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Contrast Film Festival Pushes Boundaries, Defies Gender
New film festival presents America: The Remix
"...Contrast Film Festival is not your typical film fest. Intermixing..."

July 20, 2018 Screens Feature by Sarah Marloff

Contrast Film Festival Flick Picks
Our selection of the cross-media event’s boundary-pushing films
"...vampire à la Marilyn Monroe, Jack Smith's erotic experimental film was banned in 22 U.S. states and four countries..."

July 19, 2019 Screens Feature by Beth Sullivan

The Austin Film Festival Calendar
Plan out your 2018 Fest schedule
"...Film festival season is almost on us, and in Austin..."

Jan. 26, 2018 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Austin Film Festival Review: The Big Spoon
Love lost and found in this bittersweet local feature
"...Billed as an unromantic comedy, this homegrown Austin film explores what it means to be in the death..."

Oct. 18, 2016 Screens Post by Jessi Cape

Indie Meme Film Festival Review: Ask the Sexpert
Bio-documentary of India's Dr. Ruth
"...Director Vaishali Sinha attempts an impartial depiction of contrasting perspectives on sex in Indian media, which is largely..."

April 24, 2018 Screens Post by Tinu Thomas

Your 2019 Guide to Film Festivals in Austin
Mark your calendar for these celebrations of cinema
"...8-17: SXSW Austin's A-list festival, with screenings and filmmaker conversations, and mentor sessions. www.sxsw.com..."

Jan. 4, 2019 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Film
Film Reviews
"...key elements that makes Safe such an enormously challenging film is that writer/director Todd Haynes leaves these critical decisions..."

Sept. 22, 1995 News Feature

Film Reviews
Recommended
"...performances - there was Public Access, Singer's first feature-length film. Made in 1992, Public Access i s just now..."

Nov. 17, 1995 News Feature

Film Reviews
Recommended
"...bizarre cult hit Twister comes this genuinely affecting comedy-horror film that updates the Dracula lineage to present-day New York..."

Sept. 29, 1995 News Feature

Film Reviews
Recommended
"...punch, a raw, dirty, disturbing piece of cinema veritŽ filmmaking that simultaneously hooks and repulses you from its opening..."

Sept. 1, 1995 News Feature

ATX Television Festival: Shifting Landscapes: The Effect of 9/11 on Storytelling
How the World Trade Center attacks affected TV
"...veteran told the audience Friday at the ATX Television Festival panel Shifting Landscapes: The Effect of 9/11 on Storytelling...."

June 11, 2016 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation 2005
Spike & Mike has always been a hit-or-miss program, and this year is no different, with a few genuinely brilliant pieces surrounded by examples of puerile fun and juvenile humor.
"...the Future," which parodies Fifties-era sci-fi and Red Scare films and clocks in at a brief 90 seconds, is..."

Jan. 28, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

SXSW Music Festival
Picks & Sleepers
"...year's memorable Can You Live Without and his outstanding film score to Buster Keaton's silent masterpiece, The General. Great..."

March 17, 2000 Music Feature

SXSW Film Review: 'Frank'
Michael Fassbender rewrites an icon of British outsider art
"...In contrast, Scoot McNairy as engineer/manager Don is the damaged hero,..."

March 12, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Bunny Michael’s Higher Self Will See You Now
Instagram’s spiritual meme-maker comes to Contrast Film Festival
"...Mx. Michael's creative disciplines – are also what pulled Contrast Film Festival co-founders Jeremy von Stilb and Tish Sparks..."

July 19, 2019 Screens Feature by Beth Sullivan

Qmmunity: Is Everyone on TV Gay?
Plus Contrast Film Fest, Frida Fridays, and more queer magic
"...Contrast Film Festival Dubbed 2018's "Boundary-Pushing Fest," this beyond-queer film..."

July 19, 2019 Column by Sarah Marloff

Where Do We Go Now?
This Lebanese film looks at what might happen to the area’s ancient religious conflicts if women ruled the region.
"...of the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011, this Lebanese film looks at what..."

Aug. 17, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A More Perfect Union
"...had its world premiere in March at the SXSW Film Festival where it garnered some of the event's biggest..."

Sept. 22, 1995 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Blue Like Jazz
Based on the bestseller by Donald Miller, this is the story of a Texas-raised Southern Baptist who finds maturity on the liberal campus of Reed College in Portland, Ore.
"...More open-minded than the current crop of come-home-to-Jesus films, Blue Like Jazz is nevertheless not nearly as tolerant..."

April 13, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Future Was in Toronto
Toronto International Film Festival showcased the fall's big films
"...Every September, after the close of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), we begin to get a firmer sense..."

Sept. 21, 2018 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

Reflections
SXSW Film Festival and Conference
"...here are the first round of reviews of some films currently showing in the SXSW Film Festival. The symbols..."

March 14, 1997 Screens Feature

Filmmaker Bruce LaBruce Gets "Provocative and Political!"
Getting explicit and merciless in The Misandrists
"...misandry in our lives, and director Bruce LaBruce's latest film, making its Texas premiere at this weekend's Contrast Film..."

July 20, 2018 Screens Feature by Sarah Marloff

Gay Place
A sign of good things to come?
"...Rights Project's family reunification efforts and this weekend's inaugural Contrast Film Fest, to Sunday's Drag the Vote and next..."

July 20, 2018 Column by Sarah Marloff

Your Queer Guide to Austin
A crash course on the city's LGBTQ parties, prides, and resources
"...parties, the rise and fall of gay bars, new festivals, and community members doing awe-inspiring work. In a nutshell,..."

Sept. 5, 2018 Qmmunity Post by Sarah Marloff

Qmmunity: The Science of Queers
Plus events to make and celebrate queer history
"...Contrast Film Festival Dubbed the "Best Boundary-Pushing Fest" of 2018,..."

July 12, 2019 Column by Sarah Marloff

Hitchcock/Truffaut
Go behind the groundbreaking book of interviews; a must for cinephiles
"...In 1962, two filmmakers sat in a room together to record 50 hours..."

Feb. 26, 2016 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Alpha Female Films Tackles Queer Life in a Podunk Town
“Butch Queen”? Yes, please!
"...the event will be featured in the new short film “Butch Queen,” the latest project from Allie Lane and..."

Nov. 9, 2018 Qmmunity Post by Beth Sullivan

Cowboy del Amor
Ivan Thompson, the "Cowboy Cupid" who brokers marriages between American men and Mexican women, is a truly fascinating documentary character that is expertly revealed through rock-solid storytelling.
"...please turn on some music?"), but he turns out midfilm to have a soft side. Maybe. I've seen a..."

March 24, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Universal Talent
From 1961 to 1992, Julioeloy Mesa worked in the Cuban Institute of Cinematic Industry and Art, making movie posters that earned international awards, exhibitions in museums, and even a permanent collection in the Library of Congress. Though he now lives comfortably in Austin, Texas, Mesa's artistic struggle continues.
"...disciples, no art spoke more to the people. Mesa's film posters won awards in international competitions, including the Cannes..."

July 13, 2001 Arts Feature by Rob Curran

Jesus Is Coming
The video mailed across the state, the Christian film that found an audience in Austin, and other stories of evangelicals using film to spread the word
"...who came from miles away to see the Christian film that had been playing for weeks in a multiplex..."

April 27, 2001 Screens Feature by Sarah Hepola

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