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Frameline 40 

Wednesday, Jun 15 2016
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Forty may or may not be the new 30, but the queertastic Frameline Film Festival retains its vim and vigor as it reaches the four-decade mark. Among this year's highlights is Dominic Rodriguez's Spirit of Slamdance award-winning documentary Fursonas, a look inside the Furry subculture through the lens of Pittsburgh's annual Anthrocon convention, which is bigger — but not necessarily better! — than the Bay Area's own Further Confusion. Fursonas also manages to consider the way the media ridicules the fandom without doing the same in the process. Meanwhile, Julio Hernández Cordón's drama I Promise You Anarchy follows two teenage boys in Mexico City who sell their blood on the black market. Culled from Vito Russo's book, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's 1995 The Celluloid Closet is one of the best film history documentaries ever made, queer or otherwise, and accompanying Closet as well as being shown in the Flashback 1977 program is Lauretta Molitor's short "Zeitgeist 1977: The First Festival," which looks back on Frameline's precursor, the "Gay Film Festival of Super-8 Films." Also revisiting the post-Watergate era is Jonathan Wysocki's video essay "A Doll's Eyes," presented as part of the Up Close & Personal shorts program, in which Wysocki considers the impact watching Jaws on VHS as a child had on his eventual coming out.

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