202016Aug

Gender Troubles: The Butches

GENDER TROUBLES: THE BUTCHES

Dir. Lisa Plourde I 2016 I U.S.A. I 54 min. I U.S. Premiere
Friday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m. (screens w/ THE TRANS LIST) | Buy Tickets

Gender Troubles


Synopsis: “Gender Troubles: The Butches” is a compelling exploration of gender stereotypes and the challenges they pose for masculine women who are trying to live true to themselves. These eloquent butch lesbians reflect on their experiences of  “not fitting in” within their families, in public, in medical settings, on the job and even within the LGBT community. The women portrayed in this film thoughtfully examine and challenge the way society sees masculinity and femininity, and are examples of the victories we can achieve when we truly accept ourselves. They reveal how they learned to cope while navigating their own gender presentations and identities, how they achieved self acceptance and how they thrive by living authentically as women.


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102016Aug

Uncle Howard

UNCLE HOWARD

Dir. Aaron Brookner I 2016 I U.S.A. I 96 min. I Austin Premiere
Sunday, September 11 at 10:15 a.m. | Buy Tickets

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Synopsis: In 1978, Howard Brookner started filming ‘Burroughs: The Movie’ a documentary about literary cult writer William S. Burroughs. It took nearly five years to complete with the help of fellow students and young filmmakers like Jim Jarmusch and Tom DiCillo. “Uncle Howard” follows Brookner’s nephew Aaron in New York City as he tries to access the raw footage from the film stored in what was referred to by Burroughs as “The Bunker”. This process helps Aaron discover more about his Uncle and the life he led. “Uncle Howard” is a beautifully intimate portrait of Howard Brookner that contains rare interviews and recently found footage.


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102016Aug

The Trans List

THE TRANS LIST

Dir. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders I 2016 I U.S.A. I 50 min. I Southwest Premiere
Friday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m. (screens w/ GENDER TROUBLES: THE BUTCHES) | Buy Tickets

The Trans List


Synopsis Though the lives and issues of trans people have entered the public spotlight, rarely do we get to hear the stories and experiences of these people first hand. In this film we see individuals such as Janet Mock, Caroline Cossey, Buck Angel, Laverne Cox, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, and many others tell their truth in their terms. Their stories extend beyond surface explanations of identity to deeper realities of politics and pleasure, telling captivating tales of love, desire, family, prejudice, and rebellion—from Cossey’s difficult days as an outed “James Bond Girl” to Griffin-Gracy’s striking memories of the Stonewall Riots.

102016Aug

Strike a Pose

STRIKE A POSE

Dir: Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan I 2016 I Netherlands & Sweden, In English & Spanish w/English subtitles  I 83 min I Austin Premiere
Saturday, September 10 at 10:15 p.m. | Buy Tickets

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Synopsis: When Madonna forever forged vogueing into pop culture during her racy and controversial 1990 Blonde Ambition Tour, seven young men were on stage with her. They toured the world with the pop star and had all their backstage antics documented in the film “Madonna: Truth Or Dare.” After it all ended, returning to life as usual wasn’t easy. “Strike A Pose” catches up with the dancers today and finds out what transpired after the limelight was dimmed and taken away.


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SWIRL

Dir. Lance McDaniel I 2015 I U.S.A. I 6 min. I Texas Premiere
Synopsis: A short film about acceptance among high school youth as told through dance.

102016Aug

The Freedom to Marry

THE FREEDOM TO MARRY

Dir. Eddie Rosenstein | 2016 I U.S.A. I 87 min. I Austin Premiere
Friday, September 9 at 5:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets
Director Eddie Rosenstein will be in attendance.

The Freedom to Marry


Synopsis: The US Supreme Court case Obergfell vs.Hodges marked one of the most important and joyous moments in LGBT history-national recognition of marriage equality. Chronicled here is the “roadmap to victory” lead by Evan Wolfson, Marc Solomon and Mary Bonauto, key members of the organization Freedom to Marry-the architects of the marriage equality movement. A loving record of the arduous path to a decision that would validate the lives of so many in our community.


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102016Aug

Film Hawk

FILM HAWK

Dir: JJ Garvine and Tai Parquet I 2016 I U.S.A. I 75 min. I Texas Premiere
Friday, September 9 at 7:15 p.m. | Buy Tickets
Film Subject Bob Hawk will be in attendance

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Synopsis: Behind many great movies is one man, Bob Hawk. While he may be unknown to many, he has helped launch the careers of indie filmmakers like Kevin Smith and Edward Burns. Through a series of interviews we learn of a humble man who has a gift for helping filmmakers refine their films and get them out to their audiences. Truly an underground presence, Bob Hawk is a deep root in the film community that helps films grow and prosper to fruition without much notice but with great impact.

102016Aug

Bright Shadow

BRIGHT SHADOW

Dir. Jesse Lyda I 2015 I U.S.A. I 74 min. I Austin Premiere
Sunday, September 11 at 3:10 p.m. | Buy Tickets
Director Jesse Lyda, Producer Jason Wehling & subject/musician Ana Egge will be in attendance.

Bright Shadow


Synopsis: “Bright Shadow” is a phenomenal documentary on musician Ana Egge, shining a light on her creative process and documenting how her soulful music is brought to life. She won multiple Austin Music Awards for “Best Folk” and “Best Singer-Songwriter”, but her fifteen minutes of fame have come and gone however, Ana has never stopped writing songs and believing that she needs to put her music out there. “Bright Shadow” explores the journey she has been on and the relationships she has with both her biological family and her chosen one.

102016Aug

The Big Raincheck

THE BIG RAINCHECK

Dir. Walter Reuben I 2015 I U.S.A. I 83 min. I World Premiere
Saturday, September 10 at 12:45 p.m. | Buy Tickets
Director/Producer Walter Reuben & special guests will be in attendance.

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Synopsis: The Big Raincheck is unlike any other film at this year’s festival. It is an autobiographical, yet scripted, story of a young filmmaker who has been haunted by his unfinished work. The film combines unfinished fragments of a film originally shot in 1981, more recent footage, and documentary-style interviews recounting the original production. The story of the unfinished film is entwined with the history of the Austin film scene, and scarred by the wounds inflicted by the AIDS epidemic. Delightfully disjointed and frenetic, The Big Raincheck explores the link between the artist, his work, and his past with extraordinary results.


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