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SXSW 2015: ‘Out To Win’ (WATCH)

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“From the director of Small Town Gay Bar and Continental, Out to Win is a documentary film that serves as an overview and examination of the lives and careers of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes from all over the world. Chronicling the present, framed within the historical context of those that came before, this film highlights the experiences of athletes who have fought and struggled, both in and out of the closet, to represent the LGBT community and their true selves. Featuring interviews with trailblazers including Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Jason Collins, Brittney Griner, Billy Bean and more.

The film will premiere on SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015 at the Stateside Theatre (719 Congress Avenue) at 7 PM. SXSW Film, SXSports, Gold, Platinum and Film Wristband holders get priority access. Space permitting, single-admission tickets will be available for without valid badges or wristbands for $10 starting 15 minutes before showtime. After the show, The Iron Bear (121 W 8th Street) will host the post-screening premiere party starting at 9 PM. Attendees will have the opportunity to grab a cocktail and mingle with gay and lesbian athlete and sports personalities.

For those unable to make the world premiere screening, the film will also screen on TUESDAY, MARCH 17 at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz (320 E 6th Street) at 4 PM and again WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 out at the Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter (5701 W Slaughter Lane) at 2:30 PM.

Chase is the Founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com, Host and Executive Producer of OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin. In 2012, CultureMap Austin named him one of Austin's Top LGBT bloggers and he received the AGLCC's Chamber Award for Social Media Diva.

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aGLIFF, KUTX Host Texas Premiere of JEWEL’S CATCH ONE

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The Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival announced aGLIFF’s February monthly screening, in partnership with KUTX 98.9 FM, will feature the Texas premiere of the documentary JEWEL’S CATCH ONE. Directed by C. Fitz, the documentary about the legendary disco hall Catch One in Los Angeles is also a portrait of Jewel Thais-Williams, the remarkable woman who kept Catch One alive against all odds, surviving her own crisis with drugs and alcohol in the 1980s to become an inspiring political activist, philanthropist and healer.

When the disco Catch One opened on the corner of Pico and Crenshaw in 1973, it provided a haven for the black and brown queer community in L.A., who got the cold shoulder at West Hollywood’s clubs. It was a place where “everybody was welcome,” as its indefatigable founder, Jewel explains. And the club ruled for over 40 years, despite frequent police raids, a suspected arson that closed Catch One for two years, and the AIDS crisis that felled so many of its regulars. It became the hip haunt for such celebrities as Madonna, Sandra Bernhard, Sylvester, and Sharon Stone, who was interviewed for the documentary. Paying tribute are such disco divas as Thelma Houston, Evelyn “Champagne” King and Bonnie Pointer.

JEWEL’S CATCH ONE will screen at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar on Wednesday, February 15 at 7:30 PM. The screening is open to ages 18 and up. Children 6 and up are only allowed with an adult. Tickets are available online. Jewel Thais-Williams will be in attendance.

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Fire Song (TRAILER)

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In this first Canadian narrative feature film to deal with the Canadian Aboriginal community and Two-Spirited people, gay Cree/Metis filmmaker Adam Garnet Jones’s Fire Song is a thoughtful character study focused on a young gay Anishinaabe man who is at a crossroads, forced to choose between the challenges of life on a homophobic First Nation reservation and his close knit family, a secret boyfriend, and the possibilities offered by the outside world.

When a teenaged girl commits suicide in a remote Northern Ontario Aboriginal community, it’s up to her closeted brother Shane (Andrew Martin) to take care of their family. Shane was supposed to move to the city for University in the fall, and he has been trying to convince his secret boyfriend, David (Harley Legarde), to come with him, but now everything is uncertain.

Shane is torn between his responsibilities at home and the promise of freedom calling to him from the city. He pushes through barrier after barrier, determined to take care of his mom, Jackie (Jennifer Podemski), and earn money for school. But when circumstances take a turn for the worse and Shane has to choose between his family or his future, what will he do?

From the razor scars on Martin’s upper arms to the two real-life suicides that took place on the Ontario reserve while they were shooting, the film serves as a stark reminder of Aboriginal communities’ self-harm crisis. But it’s really about much more than that.

Torn between the city and the country, formal education and embracing tradition, a straight life and being true to his desires, Director Jones has rendered a character pulled in all directions at once. Fire Song resonates deeply for anyone who has felt the effect of being an outsider struggling to connect with the world.

Fire Song will be released in the U.S. via Wolfe Video on November 8, 2016 on DVD / VOD: across all digital platforms including iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, and WolfeOnDemand.com, and will be on DVD via Wolfe Video and many major retailers.

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aGLIFF presents HER STORY

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The Austin Gay And Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF), Out Youth and HRC Austin present a screening of the groundbreaking documentary series Her Story at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7 PM. After the screening on Wednesday, Meghan Stabler of the HRC Board of Directors will host a question and answer session with the filmmakers.

“As an organization, aGLIFF is committed to bringing LGBT content to Austin and we are so proud of our dedicated volunteers and the community that worked hard to bring Her Story and the remarkable women profiled in the series to Austin,” said aGLIFF President Charlie Ray.

Ahead of the film screening, there will be a chance to meet the cast of Her Story at a reception on Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 PM. The reception will be held in the “Living Room” on the 8th floor of the Seven building at 615 West 7th Street and will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music by GirlFriend. Tickets to the reception are $50.

“We are hosting a fundraising reception and have partnered with Out Youth and HRC to support queer youth in Austin along with our own Queer Youth Media Project, a summer camp for LGBT youth, to create a film to premier at the festival in September. As state legislatures and ignorant politicians continue to attack the trans community, we know that being visible and standing together as a community to support our trans brothers and sisters is more important than ever.”

aGLIFF will also host a lunch at Out Youth with the cast for a meet and greet with area LGBTQ youth. A portion of the proceeds of these events will go to support the Queer Youth Media Project (a summer camp for queer-identifying youth sponsored by aGLIFF), aGLIFF and Out Youth.

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