What’s Queer At SXSW 2017

"The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin" makes its world premiere at the 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 10 to 19, includes a number of LGBT-interest movies, shorts and documentaries.

American Gods


U.S.A. (Director: David Slade)
Neil Gaiman’s sci-fi novel about old and new gods warring in modern-day America has been adapted by Starz by out producers Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Sex and the City).
Cast: Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Jonathan Tucker, Gillian Anderson.

Dear White People


U.S.A. (Director: Justin Simien) Adapted from the out filmmaker’s 2014 feature of the same name, this new Netflix series sees a group of black students traverse life at a predominantly white Ivy League university.

Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori

Divine Divas


Brazil (Director: Leandra Leal)
Eight veteran drag queens in Brazil strut their stuff and share their fascinating back stories while celebrating a half-century of taking the stage. North American Premiere.

The Mess He Made


U.S.A. (Director: Matthew Puccini) In this short, a young gay man (Max Jenkins) waits 15 minutes for the results of an HIV test, but it feels like an eternity. World Premiere.

Cast: Max Jenkins

The Most Hated Woman in America

The Most Hated Woman in America
The Most Hated Woman in America/Netflix
U.S.A. (Director: Tommy O’Haver) From the director of Billy’s Hollywood Screen Test comes a fact-based film based on the life and murder of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the atheist activist who convinced the Supreme Court to overturn prayer in public schools.

Cast: Melissa Leo, Adam Scott, Josh Lucas, Juno Temple

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U.S.A. (Director: Geremy Jasper) Patti “Killa P” Dombrowski (Danielle Macdonald), a full-figured white girl from New Jersey, can spit rhymes with the best of them. She stuck living with her hard-drinking mother (Bridget Everett), Patti decides her best shot at fame comes from forming a band with her wheelchair-bound Nana (Cathy Moriarty) and a mysterious Marilyn Manson doppelganger who lives in the woods.

Cast: Danielle MacDonald, Cathy Moriarty, Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay

Signature Move

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Director: Jennifer Reeder A secret new romance forces Zaynab to confront her complicated relationship with her mother and leads her to take up Lucha-style wrestling. World Premiere.
Cast: Fawzia Mirza, Shabana Azmi, Sari Sanchez, Audrey Francis, Charin Alvarez, Mark Hood, Molly Brennan.

Todrick Hall: No Place Like Home

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Todrick Hall: No Place Like Home
U.S.A. (Director: Katherine Wright) The dazzlingly YouTuber and Broadway star recounts his life in small-town Texas and the road to fame while embarking on “Straight Outta Oz,” his ambitious full-length musical tour. World Premiere.

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin/KQED
U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer M. Kroot) The Tales of the City scribe recounts his evolution from a conservative son in the deep South to an activist and literary pioneer. World Premiere.

Walking Out

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U.S.A. (Directors: Alex, Andrew Smith) A father (Matt Bomer) he tries to connect with his estranged teenaged son (Josh Wiggins) on a hunting trip that tests their will to survive.

Cast: Matt Bomer, Lily Gladstone, Bill Pullman

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