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Matt Bomer Crosses the Cultural Divide in ‘Papi Chulo’

A solitary and alienated gay TV weatherman “hires” a middle-aged Latino migrant worker to be his friend, in this darkly comedic reflection on class, ethnicity, and companionship in contemporary Los Angeles. In theaters June 7, 2019.

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After a newly-single gay TV weatherman Sean, played by Matt Bomer, is put on leave following an on-air meltdown, he directs his energy into home improvement and hires a middle-aged Latino day laborer named Ernesto, played by Alejandro Patiño, to help. Despite a language barrier and having nothing in common, the two men develop an unexpected but profound friendship in this darkly comedic reflection on class, ethnicity, and companionship in contemporary Los Angeles.

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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Making Montgomery Clift

aGLIFF and the Austin Film Society present the Texas premiere of Robert Anderson Clift & Hillary Demmon’s documentary MAKING MONTGOMERY CLIFT.

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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.

16jan7:30 PM9:30 PMMaking Montgomery Clift7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Alamo Drafthouse South LamarCategories:FilmAges:18+

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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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