Wednesday, June 21, 2017

100 Men

100 Men, dir. Paul Oremland, 2016 New Zealand, 95 min. 👏
Wednesday, June 21, 1:15 p.m., Castro Theatre: U.S. première

100 Men
Filmmaker Paul Oremland has been around the block a time or two; indeed, he brought a feature film to Frameline nearly 20 years ago (Like It Is, Frameline 22) and again 10 years ago (Surveillance, Frameline 31). Over the decades, moving from New Zealand to London and Sheffield and traveling around the world, he has met up with quite a few men. He decided to reflect on the 100 most memorable of those men, even tracking them down for interviews where he could. While on the surface it’s a highly personal tale of one man’s liaisons, in the course of the telling, the tale encompasses profound societal and legal changes from the 1970s to the present day, even right here in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco, and how quickly that history fades if we don’t keep the memory alive. The interviews are interesting individually, and are edited together in a narrative that holds your attention through to the end. Well done, highly recommended.

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