31st annual Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Goes Virtual!

TIGLFF will be online from October 2 -18, 2020.

Visit www.tiglff.com to see the full schedule online.

2020 TIGLFF Virtual Festival Program Guide

TIGLFF FILM FESTIVAL TRAILERS 

The 31st annual (& 1st virtual) edition of the Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (TIGLFF) will be online from October 2 -18, 2020. The festival has been expanded to 16 days with most films offered for multiple days to give our audience the opportunity to experience the festival more fully.

 

Derek Horne, program director, said “I was pleased to find that the pandemic did not have an adverse effect on the quality of films we have to present this year. In fact, judging from the high caliber of films, I would almost say that queer cinema is having a renaissance and crossing over into the mainstream. And while Hollywood has been shut down, independent films have been getting more of the spotlight.”

 

Rob Akins, the Board President of the Friends of the Festival mused “During these challenging times we are excited that technology allows TIGLFF to bring our audience the 31st festival virtually. The program will provide some much needed distraction from the challenges of the day.”

 

Horne announced the slate of films saying “I made a conscientious effort to focus on both diversity and quality and was heartened to find that those two things are not mutually exclusive”.

 

The 2020 Festival which includes 60 films from 19 countries (including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, and USA). The festival will screen 21 feature length films and 39 shorts. The shorts will be presented in 6 fantastic programs.

 

There are extraordinary films representing a broad spectrum of race and ethnicities from Black, Asian and Latinx to Jewish, Muslim, and indigenous cultures. We also have films representing the disabled community from neuro-divergence to the hearing-impaired. These films represent every letter of the acronym LGBTQIA. Inclusivity is our watchword.

 

The film lineup follows.

 

OPENING NIGHT FILM:

TIGLFF is proud to open this year’s festival with a film that celebrates diversity and authenticity. And just like the Manhattan bus terminal which greets travelers arriving in a city full of excitement and discovery, Port Authority welcomes you to this year’s festival.

 

Port Authority

 

The NYC Port Authority is a mecca dedicated to getting people where they need to go but when Paul, a young Midwestern probation dodger with a damaged past and a chip on his shoulder, first arrives here – he’s got nowhere to go.  His desperate search for a sense of belonging finds him reluctantly working for crooked movers who prey on the poor. But he is also secretly in love with Wye, a young trans woman whose tight-knit band of kiki ballroom performers exude the love, excitement, and stability he craves.  Caught in the rivalry between his homophobic co-workers and her inclusive, protective trans community, Paul and Wye seek refuge in their forbidden love, aptly staged on a fire escape “balcony” and reminiscent of the warring factions in Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story. Portraying the star-crossed lovers are the boyishly handsome Fionn Whitehead (lead actor from Dunkirk) and the strikingly beautiful Leyna Bloom, the first trans actress to star in a competition film at the Cannes Film Festival. Showcasing Manhattan from a streetwise viewpoint, writer/director Danielle Lessovitz has crafted a gritty yet graceful film with the help of executive producer Martin Scorsese.

(Drama/Romance, 94 min, 2019, USA)

Director: Danielle Lessovitz; Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Leyna Bloom, McCaul Lombardi, Louisa Krause

Available: Oct. 2 – 3 

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CENTERPIECE FILM:

TIGLFF is proud to celebrate the exhilarating and inspiring film Stage Mother as our Centerpiece of the festival. The story of triumph overcoming tragedy is exactly the type of symbolic theme we need in 2020 as we strive towards better days to come.

Stage Mother

 

Thom Fitzgerald has been making artistically audacious and emotionally daring films for decades — starting with his auspicious debut in 1997 with The Hanging Garden. His films consistently portray characters who operate on the outside of society’s margins and the support they get from their tenuous familial alliances. His latest film Stage Mother is no exception as it delivers the ultimate wish-fulfillment fantasy for any misfit who longs for their parent’s unconditional approval. Jackie Weaver delivers a charming performance as Maybelline, a conservative church choir director from Red Vine, Texas, who inherits her late son’s drag club in San Francisco. Once she gets over her shock at opening up Pandora’s Box (also the name of the club), she gets comfortable in the Castro District, and ends up mothering all the drag queens, her son’s boyfriend (played by Adrian Grenier), and his B.F.F. (played by Lucy Liu). This feel-good, laugh-out-loud, sing-along comedy proves that it is never too late to change your mind, change your views, and change your life. (Comedy/Drama, 93 min, 2019, Canada)

Director: Thom Fitzgerald; Cast: Jackie Weaver, Adrian Grenier, Lucy Liu, Mya Taylor, Jackie Beat

Available: Oct. 9 – 10

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CLOSING NIGHT FILM:

TIGLFF is proud to conclude this year’s festival with what is perhaps one of the most hauntingly beautiful contemporary love stories of all time…

 

Two of Us (Deux)

 

Tender lesbian love story. Edge-of-your-seat thriller. Wickedly amusing dark

comedy. Director Filippo Meneghetti delicately blends disparate genres in a

grippingly unique tale about “open-door policy” neighbors, Mrs. Dorn and Mrs.

Girard, who as gay lovers for decades, now want to escape the binding shadows

of secrecy to make a home together in Rome. While “leading an authentic life”

may sound noble and proud, turning one’s life upside down by the simple gesture

of moving into one apartment can be an act of unspeakable courage. When a

medical crisis comes crashing down and family conflicts dangerously escalate,

the two women are caught in an unfathomable struggle for survival. Actors,

Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier deliver exquisite performances in a bold

statement about the sexual and emotional vitality of “women of a certain age.” The dramatic twists and turns of their characters’ heroic efforts to rescue each other show that love hurts but ultimately triumphs.

(Drama/Romance, 99 min, 2019, France, French language with English subtitles)

Director: Filippo Meneghetti; Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Martine Chevallier, Léa Drucker, Jérôme Varanfrain, Muriel Bénazéraf, Augustin Reynes

Available: Oct. 17 – 18

  

Feature Film Descriptions:

Ahead of the Curve

An inspirational tribute to the fascinating life and career of Franco Stevens, creator of the ground-breaking lesbian magazine Curve, which generated a world-wide sense of community and positive visibility for gay women. With a fist full of credit cards, a lucky run at the horse track, and chutzpah for days, Franco launched Deneuve in the early 90’s but eventually had to rename the magazine after Catherine’s infamous lawsuit. Decades later, in the wake of a disabling injury and the changing publishing industry, Franco learns that Curve will fold within the year and questions the relevance of the magazine in the face of accelerating threats to LGBTQ+ community. To forge a path forward, Franco reaches out to young women working in today’s queer spaces who confidently express what they need today and celebrate the connotation of the L-word that has transformed from sullied to sacred.

(Documentary, 98 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Jen Rainin

Available: Oct. 3 – 17

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Alice Júnior

In this uber hip, pop culture film laced with electrifying emojis, the stunningly gorgeous Anna Celestino Mota stars as Alice Junior – a high octane social influencer and Teen Top Model trans girl – who panics when she finds she must move to the Brazilian hinterlands to attend a Catholic school with “no friends, no career, no kissing, no boyfriend, no phone signal, and ugh – forced to wear a boy’s uniform”!  But she wins over all the small-minded bullies as they learn to appreciate this charismatic leader who’s more into friendship and feminist bathrooms than Barbie Dance Parties.

(Comedy/Drama, 87 min, 2020, Brazil, Portuguese language with English subtitles)

Director: Gil Baroni; Cast: Anna Celestino Mota, Emmanuel Rosset, Surya Amitrano, Matheus Moura, Thaís Schier, Katia Horn, Gustavo Piaskoski, Antonia Montemezzo, Igor Augustho

Available: Oct. 10 – 17

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Bare

Nudity is beautiful – this is the theme of famed Belgian choreographer Thierry Smits’ new production.  We follow eleven male dancers as they bare more than just their bodies, they bare their soul for all to see.  Witness an intense portrayal of the creative process sprinkled with some light-hearted moments to let the viewer catch their breath. The film, and the production it chronicles, can only be described as a ritual of possession ending with the third act – liberation.  As Smits’ himself says “Body is the last territory of an absolute freedom”.

(Documentary, 91 min, 2020, Belgium, Dutch and French language with English subtitles)

Director: Aleksandr M. Vinogradov

Available: Oct. 11 – 17

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Breaking Fast

Cocooned in strict Muslim beliefs about family, faith, and food, Mo – an adorably shy gay doctor in post-break-up mode – cautiously expands his comfort zone during Ramadan to connect with Kal, an All-American gay actor who happens to speak Arabic and make great mloukieh (jute stew).  Director Mike Mosallam skillfully layers the flirty rom-com tropes with complex characters and thoughtful religious debates, adding more dimension to the story arc.  How they meet in the middle and conquer love is a journey as sumptuous as the gastronomic delights they share in their nightly celebrations of Ishtar (the Muslim traditional meal that breaks fast).

(Comedy/Drama, 92 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Mike Mosallam; Cast: Haaz Sleiman, Michael Cassidy, Amin El Gamal, Rula Gardenier, Patrick Sabongui, Veronica Cartwright

Available: Oct. 3 – 17

Dramarama

In this bittersweetly nostalgic drama-rama-com set in 1994, pop-culture references and witty wordplay are as plentiful as clues in a mystery novel when five high school theater friends dress up in costumes for one final murder mystery party before they leave for college. A night of confabulations and confrontations ensue as they struggle to face their fears, conceal their secret desires, and reveal their true identities.  A talented ensemble of actors bring to life Jonathan Wysocki’s meticulously detailed script based on his own teenage experiences.  This is not another coming-out film… this is a “not coming-out” film (which is closer to the high school experience of closeted gay teenagers from earlier decades or from conservative communities.)

(Comedy/Drama, 91 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Jonathan Wysocki; Cast: Nick Pugliese, Nico Greetham, Anna Grace Barlow, Danielle Kay, Megan Suri, Zak Henri

Available: Oct. 3 – 17

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Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt)

 

Move over Cinderella… this modern queer fairytale belongs to Ellie who has her very own fairy godmother in the form of her reincarnated Aunt Tara appearing just in the nick of time to give advice to Ellie who is coming out to her mother and trying to pursue Abbie, the girl of her dreams at school. After solving her dating dilemma, Ellie puts together the pieces of her family’s puzzling past and discovers that once upon a time her Aunt Tara was a beacon of hope to many more people than her. Monica Zanetti’s charming film offers an intoxicating blend of earthy and ethereal ingredients that induces both laughter and tears as it delivers a potent message about honesty and acceptance. (And leaves us wishing we all had a loveable fairy godmother as portrayed by the adorable Julia Billington)

(Comedy/Romance, 80 min, 2020, Australia)

Director: Monica Zanetti; Cast: Sophie Hawkshaw, Zoe Terakes, Julia Billington, Marta Dusseldorp, Rachel House, Bridie Connell

Available: Oct. 3 – 17

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First Blush

When a young married couple becomes involved with another woman, they learn to navigate the emotional intricacies of a polyamorous relationship in this

tenderly told, relatable story about the pursuit of love.  With richly drawn characters, incisive dialogue, and wry comedic takes on life, the film dives deep into the anxieties that shape a generation and speaks to universal themes of attraction, compatibility, and the courage it takes to secure authentic connections.

(Comedy/Drama, 105 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Victor Neumark; Cast: Rachel Alig, Ryan Caraway, Kate Beecroft, Jordee Kopanski, Christopher Moaney-Lawson, Riley Ceder, Kevin Newman

Available: Oct. 13 – 17

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Give or Take

When a disillusioned New Yorker’s father dies, he goes home to Cape Cod and prepares the house for sale while sharing it with his father’s temperamental live-in boyfriend. Grieving, they circle each other, butt heads, and are forced to negotiate how to remember the man they both loved, and the significance of what he left behind. Two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway veteran Norbert Leo Butz and Emmy Award-nominated SNL veteran Cheri Oteri star alongside Jamie Effros who co-wrote this quirky and endearing dramedy about love, loss, acceptance and what it truly means to be home.

(Comedy/Drama, 103 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Paul Riccio; Cast: Norbert Leo Butz, Jamie Effros, Cheri Oteri, Joanne Tucker, Annapurna Sriram, Louis Cancelmi

Available: Oct. 11 – 17

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Latter Day Jew

Meet H. Alan Scott: a gay former Mormon/converted Jew/cancer survivor/writer-comedian, as he finds his spiritual path while preparing for his Bar Mitzvah, traveling to Israel during their Gay Pride celebration, and immersing himself in Jewish life and culture. Along the way, he meets with other converts, comedians, mensches, rabbis, Hebrew tutors, Jewish educators, Sixth Grade spiritual advisers, and other miscellaneous “mishpocha”. View the Jewish experience through new eyes, in this humorous and poignant celebration of all the things that make the Jewish identity, faith, and people so attractive to Gentiles (and Gays)!

(Documentary, 71 min, 2019, USA)

Director: Aliza Rosen; Cast: H. Alan Scott

Available: Oct. 3 – 17

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Making Sweet Tea

Grab a tall one and settle in to watch this intimate documentary that chronicles the reflective journey of southern-born, black gay researcher and performer, E. Patrick Johnson as he travels home to North Carolina to come to terms with his past. He continues his walk down memory lane to Georgia, New Orleans, and Washington D.C. in order to reconnect with six black gay men he interviewed for the book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South – An Oral History. (Documentary, 90 min, 2019, USA)

Director: John L. Jackson, Jr., Nora Gross

Available: Oct. 3 – 17

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Minyan

Set in the Russian-Jewish enclave of Brighton Beach during the 1980’s, this contemplative coming-of-age/coming-out story follows the soul-searching journey of David, a closeted gay Yeshiva student who moves in with his grandfather in the subsidized housing of a Jewish religious center where he becomes the tenth man in a Jewish quorum called a minyan.  Accompanied by a klezmer-infused jazz score, the two worlds of David’s dual identity collide as he confronts the plagued heritages experienced by his elderly gay couple next door (who survived the Holocaust) and a bartender from an East Village gay bar (who is trying to survive the escalating AIDS epidemic.) Samuel H. Levine carries the film in the lead role of David — every bit as beautiful as the statue in Italy — through whose soulful and smoldering eyes we witness the importance of community support in an unjust world.

(Drama, 118 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Eric Steel; Cast: Samuel H. Levine, Ron Rifkin, Brooke Bloom, Mark Margolis, Christopher McCann, Carson Meyer, Alex Hurt, Zane Pais, Chris Perfetti, Eleanor Reissa

Available: Oct. 10 – 17

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OPENING NIGHT FILM:

TIGLFF is proud to open this year’s festival with a film that celebrates diversity and authenticity. And just like the Manhattan bus terminal which greets travelers arriving in a city full of excitement and discovery, Port Authority welcomes you to this year’s festival.

Port Authority

The NYC Port Authority is a mecca dedicated to getting people where they need to go but when Paul, a young Midwestern probation dodger with a damaged past and a chip on his shoulder, first arrives here – he’s got nowhere to go.  His desperate search for a sense of belonging finds him reluctantly working for crooked movers who prey on the poor. But he is also secretly in love with Wye, a young trans woman whose tight-knit band of kiki ballroom performers exude the love, excitement, and stability he craves.  Caught in the rivalry between his homophobic co-workers and her inclusive, protective trans community, Paul and Wye seek refuge in their forbidden love, aptly staged on a fire escape “balcony” and reminiscent of the warring factions in Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story. Portraying the star-crossed lovers are the boyishly handsome Fionn Whitehead (lead actor from Dunkirk) and the strikingly beautiful Leyna Bloom, the first trans actress to star in a competition film at the Cannes Film Festival. Showcasing Manhattan from a streetwise viewpoint, writer/director Danielle Lessovitz has crafted a gritty yet graceful film with the help of executive producer Martin Scorsese.

(Drama/Romance, 94 min, 2019, USA)

Director: Danielle Lessovitz; Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Leyna Bloom, McCaul Lombardi, Louisa Krause

Available: Oct. 2 – 3

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A Skeleton in the Closet (Todos tenemos un muerto en el placard o un hijo en el closet)

Peak inside a playfully loving family and their coming out, coming-of-age, and coming around discoveries as they unravel their long-held layers of prejudice and pride. The luminous ensemble delivers astonishingly pure performances especially the charming Facundo Gambandé who plays Manu, a sensitive, gay prodigal son, who returns home to fight for his parents’ approval while battling rejection in his own search for intimacy.  His efforts are finally rewarded as he leads his loved ones out of the dark and into the light where they all can shine.

(Comedy/Drama, 103 min, 2020, Argentina)

Director: Nicolás Teté; Cast: Facundo Gambandé, María Fernanda Callejón, Diego de Paula, Antonella Ferrari, Mateo Giuliani, Pablo Valdés, Norma Argentina, Ramiro Delgado, Lucas Ferraro, Ricardo Galli, Mónica Díaz, Abril Beltrán, Daniela Otra, Diego Gatto, Javier Vivas

Available: Oct. 3 – 17

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STEELERS: the world’s first gay rugby club

Come for the eye candy of hunky rugby players and their spunky lesbian coach…stay for the meaningful stories, exciting tournaments, and the surprising half-time drag show. This action-packed documentary is also a heartwarming story about the Kings Cross Steelers, the world’s first gay rugby club that started in London in 1995, as they compete over two decades later against 60 other gay teams in the Bingham Cup.  Filmmaker and journalist Eammon Ashton-Atkinson was able to get the ultimate insider pass since he happens to be one of the players on the team. Through his own story and those of his team-mates, the film shows how this inclusive rugby community has helped people overcome their struggles in ways they never would have imagined.

(Documentary, 80 min, 2020, UK)

Director: Eammon Ashton-Atkinson

Available: Oct. 10 – 17

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SURVIVING THE SILENCE: The Untold Story of Two Women in Love Who Helped Change Military Policy

In this monumental coming-out-story, Colonel Patsy Thompson and her wife Barbara Brass reveal how they had to keep their relationship secret for years in order to preserve her military career (from speaking in code over the telephone to building secret doorways connecting their bedrooms). The greatest challenge came in 1992 when Patsy was forced to preside over the review board to discharge a lesbian war hero, Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer. Walking an emotional tightrope, Patsy found a way to document the case that would help Margarethe become re-instated in the future via a federal court, and thus chart a course towards overturning the ban on gays and lesbians in the military. (Documentary, 79 min, 2019, USA)

Director: Cindy L. Abel

Available: Oct. 14 – 17

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Transformistas

Filmed covertly without permission from the Cuban government, this intimately epic documentary fluctuates between the past and the present, contrasting the struggles that different generations of drag queens have faced in their country. From the early 1990’s when they faced violent persecution from a government that considered them a product of capitalism — to the present day when there is more state-support but also a treacherous rivalry fueled by the Miss Cuba competition. Samantha, Cynthia, Omega, and Blaccucino are just some of the colorful characters that play a part in this awe-inspiring story of sacrifice, resilience and commitment to the art form of drag.  (Documentary, 84 min, 2020, Cuba, Spanish language with English subtitles)

Director: Chad Hahne

Available: Oct. 3 – 17

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Unsound

There’s a silent synchronicity on the screen when Noah, a disillusioned musician, returns home to Australia for some soul searching and falls for Finn, a deaf trans DJ trying to build up his community dance club, as they chase down dreams and demons.  In this singular story, music replaces dialogue as the language of love and, like exchange students in a foreign land, their contrasting worlds move from collision to collaboration once they decide who they really are. The roguishly sexy Reece Noi and disarmingly cute Yiana Pandelis bring a fiery magnetism to their roles as individualists who dance to the beat of their own drums.

(Drama/Romance, 103 min, 2020, Australia)

Director: Ian Watson; Cast: Reece Noi, Yiana Pandelis, Todd McKenney, Paula Duncan, Christine Anu

Available: Oct. 15 – 17

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WHO’S ON TOP: LGBTQ’s Summit Mt. Hood

Meet Ryan, Shanita, Stacey, Taylor, …and Wy’east (the Native American name for Mt. Hood) which is also a character in this glorious documentary that captures the spectacular scenery of Oregon’s tallest mountain, matched only in grace and beauty by the four fascinating individuals in this film who reveal how their life journeys parallel the challenges of climbing to the summit. Vicariously experience the thrills, the chills, and the drills of mountain-climbing in this cinematic metaphor for triumph and transcendence.  (Documentary, 80 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Devin Fei-Fan Tau; Narrator: George Takei Cast: Taylor Feldman, Shanita King, Stacey Rice, Ryan Stee

Available: Oct. 15 – 17

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Young Hunter (El Cazador)

A horny teen left alone by vacationing parents may have a familiar ring but this film’s intimate treatment of a gay boy’s early sexual explorations is far more original with its mystery and mayhem mix of thriller and coming-of-age story that patiently builds to a shattering climax.  Its tension-packed score and provocative visuals symbolize the vicious cycle that the protagonist gets caught up in as the film continually questions how he will solve his carnal conundrum. Through his subversive storytelling, Writer/Director Marco Berger has created a mesmerizing new treatise on the eternal hunt for love.

(Drama/Thriller, 101 min, 2020, Argentina)

Director: Marco Berger; Cast: Juan Pablo Cestaro, Juan Barberini, Lautaro Rodriguez

Available: Oct. 3 – 17

 

Short Film Descriptions:

SHORTS PROGRAM #1: Rites of Passage

 

From birthdays and bat mitzvahs to prom dates and expiration dates, this bittersweet program celebrates those special occasions that leave indelible impressions on a life’s journey from adolescence to adulthood. (Available:  Oct. 3 – 17)

 

Take Me to Prom

Featuring the high school prom stories of queer people aged 17 to 88, this documentary captures 70 years of LGBTQ social progress through this adolescent milestone.

(Documentary, 21 min, 2019, Canada)

Director: Andrew Moir

 

The Bra Mitzvah

Becca is about to have her Bat Mitzvah, but her Nana insists she does one thing first: get a “real bra”.

(Comedy, 10 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Stacy Jill Calvert; Cast: Rachel Stone, Bridget McManus, Beth Berlin, Craig Taggart, Jasmin Singer, Robin S. Roth, Moore Rhys

 

Unhappy Birthday

After Bea gets dumped on her thirtieth birthday she finds herself having an unexpected epiphany at midnight instead of a hungover pity-party at dawn.

(Comedy, 13 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Abby Urban; Cast: Presley Christine, Emily Qualey, Rachel Sweeney, Chas Denton, Lisa Stanley

 

Elle

Set during the late 90’s in Southern California, 16-year-old introverted Elle finds herself in love with her best girl friend who is about to move away.

(Drama, 21 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Nicole Vanden Broeck; Cast: Sarah Sawyer, Ron Dadon, Tucker Genal, Ethan Smart, Eric Larson

 

Last Summer with Uncle Ira

Before he leaves for his last year at summer camp in 1991, closeted teenager Daniel is nudged by his mother to sit for a glass of lemonade with his Uncle Ira, who is dying of complications from HIV/AIDS.

 (Drama, 13 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Katie Ennis, Gary Jaffe; Cast: Wayne Wilcox, Igby Rigney, Stephanie J. Block

 

The Passing

A mortician encounters the most difficult job of her career as she comes face to face with the life-defining moments that she let pass by.

(Drama, 15 min, 2020, UK)

Director: Nichola Wong; Cast: Natalie-Radmall Quirke, Amy Tyger, Ellie Goffe, Sarah Toogood

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SHORTS PROGRAM #2: Wildest Dreams

Oh, The Places You’ll Go… with these sexy, sensual, silly, and surreal journeys into the subconscious. (Available: Oct. 3 – 17)

 

CC Dances the Go-Go

One night at the local Go-Go bar, Nicky encounters the woman of her dreams.

(Comedy, 11 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Eric C. Buckley; Cast: Aysan Celik, Rebecca Whitehurst

 

Kiko’s Saints

A Japanese illustrator on assignment in France finds her inspiration when she spies on a gay couple at the beach.

(Fantasy, 25 min, 2019, France, Japanese language with English subtitles)

Director: Manuel Marmier; Cast: Lika Minamoto, François Burgun, Arthur Gillet, Kengo Saito, Ryohei Tamura

 

The Lonely Prince

A lonely Prince, drowning in melancholy, invites a Sculptor to his court to create a piece of art just for him.

(Drama/Romance, 15 min, 2020, India)

Director: Shivin & Sunny; Cast: Mrinal Dutt, Mario Elias, Mariette Valsan

 

Lobster Tits

After being attacked by arthropod assailants, Cathy calls the ‘Maritime Mishaps Hotline’ for aid.

(Comedy, 9 min, 2019, USA)

Director: Jessica Guerra; Cast: Michael Lucid, Alison Rich

 

Mirror (Specchio)

Beatrice goes through the looking glass to relive her intense and tormented relationship with Sveva.

(Drama/Romance, 15 min, 2020, Italy, Italian language with English subtitles)

Director: Caterina Crescini; Cast: Daphne Scoccia, Flaminia Cuzzoli

 

Ponyboi

On Valentine’s Day, an Intersex sex worker, looks for love and a way out of his seedy life in New Jersey through a magical encounter with the man of his dreams.

(Drama/Romance, 19 min, 2019, USA)

Director: River Gallo; Sadé Clacken Joseph; Cast: River Gallo, Keith Allan, Aaron Schwartz, Sophie Labelle

 

Lurker

Sarah thinks there is a monster under her bed.

(Drama/Romance, 4 min, 2020, UK)

Director: Charlotte George; Cast: Niamh Bacon-Breen, David Kennedy, Fanos Xenofos

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SHORTS PROGRAM #3: Mixed Signals

 

These sly and sardonic shorts prove that technology can’t improve our relationships when it comes to the flaws in human communication. (Available: Oct. 3 – 17)

 

AutoMate

In the near future, two young women meet on a dating app and are confronted by their differences.

(Sci-Fi/Romance, 10 min, 2018, Canada)

Director: Steve Schwartz; Cast: Katie Stuart, Alex Duncan

 

Influenced

A gym newbie attempts to quell his loneliness by transforming into a muscular #instagay before meeting his fitness influencer idol.

(Comedy, 17 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Ari Halevy; Cast: Brandon Tyler Harris, Adam Jepson

 

The Binding of Itzik

In his online search for bookbinding materials, a middle-aged Hasidic bookbinder responds to a Craigslist ad offering ‘binding lessons for submissive women”

(Comedy/Drama, 17 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Anika Benkov; Cast: Eli Rosen, Malky Goldman

 

Content

When asked to model, Kevin seems to be willing to do whatever it takes to get the perfect shot.

(Drama, 12 min, 2019, USA)

Director: Chris Coats; Cast: Ben Sidell, Philipp Maximilian

 

Peach

A socially anxious young woman lands a hot date but she’s not sure if it’s actually a date.

(Comedy, 8 min, 2020, Australia)

Director: Sophie Saville; Cast: Rose Haining, Eleanore Knox

 

Love You Tyler

When Luke starts to talk about his new girlfriend to his male roommate, things get a little awkward.

(Comedy, 9 min, 2019, USA)

Director: Devon Diffenderfer, Ari Itkin; Cast: Devon Diffenderfer, Ryan Pater

 

Baby Bird

When Jen and Paul are invited to a coworker’s dinner party, they get roped in to playing the group’s favorite game.

(Comedy, 8 min, 2019, USA)

Director: Barret Bowman; Cast: Aaron Goddard, Kristin Goddard, Chris Yonan, Deborah Craig, Keri Blunt, Tyler Wolfe, Katie Locke O’Brien, Andrew Goulet

 

Longer

Jazz singer Joanne carries a secret torch for Vida and hides her feelings within a song she wrote.

(Romance, 11 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Susana Darwin; Cast: Eugenie Bondurant, Diana Lovell, Susan Hellman Spatafora

**

SHORTS PROGRAM #4: Desperate Measures

 

When up against formidable odds, these truth-seekers discover that the ultimate battle is waged within their own minds and, to win a sense of peace, they must out-maneuver themselves. (Available: Oct. 10 – 17)

 

Fabiu

When 80-year-old retiree Arthur hires a male Hungarian care worker to help with his wife, he experiences feelings of desire and suppressed longing.

(Drama, 30 min, 2020, Austria, German language with English subtitles)

Director: Stefan Langthaler; Cast: Günter Tolar, Kristóf Gellén

 

No Homo

Ruta would do anything to bring her son and his ex-wife back together, but first she has to convince him that he is not gay.

(Comedy, 20 min, 2019, Israel, Hebrew language with English subtitles)

Director: Omri Laron; Cast: Miki Kam, Tom Hagi, Yael Finkel

 

Buck

Caught in the throes of a depressive fugue, young Lynn resorts to debauchery to find joy — only to discover that happiness is a much more complicated proposition.

(Drama, 14 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Elegance Bratton, Jovan James; Cast: Malik Shakur, Biko Eisen Martin, Simbi Khali

 

A Cohabitation

In 2013 Taipei, a gay, interracial couple are forced to separate because one of them who is a Malaysian has HIV and faces deportation.

(Drama, 18 min, 2019, Taiwan, Chinese language with English subtitles)

Director: Tung Wei Ye; Cast: Benjamin Tsang, Hugo Chen

 

Love Me

In the twilight world of a Greek seaside town, a hustler with daddy issues tries to break out of his vicious cycle.

(Drama, 26 min, 2020, Greece, Modern Greek language with English subtitles)

Director: Antonis Samourakis; Cast: Stavros Tsoumanis, Nikolas Makris, Christos Katsoulieris, Manolis Destounis, Marianna Xenidou, Maria Papadopoulou, Lina Vergopoulou

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SHORTS PROGRAM #5: Identity Crisis

 

It’s not me…it’s YOU!! These perceptive shorts show that sometimes the only identity crisis that’s going on is the one that’s happening in someone else’s judgmental mind.  (Available: Oct. 10 – 17)

 

About a Short Film

A gay Asian musical comedian from Canada tries to carve out a niche in Hollywood by making a short film.

(Comedy, 7 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Kevin Yee; Cast: Kevin Yee

 

Wonder

An 11-year-old kid growing up in “the hood” secretly dreams of trick-or-treating as Wonder Woman for Halloween.

(Drama, 16 min, 2019, USA)

Director: Javier Molina; Cast: Benji Seigel, Gabriel Furman, Nico Bustamante

 

Ayaneh

At a public swimming pool in Switzerland, a young refugee from Afghanistan experiences freedom and love despite the growing resistance from her religious family.

(Drama, 14 min, 2019, Switzerland, Swiss German and Persian language with English subtitles)

Director: Nicolas Greinacher; Cast: Afsaneh Dehrouyeh, Ladina von Frisching, Mo Ahmadi, Mithra Zahedi

 

Victoria

Amongst the exotic flowers and plants, Anna sees Clara for the first time.

(Drama, 14 min, 2019, Spain, Spanish language with English subtitles)

Director: Daniel Toledo Saura; Cast: Abril Zamora, Lorena López

 

Babydyke

Frede accompanies her big sister to a queer party but objects to being labeled.

(Drama, 20 min, 2019, Denmark, Danish language with English subtitles)

Director: Tone Ottilie Frederiksen; Cast: Anna Zerbib Streitz, Levi Eja Roepstorff, Nikoline Husmer Marquardsen

 

All the Young Dudes

In 1973, glam rocker Billy rebels against his conservative high school, inspiring admiration from an unlikely ally with a desire to walk on the wild side.

(Drama, 9 min, 2020, USA)

Director: William Stead; Cast: Blake Lafita, Richie Gambardella

 

Short Calf Muscle

Anders is different. But he doesn’t know that. He’s also gay, but that’s not the point here.

(Comedy, 13 min, 2019, Netherlands, Dutch language with English subtitles)

Director: Victoria Warmerdam; Cast: Henry van Loon

 

Boys Don’t Wear Dresses

A modern-day fairytale about the struggles of being an autistic transgender individual exploring friendship and love. Created by and starring autistic and neuro-divergent LGBTQ artists. (Drama, 28 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Jason Weissbrod; Cast: Carol Kane, Alexander Billings, Spencer Harte, Brandon Rodriguez, Liv Brazill

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SHORTS PROGRAM #6: Role Reversal

In these inspiring documentaries, heroic change-makers use their ingenuity and integrity to disrupt the status quo and help to define a “new normal.” (Available: Oct. 10 – 17)

Vote Neil

Two gay Marines in Birmingham, Alabama battle their hardest mission: Election Week 2018. Neil is a first-time politician running for State House. Mike is his fiancé and campaign manager. An intimate portrait about politics, the Southern LGBTQ experience, and one incredible love story.

(Documentary, 19 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Honora Talbott

 

Out of the Shadows

Joselyn, a Mexican transgender immigrant woman, finds a community in Queens, New York, and together they fight to lift themselves out of poverty by attempting to open the first trans-owned cooperative salon in the United States.

(Documentary, 14 min, 2019, USA)

Director: Rafael Samanez

 

 

Tall Tales with True Queens

At Drag Queen Story Hour, a controversial children’s event series, a tale of pride and prejudice is told.

 (Documentary, 10 min, 2020, USA)

Director: Kristina Budelis, Leandro Badalotti

 

 

The Gender Line

Transgender rock star, Cidny Bullens (formerly Cindy Bullens) who sang in Elton John’s band and had recording contracts with three major labels, reflects on his career and the experience of being both a wife and husband in the same lifetime.

(Documentary, 12 min, 2019, USA)

Director: T.J. Parsell

 

 

Disruptor Conductor

As one of the first openly gay black conductors, Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser is on a mission to break down institutional walls and create live orchestral shows that are for everyone. This documentary showcases two of his reimagined symphony concerts: An Afro-Fusion concert with Magatte Fall, the drummer from the Black Panther soundtrack, and the first ever orchestral drag show with Thorgy Thor, a classically trained drag queen contestant from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

(Documentary, 42 min, 2019, Canada)

Director: Sharon Lewis

 

 

Tickets and information can be found at https://www.tiglff.com and https://tiglff.eventive.org Individual tickets (per household) are $10 a 4 pack for $32,

And all access passes are $100 and give viewers the opportunity to see all 26 programs over the 16 day festival. Trailers are available on the TIGLFF YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTg4LtupYCSh1wA2Z5VNigw.

 

About Friends of the Festival

 

Friends of the Festival, Inc. (FOF) is a non-profit (501c3) organization that produces the Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, which began in 1990 through the outreach of several local community based organizations. The mission of the festival is to showcase a selection of compelling film and video by, for or about the LGBTQ+ community that Entertains, Empowers and Enlightens the festival audience.

 

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