For the past week, the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival has drawn thousands of local movie fans to theaters across the county for screenings of LGBT-themed features, shorts and documentaries, including a packed house at the Olympia Theatre for the presentation of the HBO Latin America Ally Award to actor/writer/director James Franco on Saturday, April 27.
With one more weekend remaining, organizers have programmed a number of films that will continue to attract full houses at the festival venues.
The Geography Club, screening on Thursday, May 2 at the O Cinema - Miami Shores, has a local connection: Director Gary Entin and writer Edmund Entin — identical twins raised in Pembroke Pines who got their start making movies in their backyard.
Since moving to Los Angeles, the Entins starred in the 2011 cult film, Seconds Apart, and captured roles in numerous movies. They will be attending the festival screening to discuss their film, an adaptation of a popular novel about gay and bisexual students who form a club they think no one will join in an attempt to explore their sexuality together.
Breaking Through, Cindy Abel’s documentary about openly gay elected officials, will screen on Friday, May 3 at the Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd. in Miami Beach. Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay U.S. Senator, was one of many politicians who shared their personal stories of self-doubt and triumph for this film.
On Saturday at Coral Gables Art Cinema, The Go Doc Project explores the differences between love and lust as a soon-to-be college grad devises a plan to meet a hot go-go dancer, “Go.” He convinces Go to let him document his life for a film, following the dancer all around New York and into his apartment.
The official closing film of the festival (but not the last), screening on Saturday night at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach, is Hot Guys with Guns, a comedy from Doug Spearman. All hell breaks loose when Danny, an out of work actor, and his ex, trust fund twink Pip, enlist a jaded private investigator to break up a crime spree targeting Hollywood’s gay mafia.
Fans of foreign films will like In the Name of, a Polish film about the struggles of a young priest who hides his attraction to men in the ceremony of the Catholic Church. His desires trump his vows when he falls for the son of a local farming family. This film screens in Polish with English subtitles at Coral Gables Art Cinema on Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m.
The final film on the schedule is La Partida, a story of forbidden love in Cuba, where homosexuality is still culturally taboo. Reinier, a teen rent boy, must make drastic choices when he falls for handsome Yosvani. Screening in Spanish with English subtitles at O Cinema – Miami Shores on Sunday at 9:15 p.m.
For a complete schedule, film synopsis and ticketing information, go to MGLFF.com.