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Frameline46 (2022) | 2022
The Coast Is Queer

After two mostly virtual Festivals, Frameline46 returned to a pre-pandemic-sized program. A hybrid in-person/virtual festival, Frameline46 was bookended by a pair of re-imagination/reboots at the Castro Theatre. The Fest began with the first two episodes of Amazon Prime's A League of Their Own series, co-created and starring Abbi Jacobson and inspired by the Penny Marshall film of the same name. And it ended on Pride Sunday in San Francisco with the North American premiere of François Ozon's re-gendered revision of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's lesbian classic The Bitter Tears of Petra von KantPeter von Kant. The 1972 original also screened on 35mm at the Castro during the Festival.

Other notable screenings included: the third iteration of Queer as Folk with showrunner Stephen Dunn, and cast members Fin Argus, Ryan O'Connell, Jesse James Keitel, and Johnny Sibilly in attendance; the world premiere of Jay Bedwani's Donna, about local trans icon Donna Personna; Amanda Kramer's stylish Please Baby Please starring future Oscar nominee Andrea Riseborough, Karl Glusman, Harry Melling, Cole Escola, and Demi Moore; Fire Island, with director Andrew Ahn and writer/star Joel Kim Booster in attendance; Gustavo Vinagre's Teddy Award-winning Three Tidy Tigers Tied a Tie; an outdoor screening of local auteur H.P. Mendoza’s Attack, Decay, Release; and world premieres of Coline Abert’s Last Dance, a portrait of cabaret artist Vincent DeFonte and his drag persona Vinsantos and Lauretta Molitor’s Impresario, about SF icon and one of the founders of Frameline, Marc Huestis.

Frameline46 introduced the Out in the Silence Award, given to a film project that highlights brave acts of visibility, especially in places where such acts are rare and unexpected because of the dominant systems that make it difficult for LGBTQ+ people to live authentic lives. The inaugural award went to Micheal Rice's BLACK AS U R. The director and several of the film's subjects were in attendance to receive the award.

Festival info:


  • Outstanding First Narrative Feature: So Damn Easy Going
    • Honorable Mention(s): Besties and Unidentified Objects
  • Outstanding Narrative Short: Tank Fairy
    • Honorable Mention: Monsieur Le Butch
  • Outstanding Documentary Short: Holding Moses
    • Honorable Mention: I Just Wanna Dance
  • Audience Award for Narrative Feature: Vulveeta
  • Audience Award for Documentary Feature: Uýra: The Rising Forest
  • Out in the Silence Award: BLACK AS U R

Off Season Screenings:

  • Tár
  • The Inspection
  • My Policeman
  • Spoiler Alert
  • The L Word: Generation Q - Season 3 Premiere
  • Of an Age
  • I Wanna Dance with Somebody
  • HeBGB TV + The Demons of Dorothy

Frameline46 (2022) Films

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