Erica’s First Holy Shit! (2022)

Starring and based on the life of Erica Nix, Austin queer artist and fitness guru (and currently a surprising and unlikely Austin mayoral candidate), the filmmakers say that this movie “is a tribute to the disappearing bohemian demimonde of Austin itself; a psychedelic freak-out fantasia of adventure and discovery inspired by Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain, Pee Wee Herman, and Linklater’s Waking Life.”

After a divorce and in the middle of a pandemic, Erica is caught in the changing tides of Austin’s value system, as the city that proclaims that it will keep things weird has priced bohemian artists like herself out of being able to live there. To come to terms with this reality, she undergoes a series of hallucinations which lead her to seek the advice of her inner child, God, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mother Nature and Satan.

the debut feature film from the producing team THIS IS NOT A CULT, which includes writers and producers Erica Nix, Jessica Gardner, Jeremy von Stilb and Sawyer Stoltz. The film also has appearances by Austin’s most acclaimed underground performers, artists and musicians, including Christeene (Paul Soileau), p1nkstar (Girls Like Us), Caleb De Casper, Andie Flores (George Lopez’s Lopez Vs. Lopez), Nikki DaVaughn, Lynn Metcalf and many more.

Will you like it? That depends on your tolerance for weirdness and performance art. As for me, I always enjoy some surreal goofiness, so I had fun with it. I hope that you watch it with an open mind and feel the same way.

Erica’s First Holy Shit! debuts tomorrow at PRISM 35: aGLIFF’s 35th Annual LGBTQ+ Film Festival in Austin.

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