February 3, 2023

aGLIFF announces list of festival films


aGLIFF, Austin’s LGBTQ+ film festival, announced its official program selections for this year’s event.

Running Aug. 24–28, this year’s festival will screen over 85 films including features, documentaries, and shorts. All films will play at Galaxy Theatres, 6700 Middle Fiskville Road.

Additionally the festival will offer a virtual component Aug. 29 – Sept. 5, after the in-person festival has concluded. The virtual festival will not be a full line-up but will include a majority of titles playing in-person.

“After two years of pandemic and the difficulties that made for filmmakers, I thought we would see a lull in indie cinema but this year the program is as awesome as ever,” said aGLIFF Artistic Director Bears Rebecca Fonté. “Writers and directors have found really surprising ways to make one location feel expansive. Documentaries that touch on AIDS feel strangely newly timely. I’m so grateful that for 35 years this festival has served as a place that filmmakers can come together and share their art and learn from each other and this year that feels more important than ever.”

The festival opens with Peter Jones’ “All Man: The International Male Story” a documentary that charts the three decades of the mail-order clothing brand and catalog’s unlikely but lasting impact on fashion, masculinity, and sexuality in America.

Known as the “Victoria’s Secret for men,” International Male winked at gay men while reaching gay and straight customers alike as it redefined images of masculinity in America culture, generating revenue and circulation in the millions.

The clothing company was founded in 1976 by Gene Burkard, a once-closeted Midwesterner and GI, who found freedom in San Diego, where he transformed men’s fashion into something cosmopolitan, carefree, and trendsetting.

This character-driven documentary crafts a portrait of a band of outsiders who changed the way men would look at themselves, at each other and how the world would look at them.

The film’s writer and produce Jones will be in attendance for the opening Aug. 24. Red carpet begins at 6 p.m. with the screening at 7 p.m. For tickets see

Jones is the two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner for his A&E Biography special “Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow,” and for “Stardust: The Bette Davis Story.” His “Johnny Carson: King of Late Night” remains the most popular Jones began his career as a reporter for Austin’s KVUE 24 (ABC).

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