42016Aug

The Watermelon Woman

The Watermelon Woman

Dir. Cheryl Dunye I 1996 I U.S.A. I 84 min. I Special 20th Anniversary Screening
Saturday, September 10th 7:30pm | Buy Tickets
Writer/Director/Star Cheryl Dunye will be in attendance

The Watermelon Woman

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, after premiering and winning the Teddy Award at 1996 Berlinale Film Festival, and now newly remastered, “The Watermelon Woman” is a 1996 feature film by filmmaker Cheryl Dunye about Cheryl, a young black lesbian working a day job in a video store while trying to make a film about a black actress from the 1930s known for playing the stereotypical “mammy” roles relegated to black actresses during the period. It was the first feature film written/directed by a black lesbian.


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42016Aug

Shortbus

Shortbus

Dir. John Cameron Mitchell I 2006 I U.S.A. I 101 min. I Special 10th Anniversary Screening
Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 8:45 p.m. | Buy Tickets
Writer/Director John Cameron Mitchell, and Actors PJ DeBoy & Paul Dawson will be in attendance and will accompany the film with a “blow by blow” live commentary.

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When “Shortbus” initially came out, all the buzz focused on the film’s sexually explicit scenes. However, the people who actually saw it spoke about the film’s blend of music, love, sex, and comedy which embodied a beautiful carnival of self-discovery and empowerment over inhibitions. It pontificates on human sexuality and desire in a playful, flirty fashion that stimulates and tantalizes the audience into wanting to join the good times discovered on the screen. This being it’s 10 year-anniversary it’s time to truly appreciate the film that thumbed its nose at mainstream views of sexuality and desire.

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42016Aug

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Dir. John Cameron Mitchell I 2001 I U.S.A. I 95 min. I Special 15th Anniversary Screening
Friday, September 9, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. | Buy Tickets
Writer/Director/Star John Cameron Mitchell will be in attendance

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How did some slip of a girlyboy from communist East Berlin become the internationally ignored song stylist barely standing before you?” Hedwig came from the mind of writer/director/star John Cameron Mitchell in this movie adaptation of his hit musical. A rocking, cavorting story of a punk rock, transsexual, East Berlin girl and her band touring the dive bars of the U.S. while she sings about the lost love that stole her songs. Now celebrating it’s 15th anniversary! it is still a ferocious film. “I’m the new Berlin Wall. Try and tear me down!” Hedwig is here to stay.


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42016Aug

Secret Screening

Secret Screening

Friday, September 9 at 8:00 p.m. | Buy Tickets

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All we can say is it is a narrative film (this is your first hint) that premiered earlier this year at a major film festival and we can’t stop thinking about it. It is sure to be one of the most talked about films at aGLIFF29, and you’ll be the first in Texas to see it on the big screen before it is released in 2017 (that is your second hint.)

42016Aug

Kiki

Kiki

Dir. Sara Jordeno I 2016 I Sweden I 94 min I Austin Premiere I Documentary
Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets
Co-Writer & Subject Twiggy Pucci Garcon will be in attendance.

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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. Winning the Teddy Award at this year’s Berlinale Film Festival for Best Documentary/Essay film, “Kiki” has been touring the world, wowing audiences with its sheer enjoyment for life and boldly breaking barriers along the way.  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.”


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Keep the Cumbia Going
Dir. Candy Guinea I 2015 I U.S.A. I 8 min. I Texas Premiere
Synopsis: Short documentary about the Oakland-based dance party, Queer Cumbia, and the importance of queer and trans people of color creating inclusive spaces in a quickly gentrifying region like the San Francisco Bay Area.

42016Aug

Political Animals

Political Animals

Dir. Jonah Markowitz & Tracy Wares I 2016 I U.S.A. I  85 min. I Texas Premiere | Documentary
Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. | Buy Tickets
Co-Directors Jonah Markowitz & Tracy Wares, Producer Chris Panizzon and former California Legislator Carole Migden will be in attendance.

Political Animals

The inspiring story of some of the unsung heroes of the gay rights movement, “Political Animals” follows four visionary politicians in their fight for the legal rights of the LGBTQ community. Emotionally charged as its subjects, the film documents four groundbreaking lesbians who took the fight for the causes most personal to them and their communities from the streets into the halls of government. Winning both the Audience and Grand Jury prizes at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival, “Political Animals” tells the true, if often bizarre and maddening decades-long story of those paving the way for the freedoms we have today.


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A LIFETIME OF MAKING CHANGE
Dir. Megan Rossman I 2015 I U.S.A. I 3 min. I Southwest Premiere
Maxine Wolfe, 74, reflects on a lifetime of activism and her role as a coordinator at the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

42016Aug

Real Boy

Real Boy

Dir. Shaleece Haas I 2016 I U.S.A. I 72 min I Southwest Premiere I Documentary
Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. | Buy Tickets
Director Shaleece Haas & subject Bennett Wallace will be in attendance.

Real Boy

Winning the Audience Award for Best Documentary at 2016 Frameline Film Festival and Best Documentary at Giffoni Film Festival, “Real Boy” is a charming and complicated coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager on a journey to find his voice-as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. Though he has to navigate the ups and downs of young adulthood, he manages to gain the love and support of his mother and the mentorship of celebrated transgender musician Joe Stevens. A heartwarming story to share with family or friends which features extraordinary musical works by both musicians, “Real Boy” is crowdpleaser that succeeds in finding laughter, joy and its voice throughout.


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