Frameline,presenter of the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival(SFILGFF), today (Apr 24) announced that this year's Frameline Award willgo to Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the director-producers of numerousgay-themed TV and film projects through their World of Wonder Productions.
The award willbe presented at the 27th SFILGFF on Jun 28 at a screening of Bailey andBarbato's new film Party Monster, which world premiered at Sundance this year and starsMacaulay Culkin as Michael Alig, the notorious "club kid" murdererof the early 1990s.
In addition to PartyMonster, the festivalwill screen two new documentaries from World of Wonder Productions - School'sOut: The Life Of A Gay High School In Texas, and Dark Roots: The Unauthorized Anna Nicole SmithStory - and stage apublic interview with the film-makers on Jun 25.
"FentonBailey and Randy Barbato are continually turning gay culture into popculture," Frameline executive director Michael Lumpkin said in astatement.
"Byproducing work that appeals to both queer and mainstream audiences alike, theyhave been able to put our stories and images out there where they will have thegreatest impact and the widest exposure."
Bailey andBarbato met at New York University's film school in the late 1980s andeventually formed World of Wonder Productions in 1991.
The annualFrameline Award recognises filmmakers who have made a significant contributionto lesbian and gay media arts. Previous recipients include Barbara Hammer,Marlon Riggs and last year's winner, Isaac Julien.