SHOW GIRL

A Texas Baptist choir director unexpectedly inherits a San Francisco drag bar after the death of her son.

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Stage Mother directed by Thom Fitzgerald (USA) 2020 is one of the narrative features of the forthcoming Frameline Pride Showcase 25 – 28 June 2020..

The principal character is caught between her judgmental husband back home in Texas and the people in San Francisco she tries to help who are somewhat unsure of her ultimate motives.

Compassion and creativity along with plentiful music, outrageous costumes, and comic moments make this film fun to watch.

For more info and tickets contact Frameline.org

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BROWNIE LADY

Dennis Peron is the one person in San Francisco best known for his advocacy of marijuana decriminalization. Brownie Mary briefly shared the media spotlight during the AIDS crises when she was arrested for providing chocolate baked edibles.

Home Baked by Alia Volz published 2020 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt tells the story of a lesser known purveyor of magic brownies who managed to operate surreptitiously in the city for several decades. The book focuses primarily on her mother Meridy Domnitz Volz, an aspiring artist who moved to the West Coast from Milwaukee.

Meridy Volz cautiously began selling Sticky Fingers Brownies in the 70s to street artists along Fishermen’s Wharf, a primarily tourist area on the northern part of San Francisco. But a decade later when the AIDS pandemic was devastating the gay male population, her brownies not only provided a tasty treat but helped many overcome wasting syndrome by stimulating appetites.

What went on behind the scenes was much more complicated both in terms of the personal dynamics and the unexpected business challenges. The author reveals a part of San Francisco history that comes as a surprise even to a native and long-term resident like myself.

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Running Hard

Yoav’s personal and professional life is all about maintaining strict control over not only the present but also past and future as well. However, it begins to unravel when he no longer is able to have his way.

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He is haunted by the unresolved trauma involving his relationship with his father and fears growing old. He rejects the implications of a surprising announcement by his best friend Alma, and the reaction of his lover Dan.

The two individuals closest to him manage to overcome the challenges while he relentlessly pursues a self-destructive path.

15 Years directed by Yuval Hadadi (Israel) 2019 is now available on DVD/VOD from Breaking Glass Pictures.

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Queer Affair

There Is A Light directed by Fabio Mollo (Italy 2017 is about an unconventional relationship.

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The film touches on numerous issues relevant to gays and lesbians and also to nonconformists.

The broadest is how we connect to others in the larger society, especially if we feel alienated for whatever reason.

Family is a highly valued social network that can offer comfort as well as the most extreme anguish.

Queer people are currently less inclined to marry other gender partners in the US. This might not be the case in Italy.

There Is A Light was one of the highlights of New Italian Cinema Events 2017 in San Francisco. It was the winner of the City Of Florence Award.

NICE USA 2017 moves next to New York City and Philadelphia..

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Home Run

72 countries have laws criminalizing homosexuality and in nine it’s punishable by death. In too much of the world LGBT individuals live in fear, are subject to violence, unable to fulfill their human potential. Perhaps, the most frightening thing is the risk of being murdered by one’s own father or a male sibling.

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A few individuals are lucky enough to escape home and seek a new life in a country with more humane laws and attitudes. The goal is to reach one of the 22 nations that recognize the rights of LGBT citizens, the majority of which are in the Americas and Western Europe.

One successful strategy for young people is to learn the language in preparation of studying abroad. When an individual reaches a safe haven such as the United States, it’s possible to apply for asylum within the first year of arrival and begin the long, arduous process of providing proof of persecution.

The Center For Immigrant Protection in San Francisco helps people residing in the US with pro-bono legal representation and referrals to other available services in the area. More information is available at cipsf.com.

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Family Portrait

The Guys Next Door directed by Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk (USA) 2016 is a documentary about an unusual relationship.

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While it’s increasingly common for two women and even two men to bring children into the world and raise them in loving same-sex households, the male couple in this situation is assisted by a surrogate mother who also serves as the bridge between two households, one straight and the other gay.

A married woman with three children of her own volunteers to give birth to another two for her gay best friend and his Italian partner. This marvelous film covers three years before, during, and after the second child is born.

It will screen one-time only on Sunday 6 August 2017 at the New Parkway in Oakland during the upcoming San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 37.

Contact Jewish Film Institute for more information and tickets.

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Southern Exposure

A young, struggling, Hollywood actor returns home to Alabama in Counting For Thunder written and directed by Phillip Irwin Cooper (USA) 2015.

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A family crises propels him back to a time and place he thought he left behind. There he discovers not only a deeper understanding of his parents, but also a hidden part of himself as well.

This work is especially timely in exposing elements of the regional rifts in the country. More than once his father denigrates or dismisses something as a California thing.

However, over all, this is a sensitive, compassionate, complex work that will appeal to a wide audience.

Counting For Thunder is available in the U.S. and Canada via Wolfe Video on DVD & VOD and across all digital platforms including iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, and WolfeOnDemand.com, as well as many major retailers.

Contact Wolfe Video for more information and online purchases.

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Holiday House

An English teen arrives with his mother at their holiday house in a French village in Departure directed by Andrew Steggall (UK) 2015.

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Elliot soon notices Clément, a handsome, slightly older Parisian, who is living there with his aunt. The two become friends despite their differing sexual orientations.

While Elliot openly declares his love for Clément, Clément replies, I like you; I don’t love you.

The setting is stunning and the relationship of the two young men plays against family complications for each of them.

Departure is available 7 March 2017 in the U.S. and Canada via Wolfe Video on DVD / VOD: across all digital platforms including iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, and WolfeOnDemand.com, and will be on DVD via Wolfe Video and many major retailers.

Contact Wolfe Video for more information and online purchases.

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Young Love

Akron directed by Sasha King and Brian O’Donnell (USA) 2015 is an American love story set in Ohio.

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Two college freshmen, one Anglo, the other Latino, develop a close relationship over time. Their parents are surprisingly supportive initially but the shadow of a tragic incident in the past threatens to tear them apart.

This was one of my favorite dramatic features during last year’s Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco.

Akron is available 7 February 2017 in the U.S. via Wolfe Video on DVD / VOD: across all digital platforms including iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, and WolfeOnDemand.com, and will be on DVD via Wolfe Video and many major retailers.

Contact Wolfe Video for more information and online purchases.

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Sixth Floor

Me, Myself, And Her directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi (Italy) 2015 is an elegant, sophisticated work about two career women with differing views of sexual identity.

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It begins with a christening, one of many family-oriented events that run throughout the film. What seems to be a stable, ideal love relationship slowly unravels.

This excellent, dramatic feature screened earlier this year at Frameline 40, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.

Now it’s available on DVD and VOD via Wolfe Video across all digital platforms including iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, WolfeOnDemand.com, and many major retailers, just in time for the holiday season. Contact Wolfe Video for more information.

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