‘Dirtwoman’ lives on through documentary coming to Florida Film Festival

By : Abigail Brashear and Amanda Espinosa
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Running for mayor, defecating in the back of a police car, mud wrestling and helping to raise tens of thousands of dollars for food banks: Donnie Corker, otherwise known as Dirtwoman, did it all.

Corker, who was a drag icon in Virginia’s LGBTQ community, is known for his outrageous attitude, raunchy acts and kind heart. The 350 lb. legend earned the nickname ‘Dirtwoman’ after a particularly interesting incident.

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10 LGBTQ films you need to see at the 2019 Florida Film Festival

By : Jeremy Williams
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We covered six LGBTQ short films that are looking to win a jury prize at this year’s Florida Film Festival (FFF) in order to get them one step closer to the Holy Grail of film recognition—an Academy Award. You can read about those films here.

While not “going for the gold,” these 10 FFF LGBTQ-themed film offerings—both feature-length and short subject—are sure to have all the festival goers buzzing. Make sure to get your tickets and check them out at this year’s festival.

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6 LGBTQ short films among those competing at the 2019 Florida Film Festival for a chance at some Oscar love

By : Jeremy Williams
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For most, talk of the Academy Awards is a once-a-year event where people comment on who is or isn’t hosting, whether the films up for Best Picture are deserving and who wore the best dress; but for filmmakers the road to winning an Oscar is a lifelong quest for recognition from their peers and to be honored as the best at their field for that year.

Hollywood producers and big-name directors going for Oscar gold can easily get their films in front of voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, but smaller filmmakers—especially those who make short films and documentaries—would find it near impossible to have their works seen by the right people without Oscar-accredited festivals like the Florida Film Festival (FFF) in Orlando, which runs April 12-21.

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04.04.2019 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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“Never put it in writing,” my mom always says. “You can’t put middle class values on a lower class society,” my 12th grade English teacher taught me. My former boss and mentor often advised me not to speak in absolutes. Most recently, my sponsor tells me to “do the next right thing.”

This is all fantastic advice from important people to me, and I try to obey these words of wisdom in daily life. Oh, I fail. Sometimes I fail miserably. However, the idea is progress, not perfection.

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The Enzian Theater brings a plethora of LGBTQ movies to the 27th Annual Florida Film Festival

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Enzian Theater is Central Florida’s only full-time, nonprofit alternative cinema. Along with first-run independent features, Enzian offers a variety of special events including the nationally recognized Florida Film Festival which has been a staple in the area for more than a quarter century.

“The Tiedtke family started the Enzian Theater in 1985 championing the belief that ‘Film Is Art,’” says Valerie Cisneros, Enzian Theater’s marketing manager. “In the early ‘90s they decided to start a film festival, the Florida Film Festival, and it has been hosted at the Enzian since its inception 27 years ago.”

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04.05.18 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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In many ways I’m just a big kid. Unless a collar shirt is forced upon me, you will almost always find me wearing a pair of baggy jeans and a t-shirt with some cartoon character or pop culture phrase on it.

If you ever have the chance to come by Watermark and sit in my office, you will be greeted by a shelf behind my desk that is littered with a Hillary Clinton action figure, a faux-Oscar, a Baby Groot doll, an Iron Man mask, Wonder Woman and Catwoman Funko Pop! toys and an array of knick knacks and trinkets—most of which were obtained from my monthly Loot Crate subscription or my occasional Happy Meal.

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Screened Out – Memories of a Penitent Heart

By : Stephen Miller
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The Florida Film Festival closes out its 25th-anniversary season this weekend. Maitland’s Enzian Theater and Winter Park’s Regal Cinemas are still showing many indie and art-house films. Among them are Memories of a Penitent Heart and Pink Boy. These are two Florida-based documentaries with decidedly LGBT approaches.

More information and tickets are available at Florida.FilmFestival.com.

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Screened Out – FFF’s Slash and The Other Kids

By : Stephen Miller
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One of the aspects that has kept the Florida Film Festival going so strong in its 25 years is a fierce commitment to edgy, outsider films. A couple LGBT films this year definitely explore this filmic vision. Slash and The Other Kids delve into the tangled teenage issues of sexual identity, sexual confusion and coming out. Both movies have already played once; you’ll get only one more chance during the festival.

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Issue 23.07: From Behind

By : Jake Stevens
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Lee Vandergrift’s popular homoerotic photography takes him from the beard to the rear without filters, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Screened Out – FFF’s An Act of Love

By : Stephen Miller
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While celebrating their 25th year, the Florida Film Festival is also celebrating the LGBTQ community. In their quarter of a century, the festival has always added diversity and inclusiveness to the act. Everything starts Fri. Feature lengths kick off Sat., Apr. 9. Here are a couple LGBTQ-focussed films.

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Screened Out – Do I Sound Gay? (Florida Film Festival)

By : Stephen Miller
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Sat, April 18th 6:45PM – 8:05PM, Regal Winter Park Village
Sun, April 19th 9:45PM – 11:45PM, Regal Winter Park Village

The Florida Film Festival continues through this Sunday. Several of the competitions and features are chock full of LGBT content. On top of that, you will get to mix and mingle with other film nerds and up-and-coming filmmakers, including Do I Sound Gay, which is only shown twice this weekend.

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Screened Out – Florida Film Festival LGBT Shorts

By : Stephen Miller
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Lots of shorts drop at the Florida Film Festival, from April 10 to April 18 in Central Florida. These offerings are brief – most less than 15 minutes – giving audiences quite a varied show. The Florida Film Festival marries LGBT content with other films, but the organizers gave us a chance to check out what’s hiding in some of these shorts.

More information is available at www.FloridaFilmFestival.com. 

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