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    Opening Night Film: The Untold Tale of Armistead Maupin

    Title Welcome to Genre Queer Frameline41, the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival

    By Frances Wallace

    On behalf of Frameline, we warmly welcome San Francisco Bay Times readers to Frameline41, showcasing the strength of LGBTQ filmmaking from around the globe.

    Frameline41, the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, unspools 147 films from June 15–25—11 days of ground-breaking films that constitute the world’s longest-running and largest LGBTQ film festival.

    With an expected attendance of 65,000 at its five venues, including a full week of programming in the East Bay, Frameline41 will draw film lovers, media artists, and LGBTQ communities from across the globe to discover the best in queer cinema. More than 19 countries will be represented, including Armenia, Cuba, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan, and Vietnam. The 2017 slate proudly comprises 40 percent of films from women directors.

    Frameline41 has something for every appetite, including the phenomenal Opening Night Film, The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin; three strong Centerpiece Films, Chavela, Becks, and I Dream in Another Language; and an outstanding performance by 2017 Frameline Award-winner Alan Cumming in Closing Night’s After Louie.

    A first for Frameline41 is our new section on Episodic content, featuring the freshest and most diverse content not found at a theater near you—until now! Whether it’s broad comedy, edgy drama, or of-the-moment nonfiction, these stunning series tap into the zeitgeist with uninhibited queer perspectives often missing from mainstream film and television. #FramelineAndChill

    Frameline is a dynamic, year-round portal to bold, fresh, and thought-provoking LGBTQ content. This year, we proudly leap forward with a vibrant new website and membership/ticketing platform, improving your Frameline experience with added membership perks. Join the family; it’ll be enriching!

    Whether this is your 41st or 1st year, there’s something for everyone at Frameline41. Visit and come celebrate Genre Queer!

    Frances Wallace is the Executive Director of Frameline.