aGLIFF — the All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival — Austin’s oldest film festival announced its lineup of events for the remainder of 2020, including film screenings in October and November and a special holiday edition of Queer Film Theory 101 in December.
aGLIFF presents a special member’s only screening of HBO’s upcoming documentary Transhood on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020 at 7 PM followed by a Q&A featuring director Sharon Liese. This event is only open to aGLIFF members.
96 minutes | United States | 2020 | English
Director: Sharon Liese
Filmed over the course of five years in Kansas City, TRANSHOOD is an inspiring chronicle of the lives of four young people and their families as they navigate growing up transgender in America’s heartland. The documentary offers a long range understanding of four transgender youth (aged 4, 7, 12, and 15 at the start of filming) as they redefine “coming of age” and share personal realities of how gender expression is reshaping their American families.
“Sharon Liese’s documentary “Transhood” maintains an artful bifocal perspective, capturing both youthful impatience and parental whiplash as it tracks the physical and emotional development of four trans children over the course of five years. The title’s evocation of Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” can’t be accidental: In nonfiction form, Liese’s film aims for similarly striking, sensitive time-lapse rewards.”
“Abetted by Dava Whisenant and Nick Andert’s supple editing, “Transhood” excels in fine-grained, day-on-day domestic observation. But it’s intelligently attuned, too, to larger sociopolitical changes in the wind, for better and for worse, as it notes just how much can change — in a person, in a family, in a country — in five years. Children, it turns out, grow up a lot faster than adults.”
On WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020, aGLIFF presents, along with its community partner the Austin Jewish Film Festival, a screening of Shiva Baby starting at 7 PM. After the screening, aGLIFF will host a Q&A with director Emma Seligman. This event is FREE for aGLIFF members and $12 for the general public.
77 minutes | United States | 2020 | English
Director: Emma Seligman
A young bisexual Jewish woman whose family is sitting shiva following a death, is unexpectedly forced to juggle her personal interactions when both her ex-girlfriend and her sugar daddy show up. This black comedy, adapted from Emma Seligman’s short film, is expertly performed by a talented ensemble cast includes Rachel Sennott, Molly Gordon (“Booksmart”) Polly Draper, Fred Melamed, Dianna Agron (“Glee”) and Jackie Hoffman.
“Shiva Baby is strongest when viewed as an ensemble film, and the whirling energy surrounding Danielle in her hour of panic is what makes the film so engaging. Danielle is the eye of the hurricane, albeit not a calm one by any means, but it’s the bickering parents, deaf old ladies, and kibitzing neighbors that make it sing. As the old Jewish proverb says, it takes a village to raise a “Shiva Baby.””
From Hollywood Reporter:
“Shiva Baby errs on the side of neatness, its strengths — its discipline and narrative economy — eventually registering as limitations, too. You may find yourself wishing the writer-director had taken more detours, or tangled more meaningfully with some of her larger themes — the clash of individual and collective identities, the pressures of tradition, the stifling normativity of even some liberal Jewish coastal circles. At the same time, frustration feels like a churlish response to a debut as assured as this one. Shiva Baby leaves you fully confident in the filmmaker’s capacity to do even better next time — and excited to see what that looks like.”
aGLIFF closes out 2020 with a special edition of Queer Film Theory 101 on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2020 starting at 7 PM. This event is FREE for aGLIFF members and $12 for the general public.
Holidays are the worst, right? Families, Happiness, Life Lessons… after a lifetime diet of heteronormative Hollywood fare, Queer Film Theory 101 dissects films from the past and points out the hidden queer narratives. Even the most normative cinematic offering can become a gay ol’ time when pressed into shape by a warm, powerful queer palm. Basically, QFT 101 will spoke these holiday classics with a little extra glitter.