Free Saturdays with Frameline Distribution
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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.
Join us to 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 commemorate 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 share LGBTQ+ history and experiences of LGBTQ+ elders. See a treasure trove of archival footage from San Francisco’s first major Pride in 1972, learn more about activists who made history such as Marsha P. Johnson, Alan Turing, and Sally Gearheart, and experience love stories that span decades.
Frameline43, San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival, takes place June 20–30, 2019. Spanning five venues in the Bay Area, the 43rd Festival celebrates the spectrum and intersection of identities that comprise LGBTQ+ communities worldwide. Join filmmakers and festivalgoers alike at the biggest showcase of queer media in the world.
See below for descriptions of individual short films. Content advisory: some films contain adult language, nudity, and depictions of violence.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARSHA!
(Dirs. Tourmaline & Sasha Wortzel, 14 min., 2017, USA)
A hybrid film about iconic transgender artist and activist Marsha P. Johnson in the hours before she ignited the 1969 Stonewall riots.
A GREAT RIDE
(Dirs. Deborah Craig & Veronica Deliz, 33 min., 2018, USA)
A short documentary about lesbians in Northern California aging with dynamism, zest for life, determination, and humor.
DON’T ERASE MY HISTORY
(Dir. Ally Action Youth Film Producers, 30 min., 2008, USA)
A cross-section of Bay Area youth take viewers on a quest for the very history that has no name in their schools. Together, they open archival closets and talk with LGBTQ artists, activists, and pioneers. In a world where their queer history is still regularly erased, what will they discover?
ALZHEIMER’S: A LOVE STORY
(Dirs. Gabe Schimmel and Monica Petruzzelli, 17 min., 2016, USA)
A moving documentary on the power of love, this film captures one couple's intimate struggle with a disease that impacts millions of elders.
DECODING ALAN TURING
(Dir. Christopher Racster, 17 min., 2008, UK)
Alan Turing was a brilliant mathematician, logician, and cryptographer. A Cambridge graduate who was fundamental to cracking the Nazi's Enigma Code during WWII, Turing created what is hailed by some as the first modern computer and was a legendary innovator in his field. He was also gay, and fell victim to the intolerance and legal prosecution of his time, as homosexuality was considered an extreme mental illness and subject to criminal sanctions in the UK. Turing was pursued legally based on his sexual orientation, and eventually ruined professionally, exiled from his colleagues, and forced to undergo chemical castration in an attempt to “cure” him.
(Dir. Claudia Lorenz, 12 min., 2004, Switzerland)
In this charming short film, two elderly ladies meet unexpectedly at a hairdressing salon one day. Maya recognizes Charlotte, and Charlotte recognizes Maya, but Maya pretends she doesn't know Charlotte. Their unexpected meeting reawakens memories of their youth together and their shared past, of which they are, perhaps, unsure they want to be reminded.
VOGUING: THE MESSAGE
(Dirs. David Bronstein, Dorothy Low & Jack Walworth, 13 min., 1989, USA)
A pre-Madonna primer that raises questions about race, sex, and subcultural style, Voguing: The Message traces the roots of this gay Black and Latino dance form, which appropriates and plays with poses and images from mainstream fashion. Voguing competitions that parody fashion shows and rate the contestants on the basis of movement, appearance and costume, are highlighted in this 1989 documentary that provides early access to the movement that eventually swept the nation.
(Dir. Zave Martohardjono, 18 min., 2009, USA)
Rusty and Chelsea are a transgender lesbian couple who have devoted fifteen years to making their Brooklyn home a communal living space for transgender women in need. Their house served a vital and unique community role with its doors always open to newcomers. A crossroads for transgender civil rights organizers, it became home to Stonewall legend Sylvia Rivera in the last years of her life.
575 CASTRO STREET
(Dir. Jenni Olson, 7 min., 2008, USA)
Images of the Castro Camera Store set for the Academy Award winning film Milk are set to a tape recording that slain San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk made in November 1977 to be played in case he was killed.
(Dir. Jenni Olson, 6 min., 1997, USA)
Through voiceover and static San Francisco landscapes, Jenni Olson’s classic 1997 short experimental narrative short tells the melancholy story of a dyke pining over a one night stand with a straight girl.
(Dir. Arthur J. Bressan, Jr., 10 min., 1972, USA)
A short film documenting one of San Francisco’s first gay pride parades, which was held downtown in June 1972.
No additional ticket required. Seating is limited and first come, first served.
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