aGLIFF announced the Queer Spectrum screening for April 2023 will feature Youtopia, the musical comedy from director Scout Durwood, on April 19 at the Galaxy Theatre.
Youtopia combines narrative story with eleven original comedy music videos for a single feature-length film. Durwood will be in attendance for a live post-screening discussion with aGLIFF Artistic Director and Other Worlds’ founder Bears Rebecca Fonté.
Youtopia received an Honorable Mention for North American Narrative Feature at the 2022 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Film Festival for Durwood’s “innovative, hilarious, and politically erudite storytelling and exceptional musical numbers”.
The screening is presented in partnership with OtherWorlds Film Festival.
aGLIFF presents Youtopia on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2023 at the Galaxy Theatre at 6700 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, Texas 78752, starting at 7 PM. Open to aGLIFF members and guests for free; individual tickets are $15 each (plus applicable service fees) and are available for purchase now at agliff.org/queer-spectrum.
91 minutes | USA | 2022 | English
Writer: Scout Durwood
Director: Scout Durwood, Nate Lipp, Jason Zeni
Cast: Scout Durwood, Sammi Cohen, Eddie Furth, Mackenzie Trent, Jess Rona
After a devastating break up, an elder millennial inadvertently forms a hipster cult. When members start to disappear, the leader is confronted with the knowledge that her journey of self-discovery may trigger the end of the civilization as we know it, forcing her to face her most challenging enemy yet: herself.
Sapphic Nation said “Youtopia is a film that is funny and unique, just like its leading lady, Scout Durwood”:
“Underneath the bright colours and comedic tone, the film contains a mix of social commentary and personal expression, most evident in the music, with songs like “Millennial Malaise” and “Existence is Meaningless”. However, you can tell that life is anything but meaningless for Scout. And over the hour, thirty minute runtime we get to explore how she truly feels through the various music videos in the film.”
But Why Tho? says “Scout Durwood is absolutely hilarious in her musical film Youtopia.”:
“The movie’s low-budget look does wonders to play up the campiness of both the concept and the format. The movie is interspersed with quite odd but terribly catchy and satisfying songs, each essentially done as a separate music video outside of but concurrent to the ongoing plot.”
The Stranger calls it “a musical that is as sharp as it is silly, Youtopia is a comedy showcase overflowing with charm.”:
“Youtopia is continually refreshing, with every musical interlude showcasing a different style from the one before it. Best see this one with a crowd if you can.”