meets the seductive young Braeden at a bar, their pants quickly come down and, eventually, so does Sam’s ossified guard.

 
 
 
 
 
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