May 15, 2020
Photo: Maria Brannstrom, Courtesy of The New York Times
Barbara Hammer. Oakland, CA
Welcome again to Frameline Play, which brings Frameline films to you in the safety and comfort of your home, and makes our films and community accessible for everyone, everywhere, anytime. Several of our films highlighted below are in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
This evening we celebrate the birthday of the inimitable filmmaker Barbara Hammer with the virtual cinema release of Dykes, Camera, Action! a feature documentary which explores the rich legacy of lesbian cinema Hammer inspired as one of the preeminent female filmmakers of the 20th century, and the first openly gay female director in America.
Screening with the film is a very special panel discussion moderated by Jenni Olson (The Joy of Life, Frameline29) and includes filmmakers featured in the documentary Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behavior, Frameline38), Caroline Berler (Dykes, Camera, Action!, Frameline42) & Vicky Du (Gaysians, Frameline40). Also in the discussion is filmmaker Kimberly Reed (Prodigal Sons, Frameline33), and Hammer's partner of 31 years, human rights advocate Florrie Burke.
The film is being presented in partnership with our friends at the Roxie Theater and is available with your ticket starting tonight at 6pm, and is valid to watch until Midnight on June 4th. Tickets are $10.
Our Distribution Catalog, growing for more than three decades, contains a treasury of films available to stream online.
Featuring Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia fame, Group blurs the lines between fact and fiction in this portrayal of nine women who meet every Wednesday afternoon for 21 weeks of group therapy. In this entirely original 2002 probe into the American psyche, six unhidden and unexplained cameras capture a fast and funny, deep and bumpy ride into consciousness as these dauntless women simply try to find a little more happiness.
Directed by Vicky Du, Gaysians is an exploration of family, immigration and language through the voices of five queer and trans Asian-Americans from New York City. The subjects share stories about their families, and in doing so, shed light on the complicated histories that have shaped these intimate and personal relationships.
Frameline Youth In Motion
Youth in Motion has provided free LGBTQ+ films and curriculum guides to Genders & Sexualities Alliances and educators supporting more than 28,000 students in over 1,400 schools in all 50 states!
THE INFAMOUS T + Curriculum & Action Guide
The Infamous T examines an intimate year in the life of Jonathon, a young gay man finding himself while living at the intersection of queer and black identities and struggling with a lifetime of homelessness. As he struggles to balance his family of origin and family of choice, stay in school, and be his most authentic self, Jonathon discovers that home is more than four walls.
Frameline Voices has provided a platform to connect and amplify stories of underrepresented perspectives to a global audience and houses an archive of hidden gems free to watch on Youtube.
ABSENCE: NO FATS, NO FEMMES, NO ASIANS
An experimental documentary contemplating race/racism, queerness, fat, femininity, and belonging, ABSENCE is a fiercely honest quest-for community, for visibility, for that queer fat API femme utopia.
Frameline Completion Fund
The Frameline Completion Fund has awarded $570,000 to 163 projects. The Fund provides grants to emerging and established filmmakers who often struggle to secure funding to complete their works.
Oh my! This award winning documentary directed by Jennifer Kroot features Star Trek legend, marriage-equality advocate, and spokesperson for racial justice; superstar George Takei. Best known for his groundbreaking role of Hikaru Sulu on a certain epic starship and its multi-ethnic crew, Takei is one of the most visible Asian-American actors of all time, inspiring generations of fans.
SKATE KITCHEN, from Frameline42
After making a splash in 2015 with the documentary The Wolfpack, winner of a Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, director Crystal Moselle breaks into narrative cinema. In Skate Kitchen, we're offered a beautiful, queer-inclusive glimpse into the subculture of female skateboarding, a subculture whose popularity never seems to die out with new generations.
Plus the brand new series Betty based on Skate Kitchen on HBO NOW