Frameline37: the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival will take place this year from June 20 – 30, 2013. Frameline37 will open with director Stacie Passon’s CONCUSSION, described as “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.”
Frameline37 will present this year’s Frameline Award to Jamie Babbit, along with the Bay Area premiere of Babbit’s latest film, BREAKING THE GIRLS, and a special retrospective screening of her 1999 cult classic romantic comedy, BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER.
The Centerpiece Documentary film 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 will also present a 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.
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.