Frameline 2017: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 41st Frameline: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival

Dates:
June 15-25

About:
The world’s oldest LGBT film festival presents two dozen documentaries among its more than 60 features.

Nonfiction figures into the event’s gala presentations, with Jennifer Kroot and Bill Weber’s THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN (pictured), a portrait of the beloved TALES OF THE CITY author, claiming the Opening Night slot; and Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi’s CHAVELA, about the iconic butch Mexican singer, appearing as the doc Centerpiece.

Documentaries making their world premieres at this year’s festival include: Paul Oremland’s 100 MEN, in which the filmmaker recounts his love affairs over the past forty years; Gail Freedman’s HOT TO TROT (pictured), which follows the same-sex ballroom dance competition at the Gay Games; and Lara Embry and Carolyn Sherer’s ALABAMA BOUND, about the efforts of Alabama lesbians fighting for equality in their conservative state.

Other nonfiction featured at Frameline includes: P David Ebersole and Todd Hughes MANSFIELD 66/67 (pictured), a campy exploration of the life and legend of the Hollywood bombshell; Jeffrey Schwarz’s THE FABULOUS ALLAN CARR, about the flamboyant entire entertainment impresario behind Olivia Newton-John and CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC; Josh Howard’s THE LAVENDER SCARE, a look back at the Cold War era panic over gays in the government; Robin Berghaus’ STUMPED, about a quadruple amputee’s quest to perform stand-up; and Bobbi Jo Hart’s REBELS ON POINTE, which follows an all-male, all-gay, comedic ballet troupe on tour.

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