"Die Mommie Die" to Open Fifth Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
by Brian Brooks
The U.S. gay film festival season is approaching as the weather becomes warmer, and this year's fifth-annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is gearing up with its recently announced line-up. Opening the event on April 25 is the East Coast premiere of Mark Rucker's "Die Mommie Die" starring Charles Busch, Jason Priestley, Natasha Lyonne, and Phillip Baker Hall. The Sundance 2003 fave is about an ex-pop singer (Busch) who kills her husband (Hall) to be with her lover (Priestley). The film will screen at downtown Miami's opulent Gusman Theater.
The festival will move its centerpiece gala to the Jackie Gleason Theater on April 30 for a screening of "Girls will be Girls" by director Richard Day. The Sundance 2003 comedy stars three Hollywood actresses played by Jack Plotnick, Clinton Leupp, and Jeffery Roberson at various degrees in their careers. The three drag actors will be present for the screening. Also planned for the 10-day event are 80 features and documentaries including several North American or U.S. premieres. Making its south Florida premiere is Berlin 2002 favorite "All About My Father," by Norwegian director Even Benestad. The film documents the director's father's evolution from man to woman.
"Shot and Seen," a panel on short filmmaking will take place at the Jackie Gleason Theater on May 4. Moderated by Joanne Butcher (IFP), it will include participants Desi del Valle (Frameline distribution director), Jeff Crawford (Canadian Filmmaker Distribution Centre), and Maria Lynn (president of Wolfe Video) discussing short filmmaking, exhibition, and distribution. The festival will also present the fourth-annual Planetout.com Short Movie Awards spotlighting documentary, experimental, animated, dramatic, and comedic queer shorts at the Jackie Gleason Theater. Also on May 4 at the Gleason is the closing-night gala screening of Brad Fraser's "Leaving Metropolis." The film focuses on the relationship between two men, and the effect it has on the women in their lives. Fraser will attend the screening.
"The 2003 festival promises to be better than ever, celebrating out entire community with the presentation of 80 funny, provocative, steamy, and thought-provoking films," said Phillip Matthews, the festival's executive director, in an event release. "We are thrilled to present our exciting line-up of films to South Florida audiences and welcome a growing number of film enthusiasts to experience what our festival has to offer."
[For more information, please visit: http://www.mglff.com/.]