Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Story by LoAnn Halden
Let's hear it for the 10th anniversary of the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival , which opened April 25 and runs through May 4. In the interest of full disclosure, I'll admit that I'm a South Florida girl and may have a slight hometown bias, but it's pretty darn impressive how far this fest has come -- any event that drags gay boys out of the gym en mass deserves props in my book.
The opening film Breakfast with Scot , a warm-n-fuzzy comedy starring Thomas Cavanagh (the TV series Ed ) and Ben Shenkman ( Angels in America ) as unlikely gay guardians of a flamboyant young boy, made its gay filmfest debut in Miami, and could have a sitcom spinoff in its future. Watch for it to have a long life on the gay fest circuit.
Count on Miami for some paparazzi-friendly moments as well: Sharon Gless left her Queer As Folk frumpiness in the dust in an opening-night guest appearance; Jennifer Tilly (mercifully, without Chucky in tow) revisited Relax… It's Just Sex! ; and original Project Runway winner Jay McCarroll made it work with a rooftop fashion show to support a documentary on his creations.
So if you're in Florida, make a beeline for www.mglff.com , or the box offices at the Regal Cinemas (1100 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, through May 1) and Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, May 2-4) where tickets are on sale for the rest of the fest. Big buzz surrounds the May 2 world premiere screening of Tru Loved , which opens with a short from our very own gay.com columnist Dennis Hensley .
And there's always next year -- plan a trip to the 11th annual festival with our Miami travel guide .