aGLIFF Relocates to Galaxy Highland
LGBTQIA festival responds to COVID surge
By Richard Whittaker,
3:00PM, Thu. Aug. 19, 2021
A little over a week before opening night, the All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF), running Aug. 26-Sept. 6, has announced it will be moving all in-person screenings to Galaxy Highland, and pulling back on its schedule of special events.
In a statement, Artistic Director Bears Rebecca Fonté and Interim Board President Todd Hogan-Sanchez said they had been in conversation with venues, sponsors, and aGLIFF members about how to respond to the ongoing Delta virus surge. They explained, "To better manage the festival, keeping health and safety top of mind, we are making some adjustments to streamline in-person screenings to one location with the exception of our closing night outdoor drive-in. This will enable us to better manage capacity and limit large gatherings. What does this mean? It means the festival is still happening."
Several events have had to be canceled, including the opening night party and Silent Cinema Disco, while others, including the opening night screening of Blitzed! The 80s Blitz Kids Story (read more about that in this week's issue), have been relocated to the Galaxy Highland (6700 Middle Fiskville). Additionally, more of the programmed films, and events including the screening of Legacy Honoree Madeleine Olnek’s Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same and the accompanying Q&A, and the Big Queer Quiz, will be available to stream as part of the fest's virtual component.
Both the Queer Black Voices dinner and the Bourbon & Barbecue fundraiser will be rescheduled for a later date.
However, the Drive-In & Drag closing night event, featuring a screening of Sh*t & Champagne complete with live talkback with D’Arcy Drollinger and a grand drag show finale, will still take place Sun. Sept. 5 at Jourdain-Bachman Pioneer Farms (10621 Pioneer Farms).
For those attending in person, capacity has been reduced for all in-person indoor screenings, and all attendees must either show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test from within 48 hours of the screening. Masks will be required when not seated, and are requested at all times.
Check for full details and updates at agliff.org.