MIAMI, Fla. – HBO presents the 13th Annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF) in Miami-Dade County, Florida beginning April 21-May 1, 2011. The festival will feature more than 50 feature and short films from 15 countries with multiple screenings at the Colony Theater, Regal Cinemas South Beach, and Coral Gables Art Cinema. The MGLFF brings the best of LGBTQ cinema to South Florida film lovers with a multitude of world, North American, East Coast and Florida premieres.
The 2011 Festival opens with the North American premiere presentation of KICK-OFF at the historic Colony Theater in Miami Beach, Florida. Written and directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair, the film is an outrageous new comedy about what happens when the meanest team of the Sunday Soccer league comes up against a newly formed gay team and quickly realizes that the men in pink may be more than they can handle. Watch and wince as fledging referee Elton Glixtion struggles to control this testosterone tsunami as rude-boy meets gay-boy in a crazy gun-ho match of 5-a-side football.
In addition to the 11-days of films, the Festival will also feature events such as special presentation of the Patrick Ward Angel Award to the legendary “Teacher to the Stars” Jay W. Jensen, posthumously. Sunday, April 24th features Easter Brunch catered by James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein and more.
“We are truly excited to launch the Festival at the Colony Theater and to partner with many fantastic venues and business owners,” says Lily Saborit, Chair of Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. “This festival will ‘Entertain, Educate and Inspire’ our community, as Jay W. Jensen inspired generations of students to dream. We have a film for everyone; some deal with difficult and powerful issues, and others touch your heart,” says Saborit.
Our goal is to Entertain, Educate, and Inspire our community through the power of film. The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival fosters an interest in and appreciation for films, video and other visual media by emerging and established filmmakers that raise consciousness and awareness of issues and concerns of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual communities. The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival offers a venue for filmmakers to exhibit their work and provide educational opportunities to our community at large through panels, workshops and lectures.