Frameline has announced the full schedule for the 47th San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival (Frameline47). Running June 14-24, with a streaming encore following June 24-July 2, Frameline47 returns with nearly 90 film screenings, including 12 world, 16 North American and 9 US premieres.
Frameline will host 47 screenings at the historic Castro Theater and other Bay Area venues. This announcement comes on the heels of Frameline’s recent presentation of three major presentations: the opening night film, Andrew Durham’s Sundance favorite “Fairyland,” which will feature an in-person appearance by producer Sofia Coppola; the Oakland Centerpiece, Hannah Pearl Utt’s”cnow Bora”, with “Hacks” scene stealer Megan Stalter; and the Pride Kickoff film, Jordan Danger’s “God Save the Queens,” featuring drag icon RuPaul Alaska, who will perform at the Oasis afterparty.
This year’s iteration will be Northern California’s largest film festival in 2023, according to Frameline.
As for the lineup, Stephen Kijak’s documentary “Rock Hudson: All That Heaven Allowed“ looks to the past, painting an intimate portrait of the Golden Age Hollywood icon, whose 1985 death from AIDS forced a shift in public perception of the epidemic. Meanwhile, D. Smith’s Sundance-winning documentary “Kokomo City” centers on four black transgender prostitutes and depicts boundary-pushing efforts in filmmaking led by trans creatives. (One of the film’s subjects, Koko Da Doll, died earlier this year in a shooting in Atlanta.)
In addition to examining queer and trans stories, Frameline47’s program highlights the legacy and impact of LGBTQ+ cinema.
“The pairing of Kevin Smith’s 1997 cult classic ‘Chasing Amy’ with Sav Rodgers’ directorial debut ‘Chasing Chasing Amy’ is a perfect summary not only of this year’s festival, but also about what it means to be a queer filmmaker,” says programming director Allegra Madsen. “How do filmmakers – and all of us – deal with our problematic cultural past when it has been both so formative and so damaging? For queer people, there isn’t always a roadmap to follow. We are blazing our own paths and Frameline47’s films explore that, regardless of genre.
Other films include the queer teen comedy “Bottoms” from Emma Seligman (“Shiva Baby”) and starring Rachel Sennott and Ayo Edebiri; Sebastián Silva’s semi-cop drama and Sundance hit “Rotting in the Sun,” opposite Jordan Firstman; Babatunde Apalowo’s award-winning film “All the colors in the world are between black and white”; Zeno Graton’s “The Lost Boys”; “The Celluloid Closet” by directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman “Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music”; and “It’s Only Life After All,” Alexandria Bombach’s acclaimed documentary about iconic queer folk duo, the Indigo Girls.
In addition to the Castro Theater, Frameline47 venues include Roxie (Frameline’s oldest partner), CinemaSF’s Balboa Theater, 4-Star Theater and Vogue Theater — which will host festival tie-in screenings of classic queer films during Neighborhood Nights — and the New Parkway Theater in Oakland. The festival’s return to the East Bay boasts 10 screenings in Oakland, including opening night Oakland and Frameline’s film Centerpiece.
Frameline’s flagship festival will take place June 14-24 in San Francisco and Oakland and will be available virtually to audiences across the United States. See the full lineup on the festival website Here.