Frameline40 is pleased to announce its juried awards for Outstanding First Feature, Outstanding Documentary, and two Honorable Mentions. The Frameline40 First Feature Award, proudly underwritten by the Wells Fargo Foundation, went to JONATHAN, by director Piotr Lewandowski, for its powerfully rendered story of a son grappling with family secrets, and for its meticulous craftsmanship, complex characters and moving performances. Honorable Mention went to WOMEN WHO KILL, whose director, Ingrid Jungermann, was praised as an original comic voice and an emerging triple-threat talent as writer, director, and actor.
Frameline40 First Feature Award, proudly underwritten by the Wells Fargo Foundation
by director Piotr Lewandowski
Honorable Mention, Frameline40 First Feature Jury
Women Who Kill
Directed by: Ingrid Jungermann
Jury members for the Frameline40 First Feature Award, proudly underwritten by the Wells Fargo Foundation, were Jennifer Hatton (Programming Chair, Sacramento International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival), Mitchell Leib (Programming Director, REEL Q: Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival/PLGFS) and Bard Ydén (Programming Director, Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival).
Taking home the Frameline40 Outstanding Documentary Feature Award was Deborah Esquenazi’s SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR. Exposing a miscarriage of justice that befell four Latina lesbians in the 1990s, the film is an investigative documentary that weaves together complex issues of race, class, and sexuality into a superbly cohesive narrative. Honorable Mention for Special Contribution to Queer History went to UPSTAIRS INFERNO, directed by Robert L. Camina. The film, about the 1973 arson at a New Orleans gay bar that killed 32 people, was honored for spotlighting a critically important story, long overlooked, that could not be timelier today.
Frameline40 Outstanding Documentary Jury Award
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
Directed by: Deborah Esquenazi
Honorable Mention for Special Contribution to Queer History, Frameline40 Documentary Jury
Directed by: Robert L. Camina
Jury members for the Frameline40 Outstanding Documentary Feature Award were Hilary Hart (veteran festival staffer at Sundance, Frameline, Telluride, and former publicist at San Francisco Film Society), Dawn Logsdon (Editor, PARAGRAPH 175, THE ROYAL ROAD; Co-Director, BIG JOY: ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON) and Sandip Roy (Journalist, NPR commentator and novelist, Don’t Let Him Know).
The Frameline40 AT&T Audience Awards went to the Festival’s most popular favorites. The Frameline40 AT&T Audience Award for Best Feature was awarded to Tom E. Brown’s PUSHING DEAD, an oddball comedy about a long-term HIV survivor in San Francisco, featuring a terrific ensemble cast including James Roday, Danny Glover, Robin Weigert, and Khandi Alexander. Berkeley-based director Shaleece Haas was awarded the Frameline40 AT&T Audience Award for Best Documentary for REAL BOY, the music-filled coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager on a journey to find his voice—as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. And the Frameline40 AT&T Audience Award for Best Short went to VÁMONOS, directed by Marvin Lemus, a heartbreaking and hilarious ride-or-die inspired story about overcoming personal grief to respectfully send a loved one off into the afterlife.
Directed by: Tom E. Brown
Directed by: Shaleece Haas
Directed by: Marvin Lemus