Alphabet Soup: aGLIFF, IFP, and Other Announcements

Announcements from aGLIFF, Austin represents at the IFP, and more

Regarding Susan Sontag
Regarding Susan Sontag

The Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, aka aGLIFF, just announced its opening-night film, as well as some other titles. Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine will open the fest, with the director Michele Josue and Shepard’s parents, Judy and Dennis, in attendance.

Some of the other announced films include Out in the Night, The Rugby, and Regarding Susan Sontag. A festival fundraiser – Faster, Pussycat! Dance! Dance! – is also scheduled for Friday, August 15, at Revival Cycles (5305 Bolm Road). See for all the details.

aGLIFF is scheduled to take place at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, so take note all of you who’ve been waiting for that beloved venue to reopen its doors after remodeling. If nothing else, consider aGLIFF as a trial run for getting the theatre operations up to speed before Fantastic Fest unspools in September.

Speaking of the Alamo Drafthouse, the folks over there are getting a lot of mileage out of their #DontTalk campaign, which was launched in response to Attorney General Greg Abbott’s latest Republican gubernatorial ad that will screen before movies in the Regal Cinema chain. The ad shows the contender seated in a movie theatre, while encouraging his supporters to send a text message to his campaign. The Alamo’s response is below.

Furthermore, don’t think the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis wasn’t offered equal time on the Alamo’s screens. Her response to the offer is conveyed in the tweet below.

Austin filmmakers will be well-represented at this year’s IFP (the Independent Filmmaker Project) when it rolls around in New York this September. The showcase offers berths to projects in various stages of development, the common denominator being that they are independent productions. All That We Love, written by Pit Stop’s Yen Tan and WussClay Liford and directed by Tan, has the following logline: “The death of a beloved pet compels a middle-aged man to examine the fragility of his present relationships.” The co-directors of Now, Forager, Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund, will present their next project, La Barracuda, which is being executive-produced by Bruce Beresford. The thriller, described thusly, “A strange woman comes to Texas to meet her half-sister and stake a claim to the family’s outlaw music legacy – one way or another,” is produced by Austin local David Hartstein and Laura Heberton. Hartstein is also producing another project at the IFP: Drew XanthopoulosThe Sensitives, which “captures the exodus from mainstream society of those fleeing the toxic triggers of a debilitating and taboo illness.” UT grad Susan Youseef will also be at the event with her film Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf, a coming-of-age story about a “teenager in Arkansas searches for identity.”

Over at Funny or Die you can catch the latest from Austin duo Kirk Johnson and Ashley Barnhill. It’s called “Where Do You Want to Eat?” and takes the notion of funny or die to heart,

On Location Casting wants to get the word out that they are looking to hire local extras for the ABC series American Crime, which will be filming in Austin and the surrounding area. They are looking for all ages and all types, so if you think that describes you you can check for more details on their Facebook page or fill out an application at

Following up on Tuesday's announcement in this column about the selection of David Gordon Green's Manglehorn to play in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, comes this further news. The filmed-in-Austin movie, which stars Al Pacino, has also been selected to play at the Venice Film Festival earlier that month.

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