What’s Queer At The 2018 SXSW Film Festival

A documentary about trans people serving in the U.S. military are among the entries in this year's fest.

Every spring, Austin comes alive with the South by Southwest Festival, a weeklong celebration of music, art, film and culture. This year’s fest, running March 9 to 17, includes a number of LGBT-interest movies, shorts and documentaries.

Here are some to keep an eye out for if you are attending SXSW this year:


U.S.A. (Director: Yen Tan)
Inspired by the award-winning short film of the same name, 1985 follows Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, Gotham), a closeted young man returning to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis.

Anchor and Hope

Spain (Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet)
When the best friend of a bohemian lesbian couple agrees to be their surrogate, the three friends set out on an unconventional journey to start a family.
Cast: Natalia Tena, Oona Chaplin, David Verdaguer, Geraldine Chaplin.

Men Don’t Whisper


U.S.A. (Director: Jordan Firstman)
After being emasculated at a sales conference, gay couple Reese and Peyton set out to do the most masculine thing they can think of – sleep with some women.



U.S.A. (Director: Brett Hanover)
A hybrid of documentary and fiction, Rukus is a queer coming-of-age story set in the liminal spaces of furry conventions, southern punk houses, and virtual worlds.


U.S.A. (Directors: Gabriel Silverman, Fiona Dawson)
Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military, where they must conceal their gender identity because military policies ban their service. TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four of the troops defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own.

What Keeps You Alive

Canada (Director: Colin Minihan)
Majestic mountains, a still lake and venomous betrayals engulf a female married couple attempting to celebrate their one-year anniversary.
Cast: Hannah Emily Anderson, Brittany Allen, Martha Macisaac, Joey Klein, Charlotte Lindsay Marron.

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