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Bumming Cigarettes is screening in two short lineups for this years Frameline37: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival .


Sunday, June 23, 9:30 PM
Victoria Theatre


This impressive collection of shorts honors a multitude of Black queer voices and experiences. From the inspirational love of a pair of elders, to holding it down with strong studs and fierce butch queens, onto the Internet with Frank Ocean, and having each other’s back in community. The Devotion Project: Foremost in my Mind tracks the course of the incredible lives of Gail and Audrey, each rich with accomplishment, and honors their love story. The music video My Best Dresscelebrates finding acceptance, expression and love within queer youth ball culture. The Internet reacts to musician Frank Ocean’s Open Letter. Frisk is a story about resilience and the courage to be authentic in the face of harassment. Filmmaker Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler (Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen, Frameline33) returns with Brown, a meditation on crying. Leo’s dreams of being an international superstar are hard fought working in a fish cannery in Alaska is a Drag. BY the Way asks in a world where we guard our hearts, can love be the force that breaks down our walls? Bumming Cigarettes brings together two strangers, a young lesbian and an older gay man, who share a smoke on the stoop while awaiting test results


Friday, June 28, 11:00 AM
Castro Theatre


This collection of dramatic shorts features a variety of stories about people’s experiences with HIV. The program contains stories of individuals living with HIV, people getting tested, and how these experiences affects those closest to them. Tensions between 17-year-old Roman and his religious grandmother peak when he refuses to participate in a church blood-drive in Stay Positive. Then, at an HIV testing clinic, an overwhelming anxiety consumes Roman as he waits. In Disclosure, Tyler realizes that it’s time to talk to his partner about his HIV status, which takes them both on an emotional journey of heartache, isolation, and discrimination. Peter’s view of the world changes when he receives life-altering news in Stigma. He drones on through his normal day, unsure of what to do or who…if anyone, to tell. Feeling his humanity like never before, Peter sets out on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance. Coming off of the devastation of a bad breakup with a girlfriend, Vee musters up the courage to go and take an HIV test in Bumming Cigarettes—but what she experiences during her trip to a local clinic is much more than she expects while she spends time with a stranger, Jimmy, as she awaits her test results.

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