Out There :: Can’t Stop The LGBT Pride
Advance word on Frameline 35’s opening-night film Gun Hill Road, directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green, was that it might be the first transgender-issues film to find popular success since 2005’s Transamerica, directed by Duncan Tucker. The packed Castro Theatre audience gave it a rousing ovation at the opening night of the 35th SF International LGBT Film Festival last Thursday night. Stars Esai Morales , Judy Reyes and newcomer Harmony Santana were in the house and gave good Q&A after the screening, and then they brought celebrity wattage to the opening-night gala at Temple nightclub downtown. It was a rollicking kick-off to 11 days of great LGBT film events in the Bay Area.
Last Sunday night at the Castro Theatre, Frameline screened Cho Dependent, the latest concert film from hilarious comedian, actor, author and activist Margaret Cho. We can’t think of a more deserving recipient of the Frameline Award honor, because Cho is definitely a local girl made good, and as Festival Director Jennifer Morris remarked, Frameline has been a part of her career all along the way, having screened all of her films and shorts.
The last four days of the Frameline festival are often the best, as you’ll find by perusing our coverage of upcoming highlights in features, documentaries and shorts. We’ll report on the scene at the fest’s closing night coming this Sunday in our next column.
Also looking ahead, the 33rd Annual Pride Concert, an Official 2011 SF Pride Event, is coming up on Friday, June 24, 8 p.m., at Everett Auditorium (450 Church St.). It’s co-produced by the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco and the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, with special guests the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus , San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Ambassadors and Trauma Flintstone. Here are some fun concert facts for your delectation!
The Pride Concert producers are honoring Commander Zoe Dunning with an award in celebration of this year’s repeal of "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell," and the Alexander Hamilton Post will provide a color guard.
Trauma Flintstone (a.k.a. Joe Wicht ), who just completed a successful run in the starring role of the chamber opera Queer, based on the William Burroughs novel, at the SF International Arts Festival, will emcee the concert.
The Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco is premiering a new piece by local composer June Bonacich, "If Gays Ruled the Country," and an original arrangement of "Born This Way," accompanied by the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band.
The Bay Area Rainbow Symphony is the first string orchestra to perform at the Pride Concert in the event’s 33-year history. More info is at www.AnnualPrideConcert.org.