2008 Festival program announced!

Michael Lumpkin to be honored with Frameline Award

Frameline, the world’s premiere showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema, proudly announces the program for Frameline32: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. The 2008 Festival runs June 19-29, with screenings in San Francisco at the historic Castro Theatre, Roxie Film Center and the Victoria Theatre, and in Berkeley at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood. During the 11 days of the Frameline32 Film Festival, more than 70,000 patrons from the Bay Area and across the globe are expected to see the 237 feature length and short films appearing in the festival program.

As a world-renowned stage for the most artistically innovative, culturally rich, and socially relevant LGBT cinema, Frameline32 will feature works from 24 first-time feature filmmakers, as well as new works from pioneers of queer cinema, like Barbara Hammer and Bruce LaBruce. The festival program of Frameline32 represents works from 36 countries, including the first LGBT entry from Egypt, (ALL MY LIFE), with themes ranging from the risqué to the absurd, and from to the thoughtfully poignant to the family-friendly.

Opening Frameline32 on Thursday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Castro Theatre will be the West Coast Premiere of AFFINITY, directed by Tim Fywell and based on the 1999 novel by Sarah Waters (Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith). When a nineteenth-century London heiress visits Millbank Prison to reform the convicted women, she instead finds herself entranced by the charms of a young and beautiful offender, getting caught in a web of love, lust and deceit. Immediately following the screening will be the unofficial launch of San Francisco’s annual LGBT Pride celebration, the Frameline32: Opening Night Gala at the Ten15 Folsom nightclub (1015 Folsom Street).

Frameline32 is proud to offer XXY, directed by first-time filmmaker Lucia Puenzo from Argentina as the Festival’s Centerpiece Film, showing Tuesday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Castro Theatre. The strains of adolescence are difficult for any 15-year old, but for Alex, who was born with an extra chromosome and, “a few extra parts,” puberty also means being forced to choose a gender. Further confusing the intersex teen is the appearance of youth’s first love, the teenage son of the plastic surgeon hired to deliver on Alex’s final gender decision.

The films and celebrations of Frameline32 will climax with director Laurie Lynd’s roaring romp, BREAKFAST WITH SCOT as Closing Night Film at the Castro Theatre at 7:30 p.m., followed by the closing night party at the Ten15 Folsom nightclub (1015 Folsom Street) on June 29. The lives of two gay men change dramatically when they adopt Scot, a boy who is by far more flamboyant and comfortable with his identity than they have ever been, themselves in the fun family comedy that closes the 11-day festival.

On the Festival’s Opening Night, Thursday, June 19, Frameline will proudly bestow our own Michael Lumpkin with the 2008 Frameline Award. Michael has played an integral role in LGBT cinema, both through his involvement and direction of the Frameline Film Festivals since 1980 to his role as Co-Producer of THE CELLULOID CLOSET. Frameline32: San Francisco LGBT Film Festival marks Michael’s last, and we look forward to celebrating his influence on LGBT cinema for the past 28 years. As part of the celebration, Frameline32 will present a special retrospective of festival favorites from Michael’s tenure, screening seven matinees at the Castro Theatre, including: Gus Van Sant’s MALA NOCHE (1986), Pedro Almodovar’s LAW OF DESIRE (1987), Andy and Larry Wachowski’s BOUND (1996), John Greyson’s LILIES (1997), Thomas Bezucha’s BIG EDEN (2000), Joseph Gaï Ramaka’s KARMEN GEÏ (2002), and Pieter Kramer’s YES NURSE! NO NURSE! (2003).

Another much-anticipated highlight of the festival will be the return of the beloved Festival Pavilion, thanks to the outstanding support of AT&T, providing entertainment, education and event space for Frameline32 moviegoers. Located behind the iconic Castro Theatre, the pavilion will be the primary venue for filmmaker question and answer sessions, industry panel discussions, member events and VIP functions. Renamed the “AT&T Festival Pavilion” for 2008, the venue will offer a unique opportunity for moviegoers to connect with filmmakers, industry insiders, actors and friends in the community.

Frameline32: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival is proud to once again mark the unofficial start to San Francisco Pride, offering a selection of 103 film programs, among which are the U.S. Features, World Cinema Features, Documentaries, Shorts Programs, Kid’s Matinees, Special Presentations, Michael Lumpkin’s Retrospective Matinees, a Sneak Preview, and the Opening Night, Centerpiece and Closing Night films.

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