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2021 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animation
The also-rans are as good as this year's animated nominees
"...soft feel of a children's illustrated book: In stark contrast, Erick Oh's "Opera" is a remarkable feat, an ornate..."

April 2, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Dear Mr. Brody Documents an Eccentric, Forgotten American Story
Director Keith Maitland follows $25 million given away
"...Robyn Glassman (featured in and a producer of the film), who was working for renowned producer Ed Pressman, who..."

March 12, 2021 Screens Feature by Trace Sauveur

Qmmunity: Sellers Underground Shutters
Send Qmmunity your queer’d memories of the Fourth Street fixture
"...Dark City Beneath the Beat Contrast Film Festival brings queer rapper TT the Artist's docu-ode..."

Dec. 11, 2020 Column by Beth Sullivan

Yellow Rose
The real New Country in this very Austin story of musical roots
"...the iconic folk song, the title also references the film’s protagonist, 17-year-old Filipina Rose Garcia (Noblezada), who lives in..."

Oct. 9, 2020 Movie Review by Beth Sullivan

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
What we’re listening to
"..."What's your dream festival lineup, dead or alive?" asks Sun Radio this Labor..."

Sept. 4, 2020 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Yourself and Yours
Korean master Hong Sang-soo's understated dissection of how men only see women as they want
"...Hong Sang-soo has a way of making weird, surreal films without absurdist quirks and frills. He takes a more..."

June 26, 2020 Movie Review by Jenny Nulf

New French Shorts
Queer and immigrant stories, satire and romance give new perspectives on French culture
"...effective compositions to let Ahmed's journey speak quietly. By contrast, dialogue-free and enigmatic animated short "Sheep, Wolf, And a..."

May 15, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

SXSW Announces Film Award Winners
Shithouse takes top narrative honors
"...Room have taken the top awards at the SXSW Film Awards...."

March 24, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Austin Symphony Orchestra: "Rach Star"
Orion Weiss played Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto with the Austin Symphony, and we were spellbound
"...broken by it. (That story was told in the film Shine, a fictionalized version of David Helfgott's life.) And..."

Jan. 17, 2020 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Austin’s 2020 Film Festival Calendar
Your print-out-and-keep guide for movie lovers
"...19-23: OUTsider Film & Arts Festival Combining performance and projected works with..."

Jan. 10, 2020 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

AFS Announces Short Film Grant Recipients
Society breaks $2 million in assistance to filmmakers
"...oaks do grow: and so it is with short films, which are often the seed of great careers. That's..."

Dec. 20, 2019 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Austin Film Festival Review: Yellow Rose
Austin-made drama sings an immigrant song
"...the iconic folk song, the title also references the film’s protagonist, 17-year-old Filipina Rose Garcia (Eva Noblezada), who lives..."

Oct. 30, 2019 Screens Post by Beth Sullivan

Iron Age's Seminal Album Reverberates Through Texas' Metal Scene
The Sleeping Eye turns 10 with a reissue, its creators and other Texas metal icons consider its influence
"...and long driveways open out onto ranches and farms. Contrast that to the urban sprawl of the Texas capital,..."

Oct. 18, 2019 Music Feature by Michael Toland

AFS Announces 2019 Feature Grant Recipients
Over $100,000 in cash and aid for next generation of filmmakers
"...When you're an independent filmmaker, a few dollars can be the difference between an..."

Sept. 4, 2019 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Improviser Shannon Stott Brings Some Lord of the Rings to Out of Bounds
The Gandalf of improv is all over the comedy festival
"...packed schedule for the 2019 Out of Bounds Comedy Festival (a short-form set as part of the five-performer troupe..."

Aug. 23, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Contrast Review: So Pretty
Making queer space for beauty and simplicity in Rovinelli’s film
" Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli’s So Pretty, a feature film about queer space-making in 2018, which made its Texas..."

July 22, 2019 Qmmunity Post by Nick Yeager

Contrast Review: Obscuro Barroco
Poetry takes form in a mythic city in Evangelia Kranioti's ode to Rio
"...An arresting film by Greek director Evangelia Kranioti, Obscuro Barroco screened Sunday..."

July 22, 2019 Qmmunity Post by Nick Yeager

Contrast Review: The Whisper of the Jaguar
Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau and Thais Guisasola’s film resounds
"...a feature from Brazil screened as the first in Contrast Film Festival’s matinee series “Brazil in Focus.”..."

July 20, 2019 Qmmunity Post by Nick Yeager

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

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

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

Trump’s Twitter Library, a Ferris Wheel of Cheese, and More From the Wide, Weird World of SXSW
Festival-adjacent events abound!
"...Your SXSW badge doesn't just gain you entry to films, concerts, and conference panels. It also opens the door..."

March 8, 2019 Features Feature by Kimberley Jones

The Ultimate Queer Guide to SXSW 2019
Often imitated, never duplicated, we’re here to keep it real kweer
"...Becoming Leslie, 5:30pm, Rollins Theatre, Badge required..."

March 1, 2019 Qmmunity Post by Sarah Marloff

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."

Jan. 4, 2019 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Austin's 10 queerest highlights of 2018
"...Or the return, success, and creation of our queer festivals. Seriously, our hearts must've grown three sizes this year...."

Dec. 28, 2018 Column by Sarah Marloff

Tidbits From Austin International Drag Fest
Queens, kings, and clowns from near and far wow at Drag Village
"...a set at the fourth annual Austin International Drag Festival’s Drag Village at the Holiday Inn...."

Nov. 19, 2018 Qmmunity Post by Courtney Naquin

Viola Davis leads an efficient heist that rarely blows the doors off
"...For his first film since winning multiple awards for 12 Years a Slave..."

Nov. 16, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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

Shout Out to the Queer Best of Austin Winners
Qmmunity is so proud of you!
"...Best Boundary-Pushing Fest: Contrast Film Festival..."

Nov. 1, 2018 Qmmunity Post by Sarah Marloff

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