TIGLFF’s 2018 Audience Award-winning film returns to Lakeland theater in 2019

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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“At the End of the Day,” the winner of the 29th annual Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s (TIGLFF) Audience Award for best feature film, will return to the big screen in Lakeland this coming new year.

The film is Lakeland filmmaker and LGBTQ ally Kevin O’Brien’s feature directorial debut. It follows “a conservative, Christian professor who finds himself planted in an LGBTQ support group to stop their opening of an LGBTQ homeless youth shelter in their small town,” the synopsis reads.

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The Mother of Necessity: as more people turn to streaming movies online, what’s the answer to saving film festivals?

By : Jeremy Williams
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Reinvention can sometimes be seen as an ugly word, especially when it is applied to something that has a rich history full of tradition, but in the world of cinema, reinvention is the very thing that breathes life and keeps film fresh and relevant.  After 25 years of following the same formula, the TampaBay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, or TIGLFF, is at a point where they are reinventing the way they present the festival to the community.

For the first time in TIGLFF’s 26 year history, the festival will not center around the well-known Tampa Theatre. In May 2015, TIGLFF announced that they would be moving the main events – the opening, closing and several high profile films – to The Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg.

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A packed house: Free screening packs TIGLFF opening night

By : Steve Blanchard
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Tampa – It may have well been the largest crowd ever for an opening night film at the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival on Friday, Sept. 4. More than 500 free tickets were issued for the film The Happy Sad. It’s the first time the festival had a free opening night screening, which many credit with creating a festive atmosphere in the historic Tampa Theatre that began with introductions from several local dignitaries, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

When he was introduced, the crowd gave Buckhorn a standing ovation, much like it used to do for former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio. Buckhorn addressed changes in Tampa and his commitment to diversity.

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TIGLFF embraces new technology to improve experience, revolutionize selection process

By : Greg Stemm
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Within just years, new digital technology has revolutionized the way films are screened and chosen for viewing at the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (TIGLFF); and once the film is on the screening schedule, audiences will see it projected through new digital technology that is less than six months old at the historic Tampa Theatre.

“Basically the format used for films and their projection had been the same since the 1930s,” said Gary Dowling, chief projectionist at the Tampa Theatre, who plays host to most of the films presented during TIGLFF. “But just within the past two years there have been enormous changes as film is moved completely to digital formats. In fact, in 2014 the old 35mm format used for decades will be completely phased out. It will be like the transition we saw from VHS tapes to DVDs. Soon no one will be using the old 35mm format at all.”

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10.11.12 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshotThe day this issue of Watermark is distributed across the state is a big deal in the LGBT community, rather you know it or not.

Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day, a day celebrated since 1988 as a means to encourage LGBTs to come out of the closet and share their true selves with friends and family. Of course, for those of us already living openly, encouraging others to do the same is easy, and even frustrating when they are reluctant to declare their same-gender attraction. But for those still in the closet, sharing details about their sexual orientation can be much scarier than anything a theme park can dream up for Halloween.

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