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West Coast LGBTQ Film Festival Musings

31 May Posted by in • Jan Miller Corran | Comments Off on West Coast LGBTQ Film Festival Musings
West Coast LGBTQ Film Festival Musings

It’s true. I start watching for the Frameline Film Festival and the Outfest Film Festival catalogues to arrive starting now. Both are filled with over 100 pages of film showings that take place in about a 10 day window of time. Last week I received the Frameline catalogue and joy of joys, two films I was part of are at the festival. First up is the brilliant AWOL written and directed by Deb Shoval. It stars Lola Kirke and Breeda Wool. I saw it at Tribeca last month and I cannot stress enough how much you will be blown away by this film. Frameline recognized it too and it is the US  Centerpiece film. Awesome honor. See it.



The next film I had a bit of a hand in is Lazy Eye written and directed by Tim Kirkman. It’s the boys not the girls this time. And the abundance of boy films at Frameline this year may explain the tagline on the catalogue- Frameline 40- The king of queer film festivals.  Yes, under that is LGBTQ Film Festival, but I was surprised that it was named the “king” and not the “king and queen” of festivals. The royals. Am I being too sensitive or defensive? Probably. With that said, I encourage you to see the incredible films that will be shown in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland starting June 16 and ending on June 26 with a closing night showing of the HBO series Looking. 

The Trans List

Now I sit patiently by the mailbox waiting for the Outfest Festival catalogue. There has always been a bit of rivalry between Frameline and Outfest. Who is better? Who is bigger? Who cares? Both bring us a wealth of outstanding features, documentaries, and shorts. Frameline will show 155 films from 24 countries. Films that rarely make it to your local AMC big screen but should be mainstream. So go. Go see films. Support LGBTQ filmmakers so more of our stories are told.

Outfest opens in Los Angeles in July. I’ll be there as I have three films in Outfest in which I was very involved in bringing them to the big screen. I’m thrilled.  I’ll be even more thrilled if the tagline on their catalogue reads, “Outfest, the queen of film festivals.”  Face it ladies, behind every great king is a queen who drives the royal train. No matter the tagline, go to the movies. It looks like a year of WOW for the LGBTQ filmmakers.
Jan Miller Corran, CEO of More Than Friends Film Funding, Inc.  and the writer/producer of the film LOUISE in pre-production. 
Ed Note: Don’t miss The Queer Women of Color Film Festival (QWOCMAP). June 10, 11 and 12 in San Francisco.

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