Free Saturday: Short films by 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 put LGBTQ+ arts and artists in the spotlight. Listen to hip-hop singers in Cuba and a spoken word artist in Texas, witness powerful collaborations between painters and writers, meet talented transgender artists of all disciplines in Australia, and more.
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 make up 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.
(Dir. Sam Matthews, 35 min., 2017, Australia)
Filmmaker and transgender rights activist Sam Matthews travels across Australia to meet other gender-diverse artists and challenges them to create new art on the theme “Unboxed."
(Dir. Dino Dinco, 4 min., 2008, USA)
Shot on location in San Antonio, Texas, El Abuelo is an intimate portrait of local educator and poet, Joe Jimenez. In voiceover, Joe reads the lines from his poem “El Abuelo,” as we learn the potency these perfect creases possess in capturing the attention of his “first vato:” his first love of another man.
(Dir. Opie Boero Imwinkelried, 29 min., 2006, Cuba)
Krudas explores the lives and work of a Cuban lesbian couple who are hip hop singers and performers. The duo Krudas addresses issues such as women’s liberation, lesbian rights, female solidarity, and racism. Their work is deeply engaged with feminism and strong ties to their African roots.
(Dirs. David Bronstein and Michael Usyk, 1990, 20 min., USA)
A one-of-a-kind voyage into the early world of New York City balls in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This gritty 20-minute picture opens at the House of Omni Ball in 1988, and then cuts to the first ever museum-curated "Evening of House Music and Voguing" at El Museo Del Barrio, with Junior Vasquez spinning and influential designer Ms. Patricia Field (legendary designer for Sex and the City and Miami Vice) in the house that historic evening. These are the historic moments in the history of voguing, and Balls puts the viewer in the room where it happened.
THE PAPER MIRROR
(Dir. Charissa King-O'Brien, 34 min., 2012, USA)
An intimate short documentary capturing a pivotal collaboration between two influential artists, as world-renowned painter Riva Lehrer completes a compelling portrait of Alison Bechdel ("Dykes to Watch Out For," "Are You My Mother," "Fun Home") over the course of two years, yielding a highly satisfying work of psychological insight.
THIS IS NOT AN AIDS ADVERTISEMENT
(Dir. Isaac Julien, 10 min., 1988, UK)
From acclaimed artist Isaac Julien, director of Looking for Langston and Young Soul Rebels, comes an impressionistic antidote to the passionless, guilty AIDS awareness campaign conducted in Britain in 1987. This Is Not an AIDS Advertisement blends an imaginative video style with strong political messages.
BYRON CHIEF-MOON: GREY HORSE RIDER
(Dirs. Marlene Millar & Philip Szporer, 48 min., 2007, Canada)
Father of three, successful TV actor and artist, and proud member of the First Nations two-spirited gay community, Byron Chief-Moon is a fascinating mesh of dynamic personality. But when he dances alone in the forest, the complexity of the real world washes away, and we can see his spiritual self take hold.
No additional ticket required. Seating is limited and first come, first served.
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