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Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Sets Lineup For 27th Edition

Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Sets Lineup For 27th Edition

The 27th edition of the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival is just a few weeks away, and we have the full lineup for anyone heading to or living in our favorite Texan city. The films listed below come in addition to the festival’s big events, with “Matthew Shepard is a Friend of Mine” opening the festival, “Regarding Susan Sontag” as the centrepiece and “Dior and I” and “Appropriate Behavior” collectively closing down AGLIFF 2014.

More info is available on the festival’s website. The festival runs September 10-14, 2014.

NARRATIVE FILM TITLES

Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme) (dir. Xavier Dolan, 2013,
Canada & France, In French with English Subtitles, 102 min., Texas
Premiere)

Saturday, Sept. 13 at
10:00 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: Tom (played by Dolan), a grief-stricken young
ad copywriter visits his dead lover’s parents — only to get drawn into a savage
game rooted in the rural family’s dark past — a psychosexual thriller that
pulses with style.

Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLOJpY6DfAE

Dual (Dvojina) (dir. Nejc Gazvoda, 2013,
Solvenia/Croatia/Denmark, In Slovenian & Danish with English Subtitles, 102
min., Texas Premiere – NARRATIVE JURY COMPETITION

Sunday, Sept. 14 at 3:15 p.m.,
Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: Each struggling to find her place in the world,
two young women’s lives are forever altered when one gets stranded in Slovenia
on her way to Greece and their experiences become interwoven.

Film
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi6cV-YeMds

 

The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho) (dir. Daniel
Ribeiro, 2014, Brazil, In Portuguese with English Subtitles, 95 min, Texas
Premiere)

Saturday, Sept. 13 at 5:05 p.m.,
Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: The 2014 Berlin Film Festival favorite and
Teddy Winner might be the most unexpected and honest romance of a blind teenage
boy discovering love and managing to see what he wants.

Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4inBopl2dE


I am
Happiness on Earth (Yo Soy la Felicidad de Este Mundo) (Dir. Julián Hernández,
2014, México, In Spanish with English Subtitles,
115 min., Texas Premiere)

Thursday,
September 11 at 10:45 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: Emiliano is a butterfly, going from boy to boy
until he meets one he has and loses. CONTAINS EXPLICIT SEXUAL CONTENT

Film
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhf3NA-VqoI 

Cupcakes
(Dir. Eytan Fox, 2013, Israel, In Hebrew with
English Subtitles, 92 min., Texas Premiere)

Sunday,
September 14 at 5:45 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: Need some cheering up?  See how these six
neighbors “tune in” to the needs of one of them in the new film from Israeli
director, Eytan Fox

Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ta4KhyMwmE

 

Floating Skyscrapers (Plynace wiezowce) (dir. Tomasz
Wasilewski, 2013, Poland,
In Polish with English Subtitles, 93 min., Texas Premiere)

Thursday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline:
Swimmer Kuba lives a comfortable life with his girlfriend
Sylwie, until he meets handsome Mikal and must choose by giving into his
passion breaking barriers or holding in his emotions before he loses
everything.

Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T6GvG5mm2U

 

Lilting
(Dir. Hong Khaou, 2014, U.K., In English &
Mandarin with English Subtitles, 86 min., Texas Premiere)
 

Saturday,
September 13 at 7:15 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: When his boyfriend, Kai, dies in an accident
Richard is left trying to help Kai’s mother, who only speaks Chinese and is
marooned in a nursing home.

Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8HhLd07fYY

 

Ever
(Dir. Josh Beck, 2013, U.S., 98 min., Southwest Premiere) – NARRATIVE JURY COMPETITION

Friday,
September 12 at 8:00 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: Shutting out and shutting down seem to be
Ever’s preferred methods for coping with a tragic loss, but a chance meeting
with photographer Emily captures her attention and begins to open her heart
anew.

Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8HhLd07fYY

 

Boys
(Jongens) (Dir. Mischa Kamp, 2014, Netherlands, In
Dutch with English Subtitles, 78 min., Texas Premiere)

Friday,
September 12 at 10:30 a.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: Marc and Sieger run track together and
discover that they have feelings for each other. Sieger tries hanging out with
Jessica, but that doesn’t stop the feelings.

Film
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn8rVEFurBE

 

20 Lies,
4 Parents and a Little Egg (20 Leugens, 4 ouders en een scharrelei) (Dir. Hanro
Smitsman, 2013, Netherlands, In Dutch with
English Subtitles, 78 min., Texas Premiere)

Sunday,
September 14 at 1:15 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: A rebellious teen suddenly finds himself
spending time with the father he’s never met.

The 10-Year
Plan (Dir. JC Calciano, 2014, U.S., 90 min, Texas Premiere)

Saturday,
September 13 at 12:30 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: Two best friends have to find Mr. Right before
they plan to marry each other. Time is running out!

Film
Trailer:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7eCIfx1A6A

 

The Dark
Place (Dir. Jody Wheeler, 2014, U.S., 90 min., Southwest Premiere) – NARRATIVE JURY COMPETITION
 

Director
Jody Wheeler and stars Timo Descamps & Sean Paul Lockhart in attendance.
 

Friday,
September 12 at 9:30 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: The estranged heir to a wine fortune must unravel
a conspiracy that frames him for murder, threatens his inheritance, and
endangers his very life itself.

Film
Trailer:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckeOVaBs-2k

 

BFFS
(Dir. Andrew Putschoegl, 2013, U.S., 95 min., Texas Premiere)

Director
Andrew Putschoegl in attendance.

Thursday,
September 11 at 6:45 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: Looking for a few days of vacation and
amusement, best friends Kat and Samantha pretend to be lovers while attending a
couple’s weekend workshop and things get really complicated. 

Film
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSNALNrTMiQ

  

Boy Meets
Girl (Dir.
Eric
Schaeffer
,
2014, U.S., 95 min., Texas Premiere)

Saturday,
September 13 at 10:00 a.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: Coming into your own personhood and loving
yourself and who you are. What do “boy” and “girl” really mean after all?   

Film
Trailer:
http://vimeo.com/95299762

 

Rosie
(Dir. Marcel Gisler, 2013, Switzerland, In Swiss
& German with English Subtitles, 106 min., Texas Premiere)
NARRATIVE JURY COMPETITION

Friday,
September 12 at 2:45 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline:  They say you can’t choose your family,
but you can choose your friends. Sometimes it turns out your friends choose
you, and your family isn’t quite as you had thought.

Film
Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUWiL4vpI3mSQoIbHFqaZ3cA&v=NQe7d2fcxLA

 

Futuro
Beach (Praia do Futuro) (Dir. Karim Ainouz, 2014, Brazil & Germany, In Portuguese & German with English Subtitles, 106
min., Texas Premiere)

Sunday,
September 14 at 12:30 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: Emotionally lost at sea, a Brazilian lifeguard
follows his lover to Germany and soon finds himself retreating further and
further away until a vestige of his past reemerges. 

Film
Trailer:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adngT1UNMOY

 

Blackbird
(Dir. Patrik-Ian Polk, 2014, U.S., 97 min., Texas Premiere)

Saturday,
September 13 at 12:45 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline:  A young singer struggles with his
sexuality and the treatment of others while coming of age in a small Southern
Baptist community.

Film
Trailer:
https://vimeo.com/86641697

 

Tiger
Orange (Dir. Wade Gasque, 2014, U.S., 76 min., Southwest Premiere) – NARRATIVE JURY COMPETITION

Friday,
September 12 at 5:45 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: In the small Central California town where they
grew up, two estranged gay brothers struggle to reconnect after the recent
death of their father when they return home for some unfinished business.

Film
Trailer:
https://vimeo.com/99100740

  

Eternity:
The Movie (Dir. Ian Thorpe, 2014, U.S., 92 min., Texas Premiere)

Thursday,
September 11 at 8:30 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline:  Fate brought Todd Lucas and BJ Fairchild
together to form the ultimate 80’s power ballad duo Eternity. Love will tear
them apart, and their songs of heartbreak and loss will redefine their genre
and bromance.

Film
Trailer: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nevrHyHVNIM

  

Ed Wood
(Dir. Tim Burton, 1994, U.S., 127 min., 20th anniversary screening)

Sunday,
September 14 at 10:15 a.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: One of the most under-appreciated films of the
1990’s and winner of two Academy Awards, “Ed Wood” is certainly one of Burton’s
finest directorial efforts. “Ed Wood” (played by Johnny Depp) celebrates the
life of Edward D. Wood Jr., perhaps best known as the worst filmmaker of
all-time.

 Film
Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CawVaHxWvnA

  

Mysterious
Skin (Dir. Gregg Araki, 2004, Netherlands & U.S., 105 min., 10th
anniversary screening)

Friday,
September 12 at 11:45 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: From Gregg Araki, “Mysterious Skin” follows a teenage hustler and a young
man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths and together discovering a
horrible, liberating truth from their past.

Film
Trailer
: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Lp5v4oQZRw

DOCUMENTARY FILM TITLES

Kumu Hina
(Dir. Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson, 2014, U.S., 75 min., Austin Premiere)
 

Friday,
September 12 at 12:45 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: A transgender teacher of traditional dance in
Hawaii shares her struggles with her marriage and with her students to help
them be whoever they are meant to be.

 

Film
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDaAoYZUlUA

 

QUEENS & COWBOYS: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo (dir.
Matt Livadary, 2014, U.S., 92 min., Austin Premiere) – DOCUMENTARY JURY
COMPETITION

Documentary subject, Wade Earp in attendance.

Saturday, September 13 at 2:45 p.m., Alamo Drafthouse S.
Lamar

Logline:
“Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay
Rodeo” chronicles a complete season of the International Gay Rodeo
Association (IGRA).

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVEu61-2VyY

 

The Rugby
Player (Dir. Scott Gracheff, 2013, U.S., 90 min., Texas Premiere)
 

Director
Scott Gracheff in attendance.

Thursday, September 11 at
9:30 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline:
“The
Rugby Player” pays tribute to one of the gay heroes of the 9/11 tragedy Mark
Bingham.

Film
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5Is5RfSUWA

 


Peter de
Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn (Dir. Ethan Reid, 2014, U.K., 97 min., U.S.
Premiere)

Director
Ethan Reid in attendance.

Saturday,
September 13 at 9:30 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: “Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn” is a
stroll down memory lane with the inspiring, unapologetic director of numerous
explicit shorts and features from the 1960’s and 1970’s that influenced
director Wakefield Poole to create the first widely-available gay porn film,
“Boys in the Sand.” CONTAINS EXPLICIT SEXUAL CONTENT.

Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojESUY3dAvY

 

FOLSOM FOREVER (dir. Mike Skiff, 2013, U.S., 72 min.,
Southwest Premiere)
 

Sunday, September 14 at 8:15 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline:  “Folsom Forever” tells the story of
how this little street fair started in 1984 and grew into the biggest outdoor
kink and fetish event in the world, and managed to do a lot of good along the
way. CONTAINS EXPLICIT CONTENT.

Film
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr_dZubjeyM

 

The
Circle (Der Kreis) (Dir. Stefan Haupt, 2014, Switzerland, In German & French with English Subtitles,
102 min., Texas Premiere)

Sunday,
September 14 at 5:30 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: One of the most acclaimed documentaries of 2014
and winner of the prestigious Teddy Award, “The Circle” uncovers the
fascinating universe of one of the first gay liberation communities as the film
depicts a decades-long love story.

 

Film
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_qO03QFGT8

 

Out in
the Night (Dir. blair dorosh-walther, 2014, U.S., 75 min., Austin Premiere)
 

Saturday,
September 13 at 3:15 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: Under the neon lights in a gay-friendly
neighborhood of New York City, four young African-American lesbians are
violently and sexually threatened by a man on the street.

Film
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C-tcO18hYs

 

When My
Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen Ra and The Theremin (Dir. Robert Nazar
Arjoyan, 2014, U.S., 85 min., Southwest Premiere) – DOCUMENTARY JURY
COMPETITION
 

Friday,
September 12 at 3:15 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: Let Theremin virtuoso Armen Ra transport you to
another time and place with his haunting, mystifying performances, and see the
‘Hell’ to Amanda Lepore’s ‘Heaven’. A new ‘Queen of the Theremin’ has taken the
stage.

Film
Trailer:
https://vimeo.com/59380528

 

Queers in
the Kingdom: Let Your Light Shine (Dir. Markie Hancock, 2014, U.S.,, 74 min.,
Southwest Premiere)
 

Thursday,
September 11 at 11:30 a.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: “Queers in the Kingdom: Let Your Light Shine”
tracks both the evangelical history of this nation and the emergence of One
Wheaton — a group of LGBTQ alumni and allies from Wheaton College (Billy
Graham’s Alma Mater). One Wheaton takes action to support current students and
each other as many connect to their backgrounds and college experience for the
first time.

Film
Trailer:
https://vimeo.com/87229945

Invisible
(Dir. Dionisio Traverso, 2013, U.S., 99 min., Southwest Premiere)

Director
Dio Traverso in attendance.
 

Thursday,
September 11 at 4:00 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: Young men with few resources living in
Providence, Rhode Island, attempt to survive using their bodies to support
themselves while trying to escape their situation.

Film
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qr1tmuGADI

Limited
Partnership (Dir. Thomas G. Miller, 2014, U.S., 75 min., Southwest Premiere) –
DOCUMENTARY JURY COMPETITION

Saturday,
September 13 at 5:15 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: “Limited Partnership” is a feature documentary
about the historic 40-year struggle of Richard Adams, a gay Filipino-American,
and his Australian spouse, Tony Sullivan, to remain together, in spite of U.S.
laws that attempt to force them apart.

Film
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5IXJw0GvsM

Mala Mala
(Dir. Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles, 2014, U.S./Puerto Rico, In English & Spanish with English Subtitles,
87 min., Texas Premiere) – DOCUMENTARY JURY COMPETITION

Directors
Antonio Santini & Dan Sickles expected to attend.

Friday, September 12 at
10:30 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: In a celebration of the trans community in
Puerto Rico, the fissure between internal and external is an ever-present
battle and “Mala Mala” explores, a diverse collection of subjects
that include LGBTQ advocates, business owners, sex workers, and a boisterous
group of drag performers who call themselves The Doll House. 

Film
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnFEHwi0jik

 

One: A
Story of Love and Equality (Dir. Becca Roth, 2014, U.S., 102 min., Austin
Premiere)
 

Thursday,
September 11 at 1:30 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: Us vs Them in our fight for equal rights…”One:
A Story of Love and Equality” explores a search for “them” and what makes
“them” tick.

Film
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50FxLBq83Wo

Kate
Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger (Dir. Sam Feder, 2014, U.S., 72
min., Texas Premiere) – DOCUMENTARY JURY COMPETITION
 

Friday,
September 12 at 5:15 p.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: A self-described trans-dyke, reluctant-polyamorist, sadomasochist,
and recovering Scientologist, Kate Bornstein has been instrumental in raising
transgender visibility. She is a role model for a generation of people that is
learning how to define its gender and sexuality, and survive in a world that
frequently greets them with hate and hostility.

Film
Trailer:
http://vimeo.com/84257153

 

FAMILY SCREENING FILM (FREE SCREENING)

The 5,000
Fingers of Dr. T. (Dir. Roy Rowland, 1953, U.S., 89 min., Free Family
Screening)

Sunday,
September 14 at 10:00 a.m., Drafthouse S. Lamar

Logline: “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.” is a musical
fantasy film and the only feature film written by Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr.
Seuss), who was responsible for the story, screenplay and lyrics.

Film
Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgpfMxYFSmE

 

SHORT FILM CATAGORIES

EXPERIMENTAL
SHORTS PROGRAM

Various
Directors
86 min., U.S., Australia & Netherlands

Thursday,
September 11 at 10:00 a.m. / Drafthouse S. Lamar

 

THE ALBUM
(Southwest Premiere) SHORT FILM EXPERIMENTAL JURY COMPETITION

Ray Rea /
2014 / 15 min. / USA

 

“The
Album” is an homage to a photo album I was given after my Great Uncle’s a
pre-Stonewall gay man’s death.

 

BECOMING
FLIRTY (Southwest Premiere)

Mian
Carvin / 2014 / 5 / USA

 

A
celebration of transformation and being true to oneself, starring the incomparable
F. Troy Dazell as the effervescent Flirticia Fondue.

 

BREED
(Southwest Premiere) SHORT FILM EXPERIMENTAL JURY COMPETITION

Staton
Cameron / 2014 / 4 min. / USA

 

Caught
between two worlds, the son (a wolf) must decide whether that being true to
himself is worth the loss of his human father’s approval.

 

CYCLE OF
THE WITCH (or, sorry I missed church, I was busy practicing witchcraft and
becoming a lesbian) (Southwest Premiere) SHORT FILM EXPERIMENTAL JURY
COMPETITION

 

In the
eyes of her conservative Christian family a witch is evil and a lesbian is
depraved, but the life she creates is so much more spiritual than they can
imagine.

 

HEAD-TIE
(Texas Premiere)

Alan
Weintraub / 2014 / 11 min. / USA

 

“Head-Tie”
is the story of two lovers who demonstrate the highest and lowest points of a
relationship within the span of a beautiful and treacherous ten-minute dance.

 

INTRINSIC
MORAL EVIL (Austin Premiere) SHORT FILM EXPERMENTAL JURY COMPETITION

Harm
Weistra / 2014 / 11 min. / Netherlands

 

Three
dancers play a game with the viewer’s perception and expectations: is it a
memory, a dream, or a search for identity?

 

I TOLD
HER THIS WAS HOME (Texas Premiere) SHORT FILM EXPERIMENTAL JURY COMPETITION

Irit
Reinheimer / 2013 / 8 min. / USA

 

“I Told
Her This Was Home” explores ideas of landlessness and diaspora through
abstracted dreamscapes constructed by layering new and archival footage,
rotoscoping, and text.

 

LILY IN
THE GRINDER (U.S. Premiere) SHORT FILM EXPERIMENTAL JURY COMPETITION

Michael
Morgenstern / 2014 / 14 min. / USA

 

Stuck in
a jobless rut, Ryan searches for meaning. When he encounters tragedy,
everything in his life looks a little bit different. Bridging experimental and
narrative form, “Lily in the Grinder” uses visual metaphor and an original
string quartet score in an exploration of time and meaning.

 

TEAGAN
(Texas Premiere)

Igor
Coric & Sheldon Lieberman / 2013 / 3 min. / Australia

Using recorded interview
material and representative artwork, “Teagan” touches on the fear and
loneliness of living in the closet, and the joy and confidence that comes with
stepping into the light.

 

DRAMATIC SHORTS PROGRAM

Dramatic
Shorts Program #1

 

Various
Directors

103 min.,
U.S., Australia, Canada, Sweden, Italy & Netherlands

Thursday,
September 11 at 12:30 p.m. / Drafthouse S. Lamar

 

ALL GOD’S
CHILDREN (Southwest Premiere)

Brendon
McDonall / 2012 / 18 min. / Australia

 

Two
brothers, both children, are forced to play together while their single mother
is at work. The older brother must confront his rage at his younger sibling’s
dainty dolls and costumes.

 

CAGED
(Uitgesproken) (Southwest Premiere)

Lazlo
Tonk, Dylan Tonk / 2013 / 14 min. / Netherlands

 

When a
high school track athlete discovers that his teammate and best friend is gay he
must risk either his friendship or his reputation.

 

CHRIS (My
Queer Movie Project) (Texas Premiere)

Zachary
Oschin / 2014 / 10 min. / USA

 

A high
school girl has one day to ask her dream date to go to prom. Can she work up
the courage to do it?

 

A LAST
FAREWELL (Ett Sista Farväl) (Texas Premiere) SHORT FILM NARRATIVE JURY
COMPETITION

Casper
Andreas / 2013 / 13 min. / Sweden

 

“A Last
Farewell” is both a calm and upsetting portrait of an aging author’s sorrow
over the death of his long-term partner.

 

PLATONIC
SOLID (Southwest Premiere)

Sarah
Downey / 2014 / 20 min. / USA

Parker
and Madison, two would-be lovers, attempt to re-define the term ‘soul mate’ in
this story of love, loss, coming out, and coming of age.

 

SIC.
(Southwest Premiere)

Joshua
Hinkson / 2014 / 9 min. / Canada

 

After a
year a part, lifelong friends Wyatt and Elijah reconnect and a provocative
secret polarizes the two friends as they struggle to reconcile their feelings
of loss, love and humiliation.

 

SLING (My
Queer Movie Project) (World Premiere)

Tyler
Byrnes / 2014 / 4 min. / USA

 

A young
couple, get into an argument. When David throws Alex against the wall, David
leaves, in shock at what he has done to his partner.

 

 

WITH
CLOSED EYES (Ad occhi chiusi) (Texas Premiere)

Lisa
Riccardi / 2013 / 15 min. / Italy

 

A love
story between two teenagers, Sara and Ginevra, becomes dangerous when the
father of the youngest discovers them, forcing his daughter to make a choice.

 

Dramatic
Shorts Program #2

Various
Directors

85 min.,
U.S. & Canada

Friday,
September 12 at 12:30 p.m. / Drafthouse S. Lamar

 

GRIND
(Texas Premiere)

Zachary
Halley / 2014 / 32 min. / US

 

An
articulate older man befriends a young model, and impersonates him on a mobile
cruising app to help the young model score tricks. But things get dark when it
turns out that the older man’s sexual tastes are… murderous. A musical.

 

HECTOR:
LOST SOULS WITH SWITCHBLADES (Texas Premiere)

Jeff
Compton / 2014 / 15 min. / US

 

Hector, a
modern day 50’s styled greaser boi, heads out for the night to see his girl,
Gloria. Hector’s Aunt Lidia and her boyfriend Johnny criticize him and threaten
to throw him out if he doesn’t change his strange ways.

 

JUNE
(U.S. Premiere)

Aaron
Chan / 2013 / 7 min. / Canada

 

In the
middle of the night, a ghost tries to communicate to his still-alive lover by
playing piano.

 

PEPPER
(Texas Premiere)

Craig
Robert Young, Marc Cleary / 2013 / 18 min. / USA

 

When a
washed up old drag queen finds a young child abandoned outside her club, she
has to find a way to befriend him and return him to his family.

 

YOU’RE
DEAD TO ME (Austin Premiere)

Wu Tsang
/ 2013 / 13 min. / USA

 

Andrea, a
grieving Chicana mother, confronts an uninvited family member before her Dia de
los Muertos celebration.

 

 

Dramatic
Shorts Program #3

Various
Directors

107 min.,
U.S. & Canada

Sunday,
September 14 at 3:00 p.m. / Drafthouse S. Lamar

 

ADVENT
(Southwest Premiere)

John
Bickerstaff / 2014 / 26 min. / USA

 

They came
from Outer Space! Sometime in the 1950’s, extraterrestrial lights appear in the
sky above middle America. One family must encounter the awe, fear, and
inspiration from visitors from another world.

 

BLACK IS
BLUE (Texas Premiere) SHORT FILM NARRATIVE JURY COMPETITION

Cheryl
Dunye / 2014 / 17 min. / USA

 

“Black is
Blue” is a look at a stealth security guard who has struggled to make his
insides match his outside.

 

THE GOOD
KIND (World Premiere)

Ofelia
Yanez / 2014 / 14 min. / USA

 

When
Bianca and Natalia decide to skip class and head to the local gay bar, where
they meet a quirky drag queen bartender who is quick to pry. But it’s in the
safety of this bar that the girls allow themselves to immerse in the
fascination of their feelings for each other, until the dream is abruptly
shattered by an unexpected incident.

 

INSIDE
THE BOX (Texas Premiere)

David
Martin-Porras / 2013 / 15 min. / USA

 

“Inside
the Box” tells the story of Matt, a cop from a small town in Texas who hides a
secret from his wife to keep his family together.

 

JASON’S
DAD (Southwest Premiere)

Matthew
Campea / 2014 / 14 min. / Canada

 

Jason, a
disgruntled teenager, intercepts a series of text messages from what appears to
be a mistress.  Using his father’s cell phone, he sets up a meeting to confront
the woman for answers.

 

LOST
PINES (Southwest Premiere)

Britta
Lundin / 2014 / 17 min. / USA

“Lost Pines” is a dark
detective thriller about love, betrayal, and Oxy. When Stef’’s forced to choose
between her loyalties and her friend when all clues lead back to the ex-best
friend she’s still in love with, Faith.

 

COMEDY SHORTS PROGRAMS

Comedy
Shorts Program #1
 

Various
Directors

79 min.,
U.S. & Canada

Thursday,
September 11 at 3:30 p.m. / Alamo Drafthouse S. Lamar

 

99.7%
(World Premiere)

Suzette McCanny
/ 2014 / 22 min. / Canada

 

A lonely
on-line dating programmer finds a friendship where she was a expecting a lover.
Or did she find a lover where she was expecting a friend?

 

ANASTASIA
(Southwest Premiere)

Tao Chu
Chun / 2014 / 9 min. / USA

 

In the
middle of a sexy sleepover, a man is surprised by the arrival of his date’s
wife, who is too friendly for comfort.

 

IF WE
TOOK A HOLIDAY (Southwest Premiere)

Glenn
Gaylord / 2014 / 18 min. / USA

 

For her
best friend’s birthday an actress agrees to impersonate Madonna for the entire
day, and their real-life problems can’t stop the celebration.

 

 

A SLICE
OF MY LIFE (World Premiere)

Mickey
Cevallos, Gibby Cevallos / 2014 / 30 min. / USA

“A Slice of My Life” is a
satirical comedy about same sex marriages, religion and family as seen through
the eyes of Yvonne Lopez, a self-described womanizing, monoga-phobe who
recently moved back to Texas after same-sex marriages became legal in the state
of California.

 

Comedy
Shorts Program #2
 

Various
Directors

88 min.,
U.S. & Canada

Sunday,
September 14 at 7:45 p.m. / Alamo Drafthouse S. Lamar

 

ADJUST-A-DREAM
(Texas Premiere)

Jonathan
Wysocki / 2013 / 6 min. / USA

 

Two men
are picking out a mattress to share in their new home, and discover that
domestic bliss takes more than a pillow-top.

 

BARRIO BOY (Southwest Premiere) SHORT FILM NARRATIVE JURY
COMPETITION

Dennis
Shinners / 2014 / 8 min. / USA

 

In a
Latino neighborhood in Brooklyn, a simple barber shares his most intimate
desires as he grooms a man who captures his affection.

 

GAYSIAN
(Southwest Premiere)

Austin
Wong / 2014 / 10 min. / Canada

 

When a
gay Asian man notices that many gay men are taking a ‘no-Asian’ stance, he
tries a group he previously avoided – rice queens, men ONLY attracted to
Asians.

 

GOOD
MORNING (Texas Premiere)

Peter
Knegt, Stephen Dunn / 2014 / 10 min. / Canada

 

That
awkward moment when you wake up hungover the night after your 30th birthday to
unknowingly discover a 17 year old in your apartment (but not in your bed).

 

SEX DATE
(Southwest Premiere)

John
Sobrack / 2014 / 16 min. / USA

 

Randall,
a young man running from the police, is attempting to get off of the streets.
He enters a gated apartment building and is welcomed in by Kenton, who mistakes
Randall for his on-line hook-up. Randall goes along with the charade to be
hidden from the cops.

 

SURPRISE
(Texas Premiere) SHORT FILM NARRATIVE JURY COMPETITION

Leslie
Bumgarner / 2014 / 10 min. / USA

 

A mother
and son confess their secrets. POW! BOOM! Surprise.

 

SWADHISTHANA
(Texas Premiere)

Joel Mahr
/ 2014 / 20 min. / USA

 

The
carnal and creative expertise of a mother and father are boldly put to the test
when they attempt to enlighten their teenage children on matters of adult
education after unwittingly discovering that their son is gay.

 

TRUTH OR
DARE (Texas Premiere)

Branden
Blinn / 2014 / 8 min. / USA

Two straight couples play
the most dangerous game man has ever invented.

 

LATE NIGHT & SEXY SHORTS

 

Late
Night & Sexy Shorts

 

Various
Directors

104 min.,
U.S., UK, Israel & Greece

Saturday,
September 13 at 11:59 p.m. / Drafthouse S. Lamar

 

BEING
THERE (U.S Premiere)

Ben Hakim
/ 2013 / 19 min. / Israel

 

A young
guy’s quest for BDSM and love turns into a whole new reality.

 

BRACE
(Texas Premiere) – SHORT FILM NARRATIVE JURY COMPETITION

Sophy Holland
& Alicya Eyo / 2013 / 30 min. / UK

 

There’s
violence on the streets when Adam pursues a relationship with a younger, more
reserved man whose past is a web of secrets.

 

GOODNIGHT
MY LOVE (Southwest Premiere)

Kellee
Terrell / 2013 / 11 min. / USA

 

In an
apartment building overrun by zombies, Aimee and Cynthia, a black lesbian
couple, hide in a laundry room trying to figure out their next move.

 

 

 

HOME FROM
THE GYM (Southwest Premiere)

Robert
Hawk / 2014 / 6 min. / USA

 

Hot,
sweaty, and worn out, an athlete returns home late at night and bares
everything.

 

THE HUMAN
BAT (Άνθρωπος Νυχτερίδα) (My Queer Movie Project) (Texas Premiere)

Petros
Ioannidis / 2013 / 10 min. / Greece

 

A young
damsel is at distress for she is at the mercy of three violent masked thugs.
Her struggle is interrupted, when a familiar knightly figure emerges from the
shadows of the metropolis.

 

MISS MIAO
(Southwest Premiere)

Kayla
Morrisey / 2014 / 10 min. / USA

 

A
mild-mannered woman seeks alternative medicine for a bad case of insomnia, but
the remedy of Miss Miao can bring nightmares to life.

 

PAINTED
PARAKEETS (World Premiere)

Jared
Hornsby / 2014 / 14 min. / USA

 

“Painted
Parakeets,” tells the story of two women and how their lives are forever linked
in ways that they never imaged. Sadly, they are also forever separated in some
ways by the truth that has always been concealed from them.

 

WOOF
(Texas Premiere)

Rich Yap
/ 2014 / 4 min. / USA

On a late
night walk through the woods a young man takes a detour for an illicit
rendezvous and finds that there’s a monster lurking in the dark.

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAMS
 

Documentary
Shorts Program #1

 

Various
Directors

99 min.,
U.S., Australia, Italy & UK

Friday,
September 12 at 10:00 a.m. / Drafthouse S. Lamar

 

ALFREDO’S
FIRE (Texas Premiere) – SHORT FILM DOCUMENTARY JURY COMPETITION

Andy
Abrahams Wilson / 2014 / 40 min. / Italy

 

“Alfredo’s
Fire” chronicles one man’s descent into darkness as he struggles to reconcile
his faith and sexuality. On January 13, 1998 Alfredo Ormando, a closeted gay
writer from Sicily, shocked the world by lighting himself on fire in St.
Peter’s Square, the only time such a protest had taken place on Vatican soil.
Despite the attempt by some in the gay community to frame the event as the
spark of the ‘Italian Stonewall,’ Alfredo’s gesture quickly faded into
obscurity.

 

ALL EYES
ON ME – TRANS IDENTITY THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY (North American Premiere)

Harun
Guler, Larissa De Filippo / 2014 / 5 min. / UK

 

A short
film about exploring the relationship of identity through photography. It
questions how the construction of transgender identity can be developed through
self portraits and portraits.

 

CLAN
(Southwest Premiere)

Larissa
Behrendt / 2013 / 8 min. / Australia

 

Throughout
his entire life living in Australia, a gay Aboriginal man struggles to find
community. He finds it in the most unlikely of places – a rugby team.

 

INTO THE
STREETS (Southwest Premiere)

Logan
Mucha / 2013 / 6 min. / Australia

 

It was
1978 in Sydney and Craig was a naïve teenager who became swept up in the birth
of a movement. Through a fragmented recollection, he revisits the chaotic
events of the first Sydney Gay Mardi Gras.

 

LADIES
& GENTLEMAN: PHATIMA RUDE (Southwest Premiere)

Paul R.
King / 2014 / 25 min. / USA

 

Kevin
Pankonin, (a.k.a. Phatima as well as Lee Rude) has performed in San Francisco
for the last 20 years. S/he has been instrumental in shaping the performative
alternative queer punk drag scene that has now become internationally famous,
yet s/he has never reaped any financial benefits.

REFUGE (Southwest
Premiere) – SHORT FILM DOCUMENTARY JURY COMPETITION

Melanie
Aronson / 2014 / 13 min. / USA

 

Douglas
Turnbaugh, a 78 year-old Manhattan intellectual with a hidden passion for
whips, bondage, and younger men, relives the evolution of his sexuality and
how, from a very young age, he came to discover his love for Sadomasochism.

 

 

Documentary
Shorts Program #2

 

Various
Directors

83 min.,
U.S.A.

Saturday,
September 13 at 10:15 a.m. / Drafthouse S. Lamar

 

BrocKINGton
(World Premiere) – SHORT FILM DOCUMENTARY JURY COMPETITION

Maggie
Sloane, Mason Sklut, Sergio Ingato / 2014 / 9 min. / USA

 

Against
all odds, an African American FTM student is crowned homecoming king at his
senior prom.

 

CITY OF
THE DAMNED (Texas Premiere)– SHORT FILM DOCUMENTARY JURY COMPETITION

Stephanie
Lincoln, Matt Rogers, Mor Albalak, Shaneika Lai / 2013 / 16 min. USA

 

“City of
the Damned” focuses on LGBT rights in the face of the brutal anti-homosexuality
bill before the Ugandan Parliament. Although the death penalty has been
withdrawn from the bill due heavily to international pressure, punishments are
harsh and public opinion remains the biggest threat to the Ugandan LGBT
community.

 

THE LIVES
OF LaMOTT ATKINS (Southwest Premiere)

Robert
Philipson / 2014 / 35 min. / USA

 

Looking
back on a unique life as an entertainer, Euro-pop singer, Broadway performer,
and yogi, the incomparable LaMott Akins tells the truth about his struggles and
his triumphs.

 

THE
TROUBLE WITH RAY (Austin Premiere) – SHORT FILM DOCUMENTARY JURY COMPETITION

Travis
Johns / 2014 / 23 min. / USA

 

“The
Trouble with Ray”, celebrates the singular voice of gay civil rights legend Ray
Hill and highlights his personal experiences with the players and events that
have shaped the gay rights movement in America for the past 40 years.

 

 

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