Mark Huestis

Marc Huestis, co-founder the Frameline Film Festival, left, and Lauretta Molitor, director of 'Impresario,' the documentary about him, in front of the Castro Theatre in June 2022.

Frameline, the world’s biggest, longest-running festival of queer cinema, presents the 46th time from Thursday through June 26 with in-person screenings at a record number of Bay Area venues and a national streaming encore June 24-30. A headliner among the more than 90 films from 30 countries is the panoramic, intimate documentary “Impresario,” which is about Frameline co-founder and legendary San Francisco filmmaker and showman Marc Huestis.

Huestis, 67, tried his hand as a drag performer after arriving in The City from New York in 1974, but the accidental toss of a bottle he was holding that landed on the head of an audience member during a performance helped convince him that drag would not be a fortuitous field for him; he decided to study filmmaking at City College of San Francisco. But Huestis already had deep roots in show business, as his father was a film editor and his mother was an exotic dancer, and both, especially his mother, were huge influences on him.

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