The Contemporary Austin presents LGBTQ Film Series

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The Contemporary Austin will present a new film series in conjunction with the sculpture With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress) by Jim Hodges, installed across the museum's downtown roofline in 2016. For the first film series organized in conjunction with the piece, The Contemporary will consider this public sculpture in the context of films about intersectional LGBTQ themes.

Filmgoers are invited to arrive early to enjoy the sunset on the roof, hear from community partner organizations, and learn how to get more involved. Picnics welcome; food and drink will be available for cash purchase from Royal Blue Grocery.

  • May 4: ​Naz & Maalik (Directed by Jay Dockendorf, 2015, 86 min.) Two closeted Muslim teens hawk goods across Brooklyn and struggle to come to terms with their sexuality, as their secretive behavior leads them unknowingly into the crosshairs of the War on Terror. Intimate and meditative, Naz & Maalik examines the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds. The film will be introduced by Chale Nafus, who served for 12 years as director of programming for Austin Film Society and was a professor and head of the Radio-Television-Film department at Austin Community College for 25 years.
  • May 11: Two Spirits (Directed by Lydia Nibley, 2009, 65 min.) ​Two Spirits interweaves the tragic story of a mother's loss of her child with a revealing look at a time when many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders. This documentary explores the life and murder of a boy who was also a girl, and the essentially spiritual nature of gender. Following the film, stay for a discussion with local documentary filmmaker PJ Raval, who will share a sneak peek preview of his upcoming documentary that focuses on the brutal murder of a transwoman in the Philippines by a U.S. Marine.
  • May 18: Crossing Over: Stories of Immigration and Identity (Directed by Isabel Castro, 2014, 45 min.) This documentary began as a film on transgender women seeking political asylum in the U.S. but developed into a story that exposes transphobia and celebrates the strength of human survival. Three transgender Mexican immigrants navigate different stages of asylum in Los Angeles-all striving to establish stability and support systems in a foreign city. Following the film stay for a panel discussion with representatives from Equality Texas, Human Rights Campaign, JOLT, and Refugee Services of Texas.
  • May 25: The Watermelon Woman (Directed by Cheryl Dunye, 1996, 90 min.) A foundational film of contemporary queer cinema, The Watermelon Woman is about a young black lesbian working a day job at a video store while trying to make a film about an obscure 1930s black actress known for playing the stereotypical roles relegated to black actresses of the period-remains astonishingly cutting-edge twenty years after its release. Re-released for its 20th anniversary in a pristine 2K HD restoration.

 Tickets include film and admission to The Contemporary Austin's galleries.

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The Contemporary Austin — Jones Center
700 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701


Ticket Info

$5-$10 suggested donation.