Coming Up Queer


TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 75m
GENRE: Black/African American | Local Interest/Subjects | Youth Audience Appropriate
SECTION: Short | Shorts Programs

This program is free and open to the public. This shorts program contains some strong language.

In Frameline’s third annual Coming Up Queer shorts program, teens and youth of all ages and all places are centered in narrative and documentary stories that examine what it means to come up queer today, and how adults can either support or tear down queer youth by actions or inaction. 

In Superheroes, lesbian teen Jo comes to the rescue of Phil, who has been bullied once again in their German school. As the unlikely outcasts band together, will they find other kids willing to stand up and be heroes? A short conversation with a transwoman has a profound impact on young Mel in The Women’s Bathroom Project. In Imago, a 15-year-old makes the life-altering decision to never again let anyone bully them; not even their own father. In Escaping Agra we meet Naveen Bhat, a non-binary UC Davis college student held against their will in India when their gender identity is discovered. Naveen must battle their parents in court and piece their life back together in this short documentary about self-discovery and perseverance. Finally, in Creating Gender Inclusive Schools, the inclusive teaching methods of Gender Spectrum and students at the Peralta Elementary School in Oakland, California, help to demonstrate the power of open and honest conversations about gender within school settings.

— ALEXIS WHITHAM

FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM

Superheroes

DIRECTOR Volker Petters | 2017 | Germany | 16m
In Superheroes, lesbian teen Jo comes to the rescue of Phil, who has been bullied once again in their German school. As the unlikely outcasts band together, will they find other kids willing to stand up and be heroes?

The Women’s Bathroom Project

DIRECTOR Zachary Clarence | 2016 | USA | 6m
A short conversation with a transwoman has a profound impact on young Mel, in The Women’s Bathroom Project.

Imago

DIRECTOR Liz Cardenas Franke | 2017 | USA | 8m
In Imago, a 15-year-old makes the life-altering decision to never again let anyone bully them; not even their own father.

Escaping Agra

DIRECTOR Pallavi Somusetty | 2016 | USA | 24m
In Escaping Agra we meet Naveen Bhat, a non-binary UC Davis college student held against their will in India when their gender identity is discovered. Naveen must battle their parents in court and piece their life back together, in this short documentary about self-discovery and perseverance.

Creating Gender Inclusive Schools

DIRECTOR Jonathan Skurnik | 2016 | USA | 21m
In Creating Gender Inclusive Schools, the inclusive teaching methods of Gender Spectrum and students at the Peralta Elementary School in Oakland, California, help to demonstrate the power of an open and honest conversations about gender within school settings.

CO-PRESENTED BY
Our Family Coalition