What's New at Frameline45

Jun 19, 2021

If you’ve paged through the Frameline45 program guide already, you can see there are tons of new ways audiences can experience the Festival this Pride month—not the least of which being the very first time the majority of the program has been made available to watch nationwide! In addition to the diverse mix of Streaming, In Theatres, Drive-In, and Ballpark viewing options, Frameline45 will also offer some new and returning programs to its line-up, so here are some of those highlights, as well as a sneak peek at what’s in store for the rest of 2021. 

With the Festival returning to June this year, Frameline45 will host the Festival's first Juneteenth Spotlight screening featuring Jamila Wignot's Ailey. This immersive documentary portrait, which premiered earlier this year at Sundance, centers on groundbreaking dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey. The screening will be at the FORT MASON FLIX Drive-In at 9:00pm. “I am honored to establish a celebration of Juneteenth within the Frameline program,” says Frameline’s Director of Programming Allegra Madsen. “With our inaugural Juneteenth celebration, we honor the legacy and achievements of Alvin Ailey, a queer Black visionary who changed the face of dance and forged a path for others to follow. We also acknowledge the constantly evolving struggle for freedom and renew our commitment to uplift and honor Black queer voices in film.”

Frameline45 will also welcome back the Dark Twisted Fantasies program, exhibiting some of the best queer experimental shorts from around the world. “The Dark Twisted Fantasies program is meant to capture the transgressive, counterculture spirit that is threaded into the essence and legacy of San Francisco,” explains Programmer and Publications Manager Joe Bowman. “In other words, it’s my attempt to help keep San Francisco (and cinema) ‘weird.’” This year’s program features work from renowned directors Peter Strickland, Narcissister, Su Hui-yu, and Michael Robinson in addition to several world and US premieres from up-and-coming filmmakers. 

Frameline has always pushed toward greater accessibility and inclusivity, and with film festivals shifting toward virtual platforms last year, we made it our goal to present as much of our 2021 program with captioning as possible. We are pleased to offer 27 features and 11 shorts with closed captions, in addition to the 8 fully-subtitled features already identified. You can find a list of these titles on our Accessibility page. As we shift back toward in-person theatrical screenings, we plan to explore the best options for continuing to increase accessibility for what we offer in the future. 

With the Festival falling at the end of lockdown in San Francisco, we knew we didn't want to dive headfirst into in-person screenings too quickly and wanted to offer the safest options we could for our audiences. Knowing that the United States would be opening back up again this summer, we've already started planning theatrical, in-person events for later in the year. Frameline's 3rd annual queer Halloween showcase, Frameline Fangs, will be back to haunt the Roxie Theater from October 22-24, with a selection of LGBTQ+ horror, live performances, talks, and more! 

The 2021 Frameline events will culminate at the Frameline Fall Showcase at the Castro Theatre where we will screen a slate of new LGBTQ+ films and present the 2021 Frameline Award. After an extended lockdown period, it will be marvelous to catch up with everyone in a glorious, familiar setting like The Castro Theatre to celebrate togetherness, LGBTQ+ media and entertainment, and look toward new horizons for 2022. Stay tuned for more details about Frameline's fall events.