For the first time in its 33 years, the All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF) will go virtual.
More than 50 feature and short films showcasing the diverse experiences of queer people will stream August 6-9 and August 13-16 during aGLIFF 33: Prism.
As a preview and to celebrate Pride month, from June 11-14 aGLIFF will host “Prism Pride Weekend” a free weekend of films and programming.
Register for a free pass at agliff.org. Feature films have a limited number of views available on a first come, first served basis.
“We are living through a historic moment where the entire film industry has had to rapidly adapt to survive in these current times,” said Casandra Alston, aGLIFF board president. “We’ve had to shift our mindset to determine the best way we can deliver the next wave of revolutionary queer stories for our community, and online seemed like the perfect solution to have these voices heard. Moving to a virtual platform has forced us to become better, more accessible, and more innovative for our audience and the filmmakers we support. We are also excited about some fun surprises we have in store for unique ways for everyone to stay connected during the festival even though we won’t be together in a movie theatre.
Festival organizers will present the films using Eventive Virtual Festival, a premium online service created to allow film festivals around the country to run films and events in a secure, ticketed, on-demand and live streaming format. Eventive Virtual Festival is compatible with TV viewing via apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Android TV.
Feature films presented during “Prism Pride” are:
“House of Cardin,” directed by P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes
“House of Cardin” is a rare peek into the mind of genius French-Italian designer Pierre Cardin. This authorized feature documentary includes unprecedented interviews at the sunset of his glorious career as well as exclusive access to Cardin’s archives and his empire. Husbands P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes, each an accomplished writer, director, and producer have provided aGLIFF the opportunity for a limited number of viewers to see their award-winning documentary this weekend.
Ebersole and Hugheswill also take part in a live question and answer session online on 4 p.m. CST June 13
“Song Lang” directed by Leon Le (2018, Vietnam, in Vietnamese with English subtitles)
From director Leon Le, a rich drama about a smoldering relationship between two apparent opposites, equally uncompromising, set against the backdrop of a gorgeous, fading art form. At the film’s core is the unlikely bond that develops between hunky, brooding Dung (Lien Binh Phat), a tough debt collector for a ruthless loan shark, and Linh Phung (V-pop star Isaac), a charismatic young opera singer from a struggling cai luong (traditional Vietnamese opera) troupe.
“Ema” directed by Pablo Larraín (2019, Chile, in Spanish and English with English subtitles)
From director Pablo Larraín, in his first film since the 2016 double bill of “Neruda” and “Jackie,” Larraín returns to present-day Chile for an incendiary portrait of a young woman in rebellion. Set in Valparaíso, the film concerns married couple Ema (Mariana Di Girolamo), a platinum-blonde reggaeton dancer, and choreographer Gastón (Gael García Bernal), who have abandoned their adopted 7-year-old son.
Pride weekend short films:
- Sweater directed by Nick Borenstein (USA)
- Misdirection directed by Carly Usdin (USA)
- Ausencia directed by Victor Alex Perez (USA)
- Dress Up Like Mrs. Doubtfire directed by Will Zang (USA)
- The One You Never Forget directed by Morgan Jon Fox (USA)
- Momster directed by Drew Denny (USA)
- Touchscreen directed by Arthur Halpern (USA)
- More Than He Knows directed by Chris McNeany (USA)
- Next Level Shit directed by Gary Jaffe (USA)