10 People to Watch: Lindsay Muse

10 People to Watch: Lindsay Muse

Lindsay Muse | Executive Director, Polari

After a successful career in NYC and as a festival producer for SXSW, she’s taking the AGLIFF-Polari nonprofit organization into its next chapter.

Why Austin?
I’m a native Texan and moved to Austin to live near my family since August 2003. I previously lived in NYC for eight years and worked at HBO Studio Productions, Cornerstone Promotion and in corporate real estate. I owned a furniture store and art gallery in NYC, and my love for directing events was born from curating art shows and events during fashion week. After five years working as Festival Producer at SXSW, I felt compelled to lend my experience to the nonprofit world and began working for the AGLIFF–Polari Nonprofit Organization in 2011. I’ve produced two Polari Film Festival community program seasons to date, including its 25th Anniversary Year Film Festival this past October.

What career moment are you most proud of?
Having the opportunity to be involved with work that drives new ideas, being at the forefront in the struggle for modern day civil liberties and helping continue awareness of human rights are what makes me proud of my work.

Why has Austin been a good place for you to live and work?
The collaborative spirit of people in Austin is something I adore about living and working here. I’m constantly inspired by the people I work with and the support network we provide each other.

What’s in store for 2013?
I’m always looking for new ways to better serve different needs of the Austin community and to preserve the character of Austin I’ve known and loved all of my life.

To learn more about AGLIFF—Polari, visit polarifest.com.

Lindsay’s Austin Essentials
• Laguna Gloria (3809 W. 35th St.)—I love walking the historic grounds.
• Yellow Jacket Social Club (1704 E. 5th St.)—relaxing with close friends has “saved my soul” after exhausting festival days.
• Dancing at the Broken Spoke (3201 S. Lamar Blvd.)!