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miami-gay-lesbian-film-festival-0Week 2 of the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF) continues this week with more exciting LGBT films. This year’s ten-day Festival runs through May 6, 2012 with screening locations in Miami Beach and Coral Gables. Below is a schedule of the films that will be screened this week at the popular Festival.

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April 27 to May 6 – Boys on Film

Week 2 of the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF) continues this week with more exciting LGBT films. This year’s ten-day Festival runs through May 6, 2012 with screening locations in Miami Beach and Coral Gables.

Below is a schedule of the films that will be screened this week at the popular Festival.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

“Taking a Chance on God”

miami-gay-lesbian-film-festival-1Directed by Brendan Faye

This film chronicles the extraordinary life and legacy of 85-year-old John McNeill, gay Catholic priest, founder of the LGBT spiritual movement and a pioneering voice of gay liberation. Refusing to betray his own conscience, McNeill stood up to the man who became Pope Benedict XVI and would not be silenced. The Film depicts McNeill’s remarkable journey.

Regal Cinema South Beach

1120 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

What Guys Want-A MEN’S SHORTS PROGRAM

9:30 p.m.

Miami Beach Cinematheque

1130 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

Friday, May 4, 2012

FRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT

“Elliot Loves”

Directed by Terracino

The story of Dominican-American Elliot Ayende at two stages of his life: as a nine-year-old who is side-kick and confidant to his barely-keeping-it-together single mom; and as a 21-year-old looking for love in New York City. A comedy-drama that shows you can survive anything life throws at you — just “keep it cute, papi.”

8:30 p.m. Film

Please check the MGLFF’s website for venue and additional event details, Mglff.com.

DOUBLE FEATURE

“Habana Muda”

miami-gay-lesbian-film-festival-2Directed by Eric Brach

Documentary Director E. Brach spent three years in Havana filming Chino, a bisexual deaf-mute who works on a farm. Together, Chino and his deaf-mute friends and wife go over the pros and cons of Chino fleeing Cuba so he can join Jose. Jose is a gay Mexican who has fallen in love with Chino and is ready to help him leave the country and obtain papers to work in Mexico. Insecurity arises when Jose begins to wonder if Chino loves him or if he just wants to earn a better life and send money back to his needy wife and young children

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“Austin Unbound”

Directed by Eliza Greenwood, Sel Staley, Basil Shadid

This is the first documentary about a man who is deaf and trans, and who also is a charismatic communicator. From age three, Austin knew that his female anatomy did not fit him. In middle school, he changed his name and began to dress as a boy. Now he will get surgery so he can breathe freely and finally swim in public.

9:30 p.m.

Coral Gables Art Cinema

260 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables

Saturday, May 5, 2012

“Out for the Long Run”

Directed by Scott Bloom

This film focuses on openly gay high school athletes and follows them through their senior year in high school as they navigate the turbulent waters of their uncertain world, showing the world a new generation of courage in the most homophobic place on a high school campus: the locker room.

3 p.m.

Coral Gables Art Cinema

260 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables

“30 Years From Here”

miami-gay-lesbian-film-festival-3Directed by Josh Rosenzweig

This documentary looks at how AIDS has affected many lives over the past 30 years. We witness personal accounts from people who were there in the beginning, have seen both the sorrow over lives lost and the hope generated by advances in medical research. Activists, medical experts, and people who were on the ground describe their stories from the war on AIDS.

3:30 p.m.

The Wolfsonian

1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

“Speechless”

Directed Simon Chung

A mysterious Westerner appears on a riverbank in southern China, completely naked. Taken to the hospital, he refuses to speak. While doctors soon resign, the hospital’s orderly, Jiang, is captivated by the stranger, and soon discovers a lust-filled secret that provides a key to the mysterious stranger’s past.

5:30 p.m.

The Wolfsonian

1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

“Ausente”

Directed by Marco Berger

Martin, a young Spanish student, is in love with his sports coach, Sebastian. Martin cleverly creates an opportunity and one night pushes the envelope to get as close as ever to reaching what he so desperately wants. Sebastian keeps Martin off at a distance, but at the same time tries to be kind and nurturing. Martin continues to inch further and further towards crossing the line. With all the twists and turns of love and life, Martin finds himself on the wrong side of the line and Sebastian finds himself with more regret than Martin could have ever imagined.

5:30 p.m.

Coral Gables Art Cinema

260 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables

“Miss Tacuarembó”

miami-gay-lesbian-film-festival-4Directed by Martin Sastre

Natalia is a little girl who grows up in the ’80s under the influences of ‘telenovelas’ like “Cristal” and movies like “Flashdance” in the distant and small town of Tacuarembó, Uruguay. The young Natalia soon sets her goal on winning the Miss Tacuarembó title as her first step in becoming a star and leaving her boring hometown. Fast forward – Natalia now lives in Buenos Aires and has yet to achieve fame. TV’s biggest reality shows give Natalia one last chance to become a star. How will Natalia take advantage of this golden opportunity?

8 p.m.

Coral Gables Art Cinema

260 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables

CLOSING FILM

“North Sea, Texas”

Directed by Bavo Defurne

Pim lives with his ex-beauty queen, single mother in a small town on the Belgian coast. As a teenager, he grows infatuated with Gino – the boy next door and his motorcycling hero. His first love seems destined to end in disappointment. When Zoltan, a hunky young man from the fun-fair starts dating Pim’s mother, he seizes the opportunity to leave and moves in with Gino’s family, but alas, Gino is romancing and living with a girl from across the border. It seems Pim’s dreams will never come true, but then one rainy day Gino returns home.

6:30 p.m. VIP Cocktail Reception

8 p.m. Award Presentation and Film

10 p.m. Closing Night Party

Please check Mglff.com for venue and additional event details.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

“Still Around”

Directed by Emmanuelle Antolin and Daniel Cardone

Still Around is a feature-length film consisting of a compilation of 15 short films that portray 15 people living with HIV/AIDS from the San Francisco Bay Area. Sixteen well-known local filmmakers collaborated with 15 protagonists to create 15 pieces that run from verite doc, experimental film, dance video and spoken words. This film weaves a diverse slate of stories into one powerful AIDS video quilt of our times.

1 p.m.

The Wolfsonian

1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

“This is What Love in Action Looks Like”

Directed by Morgan Jon Fox

In the summer of 2005, a 16-year-old in Memphis wrote on his MySpace blog about his parents sending him to a correctional “Fundamentalist Christian” program that strives to turn gay teens straight. This documentary follows the inspirational story of this teen local community standing up for their friend with daily protests at the facility in what would become an international news story. This documentary features several former clients of the organization who tell their personal stories about the time they spent within the program’s walls.

3 p.m.

Coral Gables Art Cinema

260 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables

“eCupid”

miami-gay-lesbian-film-festival-5Directed by J.C. Calciano

Marshall is turning 30 and is desperate for a new life. He downloads an app called “eCupid” that guarantees true love, and immediately sabotages his 7-year relationship. Suddenly single, “eCupid” overwhelms Marshall with sexy guys and quickly becomes more than he bargained for. With the help of a wise and mysterious waitress, Marshall is given one last chance to figure out who and what is really important.

3 p.m.

The Wolfsonian

1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

“Jobriath A.D.”

Directed by Kieran Turner

He was called “The American Bowie” and “The True Fairy of Rock & Roll”, Jobriath’s reign as the first openly gay rock star was brief and over by 1975. Now, thirty-five years later, Jobriath spotlights his truly unique life, music, groundbreaking influence and the new generations of fans slowly re-discovering him.

5:30 p.m.

The Wolfsonian

1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

The MGLFF features more than 65 films with 15 countries represented from around the world, including short films, documentaries and feature-length movies that support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. For tickets, membership information and a complete festival schedule, call 877-484-8499, or visit Mglff.com

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