The 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival takes place 4 – 17 April 2018.
Venues this year include the Castro Theatre, Dolby Cinema, Roxie Theater, SFMOMA, Victoria Theatre, and YBCA in San Francisco; BAMPFA in Berkeley; and Grand Lake Theater in Oakland.
Four LGBTQI films to look out for are: Alex Strangelove, How To Talk To Girls At Parties, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, and My Life With James Dean.
For more information and tickets contact San Francisco Film Society.
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Chavela Vargas (1919 – 2012) was a well-known Mexican, nightclub singer who had affairs with the wives of numerous politicians.
Her tequila-fueled songs were distillations of life’s pains in general and the agonizing aspects of romantic love in particular. She undoubtedly drew on her own misery for her dramatic performances in Acapulco.
She retired after a quarter of a century and her fame faded over time.
Chavela, the documentary directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi, (USA) 2017, began with a video interview of the vocalist made during the 80s. It includes not only historical footage but also a large collection of photos provided by the woman who was her lawyer and long-time companion.
Film director Pedro Almodovar arranged for a concert in Spain in the 90s, and eventually a booking at the Olympia Theater in Paris, relaunching her career’
Despite her initial fear of performing sober, she reached an entirely new audience during her final years.
Chavela played initially to a packed audience at the Castro Theatre and screened again at the Landmark Theatres Piedmont during Frameline 41.
It won the audience award for best documentary at the festival.
Contact Frameline for more information.
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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.
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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