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Go Fish

Directed by Rose Troche1994USA83 mins

In celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary — it was one of the two opening night films at Frameline18 back in 1994 — we can’t think of a better way to honor Rose Troche’s seminal lesbian classic Go Fish than by playing it for the fourth time at the Festival in a brand-new 4K restoration (which was co-funded by Frameline).

It takes a village (or at least the entire Chicago dyke community) to bring hip Max (queer icon Guinevere Turner, who co-wrote the film with Troche) and crunchy Eli (V.S. Brody) together. This includes college professor Kia (T. Wendy McMillan), who is seeing the semi-closeted divorcee Evy (Migdalia Melendez), and the promiscuous Daria (Anastasia Sharp), who is sleeping with practically everyone else.

Touching on everything from coming out to bisexuality to the responsibilities of queer filmmakers (!), the film is a fascinating snapshot of dyke culture at the peak of both lesbian chic and New Queer Cinema. Made on a practically nonexistent budget over a span of several years before making a big splash at Sundance, Go Fish still feels like a miracle all these years later. Don't forget: "the girl is out there."

Expected Guests

Rose Troche
Director, Screenwriter
Guinevere Turner
Actor, Screenwriter

Go Fish is a recipient of a Frameline Completion Fund grant.

Go Fish was digitally restored by the Academy Film Archive and UCLA Film & Television Archive in conjunction with Sundance Institute in 4K from the original 16mm A/B camera negatives and 35mm magnetic soundtrack. The restoration was funded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Amazon MGM Studios, Frameline, Sundance Institute, and UCLA Film & Television Archive.


Quick links
Rose Troche
Running Time
83 mins
Narrative Features, Retrospective
Program Note Writer
Elizabeth Purchell
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