Frameline 2019: Documentary Overview

The 43rd Frameline: San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival

June 20-30

The world’s longest-running and most influential LGBT festival presents more than 75 features, including approximately 30 documentaries.


Several docs make their debut at the event, including: Stephen Kijak’s SID & JUDY, a look at the legendary Judy Garland through the eyes of her husband and manager, Sid Luft; Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen’s SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, a look back at the failed horror sequel through the eyes of its closeted young queer star; Petey Barma and Bret Parker’s THROUGH THE WINDOWS, a love letter to local SF gay bar, Twin Peaks; and Chet Catherine Pancake’s QUEER GENIUS, which celebrates five queer artists.


International, North American, and US premieres include: Cory Krueckeberg’s CAMP CHAOS, which follows internet personality Matthew Camp as he recreates formative sexual experiences; Gabrielle Zilkha’s QUEERING THE SCRIPT, an exploration of the influence of queer fandom; Marilina Giménez’s A GIRL’S BAND, which explores the world of queer Argentine female musicians; Audrey Jean-Baptiste’s FABULOUS, which follows a trans woman and ballroom mother back home to French Guiana; and Camille Ducellier’s GENDER DERBY, about a French non-binary roller derby musician.


Finally, the fest presents local premieres of, among others: Daniel G Karslake’s FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO, which counters religiously-based anti-gay rhetoric; Daniel Nolasco’s MR LEATHER, following the second Brazilian edition of the titular competition; Mak CK’s ONE TAXI RIDE, in which a man finally tries to come to terms with the sexual assault he was subjected to as a teenager; and Nick Zeig-Owens’ TRIXIE MATTEL: MOVING PARTS, a portrait of the RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS winner.

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