A couple of other highlights from this year’s packed program:
Dir. Jonah Markowitz & Tracy Wares | 2016 | U.S.A. | 85 min. | Texas Premiere | Documentary
Saturday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m.
Co-Directors Jonah Markowitz & Tracy Wares, Producer Chris Panizzon and former California Legislator Carole Migden will be in attendance.
The inspiring story of some of the unsung heroes of the gay rights movement, this film follows four visionary lesbian politicians who started and fought for the legal rights of the LGBT community, paving the way for the freedoms we have today. Lauded as “The must-see documentary of 2016 for every feminist” (bustle.com) and described as “engrossing… white-hot political theater” (Variety) “Political Animals” is a must-see for anyone who cares about political change for the LGBT community. Winner of both the jury award and the audience award at the Los Angeles Film Festival, POLITICAL ANIMALS continues aGLIFF’s tradition of delivering the best eyes on the pulse of the world for the LGBTQA community, where we are, where we’ve been, and where we are going. A mix of talking heads, archival footage, and candid, often rabble-rousing rhetoric, the film comes across as not only fiery and important, but also deeply personal.
Dir. Sara Jordeno | 2016 | Sweden | 94 min | Austin Premiere | Documentary
Sunday, September 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Co-Writer & Subject Twiggy Pucci Garcon will be in attendance.
The spiritual daughter of the New York City Ballroom scene – made popular by Madonna’s music video, “Vogue” – is Kiki. As a dance form, “Kiki” is a fierce and fluid expression of gender and sexuality. As a community, it is a safe haven for young people of color whose sexuality carries with it the threat of violence even in this day and age. Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair describes the film as “a spirited, funny, touching portrait of some seriously smart, creative, and defiant young people. The film makes you feel good about the future, which is pretty hard to do these days.” When was the last time you got to see a living legend? Twiggy went from ‘Homeless to Hero’ according to The Advocate, and is an community activist, a runway trainer, and has been featured in major media publications like Paper Mag, NY Mag, The METRO Weekly, and The Huffington Post, among others. He was also a featured subject in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ and HBO’s documentary feature film, The OUT List.
Dir. Maura Anderson | 2016 | U.S.A. | 96 min. | Texas Premiere | Romance
Friday, September 9 at 2:35 p.m.
Lauren, struggling over a recent death, returns home to Oklahoma where she finds solace in an erotic affair with her brother’s girlfriend, Carrie. Played by the hauntingly beautiful Laura Spencer (Big Bang Theory), Carrie is as impossible to take your eyes off of as the expansive, brooding landscape of the Oklahoma prairie. Tense, sexy, and foreboding, this is a film that will get under your skin and take your breath away. See why After Ellen named it “the next big lesbian indie film.” I’ll only add that this is my FAVORITE film in the program this year, and that’s saying quite a bit because the program is the 2016 aGLIFF program is the strongest I’ve seen in my 6 years attending.
Dir. Nick Corporon | 2016 | U.S.A. | 98 min. | Southwest Premiere | Drama
Thursday, September 8 at 9:50 p.m.
Writer/Director Nick Corporon will be in attendance
A man, seeking some comfort, hires a male prostitute to role play a road trip he once took with his ex-lover. But the further they go, the greater lengths are taken to turn the young hustler into someone else. Is it comfort, love, or dangerous obsession? Tuc Watson (Desperate Housewives) gives a chilling performance in this Hitchcockian drama. I first profiled this movie when it was in its Kickstarter phase. I fell in love with Corporon’s short BARBIE BOY when I was programming Austin Film Festival and I’m sort of shocked as an alumni his film is playing at aGLIFF rather than AFF, but this is the film’s obvious audience. Part drama, part thriller, RETAKE has been one gems of the LGBT fest circuit since it’s premiere at Frameline in San Francisco.
Dir. Eric Juhola | 2016 | U.S.A. | 83 min. | Texas Premiere
Saturday, September 10 at 2:30 p.m.
Director/Producer Eric Juhola & Producer/Editor Jeremy Stulberg will be in attendance.
A six-year old from Colorado is at the center of a media frenzy – and a lawsuit for being transgender. The parents of Coy Mathis choose to publicly fight to defend their daughter against an unfriendly school board and opponents who claim that Coy is too young to decide who she is. But where do they draw the line between fighting for their daughter’s rights and protecting her from the public spotlight? With one of the central issues in the upcoming election being bathroom use, this film arrives right on time to put a (very young) face to the controversy.
Dir. Mark Kenneth Woods & Michael Yerxa | 2016 | Canada | 71 min. | Texas Premiere
Saturday, September 10 at 3:20 p.m.
Director Mark Kenneth Woods will be in attendance.
What are the words for lesbian and gay in the Inuit language? And what happens to those words when the Native American culture starts to vanish? Part history lesson and part travel documentary, Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things takes us on a journey to the beautiful and isolated arctic region of Nunavut, where an unlikely Pride celebration is being prepared by a new generation of Inuit who are working to unearth their culture’s forgotten celebration of LGBTQ people. The film takes its name from the Inuktitut language words for lesbian and gay, which literally translate as “two soft things rubbing together” and “two hard things rubbing together”, respectively.
Dir. Kerem Sanga | 2016 I U.S.A. | 91 min. | Austin Premiere | Coming of Age
Sunday, September 11 at 10:00 a..m.
Seventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her LA public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton – who has always harbored a secret crush – he does his best to get in the way. The romance between Sasha and Anne is sweet and genuine without falling into common tropes, earning writer/director Kerem Sanga the NEXT Audience Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. This was one of my absolute favorite films at Sundance this year. ALSO – producer Seth Caplin is ex-Austin…
Dir. Alexandra-Therese Keining | 2015 | Sweden & Finland, In Swedish w/English subtitles | 106 min. | Austin Premiere | Fantasy
Sunday, September 11 at 6:00 p..m.
Three outcast girls perform a magic ritual that turns their lives upside down, transforming them from girls into boys. Suddenly, they’re able to see their lives, their school, and their peers from a completely new perspective, but will their friendship stay strong? One of the most unusual films at the festival this year, this haunting supernatural drama explores the fluidity of gender and sexuality and defies our expectations of human relationships. Caught this film after it played TIFF last year, and it plays with its subject matter in such a fun way, that you almost forget you are in an LGBT film, it has playfulness rarely achieved on the fest circuit.
Dir. Jesse Lyda | 2015 I U.S.A. | 74 min. | Austin Premiere
Sunday, September 11 at 3:10 p.m.
Director Jesse Luda, Producer Jason Wehling & subject/musician Ana Egge will be in attendance.
“Bright Shadow” is a documentary film from director Jesse Lyda that offers an intimate window into the artistic journey of singer/songwriter Ana Egge. Another film with Austin connections, Bright Shadow tries to capture the enigmatic folk artist who constantly defies any attempt to be compartmentalized. How do you sum up a musician who doesn’t really want to be summed up? The film is as much a battle with that question as Egge’s own career has been in reaching her audience.
Dir. JJ Garvine & Tai Parquet | 2016 | U.S.A. | 75 min. | Texas Premiere
Friday, September 9 at 7:15 p.m.
Subject Bob Hawk will be in attendance.
Behind many great movies is one man: Bob Hawk. Hawk launched the careers of many indie filmmakers like Kevin Smith and Edward Burns, and has produced or consulted on some of the best known indie gay movies including “Trick,” “The Celluloid Closet,” “Small Town Gay Bar” and “Interior. Leather Bar.” However, the most unique story this man brings to us may be his own. Truly an underground presence, Bob Hawk is a deep root in the film community. A film for film aficionados. Have you seen Kevin Smith cry? Wow, if Bob Hawk can elicit that reaction (several times in this film) he must be someone truly important in the indie film world, and you probably didn’t even know he existed.
For mor information see www.agliff.org, or just come on down to the festival at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.