The Frameline Film Festival announced on January 29, 2015 the recipients of its annual Frameline Completion Fund grants. The 2014 funding cycle awarded $25,000 in grants to six independent film projects. This year also marked the first time Frameline has extended a grant for a webseries, ‘Dyke Central’.
“It is an honor for our organization to support yet another brilliant group of artists — veteran filmmakers as well as fresh new voices — during this funding cycle. We are especially pleased that this year’s Completion grants support films by and about those who are underrepresented in media: women, people of color, and gender nonconforming individuals.” -Des Buford (Frameline’s Director of Exhibition and Programming).
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‘From This Day Forward’ (Documentary Feature). Director: Sharon Shattuck / USA.
When filmmaker Sharon Shattuck’s artist dad came out as transgender and changed her name to Trisha, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. The changes to Trisha’s appearance were difficult for her straight-identified physician wife to accept, but they stayed together. As the Shattuck’s regroup in 2013 to plan Sharon’s wedding, the filmmaker asks her parents, who are now going on 33 years of marriage, for advice. From This Day Forward is a conversation about love in a very modern family.
‘Untitled Transgender Youth Documentary’ (Documentary Feature). Director: Eric Juhola / USA
A Colorado family is thrust into the international media spotlight when they decide to fight for the rights of their 6 year-old transgender daughter. The film asks the universal question that every parent can relate to: “How far would you be willing to go to win equal rights for your child, and how far is too far?”
‘Blue ID’ (Documentary Feature). Directors: Burcu Melekoglu & Vuslat Karan / Turkey.
A transgender man struggles with self-realization and acceptance in traditional society of Turkey. Constrained by identification cards color-coded for gender, will he finally be considered for a Blue ID?
‘The Royal Road’ (Documentary Feature). Director: Jenni Olson / USA.
A cinematic essay in defense of remembering, The Royal Road offers up a primer on the Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on nostalgia, butch identity and Hitchcock’s Vertigo, against a contemplative backdrop of California urban landscapes.
‘How To Win At Checkers (Every Time)’ (Narrative Feature). Director: Josh Kim / Thailand, Indonesia, USA.
In Thailand, all males turning 21 years old must participate in the military draft lottery. Drawing a black card grants exemption. Drawing a red card results in two years of military service. When his older brother Ek faces this possibility of being drafted, 11-year old Oat must grow up and learn to take care of himself
‘Dyke Central’ (Webseries). Director: Florencia Manovil / USA.
Oakland-based dramedy webseries Dyke Central centers on 30-something butch roommates Alex and Gin. Surrounded by a diverse group of friends who guide, challenge and support them, Alex and Gin struggle to adapt to change and create balance in their lives without losing themselves.