What You'll Get
For the 41st year in a row, Frameline presents its prestigious San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival at the Castro Theatre and elsewhere. Famed as the longest-running and largest event of its kind anywhere on the planet, the fest draws more than 60,000 attendees a year. This year's crop of films includes rom-coms, action flicks, documentaries, dramas and even musicals, including Hello Again, an adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa's Off-Broadway show that stars Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton and Cheyenne Jackson. Also on tap for the fest is Becks, about a Brooklyn musician who moves back to her Midwestern hometown after breaking up with her girlfriend, featuring Mena Suvari, Lena Hall and Christine Lahti. Enjoy these and other select Frameline films playing this month.
Scheduled lineup (subject to change):
Dating My Mother – Friday, June 16th at 4:00pm
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 – Friday, June 16th at 6:30pm (Showcase Film)
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.
The Feels – Friday, June 16th at 9:15pm (Screening at Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th Street, San Francisco)
This lovely lesbian coming-of-marriage comedy starring Constance Wu unfolds over a boozy bachelorette weekend in wine country where everyone discovers quite a bit more (or less) than they bargained for.
Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall – Saturday, June 17th at 3:45pm (Showcase Film)
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.
The Lavender Scare – Sunday, June 18th at 11:00am
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.
Becks – Wednesday, June 21st at 6:30pm (Centerpiece Film)
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.
Hello Again – Thursday, June 22nd at 9:30pm
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.
Signature Move – Friday, June 23rd at 6:30pm (Showcase Film)
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.
Mansfield 66/67 – Saturday, June 24th at 1:15pm
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.
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