The Contemporary Austin at the Jones Center
"...The woods can be terrifying – full of mysterious creatures, eerie sounds, and cell service dead zones. But as Curran Nault, founder and artistic director of Austin’s OUTsider Festival, points out, the woods can also be “a stripped-down space for renewal,” an escape from the incessant chatter of social media and the news cycle...."
"...OUTsider, an upstart film, art, and academic festival is nearly upon us, and news of the lineup is now flowing forth like sweet, fluent honey...."
"...With this year’s theme OUT of Time, OUTsider Festival – Austin’s transmedia festival and conference – aims to explore the complexities of time through its signature showcase of queer, underground, and soon-to-blow-up artists and performers of today on the cusp of tomorrow...."
"...The fourth annual OUTsider Festival kicks off in a few short hours and over at “Gay Place” we couldn’t be more excited for the queer art takeover. To pass the time, we rounded up our not-to-miss events for those who need some help deciding on what to see and do between tonight and Sunday’s closing party...."
"...In the early 1950s, he and his wife Jane (who died in 1973) took up permanent residence in Tangier, where he remains to this day. For a one-hour documentary, Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider packs in a lot of information about this 20th-century artist..."
"...Welcome home. Welcome to OUTsider...."
"...Austin's inaugural OUTsider Festival, February 18-22..."
"...The OUTsider Film & Arts Festival, which runs Feb. 17-21, will host a stunning panel of filmmakers whose works run the aesthetic, budgetary, and thematic gamut..."
"...Queer Animation, a short film collection curated by Judith Foster, left the audience amazed and inspired at Sunday's screening on the last day of the 2017 OUTsider Festival...."
"...Part game show, part musical, and part religious experience, Rudy Ramirez’s Promised Land left the Vortex audience satisfied during Saturday night of the 2017 OUTsider Festival...."
"...“Did you not know that God is a Nigerian drag queen?” Rotimi Agbabiaka said as he emerged from the curtains during his awe-inspiring single-actor play, Type/Caste. His bold solo performance moved a full-house audience to a well-deserved standing ovation Thursday night at the Vortex as part of the 2017 OUTsider Festival...."
"...But before the Gambia and Mali, before accompanying the chants of Masai tribesmen and receiving the royal treatment in metropolitan Bamako, Fleck stood on the beach at Bagamoyo, a white man alone at the eastern tip of Africa, looking to make sense of his place as an outsider, a guest, a musician, a student, a pilgrim, an artist, and, perhaps most significantly, a reminder...."
"...Most of my subject matter came from my own personal life, and occasionally it would extend out to the world, such as a series of portraits of a cemetery here in El Paso. These films expressed my own sense of being an outsider, a Chicano, and especially being a lapsed Catholic, feeling affinity for Buñuel, Tarkovsky and Scorsese's work...."
"...Directed by: Willie Varela. Willie Varela: Maverick Outsider is the current focus of the Austin Film Society’s bimonthly Expanding Cinema series that focuses on experimental film..."
"...Or maybe the mask would wear him. To this day, even documentarian Steve Sullivan, who examines this extraordinary outsider artist for Being Frank, is unsure where the man ended and the mask began...."
"...Saturday night, OUTsider merry-makers (plus one dog) packed the Vortex tent to sweat, giggle, bounce, and vogue their way through the premiere of Austin’s queerly beloved fitness guru Erica Nix’s “Full Body Workout With Erica Nix.”..."
"...Modern Outsider’s SXSW showcase proved why the imprint earned repeat honors for Best Local Label at this year’s Austin Music Awards. Taking over the inside stage of Cheer Up Charlies, a stellar local lineup kept the house packed throughout the night...."
"...Shrake knew Texas intimately, but he viewed it as an outsider, which made his writing about it more evocative. He was one of the star writers Willie Morris used when he was editor of Harper's, in that magazine's glory days in the late Sixties..."
"...Before the feel-good, no-fault "artistic differences" bromide from both sides could work its wonders, a Facebook page announced Nault's new gig: the OUTsider Film & Arts Festival, showcasing "LGBTQIA film and art via unique festival experiences" and slated for the strange pocket (as far as film festivals go) within February 2015. Little Son of a Gun..."
"...Last night, the third annual OUTsider Fest "Into the Wilds" kicked off in glittery glory. As the first fully funded sans crowdsourcing year, this international multimedia queer arts festival isn't pausing to pat itself on the back..."
"...For some, sex is private; for others, public. For this second year of OUTsider Festival, sex will be very public..."
"...The term "Outsider Art" was created to categorize the output of social misfits like Adolf Wolfli and the brilliant Henry Darger, the latter a Chicago janitor whose landlord discovered the world's longest written work typewritten, single-spaced when cleaning out his apartment. "Outsider Artists" were praised by critics for being unaware of conventional artistic techniques, uninfluenced by commercial concerns, solely motivated by a wild urgency to express their unique visions..."
"...For such a short month, February sure does pack it in. If you don't already know by now that OUTsider Fest has returned, well, I'm not sure I can help you..."
"...Doug Pray's previous music doc -- 1996's Hype! -- chronicled the rise and fall of the Seattle grunge scene; by film's end you realized for all the crazy beauty in front of you, what you were really witnessing was a death knell. Not so with Scratch, which arrives with the same outsider music sensibility as its predecessor but celebrates the birth -- and ongoing development -- of a whole new music subgenre that's as likely to fade away as ex-grunge queen Courtney Love is likely to settle up with her late husband's old bandmates..."
"...For years, Austin audiences knew Zack Carlson for championing underdog filmmakers – outcasts and outliers working so far off the grid that it's insane to judge their work by mainstream standards. Now Vice has given him an international platform to explore those creative mavericks in Outsider, a new series turning the lens on the most offbeat auteurs..."
"...National transgender activist Sandy Stone, one of Austin's most underrated and influential artists, will be accepting the OUTsider Legacy Award of 2017 in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of her academic paper The Empire Strikes Back: The Posttransexual Manifesto...."
"...In Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (2003), filmmakers Bennett Singer (who will be present at the Alamo screening) and Nancy Kates present a compelling biography of a remarkable man, a Renaissance man, really. (The film aired on PBS's P.O.V..."
"...Being a teenager who is exiled and hunted by all, convinced of your own unstoppable proclivity for evil, is a curse. Adapted by Vázquez (with Rivero's assistance) from his own graphic novel Psiconautas, Birdboy is a magical and melancholic examination of what it means to be an outsider – just told with hand-animated animals...."
"...Lean on Pete is a methodical and memorable film primarily because director Haight, adapting from Willy Vlautin’s novel, keeps a distance from his characters, never taking the easy route, and never, ever letting the movie enter the killing fields of the corny or cliched. Aided and abetted by the absolutely striking cinematography of Magnus Nordenhof Jønck and a pitch-perfect cast, this is a sweet-and-sour hybrid film of the terrible now that also recalls some of the best of Seventies outsider cinema...."
"...Meet his new pack: five dogs, left to fend for themselves. There’s Boss (Murray), Duke (Goldblum), and King (Balaban), with tension between resident outsider Chief (Cranston, channeling a variant of the affable surliness that served him so well in Last Flag Flying), and their de facto not-leader Rex (Norton)..."
"...Curran Nault knows a thing or two about provocative queer art. The founder and artistic director of OUTsider Festival, Nault created a local space to support and connect alternative queer creators...."
"...The snow is almost a character in itself – unrelenting, unyielding, and ever-present. Jane is the outsider despite her efforts on behalf of the victim..."
"...Everyone but Beatriz. As Hayek plays this outsider – a Mexican émigré in a plainly different income bracket, at first mistaken by Doug as “the help” – she is watchful, curious, even welcoming (she greets these strangers with a hug)..."
"...It is a universal truth that being 17 sucks, so I won’t quibble too much with this very likable dramedy’s featherlight case for the pretty and witty Nadine’s “weirdness.” The most important diagnosis of weirdness is not in the eye of the beholder but the beheld, and Nadine – bullied as a kid, then roughed up by an early loss – wears her outsider status like a security blanket. The movie gets right how seductive it is to Nadine to revel in being misunderstood, and how much more work it would take to try to sincerely understand others, and allow them to understand her in kind..."
"...Weddings are nervous by nature but the nuptials of village outsider Piotr (Tiran) and bride Zaneta (Zulewska) are particularly fraught after the groom discovers a human skeleton buried beneath a tree on the grounds of Zaneta’s crumbling family manse. Piotr keeps the ill omen to himself, but as the guests arrive it rapidly becomes clear that something is very much off with the husband-to-be..."
"...Granted, there are enough finely choreographed action set-pieces here to fill five other movies, and it’s a kick to see Bruce Wayne saddled under a costume that appears to have been manufactured from a tank. But Batman v Superman lacks the Marvel Universe’s sense of snarky reality and outsider empathy..."
"...Bulked up and wild-man bearded, Nathan is friendly, from a remove; he says “dude” a lot, but with the incontestable authority of an alpha. Nathan soon reveals the true purpose of Caleb’s visit: In a variation of the Turing test, Caleb will be the first outsider to interact with Ava (Vikander), a human-scaled and -shaped artificial intelligence built by Nathan..."
"...His Llewyn is the spiritual (if shitheel) cousin to A Serious Man’s Larry Gopnik, and Inside Llewyn Davis is just as doleful a film, if not quite as soul-stirring. In lesser pictures, the Coens have shown an awful mean streak, but here, as with A Serious Man, they take their title to heart: This is no outsider’s sneer, but a sincere tunneling inside a hurting human forever rolling the boulder up the hill – or, more aptly, chasing his own tail to the edge of collapse...."
"...It’s a Disaster makes David Cross’ new-to-the-group Glen the audience’s proxy. On only his third date with the group’s lone singleton Tracy (Stiles), Glen is the nice-guy outsider, scrambling to keep straight who’s who among the bickering, tense-shouldered hosts (Hayes and Miller), the free spirits making sexual innuendo over Sunday quiche (Boston and Brennan, another UT alum), and the forever-engaged, not-anywhere-near-to-getting-married couple (Ferrera – more, please! – and Grace)..."
"...What is love? That question is answered in what is beyond a doubt the single most deliriously romantic film I've seen in years. This life- and love-affirming portrait of two unconventional outsider artists who become one is an intimate portrait of performance artists sui generis: Genesis P-Orridge, originally Neil Andrew Megson and the godfather of industrial music (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV) and his lover and muse, Lady Jaye, who was born Jacqueline Breyer and worked as an East Village dominatrix..."
"...Reilly, who invests his mallrat Taquito with enough disgusting mannerisms to be labeled an official health hazard. It’s acting overkill in a movie like this that thrives on its outsider status for its humor..."
"...Terri (Wysocki) is a morbidly obese teen who wears loose-fitting pajamas to school – a sign of rebellious distinction as well as an indicator that he has given up trying to find his place within the social strata. This outsider lives on the edge of some woods in California with his addled uncle (Bratton of The Office); Terri’s parents are unexplainedly absent..."
"...He’s a fearsome soldier who was decorated in a recent war that everyone would now prefer to forget. The hero has become an outsider, neither conforming to his superiors' expectations, nor capable of re-entering civilized society..."
"...And delight of all delights, movie veteran Wallach shows up for a scene as one of the island’s weather-beaten old-timers. The Ghost Writer’s mystery is a little too easy to disentangle (the screenplay was written by Robert Harris and Polanski, and adapted from Harris’ novel), although that’s from the perspective of an outsider and not the Ghost in the midst of the whirlwind..."
"...Whatever would we do without it? The multi-award-winning Swedish film Let the Right One In could be summarized as a vampire tween romance, but that cheap and tawdry sum-up does zero justice to the magnificent emotional resonance of this gemlike bloodstone of a film. This is a complex examination of what it means to be a young outsider, and its bracing honesty in these matters is on par with Gus Van Sant and Larry Clark..."
"...This Brazilian film is set in São Paulo against the twinned, opposing backdrops of the explosive 1970 World Cup and, to a lesser but no less important extent, the brutal military dictatorship that defined not only the politics of the day but also the most mundane aspects of daily life. The Year My Parents Went on Vacation is a curiously unaffecting amalgam of the archetypal coming-of-age tale, here twinned to "outsider" religious overtones (in this case São Paulo's Orthodox Jewish community) and a small but deadly dose of uneasy political melodrama..."
"...It’s a marital initiation rite, and for art dealer Madeleine (Davidtz) and new husband George (Nivola), it’s also the first hint of marital strife in their six-month-old union. Madeleine’s a world traveler and consummate sophisticate who specializes in "outsider" art, in which the artist lacks formal training..."
"...Live, motocross and its steroidal big brother Supercross are spectacles of sight (the Road Warrior-esque costumery and the attendant Daisy Dukes) and sound (the high, insectile whine of those screaming Suzukis). In a theatre, it’s another matter entirely, and Supercross, shot on what appears to be grainy, inconsistent Super-16 and featuring an aural backwash of crap-lite power ballads, is little more than an insultingly obvious attempt to cash in on the recurrent vogue for semi-outsider sports like skateboarding, snowboarding, and street-racing..."
"...Allin documentary Hated while still a junior at NYU film school (and who also directed this past summer's feature Road Trip and the notorious documentary Frat House) comes to the film as a non-Phish-head, which is plainly why the band chose him to document their travels. As an outsider, Phillips is able to latch on to the outright weirdness of the Phish phenomenon..."