By Cicero A. Estrella
Frameline45, the world’s largest LGBTQ+ film festival, expects to throw its largest and most-attended festival yet with its hybrid of in-person and virtual offerings from June 10 to 27.
The highlights of the 17-day festival include the return of in-person screenings at San Francisco’s Castro Theater and Roxy Theater, four drive-in showings, more than 50 virtual films and the first-ever Frameline screenings at Oracle Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants.
“We are beyond thrilled to present the world’s largest LGBTQ+ film festival,” said James Woolsey, Frameline executive director. “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 storyelling and sharing in a collective experience together.”
The virtual offerings are available to ticket-holders across the country. For the first time ever, the festival will offer a Festival Streaming Pass, which unlocks all virtual festival content, including film screenings and other unique programming, starting on June 17. Passes are $95, while tickets to individual screenings are $8 to 12 each.
“The theme of this year’s festival is ‘All Kinds of Queer’ and our lineup certainly reflects that,” Allegra Madsen, Frameline director of programming, said. “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 race identity. Through the films, we believe we can cultivate a more compassionate and empathetic world.”
The Oracle Park screenings will feature In the Heights, the much-anticipated musical from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Crazy Rich Asians director (and Bay Area native) Jon M. Chu on June 11; and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie on June 12.
The drive-in screenings will be held at Fort Mason Flix in San Francisco and West Wind Solano Drive-In in Concord on June 10. Fort Mason Flix will show Potato Dreams of America on June 15, Summer of 85 on June 16 and Ailey on June 19. West Wind Solano will screen Fanny: The Right to Rock on June 10.
For a complete list of the in-person lineup at the Castro and Roxie theaters, as well the virtual-screening schedule, visit frameline.org.