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The Capote Tapes



The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival, better known as aGLIFF, will kick off its 33rd annual festival with the Texas premiere of The Capote Tapes from Ebs Burnough in his directorial debut on THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020. aGLIFF will also host a live Q&A with the director at at time to be announced.

The documentary features interviews with Dick Cavett, André Leon Talley, Jay McInerney, Dotson Rader and Kate Harrington as well as The Paris Review co-founder George Plimpton’s taped interviews with Capote’s friends after his death for his 1997 biography, Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career.

Burnough meticulously wove together hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and home videos with Plimpton’s reel-to-reel audiotape recordings. The result is a fresh and revealing portrait of the iconic gay American writer as well as an intimate look inside his rise and fall.

“As a black gay man who grew up in Northern Florida, I was always taught to remember the people on whose shoulders I stood — the people who made life a little easier for me,” Ebs Burnough, the first-time documentary filmmaker behind “The Capote Tapes,” told Variety. “Truman was openly gay in the 1950s at a time when black and white people couldn’t even be married to each other. He was who he was. My hope is that this film demonstrates that gay, straight, black, white, we all stand on his shoulders.”

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The Capote Tapes

91 minutes | UK | 2019 | English
Director: Ebs Burnough
Texas Premiere

Truman Capote was a singular figure in the 20th century. He presented himself unapologetically on television at a time when most gay men took pains to avoid scrutiny. His books Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood were bestsellers and critical darlings. Now The Capote Tapes delivers a fresh portrait that reinvigorates our understanding of this vital writer. Among the film’s revelations are newly discovered tapes of interviews that The Paris Review co-founder George Plimpton conducted with Capote’s friends after his death.

aGLIFF 33: Prism WILL BE VIRTUAL! aGLIFF‘s 33rd annual film festival will be held over TWO WEEKENDS — AUGUST 6-9 AND AUGUST 13-16 — and feature over 50 feature and short films showcasing the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community.

Festival badges are $35 per weekend or $65 for both. aGLIFF encourages fans to consider membership to get the best access and support aGLIFF’s year-round programming. Memberships include festival badges and an array of other perks depending on the level and range in price from $300 to $1200. Memberships can be paid up front or in monthly installments. Members and badge holders have priority access to reserving tickets for individual films and events upon purchase. Those who purchase or renew their membership before this year’s festival will receive perks through 2021, including festival badges for next year. Memberships and festival badges are available for purchase now at

Chase is the founder and Creative Director of, former 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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