SF Bay Area USNA Out members and their friends met up at the Victoria Theater in the San Francisco Mission District for the World Premier of Burning Blue as part of Frameline 37, the San Francisco International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Burning Blue is a film adaptation of the play of the same name written by USNA Alumnus, playwright and film director David Greer '80.
Thanks to a good number of our members also being Frameline members, we were able to sit as a group in the enter orchestra, with Marc & Mike looking down upon us from the balcony. For those of us who had served on ships as midshipmen and officers, we were particularly impressed with some of the spectacular carrier and aviation footage shot included in this period piece of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" era.
David Greer '80 speaking with the
audience in the post film Q&A with producers and
an actor in a leading role, Rob Mayes USNA '08
After the screening, David took the stage of the Victoria for a lengthy and interesting Question & Answer period with the festival audience.
It was a long, long day for many, beginning with the early morning Pride Run in Golden Gate Park. As we left the theater, we found ourselves amidst the world famous Dyke March and the resulting streets which were gridlocked parking lots. This is the third year in the past four that USNA Out members have had a film screening at Frameline.
Before “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” became law, before Brokeback Mountain was a Short Story, Burning Blue was a Stage Play being performed in cities around the world. Twenty years later Burning Blue is finally an independent film.
Written in 1992 by DMW Greer USNA '80, a former Naval Aviator, the stage play of Burning Blue premiered to great critical acclaim on the London Fringe at the King’s Head Theater in early 1995 before transferring to The Theatre Royal Haymarket on the West End where the production received two Olivier Awards. Since then, it has been seen by more than 100,000 people in multiple productions around the world from Tel Aviv to Paris. Drawn from the Author's life, this funny, deeply compelling and tragic love story set against the backdrop of the US Navy was shot entirely in New York City.
Last July, USNA Out members in the North East attended a sneak preview screening of the film at the SVA Silas Theatre in New York.