We are now just a few days away from the start of the 30th Annual Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. This is the longest running film festival in Austin and one of the largest LGBT film fests in the US. This year will run from Thursday Sept 7th through the 10th and there’s still badges and memberships available HERE. This year’s fest has the best film line-up I have ever seen at aGLIFF; check out the full listing in our earlier article HERE.
As we lead up to the fest I’m going to post a series of previews for films to be sure and check out. Don’t forget to get your badge and I’ll see you there.
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin – Sunday, September 10 at 5:30 p.m.
For a long time, reading Armistead Maupin’s ‘Tales of the City’ was something of LGBT required reading (It may or may not be anymore, I don’t know what kids are into these days with their hula hoops and whatnot) and his stories contained something for everyone that read them. Now director Jennifer Kroot is presenting the tale of the man himself with this up close and personal documentary of Maupin’s life, relationships, and his work. It is a fascinating film and intimate portrayal, containing new and archive interviews with the man himself and his friends and family. When he laments about about wanting back the way San Francisco used to be, you will want it too, even if you’ve never been been there.
I missed this one at SXSW, do not miss it at aGLIFF, see it on the big screen and get the inside story on this LGBT legend. You won’t regret it. A warning though, while you will laugh you will also definitely cry.
Adam Ruhl is a writer and life long Cinephile. He is the Executive
Cinema Editor of Pop Culture Beast’s Austin branch; covering festivals,
conventions, and new releases. When not filing reports, Adam can be
found stalking Alamo Drafthouse Programmers for leads on upcoming
DrafthouseFilms titles. Adam once blocked Harry Knowles entrance to a
theater until he was given extra tickets to a Roman Polanski movie.