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Thank God I'm a Lesbian
With wit and style, the title makes it perfectly clear where this Canadian documentary is coming from. Essentially a talking heads documentary, the film cuts between approximately one dozen women...
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Film Review  June 24, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Who Doesn't Love a High-End Lesbian Hooker?
Madeleine Olnek's second feature screens at Cinema East
DAILY The Gay Place  August 1, 2014, by Neha Aziz
"...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...."

"Lesbian Vampires"
The independent shorts in this twofer attempt to shine a new light (or darkness) on those famous monsters of filmland, vampires, by giving strong women the oversized incisors and playing...
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Film Review  July 22, 1994, by Robert Faires
"...(?!) 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..."

Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF)
aGLIFF is celebrating its 15th year as the Southwest's biggest and best-known gay and lesbian film festival. This 12-day-long event screens scores of features and shorts, narratives and documentaries, and...
Film Review  August 23, 2001, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Various. aGLIFF is celebrating its 15th year as the Southwest's biggest and best-known gay and lesbian film festival..."

Sherry Wolf: Lesbian, Activist, Communist & Badass-ist
On Oct. 10, activist and author Sherry Wolf spoke to a pre-National Equality March rally at DC's Busboys. She. Blew. It. Up.
DAILY The Gay Place  October 13, 2009, by Frank J. Rivera
"...Described as a "radical, communist lesbian," Sherry Wolf is no stranger to branding her messages with secular hellfire and brimstone:..."

Lesbian Teens Must Go!
Fox News cares about teen lesbians?
DAILY The Gay Place  January 30, 2009, by Andy Campbell
"...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...."

An Open Letter to All Closeted Gay and Lesbian Parents of Miley or Britney Fans
The Gospel according to Mz Cyrus and Spears. Tweet!
DAILY The Gay Place  April 25, 2009, by Kate X Messer


Lesbian Kicked Off
It's not fair!!!!! It's just not fair!
DAILY The Gay Place  April 23, 2008, by Andy Campbell


Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival
aGLIFF continues its two-week-long 12th annual festival through Thu (9/9) at various venues. See last week's Screens section at http://www.auschron.com/issues/vol18/issue52/screens.agliff.schedule.html for more info about the festival and complete schedule or...
Film Review  September 2, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten


Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival Schedule
Screens Story  August 26, 1999


1998 Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival Schedule
Screens Story  August 28, 1998
"...12:30 Love Story 2:30 Lusty Lesbians 5:00 Straight Boys That Do 7:30 Out of Season 10:00 Queer Animation..."

aGLIFF: The 1996 Austin Gay/Lesbian Film Festival
Screens Story  August 30, 1996


Alternate Screens
Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival
Screens Story  August 28, 1998, by Clay Smith
"...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
Forbidden Love... the movie's title echoes those found on the lurid covers of the lesbian pulp novels popular in the Fifties and SIxties. This Canadian film, through interviews and dramatic...
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Film Review  July 23, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Forbidden Love... the movie's title echoes those found on the lurid covers of the lesbian pulp novels popular in the Fifties and SIxties..."

Heads in the Sky; Feet on the Ground
Interview with artist Leah DeVun
Features Story  June 4, 2010, by Andy Campbell
"...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..."

Super 8
Austin Gay/Lesbian Film Festival's Eighth Year
Screens Story  September 1, 1995
"...Austin Gay/Lesbian Film Festival's Eighth Year Super 8 by Alison Macor..."

Costa Brava
Costa Brava (titled “family album” in English, is nothing if not a labor of love for its director and star Marta Balletbó-Coll. The first feature for Balletbó-Coll, Costa Brava tells...
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Film Review  May 24, 1996, 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..."

A Rich Herstory
Lesbian Archivists: Still Diggin' the Seventies
News Story  February 7, 1997, by Clay Smith
"...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..."

Beyond the Closet Door
Gay/Lesbian Filmmakers Find New Inspiration
Screens Story  August 30, 1996
"...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..."

Go Fish
Love at first sight -- fact or fantasy? Few deny that it occurs, but love's path is rarely that direct and immediate. Falling in love is generally more of a...
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Film Review  July 15, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Pariah
Pariah tells the specific but universal story of a black teenage girl who is a virginal lesbian, budding writer, and nonconformist.
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Film Review  January 13, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

The Watermelon Woman
An African-American lesbian filmmaker struggles entertainingly to find antecedents.
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Film Review  July 18, 1997, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

The Archeology of Business
As Austin's gay chamber of commerce turns 15, what have we learned?
Features Story  June 15, 2012, by Andy Campbell
"...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..."

Coming of Age
Recommended at aGLIFF 2002
Screens Story  August 23, 2002, by Kimberley Jones
"...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
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...
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Film Review  September 15, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Totally F***ed Up
The ordinary struggle of adolescence is bad enough, but if you're a gay or lesbian teenager, life's growing pains ache even more. In Totally F***ed Up -- a phrase used...
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Film Review  November 4, 1994, by Steve Davis
"...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..."

Claire of the Moon
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...
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Film Review  July 24, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

The Girl
Leave it to the French to come up with this erotically charged but intellectually shaped contribution to lesbian noir. A trail of cigarette smoke snaking through the film's opening credits...
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Film Review  June 15, 2001, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Renewing the Rainbow
A Preview of the Gay / Lesbian Right Lobby Agenda for the 77th Legislature
News Story  January 19, 2001, by Amy Smith
"...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...."

The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love
At first glance, the plot of Incredibly True Adventure couldn't be more prosaic; teen love traumas are a film industry staple and our familiarity with their formulas are a given....
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Film Review  July 28, 1995, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Taking On Another Identity
Lisa Kaselak, a straight woman, leads the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival into its 20th year
Screens Story  September 28, 2007, by James Renovitch
"...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..."

The Monkey's Mask
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...
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Film Review  October 12, 2001, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Out and About
13th Annual Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival
Screens Story  August 25, 2000, by Amy Smith
"...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..."

It's in the Water
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...
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Film Review  January 30, 1998, by Russell Smith
"...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..."

Spiritual Healing
God on Their Side: Open Doors for Austin's Gay and Lesbian Faithful
News Story  October 6, 1995
"...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...."

Bar Girls
Director Marita Giovanni makes her feature film debut with Bar Girls. Lauran Hoffman adapted her original stage play for this film and served as co-producer. The story stems from the...
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Film Review  May 12, 1995, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Only the Brave
Who am I? Such a simple question, yet its answer is so elusive. These two films are very different -- one is a brooding tale of lost teens in industrial...
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Film Review  May 5, 1995, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Flaming Ears
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...
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Film Review  July 8, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Female Misbehavior
Female Misbehavior is a compilation of four short documentaries by feminist film director Monika Treut (Seduction: The Cruel Woman, Virgin Machine, My Father Is Coming). Each film is a portrait...
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Film Review  April 9, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Switch
The gender-bender dud Switch doesn't just put a man in a dress -- it puts him in a woman's body as well. Unfortunately, it's an ill-fitting conceit. Played strictly as...
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Film Review  May 17, 1991, by Steve Davis
"...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..."

Keeping the Faith
Lesbian couple seeks ordination
News Story  May 3, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...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...."

Notes on a Scandal
This movie with Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett is a hothouse psychodrama, full of outrageous and florid sentiments that are made semipalatable by the quality of the craftsmanship involved.
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Film Review  January 12, 2007, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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)..."

Kissing Jessica Stein
Warm, friendly, a little bit sloppy, but nothing to get the blood pressure up -- that's what it's like, Kissing Jessica Stein, an indie romantic comedy that never makes it...
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Film Review  March 29, 2002, by Kimberley Jones
"...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..."

Out and About
13th Annual Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival
Screens Story  August 25, 2000, by Sarah Hepola
"...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..."

The In Crowd
The story reads like the latest Alyssa Milano straight-to-video release: Slightly crazy girl does stint in psych ward. She gets cautiously released into the free world again, whereupon she lands...

Film Review  July 28, 2000, by Kimberley Jones
"...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..."

But I'm a Cheerleader
Campy film is fun viewing and shines light on lipstick lesbians who are willing to put their pom-poms where their mouths are.
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Film Review  July 28, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Bedrooms and Hallways
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...
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Film Review  September 24, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Better Than Chocolate
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...
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Film Review  September 17, 1999, by Russell Smith
"...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..."

Tuesday Newsgay: Dec. 27
Let's unwrap some news under the Kwanzaa kinara
DAILY The Gay Place  December 27, 2011, by Daniel Villareal
"...So grab some hot cocoa and let's discuss whether the gay media should call out celebs for saying "tranny," whether the Catholic Church should compare Pride marches to the KKK, and whether a new image of lesbian Naval officers kissing will become a new icon in the post-Don't Ask, Don't Tell age...."

Not "Message Films"
Scholar Curran Nault talks BLaB
DAILY The Gay Place  June 5, 2010, by Andy Campbell
"...I remember watching Otto; or, Up With Dead People a couple years ago at aGLIFF (that's the Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival noob), and being enraptured. A Marxist-inflected queer zombie movie? I'm in! Luckily I'm not the only one..."

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