Frameline’s mission is to change the world through the power of queer cinema. As a media arts nonprofit, Frameline’s programs connect filmmakers and audiences in the Bay Area and around the world.
50 Years of Fabulous
Directed by Jethro Patalinghug • Documentary • 2019 • 82 minutes
50 Years of Fabulous recounts the rich history of the Imperial Council, the oldest LGBT charity organization in the world. Founded in San Francisco by renowned activist, drag queen and performer Jose Sarria (the first openly gay ma...
575 Castro St.
Directed by Jenni Olson • Documentary • With Harvey Milk • 2008 • 7 minutes
575 Castro St. reveals the play of light and shadow upon the walls of the Castro Camera Store set for Gus Van Sant's Oscar-winning feature film Milk. These mundane shots are almost bereft of movement and sound. So quiet,...
Boy I Am
Directed by Sam Feder, Julie Hollar • Documentary • 2006 • 72 minutes
Sam Feder’s first feature Boy I Am, co-directed with Julie Hollar, explores issues rarely touched upon in films portraying trans male subjects. Tackling the extreme feminist view of transitioning as an anti-feminist act that t...
Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker
Directed by Richard Schmiechen • Documentary • With Patrick Stewart • 1991 • 75 minutes
Academy Award-winning director Richard Schmiechen (The Times of Harvey Milk) vividly portrays the life and work of a woman who changed both the medical community and society in Changing Our Minds: The Story o...
Dykes, Camera, Action!
Directed by Caroline Berler • Documentary • 2019 • 61 minutes
Lesbians didn't always get to see themselves on screen. But between Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s, they built visibility and transformed the social imagination about queerness. Filmmakers B...
Eye on the Guy
Directed by Philip Lewis & Jean-Francois Monette • Documentary • 2006 • 49 minutes
Alan B. Stone: astute businessman, quiet suburbanite, and master of the homoerotic pin-up. EYE ON THE GUY explores the little-known world of Montreal’s physique photography scene, a distinct gay subculture that em...
Directed by Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. • Documentary • 1977 • 72 minutes
Beautifully restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive in collaboration with Frameline and Outfest, Gay USA is the first American feature-length documentary by and about LGBTQ+ people. Director Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. (best ...
Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger
Directed by Sam Feder • Documentary • 2014 • 72 minutes
Kate Bornstein Is a Queer & Pleasant Danger is a portrait of trans icon Kate Bornstein, the charming, ebullient self-described “transdyke” taking the viewer on a journey into the inner and outer life of the tattooed and pierced septuagenari...
Moroni For President
Directed by Saila Huusko & Jasper Rischen • Documentary • 2017 • 82 minutes
The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American reservation in the United States. Every four years, the Navajo tribe elects its president, whom many consider the most powerful Native American in the country. In the mids...
No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon
Directed by JEB (Joan E. Biren) • Documentary • 2003 • 57 minutes
Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon were partners in love and political struggle for over fifty years. With incisive interviews, rare archival images and warmhearted humor, No Secret Anymore reveals their inspiring public work, as well as...
Of Love & Law
Directed by Hikaru Toda • Documentary • 2017 • 94 minutes
Openly gay life partners Fumi and Kazu run a small law firm in downtown Osaka, Japan, where Mary (Kazu's mother) works part time running errands for the two. Together for 15 years, it hasn't always been easy gaining acceptance, in a count...
Directed by Michelle Mohabeer • Documentary • 2019 • 87 minutes
Queer Coolie-tudes is a queer ethnography which utilizes decolonial aesthetics mirroring philosopher Édouard Glissant's concept of opacity to reclaim the racial slur of ‘Coolie’.
Visualizing the intergenerational lives, histories,...
Directed by Chet Pancake • Documentary • 2019 • 115 minutes
Queer Genius explores the remarkable lives and work of five queer female artists: Barbara Hammer, Eileen Myles, Black Quantum Futurism, Moor Mother, and Dynasty Handbag / Jibz Cameron. Deep, affectionate and intimate portraits resonate ...
The Salt Mines
Directed by Carlos Aparicio, Susana Aikin • Documentary • 1990 • 47 minutes
The Salt Mines explores the lives of Sara, Gigi, and Giovanna, three Latinx transwomen who for years have lived on the streets of Manhattan supporting their drug addictions through sex work. They made their temporary hom...
A Simple Matter of Justice
Directed by JEB (Joan E. Biren) • Documentary • 1993 • 56 minutes
A powerful and moving piece documenting the LGBTQ+ movement for equality in the early 1990s, A Simple Matter of Justice: The 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation expresses all the emotions o...
Directed by Carlos Aparicio, Susana Aikin • Documentary • 1995 • 58 minutes
Carlos Aparicio and Susana Aikin’s The Transformation follows one person’s journey to reconcile their identity, religion, class, and sexual orientation following harrowing news. In the groundbreaking 1990 documentary The...
Voices from the Front
Directed by Testing the Limits • Documentary • 1991 • 90 minutes
In New York City, a distraught activist confronts the mayor with a story of a friend who languished on a cot in an emergency room hallway for nine days, only to die 48 hours after leaving the hospital. In 1988, thousands of activis...