aGLIFF- The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival – was founded in 1987 and became a 501(c)3 in 1995. This year we celebrate 31 years of programming for the
aGLIFF- The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival – was founded in 1987 and became a 501(c)3 in 1995. This year we celebrate 31 years of programming for the Austin community. aGLIFF has grown tremendously in size and scope from a short four-day run of four films primarily focused on coming out and AlDS to a multifaceted nonprofit organization with year-round community programs culminating in our annual film festival program with over 100 films depicting a myriad of issues across cultures, race, immigration status, class, gender identity and expression, age, and religion.
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
- September 6, 2018
6:45pm DRAMATIC SHORTS6:45pm - 7:45pmFilms #DirectedbyWomen include... Krissy Mahan's My Aunt Mame and Lisa Donato's There You Are
- September 7, 2018
11:30am INTERNATIONAL SHORTS11:30am - 12:30pmFilms #DirectedbyWomen include... Chintis Lundgren's Manivald and Clara Stern's Mathias
1:45pm DOCUMENTARY SHORTS1:45pm - 2:45pmFilms #DirectedbyWomen include... Gaby Scott's Angela Wilson, A Butcher's Story, Milena Salazar & Joella Cabalu's Do I Have Boobs Now?, Jari Osborne's Picture This and Olivia Crellin's SUNUNÚ: THE REVOLUTION OF LOVE
4:00pm Close Knit directed by Naoko Ogigami4:00pm - 6:07pmTomo is an 11-year-old girl whose mother is woefully incapable of caring for her. When the child awakes one morning to find her mother gone—apparently off on a bender— Tomo seeks refuge with her bookstore-clerk uncle, Makio. Before bringing her home to his apartment, Makio cautiously informs Tomo that he’s got a new girlfriend, Rinko, and that there’s something different about her. Rinko is a transgender woman, whose maternal instincts kick in immediately upon Tomo’s arrival—she offers the child a warm meal, a spot on the couch to play Wii, and a bed to sleep in. While Tomo is at first hesitant to accept Rinko’s gestures of affection, she is quickly won over by the tenderness that this new mother figure in her life offers, not to mention the exquisite delicacy with which Rinko does everything from packing lunch to knitting—a craft she teaches Tomo as a way to channel the girl’s anger and sadness. Woven closer every day as a family unit, the three characters are confronted with a wrenching decision when Tomo’s wayward mother returns, looking to be reunited with her daughter.
4:45pm Transmilitary directed by Fiona Dawson and Gabe Silverman4:45pm - 6:18pmThe 2018 SXSW Audience Award-winning feature film debut by Gabriel Silverman & Fiona Dawson, TRANSMILITARY follows the Emmy-nominated short film TRANSGENDER, AT WAR AND IN LOVE. Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military (notably the largest transgender employer in the U.S.), where they must conceal their gender identity because military policies ban their service. TRANSMILITARY chronicles the lives of four individuals (Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace & First Lieutenant El Cook) defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The ban was lifted in 2016, but with President Trump now trying to reinstate it, their futures hang in the balance again.
7:00pm LEZ BOMB directed by Jenna Laurenzo (W/ CHILDREN ALIKE directed by Julia Boström) 7:00pm - 8:30pmA still closeted young woman brings her girlfriend home for Thanksgiving only to have her coming out efforts thwarted by the unexpected arrival of her male roommate (screens with "Children Alike" D: Julia Boström, Sweden, 5 min).
8:00pm COMEDY SHORTS8:00pm - 9:00pmFilms #DirectedbyWomen include... Caryn K. Hayes' Brannen & the Monosexuals: Double Booked, Lisa Donato's Foxy Trot, Zoe Lubeck's Grace & Betty, and Diane Obomsawin's I Like Girls
10:15pm LATE NIGHT + SEXY SHORTS10:15pm - 11:15pmFilms #DirectedbyWomen include... Erica Rose's Girl Talk
- September 8, 2018
10:30am Love, Scott directed by Laura Marie Wayne10:30am - 11:45amFollowing the journey of a young gay musician who is attacked and paralyzed from the waist down, Love, Scott is an intimate and visually evocative window into queer experience, set against a stunning score by Sigur Rós.
11:00am ALASKA IS A DRAG directed by Shaz Bennett11:00am - 12:28pmThis is a fish out of water story -- literally. Everyone who slices fish all day daydreams - his are just glamtastic. He's had to learn to fight to survive. And his boss who is also an amateur boxer takes note. When a new kid offers to be his sparring partner – he and his twin are forced to confront the real reason they’re stuck in fish guts.
12:30pm JUST FRIENDS directed by Ellen Smit (W/ FLASHBACK) 12:30pm - 1:50pmTwo young men from different cultural backgrounds seem perfectly matched for love, but the idiosyncrasies of their parents may keep them apart, in this winning romantic tale set in the Netherlands. When we first meet handsome medical student Yad (Majd Mardo), he has quit his hard-partying life in Amsterdam and moved home to a smaller Dutch city to live with his Middle Eastern mother and father. To their dismay, he settles for a temporary job in domestic care, working for a bubbly elderly woman named Ans (Jenny Arean). Like a mischievous Cupid, Ans slyly introduces Yad to her dashing and sexy grandson Joris (Josha Stradowski), and their connection is immediate. But Joris is dealing with his own set of family problems, including an overbearing mother who is addicted to plastic surgery and who has never fully dealt with the messy end of her marriage to Joris’ late father (screens with "Flashback" D: Queer Youth Media Project, USA, 6 min).
12:45pm WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY directed by Madeleine Olnek (W/ FIFTEEN directed by Louisa Baldwin)12:45pm - 2:15pmMolly Shannon plays Emily Dickinson in the humorous drama Wild Nights With Emily. The poet’s persona, popularized since her death, became that of a reclusive spinster – a delicate wallflower, too sensitive for this world. This film explores her vivacious, irreverent side that was covered up for years — most notably Emily’s lifelong romantic relationship with another woman (Susan Ziegler). After Emily died, a rivalry emerged when her brother's mistress (Amy Seimetz) along with editor T.W. Higginson (Brett Gelman) published a book of Emily's poems (screens with "Fifteen," D: Louisa Baldwin, USA, 4 min).
1:45pm SILVANA directed by Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, Christina Tsiobanelis1:45pm - 3:16pmSwedish rapper Silvana Imam quickly rose to fame with her blunt, uncompromising rhymes. In the span of just a year, she became a superstar. The world of hip-hop has long been male-dominated, which means she has to work even harder. Not only is she female, but also a lesbian feminist. Her politically charged anthems about destroying the patriarchy brought a whole new audience to rap. Huge crowds of young women came with fists in the air to sing along to her lyrics. The media began labeling her a hero for women and the LGBT community. The praise was nice, but the pressure of being a role model was hard to handle. She was also tired of journalists focusing only on her gender and sexuality, rather than on her musical talents. Everything started to take a toll on her mental health.
3:30pm MR. SOUL! directed by Melissa Haizlip3:30pm - 5:00pmPremiering in 1968, SOUL! was the first nationally broadcast all-Black variety show on public television, merging artists from the margins with post–civil rights Black radical thought. Visionary producer-turned-host Ellis Haizlip—openly gay and committed to charting new aesthetic territory—brought the avant-garde into the mainstream by foregrounding poetry and politics. Debuting icons like Patti Labelle, Ashford & Simpson and Arsenio Hall alongside early legends such as Toni Morrison, James Baldwin and the Last Poets, Haizlip's keen ear for talent propelled a cultural shift so powerful it pushed Nixon into action. Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Kathleen Cleaver and more reflect on this lost chapter of pop culture history and revisit their time on Soul! With original music by Robert Glasper, take a deep dive into these unseen yet urgent archives and learn about the complex man who was the SOUL! of it all.
5:30pm DADDY ISSUES directed by Amara Cash (W/ YES & NO directed by Aharonit Elior) 5:30pm - 7:06pmA modern-day tragedy about a 19-year-old queer pixie, her estranged neurotic father, and the woman they're both infatuated with. (screens with "Spark" D: Aharonit Elior, USA, 6 min)
8:00pm DRAMATIC SHORTS8:00pm - 9:00pmFilms #DirectedbyWomen include... Krissy Mahan's My Aunt Mame and Lisa Donato's There You Are
9:45pm LATE NIGHT + SEXY SHORTS9:45pm - 10:45pmFilms #DirectedbyWomen include... Erica Rose's Girl Talk
- September 9, 2018
10:15am INTERNATIONAL SHORTS10:15am - 11:15amFilms #DirectedbyWomen include... Chintis Lundgren's Manivald and Clara Stern's Mathias
10:45am YOURS IN SISTERHOOD directed by Irene Lusztig10:45am - 12:35pmYours In Sisterhood invites strangers in communities all over the US to read aloud and respond to letters from the 1970s sent to the editor of Ms. Magazine, America's first mainstream feminist magazine. The intimate, provocative, and sometimes heartbreaking conversations with strangers that emerge from these spontaneous performances of forty-year-old letters make us think critically about the past, present, and future of feminism, providing a space of reflection that is newly urgent in the aftermath of the 2016 election.
1:00pm DOCUMENTARY SHORTS1:00pm - 2:00pmFilms #DirectedbyWomen include... Gaby Scott's Angela Wilson, A Butcher's Story, Milena Salazar & Joella Cabalu's Do I Have Boobs Now?, Jari Osborne's Picture This and Olivia Crellin's SUNUNÚ: THE REVOLUTION OF LOVE
4:00pm MAPPLETHORPE directed by Ondi Timoner4:00pm - 5:34pmThe first-ever biopic of Robert Mapplethorpe stars a revelatory Matt Smith in the title portraying the artist from his early days in New York City, chronicling his relationships with musician Patti Smith (Marianne Rendón) and curator Sam Wagstaff (John Benjamin Hickey), to his death in 1989 from HIV/AIDS at age 42.
7:00pm QUEER BEATS7:00pm - 8:00pmFilms #DirectedbyWomen include... Jenny Bergman and Stephen LoVerme's Beneath by Happy Little Clouds and Catherine van Campen's Mother's Balls
september 6 (Thursday) - 9 (Sunday) CDT