Frameline Announces 2018 Schedule

Matt Smith as Mapplethorpe and Molly Shannon as Emily Dickinson highlight Frameline42’s full lineup of more than 150 LGBTQ films to run June 14-24.

Image: ‘Mapplethorpe,’ Boston Diva Productions

The largest and longest-running LGBTQ Film Festival in the world has just come out with its full lineup for 2018, as the complete Frameline42 schedule is now available online. Frameline returns to June 14-24, with standout screenings like former Doctor Who Matt Smith in a Mapplethorpe biopic, Molly Shannon as a very gay Emily Dickinson in Wild Nights with Emily, and a roster of films that 52 percent of which were directed or co-directed by women.

“The tagline is ‘Lights, Camera, Take Action,’” Frameline Executive Director Frances Wallace tells SF Weekly. “This really speaks to the Frameline mission to take action and change the world through the power of queer cinema.”

Your Opening Night feature is Transmilitary, this year’s SXSW Audience Award winner that chronicles the real-life risks and struggles of four transgender troops in the U.S. military (which happens to be the largest employer of transgender people in the country). Closing Night is a documentary on wilder side with Studio 54, a Sundance hit that struts through the history of the world’s most famous disco with appearances by Diana Ross and Andy Warhol.  

Paul Rudd pops up with Steve Coogan in Ideal Home, a comedy about a same-sex couple suddenly saddled with a grandson. Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner The Miseducation of Cameron Post presents a moving set of mishaps among teens sent to gay conversion therapy.   

If you missed it in February at the Castro Theatre, another live run of the The Drag Roast of Heklina comes to the Victoria Theatre stage to air out her dirty laundry again.

Several documentaries of note include a historical examination of lesbian cinema in Dykes, Camera, Action, the ass-shaking “bucking” documentary you’ve been waiting for in When the Beat Drops, and the locally shot definitive story of José Sarria’s Imperial Court in 50 Years of Fabulous.

“Expect many people to be dressed up for this film,“ says Frameline director of programming Paul Struthers.

Advance ticketing for all shows is available online now. Frameline runs June 14-24 at venues all over the Bay Area.

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