- Brown Girls on Sunday, June 18 at 9:30 p.m. at the Elmwood Theatre in Berkeley. This is a wonderful web series — yes, you can watch it online for free any time — that I am really looking forward to seeing with an audience. It is the “brown girls” themselves making the story of people like them, and doing it with impressive production values to boot.
- Freak Show on Saturday, June 24 at 9:30 p.m. at the Castro Theatre. A fabulous teenage boy (played by the actor who was the boarding-school Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, the movie about deciphering the Nazi code machine) is forced to move to a small town in the Deep South and attend a deeply conservative high school. His reaction to the bullying is to run for Prom Queen. If you think “freak” is at least sometimes a very good word, you should see this film. Oh, and did I mention that his mother is played by Bette Midler? You will get out of this screening probably a little after 11:00, leaving you plenty of time to get to your choice of “night before the parade” parties.
You can get tickets ahead of time at the festival box office (at Strut on Castro, opposite the Castro Theatre a bit closer to 18th) or online at Frameline.ORG. The day of, you can buy tickets at the venue unless the screening is “sold out” — in which case just show up as far ahead of time as possible and get in the “Rush” line for the last few reserved seats they release just before curtain. Back before I started getting the all-access pass, I was in the “Rush” line easily a dozen times and never once failed to get in.
Oh, and one random factoid: the movie Alaska is a Drag is about Alaska, the state, not Alaska, the RuPaul’s Drag Race alumna, but it does still involve drag queens.