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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Frameline Film Festival Collection
    Dates: 1919-2006 (bulk 1985-2005)
    Collection Number: GLC 112
    Creator/Collector: Frameline (Firm).
    Extent: approximately 5,000 films (in 94 cartons)
    Online items available
    Repository: San Francisco Public Library. James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center
    San Francisco, California 94102
    Abstract: Frameline is a San Francisco Bay Area cultural organization founded in 1977. It hosts an annual LGBT film festival which is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world. Since 1977 Frameline has acquired thousands of videotapes from filmmakers reflecting the history and diversity of the international LGBT community. A database of the films is available at: www.sfpl.org/frameline ; the database permits searching by title, filmmaker, date, and country.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    The collection is non-circulating and is stored offsite. 48 hours advance notice is required to access materials. The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours. The viewing room has playback equipment for VHS and DVD formats. Special arrangements will need to be made for 3/4-inch videotapes. For more information, please contact Hormel LGBTQIA Center archivist.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright for all films is retained by individual filmmakers. Frameline holds no legal rights to the materials except for use as a non-circulating collection used for research.

    Preferred Citation

    Frameline Film Festival Collection. San Francisco Public Library. James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Frameline, 2007.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Frameline is a San Francisco Bay Area cultural organization founded in 1977. It hosts the annual San Francisco International LGBTQ film festival which is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBTQ film exhibition event in the world. Since 1977 Frameline has acquired thousands of videotapes from filmmakers reflecting the history and diversity of the international LGBT community.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection of nearly 5,000 videos includes not only the movies shown in past festivals, but films submitted to the Frameline Festival which were never screened. The films are in various formats (VHS videotapes, DVDs, and 3/4-inch videotapes) and various lengths. The subjects are also varied and include all aspects of LGBTQIA life. Some of the notable titles in the collection are: the censored 1986 BBC TV production "Two of Us;" the 1988 Thai gay feature, "I Am a Man" (described as the Thai remake of "The Boys in the Band"); and the obscure 1980 Japanese lesbian feature, "Afternoon Breezes." The collection includes hundreds of shorts, documentaries and features that explore the impact of HIV/AIDS on the gay community. The scope of titles is expansive and includes the first ever American feature film about AIDS, Arthur Bressan's "Buddies." Rare examples of documentary and educational work from the mid-1980s include the 1985 Minnesota AIDS Project production, "On The Safe Side" and the celebratory 1986 portrait of PWA David Summers, "Hero of My Own Life." The collection is arranged according to format. A database of the films is available at: www.sfpl.org/frameline ; the database permits searching by title, filmmaker, date, and country.

    Indexing Terms

    Gay and lesbian film festivals--California--San Francisco.
    Gay men in motion pictures.
    Film festivals--California--San Francisco.
    Homosexuality in motion pictures.
    Lesbianism in motion pictures.
    San Francisco International Gay Film Festival.
    San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.
    Frameline (Firm).

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