The 36th edition of the Frameline Film Festival, the largest LGBT film fest in the Americas, opened yesterday with Vito, a tear-jerking doc about gay rights activist and pioneer of gay cinematic scholarship, Vito Russo. Thirty-two years after his death, the festival continues the work of his book "The Celluloid Closet" with an offering of docs, shorts and features broad enough to satisfy almost any taste, be it gay, straight, trans or yet-to-be discovered. Here are our 7 picks from the festival's two-week run, your results may vary!
This week's drink recommendations come from my friend Ryan Spencer at Slow's Barbeque in Detroit, where I spent last week for the Movement music festival. Although Detroit isn't a city known for its BBQ, more often than not when I asked locals for a dining recommendation, Slow's was the name on their lips. Nestled in the up-and-coming Corktown district across from a bar called O'Blivion's and next to an upmarket coffee shop where Stumptown, local roasts and, yes, Blue Bottle were on offer, it was almost like being back in San Francisco.
Shot to center stage by his film's selection as the #1 undistributed movie by the 2011 Village Voice Critics Poll and buoyed by a rare "I hated it so much I loved it" review from New York Times' chief critic A.O. Scott, director Alex Ross Perry is in the enviable position of having been interviewed about his film, The Color Wheel, almost too much.
The Color Wheel is the story of two relentlessly dislikeable siblings, Colin (director Perry) and J.R. (co-writer Altman), careening into disappointing adulthood on two separate, but equally disquieting trajectories. I sat with co-writer and star Carlen Altman for some fresh insight into the film, and (maybe) life.
If you're not already on your way out of town or to the beach, let's face it: You'll probably spend this beautiful, sunny, bonus-day weekend on your couch, catching up on lapsed episodes of Game of Thrones, or, god forbid, Girls and wondering what everybody else is doing. Put down that bag of Match-Light and stop contemplating a trip to Reno for a second and consider spending your precious time in the dark enjoying some of this weekend's film picks instead:
Crossroads, one of longstanding film non-profit SF Cinematheque's big events, takes over the Victoria Theatre this weekend to present 52 experimental short films, including three live performance pieces, separated into eight programs. What's that? You don't like experimental film? Well sha… go ahead and skip down to the end of the article, there are other films playing in town.
For the drink recommendations in this week’s Picks & Drinks, I paid a visit to the lovely Harmony Fraga and her ‘Executive Assistant’ slash Party Motivator Michael Lopez at their slick Fillmore lounge The Social Study. Situated as it is, the Social Study was in a prime position for many early morning coffee runs during the two weeks of the SF International Film Fest, and I was excited to hear how their nighttime menu of unique beer- and wine-based cocktails would stack up to this week’s best indie offerings.
Seven Things to Do with a Buddy (Before You're Dead), After You See This Week's Midnites for Maniacs
This weekend Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' excellent and audacious Midnight for Maniacs film series returns to the Castro this Friday with a triple dose of palate cleansing power violence that he's chosen to call "Stranded with a Buddy." If your parents came home late when you were a kid, you've probably seen at least one of these films at least ten times, but nothing beats watching them from a plush seat at the Castro with a couple hundred of your weirdest friends.
The San Francisco International Film Festival hit its halfway mark last night, but there are still plenty of sights yet to be seen at this city’s largest film bash. I invited Hell on Frisco Bay’s Brian Darr to join us again with his seven picks from the final week’s screenings and events:
I'm working at the San Francisco International Film Festival this year, which means that by the well-tread 'rules of journalism' it wouldn't really be proper for me to cover it. Nonetheless, it's definitely the biggest event of the year for Bay Area film buffs, and 7x7 wouldn't want to leave you in the dark without a flashlight–especially with over 170 films on the docket. I've recruited a friend of mine, Hell on Frisco Bay's Brian Darr, to give you his picks for the first week of the fest:
Farewell, My Queen
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