Austin’s aGLIFF (The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival) announced its spring screenings along with two special events.
All events and screenings are virtual. See agliff.org/queer-spectrum for tickets and registration.
“Authenticity in LGBTQIA Films: Behind and In Front of the Camera”
10 a.m. March 20. Free.
aGLIFF’s unofficial SXSW panel features SXSW Filmmakers Wes Hurley (Potato Dreams of America) and Mari Walker (See You Then) and aGLIFF and Slamdance Filmmaker Angela Washko (Workhorse Queen), moderated by aGLIFF Artistic Director Bears Rebecca Fonte
“Workhorse Queen” | USA | 2020 | 87 minutes
A documentary about 1960’s inspired housewife Mrs. Kasha Davis (Ed Popil) who broke out of Rochester, New York, and onto the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” stage at age 44. An early elimination has Mrs. Davis struggling to navigate the highs and lows of reality TV stardom. In addition to Ed, the film focuses on the glowing drag scene in Rochester. The screening is followed by a Q&A with director/producer Angela Washko, Mrs. Kasha Davis (Ed Popil), and moderated by aGLIFF “spokesdiva” Conchita.
“Queer Film Theory 101: Spring Flings”
7 p.m. April 8
After a lifetime diet of heteronormative Hollywood fare, “Queer Film Theory 101” dissects films from the past and points out the hidden queer narratives. Even the most normative cinematic offering can become a gay ol’ time when pressed into shape by a warm, powerful queer palm.
“Cured” | USA | 2020 | 80 minutes
This powerful new documentary by Bennett Singer and Patrick Sammon illuminates a pivotal yet largely unknown chapter in the struggle for LGBT equality: the campaign that led the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses in 1973. The film takes audiences behind the scenes of this riveting drama to chronicle the strategy and tactics that led to a crucial victory in the movement for LGBT rights. Following the April 22 screening, there will be a community conversation with filmmaking team and panel of expert.
“Boy Meets Boy” | GERMANY | 2021 | 75 minutes
From director Daniel Sanchez Lopes comes the story Harry who has been partying for 48 hours when he meets Johannes on the dance floor of a club in Berlin. With 15 hours left until Harry’s flight back to London, Johannes offers to help him print his boarding pass. This mundane task leads to a day together wandering the city. The contrasts in their lives and values force them to confront their own truths.