‘Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives,’ ‘March On’ and more at Austin gay film fest this weekend

If you’re in Austin this weekend, you may want to stop by the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, site of the 23rd Annual Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Fest.

Gay Dallas filmmaker Israel Luna’s controversial “Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives” is showing at 9:45 tonight, and will be followed by a talkback discussion.

And at noon Sunday, Dallas activist Laura McFerrin’s documentary about last year’s National Equality March, “March On,” will make its world premiere. We’ve heard  most if not all of the folks whose stories are featured in “March On” will be on hand for the screening.

Of course these are plenty of other films at the festival worth seeing, too. For example, we’re intrigued by “Faith of the Abomination,” about a lesbian couple (shown above) that went undercover and infiltrated an evangelical church in Austin a few years back.

For a full schedule, go here.

—  John Wright

Trannies Director Israel Luna Explains How To Get Jarrett Barrios To Give You a GLAAD Award

Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives filmmaker Israel Luna is still smarting from GLAAD's attack on his transexual slash flick that debuted at Tribeca. So he put together this little item about how to win a Gay & Lesbian Alliance All About Defamation Award. Fake GLAAD head Jarrett Barrios guest stars!

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Marco Rodriguez scores onstage and on YouTube

This time last year, gay playwright-actor-comic Marco Antonio Rodriguez announced he was shutting down his local Martice Enterprises theatrical production and headed for Nuevo York to seek his fortune.

Well, things have gone pretty well for him.

Today, Rodriguez announced his latest play, the Spanish-language Dominican comedy La Luz de un Cigarillo, will be headed to off-Broadway for a production in the summer of 2011. That’s pretty big news — a step away from Broadway. Kudos to Marco!

And if you’re jonesing for a little of Marco since he left, well, check out these video for his Pico de Gallo comedy show, directed by our own Israel Luna. Funny stuff.

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Resource Center to host candlelight vigil Wednesday for victims of Tel Aviv shooting

Above is video from last night’s vigil in Washington, D.C. Below is an update from David Taffet. After the jump, read a full press release from Resource Center Dallas.

By David Taffet
A candlelight vigil for victims of the shooting at the LGBT community center in Tel Aviv, Israel, will be held at Resource Center Dallas at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5. The theme of the vigil is safety for LGBT youth, and it is sponsored by Resource Center Dallas, Congregation Beth El Binah, Fuse and the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.
“We are both saddened and angry that the GLBT Community Center in Tel Aviv was attacked this past weekend,” Resource Center Executive Director Mike McKay said in a statement. “As one of the largest GLBT community centers in the United States, Resource Center Dallas mourns the deaths of these young people and joins our colleagues around the world in calling for an end to violence against GLBT people everywhere.”
On Aug. 1, a masked gunman opened fire inside the Tel Aviv center during a youth group meeting, leaving two people dead and at least 11 injured.
A vigil in San Francisco on Monday night attracted about 100 people, according to organizer Lisa Geduldig. A vigil was also held at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. on Monday night.
In Israel, the Masorti (Conservative) Movement is conducting an evening of “learning, song and reconciliation” in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Beersheba. Using Jewish texts and melodies to encourage discussion, the themes are unconditional love, tolerance and bridging the divides in society, according to a report in The Jerusalem Post.
The Post is reporting that three of four victims still being treated at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv are in stable but serious condition, and that one remains in a coma. Because they are minors, no names are being released. The reports of the number of people injured vary, but most say 11. Either the other seven have been released or they were sent to other area hospitals.
This week, many LGBT youth in Tel Aviv have had to come out to their parents because of the attacks — not only those injured, but also friends who heard of the attack, rushed to the hospital and spent the night there with their friends.
The Post reports that few parents were at the hospital that night because most did not know their children were gay. Although they had heard about the attack, they didn’t know their children might be among the victims.

—  John Wright