CAFILM is proud to present our second Pride series showcasing exceptional LGBTQ+ films that are thought-provoking, insightful and entertaining – A celebration of the varied and vibrant community they reflect.

Our goal is to promote LGBTQ+ understanding, provide a safe space for queer individuals, families and allies, and foster an inclusive community for all.

CAFILM Pride programmed by MVFF World Cinema Programmer João Federici

FRIDAY, JUNE 7

SCREENING + CONVERSATION + QUILT EXHIBITION

SPECIAL GUESTS: DIRECTORS ROB EPSTEIN AND JEFFREY FRIEDMAN

A tremendous, handmade monument to lives lost to AIDS, the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt demonstrated that grief and activism together could forge a powerful symbol of resilience. Winner of the Academy Award for best documentary feature, this moving film—buoyed by an original all-vocal score by Bobby McFerrin and narrated by Dustin Hoffman—explores the human stories obscured by statistics, examining the cross-section of identities affected by HIV/AIDS and efforts to combat the stigma, misinformation, and political obstruction that deepened the crisis.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman (US 1989) 81 min
MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL SELECTION  |  MVFF12 • 1989

In partnership with the NATIONAL AIDS MEMORIAL GROVE, a QUILT, displayed in 1987 at the National Mall in Washington, DC, and made by Marin County organizations and families who have lost their loved ones, will be on display throughout the weekend. The Aids Memorial Quilt is the world’s most visible symbol of the AIDS pandemic.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7 • 7:00

$14. General | $10.50 Seniors & Youth | $8.50 CAFILM members

SATURDAY, JUNE 8

Irresistibly charming, PRIDE follows a group of London-based gay and lesbian activists who – realizing that they share common foes in Margaret Thatcher, the police and the conservative press – lend their support to striking miners in 1984 Wales. Based on a true story.

PRIDE was screened as part of the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Queer Palm award. The film was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and for the BAFTA for Best British Film, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Imelda Staunton, and for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, with a stellar cast: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Andrew Scott, George Mackay, Dominic West.

Director: Matthew Warchus (UK 2014) 119 min

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 • 4:30

$14. General | $10.50 Seniors & Youth | $8.50 CAFILM members

A mother’s fierce conviction that she knows best for her teenage son fuels this compelling human drama. Starring Maeve Jinkings as Suellen, a woman who gets drawn into a criminal gang as she tries to raise the money to send her gay son to an expensive conversion therapy program.

TOLL had its World Premiere at Toronto Film Festival. Markowicz’s sophomore work comes to the Smith Rafael Film Center after the huge success of Charcoal at MVFF2022.

In Portuguese with English subtitles  |  Director: Carolina Markowicz (Brazil 2023) 102 min

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 • 7:00

$14. General | $10.50 Seniors & Youth | $8.50 CAFILM members

SUNDAY, JUNE 9

TOMBOY follows the journey of ten-year-old Laure (played brilliantly by Zoé Héran), who relocates to the suburbs and adopts the identity of a boy named Mikael within the local group of kids. Mikael catches the eye of Lisa, the group’s leader, who develops feelings for him. Balancing between life at home, adventures with friends and a budding romance with Lisa, Laure/Mikael navigates the challenges of summer with ingenuity.

Céline Sciamma’s second feature, (Portrait of a Lady on Fire MVFF42/Petite Maman MVFF44), skillfully delves into the complexities of childhood gender nonconformity with sensitivity and depth.

In French with English subtitles
Director: Céline Sciamma (France 2011) 82 min

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 • 2:30

$14. General | $10.50 Seniors & Youth | $8.50 CAFILM members

SHORTS: QUEER WOMEN’S STORIES

SCREENING + CONVERSATION WITH FILMMAKERS

In partnership with FRAMELINE, a curated selection of audience favorite short films.

INVITED GUESTS:

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 • 5:00

$14. General | $10.50 Seniors & Youth | $8.50 CAFILM members

An experimental film that celebrates the diversity of the Black diaspora in The Bay Area.
Director: Alba Roland Mejia (US 2021) 5 min

OFFICIAL SELECTION • 1921 FRAMELINE 45

Dani is a non-binary “dragtivist” of Sri Lankan heritage who moved to San Francisco from Australia and challenges gender norms through their drag king performances.
Director: Logan Mucha (Australia 2018) 6 min

Through voiceover and static San Francisco landscapes, Jenni Olson’s classic 1997 experimental narrative short tells the melancholy story of a dyke pining over a one night stand with a straight girl.
Director: Jenni Olson (US 1997) 6 min

OFFICIAL SELECTION • 1998 FRAMELINE 22
20th Anniversary Digital Restoration

Unity Skateboarding, founded in 2016 by Jeffrey Cheung and his partner Gabriel Ramirez in Oakland, seeks to create a safe space and visibility for queer skateboarders within the hetero-masculine mainstream skateboarding culture. Carving Space follows Unity and affiliated queer skate activists—including 2019 US Olympic Skateboarding team member, Leo Baker—as they provide spaces and voices to the often-overlooked queer community.
Director: Annie Dean-Ganek (US 2020) 16 min

OFFICIAL SELECTION • 1920 FRAMELINE 44

Noor and Layla are breaking up. Is it the end of the road for these two Muslim women… or is it just the beginning?
Director: Fawzia Mirza (Canada 2021) 13 min

OFFICIAL SELECTION • 1921 FRAMELINE 45

When an interabled queer couple spends the night together for the first time, they must confront their complex relationships with desire, sexuality, bodily autonomy, and what it means truly to love another person.
Director: Daisy Friedman (US 2023) 15 min

OFFICIAL SELECTION • 2023 FRAMELINE 47

This stylized short, both sex-positive and slick, follows a day in the life of a Black French lesbian in San Francisco. Ifé loves women but vows never to fall in love. As she extols the beauty of women in San Francisco, she slowly cruises the city’s streets in her classic car. Her philosophy: “You can never experience too many women.”
Director: H. Lenn Keller (US 1993) 5 min

OFFICIAL SELECTION • 1993 FRAMELINE 17

Femme Rage is a rally cry to all QTBIPOC Femmes, across the gender spectrum, to unleash their rage about living, surviving, and thriving within a cishetero-capitalist-white supremacist-patriarchy.
Directors: Sarah Taborga, Aïma Paule (US 2023) 3 min

OFFICIAL SELECTION • 2023 FRAMELINE 47

Two Asian American teenagers meet in the bathroom of a Chinese restaurant while having dinner with their families.
Director: Emily May Jampel (US 2022) 8 min

OFFICIAL SELECTION • 2022 FRAMELINE 46