Some of the best films at this year’s Polari Film Festival are directed by female filmmakers, all of whom will be IN ATTENDANCE at the festival to talk about their work. These directors are not great because they are women, but are simply some of the most talented filmmakers working today – of any gender. We are very excited to welcome them to our 26th Anniversary Film Festival (Oct. 16-20) and encourage you to seek out their fantastic films!
Drew Denny, a native Austinite, returns to her home city with the visually stunning and emotionally layered, THE MOST FUN I’VE EVER HAD WITH MY PANTS ON, this year’s U.S. Dramatic Spotlight. This road trip from LA to Austin combines beauty, lesbian camp and military cross-dressing to tell a captivating story of friendship, family and the search for self.
Yoruba Richen is a documentary filmmaker who has directed and produced films in the U.S. and abroad, including Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia. She will be attending Polari26 with her newest film, and this year’s Centerpiece, THE NEW BLACK, an explosive look at the gay marriage debates that also engages the intertwined, but often combative, histories of the African American and LGBTQIA Civil Rights Movement.
Pratibha Parmar has been at the forefront of the queer cinema movement for more than two decades. Previous works by Parmar, all highly acclaimed, include KHUSH, A PLACE OF RAGE, WARRIOR MARKS and NINA’S HEAVENLY DELIGHTS. This year, Parmar journeys to Austin with ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH, an insightful and inspiring look at the elusive author who was the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her groundbreaking novel, THE COLOR PURPLE.
Lisa Biagiotti is an independent filmmaker and journalist based in LA. Her not-to-be-missed film DEEPSOUTH is a bold and evocative document of the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the rural south, and one that is shot through a decidedly intimate and humanistic lens.
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