Interview: Frameline Film Festival brings to life oral history of gay Navy man

Jun 18, 2015

The 39th annual Frameline Film Festival, which features films and shorts about the LGBTQ experience, starts tomorrow in San Francisco.

One short film, The Typist, reaches back 60 years to tell the story of Otto Bremerman, a closeted gay Navy man who served as an office clerk during the Korean War. He was responsible for typing up dishonorable discharges of colleagues outed for being gay. Filmmaker Kristine Stolakis discovered Bremerman’s story in the oral history archives at the San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society. She joined KALW’s Audrey Dilling in our studio to talk about the process of bringing an audio story to life on the screen.

KRISTINE STOLAKIS: Sometimes I am kind of shocked when I read pretty recent history. This was in the 1950s, where institutionally there is explicit homophobia and transphobia written into the laws....

Click the audio player above to listen to the complete interview.