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Frameline45 (2021) | 2021
All Kinds of Queer

Still in the midst of the pandemic, Frameline45 remained a mostly virtual Festival, with two films at Oracle Park, four in-person Drive-In screenings, two full days of programming at the Castro Theatre, and one evening at the Roxie Theater. The Festival marked Allegra Madsen's first year as the new Director of Programming.

In conjunction with the San Francisco Giants and San Francisco Pride, the Festival began at Oracle Park with a pair of big screen musicals: Jon M. Chu’s In the Heights and Jonathan Butterell's Everybody's Talking About Jamie. These ballpark events included appearances by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Drag Race stars Rock M. Sakura and Bianca Del Rio.

The 2 Castro Theatre screening days each began with two of Frameline's established shorts programs: Fun in Shorts and Homegrown. Director Peeter Rebane and stars Tom Prior and Oleg Zagorodnii arrived from Europe for the North American premiere of Firebird. Director Vivian Kleiman was in attendance for No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics (a Frameline Completion Fund recipient). The final film of gay icon Cloris Leachman, Phil Connell's Jump, Darling, and TJ Parsell's doc Invisible, about the lesbian legends of country music, rounded out the Castro programs.

The evening at the Roxie kept things local and queer, presenting Monika Treut's Genderation (a sequel to her groundbreaking film Gendernauts) and Joshua Guerci's Baloney, a portrait of the SF boylesque troupe.

Among the in-person highlights, the Festival kicked off with a drive-in screening of Bobbi Jo Hart’s music documentary FANNY: The Right to Rock (a recipient of a Frameline Completion Fund grant), attended by the members of Fanny who drove around the West Wind Solano in a convertible before the film. At Fort Mason Flix, the Festival screened three features: Wes Hurley's Potato Dreams of America, François Ozon's Summer of 85, and Jamila Wignot's Ailey. A doc portrait of the famed dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey, the film marked Frameline's first official Juneteenth screening.

Festival info:


  • Outstanding First Narrative Feature: Milkwater
    • Honorable Mention(s): Language Lessons and Firebird
  • Audience Award for Narrative Feature: Lola
  • Audience Award for Documentary Feature: Invisible
  • Audience Award for Short Film: Sheer Qorma

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