FRAMELINE’S 2016 COMPLETION FUND AWARDEES CREATE EMPOWERING QUEER & TRANS STORIES AGAINST A SHIFTING LANDSCAPE
From the embattled streets of Cleveland to the expanses of the American South to the hidden enclave of Barbary Lane, Frameline’s 2016 Completion Fund seven awardees bolster the conversation on queer and trans experiences and amplify voices of underrepresented communities in regards to race, ethnicity, ability, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Frameline is the world’s largest non-profit organization solely dedicated to the funding, exhibition, distribution and promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media arts.
Dispatches from Cleveland
Directed by Catherine Gund // Episodic Documentary Series // USA
Cleveland is the pulse of the nation, where people are fighting for justice in the face of police violence. Dispatches from Cleveland is a series of five 12-minute documentary films focused on ordinary Clevelanders who have been long shaken by police misconduct, social discrimination, and poverty.
Directed by Florencia Manovil // Narrative Short // USA
Young Claudia is in for a spark-filled evening when she encounters the captivating foreigner Isabel, who challenges her perceptions of Latinos and of herself in this beautiful short that explores connection, identity, and latineidad.
Directed by Angela Tucker // Narrative Short // USA
A road trip forces a young woman and her two best friends to examine their identities and place in the American South in this smart and poignant film that explores friendship, ally-ship, and intersecting identities.
Directed by Jennifer Reeder // Narrative Feature // USA
When Zaynab begins dating Alma, she is forced to confront her complicated relationships, including the one with her conservative Muslim mother. She takes up wrestling as a means to cope in this wonderful and funny film that both centers queer women of color and explores relationships through generational and migrational shifts.
Directed by Robin Berghaus // Documentary Feature // USA
When a filmmaker loses his limbs, he turns to stand-up comedy as therapy and undergoes an experimental double arm transplantation to get his life back. This powerful and funny film takes viewers on a beautifully lensed, emotional, and incredible journey along with the subject and his family and friends.
Sylvia & Marsha
Directed by David France // Documentary Feature // USA
Sylvia & Marsha celebrates the first modern Transgender activists, Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, who together, co-founded STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) and set in motion a profound cultural shift carried on today by Trans people asserting their rights.
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
Directed by Jennifer Kroot, Edited & Co-Directed by Bill Weber // Documentary Feature // USA
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin follows a renowned author’s journey from growing up a staunch conservative in the South, to one of the significant progressive voices in American culture. This engaging film honors the life and legacy of beloved local and queer literary legend, Armistead Maupin.