TIGLFF names co-presidents for 30th year

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA | The Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (TIGLFF) has named 2018 board members Mariruth Kennedy and Ed Lally as co-presidents for the organization’s 30th year.

TIGLFF, one of the largest and longest-running festivals of its kind, exists to showcase a selection of compelling film and video by, for or about the LGBTQ community. Its 29th celebration entertained audiences with over 30 selections Oct. 5-13.

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TIGLFF 29: When and where to see major, local productions

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA | Following its successful launch party, the Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (TIGLFF) returns for its 29th year Oct. 5-13.

“This year we have such star quality,” Director of Programming KJ Mohr says, “with major productions that people won’t be able to see in theaters for some time. We have Molly Shannon playing Emily Dickinson, Matt Smith playing Robert Mapplethorpe and Paul Rudd is one half of an eccentric gay couple in our closing film.”

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PHOTOS: TIGLFF launches 29th year in Tampa Bay

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA | The Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (TIGLFF) kicked off its 29th year with a launch party at The Vault Sept. 13.

“This year the TIGLFF board and staff have recommitted to making the festival for the community,” event co-chairs and board members Ed Lally and Rob Adkins shared ahead of the celebration. “The festival was founded for the community to come together, and while times have changed and access to LGBTQ+ film has expanded, the annual festival is still a time to view world-class cinema together with friends old and new.”

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LGBTQ Resource Center celebrates Pride Month with events through June

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Gulfport | The LGBTQ Resource Center has announced a series of Pride events beginning May 31 and culminating June 24 at the St. Pete Pride Festival.

The resource center is a project of the non-profit Circle of Friends, the organization which supports the Gulfport Public Library. In February, the American Library Association awarded the library with the Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence for serving the LGBTQ community for its dedication to programming and awareness.

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Watermark’s Most Remarkable People 2017: Beth David and Esteban Bravo, Creators of animated short, ‘In A Heartbeat’

By : Scott Skyberg, Executive Director of the Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
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In a Heartbeat is an amazing animated short that brings to light the parallels of relationships between any beings regardless of gender.

This film, created by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, was produced by Ringling College of Art and Design and has been watched more than 32 million times on YouTube.

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As St. Petersburg celebrates Coming Out and LGBTQ film, a new Pride emerges

By : Samuel Johnson
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Two Bay Area LGBTQ festivals are joining forces this October. The Tampa-based Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is collaborating with the nascent St. Petersburg Come OUT St. Pete. The former has been a staple on the LGBTQ calendar for 28 years; and the latter is in its first year. Although 2017 marks the COSP inauguration, the apex of the celebration falls on Oct. 11: National Coming Out Day which honors the anniversary celebration of the National March on Washington D.C. for Lesbian and Gay Rights 29 years ago. For those of you wondering what gift is appropriate for each anniversary, here is the traditional gift suggestion: Orchids for 28 years and furniture for 29 years.

The partnership between the established TIGLFF and the newborn COSP is rooted in a palette of shared core values: celebration, reflection and education. But most of all it’s a good fit for the twin cities on the Bay.

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TIGLFF: What’s Playing Where?

By : Jeremy Williams
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Whether you are looking for drama or comedy, musicals or documentaries, short films or feature length pictures; the 28th Annual Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, running Oct. 6-14, has got it all.

With more than 50 films showing at nearly a dozen locations across Tampa Bay, you’re sure to get a “reel” sense of LGBTQ life on film. For more information on the films being presented and ticket prices, visit TIGLFF.com.

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Documentary ‘The Lavender Scare’ exposes America’s witch hunt for “the homosexual”

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Donald Trump has repeatedly called the multiple investigations into his campaign’s ties to the Russian government “the greatest witch hunt in political history.”

While there are multiple examples proving the president is incorrect, chief among them is the “lavender scare,” Senator Joseph McCarthy’s parallel to the “Red Scare” which insisted that Communists had infiltrated the government in the 1950s.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: TIGLFF has a sordid movie night coming and the IGLTA travel to the ‘Burg

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A very sordid night

It’s been 17 years since the sordid lives of a small-town Texas family were plastered on the movie screens of Cineplex’s across the country in the film Sordid Lives.

The film, based on the play of the same name by Del Shores (also the film’s writer and director), takes a look at this colorful, crazy family as they come together for a funeral. The movie obtained a cult status equal to that of an early John Waters film and has sparked rumors of a possible sequel ever since the original film was released and the short-lived TV series on Logo was cancelled after just one season.

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2017 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Chuck Henson

By : Felicia Roopchand
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The WAVE awards are no stranger to Chuck Henson, who is the 2017 winner for Tampa Bay’s Favorite Local TV News Anchor for the fourth time ever. Henson previous won in this category in 2016, 2012 and 2010.

“Honestly, it is really cool. I’m not out and about a whole lot, but I am super proud to be a part of this community,” Henson says. “We support in our own way. I’m out at work, and I’m part of the gay color guard [a group Henson started in Chicago in 1992]. I spin in the Pride parades. All of the ones that have sparked up around the country are a result of that one in Chicago.”

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TIGLFF is back on both sides of the bay with films to heal and celebrate the LGBT community

By : Jeremy Williams
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Art has a power to it that helps move emotions in a person and a community, and no medium in art does that more powerfully than film. For the 27th year, the Tampa Bay area looks to honor that medium with the International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, better known as TIGLFF.

TIGLFF will run 65 films – 32 feature length and 33 shorts – and 35 programs representing 18 different countries from September 30 to October 8 on both sides of the bay, including the venue where it all started, the Tampa Theatre.

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What not to miss at this year’s Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

By : Stephen J. Miller
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Call it spreading the love! After 25 years with the Tampa Theater, the dynamic Tampa Bay Gay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (TIGLFF) now will offer events at different venues throughout Florida’s west coast. The launch party is this Saturday, Sept. 12, hosted at the Dali Museum. Most the big events from Oct. 2 through Oct. 10 will be at The Palladium – including a show with lesbian comic and chanteuse Lea DeLaria on Saturday, Oct. 3. Movies will play in theaters in Tampa, St. Pete, and Gulfport throughout the nine-day festival. Tickets and information are available at TIGLFF.com

TIGLFF is still working the details of their impressive festival; they currently have 33 LBGT films from the last 3 years. They gave us an early peek, so fans could start flagging must-see films. Here are four flicks they feature that we thought you might like. More movies will be highlighted here at Watermark Online as the festival approaches.

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