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For the first time in my decade-long film fest career, I sent out a media alert asking press to cover a red carpet, yet wouldn’t tell them who the “guest of honor” was, since the filmmaker was the writer and director of the Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival’s Secret Screening. But there was a lot of “new” to be had, since aGLIFF wasn’t accustomed to doing the red carpet thing the way Wildworks PR does it. So, everything was shiny and new and a lot of fun as we gave the filmmakers their rock star moments on aGLIFF’s red carpet for the very first time…

Austin Mayor Steve Adler (Photo by Erica Rich)

Austin Mayor Steve Adler (Photo by Erika Rich) *And this is a bit of a cheat because his photos were done on Opening Night…

 

Mayor Steve Adler with aGLIFF Program Director, Jim Brunzell (Photo by Erica Rich)

Mayor Steve Adler with aGLIFF Program Director, Jim Brunzell (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

Mayor Adler is joined by the aGLIFF Board of Directors: (L to R) Tony, Chris, Jim, Logan, Steve Adler, Tracey, Ashley, Doug, Charles, Bears (Photo by Erica Rich)

Mayor Adler is joined by the aGLIFF Board of Directors: (L to R) Tony Castro, Kris Garza, aGLIFF Program Director Jim Brunzell, Logan Wick, Mayor Steve Adler, Tracy Peck, Ashley Marshall, Doug Bolin, Charles Webre, Rick “Bears” Fonte (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

ABU director Arshad Khan (Photo by Erica Rich)

ABU director Arshad Khan (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

ABU's Arshad Khan being interviewed (Photo by Erica Rich)

ABU’s Arshad Khan being interviewed (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

SANTA'S SECRET SEX PARTY director Charles Lum (Photo by Erica Rich)

SANTA’S SECRET SEX PARTY director Charles Lum (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

SANTA'S SECRET SEX PARTY's Charles Lum being interviewed (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

SANTA’S SECRET SEX PARTY’s Charles Lum being interviewed (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

 

THE FABULOUS ALLAN CARR's Jeffrey Schwarz being interviewed (Photo by Erica Rich)

THE FABULOUS ALLAN CARR’s Jeffrey Schwarz being interviewed (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

The TRANS YOUTH technical team: David Lovas (Titles), Rebecca Adler (Director), and Tony Costello (Editor) (Photo by Erica Rich)

The TRANS YOUTH technical team: David Lovas (Titles), Rebecca Adler (Director), and Tony Costello (Editor) (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

The TRANS YOUTH documentary subjects being photographed (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

The TRANS YOUTH documentary subjects being photographed (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

 

The documentary subjects of TRANS YOUTH: (L to R) Hannah Haley, Peter Haley, Elliot, Seb Sterling, Winn Ellinger (Photo by Erica Rich)

The documentary subjects of TRANS YOUTH: (L to R) Hannah Haley, Peter Haley, Elliot, Seb Sterling, Winn Ellinger (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

The TRANS YOUTH team: (L to R) Tony Costello (Editor), Hannah Haley, Pater Haley, Rebecca Adler (Director), Elliot, Seb Sterling, Winn Ellinger, David Lovas (Titles) (Photo by Erica Rich)

The TRANS YOUTH team: (L to R) Tony Costello (Editor), Hannah Haley, Pater Haley, Rebecca Adler (Director), Elliot, Seb Sterling, Winn Ellinger, David Lovas (Titles) (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

The TRANS YOUTH team with their film's poster (Photo by Erica Rich)

The TRANS YOUTH team with their film’s poster (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

REBELS ON POINTE director Bobbi Jo Hart (Photo by Erica Rich)

REBELS ON POINTE director Bobbi Jo Hart (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

REBELS ON POINTE's Bobbi Jo Hart gets a special greeting from aGLIFF's Howard Goldman (Photo by Anton Savenko)

REBELS ON POINTE’s Bobbi Jo Hart gets a special greeting from aGLIFF’s Howard Goldman (Photo by Anton Savenko)

 

TRANS YOUTH's Seb Sterling, Winn Ellinger, and Elliot being interviewed (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

TRANS YOUTH’s Seb Sterling, Winn Ellinger, and Elliot being interviewed (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

 

TRANS YOUTH's Seb Sterling and Winn Ellinger being interviewed 9.8.17 (Photo by Erica Rich)

TRANS YOUTH’s Seb Sterling and Winn Ellinger being interviewed (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

TRANS YOUTH's Hannah and Peter Haley being interviewed (Photo by Erica Rich)

TRANS YOUTH’s Hannah and Peter Haley being interviewed (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

TRANS YOUTH director Rebecca Adler being interviewed (Photo by Erica Rich)

TRANS YOUTH director Rebecca Adler being interviewed (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

TRANS YOUTH Editor Tony Costello and Titles creator David Lovas being interviewed (Photo by Erica Rich)

TRANS YOUTH Editor Tony Costello and Titles creator David Lovas being interviewed (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

EGGS, ZOMBIES, AND BACON director Sherry Y. Shi (Photo by Erica Rich)

EGGS, ZOMBIES, AND BACON director Sherry Y. Shi (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

Improvising with the last-minute arrival, aGLIFF's Khris Garza lends a hand for Sherry Y. Shi's poster shot (Photo by Anton Savenko)

Improvising with the last-minute arrival, aGLIFF’s Khris Garza lends a hand for Sherry Y. Shi’s poster shot (Photo by Anton Savenko)

 

Enjoying a laugh with A PROMISE OF TIME TRAVEL's April Grace Lowe and Craig Jessen (Photo by Anton Savenko)

Enjoying a laugh with A PROMISE OF TIME TRAVEL’s April Grace Lowe and Craig Jessen (Photo by Anton Savenko)

 

EGGS, ZOMBIES, AND BACON's Sherry Y. Shi being interviewed (Photo by Erica Rich)

EGGS, ZOMBIES, AND BACON’s Sherry Y. Shi being interviewed (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

A PROMSE OF TIME TRAVEL's director Craig Jessen (Photo by Erica Rich)

A PROMSE OF TIME TRAVEL’s director Craig Jessen (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

The husband and wife team behind A PROMISE OF TIME TRAVEL: Craig Jessen (Director), April Grace Lowe (Producer and star) (Photo by Erica Rich)

The husband and wife team behind A PROMISE OF TIME TRAVEL: Craig Jessen (Director), April Grace Lowe (Producer and star) (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

A PROMISE OF TIME TRAVEL's Craig Jessen and April Grace Lowe, show off their poster (Photo by Erica Rich)

A PROMISE OF TIME TRAVEL’s Craig Jessen and April Grace Lowe, show off their poster (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

A PROMISE OF TIME TRAVEL's Craig Jessen and April Grace Lowe being interviewed (Photo by Erica Rich)

A PROMISE OF TIME TRAVEL’s Craig Jessen and April Grace Lowe being interviewed (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

PROM KING, 2010 director Christopher Schaap being photographed (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

PROM KING, 2010 director Christopher Schaap being photographed (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

 

PROM KING, 2010 director Christopher Schaap (Photo by Erica Rich)

PROM KING, 2010 director Christopher Schaap (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

Seeing double: Christopher Schaap with his poster for PROM KING, 2010 (Photo by Erica Rich)

Seeing double: Christopher Schaap with his poster for PROM KING, 2010 (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

PROM KING, 2010's Christopher Schaap being interviewed (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

PROM KING, 2010’s Christopher Schaap being interviewed (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

 

Director Christopher Schaap gives the lowdown on PROM KING, 2010 (Photo by Erica Rich)

Director Christopher Schaap gives the lowdown on PROM KING, 2010 (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

SIGNATURE MOVE screenwriter Lisa Donato (Photo by Erica Rich)

SIGNATURE MOVE screenwriter Lisa Donato (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

DISCREET director Travis Matthews (Photo by Anton Savenko)

DISCREET director Travis Matthews (Photo by Anton Savenko)

 

Lisa Donato shares the carpet with Travis Matthews (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

Lisa Donato shares the carpet with Travis Matthews (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

 

SIGNATURE MOVE's Lisa Donato being interviewed (Photo by Erica Rich)

SIGNATURE MOVE’s Lisa Donato being interviewed (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

THE NEWS TODAY director and SIGNATURE MOVE writer Lisa Donato talks about being able to d every job on a movie set. (Photo by Erica Rich)

THE NEWS TODAY director and SIGNATURE MOVE writer Lisa Donato talks about being able to d every job on a movie set. (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

The DISCREET team being photographed (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

The DISCREET team being photographed (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

 

The DISCREET Team:(Bob Shaffer (CAST), Fred Daniel (EXEC PROD), Travis Matthews (DIR/SCR), Joy Cunningham (CAST), Ed Hattaway (CAST)(Photo by Erica Rich)

The DISCREET Team: Bob Shaffer (CAST), Fred Daniel (EXEC PROD), Travis Matthews (DIR/SCR), Joy Cunningham (CAST), Ed Hattaway (CAST)(Photo by Erika Rich)

 

aGLIFF juror Jen Richards about to hit the carpet (Photo by Anton Savenko)

aGLIFF juror Jen Richards about to hit the carpet (Photo by Anton Savenko)

 

Jen Richards being photographed (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

Jen Richards being photographed (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

 

Jen Richards (Photo by Erica Rich)

Jen Richards (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

Travis Matthews answers a question during the DISCREET team's interview (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

Travis Matthews answers a question during the DISCREET team’s interview (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

 

Jen Richards being interviewed (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

Jen Richards being interviewed (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

 

Jen Richards talks about her experience at aGLIFF (Photo by Erica Rich)

Jen Richards talks about her experience at aGLIFF (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

THE NEWS TODAY's Nick Neon (Photo by Erica Rich)

THE NEWS TODAY’s Nick Neon (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

THE NEWS TODAY's Nick Neon being interviewed (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

THE NEWS TODAY’s Nick Neon being interviewed (Photo by Stephanie Mella)

 

Stephen Cone, the director of aGLIFF's Secret Screening presentation, PRINCESS CYD (Photo by Erica Rich)

Stephen Cone, the director of aGLIFF’s Secret Screening presentation, PRINCESS CYD (Photo by Erika Rich)

 

PRINCESS CYD's director, Stephen Cone (Photo by Anton Savenko)

PRINCESS CYD’s director, Stephen Cone (Photo by Anton Savenko)

 

PRINCESS CYD's Stephen Cone poses for a post-interview photo (Photo by Anton Savenko)

PRINCESS CYD’s Stephen Cone poses for a post-interview photo (Photo by Anton Savenko)

 

Later that evening, we caught SUSANNE BARTSCH: ON TOP's directing tandem on the carpet: Alexander Smith, and Anthony Caronna (Photo by Wildman)

Later that evening, we caught SUSANNE BARTSCH: ON TOP’s directing tandem on the carpet: Alexander Smith, and Anthony Caronna (Photo by Wildman)

 

Director that love their doc subject: SUSANNE BARTSCH: ON TOP's Alexander Smith and Anthony Caronna pose with the poster (Photo by Wildman)

Director that love their doc subject: SUSANNE BARTSCH: ON TOP’s Alexander Smith and Anthony Caronna pose with the poster (Photo by Wildman)

 

The morning after: CLAMBAKE's director, Andrea Meyerson gets her red carpet shot. (Photo by Erica Rich)

The morning after: CLAMBAKE’s director, Andrea Meyerson gets her red carpet shot. (Photo by Erika Rich)