A lighter feel to SF Frameline LGBT Film Festival

Excerpt from press release:

San Francisco, CA—Frameline, the world’s largest LGBT media arts nonprofit organization, is proud to announce Frameline37: the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.  This year’s internationally renowned showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) cinema runs June 20 – 30, with San Francisco screenings at the historic Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street), Roxie Theater (3117 16th Street) and the Victoria Theatre (2961 16th Street), and in Berkeley at Rialto Cinemas™ Elmwood (2966 College Avenue).

With an expected attendance of 60,000, the 11 days of Frameline37 will bring together film lovers, media artists, and LGBTQ communities from the Bay Area and all across the globe to behold the best in queer cinema from this year’s record number of more than 700 film submissions. More than 30 countries will be represented, including Poland, Ireland, South Korea, Thailand, Argentina, Brazil, and Australia. Tickets for Frameline37 will be on sale through www.frameline.org to members on Friday, May 24, 2013 and to the general public on Friday, May 31, 2013.

Frameline37 will open at the Castro Theatre with director Stacie Passon’s CONCUSSION, 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.

This year’s Frameline Award will be presented to Jamie Babbit for her remarkable influence and accomplishments as a director, producer, and screenwriter in film and television. Frameline37 will also present the Bay Area premiere of Babbit’s latest film, BREAKING THE GIRLS, as well as a special retrospective screening of her 1999 cult classic romantic comedy, BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER.

The Centerpiece Documentary film at Frameline37 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.

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