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Completion Fund Films at Frameline39

June 18, 2015

See seven Frameline Completion Fund grant recipients at Frameline39 

The Frameline Completion Fund has provided support to over 130 film projects by and about the LGBTQ community. Since 1990, Frameline has awarded over $430,000 through the Completion Fund.

Phenomenal work from six of the recipients has been included in the Frameline39 program. Explore these films at the festival and beyond:


Directed by Hillevi Loven / USA / (Documentary Feature)

Young transman Cole and his girlfriend Ashley seek spiritual refuge in a welcoming church—a daunting challenge in rural North Carolina, where conservative Christianity rules. What ultimately saves them is deep love for themselves, each other, and their God. www.deeprunfilm.com

Friday, June 26th, 1:30PM
Castro Theatre

DYKE CENTRAL (Episodes 6-10)

Directed by Florencia Manovil / USA / (Webseries)

From new tensions in old friendships to sex scenes that will make you gasp and bite your lower lip, this Oakland webseries gives you everything you want—and everything you didn’t realize you craved until you watched this show. www.dykecentral.com

Saturday, June 20th, 4:00PM
Victoria Theatre

Wednesday, June 24th, 9:30PM
Landmark Theatres Piedmont


Directed by Sharon Shattuck / USA / (Documentary Feature)

When Sharon Shattuck was still in middle school, her dad came out to her family as transgender and changed names from Michael to Trisha. Now preparing for her own wedding, Shattuck returns home to better understand her parents’ relationship. www.fromthisdayforwardfilm.com

Sunday, June 21st, 4:00PM
Castro Theatre


Directed by Josh Kim / Thailand, Indonesia & USA / (Narrative Feature)

As the Thai military draft approaches, an 11-year-old boy tries to keep his beloved older brother close to home and out of the service; but in this tender drama, love and luck might not be enough, as he unwittingly sets in motion events that expose the limited options facing Thailand’s working poor. www.winatcheckers.com 

Saturday, June 20th, 7:00PM
Castro Theatre


Directed by Jenni Olson / USA / (Documentary Feature)

A road movie like no other, Jenni Olson’s cinematic essay is part memoir, part history lesson, part travelogue—and entirely original. Confessional narration about butch identity and long-distance longing is layered over mesmerizing 16mm images of California landscapes in this engrossing meditation on memory and nostalgia. www.royalroadmovie.com 

Friday, June 19th, 11:00AM
Castro Theatre

Monday, June 22nd, 7:00PM
Rialto Cinemas® Elmwood


Directed by Ruth Gumnit / USA / (Documentary Feature)

A delicate but probing look at “tom” and “dee” lesbians in Thailand, as they confront expectations to conform to a rigidly gender-assigned society. Silent but visible within it, they speak to us from a rich variety of experience. www.visiblesilencefilm.org 

Sunday, June 21st, 4:00PM
Victoria Theatre

Thursday, June 25th, 7:00PM
Landmark Theatres Piedmont


Directed by Ruth Gumnit / USA / (Documentary Feature)

Endlessly searching choreographer, and filmmaker, intellect, and feminist Yvonne Rainer is the subject of this fascinating reflection on the politics of identity as well as on the always-related concerns of one of the preeminent artists of our time.

Saturday, June 27, 11:00AM
Castro Theatre


The Frameline Completion Fund was established in 1990 to provide support to filmmakers whose work represents the forefront and future landscape of queer filmmaking, and brings much needed financial assistance to groundbreaking LGBTQ media arts projects.

Past recipients of the Frameline Completion Fund include Dee Rees’ PARIAH, Jennifer Kroot’s TO BE TAKEI, Desiree Akhavan’s APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR, Cynthia Wade’s Oscar-winning FREEHELD, and David Weissman’s WE WERE HERE.

Submissions are accepted for documentary, educational, narrative, animation, and experimental projects about LGBTQ people and their communities. The Fund also seeks to bring new work to under-served audiences; with this in mind, submissions by women and people of color are especially encouraged.

The Frameline Completion Fund is supported in part by The Bob Ross Foundation.

About Frameline
Founded in 1977, Frameline’s mission is to change the world through the power of queer cinema. As a media arts non-profit, Frameline’s programs connect filmmakers and audiences in San Francisco and around the world.

Frameline’s annual San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival is the longest running, largest and most widely recognized LGBTQ film exhibition event in the world. With an annual attendance of 65,000, the Festival is the most prominent and well-attended LGBTQ arts program in the Bay Area.

Frameline39: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival takes place June
18-28, 2015 throughout San Francisco and the East Bay. www.frameline.org

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