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Polari Film Festival (formerly AGLIFF) announces first group of films

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

The Polari Film Festival (formerly AGLIFF) doesn’t kick off Until October 16, but they’ve already released their first batch of titles for this year’s festival, which features the theme “Don’t Just Sit There: Indulge. Engage. Create.”

“This year our theme and focus is on work that is uncommonly galvanizing, vibrant and sensuous,” says Artistic Director, Curran Nault. “We will bring our audiences to their feet.”

The 26th annual fest will feature more than 100 titles from around the world during five days of screenings. Austin filmmaker Drew Denny’s “The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had with My Pants On” is among the first group of films announced. The movie about two childhood friends reuniting following the death of one of their fathers stars native Austinite Sarah Hagan (“Freaks and Geeks”), who will be in attendance with Denny.

Among the highlights are opening night film “Five Dances,” director Alan Brown’s coming-of-age tale about dancers in New York City; centerpiece film “The New Black,” director Yoruba Richen’s documentary about the fight in the black community for marriage equality; and closing night film “Test,” director Chris Mason’s Outfest award-winner set in San Francisco in the mid-80s.

The remaining schedule will be announced in mid-September. For more information, visit PolariFest.com.