“Red Without Blue” tells the amazing story of San Francisco residents Mark and Clair Farley, whose growing-up years were anything but typical. The documentary, which screens today at the Castro Theatre as part of the Frameline 31 San Francisco LGBT International Festival and premieres Monday on the Sundance Channel, follows the twins as one transitions from male to female during a three-year period.
San Francisco filmmakers Brooke Sebold, Benita Sills and Todd Sills document the twins and their parents as they struggle to redefine their family, which led an all-American lifestyle in Montana in the kids’ early years. But by the time Mark and Alex were 14, their parents divorced, the twins had come out as gay, and a joint suicide attempt precipitated a forced separation.
Featuring candid interviews with the Farley family, “Red Without Blue” interweaves the twins’ past with their efforts to be well in the present, including Alex’s story of transitioning into Clair. Times were complicated, yes, but the twins have reasserted their bond. These days, Mark (also known as Oliver) is an artist at the San Francisco Art Institute, and Clair is a social worker.
The filmmakers and the Farleys will be in attendance at today’s event, which begins at 2:15 p.m. at 429 Castro St. Tickets are $8. Call (415) 703-8650 or visit www.frameline.org.
The Mo’Rockin Project, a brotherhood of North African musicians and jazz artists, performs at 1 p.m. Saturday. The free concert is part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, which runs Thursdays and weekends at Yerba Buena Gardens, Fourth and Mission streets, San Francisco, through October. Other upcoming performances include Rebeca Mauleón on June 30 and Candela’s 20th anniversary concert July 7 — both part of the event’s Latin series. Entertainment for kids is also offered; for the full schedule, call (415) 543-1718 or visit www.ybgf.org.
MUSIC FOR PEACE
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, whose dance-friendly performances have a peace-and-love message, come to San Francisco. The group mixes traditional West African music, roots reggae and rhythmic traditional folk. The concert at 9 p.m. Friday coincides with World Refugee Day. It’s at the Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., San Francisco. Tickets are $21. Call (415) 885-0750 or visit www.gamh.com.