Forget “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” because on June 11 and 12, audiences at the San Francisco Giants’ Oracle Park will be singing a different tune, as the Frameline Film Fest takes over the ballpark with special screenings of “In the Heights” and “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.”
For its 2021 edition — dubbed Frameline 45 — the San Francisco international LGBTQ+ film festival will feature a mix of in-person and virtual programming. The highly anticipated musical movies are the marquee screenings of Frameline’s first-ever Pride Movie Nights event, presented in partnership with the MLB team and SF Pride.
“In the Heights,” director Jon M. Chu’s big-screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical, will screen on Friday, June 11, while the film adaptation of the award-winning West End musical “Everybody’s Talking about Jamie” will screen on Saturday, June 12. Directed by Jonathan Butterell and inspired by true events, the movie tells the story of Jamie New (played by Max Harwood), a teen in a blue-collar English town who dreams of becoming a fierce, proud drag queen. Rounding out the cast are Sarah Lancashire, Lauren Patel, Shobna Gulati, Ralph Ineson, Adeel Akhtar, Samuel Bottomley, Sharon Horgan and Oscar nominee Richard E. Grant.
The special screening event will be socially distanced, ticketed and subject to state-mandated capacity limits. For more information on the musical movie night, go to www.frameline.org/pridemovienight.
“We are beyond thrilled to present the world’s largest LGBTQ+ film festival,” Frameline executive director James Woolley said, announcing the lineup. “The past year has shown us the value and importance of connections with one another. As the world begins to reopen and revitalize, so too is Frameline 45 with a unique combination of in-person and virtual events. We look forward to celebrating the power of queer storytelling and sharing in a collective experience together.”
In addition to the Pride Night screenings, the 17-day festival, which runs from Thursday, June 10, through Sunday, June 27, is set to include four drive-in screenings, as well as 50 virtual screenings which are available to ticket holders nationwide. Additional in-person screenings will be held at the city’s historic Castro Theatre and Roxy Theater. Tickets ($8–$12 per screening) and passes (starting at $95) are available now at frameline.org. Frameline will also offer a Festival Streaming Pass, which unlocks all virtual festival content.
“The theme of this year’s festival is ‘All Kinds of Queer’ and our lineup certainly reflects that,” Allegra Madsen, Frameline’s director of programming, added. “Representing 30 countries — from Argentina, Egypt, and India to Nigeria, Taiwan, and South Africa — this year’s slate of films will touch on themes ranging from the American Dream and gentrification to trans resilience and gender and race identity. Through these films, we believe we can cultivate a more compassionate and empathetic world.”
The festival will also feature Frameline Talks, supported by Variety, with live and pre-recorded introductions, thought-provoking Q&As and panels, and conversations with community and celebrity personalities. The segments will be free to stream nationwide through Frameilne’s Facebook and YouTube channels, as well as their streaming platform.
To see the complete Frameline 45 lineup, go to https://www.frameline.org/festival.
MOVIE NIGHTS AT ORACLE PARK
“In The Heights,” directed by Jon M. Chu (United States) The creator of Hamilton and the director of Crazy Rich Asians invite you to a cinematic event, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big… In the Heights. Lights up on Washington Heights… The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who hopes, imagines, and sings about a better life. In the Heights fuses Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world that is very much of its place, but universal in its experience.
Friday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. PDT
“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” directed by Jonathan Butterell (U.K./USA) Inspired by true events, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the film adaptation of the award-winning West End musical about Jamie New (Max Harwood), a teen in a blue-collar English town dreaming of becoming a fierce, proud drag queen. His BFF Pritti (Lauren Patel) and loving mum (Sarah Lancashire) shower him with support as drag legend Miss Loco Chanelle (Richard E. Grant) mentors him toward his stage debut. But it’s not all rainbows for Jamie as his unsupportive dad (Ralph Ineson) and an uninspired career advisor (Sharon Horgan) attempt to rain on his aspirations. In rousing musical numbers, Jamie and his community inspire one another to face adversity and step into the spotlight. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will launch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on September 17, 2021 in over 240 countries and territories.
Saturday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. PDT