San Francisco’s Frameline is one of the biggest and longest LGBT film festivals in the world. However, as with all such fests, while it’s great for those who can attend, it’s often difficult to get the films and their messages to other people. As a result, Frameline has launched Voices, which will launch a new film every month for free via Youtube.
Alongside that will be educational resources, to help teachers to use the films as part of an LGBT inclusive curriculum.
The first film released in Genderfreak, in which, ‘High School violinist Rachel, the token straight friend in her group, starts the school year determined to ask her popular guy crush to the school dance. But Rachel’s plans, and her ideas about gender, go awry when she meets handsome genderqueer teenager Sammy, who plays guitar and challenges the notion that “He” and “She” are the only options. Rachel and Sammy become friends, form a band, and combat the gender binary in this comedic short with a rocking soundtrack.
‘A lighthearted but grounded look at the power of an accepting group of friends who shake up the status quo at one school, director Rebecca Louisell’s Genderfreak has wowed audiences across the world, and opened up conversations between students, parents, and film lovers alike. This film comes with a professionally curated discussion guide.’
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