aGLIFF Hosts Cast of HerStory


The Austin Gay And Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF) today announced fundraising events, including an evening reception with the cast of the groundbreaking documentary series Her Story, a catered luncheon, and a screening of the series.

The reception will be held on Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Seven Building’s 8th floor “Living Room” at 615 West 7th Street and will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a chance to meet the cast of Her Story. Tickets to the reception can be purchased for $50.00 via FirstGiving.

aGLIFF will also host a lunch at OutYouth with the cast for a meet and greet with area LGBTQ youth.

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar will host the Her Story screening on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m., followed by a question and answer session moderated by Meghan Stabler of the HRC Board of Directors. Tickets are currently on sale for $20.00 at the Alamo Drafthouse website.

A portion of the proceeds of these events will go to support the Queer Youth Media Project (a summer camp for queer-identifying youth sponsored by aGLIFF), aGLIFF and Out Youth.

aGLIFF President Charlie Ray said about the event, “As an organization, aGLIFF is committed to bringing LGBT content to Austin and we are so proud of our dedicated volunteers and the community that worked hard to bring Her Story and the remarkable women profiled in the series to Austin. We are hosting a fundraising reception and have partnered with Out Youth and HRC to support queer youth in Austin along with our own Queer Youth Media Project, a summer camp for LGBT youth, to create a film to premier at the festival in September. As state legislatures and ignorant politicians continue to attack the trans community, we know that being visible and standing together as a community to support our trans brothers and sisters is more important than ever.”

Members of aGLIFF Board of Directors are: Tracy Peck, Doug Bolin, Matthew Burnett, Howard Goldman, Ashley Marshall, Jason McQueen, Jake Powell, Craig Ries, Charles Webre, Kelly West, and Aaron Yeats.


Some must see Lesbian films at aGLIFF this year!

There are over 70 films at this year’s aGLIFF. Welcome another installment in our series of a few of the must see films this year to help you create your own schedule. (Download the SKOOP Events app to create your own schedule)

We can’t wait for you to see the amazing lineup of Lesbian Centered Films we have in the line this year!

S & M Sally

Thursday, September 10th 9:50 pm

S&M Sally

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When Jamie finds out her girlfriend Jill has spent time exploring BDSM, her insecurities about falling behind in the bedroom push her to propose that they start going to underground clubs. A provocative and hilarious ride, “S&M Sally” details the unexpected journey that happens when your insecurities push you outside of your comfort zone, leading you down a path for which there is no going back.


The Summer of Sangaile (screening with the QYMP film: What I Never Told Her)

Saturday, September 12th 2:50 pm

The Summer of Sangaile

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Winner of the World Cinema Directing Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Alanté Kavaïté Seventeen-year-old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. At a summer aeronautical show near her parents’ lakeside villa, she meets Auste—a local girl who, unlike Sangaile, lives her life to the fullest with creativity and bravery. As the two girls grow closer, Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret, and finds in her teenage love the only person who truly encourages her to fly.


All About E

Saturday, September 12th 9:15pm

All About E

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E, a sexy DJ, is neither Spanish nor out, passing off girlfriend Trish as her lodger to her traditional Lebanese parents. When E betrays her dream of becoming a professional musician by making a deal with the sociopathic nightclub owner, her carefully-crafted illusions fall apart.


Liz in September

Sunday, September 13th 2:20pm

Liz in September

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Every year, Liz, a hardcore party girl and womanizer, celebrates her birthday with her friends at a Caribbean beach retreat. When a young woman outsider arrives, Liz friends dare her to seduce her.


While You Weren’t Looking

Friday, September 11th 4:45 pm

While You Weren't Looking

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The story outlines the lives of the gay and lesbian experience and relationships in a contemporary South Africa.


To build your own schedule for this year’s festival, download Skoop Events and make your own calendar, view trailers and connect with other festival attendees!


It’s a Beautiful Day in the Gayborhood!

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Gayborhood!

We take a lot of pride in our staff. aGLIFF wouldn’t have some of the best film content if it wasn’t for one particular individual: our fantastic program director Jim Brunzell. Being an allied Yankee, Jim has spent two years serving as our staff and we are thrilled to have such a competent partner in our midst! Jim recently sat down with local publication the Austin Chronicle to spill a few words about this year’s festival, the impact aGLIFF has had on him, and what he personally hopes for this year’s fest. Check out the post below!

Austin Chronicle Shout OUT: Jim Brunzell

A Warm AGLIFF Welcome – Kelly West

A Warm AGLIFF Welcome – Kelly West

We sure do love our board members! Without this dedicated group of individuals, the collection and curation of LGBT oriented films would be sorely lacking in quality and pride. They put in long hours of volunteer work on top of their busy schedule, so we’re honored to have such a wonderful collection of Austin’s finest. We recently welcomed newcomer Kelly West to our AGLIFF family and we are thrilled to have her aboard! To give her a proper hello, I managed to catch a few words with Kelly in-between her work with Women’s organization Lesbutante and the Boss, organizing social events for Austin’s lesbian community. Kelly is a member of the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and has been active in the LGBT scene here in Austin for quite sometime! We’re thrilled to have her aboard and I was thrilled to have a quick chat with the busy socialite!

First off, I did a little research into your fine collection of social escapades through Lesbutante and the Boss. What inspired you to rouse such a fine gathering of fierce females?
When I relocated to Austin 2 years ago – I found that my hometown had changed. I did not know how to navigate the social here anymore. Everyone was online dating to meet anyone. I met my partner in crime, Michelle Daly aka the BOSS, through mutual friends and be thought there has to be a better way to connect our community. Thus L&B was born in October of 2013
Being on the board of a film festival, what was your first exposure to LGBT / Queer cinema?
As a college student – it was something I would seek out. I was crazy to find anything that I felt looked like they way I usually felt on screen. The picking were slim!
How has being stationed in Austin influenced you personally? I know we have a strong Queer community here, has the cool vibes helped / influenced you in any way?
I am a native Austinite  – I moved back home a little over 2 years ago. I love how we keep it weird!  I love that you can be you anywhere in Austin. I love that I am always allowed to be me. <3
Also from being in Austin, favorite taco? (not necessarily restricted to breakfast, we’ll take anything wrapped in a tortilla!)
Torchy’s has my heart with the Trashy Trailer Park, but I am a sucker for anything new.
At your next social gathering, who would be someone you would just die to have be there? Any sort of LGBT celebrity or local socialite?
Charlie Ray
What’s been your involvement with AGLIFF in the past? Either volunteering or attending, even if this is your first time we’re still pumped to have ya!!
I went a Festival Movie 100 years ago, but that is IT. I am so excited to be apart of this amazing group!
On a scale from 1 to rainbow balloons, how excited are you to be serving on such a tremendous board?
It’s rainbow bouquet arch.
If you could muster up the ability to play any instrument, what would it be?
Finally, if you had to opportunity to be a walk-on role on any television set, which one would it be and who would you hope to bump into (probably not physically bump but possibly!!)
Oh LORD! I would be happy to be on an set as long as I get hair and makeup
A Few resources about L&B:
QYMP 2015

QYMP 2015

We’re very pleased to be sharing the upcoming Queer Youth Media Project film’s poster! These kids worked incredibly hard last week to churn out an amazing short film we’re excited to be including in this year’s festival!

Written, directed, shot, produced and produced within a matter of days, the amount of professionalism and efficiency on set was phenomenal to witness! A very very special thanks to our instructor Janet Jensen! Such a pleasure to see the youngins getting so involved in filmmaking. Keep a special eye out for the project What I Never Told Her hitting aGLIFF this year!

Logline: When an unpleasant discovery leads to a dramatic breakup, two young lesbian lovers reflect upon their relationship.

Catch it in front of our screening of The Summer of Sangaile!

A Q&A With QYMP Instructor Janet Jensen

A Q&A With QYMP Instructor Janet Jensen

Janet Jensen HeadshotOne of our continually favorite aspects of the film fest is the Queer Youth Media Project hosted by the Austin School of Film. Students from all backgrounds and lifestyles participate in not only the shooting of a short film but also in the producing, casting, editing: the whole shebang. The aspiring young filmmakers trudge out in the Texas heat and shoot amazingly crafted scenes that are put together in ways we are ever-so-proud of! One such filmmaker last year crafted an outstanding short more focused on the B in LGBT, an area of the spectrum that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves (see it here!). Every year we’re constantly amazed by the creativity and standards these youths continue to raise and we are eagerly biting our nails with anticipation over what to view this year! To help celebrate our 28th year, we reached out and were incredibly lucky to land local Austinite Janet Jensen as our instructor for the camp. Janet is a film professional and pretty rad girl that isn’t afraid to do the heavy lifting on sets, show those boys who’s boss. I was absolutely thrilled to take some time to get to know Janet and I would be remiss if I didn’t share a little more about our instructor!

How did you first start getting involved in film?

I shot and directed a film with my friends right after graduating from UT.  The trailer from that movie got me a job at the Hallmark Channel in LA.

What was your first exposure to LGBT / Queer cinema?

The first queer movie I remember seeing was Personal Best with Mariel Hemingway.

You’re filmography is very impressive dude! What was one of your favorite sets to work on or people to work with?

My favorite set was definitely Tree of Life because of Terrance Malick’s unique approach to filmmaking. It was like no other set I’ve ever been on!

Does it bother you that the position is called best boy and not best girl?

I like that this best boy is a girl!

As we enter our 28th year, we want to ensure this year’s QYMP is absolutely awesome. What are you anticipating changing up, if anything, to make these kids really dig being involved in film?

I am going to focus on homemade/DIT/one-man-band sort of filmmaking. I think very often people don’t produce their ideas because of limited funds and resources, so I want to show the kids they can make great movies by themselves!

On a scale of 1 to throwing glitter in the air, how excited are you to be the instructor this year? ‘Cause we know we’re excited to have ya!

Super excited and looking greatly foreword to it!

I noticed you just wrapped on what appears to be your first big directing gig Formerly Known As. What inspired you to follow the transitions of several local Austinites and how was that experience getting to document so much emotion and change?

It was an amazing experience. I feel blessed that my subjects opened their lives and experiences up to me to document. I learned a lot and met some amazing and brave people.

And lastly, being from Austin I have to ask: favorite taco?

Migas on corn!

Spoken like a true Austinite Janet! We are beyond thrilled to have such a fun and qualified instructor and cannot wait to see the amazing work these kids do!

Our Way-Gay Singalong (thanks for Chering)

Our Way-Gay Singalong (thanks for Chering)

Last night we rocked the casbah with some of our favorite LGBT hits at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. Featuring some of our favorites like Wham!, Lady Gaga and the ever impeccable Britney Spears, this gaggle of gay anthems had us shaking our booties like the best of ’em. We had an amazing turn out and an even better VJ (for us old MTV types) that went on blastin’ tunes till our arms were tired from “yaaas”ing too much. Pre-show, we were delighted to showcase the drag horror film (a genre we really hope takes off) “Nasty” and man, were these queens shaking in their heels! Special thanks goes out to board member Craig Ries for organizing and executing a wonderfully good time!



As inspired by the show of LGBT pride, here are some classic anthems that still hold up!

Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

During the height of 70’s homophobia and disco, the ever androgynous Sylvester James Jr. released this classic upbeat jam that was blasting on dance floors all over the country. One of the biggest hits from an openly gay male, You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) is an anthem that celebrates openness and relief at finding a community that can make socially closeted men acknowledge their feelings and abandon any sort of shame. Sylvester fought hard to be himself and his soulful disco pop was such a great medium for celebration and otherworldly dance moves!

Eurythmics feat. Aretha Franklin – Sisters Are Doin’ it For Themselves

In a mind-blowing combination of vocal talent, Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves is a song celebrating feminism. Women don’t need no man and they certainly don’t need no patriarchal society. Sisters holds up incredibly well to modern ideas of feminism and the poppy elements still can be jammed when cruisin’ around town with the top down and the sun out. “Now there was a time where they used to say / that behind every great man there’s a great woman / but in these times of change you know it’s no longer true


The Ever A-peal-ing Tangerine

Orange you glad this film exists? We had the absolute pleasure of premiering Tangerine here in Texas on Wednesday! The Sundance Film Festival favorite has a limited release and we were thrilled to be one of the first few to lay our eyes on the hilarity that ensues from two over-the-top trans prostitutes working Hollywood. Directed by veteran Sean Baker (whose previous work includes Starlet and Four Letter Words), Tangerine’s been receiving buzz not only from the break-out performances but also the technical marvel of being shot entirely on an iPhone 5s. The visuals are stunning and the script is a non-stop ride with plenty of drama and chuckles to bear witness to. We packed the sold-out show and were ecstatic to bring such an underground gem to aGLIFF in celebration of our 28th year! Don’t forget to check out our July screening of Do I Sound Gay?a documentary exploring the scientific an cultural phenomenon of “sounding gay” on July 15th Tickets are on sale here!

Be sure to keep an eye out for the summer release of Tangerine in case you missed our screening! It’s an LGBT film you definitely need to experience!


AGLIFF’s on the air!

OutcastOur board president Charlie Ray sat down with the fine folks at OutCast on Austin’s local KOOP radio. He dishes on upcoming events, including our monthly film screenings and special fundraising extravaganzas! The group gets into an ever important discussion regarding PrEP and a scuffle over Charlie’s accent (in case you’ve ever wondered what our board president sounds like!). We’re excited about our 28th year and extend a warm thank you to Outcast for allowing us to get our excitement out there!

Check it out here!

OutCast is the only radio program of its kind for Austin’s LGBT community and airs live from Austin, TX every Tuesday from 6-7 PM Central on KOOP 91.7 FM and streaming live at www.koop.org