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Frameline48's 11-Day Celebration Of Queer Cinema To Commence With First-Ever Castro Neighborhood Celebration Of Juneteenth


Frameline announced a landmark Opening Night program for the 48th annual San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival (Frameline48): an Opening Night Film and Block Party that celebrates Juneteenth. The first-ever Castro neighborhood celebration of Juneteenth, Frameline48's free outdoor event will feature an afternoon of music as well as a screening of Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero. By celebrating the intersection of Blackness and queerness, Frameline48 reaffirms its commitment to bringing visibility, joy, and essential stories to the communities it centers.

In addition to joining Frameline48's attempt to organize the largest, queerest Electric Slide ever, Bay Area movie-goers can attend 80+ programs during the festival, which runs June 19–29. Instead of being housed in one venue, the 11-day celebration of film, queerness, and the San Francisco Bay Area will carry on the 2023 festival's "Neighborhood Nights" spirit. The Juneteenth Opening Night Film and Block Party will be followed by screenings all over the Bay in historic venues, including the Roxie Theater, the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, the Herbst Theatre, the Vogue Theater and The New Parkway Theater in Oakland.

Once again, Frameline is reinventing its film festival to meet the moment. Through the films and filmmakers it will showcase and the partnerships it will foster, Frameline48 is set to place an emphasis on both queer resilience and the bold act of creating change. "In this climate, our queer joy, community, and visibility are all political statements," says Allegra Madsen, Frameline's Executive Director. "Cultural change always begins with art and storytelling, what sets Frameline apart is that our organization is built by and for LGBTQ+ people. This year the festival program sets out to highlight how queer artists and queer cultural production has shaped the world we live in."

Frameline will celebrate opening weekend with a screening of Young Hearts, directed by first-time feature writer/director Anthony Schatteman. This screening will be followed by Frameline's traditional Opening Gala celebrating the commencement of the festival. Young Hearts, is a poignant coming-of-age story that boldly reshapes the coming out narrative into a celebration of acceptance and understanding one's self. Opening weekend will also feature Fawzia Mirza's Queen of My Dreams, at once a universal tale of mother-daughter relationships and a story of specific shifting South Asian cultural and political dynamics. Early bird tickets for Young Hearts and Queen of My Dreams will go on sale May 1, 2023. Frameline48 will partner with KQEDLive and local filmmaker Deborah Craig for a screening of the artist's documentary, Sally!, which chronicles not just the life of lesbian-feminist firebrand, professor, and fantasy author Sally Gearhart but a crucial moment of, and movement for, social change. Additionally, Frameline48 will partner with Oakland's own Drunken Film Fest for a free program about the importance of queer spaces and their legacy – appropriately set in an iconic Bay Area queer space.

"I am so proud to lead Frameline and be part of its revolutionary history and future. Our organization does the essential work of ensuring that queer people can tell, share, and see their own stories," Madsen says. "Film can push people – filmmakers and audiences alike – to create change and shape our cultural moment. To further that, Frameline48 is redefining what it means to be a film festival in today's landscape."

The full program announcement for Frameline48 will be released on May 21, 2024.

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