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Disposable Film And Other Festival News

Disposable Film Festival

The Disposable Film Festival curates a competition of short films made via small low-cost cameras such as those found on webcams, mobile phones, and DSLRs. Tonight, the 8th edition of the festival premieres in San Francisco at the Castro Theater before kicking off a nationwide tour. This screening also starts a weekend of parties and educational panels on such subjects as editing your smartphone footage and crowdfunding a filmmaking effort. So come on out to see one of what Movie Maker Magazine called one of the coolest film festivals in the world.

Go here for more information about this weekend’s Disposable Film Festival schedule.

Frameline 39

Frameline, the internationally renowned LGBT film festival, announced its Opening Night and Centerpiece offerings of its 39th edition. The festival will run from June 18-28, 2015.

Gus van Sant protege Justin Kelly directs James Franco in Opening Night Film I Am Michael. It’s the true story of former LGBT rights advocate Michael Glatze (Franco), who renounced homosexuality and embraced being a straight man. American conservatives will probably embrace Glatze as an example of their “homosexuality is a choice” argument.

The lesbian romance Summer Of Sangaile from director Alante Kavaite is the Centerpiece Narrative. It’s the tale of teenager Sangaile, a girl obsessed with stunt planes and struggling with her life. But an encounter with the vivacious Auste sparks the changes Sangaile needs in her life.

Malcolm Ingram’s Out To Win looks at LGBT athletes in professional sports. The uplifting Centerpiece Documentary features interviews with such LGBT sports legends as Martina Navratilova, Jason Collins, and Brittney Griner among others.

Go here for more information about the Frameline offerings.

San Francisco Green Film Festival

The 5th edition of the San Francisco Green Film Festival will run from May 28 to June 3, 2015. Announcements about the festival offerings will be made at the Announcement Party on April 28. Only members of the film festival will be admitted to the Announcement Party.

58th San Francisco International Film Festival

Stanley Nelson’s documentary “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” is one of the more notable offerings at this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival. Given its subject matter and local audiences, it will probably be one of the festival’s hot tickets. Screenings take place on April 25 and 28 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.

But Nelson himself has bigger plans than doing the festival circuit with this film. He’s trying to Kickstart funding for a theatrical release of his documentary by May 6, aka the day before the S.F. International Film Festival ends. At this point, the director is slightly over 1/7th of the way to his goal. If you want to help him along, go here.

About the Author

I’m a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film…but don’t tell anyone.

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