The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival, formerly known as the Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, along with the Austin Film Society, will host a screening of the Texas premiere of Robert Anderson Clift & Hillary Demmon’s documentary about the classic film star and queer icon Montgomery Clift in Austin on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.
The iconic Hollywood actor Montgomery Clift — long described as “tragically self-destructive” and “tormented” by his sexuality — is being seen in a new light thanks in part to a documentary by his nephew Robert Clift, along with co-director Hillary Demmon. Using a a rich collection of never-before-seen footage from the family archives and exclusive audio interviews the documentary paints a much more complicated picture of the legendary actor that shows he was was unashamed of his sexuality, maintained a great sense of humor and even defied the studio system.
“I learned very early that there was a deep chasm between Monty, as remembered publicly, and Monty as remembered by family and loved ones,” says the actor’s nephew and documentary co-director Robert Clift. “This film gave me the opportunity to revisit those feelings and dig into the story behind the story. In the process, I hope that a more expansive view of my uncle’s life emerges, one that is truer to his powerful sense of integrity, creativity and intelligence.”
Interviews with family and close friends of Monty, including the personal accounts of his uncle Monty and father Brooks Clift, help paint a fresh portrait of star, complete with the actor’s passions, contributions and commitment to living and working in his own way and most importantly, one that shows that narratives made popular by previous biographies and documentaries that considered him “the slowest suicide in Hollywood history” were flawed. “The Montgomery Clift that most people know today,” says Demmon, “if they remember him at all, isn’t somebody his family and loved ones recognized. That’s a twofold loss – first of the person himself, and then of his memory.”
The Texas premiere of Making Montgomery Clift will screen at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar. Tickets are $12 (plus $1.49 service charge and $1.11 sales tax) and available on the Alamo Drafthouse website.