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Frameline (Firm)

Works: 401 works in 775 publications in 4 languages and 20,643 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  History  Biographical films  Experimental films  Biography  Short films  Interviews  Internet videos  Case studies 
Roles: Producer, Distributor, prn
Classifications: PN1997, 306.766208996073
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Most widely held works by Frameline (Firm)
Tongues Untied by Marlon T Riggs( Visual )

17 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in English and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an experimental amalgam of rap music, street poetry, documentary film, and dance, a gay African-American man expresses what it is like to be gay and black in the United States. Although he deals with social ostracism and fear of AIDS, he affirms the beauty and significance of the gay black man
Screaming queens : the riot at Compton's Cafeteria( Visual )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tells the little-known story of the first known act of collective, violent resistance to the social oppression of queer people in the United States - a 1966 riot in San Francisco's impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood, three years before the famous gay riot at New York's Stonewall Inn" -- Container
When Castro seized the Hilton( Visual )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The unknown story of how the luxurious hotel Havana Hilton came to play an important role under the revolution in Cuba January 1959. Barely a year after it opened, seized by Fidel Castro it became instead the head quarters and the symbol of a revolution. Through the 'Life' of the Havana Hilton the film tells the story of the takeover of Castro and his revolutionaries, the first years of the revolution and the nationalization of foreign properties, including the Havana Hilton
Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker( Visual )

3 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Academy Award winning director Richard Schmiechen (The Times of Harvey Milk) vividly portrays the life and work of the woman described by the Los Angeles Times as "The Rosa Parks of Gay Rights" in Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker. During the repressive 1950s, Dr. Evelyn Hooker undertook ground breaking research that led to a radical discovery: homosexuals were not, by definition, "sick." Dr. Hooker's finding sent shock waves through the psychiatric community and culminated in a major victory for gay rights - in 1974 the weight of her studies, along with gay activism, forced the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its official manual of mental disorders. Startling archival footage of the medical procedure used to "cure" homosexuality, images from the underground gay world of the McCarthy era and home movies of literary icon Christopher Isherwood bring to life history which we must never forget. Dr. Hooker's insights into gay marriage and the gay community (a term she coined), and the filmmakers' winning approach make this documentary education at its most exciting and enjoyable
Transparent( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at 19 female-to-male transsexuals living in the United States who have given birth and, in all but a few cases, gone on to raise their biological children. Focuses on their lives as parents, revealing the diverse ways in which each person reconciles giving birth and being a biological mother with his masculine identity. Traditional views of gender are re-examined through the variety of genders the children use to conceive of their parents. Challenges the ways that people relate to one another, particularly within immediate families, based on gender
Full frame documentary shorts( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Miles above": When the shuttle Columbia crashed from the sky it was documented from many points of view and largely by amateurs. "In the shadow of Eden": The director comes to grips with the abuse she suffered at the hands of her religion-fixated father. "Good morning, Yokohama": Captures rush hour in one Japanese city as a horde of workers funnel through turnstiles and jockey for a set on the trains. "Small town secrets": Tells a personal story of growing up with closeted gay parents in a small Midwestern town. "Cheeks": Meet Joe Cheek, folk musician, retro-fashion plate and dedicated son of two paranoid schizophrenic fundamentalists. "Good times": Traces the evolution of Israel's security wall that runs through the center of Abu Dis
Intersexion( Visual )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For every two thousand births considered blessed events, one intersex baby is born into a life fraught with challenges. In this binary-gendered world, having ambiguous genitalia or something other than XX-female or XY-male chromosomes brings immense social pressure to choose an either/or gender identity. Intersex activist Mani Bruce Mitchell seeks out his/her peers to find community, healing, and a wider view of intersex life: 'It doesn't suck to be intersex; it sucks to be persecuted.' Since the 1950s, the views of Dr. John Money of Johns Hopkins University have led the medical protocol for intersex babies. Specialists prioritized gender-normative outward appearance over self-created identity, not waiting for the children's natural inclinations to emerge. Immediate and repeated surgical and hormonal interventions were foisted on children to 'correct' their physical ambiguities and 'ensure' their happiness. Touting nurture over nature, doctors advised parents to raise their children with clinically assigned genders, surrounded by secrecy and shame. Mani and his/her intersex friends break the silence about the great suffering imposed by interventions that often backfired. Intersex adults recount shame and isolation, mistrust of their families, and being targeted by bullies and predators. Yet a few intersex people are simply raised as-is by accepting families, pointing to greater possibilities for self-creation and belonging in this vital emerging community
Fight back, fight AIDS : 15 years of ACT UP( Visual )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of footage documenting the first ACT UP meeting in 1987 on New York City's Wall Street and continues to 2002
The salt mines( Visual )

4 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in English and Spanish and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Salt Mines documents the lives of Sara, Gigi and Giovanna, three Latino transvestites who for years lived on the streets of Manhattan and supported their drug addictions through prostitution. They formed temporary homes inside broken garbage trucks kept next to the salt deposits used in the winter to melt the snow. The three friends share their makeshift home, "The Salt Mines," with a varied community of homeless people. Candid interviews raise issues of sexual identity, personal history and dreams. We follow their lives day and night until their community is closed and sealed by the city, forcing everyone to disperse into uncertain futures
The transformation( Visual )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in Spanish and English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Transformation explores the changes Ricardo (Sara in The Salt Mines) undergoes after discovering that she is HIV positive and decides not to die on the streets a homeless, transsexual sex worker. In order to move out of street life, Sara/Ricardo accepts help from a group of born-again Christians who, in exchange, demand a complete transformation from female to male and from queer to straight. Ricardo moves to Dallas and tries fervently to transform inside and out, converting to Christianity and marrying a woman from the church. Together they try to start a new life away from his past. When the church organizes a trip to New York to "rescue" other transvestite street walkers, they invite Ricardo to preach his example. In New York, Ricardo encounters his old friends Gigi and Giovanna, both of whom refuse to come back with him to Dallas for redemption. They regard Ricardo's new life as a desperate exercise in survival. With the onset of AIDS-related illness, Ricardo reexamines his life, realizing that if he were to do it again, she would want to live as a woman
FtF : female to femme( Visual )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores femme dyke identities as radical gender practices ... Denaturalizes gender and pushes for an understanding of femininity as multiple rather than singular, constructed rather than natural
Surviving friendly fire( Visual )

4 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary about ten homeless youth living on the streets of Hollywood who completed a theater project in the Hollywood shelter where they lived. Features their stories and the hardships they endured through monologues, scenes and songs. In 1993, they performed their play "Friendly fire" at the Los Angeles Festival and toured high schools throughout the city
Chocolate Babies( Visual )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An underground band of HIV-positive, queer, urban, transvestite, activists of color is making headlines in New York. In an effort to expose political corruption surrounding the AIDS epidemic, these urban guerrillas stage a series of surprise attacks against conservative politicians whom they believe are collecting secret lists of HIV-positive individuals
Mom's Apple Pie - The Heart of the Lesbian Mothers' Custody Movement( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"While the beginnings of the LGBT Civil Rights movement was gaining momentum, the 1970s witnessed horrific custody battles for lesbian mothers. 'Mom's Apple Pie: The Heart of the Lesbian Mothers' Custody Movement' revisits the early tumultuous years of the lesbian custody movement through the stories of five lesbian mothers and their four children"--Container. This program also discusses two organizations in the 1970s that provided funds and support for lesbian child custody cases: The Lesbian Rights Project in San Francisco and the Lesbian Mother's National Defense Fund in Seattle, Washington
Just Call Me Kade by Sam Zolten( Visual )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Kade Farlow Collins is a sixteen year old FTM (female to male transgendered person) residing in Tucson, Arizona. Kade's parents maintain a supportive and nurturing relationship to Kade regarding the challenges facing their teenage child. However, it hasn't always been easy."--Container
Stop the Church( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary film exploring the planning and execution of the disruption of a service at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral in 1989 by the radical gay rights group, ACT UP. The filmmaker brings the audience into the Cathedral during the protest as well as into the planning sessions of ACT UP, New York
Call Me Troy( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary about the life and times of Reverend Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, the first church to recognize the spiritual needs of the gay community. He was also the first openly gay person to serve on the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Rights. In 1969, he performed the first public same-sex wedding in the United States and in 1970 he filed the first lawsuit seeking legal recognition for same-sex marriages. Perry has been on the forefront of the battle for gay rights
Harsh beauty( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in Hindi and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Existing as they have for centuries, the Eunuchs (or "Hijra") are considered the third gender, neither men nor women. The film follows the lives of Jyothi, Usha and Hira Bai, three Eunuchs who live openly as women. They want to be accepted for what they truly believe themselves to be
The believers( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Built around the lives of 15 founding members of the world's first transgender gospel choir, the film portrays the choir's dilemma-- how to reconcile their gender identity with the widespread belief that changing one's gender goes against the word of God. Filmed over three years, the film takes us from the Transcendence Gospel Choir's shaky beginnings, when the heartwarmingly chaotic, cacophonous group is unable to agree on much of anything, arguing over appropriate wardrobe and learning to sing with transitioning voices, through their transformation into a polished, award-winning choir and close-knit family
In my shoes : stories of youth with LGBT parents( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five young people who are children of LGBT parents give you a chance to walk in their shoes - to hear their views on marriage, making change, and what it means to be a family
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