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The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are the city’s museums. As part of our initiative to welcome all San Francisco residents to the museums free on Saturdays, we provide free unique museum experiences celebrating the city we love.
Celebrate San Francisco Pride month kicking off June 2019! San Francisco is world renowned for our Pride Celebration and parade. It is the largest gathering of the LGBTQ community and allies in the nation. We celebrate LGBTQ heritage and highlight our city’s impact on LGBTQ history, culture, and liberation.
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Frameline Distribution present a series of short films that highlight transgender, non-binary, and gender-inclusive communities. Journey to the ballrooms of New York City, connect with inspiring transgender people of color across the country, learn more about Native Hawaiian and Native American traditions around gender, and more. See below for descriptions of individual short films.
Frameline43, San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival, takes place June 20–30, 2019. Spanning five Bay Area venues, Frameline43 celebrates the spectrum and intersection of identities that comprise LGBTQ+ communities worldwide. Join filmmakers and festivalgoers alike at the biggest showcase of queer media on the planet.
See below for descriptions of individual short films. Content Advisory: some films contain adult language, nudity, and depictions of violence.
A PLACE IN THE MIDDLE
(Dirs. Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson, 24 min., 2014, USA)
The true story of a young girl in Hawaiʻi who dreams of leading the boys-only hula group, and a teacher who empowers her through traditional culture.
WALK FOR ME
(Dir. Elegance Bratton, 12 min., 2016, USA)
A transgender teen is set to make her debut voguing at a ball in New York City, when her mom shows up and discovers her secret life.
MYTH OF FATHER
(Dir. Paul Hill, 28 min., 2003, USA)
When filmmaker Paul Hill’s father came out to him as a transwoman named Jodie, Paul began a journey to learn more about his parent. This stunning video documentary contrast’s Paul’s relationship to Jodie, as well as her relationship to her own father.
(Dir. Leigh Iacobucci, 19 min., 2006, USA)
This film tells the personal stories of the teenagers who participate in a support group offered by a Bay Area youth organization called “Outlet.” It includes observational footage of their weekly support group and mentoring meetings, providing a glimpse of the challenges they face at school on a daily basis.
(Dir. Vicky Du, 13 min., 2015, USA)
Gaysians is an exploration of family, immigration, and language through the voices of five queer and trans Asian-Americans from New York City.
(Dir. Glenn Holsten, 11 min., 2015, USA)
This film follows Monica, a young transgender woman of color. Despite being rejected by her church and family, Monica knew she had to live her truth.
(Dir. Jeremy Asher Lynch, 14 min., 2015, USA)
In Tomgirl we meet Jake, a confident and lovable gender expansive seven-year-old who invites us into his world of hockey playing and skirt wearing to explore the transformative power of love and support from adults.
(Dir. J. Mitchel Reed and Lucah Rosenberg-Lee, 22 min., Canada)
This short documentary profiles the lives of three men of color who have undergone gender transition from female to male.
(Dir. Ruth Fertig, 22 min., 2007, USA)
Joey Criddle is a Two Spirit person fighting with other LGBTQ Native Americans to reclaim the place of honor that many Two Spirit people once held prior to colonization. The film follows Joey as he leads parallel lives—one as a co-director of the Two Spirit Society of Denver—and the other as a father attending the Mississippi wedding of his Pentecostal son. Joey’s words bridge the gap between the closeted person he was in Mississippi, and the Two Spirit activist he is today.
(Dir. Rebecca Louisell, 19 min., 2012, USA)
High School violinist Rachel, the token straight friend in her group, starts the new school year determined to ask her crush, popular guy Pete, to the “Backwards Dance;” where the girls ask the guys. Rachel’s plans—and her ideas about gender—go awry when she meets handsome genderqueer teenager Sammy, who plays guitar and challenges the notion that “he” and “she” are the only options. Rachel and Sammy become friends, form a band, and combat the gender binary in this comedic short with a rocking soundtrack.
No additional ticket required. Seating is limited and first come, first served.
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