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SFFILM Festival

Centerpiece: “Socks on Fire” + Rock M. Sakura + FREDDIE

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! SFFILM Festival proudly presents Bo McGuire’s Socks on Fire.

Making its North American premiere, this documentary tells the personal story of the filmmaker exploring old family wounds between his homophobic aunt and drag queen uncle. It will be shown both online (pass holders only) and at a live drive-in event on April 10.

The in-person screening is accompanied by a performance featuring local artists Rock M. Sakura + FREDDIE, emceed by director Bo McGuire.

Schedule of Events

Sat, April 10 at 6:30PM
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture


Rock M. Sakura

Socks on Fire

Rock M. Sakura + FREDDIE

Don’t miss the Centerpiece celebration! Join us at the drive-in at Fort Mason Flix for a live show with local performers Rock M. Sakura + FREDDIE, and the North American premiere of Bo McGuire’s Socks On Fire.

Centerpiece Film

Family tensions flare in this tenderly wrought film, as the filmmaker explores old family wounds between his homophobic aunt and drag queen uncle.


When the beloved matriarch of a sprawling Southern clan passes away, her children show their true colors. A once close-knit family is torn apart as the filmmaker’s homophobic aunt attempts to cast aside her gay, drag-queen brother. In his debut feature, Bo McGuire details, deconstructs, and celebrates the colorful individuals in his Southern clan. With imagination, style, and panache, this film is a surprising and deeply moving family portrait.

Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Director Bo McGuire

Bo McGuire, who calls himself a “tale spinner,” was named one of Filmmaker magazine’s 2019 “25 New Faces of Independent Film. Spike Lee selected McGuire’s television pilot, Shitbird, as the recipient of New York University’s Sandra Ifraimova Award and his screenplay, Alabama Snipe Fight, appeared on NYU’s Purple List of screenplays penned by university grad students and recent alumnae. Among his work is the short Uncle John and the Cotton Headed Water Rattlers (2017). Socks on Fire, McGuire’s first feature, won the Hot Docs Pitch Forum’s Cuban Hat Award for best pitch.

Performer Rock M. Sakura

Rock M. Sakura is a beloved fanfavorite from RuPauls Drag Race Season 12, and is the current reigning Miss Jpop SF. Sakura is usually found death dropping, hot-glueing, wearing short shorts, doing drop splits, working out her back rolls and scratching her head in confusion when she can’t thread her sewing machine. She is heavily influenced by Manga and anime, which shows in her cartoonish louder than life make-up style. A beautiful mix of fierce, camp, and kawaii, this is a high energy queen you won’t want to miss!

Performer FREDDIE

FREDDIE is a genre and gender-fluid singer, producer and performer based in Oakland, California. Their debut EP, MELANIN MONROE, has been streamed over half a million times since its release at the start of the pandemic and has been featured by Billboard, Grindr, THEM. and the Bay Bridged. You can find them on all socials @EASTBAYVICIOUS.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2020

Premiere North American

Runtime 93

Country USA

Director Bo McGuire

Producer Tatiana Bears, Amy Dotson

Executive Producer Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, Jenifer Westphal, Joe Plummer, Ken Pelletier

Writer Bo McGuire, Max Allman

Editor Max Allman

Cinematographer Matt Clegg

Music Casey Wayne McAllister

Cast Odessa Young, Chuck Duck, Carron Clark