(In Theatres)

Director: T.J. Parsell
2021 | USA | 107m
GENRE: Aging/Elders | Coming Out | Discrimination | Gender | Lesbian | Music/Music Videos | Religion/Spirituality | Trans Men/Transmasculine | Transgender
SECTION: Documentary Features | In Theatres | Premieres
Expected Guests: Director T.J. Parsell; Subjects Bonnie Baker, Dianne Davidson, Ruthie Foster, and Jess Leary


Contemporary country music is finally coming out of the closet. The contributions of lesbian singer-songwriters are generally not the first thing that come to mind in the arena of country music, but some of the greatest hits in the genre are the work of gay women writing, producing, and persevering in an extremely traditional and corporate industry that requires most to keep their authentic selves secret for fear of committing career suicide.

Invisible explores the collective and individual journeys of these talented women, who have created hits for country music legends Barbara Mandrell, Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, and so many others. Author, activist, and filmmaker T.J. Parsell brings their hidden stories, songs, and stunningly beautiful voices to light in this affirming, personal, and sensitively produced documentary featuring stellar interviews with music icons Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis, Chely Wright ( Wish Me Away, Frameline35), Mary Gauthier, and Ruthie Foster.


Buying Note: This is an in-person screening for Sat, Jun 26 at the Castro Theatre. For streaming tickets, please click here. Seating is limited, and COVID protocols will be in place. Be sure to also check out the related Frameline Talk " Women in Rock."

The Brantley Smith Group | Merrill Lynch

The Curve Foundation

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  • Premiere Status: World