The eighth Annual MiFo GLBT Film Festival kicks off its Fort Lauderdale edition on October 7, 2016, spanning two weekends, with seven days of film and events through October 16. MiFo presents more than fifty films from throughout the world, guest appearances by actors, directors and producers, and a lineup of spectacular parties and events.
The array of films includes features, documentaries, narratives and shorts. Rebranded in 2015 as “MiFo,” the festival’s motto “United We Film,” not only signifies the melding of Miami and Fort Lauderdale under one brand, but is also reflective of the diversity of the films, the market and the MiFo audience.
MiFo is seen as one of the most highly regarded GLBT film festivals in the United States. A few highlights.
On Opening Night, October 7, viewers can enjoy “Strike a Pose,” directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan (Netherlands / Belgium). In 1990, seven young male dancers joined Madonna on her most controversial world tour. Their journey was captured in the 1991 documentary, “Truth or Dare.” As a self-proclaimed “mother” to her dancers, six gay and one straight, Madonna used the film to make a stand on gay rights and freedom of expression. The dancers became paragons of pride, inspiring people all over the world to dare to be who you are. Twenty-five years later, the dancers share their own stories about life during and after the tour.
A lavish Opening Night Grand Event takes place in the NSU Art Museum following the film. With champagne flowing, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment including an operatic performance and surprise performances, all amidst the splendor of the museum’s works of art.
On Thursday, October 13, it’s time to get thrilled by “King Cobra,” directed by Justin Kelly (USA). This ripped-from-the-headlines drama covers the early rise of gay porn headliner Sean Paul Lockhart a.k.a. Brent Corrigan, before his falling out with the producer who made him famous. When Sean decides he’d be better off a free agent, a cash-strapped pair of rival producers aim to cash in by any means possible and an all-out porn turf war ensues.
With an all-star ensemble cast including James Franco, Christian Slater, Keegan Allen, Molly Ringwald and Alicia Silverstone, “King Cobra” is a powerful based-on-a–true-story drama exploring real-life greed and obsession.
On Closing Night, October 16, “Pushing Dead” (USA), will be shown. The words AIDS and comedy are rarely used together, but director Tom E. Brown’s “Pushing Dead” is a film in which it is appropriate. HIV-positive writer and bouncer Dan Schauble struggles to refill his drug prescriptions after a bureaucratic snafu drops him from his health plan. Schauble quietly panics that any disruption to his pharmaceutical regimen can have disastrous consequences for his health, but while he navigates the labyrinthine world of modern healthcare, the other people in his life suffer from their own personal trials and tribulations.
For further information, including a complete schedule of screenings, trailers, special events, and tickets, go to www.mifofilm.com.