San Francisco "Virtual" Gay Film Festival

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    Jun 23, 2020 9:50 PM GMT
    Like film festivals everywhere this year that have not been cancelled, Frameline, the San Francisco gay (and lesbian -LGBTQ etc.) film festival has become “virtual”. You can screen the films online at home. Runs Wednesday, June 24 thru Sunday, June 28. There are fewer films, and some of them can be screened for free. The only catch – To purchase tickets for online screening, one has to have a credit card with a California billing address. (Apparently, if you are not in California and want to see a Free program, since no credit card will be charged, you can make up a California address.)

    The opening night film is Breaking Fast, a romcom about a muslim doctor living in West Hollywood. House of Cardin , a documentary about Pierre Cardin, screens on Saturday. One of the free short films is an amusing one from the 90’s, The Dead Boys Club, about a young man and a pair of magic boots he inherits. A serious documentary, about the persecution of gays in Chechnya, Welcome to Chechnya, screens on Saturday.

    House of Cardin trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E-s1Nna5q0

    Welcome to Chechnya trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2KMm49B6pE

    Breaking Fast trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_g2ap2kICw4

    Frameline festival website: https://www.frameline.org/festival/film-guide-x6692
  • bro4bro

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    Jun 24, 2020 3:39 PM GMT
    Gotta be honest, I've been disappointed by LGBT film festivals lately - they're all about chicks, transes, and Muslims. I used to go to gay film festivals to see movies about guys "like me" - people and stories I could relate to in some way - because there sure weren't any in the regular theaters. Now, it seems there aren't even any at the LBT+ (no G unless somebody's Muslim) film festivals.
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    Jun 24, 2020 10:06 PM GMT
    bro4bro saidGotta be honest, I've been disappointed by LGBT film festivals lately - they're all about chicks, transes, and Muslims. I used to go to gay film festivals to see movies about guys "like me" - people and stories I could relate to in some way - because there sure weren't any in the regular theaters. Now, it seems there aren't even any at the LBT+ (no G unless somebody's Muslim) film festivals.


    I agree with you to some extent - there are more and more trans and lesbian pics. But still the best place to find films about "normal" (whatever that is) gay men. One has to pick and choose. I rarely see a lesbian or trans movie at a festival.
    Some of the gay films I remember seeing at the SF festival, off the top of my head:

    God’s Own Country
    Beginners
    Mario
    Love Simon
    The Wound
    Weekend
    Beats Per Minute
    Call Me by Your Name
    Angels in America (HBO special film festival screening)
    Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo
    Clapham Junction
    Kinky Boots (musical)

    Yeah, some are duds (like Love Simon, or Call Me by Your name), but some are great, and are unlikely to play in theaters. (Maybe by this time next year, it will be safe to see a film in a theater again). Since a lot of gay films are foreign, it helps if one doesn't mind reading subtitles.
  • bro4bro

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    Jun 25, 2020 4:22 PM GMT
    I've seen some great films at LA's Outfest too... Freier Fall stands out in my mind... but in the last couple years I haven't bothered; they didn't have anything I was interested in seeing.

    As for foreign films, while I don't mind reading subtitles and did enjoy God's Own Country (on Amazon; it didn't play at Outfest), Europe has been cranking out the flicks with gay refugee/Muslim characters lately (in God's Own Country he was from Georgia, neither a Muslim country nor a well-known refugee producing country, but pretty much the same old drag). And Israeli gay films without a Palestinian are as rare as 1990s gay comedies without a drag queen.

    For once can we just have sex without all the damn politics? When I go to a movie I don't want to feel like I'm in the RJ forums...
  • Suetonius

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    Jun 27, 2020 5:58 AM GMT
    Breaking Fast was quite disappointing. Way too much religion got talked about. Dead Boys Club was a delight.
  • NV_Guy

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    Jul 19, 2020 9:49 PM GMT
    I've attended the Frameline film festival several times and the selections can be hit and miss. But it's still a fun time.