- Outstanding First Feature: The Wound
- Outstanding Documentary Feature: Strong Island
- Audience Award for Narrative Feature: God's Own Country
- Audience Award for Documentary Feature: Chavela
- Audience Award for Short Film: Curmudgeons
Frameline41 (2017) Films
Struggling with survivor’s guilt from the early years of HIV/AIDS, Sam (Alan Cumming, in one of his best performances to date) is bewildered by a younger generation of carefree gay men with their social media, sexting, and seeming political indifference. But when he meets the seductive young Braeden at a bar, their pants quickly come down and, eventually, so does Sam’s ossified guard.
A powerful mix of biopic and documentary, Against the Law uses the story of gay rights activist Peter Wildeblood to explore the nearly forgotten world of gay men who lived in England in the 1950s, an era when homosexuality was illegal and gay men were aggressively persecuted and prosecuted.
“Why Alabama?” friends ask. “You must be crazy.” For lesbian couples living in a deeply conservative state, where same-sex families have no legal protections against discrimination, these are not unfamiliar words. When it comes to Southern hospitality, Alabama seems to have little to offer the women featured in Lary Embry and Carolyn Sherer’s stirring and empowering documentary.
Director Matt Wolf (Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell, Frameline32) returns with a stunning short about Bayard Rustin. Rustin was the organizer of the March on Washington and one of the leaders of the civil rights movement. In the 1980s, Bayard adopted his younger lover, Walter Naegle, to obtain the legal protections of marriage. In this intimate love story, Walter remembers Bayard and a time when gay marriage was inconceivable.
It's a hot summer in New York and Frankie isn't having a good time. His dad's health is crumbling, his teenage buddies just want to get high, and a smart, beautiful girl has feelings for him — feelings he cannot reciprocate. Frankie's sexual curiosity about men leaves him lonely, which leads to risky, anonymous encounters.
After dropping everything to move west for her girlfriend’s career, Becks (Tony-award winner Lena Hall) discovers she’s been replaced by a “younger, hotter, LA set of tits.” Retreating to her Midwestern hometown, she moves back in with her ex-nun mom (Christine Lahti), and she might just find some romance, and herself, in the most unexpected of places.
Ruthless, relentless, and uncertified, BKPI is the private investigation crew of your dreams. Mo, a lesbian Korean American health aide, Dawn, an African American MTA worker, and Iram, an Arab American bodega owner, form BKPI to solve crimes for their immigrant neighbors in Brooklyn.