31st Annual Frameline Film Festival

Good news from coast to coast yesterday: Lesbians, gays and every other flavor celebrated a hard-won victory in the Massachusetts legislation, thumbing their noses at a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

Meanwhile, in the gay mecca that is San Francisco, the 31st Annual Frameline Film Festival opened yesterday evening to much hoopla.

No better place to celebrate, right? As it turns out, most festival participants were too busy having a great time yesterday to read the news.

"I just read about it this morning," said a city government official who preferred to go unnamed. "I was happily surprised to see the forces mobilizing to keep gay marriage legal everywhere."

"I'm glad to hear about it," said festival organizer Barbara. "They're a lot more progressive than San Francisco, anyway."

"I think it's a tragic case against morality," said festival attendee Dean. "Just kidding! Woohoo!"

The Castro Theater was full and the popcorn line extended across the upper balcony. A montage of the past thirty years of Frameline and opening remarks preceded the feature, Les Témoins (The Witnesses). Don't be mistaken, this isn't an obscure French film; the lead is played by Emmanuelle Beart, former model of Mission: Impossible fame. While the characters were sometimes abrasive, the film itself was not. A compelling chronicle of the 1980s AIDS crisis, it kept the enormous audience riveted -- at least, until 9:30 when it was time to head to the party.

Don't hesitate to get acquainted with the rest of Frameline's scheduled program, from now until Pride ends on June 24th. --Adrienne So

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