Check out this Member Spotlight Questionnaire with Joe Hayes!
Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Joe Hayes and I am from Boston originally. I moved to San Francisco in '91 at the age of 20.
How long have you been a Frameline member?
On and off for 10 years.
What do you look forward to in the Festival and what makes you keep coming back?
Of course I love seeing the films, especially the documentaries; but what keeps me coming back is the sense of community I feel as I sit in the packed theatres and share the emotions that the films conjure.
What's the most fun / craziest / exciting / life-changing moment that ever happened to you during the Festival?
I had just come out of the closet and my boyfriend invited me to the 1992 festival. I was in shock with all the excitement of the crowds and parties; it was all so new for a repressed Catholic boy. I vividly remember seeing the documentary about Armistead Maupin (Armistead Maupin Is A Man I Dreamt Up) and how emotional it was for me and then I met him that night at the after-party. The whole experience was magical for me.
If, for one day, you could meet / be / date one character from queer film history, who would it be and why?
I would hit a leather bar with Querelle.
In one sentence, what does Frameline mean to you?
Frameline is family making films.
When you're not enjoying queer film, what else do you do? (You can talk about your job, family, hobbies, other work in the community, etc.)
Professionally I am a VP of Marketing; personally I am an avid music and film fanatic and photographer. I am active in the gay sober community.