Frameline has revealed the lineup for Frameline45, the San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival. The festival will feature film adaptations of the West End hit musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie and Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights. The festival's format for this year features a hybrid of virtual and in-person events, including Movie Nights at Oracle Park, drive-in movies, and film showings both virtually as well as at the famed Castro and Roxy theaters. Wilson Cruz will speak with Pride's Raffy Emerac as part of the thoughtful Framelive Talks. The festival will also feature the announcement of this year's Frameline Awards. Frameline45 takes place Thursday, June 10, through Sunday, June 27. Tickets are available for all events online at Frameline.org.
"We are beyond thrilled to present the world's largest LGBTQ+ film festival," James Woolley, executive director of Frameline, said in a statement. "The past year has shown us the value and importance of connections with one another. As the world begins to reopen and revitalize, so too is Frameline45 with a unique combination of in-person and virtual events. We look forward to celebrating the power of queer storytelling and sharing in a collective experience together."
"The theme of this year's festival is 'All Kinds of Queer' and our lineup certainly reflects that," Allegra Madsen, director of programming for Frameline, said in a statement. "Representing 30 countries--from Argentina, Egypt, and India to Nigeria, Taiwan, and South Africa-- this year's slate of films will touch on themes ranging from the American Dream and gentrification to trans resilience and gender and race identity. Through these films, we believe we can cultivate a more compassionate and empathetic world."
Cruz will be among several featured speakers as part of the Framelive Talks series of Q&A's, panel discussions, and interviews with LGBTQ+ voices within the industry. The legend, who made history as the first out actor playing an out character in a television series with his portrayal of Rickie in My So-Called Life and who now appears as Dr. Hugh Culber on Star Trek: Discovery, will chat with Pride's Raffy Ermac about his television legacy and queer representation in the entertainment industry.
Frameline has partnered with San Francisco Pride and the San Francisco Giants baseball team to screen films on the big screen at Oracle Park, the home of the Giants. Jon M. Chu's film adaptation of Lin Manuel's hit musical In The Heights will be shown at Oracle Park, as will Jonthan Butterell's adaptation of Everybody's Talking About Jamie. Drive-in movies will be shown in Concord a nd Fort Mason in the city. There will also be showing at the Castro and Roxy theaters in San Francisco, and virtually as well.
The complete lineup of films and events, as well as tickets for individual screenings and passes, are available now at Frameline.org. Frameline will also offer a Festival Streaming Pass this year, giving ticket buyers the opportunity to unlock all virtual festival content, including film screenings and other unique programming.