By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com May 05 2001 12:00 AM ET
The San Francisco International Film Festival wrapped up its 44th year Thursday and honored some of this years most high-profile gay-, lesbian-, and transgender-themed films. A first-ever tie for Best Narrative Feature Audience Award honored Cheryl Dunyes Stranger Inside and John Cameron Mitchells Hedwig and the Angry Inch, while Kate Daviss Southern Comfort was named Best Documentary by the Golden Gate Award jury. Stranger is the story of a lesbian who is reunited with her mother in a womens prison; Hedwig deals with a German would-be rock star who is the victim of a botched sex-change operation; and Comfort examines the life of a couple, one of whom is a male-to-female transsexual, the other female-to-male. Legendary out underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger was presented the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award for his vastly influential filmography of beautiful and provocative experimental work.