Out and About
13th Annual Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival
But then again, we are here to talk about the movies. In an interesting trend, three films examine the gay experience during World War II -- Aimée & Jaguar, Paragraph 175 (see "Also Recommended") and ... But I Was a Girl, a documentary about musician Frieda Belinfante, who hid from the Nazis by hiding as a man. Read Amy Smith's interview with Helen Cohen, the executive producer of That's a Family, to learn about the other programming trend -- documentaries, features, and shorts on the gay baby boom. Dinger also promises more films -- "stronger films" -- for women. In fact, there's just more variety all around, from Patrik-Ian Polk's Punks, centering on a group of gay black men in Los Angeles, to Two Brides and a Scalpel, a documentary about the unlikely love story between a lesbian and a transsexual. In an attempt to accommodate more moviegoers, the festival has moved its home base from the Dobie to the Arbor, increasing capacity by about 50%. However, the festival's biggest bashes, like the Friday opening night screening of Sordid Lives at the Paramount and the outdoor screening at Fourth and Guadalupe, remain off-site. To help you navigate through the 140 titles, we highlight three films in the following pages -- a documentary about hustlers in Santa Monica, a documentary about children in various kinds of families, and a feature about an Indian lesbian who agrees to be a surrogate mother -- and along the way, you'll find tidbits on other films worth your while, running the gamut from a sweet coming-of-age tale (Swimming) to a clever French psychodrama (Water Drops on Burning Rocks). At a lucky 13 years old, aGLIFF is still going strong, and regardless of your sexual orientation, we hope you come out.