Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Turns 16, 20 Countries are Coming to the Party
Celebrate the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival's Sweet 16 starting Friday, May 2, with its opening night feature, The Way He Looks, at the Colony Theatre in South Beach.
MGLFF "The Way He Looks" opens the Festival on May 2 at 8 p.m. at the Colony Theatre.
MGLFF is one of the largest LGBT film festivals around, and this year's line up proves it. Featuring 64 films from around the world, MGLFF 2014 is kicking off film festival season in a big way.
Presented by HBO, HBO Latino, and Miami-Dade County, the festival is known for presenting world, North America, and United States premieres. This year will be no different. Expect an eclectic round up of short films and feature-length movies from 20 different countries.
Interim executive director Mark Gilbert says, "We've got filmmakers and actors flying in from around the world to meet our audiences and talk about their craft. Our parties will be over-the-top affairs as only Miami knows how to throw a party. Sixteen is going to be stellar for the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival."
This year's "How Sweet It Is" theme is a nod to both the festival turning 16 as well as the legendary Jackie Gleason, who lived in Miami and broadcast his titular variety show from Miami Beach.
MGLFF "The Way He Looks" directed by Daniel Ribeiro.
Films either feature lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender characters, or are made by LGBT filmmakers. This year's program will feature four world premieres, one international premiere, two North American premieres, two U.S. premieres, three East Coast premieres, and several Southeast premieres.
The Way He Looks, which kicks off the festival at 8 p.m., is based on the award-winning short film, "I Don't Want To Go Back Alone." Directed by Daniel Ribeiro, the story revolves around a blind teenager trying to gain independence from his overly protective mother. The Portuguese film will be played in its original tongue with English subtitles.