Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival returns as a proud community sponsor for this year’s Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF) by co-presenting writer/director Craig Jessen’s A PROMISE OF TIME TRAVEL during the September 7-10th festival at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. Part romance, part thriller, Jessen’s award-winning film follows a bookstore clerk drawn into a plot to steal a time machine. This year aGLIFF turns 30, making it the oldest festival in Austin, and OWA is excited to be a part of the festivities with this LGBT SciFi flick.
Years following their friendship’s awkward end, Zelda must face the guilt of turning away from Cassie just after she confessed her feelings. Despite being happily married, bookstore clerk Zelda finds Cassie and her plot to steal a time machine fascinating. She struggles to keep her past and this new heist hidden from her husband, who keeps his own secrets and wants in on the intrigue. A love triangle that cuts across sexual identity as well as timelines, Craig Jessen’s film uses the idea of time travel to look at regret and the consequences of the choices we make. We only have one chance at life… unless we find a way back.
“aGLIFF programmer Jim Brunzell picks the best films,” says OWA Founder and Artistic Director Bears Fonte, “but in a bit of good luck, A PROMISE OF TIME TRAVEL was a film we were already considering for our own festival, so we are excited to support it.” The feature will be proceeded by a SciFi-tinged short from the QYMP (the Queer Youth Media Project, aGLIFF’s summer camp).
Writer/Director Craig Jessen and Lead Actress/Producer April Grace Lowe will be in attendance for the 8:30pm Saturday, September 9th screening and Fonte will be there to do the Q&A. Expect a lot of the OWA team there as well, like we had last year when we co-sponsored GIRLS LOST at the festival.