Up Close & Personal

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SECTION: Shorts | Streaming

After a year of social distancing, we’re getting up close and personal with the riveting subjects of Frameline’s annual documentary shorts program. From Brazil to Scotland and back to San Francisco, let’s check in with our queer family, our girls, our neighbors, and our beauty president together. Curated by Trent Farrington.


The Beauty President

DIRECTOR Whitney Skauge | 2021 | USA | 10m

“If a bad actor can be president, why not a good drag queen?” In 1992, Joan Jett Blakk made a historic bid for the White House as one of the first openly queer write-in candidates. Today, Terence Smith, the man behind the persona, reflects back on his place in gay rights history at the height of the AIDS crisis. Watch Trailer

Taiwan Pride for the World (世界驕傲在台灣)

DIRECTOR Larry Tung | 2020 | Taiwan | 3m | In Mandarin and English with English subtitles | North American Premiere

In 2020, the LGBTQ+ community in Taipei decided to host a pride parade during the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrating and marching for those who could not do it in their own countries.

Where My Girls

DIRECTOR Mads Engel | 2019 | USA | 22m

In this homage to the DIY attitude that first gave rise to hip hop, three queer women reflect on the creativity, community, and the hustle required to make it in the New York underground. Watch Trailer

Hear Me (Ouça)

DIRECTOR Cris Lyra | 2020 | Brazil | 8m | In Portuguese with English subtitles | International Premiere

Following her luminous film Breakwater (Frameline44), Brazilian director and cinematographer Cris Lyra returns to Up Close & Personal. Based on letters from 20 lesbian and bisexual women written during the pandemic, a single quarantine letter is made up. An interrupted love story, a shattered country, a persistent living body. Watch Trailer

My Neighbor, Miguel

DIRECTOR Danny Navarro | 2020 | USA | 13m

An exuberant 72-year-old gay artist named Miguel recalls his time in San Francisco during the AIDS epidemic and reflects on art, community, and life.

A Fine Girl

DIRECTORS Darcy McKinnon & Biliana Grozdanova | 2020 | USA | 17m

A Fine Girl is an optimistic portrait of Brandi, a thriving Black transgender woman in the Deep South. As she works to open a luxury salon, her various communities support her in inspiring ways. Watch Trailer


DIRECTOR Jack Goessens | 2021 | UK | 11m | International Premiere

In this personal, visual essay about gender transition, Jack tells his story by using and reframing gender-focused tropes and imagery from popular culture, mythology, history, and art. Watch Trailer

The Leaf

DIRECTOR William J. Zang | 2021 | USA | 4m | In English and Mandarin with English subtitles

In this personal and poetic documentary, director Will Zang chronicles his experience as both a filmmaker and a gay, Chinese immigrant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between Thu, Jun 17 and Sun, Jun 27. We suggest watching it at 9:00pm PDT Sun, Jun 20.

Dr. Peter Farmer D.D.S.