Sarasota gears up for Fabulous Independent Film Festival at the Harvey Milk Festival

By : Krista DiTucci
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Film lovers in Sarasota will experience three days of LGBTQ cinema at Harvey Milk Festival’s sixth annual Fabulous Independent Film Festival, Sept.30-Oct. 2.

“Every single one of these films is so interesting in its own way,” Magida Diouri, festival programmer, says. “It’s remarkable. I really was looking for the best I could get for Sarasota – things that would not otherwise come here.”

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Sarasota’s Fifth Annual Fabulous Independent Film Festival challenges gay stereotypes

By : Aaron Alper
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The Fifth Annual Fabulous Independent Film Festival in Sarasota at the Sarasota/Manatee University of South Florida campus is quickly approaching. From Friday September 18 through Sunday September 20, the event is being held at the Burns Court Cinema. The festival, which is a Broken Rules/Harvey Milk Festival Burns Court Cinemaco-production (with all proceeds going to the HMF) is an exemplary event that showcases LGBTQ art through cinema. There are six feature films and this year, the centerpiece film will be a free outdoor presentation on the Sarasota/Manatee campus in the courtyard with donation suggested.

Last year’s IFF went surprisingly well according to the IFF brainchild Magida Diori, who says there was steady attendance throughout the entire festival (rare, according to those who are familiar with the film-festival circuit). “Typically you have one or two films that outdo everything else,” Diori said. “And last year it was very even and pretty remarkable.”

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‘Victimized’ ties horror, thriller and drama elements to gay characters

By : Christal Hayes
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How much abuse can one person take? That’s exactly the question that’s answered in Victimized, an independent film premiering at the Clearwater Cinema Cafe on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Michael Kenneth Fahr began work on the film in 2002 as a college student. The original version was very short, but the Connecticut native says he knew he always wanted to extend it into a full-length feature.

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