The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival Announces Lineup for aGLIFF 33: Prism

Thursday July 9, 2020

The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF) announces the official program selections for Austin's oldest film festival, aGLIFF 33: Prism, August 6-16, 2020.

Founded by Scott Dinger, the 33rd annual festival will feature almost seventy films including features, documentaries, and shorts over two weekends while additionally hosting exclusive online festival events. Memberships and badges are available for both weekends, with members given priority access to tickets for film streams, as well as entry to live online artist Conversations, Q&A's, Panels, Masterclasses, and other festival activities. Access to the festival can be purchased at agliff.org/badges.

"With the ride that has been 2020, putting this year's lineup together has been one of the most challenging experiences ever, but rewarding at the same time. From features and documentaries to shorts, this year's festival is truly an all-inclusive representation for LGBTQIA+ stories," said aGLIFF Artistic Director, Jim Brunzell. "We have continued to search for films that represent all the voices in the community, including filmmakers from groups underrepresented in queer film—and I believe we've struck a nice balance with this year's offerings."

Opening Night for aGLIFF 33: Prism, will kick-off with the Texas Premiere of "The Capote Tapes" by Ebs Burnough. Exploring one of the most singular figures in the 20th century, "The Capote Tapes" delivers a fresh portrait that reinvigorates our understanding of this vital writer, including the revelation of newly discovered tapes of interviews by The Paris Review co-founder George Plimpton, conducted with Capote's friends after his death.

Closing Feature, "Ahead of The Curve," will wrap-up the two weekend festivities. Making its Southwest Premiere, Jen Rainin's film tells the story of one of the most influential women in lesbian history, who most people have never heard of, Frances "Franco" Stevens, creator of Curve Magazine.

aGLIFF 33: Prism will also feature a special "work in progress" screening of "Women in Blue," from documentarian Deirdre Fishel, which follows the Minneapolis Police Department's first female chief, Janee Harteau embarking on a mission to remake the department by ridding it of corruption, demanding accountability and re-training the officers.

Casandra Alston, aGLIFF Board President said, "Just a few months ago, nobody could have predicted the current situation or extent of the COVID-19 takeover, or the heightened racial and political tension in the country. That is why aGLIFF felt this year it is even more important for our queer community to have a place to come together and see stories that reflect the diverse perspectives of LGBTQIA+ people. We hope this year's virtual festival, aGLIFF 33: Prism provides that opportunity."

Outside of screening films, festival-goers will have the chance to take part in exclusive, live conversations with artists throughout aGLIFF 33: Prism during virtual question and answer sessions. Masterclasses will also be offered with more details to be released before the festival. In an effort to create community in the absence of being able to come together in a physical space, festival organizers are also planning several fun online social events including a movie trivia night and "Bingo Bonanza" with host and Midwestern maven, Miss Richfield 1981 and events and conversation to accompany the launch of aGLIFF's Queer Black Voices Fund.

The festival schedule and additional festival events for aGLIFF 33: Prism will be released later in July.


OPENING NIGHT FILM

The Capote Tapes directed by Ebs Burnough
Texas Premiere

Truman Capote was a singular figure in the 20th century. He presented himself unapologetically on television at a time when most gay men took pains to avoid scrutiny. His books "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "In Cold Blood" were bestsellers and critical darlings. Now "The Capote Tapes" delivers a fresh portrait that reinvigorates our understanding of this vital writer. Among the film's revelations are newly discovered tapes of interviews that The Paris Review co-founder George Plimpton conducted with Capote's friends after his death.


CLOSING NIGHT FILM

Ahead of the Curve directed by Jen Rainin
Southwest Premiere

"Ahead of the Curve" is the story of one of the most influential women in lesbian history most people have never heard of and the impact her work continues to have today. Frances "Franco" Stevens is the founding publisher of Curve Magazine, and her story unfolds through intimate interviews with magazine staff, celebrities, cultural critics, and Franco herself intertwined with extraordinary footage from Franco's personal collection and LGBTQ archives to situate the story in its historical context. Franco's present-day struggle is told through verité handheld footage.


SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Women in Blue (work in progress) directed by Deirdre Fishel
Austin Premiere

The Minneapolis Police Department's first female chief, Janee Harteau, embarks on a mission to remake the department by ridding it of corruption, demanding accountability, and re-training the officers. As part of her effort, she also recruits more women and encourages their leadership. "Women in Blue" follows three of these police officers as each try in their own way, at their own levels in the department, to play a role in the reform effort.


SECRET SCREENINGS

Each year, we surprise festival fans with "secret screenings," which are typically sneak peeks at unreleased movies that filmmakers allow us to show, but not promote. We will offer three of these highly anticipated and always popular screenings this year including an American narrative film based in the south from an aGLIFF favorite director, a French narrative film with a major breakout actor from a huge LGBTQ+ film in 2019, and a Canadian narrative film with a wacky premise and wild concept.


FICTION JURY COMPETITION

Alice Junior directed by Gil Baroni
North American Premiere

Alice Junior is producing her latest YouTube video about the long-awaited first kiss. But when her father walks into her bedroom and announces in front of the camera that they will be leaving the vibrant Brazilian city of Recife and moving to a small, conservative town in the south, Alice has to prepare herself for the prudery and small-mindedness she will confront there.


Flawless directed by Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon
Texas Premiere

Nominated for twelve Israeli Film Awards, "Flawless" follows three teenagers from Jerusalem who sell their kidneys to pay for cosmetic surgery and prom dresses. As a secret uncovers, they realize nothing is as it seems.


The Glass Room directed by Julius Sevcik
Southwest Premiere

Liesel Landauer and her friend Hana are linked by a lifelong relationship and an exceptional house built by the architect Von Abt for Liesel and her husband Viktor in Czechoslovakia in the early 1930s. Based on Simon Mawer's bestselling novel and filmed on location at the stunning Villa Tugendhat stars Claes Bang ("The Square"), Hanna Alstöm ("Kingsman: The Secret Service") and Carice von Houten ("Game of Thrones").


Lingua Franca directed by Isabel Sandoval
Texas Premiere

Olivia (writer/director/star Isabel Sandoval), an undocumented Filipino transwoman, works as a caregiver to Olga, an elderly Russian woman, in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. When Olivia runs out of options to attain legal status in the U.S., she becomes romantically involved with Alex, Olga's adult grandson, in the pursuit of a marriage-based green card.


A Perfectly Normal Family directed by Malou Reymann
Southwest Premiere

Emma has a perfectly normal family until one day it turns out her dad is transgender. As Thomas becomes Agnete, both father and daughter struggle to hold on to what they had, while accepting that everything has changed.


DOCUMENTARY JURY COMPETITION

Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly-Glenn Copeland Story directed by Posy Dixon
Southwest Premiere

Winner of the Audience Award at the 2020 Hot Docs Film Festival, "Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly-Glenn Copeland "Story" tells the time-traveling tale of a mystical musician and vocalist, as the present finally catches up with him and he embarks on his first international tour at the age of 74. Capturing five decades of relentless musical output and shifting manifestations of gender and sexual identity, set against a backdrop of profound social change, the film celebrates the unpredictable rhythms of life. A lullaby to soothe those souls struggling to find their place in the world.


Pier Kids directed by Elegance Bratton
Southwest Premiere

Caught up in the precariousness of survival and self-preservation, homeless queer and trans youth of color hang out at Christopher Street Pier, forging their own chosen family. Genuine and charming, these eloquent youth must contend with overwhelming amounts of homophobia and abuse. Director Elegance Bratton's still-hopeful portrait exposes a raw side of New York City many often choose to ignore.


The Right Girls directed by Timothy Wolfer
Southwest Premiere

Three young transgender women from El Salvador and Honduras—Valentina, Johanna, and Chantal—travel through Southern Mexico within the high-profile "Migrant Caravan." They develop a deep friendship as they walk and hitch rides northwards, coping with long journeys, limited funds, and regular harassment. They team up with other trans girls along the route and integrate within the caravan's LGBTQ community.


Sex, Sin & 69 directed by Sarah Fodey
U.S. Premiere

"Sex, Sin & 69" is a historical, retrospective film about the 1969 legislation to 'decriminalize' homosexuality. Told through contemporary voices including queer academics, historians, activists, educators, artists, and community builders, the film attempts to challenge our understanding of queer history by shining a light on widely adopted misconceptions surrounding decriminalization. Narrated by writer/actress Fawzia Mirza ("Signature Move").


Surviving the Silence directed by Cindy L. Abel
Southwest Premiere

Years before Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Colonel Patsy Thompson presided over the review board that dismissed Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer for being a lesbian. Although she had been in tough spots over the course of her 28-year service, this was the toughest. Presiding over this case forced Patsy to confront her own moral dilemma and her own secret: she too was a lesbian. "Surviving the Silence" tells the story of two women in love who played a part in changing military policy, shining light on the unknown history of how a closeted colonel forced to expel and Army hero for being lesbian did so in a way resulting in reinstatement via federal court.


ADDITIONAL FICTION FILMS

Beyond the Horizon directed by Delphine Lehericey
Texas Premiere

In the summer of 1976, sweltering heat plagues rural Romandy, Switzerland, where 13-year-old Gus lives on his family farm. When seemingly carefree Cécile, a new friend of Gus's mother, arrives, she brings life to their family dinners, sharing anecdotes about seeing a film called "Jaws" and catching the only European performance by the band, The Ramones. But not everyone in the family is as smitten with Cécile as Gus's mom. Starring Clémence Poésy ("127 Hours," "Tenet").


Breaking Fast directed by Mike Mosallam
Texas Premiere

Mo, a practicing Muslim living in West Hollywood, is learning to navigate life post heartbreak. Enter Kal, an All-American guy who surprises Mo by offering to break fast with him during the holy month of Ramadan.


Dramarama directed by Jonathan Wysocki

A last party between lifelong theater geek friends before they scatter to college reveals just how much they don't know about one another in writer/director Jonathan Wysocki's warm, funny, and ultimately moving coming-of-age-dramedy.


Give or Take directed by Paul Riccio
Southwest Premiere

When a disillusioned New Yorker's father dies, he goes home to Cape Cod and prepares the house for sale while sharing it with his father's late in life live-in boyfriend. With nothing to separate them, they are forced to negotiate how to remember and move on from the man they both loved. Starring two-time Tony Winner Norbert Leo Butz, and Emmy nominee Cheri Oteri.


Milkwater directed by Morgan Ingari
Southwest Premiere

Seeking direction and purpose, Milo rashly decides to become a surrogate and egg donor for an older gay man she meets in a bar. However, as Milo becomes increasingly attached to him, she starts leveraging the pregnancy as a means of staying embedded in his life.


Monsoon directed by Hong Khau
Southwest Premiere

Crazy Rich Asians' sexy leading man Henry Golding star in this poetic film from director Hong Khau (Lilting) about a man who returns to his native Vietnam from the U.K. to distribute his parents' ashes. As part of his journey, he hooks up with an American, Lewis (Parker Stevens) who has his own personal connection to the country—their liaison offering both men a sympathetic ear. Asking questions about home, place, and identity, this beautifully shot film, with the dreamy Golding at its heart, finds that the answers can sometimes be wondrously elusive.


Twilight's Kiss directed by Ray Yeung
Southwest Premiere

One day Pak, 70, a taxi driver who refuses to retire, meets Hoi, 65, a retired single father, in a park. Despite years of societal and personal pressure, they are proud of the families they have created through hard work and determination. Yet in that brief initial encounter, something is unleashed in them which had been suppressed for so many years. As both men recount and recall their personal histories, they also contemplate a possible future together.


ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILMS

All We've Got directed by Alexis Clements
Austin Premiere

"All We've Got" is a personal exploration of LGBTQ women's communities, cultures, and social justice work through the lens of the spaces they create, from bars to bookstores to arts and political hubs. And it comes at a time when many of those spaces are closing.


Dear Fredy directed by Rubi Gat
Austin Premiere

Fredy Hirsch was born in Germany, a proud Jew and openly gay man he was 19 years old when the Nuremberg Laws were published, he fled from Germany to the Czech Republic which was conquered by the Nazis. Together with members of the underground in Auschwitz, he planned a revolt that never came to pass, following his death, which remains a mystery, and which this film attempts to reveal.


House of Cardin directed by P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes
Texas Premiere

"House of Cardin" is a rare peek into the mind of a genius, an authorized feature documentary chronicling the life and design of Pierre Cardin. A true original, Mr. Cardin has granted the directors exclusive access to his archives and his empire, and unprecedented interviews at the sunset of a glorious career.


Julia Scotti: Funny That Way directed by Susan Sandler
Southwest Premiere

Decades ago, Julia Scotti performed as Rick Scotti, and appeared on bills with Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock. Now, the trans comedian returns to the stage as "the crazy old lady of comedy," in this tender, funny, and triumphant comeback story.


Making Sweet Tea directed by John L. Jackson, Jr. and Nora Gross
Austin Premiere

"Making Sweet Tea" is a documentary film that chronicles the journey of southern-born, black, gay researcher and performer, E. Patrick Johnson, as he travels home to North Carolina to come to terms with his past, and to Georgia, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C. to reconnect with six black gay men he interviewed for the book, "Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South—An Oral History."


No Box for Me: An Intersex Story directed by Floriane Devigne
Texas Premiere

Often intersex is still dealt with as a pathology that must be treated and repaired. The film reflects on the way intersex people seek to appropriate their bodies and construct their identities. It questions what our societies are ready to do in the name of social norms and what it means to be a man, a woman or a little of both...


Out Loud directed by Gail Willumsen
Southwest Premiere

"Out Loud" chronicles the ups and downs of the first season of the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles—the largest group of transgender and gender non-conforming people anywhere in the world who come together regularly to sing.


SHORT FILMS
* indicates film is in the short jury competition

1-1 directed by Naures Sager | Southwest Premiere

Ayman's sex date with Jonas gets crashed by friends Amirah and Samir, which takes a positive turn.


Acuitzeramo* directed by Miguel Angel Caballero | Southwest Premiere

Salvador, a gay Mexican elder who has lost his partner of 15 years, calls his partner's estranged son, Anthony, to tell him of his father's passing.


Are We Here Yet* directed by S. Chidi Amadiume | Southwest Premiere

A couple discovers they don't know as much about each other as they thought while they move into their new apartment.


Babydyke* directed by Tone Ottilie Frederiksen | North American Premiere

Frede goes with her big sister to a queer techno party to win back her ex. When this goes wrong, she tries to follow her sister's less romantic advice on how to get over your ex and not be a babydyke.


Birds of a Feather* directed by Varad Bhamburdekar | U.S. Premiere

In the courtyard of an Indian Palace, a male peacock named Kana fails to get his feathers up for a female named Ami until he meets another peacock named Madan with the same problem.


Buck* directed by Elegance Bratton and Jovan James | Texas Premiere

Caught in the midst of a depressive fugue Lynn turns to debauchery to ease his troubled soul only to discover that happiness is a complicated goal.


Buffalo directed by Freddie Paull | World Premiere

A blocked writer deals with loss and mid-life sexual awakening.


CC Dances the Go Go directed by Erin C. Buckley | Southwest Premiere

A little love story + go-go dancing.


Content directed by Chris Coats | Texas Premiere

When Kevin is asked to model for a professional photographer, he gets more than he bargained for.


Driving Louise* directed by Isaac Knopf | Southwest Premiere

On the road, Ezra's newfound insecurity with sexual identity builds while Louise silently recalls a hidden relationship with a woman fifty years prior.


The Family Album* directed by Anthony Chapman | Texas Premiere

A teenage home health care worker in deep south forms a special bond with her first client, a trans man in the final months of his life.


Last Summer with Uncle Ira* directed by Gary Jaffe and Katie Ennis | World Premiere

Before he leaves for his last year at summer camp, closeted teenager Daniel is nudged by his mother Rachel to share a moment and a glass of lemonade with his Uncle Ira, who is dying of complications from HIV/AIDS.


The Lonely Prince directed by Sohail Grover and Shivin | Texas Premiere

A lonely Prince, drowning in melancholy, invites a Sculptor to his court to create a piece of art just for him. As the Sculptor spends his days chiseling away on a block of marble, the Prince too discovers a new side of himself, for a brief moment forgetting the world of solitude that surrounds him.


Mankind directed by Layke Anderson | Texas Premiere

Will is a restless young man yearning to leave love and the Earth behind. When his partner Evan discovers he has submitted himself to be part of a controversial experiment to colonize Mars, he tries in vain to talk him out of it.


A Month of Single Frames directed by Lynne Sachs | Texas Premiere

In 2018, Barbara Hammer began her own process of dying by revisiting her personal archive. She gave all of her images, sounds and writing from the residency to filmmaker Lynne Sachs and invited her to make a film with the material.


Motta directed by Nish Gera | World Premiere

Motta follows "hard to classify" Brazilian artist Fabio da Motta as he questions the boundaries between fantasy, power, provocation, and art.


Naomi Replansky at 100 directed by Megan Rossman | World Premiere

This short documentary shares wisdom from the renowned poet as she celebrates her 100th year.


Old Hen directed by Todd I. Gordon | Southwest Premiere

Henry, a septuagenarian cross-dresser, finds his life abruptly changed when Dolores, his long-time co-worker and closest friend, suddenly dies, forcing him to come to terms with losing the only person who truly accepts his cross-dressing.


Orin & Anto directed by Michael Achtman | Southwest Premiere

A young, non-binary visitor to London returns to their Airbnb to find an older gay man has moved in while they were out. In a small studio flat over one turbulent night, Orin and Anto confront the queer generation gap and decide to make space for each other.


Our Service, Our Stories: The Evolution of the LGBT Military Experience* directed by Bill Anderson, Neil Beecher, Bill Duckworth, Belita Edwards, Ed Imparato, Michael La Borde, and Warren Tymony | Southwest Premiere

Featuring LGBT veterans who served between 1951 and 2017, this short documentary was made by a small group of senior veterans at the Los Angeles LGBT Center to ensure that the history of those who served is preserved and shared.


The Paint Wizzard* directed by Jessica Wolfson and Jessie Auritt | Austin Premiere

Millie The Paint Wizzard, is a transgender housepainter who lives and works out of her bright yellow RV in Austin, TX. Just a few years ago at the age of 58, Millie finally gained the courage to come out into the world as her true self.


Pete Can't Play Basketball directed by Nick Borenstein | Southwest Premiere

In a world where all that matters is basketball, Pete can't play basketball.


Porn Yesterday directed by Dave Quantic | Texas Premiere

A film about how terrible adults were at hiding porn and how good we were at finding it.


Query* directed by Sophie Kargman | Texas Premiere

Over the course of a day, Jay and Alex, roommates, and best friends spend their time verbally jousting over whether it's instinct or social norms that drive their heterosexual proclivities. Co-starring Justice Smith and Armie Hammer.


Ritornare* directed by Joelle Graham | Southwest Premiere

A lesbian nun in Sicily decides to follow her own moral compass, beyond the restraints of a conservative church and society.


Screenshots for a Goodbye directed by Ruth Caudeli | World Premiere

Andrea and Maca are facing the day after a break-up and they are going to struggle with all the difficulties that come after a goodbye.


The Shawl* directed by Sara Kiener | Austin Premiere

After years of long distance, a pair of big and beautiful boyfriends celebrate their reunion at a Stevie Nicks concert, where they share a brush with Magic.


Shéár Avory: To Be Continued* directed by Abram Cerda | Texas Premier

"Shéár Avory: To Be Continued" is the coming of age story of Shéár Avory, a 17-year-old aspiring social justice advocate in Los Angeles who navigates housing instability and familial dependency on their journey to adulthood.


Sparks* directed by Netta Shalev | North American Premiere

Set in 1994, homophobic Amit returns home; a year after the death of his twin brother, Yoni, who died of AIDS. Amit is surprised to find that his family and Yoni's former partner are going to a drag show in Yoni's memory.


Take Me to Prom* directed by Andrew Moir | Texas Premiere

Featuring intimate, charming interviews with queer Canadians ranging in age from 88 to 17, "Take Me to Prom" invites audiences to revisit an adolescent milestone while telling a story of social change that spans more than 70 years.


Tall Tales with True Queens* directed by Kristina Budelis and Leandro Badalotti | Texas Premiere

Drag Queen Story Hour is just what it sounds like—an event series of drag queens reading stories to kids in bookstores, libraries, schools, and beyond. This film is about that event series, focusing on the kids' experience of drag queen story hour—showing footage of the event and kids' reactions, as well as several interviews with kids on their impressions of the event.


This Is the Walk directed by Raymond Samame and Syra McCarthy | Texas Premiere

On the journey to self-autonomy we must shed layers of attachment.


Thrive directed by Jamie Di Spirito | Texas Premiere

A hookup between two young men—they make a connection, but it quickly becomes apparent they're looking for different things.


Vincy directed by Hugo Kenzo and Sophia Shek | Southwest Premiere

Music. Love. Queerness. Asian identity. The meaning of those terms in the words of non-binary singer-songwriter Vincy.


Vote Neil* directed by Honora Talbott | Texas Premiere

Two gay Marines in Birmingham, Alabama battle their hardest missing: Election Week 2018. Neil is a first-time politician running for State House. Mike is his fiancé and campaign manager searching for purpose. An intimate portrait about politics, the Southern LGBTQ experience, and one incredible love story.


QUEER BLACK VOICES FUND

The Queer Black Voices Fund was created in response to the recent events surrounding the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Javier Ambler, among other incidents between police officers and African Americans. The fund has been set up to ensure that queer black filmmakers, directors, writers, and actors are represented as part of aGLIFF programming every year. The organization will begin awarding grants next year to cover costs associated with submitting and showing qualified films as part of their annual festival and year-round programming. The fund will also be used to cover travel expenses to bring filmmakers to Austin for special events surrounding the festival when possible.

aGLIFF board member, Lenore Shefman of Shefman Law gave the fund a jump start by pledging to match donations made to the Queer Black Voices Fund up to $5,000. aGLIFF aims to raise the additional $5,000 before the conclusion of the upcoming aFLIFF 33: Prism festival.


TICKETING

aGLIFF 33: Prism Festival: Festival badges are $35 per weekend or $65 for both. aGLIFF is encouraging fans to consider membership to support the organization's year-round programming. Memberships include festival badges and an array of other perks depending on the level and range in price from $300 to $1200 and can be paid up front or in monthly installments. Members will have first access to reserving tickets for individual films and events upon purchase. Those who purchase or renew their membership before this year's festival will receive perks through 2021, including festival badges for next year. Memberships and festival badges are available for purchase now at agliff.org/BADGES.

Single tickets will be $12, plus applicable service fees and will be available later this month.


SPONSORS:

aGLIFF is made possible by the generous sponsorship of presenting sponsors Whole Foods and Tito's Handmade Vodka and additional sponsors City of Austin Cultural Division, Midtown Title, and Crunch Tax Services.


About aGLIFF:

aGLIFF was founded as the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival in 1987 and became a 501(c)3 in 1995. The festival began as a four-day event with just four films primarily focused on coming out and the AIDS epidemic. It has grown into a multifaceted nonprofit organization with year-round community programs and events culminating each year in the annual film festival. The organization changed its name to All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival in 2018 to reflect the changing landscape of how queer people identify. In 2019, the Board of Directors selected PRISM as our festival theme to highlight the way our festival can refract a single beam of art into multiple viewpoints, showcasing all the voices in the spectrum of our LGBTQ+ community through film.

The organization's mission is to create positive and visible film programs relevant to the lives of LGBTQ+ identified people, to educate the community about LGBTQ+ issues, to produce and promote the best in LGBTQ+ community-building events, and to support and partner with other organizations to enlighten the public.


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