Two Thumbs Up for 14th Annual Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF) will celebrate its 14th anniversary, April 27 - May 6, with more than 65 feature films, documentaries and shorts from 15 countries.
At the opening night reception, the festival will recognize country singer Chely Wright with the inaugural Lavender Heart Award, created to recognize an LGBT individual in the arts/entertainment industry who has demonstrated extreme acts of courage while promoting the community in a positive manner. Last year, Wright was one of the first country music stars to publicly come out of the closet. Wright recorded her struggle through intimate video diaries and interviews that were assembled into a documentary, Wish Me Away, that will be screened at the festival.
The festival board is also honoring MarkyG, the popular host of South Beach Dance Party on Y100 and Issues Over the Rainbow, a gay-themed interview program on the new Party 93.1 for more than four years. MarkyG will receive the Angel award for his significant impact on arts programs in the community.
In addition to individual screenings, MGLFF will be hosting six special events, including Opening Night, Made In Miami, Men’s & Women’s Works in Progress, Friday Night Spotlight and Closing Night. Most screenings take place at the Regal Cinema South Beach, Miami Beach Cinemateque and Coral Gables Art Cinema.
Ticket prices generally range from $7-8 in advance for festival members to $11-12 for non-members at the on-site box office during screenings. For membership information and a full film schedule, go to MGLFF.com or call 877-484-8499.
Here’s a look at some of the opening week highlights of the festival:
Opening Night Celebration
Friday, April 27, 6 p.m. reception, 8 p.m. screening, 10 p.m. party
Director Katie Wolf’s beautifully filmed coming out story takes place in the stunning setting of New Zealand. Based on the novel, Nights in the Gardens of Spain, by The Whale Rider author Witi Ihimaera, Kawa tells the story of a successful businessman who struggles with the strict traditional Maori culture as he tells his family and friends he’s gay.
Wish Me Away
Saturday, April 28, 1 p.m., Regal Cinema South Beach