Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival to Open the "Straight Jacket"
by Brian Brooks
The sixth annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will open April 23rd with the East Coast premiere of Richard Day's "Straight Jacket," ushering in a ten-day event featuring 80 films from around the world. Set in the 1950s, "Straight Jacket" is the story of a repressed movie star for whom the studio arranges a sham marriage with an employee in order to disguise his homosexuality. The screening of the film will take place at the historic Gusman Center in downtown Miami.
The North American debut of Miguel Albaladejo's "Cachorro" (Bear Cub) is slated as the festival's centerpiece on April 28th. The film, according to a fest release, is "the story of the unlikely bond that forms between two very different individuals, a successful gay dentist in his thirties and his precocious nine-year-old nephew." Other films include Icelandic directors Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdottir and Thorvaldur Kristinsson's "Straight Out: Stories from Iceland," the U.S. premiere of doc "Key West: City of Colors" by Talmadge Hayward, doc "Parental Instinct" by Murray Nossel, Thai feature "The Iron Ladies II" by Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, "The Raspberry Reich," a German feature by Bruce La Bruce, and Rodney Evans' Sundance-winner, "Brother to Brother."
In addition to features, the festival will also host 'What Girls Like' and 'What Boys Want,' a collection of short films from the U.S. and abroad. Also, the event will fete L.A.-based distributor Strand Releasing on April 24th with honors taking place April 24th for the company's founders, Marcus Hu and Jon Gerrans. Filmmker Andrea Sperling will also receive festival tributes closing night when she receives the event's Wolfe Career Achievement award, followed by a screening of her latest film "D.E.B.S."
"The 2004 festival continues the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival's tradition of cutting edge responsiveness to the continual changes and evolutions in gay and lesbian identities," commented MGLFF festival manager Jaie Laplante in an event release. "We've always worked to expand the notion of what gay and lesbian cinema can be - and this year our ever-expanding audience will be thrilled with a rich selection of new discoveries, both on the screen and within themselves."
[ For more information, please visit: www.mglff.com. ]