In Miami the mojitos are sweet, the
pink flamingos indigenous, and the GLBT films hot. That's because the
Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2008 will premiere several
featured films and shorts over its ten day run starting April 25th.
Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato
(Inside Deep Throat, Party Monster, The Eyes of Tammy Faye)
bring their screen adaption of the best selling Robert Trachtenberg
book When I Knew to Miami first. The short film interviews
GLBT people from all over the country and asks, “When did you know
you are gay?” The answers can be sad, funny, and even inspiring.
During the course of the festival, the
film's directors will continue their work by inviting attendees to
share their moments as well. These stories are to be shown as a
second part of the short during the festival.
From the 2005 book:
Micheal Aller, 64, Miami Beach's
tourism director and protocol chief: “I was 14. I was driving
around with my father in the car. I told my dad, 'I like the girls
and I like boys, but with the boys I get excited.' My father turned
and said, 'I was wondering when you were going to get around to
You can watch sample interviews at the
book's website www.wheniknew.com
What's earlier than a premiere? A
pre-premiere? Or, as director Todd Stephens calls it, a
work-in-progress? Miami audiences will squeal in delight at their
luck after watching work-in-progress for Another Gay Sequel: Gays
Stephens returns with an equally
outrageous sequel to Another Gay Movie. Four teens (Andy,
Nico, Jarod, and Griff) travel to Fort Lauderdale's spring break
looking for action where they enter a “Gays Gone Wild” contest
hosted by Tyrelle Tyrelle (RuPaul) and Sandi Cove (Lady Bunny).
Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild!
is as campy, utterly gay, and outrageous as the original.
Finally, in Miami you'll be surrounded
with aspiring directorial talent as PlanetOut hands out awards for
their Short Movie Awards 2008 competition.
The five shorts judged best out of 90
will be screened on Sunday April 27th.
Director Claudia Morgado-Escanilla's
short No Bikini is this year's grand prize winner. A little
girl passes as a boy after she abandons her top at swim camp. The
short film raises important questions about gender conformity. You
are left with much to ponder after only 8 minutes.
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film
Festival runs from April 25th to May 4th. For
more information, visit the festival's website at www.mglff.com.
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