'Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts,' 'Gay Chorus Deep South,' more to play aGLIFF
AGLIFF, aka the All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival, last week announced selections for the 32nd edition of the film festival, scheduled for Aug. 22 to 25.
David Charles Rodrigues’ "Gay Chorus Deep South" will open the fest, while Nick Zeig-Owens’ "Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts" is the closing night film.
AGLIFF will showcase 28 feature-length films (15 narrative and 13 documentary) and 56 short films (50 narrative and six documentary), as well as a secret screening. The fest screens exclusively at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar (1120 S. Lamar Blvd.).
The opening screening of "Gay Chorus Deep South" will also feature members of Austin’s Gay Men’s Chorus. The film follows the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus on its tour of Deep South churches and concert halls, all while the 2016 election develops in the background.
"Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts" profiles the titular superstar drag queen (aka Brian Firkus), shining a spotlight on her country-folk music, comedy web series “Unhhhh” and two runs on the reality TV competition "RuPaul’s Drag Race." Mattel won the series' third "All Stars" season. The film follows Mattel after that win, as she begins a tour to promote a new album. Director Zeig-Owens will attend the AGLIFF screening and participate in a post-film Q&A.
Also screening at AGLIFF, in case you missed it at this year's South by Southwest: Tracey Frazier's documentary "Becoming Leslie," about Austin cult figure Leslie Cochran. Cochran, who was long considered an ambassador of Austin's weird reputation, died in 2012.
As previously announced, LGBTQ+ film and television veterans Rose Troche and Jim Fall will both receive AGLIFF’s Tribute Award, joining Lisa Donato, who will be honored as this year’s AGLIFF Breakthrough Award recipient. Fall will be presented with his award before a 20th anniversary screening of “Trick” on Aug. 24, and Troche will receive her award before a 25th anniversary screening of “Go Fish” on Aug. 25. Donato’s award presentation will take place on Aug. 23 and feature select screenings of her short films and her upcoming feature directorial debut, "Gossamer Folds."
Film festival passes are now on sale. VIP badges are $300, film badges start at $125 and student passes are $50. Individual tickets are $12-$30.
Check out the full slate of films and purchase tickets at agliff.org.