The 26th annual Polari Film Festival (formerly the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival) has announced its complete lineup.
The roster of Austin filmmakers at this year’s fest includes Yen Tan, Drew Denny and PJ Raval. Tan’s "Pit Stop," which tells the story of men looking for love in small-town Texas, made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Award-winning cinematographer Raval’s documentary "Before You Know It" traces the lives of three gay retirees and won Best Documentary at this year’s Dallas Asian Film Festival. Denny’s "The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had with My Pants On" tell the story of two childhood friends reuniting following the death of one of their fathers and stars native Austinite Sarah Hagan ("Freaks and Geeks").
The fest kicks off with "Five Dances," director Alan Brown’s coming-of-age tale about dancers in New York City and closes with director Chris Mason’s Outfest award-winner "Test," which dramatizes the early years of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco.
"The film’s ominous atmosphere — almost oppressively sinister at times — makes for an unsettlingly realistic look at the miasma of AIDS panic in San Francisco," Ryan Lattanzio wrote on IndieWire earlier this year.
Other festival highlights include the documentary "Alice Walker: Beauty and Truth," a profile of the author and activist, and "Interior. Leather Bar." The film from multi-hyphenate James Franco imagines what the outtakes of William Friedkin’s 1980 film "Cruising" might have looked like.
Polari runs from October 16-20. For tickets and more information visit PolariFest.com.