Frameline Takes Drag to the Drive-In With “Sh*t & Champagne” Premiere

The legendary San Francisco film festival is going (mostly) virtual.

The Castro Theater will stay empty for this year’s Frameline Film Festival.

The San Francisco-based fest is the world’s oldest LGBTQ film festival, celebrating its 44th year, and like pretty much every other live event, Frameline is going virtual for 2020.

Frameline is usually held on Pride weekend in the Castro District, but thanks to COVID-19, this year’s screenings will take place online and at the nearby West Wind Solano Drive-In in Concord, California. The digital event will span 11 days—from Thursday, September 17 through Sunday, September 27—and feature multiple world, international, and North American premieres.

Highlights include the world premiere Drive-In Centerpiece Shit & Champagne, starring San Francisco drag legend D’Arcy Drollinger and Alaska; episodes from HBO Max’s upcoming queer history series, Equal; and Lauren Fash’s Through the Glass Darkly. Documentary selections include Pier Kids, Ashley O’Shay’s Unapologetic, and Laurie Lynd’s Killing Patient Zero, among others.

Courtesy of HBO Max

“Frameline remains the largest virtual LGBTQ+ film festival in the world,” said James Woolley, Frameline’s executive director, in a statement. “As trailblazers in the industry for over four decades, Frameline continues raising the bar through virtual and interactive programming ensuring important LGBTQ+ stories are being told to a wider audience. Building on the success of our virtual Pride Showcase in June, we have assembled a lineup of films that promise to engage, inspire, and entertain film lovers across California.”

You don’t have to leave your house to attend the digital festival, but you do have to live in California. The all-virtual platform is open to ticket holders who are residents anywhere in the Golden State.

For tickets and more info, visit Frameline’s website.

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