A Whole New World

Fort Lauderdale is already home to one of the best and most intimate film festivals around, the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival. Right next door is Wilton Manors, which was ranked in the 2010 U.S. Census as the gayest city in America. So perhaps it is no surprise that for the past six years, an LGBT film fest has been growing in leaps and bounds. Now in its seventh year, the Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is a month-long celebration of the newest, best, and bravest LGBT filmmakers. Over the course of three weekends, the festival will screen more than 30 films, some foreign, some American, all independent, and all offering a glimpse of the world through the queer POV. In addition to the film screenings, there will be afterparties and in-depth discussions with directors and actors alike. It all kicks off Friday with the Filmmakers' Soiree at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale (1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale), followed by the screening of the opening-night film Four Moons, also at the museum, at 8 p.m. Then wrap up the first night with the Opening Night Party from 10 p.m. to midnight. After taking in the Saturday film lineup, join the After Film "Gaythering," at Rumors (2426 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors) from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Films will be shown at the Classic Gateway Theatre (1820 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) and at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale). Ticket prices range from $9 for a matinee to $13.50 for evening films. The opening-night film and party package is $45, and the centerpiece, closing, and spotlight film package is $35. Discounts are available for members and for advance online ticket purchases. For a lineup of all the events as well as synopses of the films and to purchase tickets, visit flglff.com. Call 305-751-6305.
Fri., Oct. 10; Sat., Oct. 11; Sun., Oct. 12; Thu., Oct. 16; Fri., Oct. 17; Sat., Oct. 18; Sun., Oct. 19, 2014
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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