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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pride Issue 2014: Beyond the bars

As LGBT rights and visibility expand, so do the options for having fun (and doing good).

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TRUE COLORS: The Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps (aka ROTC) strut their stuff at last year's Pride Parade. - NICK CARDELLO
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  • TRUE COLORS: The Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps (aka ROTC) strut their stuff at last year's Pride Parade.

There’s more to being part of the LGBT community than partying. The following organizations are among the many that offer alternatives to the local bar scene, from helping kids to playing softball to singing show tunes. Not that these groups eschew the bars; hey, one of the prime benefits of, say, playing softball, is the beer afterwards. It’s all about balance — and, in many instances, combining socializing with social service.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Out to Kill: Tampa's gay whodunnit

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Filmmaker Rob Williams directs actors Mark Strano, second from right, and Scott Sell, far right, during a scene from Out to Kill. Also pictured are boom operator Ralph Barnette and camera operator/director of photography Paul D. Hart.
  • Filmmaker Rob Williams directs actors Mark Strano, second from right, and Scott Sell, far right, during a scene from Out to Kill. Also pictured are boom operator Ralph Barnette and camera operator/director of photography Paul D. Hart.
For years, writer and director Rob Williams has brought his films to the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. And he was always struck not just by how gay-friendly the area is, but by how friendly in general it is.

“Everybody made me feel like part of the family,” he said.

So it was a no-brainer for the California-based filmmaker, co-founder of Guest House Films, to use Tampa, rather than Los Angeles, as the backdrop for his seventh feature-length film, the gay murder mystery Out to Kill.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

TIGLFF Closing Film: Strong performances in La Mission starring Benjamin Bratt

Posted By on Sat, Oct 16, 2010 at 11:14 AM

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The Mission district of San Francisco is a hard-knocks Latino neighborhood with a reverence for family, low riders and machismo. When ex-con, ex-alcoholic Che (Benjamin Bratt) discovers that his beloved only son spends his evenings topless and oiled up at a gay club, the explosive father-son fight that erupts on the front stoop outs Che’s son to the entire community.

While school presents a daily torture from other boys, a few adult members of the neighborhood begin to accept Jesse for who he is. Che, however, still struggles to come to terms with it, and struggles harder still with his sobriety.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

TIGLFF Movie Review: The Four-Faced Liar entertaining, fast-paced

Posted By on Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 6:44 PM

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Review by RONA WIENER

At Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Friday Oct. 15, The Four-Faced Liar is a fast-paced, lighthearted look at relationships in a small group running woefully short on honesty and faithfulness.

In this mix we find Molly and Greg, an allegedly happy couple who've just moved to New York. They meet Trip and Bridget, who also live together but are not a couple (this can be a little disorienting, so pay close attention). Trip is busy cheating on his girlfriend, while Bridget is naming her latest conquests after the day of the week.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

The making of Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna at TIGLFF

Posted By on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 9:46 AM

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Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has become known for his lush piano melodies and ornate song structure – often referred to as “Baroque pop,” and even, sometimes, “popera” – since his debut album was released in 1998. Over the past 12 years, he has established himself as a preeminent songwriter of his generation, able to transcend current trends and remain an enigmatic force on the music scene. And now, Wainwright – whose vast musical lineage includes singer-songwriter and father Loudon Wainwright III and mother-and-aunt folk duo Kate and Anne McGarrigle – a longtime fan of both classical music and opera has decided to delve into the world of Verdi and Schubert.

An intimate documentary directed by George Scott, Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna, focusing on Wainwright’s foray into this world, will be shown at the 21st annual Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival on Thursday, October 14. The film follows Wainwright, an openly gay musician since his teens, behind the scenes, as he grapples with the production of his first opera, Prima Donna. With home video footage and interviews with those closest to Wainwright, including friends, his boyfriend, his parents and his musician sister Martha Wainwright, as much as the documentary is about the opera itself, it’s also about his eccentric childhood, chronicling how he became the enigmatic and mercurial performer he is today.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

TIGLFF Movie Review: Fascinating Howl stars James Franco as poet Allen Ginsberg, with Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeff Daniels and David Strathairn

Posted By on Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 7:59 AM

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Howl, having its local premiere tonight as part of the Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, threatens at first to be a compendium of writer-movie clichés: the bespectacled poet musing over his typewriter, the closeup of keys striking paper, the singsong poetry reading in a smoke-filled club. But this exploration of Allen Ginsberg’s epic poem “Howl” and the 1957 obscenity trial it engendered soon morphs into something much more rich and strange.

Filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman compiled the script from court records, archival interviews with Ginsberg and “Howl” itself. But they intersperse their more traditional docu-dramatizing with segments of animation that bring to life Ginsberg’s “angel-headed hipsters” in ways both literal and fantastical.

James Franco, who lately has been all about calling attention to himself (Grad programs! Art installations! General Hospital!) gives an admirably unshowy performance as Ginsberg, quietly conveying the poet’s earnestness and acute intelligence.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

TIGLFF Film Review: Eyes Wide Open tackles the subject of homosexuality in an orthodox Jewish community

Posted By on Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 12:00 PM

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Review by Rona Wiener

Eyes Wide Open follows the struggles of Aaron, a devout family man in the orthodox Jewish community. After he hires Ezri to help at his butcher shop in Jerusalem, Aaron risks everything and allows a relationship to develop.

The conflict between religion, temptation, faithfulness, love, and the threat of being ostracized should make for a compelling story. Unfortunately, the movie fails to rise to the challenge. Instead, it slowly makes its way through an oppressive atmosphere, where deep emotions are implied, rather than expressed. The subtitles are also very poorly done and in some cases substantially different from the actual dialogue. On the bright side, the dialogue is really not that exciting, so you’re not missing out on much.

Eyes Wide Open will be shown at the Tampa Theatre on Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. Go to the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival website for more information.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

TIGLFF Review: Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music a must-see doc

Posted By on Sat, Oct 9, 2010 at 12:00 PM

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Madsen Minax's Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music is a music documentary for everyone. From the first moments of this film you know that you are about to discover something great. The music featured is as dynamic as the musicians presented.

The protagonists of this film bravely share their experiences as musicians who are transgender or gender-queer. It is a trans film that investigates what being trans really means on all fronts.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

TIGLFF Movie Review: A Marine Story is a poignant take on one woman's struggle with "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

Posted By on Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 3:00 PM

A Marine Story

Review by Rona Wiener

A candid and touching portrayal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell experience, this film stays away from the politics and instead shares a very personal perspective. Through a kaleidoscope of intermingled memories and interactions, we slowly get to see the lesbian military life through the eyes of Alex (Dreya Weber) as she visits her home town. Raised with a strong focus on a proud history of service, Alex presents a tough front while struggling to come to terms with recent events and dealing with sexism and homophobia from the small town locals. She also takes on the role of “drill sergeant” for Saffron (Paris Pickard), a troubled young woman forced to join the army as an alternative to jail time. Their strained friendship seems to be exactly what they both needed. The poignant subject matter and intense situations give this movie a very authentic feel.

A Marine Story will be shown at Tampa Theatre on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. as part of the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2010: Music, diversity and more

Posted By on Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 12:56 PM

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When an annual event reaches a major milestone, as the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival did last year with its 20th anniversary, it's always a challenge to follow up. Couple that task with a crippled economy, which has led to slashes in arts funding across the country, and it's no wonder that  TIGLFF Director of Programming Margaret Murray wasn’t quite sure what to expect for this year’s festival.

“I was worried for a while,” she said. “But I was surprised that we had more entries than last year. The economy can affect the arts before it affects any other areas.”

But Murray is confident that this year’s TIGLFF is bringing some compelling, interesting and current LGBT films to the Tampa Bay area Oct. 7-14. From documentaries to lighthearted romantic comedies, the festival offers diverse programming with something for everyone, man or woman, gay or straight.

“The cool thing about Tampa is the wide variety of people that are here,” Murray said. “So we need to really reflect this in our programming.”

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