Frameline33: It's a Wrap!

Frameline Wraps up Another Successful Year; Announces Audience Awards!


PATRIK, AGE 1.5 Wins Best Feature
TRAINING RULES Wins Best Documentary
LUCHA   Wins Best Short Film

San Francisco, CA-- The world's largest and oldest film festival celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender films and filmmakers, Frameline33, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival closed Sunday, June 23 with the World Premiere of Wendy Jo Carlton's HANNAH FREE, followed by a Closing Night party and awards show.

PatrikTicket sales for Frameline33 surpassed the last two years, and festival attendance topped 60,000. With fewer empty seats, more standing ovations and sold out houses, Frameline33 was an unmatched success.    Esteemed Festival guests included the most filmmakers Frameline ever had for the event, along with icons of LGBT cinema like Sharon Gless and Joe Dallesandro who were in attendance at Frameline33. The Festival screened 226 films in eleven days from June 18 through June 28 at the Castro Theatre, the Roxie Film Center, the Victoria Theatre, and the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood in Berkeley.
Taking home awards from the world's largest LGBT film festival were filmmakers who created crowd-pleasing hits. The Frameline33 AT&T Audience Award for Best Feature Film was awarded to Swedish director Ella Lemhagen for her film PATRIK, AGE 1.5, the heartwarming story of Sven and Goran, a suburban married gay couple who relocate to adopt a child, only to be surprised to find that their 1.5-year-old baby Patrik is in fact 15-years- old and a homophobe. Directors Dee Mosbacher and Fawn Yacker won the Frameline33 AT&T Audience Award for Best Documentary for their film TRAINING RULES, which chronicles Penn State women's basketball coach Rene Portland's homophobic coaching philosophy that wrecked the lives and dreams of many talented young players. Best Short Film went to LUCHA, directed by Maria Breaux, in which two women struggle to find love and resistance amidst El Salvador's 1982 civil war.

Training RulesDespite only three winners of this year's Audience Awards, many films of the Frameline33 festival were honored with standing ovations, gripping question and answer sessions with the filmmakers and cast, and laughter and cheers throughout that were often heard from the street. Among the festival hits were Opening Night film, AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK, attended by director Richard Laxton and Penny Arcade.; FOREVER'S GONNA START TONIGHT, attended by activist-producer Kim Klausner, director Michelle Lawler, and local drag queen subject Vicki Marlane; the world premiere of MAGGOTS AND MEN, attended by director Carey Cronenwett and a host of cast and crew; the documentary EDIE & THEA: A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT, attended by co-directors Gréta Olafsdóttir and Susan Muska and the film's subject, Edie Windsor; PRODIGAL SONS, with director Kimberly Reed and her family who were the principal subjects of the film; and, AND THEN CAME LOLA attended by actresses Ashleigh Sumner, Cathy DeBuono, Jill Bennett and co-directors Megan Siler and Ellen Siedler.
The popularity of the oldest LGBT film festival in the world continued in Frameline33, as many films played to sold-out audiences, including: AND THEN CAME LOLA; DARE; FIONA'S SCRIPT; FERRON: GIRL ON A ROAD; NIGHT FLIERS; PORNOGRAPHY: A THRILLER; REDWOODS; TRAINING RULES; UNTIL THE MOON WAXES; Centerpiece Film PATRIK, 1.5; and Closing Night Film, HANNAH FREE. Several shorts programs also sold out, including “Bi Request,” “Get Happy,” and “Fun in Boys' Shorts.”  
LuchaAudiences were thrilled throughout the festival by the attendance of high-profile directors and stars who led intimate discussions following the films, attended parties, and stayed to watch other films. Among some of Frameline33's many guest attendees were Rosie O'Donnell; Sharon Gless; Chad Allen; from DROOL were Jill Marie Jones and MULHOLLAND DRIVE's Laura Harring; Emmy Rossum and Zach Gilford, stars of DARE; and Joe D'Allesandro, star and subject of LITTLE JOE.

Frameline33's annual Frameline Award for excellence in LGBT filmmaking went to legendary experimental directors George and Mike Kuchar, whose careers and antics were documented in Jennifer Kroot's IT CAME FROM KUCHAR. On hand to give out the award was filmmaker Christopher Coppola.

The Frameline Volunteer of the Year Award went to longtime volunteer captains Andy Friend and Edric Kwan, who had the honor of selecting Kimberly Reed's documentary PRODIGAL SONS to receive a $2500 grant.

About Frameline33: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival Frameline33: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival screened June 18-28, 2009 at the Castro Theatre, (429 Castro Street), Roxie Film Center, (3117 16th Street), and the Victoria Theatre, (2961 16th Street) in San Francisco, and in Berkeley at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, (2966 College Avenue).

The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival is presented by Frameline, a nonprofit LGBT organization whose mission is to strengthen the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and further its visibility by supporting and promoting a broad array of cultural representations and artistic expression in film, video and other media arts.  

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