Frameline Thursday has a lot to offer even though many great options screen at the same time.
“Mia” is a fascinating movie (almost fable) about a transgender female who, like the rest of us, is just trying to make ends meet. Unfortunately, in Buena Aires, gays and other “misfits” are sent to the “pink village” to live in sqaller and their only way to make a buck is to collect tin cans and cardboards.
But “Mia” doesn’t dwell on the injustice the village faces. Instead, lead character Ale (the excellent Camila Sosa Villada) finds a diary written by the unknown Mia that was written for her daughter. Ale makes it her goal to find the daughter and to give her Mia’s likely last words. Ale discovers that while there are riches and a better life on the other side, heartache and loss effect us all no matter who we are.
Director Javier Van de Couter has made the transition from actor to director quite a successful one and I am looking forward to more things to come.
“Mia” screens Thursday, June 27 at 11am at the Castro.
There’s a series of shorts that play the Castro at 1:45pm entitled “Something Real.” Of all the short sets I’ve seen, this is by far the best overall.
It’s a wonderfully, musical filled collection with a standout being “The Man That Got Away.” Director/writer Trevor Anderson is no novice to short films having created several successful ones in Canada.
This time around, it’s more personal and kind of a documentary meets fantasy as it tells the tale of Trevor’s Uncle Jimmy’s meeting with Judy Garland.
The 25 minute gem mixes six original songs (you can download from www.dirtcityfilms.com) or on iTunes) from award winning composers.
The setting and cast are all amazing and it’s great to see San Francisco legend Connie Champagne get more exposure as Judy Garland, a part she seems born to play.
Another highlight in the collection is definitely the title short – “Something Real.” Not only is it like a cool music video but it’s filled with stars from all media and mixes voice over thoughts with modern social media. Brilliant!
“Open Letter,” another short, is also noteworthy as it connects a bunch of internet reactions to singer Frank Ocean’s coming out. Basically, they say he’s still the same person as before he said he was gay. Interesting part is to see some of the “who” whom makes the moments is just as interesting as what they say.
Thursday at 7pm is likely the toughest choice of all. FOUR MOVIES PLAY!! They all look like good options so it might boil down to what you’re in the mood for or what neighborhood you’re in.
I was bowled over by “Submerge” (and didn’t see the other two options yet) but I did really enjoy “Pit Stop,” which I wrote about previously but this time around it’s playing at Berkeley’s Elmwood.
“Pit Stop” involves two men – with a somewhat appeal to bears (even though bears seem lacking in this year’s festival) – who actually haven’t met but are going through their own individual Texas dramas and both are learning when to let go and when to move on. Definitely a great option if you’re in the East Bay.
Get more (and tickets) on all of these movies at www.frameline.org.