"...Representing a range of ethnicities and backgrounds, the women are all articulate and forthcoming. They voice their individual opinions on a variety of topics: coming out, bisexuality, S&M, the relationship between the feminist and lesbian movements, outing, racism, and more..."
"...The Foxy Merkins, a quirky, lesbian comedy that premiered at the 2013 Sundance NEXT Weekend Festival and was an official selection at Sundance's 2014 fest, makes its way to Austin this Sunday...."
"...(?!) Whatever points this portion of the film has to make are blunted by the static, preachy delivery, and though Lilith attempts to weave these academic remarks into a traditional narrative (wherein a conscientious female vampire breaks from her insensitive male partner and hooks up with our ever-informative lecturer), it persists in an overly intellectual approach that, well, sucks all the life out of vampire mythology and makes these fascinating figures of legend about as compelling as clams. Amy Goldstein's Because the Dawn is much more attuned to the dark appeal of the undead -- the sharing of blood, the promise of immortality, the power, the sex -- and explores it and a lot of the sociological implications of a powerful woman vampire and a lesbian affair in an savvy, tongue-in-cheek narrative..."
"...Directed by: Various. aGLIFF is celebrating its 15th year as the Southwest's biggest and best-known gay and lesbian film festival..."
"...Described as a "radical, communist lesbian," Sherry Wolf is no stranger to branding her messages with secular hellfire and brimstone:..."
"...So, last night I was flipping through channels, and as I hovered on the Bill O'Reilly Show (which I sometimes watch just to get a feel for how those folks on the right think about things) I heard the word "lesbian." So I put my remote down to see what Bill'ums was sayin' about our people...."
"...12:30 Love Story 2:30 Lusty Lesbians 5:00 Straight Boys That Do 7:30 Out of Season 10:00 Queer Animation..."
"...Ask Dennis Poplin, the founder of San Antonio's gay and lesbian film festival, Out at the Movies, to talk about the issues gay and lesbian film festivals face nationwide and right away he says, "homophobia." Directors and programmers of gay and lesbian festivals in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco don't include homophobia anywhere on their lists. Neither do Scott Dinger or Sandra Martinez, the artistic and executive directors, respectively, of the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF), even though last year, aGLIFF's 10th year, a billboard company refused to accept an aGLIFF billboard idea whose tagline stated "Baptist Fundamentalists Welcome," and its printer refused to print what it deemed were racy photos in the aGLIFF program..."
"...Forbidden Love... the movie's title echoes those found on the lurid covers of the lesbian pulp novels popular in the Fifties and SIxties..."
"...Leah DeVun: It comes from this really amazing book called Lesbian Land, which came out in the 1980s – a compilation of writings and interviews about womyn's lands, women's intentional communities, and land dykes. There's a quotation on the back cover – "Our heads in the sky, our feet on the ground, and our hands on each other" – and I just love that..."
"...Austin Gay/Lesbian Film Festival's Eighth Year Super 8 by Alison Macor..."
"...Indeed, the film's dedication to deceased friends and mentors of the director -- cinematographer Néstor Almendros and film scholar Gerald Mast -- pays homage to Balletbó-Coll's introduction to film. After making Harlequin Exterminator and Intrepidíssima, two short films that won numerous awards in gay and lesbian film festivals around the world, Balletbó-Coll based Costa Brava on the story of two women of differing temperaments and their individual struggles to come to terms with their careers and their relationship..."
"...Online Extra: Kat Duff talks about life as a lesbian Austinite in the Seventies (sound, 1:34). [ .AIFF (349K) | .WAV (748K) | Transcript ] Austin Lesbian Activism Project member Desha Melton (left) contributes to the archives.photograph by Jana Birchum..."
"...The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF) is celebrating its ninth year in central Texas with an expansion of its influence and focus. Instead of showcasing a preponderance of movies whose plots derive from the turmoil and poignancy attached to coming-out issues, the festival this year features an unprecedented number of films that examine a wider variety of themes and aspects involved in the modern gay lifestyle..."
"...Certainly not an original topic, Go Fish's novelty lies in its milieu. The movie looks at love and match-making from within the lesbian community..."
"...The film is fresh yet familiar, raw but polished, particular yet generic, and wholly original. Pariah tells the story of a black, virginal lesbian, who is a budding writer and still in high school yet is unable to find community, solace, or reflections of self in her family, classmates, or the denizens of the local lesbian bar..."
"...In this day and age, it's quite conceivable that those who do not reinvent history may be doomed to repeat it. If, like Cheryl Dunye, you're an African-American lesbian filmmaker struggling to find antecedents or self-reflections in the history and artifacts of cinema's first century, you'll come up rather empty-handed..."
"...True: Technically, the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is 15 years old; the organization was officially incorporated in 1997. But, as is the case with so much LGBTQ history, there's a history before the history..."
"...One of the most anticipated entries in this year's Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival is a movie called Mango Souffle. It's directed by Mahesh Dattani, it's set in Banglalore, India, it's about two guys in love, and you've probably never heard of it..."
"...Aimée & Jaguar was nominated this year for the Golden Globe's Best Foreign Film, and although it lost to Pedro Almodóvar's All About My Mother, it's easy to see why the film has become something of a cause célèbre (especially in its native Germany, where it's consistently taken home the silver and gold at various festivals). It's an immensely affecting period drama, a love story set in the waning, ruinous final days of the German Reich, with the added kick of having for its protagonists a pair of lesbian lovers from either side of the Nazis' dreadful bloodline..."
"...Starring: James Duval, Roko Belic, Susan Behshid, Jenee Gill, Gilbert Luna, Lance May and Alan Boyce. The ordinary struggle of adolescence is bad enough, but if you're a gay or lesbian teenager, life's growing pains ache even more..."
"...Starring: Trisha Todd, Karen Trumbo, Faith Mcdevitt and Caren Graham. Lesbian love story Claire of the Moon wants to become the “Desert Hearts of the Nineties.” Its appearance in Austin is its theatrical debut outside of its home town of Portland where it was filmed..."
"...Starring: Claire Keim, Agathe De La Boulaye, Cyril Lecomte, Sandra N'Kake and Ronald Guttman. Leave it to the French to come up with this erotically charged but intellectually shaped contribution to lesbian noir..."
"...Lobbying for the rights of gays and lesbians is not always an easy or pleasant business, but for almost a decade it's the only line of work Dianne Hardy-Garcia has known. As the executive director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL) for eight years, Hardy-Garcia has served nearly twice as long as any of her predecessors, and even she's amazed at her own staying power...."
"...And, oh yeah, they're both 17-year-old girls. Randy is an out-of-the-closet dyke who lives with her lesbian aunt and her aunt's lover..."
"...Few people have fought for inclusion with more fervor than Troy Perry, subject of the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival's opening-night feature, Call Me Troy. Founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, Perry performed one of the first same-sex marriages and sued for recognition of such unions..."
"...Cherchez la femme: That's rule No. 1 in detective fiction, n'est-ce pas? So even Down Under, the lesbian private eye Jill Fitzpatrick (Porter) ought to know how to find her “man.” But just like those hard-boiled detectives of yore, Jill's a sure sucker for a set of pretty gams..."
"...Our House: A Very Real Film About Kids of Gay and Lesbian Parents should be required viewing for all prospective lesbian and gay parents. Why? Because this poignant documentary will tell you what it's like, from a kid's perspective, to grow up in a gay- or lesbian-headed household..."
"...Starring: Keri Jo Chapman, Teresa Garrett, John Hallum, Barbara Lasater and Derrick Sanders. In this reprised favorite from last year's Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, young SMU graduate Kelli Herd tells a story that's sure to click with the droves of gay and lesbian Austinites who migrated here from conservative hinterland outposts..."
"...The Council of Bishops did not renounce its position, but instead issued a statement decrying civil rights violations against gays and lesbians. It was only a crumb, and not the loaf Moore had cried out for, but he took it anyway. He knew at the outset he probably wouldn't change anything within the UMC establishments, but that wasn't why he fasted...."
"...Lauran Hoffman adapted her original stage play for this film and served as co-producer. The story stems from the lives and loves of the patrons at a lesbian bar in Los Angeles called Girl Bar..."
"...Alex is obsessed with the mother who left her years before and confused over her attraction to women, especially a teacher who's been encouraging her to write. Does Alex want a mother? A lover? Is she a lesbian? A writer? Or just a punk setting fire to hedges and getting stoned in the railyard? Kokkinos poses these hard questions in abbreviated, harsh scenes, sometimes beautifully shot but with jagged edges, like the shards of a shattered stained glass window..."
"...Starring: Angela Hans Scheirl, Pürrer, Susanna Heilmayr and Margarethe Neumann. Unlike little else that has come before it (except, perhaps, Lizzie Borden's 1983 gem Born in Flames), this 1991, Austrian-made, futuristic, lesbian thriller/romance/science fiction co-direction is in a league of its own..."
"...They stand together as rare screen examples of female transgression -- sexual transgression. The first is “Bondage,” a portrait of lesbian S&M proselytizer Carol, who tells of the warm, secure feelings she receives from breast torture..."
"...It's supposed to be an education in the feminine mystique, but it's so badly developed that you never see any believable change in the Steve/Amanda character. A stranded subplot in which Steve/Amanda uses sexual wiles to seduce a wealthy lesbian in order to obtain a lucrative ad account never gels..."
"...Unfortunately for Kaiser, ordination may have some complications. While Barclay's Presbyterian faith has welcomed gay and lesbian clergy since 2011, the United Methodist Church allows gay and lesbian ordination only under the condition that the person cannot be a "self-avowed, practicing homosexual." Since she plans to exchange marital vows with Barclay in Maryland in the fall, Kaiser is barred by UMC law...."
"...Revelations abound, confidences are shared, and tempers flare – until, by the climax, Notes on a Scandal seems awfully redolent of one of those Bette Davis/Joan Crawford bitch-fights in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?. This film also calls to mind movies such as The Children’s Hour, a 1961 film written by Lillian Hellman in which schoolteachers Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn deal with whispered rumors of their alleged lesbian relationship, and Robert Aldrich’s garish drama The Killing of Sister George, in which a British soap star fears her character’s demise while also romantically pursuing a younger female co-worker (played by Susannah York who, come to think of it, has a lush-lipped, blond-haired resemblance to Blanchett)..."
"...Frustrated with all the lame-duck blind dates with men she's been having, flibberty-gibbet Manhattan copywriter Jessica Stein (Westfeldt) wonders if maybe she's got her fishing rod dipping in the wrong pond. She answers a “Women Seeking Women” ad and stumbles across gallery owner Helen Cooper (Juergensen), who likewise is just “trying out” this whole lesbian thing..."
"...Not anymore. Gay culture boasts its own sitcom (Will & Grace), cult figures (Xena), pop singers (Melissa Etheridge), and film heroes, like the dashing Rupert Everett, who narrates Paragraph 175, only one of the movies screening at the 13th annual Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival that is bound to have a long, prosperous life..."
"...Then the corpses start to accumulate, and we have to watch these nitwits turn amateur sleuth. Is the killer slightly crazy, but ultimately misunderstood Adrien? Or maybe reigning queen of the rich bitch set, Brittany? How about sweet but soused Bobby? Or is it that lipstick lesbian? Does it really matter? Nope..."
"...She's a high school cheerleader who loves the way the short skirts of her squad-mates flounce in the air as the girls jump, and dislikes the clumsy tongue-ramming dished out by her boyfriend during their post-practice makeout sessions in his car. Megan's a lesbian, only she doesn't know it yet..."
"...If, with her second feature film, director Rose Troche was trying to prove her versatility, she has accomplished her mission. Bedrooms and Hallways and its polished focus on twentysomething gay Londoners is worlds removed from her no-budget American lesbian romance Go Fish..."
"...As meltingly delicious as it is to the eyes, and as potent a sugar rush as it delivers to the libido, this endearing romantic confection delivers about as much real nutritive value as a pound of brandy cream truffles. And that's cool with me, at least when Wheeler (Bye Bye Blues) sticks to telling a juicy, disarmingly candid tale of young lust in the lesbian arts community of Vancouver, B.C..."
"...Cheer Up Charlies has long been sacred ground for Austin’s queers and misfits. In the Eighties, Sandra Martinez opened Chances, a popular lesbian bar and punk music club, on the same Red River lot...."
"...Culled from an archive of more than 29,000 images, Davis' photography on display pivots around Austin's lesbian musicians and LGBTQ activists of the Nineties. Davis captured countless bands, queer and otherwise, but it was the city's "lezzie rock" groups such as Two Nice Girls, Power Snatch, and Sincola – with their sexually and politically charged music from a queer, feminist perspective – that proved enthralling for Davis...."