Co-Presented by: Whole Foods and Hotel San Jose
Co-Presented by: Alamo Drafthouse
Closing Night Film
Sunday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m.
Dir: Daniel Powell and Elizabeth Rohrbaugh I 2017 I United States I 90 min. I Texas Premiere
Co-Writers and Directors Daniel Powell and Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and lead actress Lena Hall will be in attendance.
Bird of Prey
Dir: Marion Hill I 2016 I United States I 18 min. I Southwest Premiere
Winning the Best U.S. Fiction Award at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival, Becks is a charming dramedy about moving on and growing up. Midway between the life she abandoned in New York and her cheating girlfriend in LA is Becks’ (Tony winner Lena Hall) girlhood home in St. Louis, where she returns to stay with her ex-nun mother (Oscar winner Christine Lahti) and get her life back together. As she struggles to resolve her pain and enters an unexpected relationship with a married boutique shop owner, Elyse, (Mena Suvari), Becks learns how her pursuit of happiness can hurt the ones she loves. The extraordinarily talented Lena Hall shines in this musical role accompanied by Suvari, Lahti, and Dan Fogler (Kung Fu Panda and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them).
A young girl makes herself indispensable to a woman trapped in a loveless marriage.
Co-Presented by: Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) and Cheer Up Charlie’s
Co-Presented by: TENT
Co-Presented by: Cine Las Americas
Co-Presented by: Austin Film Festival
Co-Presented by: Hotel San Jose
Walk For Me is a contemporary coming out story where Hassan Kendricks explores his trans identity as a part of NYC's underground ballroom scene and the night his mother catches him in drag.
Co-Presented by: The Q-Austin, allgo and TENT
Narrative Competition Winner
Sunday, September 10 at 9:30 p.m.
The 2017 winner of the Narrative Competition will be shown in an encore presentation. Five documentary feature films that, throughout the festival will be in competition for the prize, include Apricot Groves, Extra Terrestres, Prom King, 2010, The Ring Thing, and Saturday Church. Our three Narrative Competition jurors John Livingston, Jen Richards, and Kristian Salinas will be choosing a winner on Saturday, September 9 at our awards presentation before the screening of Torrey Pines. Films in competition cannot have an agreement for U.S. theatrical distribution and are selected based on highly realized artistic vision and the discovery of compelling and unique storytelling.
Co-Presented by: TENT
Documentary Competition Winner
Sunday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m.
The 2017 winner of the Documentary Competition will be shown in an encore presentation. Five documentary feature films that, throughout the festival will be in competition for the prize, include ABU, Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer, The Lavender Scare, Susanne Bartsch: On Top and Woman on Fire. Our three Documentary Competition jurors Lisa Donato, Ellen Spiro, and Jeffrey Schwarz will be choosing a winner on Saturday, September 9, at our awards presentation before the screening of Torrey Pines. Films in competition cannot have an agreement for U.S. theatrical distribution and are selected based on highly realized artistic vision and the discovery of compelling and unique storytelling.
Screening at aGLIFF21, director Jeffrey Schwarz returns to aGLIFF with one of his earlier and remarkable documentaries on ‘70s gay porn king Jack Wrangler. With piercing blue eyes, unruly blond hair, a chiseled physique, and cocky swagger Wrangler was a god. Forging a gay sexual revolution, he wasn’t the typical object of homoerotic desire but an intelligent, full-bodied, self-confident stud. Exulted for his 80-plus adult films, the openly gay superstar even conquered the straight adult world and legitimate theater. And off-screen his life was equally sensational—at 33 he married 55-year-old songstress Margaret Whiting. Packed with rare footage, celebrity interviews, and witty commentary by Wrangler himself, this is an unfiltered portrait of an iconoclast who broke all the rules. (Synopsis provided by TLA Releasing.)
Co-Presented by: Alamo Drafthouse
As a boy, Philipp was strongly attracted to his best friend, but he's put that behind him in order to live within the "norm." He meets a shy girl who falls hard for him, and soon the couple is sharing an apartment. But Philipp cannot deny his passionate desire for a young man he meets in a concert ticket line. Coming Out maps Philipp's liberating journey toward saying "yes" to his true self.
Co-Presented by: The Q Austin and allgo
Two awkward and shy women in a coffee shop find each other attractive, but they both need some help in making the other notice her.
Co-Presented by: Austin Film Society
Co-Presented by: Whole Foods
Co-Presented by: Midtown Title
Co-Presented by: Breaking Glass Pictures
Co-Presented by: Consulate General of Ireland and Wolfe Video
Co-Presented by: OUTsider
Co-Presented by: Hotel Van Zandt & Wolfpack Productions
Saturday, September 9 at 9:00 p.m.
Dir: Tom Gustafson I 2017 I United States I 105 min. I Austin Premiere
A Circle of Diamonds
Dir: Michael Biello, Dan Martin and Barbara Proud I 2016 I United States I 4 min. I Austin Premiere
Also Preceded By:
2000 Years of Drag: A Musical Odyssey
Dir: Dorian Electra, Imp Queen I 2017 I United States I 4 min. I Texas Premiere
An original song inspired by and featuring marriage activist Edie Windsor.
Dorian Electra is joined by drag queens Imp Queen, Lucy Stoole, Eva Young, The Vixen, and trans rapper London Jade to take us through the history of drag to show how it has shaped the way we can redefine gender and create who we are.
Co-Presented by: Mercury Mambo
A Promise of Time Travel
Saturday, September 9 at 8:30 p.m.
Dir: Craig Jessen I 2016 I United States I 88 min. I Austin Premiere
Writer/director Craig Jessen and producer/actress April Grace Lowe will be in attendance.
Lost Track of Time
Dir: Queer Youth Media Project I 2017 I United States I 7 min. I World Premiere
A lifelong friendship is tested to its limits when one enters a new relationship. Jealousy, heartache, and betrayal ensue in a time-bending mystery thriller.
Co-Presented by: Other Worlds Austin and Austin School of Film
Co-Presented by: Midtown Title
Saturday, September 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Dir: Clyde Peterson I 2016 I United States I 60 min. I Austin Premiere
Writer/director/animator Clyde Peterson will be attendance. A live accompaniment will be performed by Seattle-based band Your Heart Breaks.
Dir: Queer Youth Media Project I 2017 I United States I 5 min. I World Premiere
Two classmates discover similarities in their experiences with bullying.
Co-Presented by: Fantastic Fest and Austin School of Film
Prior to both films, aGLIFF will be hosting its award ceremony announcing the winners for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Narrative Film, Best Short Documentary Film, and Best Student Made film. (This is open all badgeholders or individual ticket holders for Torrey Pines screening only.)
Co-Presented by: Hyatt House
Co-Presented by: Cine Las Americas and Mercury Mambo
Co-Presented by: The Q Austin, allgo and TENT
Co-Presented by: Austin Film Society & Hotel Van Zandt
Co-Presented by: Cine Las Americas
Saturday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Dir: Rebecca Adler I 2017 I United States I 84 min. I World Premiere
Director Rebecca Adler, subjects from the film, and local crew will be in attendance.
Out of My Mind
Dir: Queer Youth Media Project I 2017 I United States I 6 min. I World Premiere
Two friends struggle with the trials and tribulations of coming out.
Co-Presented by: PFLAG, Austin School of Film and Out Youth
Sunday, September 10 at 3:35 p.m.
Dir: Various I 2016/2017 I Brazil, Canada, France, United Kingdom and United States I 79 min.
A cleaning guy in a gay bathhouse, a sailor fighting a squid, a boy controlling his pounding heart, trans life in Brazil and France, and a couple of cute badgers—these six short animations will take you on unexpected journeys through the magic of hand-drawn and CGI animation.
Dir. Cheryl Briggs, Faculty Director, Brianna Jaeger and Jared Bittner I 2017 I United States I 6 min. I Southwest Premiere
A solo sailor drops anchor while sailing the seas and an amorous squid falls in love with it. Meanwhile, the sailor spies a sexy Mermaid silhouette and tries to retrieve the anchor to reach the mermaid. An epic battle ensues.
In a Heartbeat
Dir. Beth David and Esteban Bravo I 2017 I United States I 4 min. I Texas Premiere
A closeted boy runs the risk of being outed by his own heart after it pops out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams
Looper - Farfisa Song introducing Mustard & Ketchup
Dir. Iain Gardner I 2017 I United Kingdom I 3 min. I North American Premiere
From former “Belle & Sebastian” bass player Stuart David comes one helluva catchy song with adorable animated badgers, having fun with no money, and a cute penguin thrown in for good measure.
The Man Woman Case
Dir. Anais Caura I 2017 I France. In French with English Subtitles I 45 min. I North American Premiere
In 1920, Eugene, born a woman, is living their life as a man. He is married but ultimately his wife accuses him of not being a real man, and in a scuffle, she is accidentally killed. Eugene then goes on the run from the law and is eventually caught and put on trial for murder and perversion.
The Night Cleaner
Dir. Blair Fukumura I 2016 I Canada I 5 min. I Southwest Premiere
As the night cleaner in Canada's busiest gay bathhouse, Travis has his work cut out for him. With good humor he shyly takes us on an amusing and sometimes harrowing tour through his nightly duties.
Dir. Calí dos Anjos I 2017 I Brazil. In Portuguese with English Subtitles I 9 min. I Southwest Premiere
An animated documentary focusing on the lives of several trans people living in Brazil. Heartfelt, relatable, and intriguing, the subjects share their stories of struggle and success.
Saturday, September 9 at 2:45 p.m.
Dir: Various I 2016/2017 I Canada, Spain and United States I 88 min.
Film can remind us that the most rewarding smiles and laughter come from our relationships. These ten stories of best buddies, couples, perfect strangers, and new friends do just that.
Special guests will be in attendance.
Britney-Holics Anonymous: A Spear-itual Awakening
Dir. Jerell Rosales I 2015 I United States I 10 min. I Texas Premiere
Freddie didn't choose Britney. Britney chose him. Through a fateful snack delivery, he finds new friends, fabulous music, and maybe a little more self-acceptance.
Dir. Hazart I 2016 I United States I 5 min I Southwest Premiere
Let Joy and Tim from Haygood Eats cater your next event. Youngest son's coming out party? Gay conversion therapy? The Haygoods have the perfect menu for you! All served with a side of passive aggressive banter.
Heads or Tails
Dir. Eva von Schweinitz I 2016 I United States I 9 min I Texas Premiere
Lilly is turning 26, and she still has difficulty making decisions. But when René reluctantly joins Lilly on a zoological break-and-enter mission, both ladies come to the same decision.
I Don't Believe in That
Dir. Neil Fennell I 2016 I United States I 9 min I Austin Premiere
Derrick is a "culturally Catholic" non-believer. Keith is a spiritual soul. They disagree on almost everything: the death penalty, reincarnation, horoscopes, and ghosts. But one particular disagreement may be too much for Derrick.
Dir. Tyler Peterson I 2017 I United States I 17 min I Southwest Premiere
If you asked Laurel what she wanted for her 21st birthday, she wouldn't mention kidnapping, a bad trip, or unrequited desire. With the help of her friends, she makes it through her last night of teen angst into a very promising 22nd year.
Dir. Peter Knegt I 2017 I Canada I 8 min I Southwest Premiere
At the singles' table of Sarah and Sara's wedding reception, Trish and Calvin get off to a rocky start. Before the night is over, they team up to overcome ex-girlfriends and arrogant pretty boys . . . finding the laughs of a new friendship along the way.
The Swimming Pool
Dir. Carlos Ruano I 2017 I Spain. In Spanish with English Subtitles I 10 min I Southwest Premiere
How can Jota and Santi escape Madrid's summer heat? The Church of Scientology! The Church has a pool . . . and maybe a little help on the path to honesty of inner truth.
Three is a Party
Dir. Aden Wexberg and Nickolas Grisham I 2016 I United States I 7 min I World Premiere
Cocktails, truth or dare, and Grant's preference for sex with two people at once makes for an uncomfortable evening.
Dir. Stephanie Young I 2016 I Canada I 7 min I Texas Premiere
When she agrees to meet up with her favorite regular customer at a show after work, Riley gets the chance to return the tip.
The Yoga Bridge
Dir. Michael Orlando I 2016 I Canada I 6 min I Southwest Premiere
The cultural insensitivity of closing a major thoroughfare on National Aboriginal Day makes for lively debate. Then Kurt confesses a controversial decision that hits a little closer to home.
Thursday, September 7 at 7:15 p.m.
Dir: Various I 2015/2016/2017 I United Kingdom and United States I 98 min.
Special guests will be in attendance.
These eight dramatic shorts will open your eyes and heart to new stories of grief, compassion, acceptance, and falling in and out of love for the first time.
Dir. Jessica Adler I 2016 I United States I 10 min I Austin Premiere
With the help of her best friend, Christine redefines her perception of strength and what it means to be herself.
Dir. Florencia Manovil I 2016 I United States I 16 min
Claudia's night out with friends is disrupted by an encounter with the captivating Isabel.
Dir. Jake Graf I 2017 I United Kingdom I 4 min I Texas Premiere
Headspace gives a rare and intimate glimpse into the trials and tribulations faced by trans folk on a daily basis.The all-trans cast includes activist and model Munroe Bergdorf; model, singer and star of U.S. reality show Strut, Laith Ashley; Youtuber and fitness model Kieran Moloney; Captain Hannah Winterbourne of the British Army; and writer and director Jake Graf.
Dir. Brian C. Miller Richard I 2016 I United States I 11 min I Texas Premiere
Lifelong friends, Danny and Marcus must confront their differences or allow them to finally drive a wedge in their relationship. Fear of change and the unknown can cripple forward momentum. At the end of the day, hot-button issues debated in a public forum affect day-to-day lives with real consequences.
The Girl in the Green Dress
Dir. Johanna Goldstein I 2015 I United States I 15 min I Texas Premiere
A surreal drama set in the conservative world of America's 1950s housewives exploring themes of modern feminism and sexual liberation. Contemporary dance is intertwined with narrative, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy in the vein of The Stepford Wives and Mulholland Drive.
The News Today
Dir. Lisa Donato I 2017 I United States I 12 min I Texas Premiere
The familiar and mundane moments between two guys in love become precious in an instant.
Dir. Jerell Rosales I 2016 I United States I 15 min I Southwest Premiere
When a condom breaks during a random hook-up with a stranger, Danny gets an HIV test and an unexpected new friend.
Dir. Katie Ennis and Gary S. Jaffe I 2017 I United States I 15 min I Southwest Premiere
In the days after Pearl Harbor, a young man must decide whether to serve overseas or stay in New York with his streetwise male lover.
Friday, September 8 at 4:50 p.m.
Dir: Various I 2015/2016/2017 I Australia, Brazil, Pakistan and United States I 108 min.
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, but these stories will capture, break, and open your heart whether you’re a bear in the bedroom, a performance piece in Pakistan, celebrating Australia’s Jewish queer community, a profile on one of the American leaders in the civil rights movement, gender identity for a young genderqueer Indian, the naked body and a young boy and mother fleeing Russia for promise in the United States.
Aleph Melbourne - Celebrating 20 Years
Dir. Michael Barnett I 2016 I Australia I 9 min I Texas Premiere
Rich with archival material, the first 20 years of Australia's groundbreaking and controversial queer Jewish social, support, and advocacy group take a captivating and nostalgic journey from Aleph Melbourne's inception in 1995 through 2015.
Bayard & Me
Dir. Matt Wolf I 2017 I United States I 16 min I Texas Premiere
Bayard Rustin was the organizer of the March on Washington and one of the leaders of the civil rights movement. In the 1980s Bayard adopted his younger boyfriend Walter to obtain the legal protections of marriage. In this intimate love story, Walter remembers Bayard and a time when gay marriage was inconceivable. He reflects on the little known phenomenon of intergenerational gay adoption and its connection to the civil rights movement.
Bear in a Bedroom
Dir. Albert Koomen I 2017 I Australia I 7 min I World Premiere
As he dresses, a gay man in the bear scene talks about his life, his challenges, and his affinity for the bear culture. He attributes elements of this culture as elemental in his healing from past struggles and trauma.
Dir. Pallavi Somusetty I 2016 I United States I 23 min I Austin Premiere
After being held against their will in India when their gender and sexual orientation is discovered, a young genderqueer Indian battles their parents in court and pieces their life back together.
Dir. Wes “Potato” Hurley and Nathan M. Miller I 2017 I United States I 13 min Year: 2017
A gay man and his mother tell their story of getting out of Russia and coming to America. Along the way, through tales of mail-order brides, coming out and gender issues, the mom is steadfast and supportive despite the trouble they both went through for many years.
The Naked Body
Dir. Diego Carvalho Sá I 2015 I Brazil. In Portuguese with English Subtitles I 22 min I Southwest Premiere
In this documentary and fiction hybrid, a director documents how people relate to nudity and their own body. Meanwhile, behind the scenes the director gets involved with one of the subjects.
The Streets Are Ours: Two Lives Cross in Karachi
Dir. Michelle Fiordaliso I 2017 I Pakistan and United States I 16 min I Texas Premiere
This is a moving story of two Pakistani women: Sabeen Mahmud, founder of Karachi performance space T2F, who paved the way for Pakistani-American lesbian Fawzia Mirza to perform her one-woman show across Pakistan, one month before Mahmud's tragic murder.
Friday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, September 10 at 7:45 p.m.
Dir: Various I 2016/2017 I Australia, Canada, Netherlands, South Korea and United Kingdom I 98 min.
The films in this program are from across the globe, but they all point to a common theme of conflicting loyalties. These are stories of being conflicted, caught in the middle and torn between.
Dir. Jake Graf I 2017 I United Kingdom I 15 min I Texas Premiere
Chris struggled to fit into gender roles dictated by a wider society. Then he meets Julie and life begins to lighten, but he has a growing feeling that theirs is a life half-lived.
Dir. Jill Riley I 2016 I Canada I 8 min I Southwest Premiere
"What's it like to be one of the golden boys?" Three grown classmates reunite for an after-hours bender in their old school. The men are torn between good memories, regrets, and missed opportunities.
Dir. Yun Joo Chang I 2016 I South Korea. In Korean with English Subtitles I 15 min I Southwest Premiere
When Sohee brings home the cat she once shared with her ex-girlfriend, Yujin worries that Momo will serve as a reminder of Sohee's past. Sohee is stuck in the middle of her love for Yujin, her duty to Momo, and the shadow of her previous relationship.
Dir. Nicholas Christo I 2016 I Australia I 13 min I Texas Premiere
On a night out with his mate, Nathan encounters his high school bully, Mark. They leave the club together, and Mark helps Nathan see himself in a whole new light.
Dir. Nish Gera I 2017 I Netherlands. In Arabic, Dutch and English with English Subtitles I 14 min I Texas Premiere
Sami embraces his new freedoms in Amsterdam after fleeing Syria, but reminders of his previous life linger. With one heart in two countries, Sami wonders: Will he ever return home? Does he know where home is?
What About Shelley
Dir. Kyle Reaume I 2016 I Canada I 13 min I Southwest Premiere
Adam puts Billy in an impossible situation, stuck in between Adam's secret and his best friend, Shelley. Billy's news will seem petty and hurtful to Shelley, but his loyalty to her demands honesty.
Saturday, September 9 at 11:15 p.m.
Dir: Various I 2016/2017 I Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and United States I 92 min
Special guests will be in attendance.
Get ready to laugh, cover your eyes, hold onto your arm rest, and sink into your chair as these eight gory and steamy stories will surely have you thinking about whether we’re heading for the apocalypse or into a stranger’s bed. (NO ONE UNDER 18 ADMITTED.)
A Bed Day
Dir. Peter Knegt and Luca Maria Piccolo I 2017 I Canada I 5 min I Southwest Premiere
Two men who recently moved into together decide to spend the entire day in bed.
Dawn of the Deaf
Dir. Rob Savage I 2016 I United Kingdom I 11 min
When a strange sound infects and transforms the hearing population, a small group of deaf people must band together to survive.
Dir. Jesse Klein I 2017 I United States I 11 min I Texas Premiere
Matt is a closeted serial killer on the hunt for love and acceptance in a pretty messed-up world.
Devil Wears a Suit
Dir. Eli Mak I 2017 I Australia I 20 min I Southwest Premiere
In a dystopian future, a Jewish boy must decide whether to “cure” his homosexuality with an injection or be ostracized from his community forever.
Eggs, Zombies, and Bacon
Dir. Sherry-Yiyang Shi I 2016 I United States I 13 min I Southwest Premiere
A young woman wakes up from a one-night stand and desperately wants to go home, but she is prevented from doing so because the apartment she wakes up in is being besieged by zombies.
Redmond Hand, Private Dick
Dir. Todd Selby I 2016 I United States I 12 min I Austin Premiere
Butch lesbian P.I. Redmond Hand (Felicia "Snoop" Pearson from The Wire) is hired by an attractive woman to find a missing, rare cactus. Things get fucked up.
Dir. Wes Hurley I 2017 I United States I 8 min I Southwest Premiere
A curious merman's life is forever changed after he saves a sailor from drowning. Antonin Dvorak's opera score accompanies this sexy homage to Hans Christian Andersen, vintage homoerotica, and the golden era of silent film.
Secret Santa SEX Party
Dir. Charles Lum and Todd Verow I 2016 I United States I 12 min I Southwest Premiere
A group of older gay men get together every month for companionship, camaraderie, and sex. At these parties everyone gets a little something in their stocking.
Sunday, September 10 at 5:45 p.m.
Dir: Various I 1991-2015 I Canada, United Kingdom & United States I 63 min
They arrived by DVD, HD-CAM, DIGI-BETA and even VHS. 30 years of short films, and here are a few favorites as selected by some of the artistic voices that have programmed aGLIFF over the years: Jim Brunzell, Frank Hui, Kathryn Gonzales, Mo Ratel, and David Sweeney.
Dear Dad, Love Maria
Dir. Vince Mascoli I 2009 I United States I 5 min I aGLIFF22
Maria, a young male-to-female transsexual, writes a letter to her disapproving father the night before her gender reassignment operation. An exploration of memory, loss of innocence, growing up, and being who you are. Suggested by Kathryn Gonzales.
Dir. Andrew Putschoegl I 2011 I United States I 7 min I aGLIFF24
Andrea is at the end of her rope. Life sucks and she's about to end it all. After passing a flyer on a bulletin board offering help to those in need, she makes a call and reaches out for help. The man on the other end is anything but helpful. Suggested by Frank Hui and David Sweeney.
Dir. Abbe Robinson I 2006 I United Kingdom I 16 min I aGLIFF19
Yorkshire, England 1952 Ruth Ackroyd leaves the monotony of her work at her father's textile mill on a Friday evening and secretly takes the train to Manchester. There, she meets a man on the platform, but all is not what it seems. Suggested by Frank Hui.
Dir. Laurie Lynd I 1991 I Canada I 23 min I aGLIFF4
Jessye Norman’s rendition of Le spectre de la rose, from Berlioz's Les nuits d'été, is the backdrop for a powerful story of the impact of one man’s death on those who loved him. Suggested by David Sweeney.
Dir. Tom E. Brown I 2015 I United States I 12 min. I aGLIFF29
A man appears to methodically destroy a collection of items and may be building a bomb. How far would you go to get closure? Suggested by Jim Brunzell.