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FESTIVAL PROGRAM GUIDE MiFo On The Sea. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 & 7 Welcome from the Board Chair. . . . . . . . . . . 8 Sponsors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Dash & Poster Artist Acknowledgment. . . . 11 Welcome from Mayors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Festival Team. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Welcome from Executive Director. . . . . . . . 19 Angel Award Recipients. . . . . . . . . . . . 20 & 21 Ally Award Recipients. . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 & 23 Producer’s Circle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 - 27 Membership Grids. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 & 29 Opening Night. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 & 33 Ladies Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 & 37 Film Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 & 45 Events (ADA info). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Venues+Awards (ADA info) . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Centerpiece . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 & 59 Celebrity Cruises Event. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Closing Night. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 & 71 Filmmakers Award Brunch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Grant Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Community Partners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Save The Date Fort Lauderdale. . . . . . . . . . 85 Ticketing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 & 87

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WELCOME From Our Board Chair 19 years and another new beginning… So many positive and exciting things are happening to both our community and our Festival. And still, we know, the best is yet to come. So, it is with great excitement that we announce the new name that will take us into our future, the OUTSHINE Film Festival. This exciting and compelling new renaming/rebranding, gives us a better more memorable image, showcases the amazing place that we live and speaks volumes about us as a community. Our plan is to work tirelessly to OUTSHINE as a Festival and brighten up our incredible South Florida Community. 19 years ago, we needed to say The Miami (and Fort Lauderdale) “Gay and Lesbian” Film Festival. Two years ago, we wanted to bring our two South Florida film festivals together to form one big community organization that puts on two Festivals. Miami would be in the SPRING and Fort Lauderdale in the FALL, shattering the Dade – Broward line in the sand. We combined the names Miami and Fort Lauderdale and called it the The MiFo LGBT Film Festival. The renaming worked wonders, bringing our two communities together with full member benefits to each of our two festivals and both communities supporting each other. While the name accomplished bringing our festivals and communities together, it lacked the luster to help us forge ahead. Our mission has always been to OUTSHINE in so many ways; our new name will empower us do exactly that and carry us even more brightly into our future…To be OUT and SHINE; this will always be our goal. We produce this Festival for you; we do this so we have a place to come together to experience the joy of watching our stories together ON SCREEN. We do this fabulous Cultural Event so we have an upscale Social way of being together over many days and twice a year, for terrific films in a wonderful setting. We enjoy watching and discussing our films, seeing old friends and making new ones. That, at our core, is what we are about and that will always be our mission. Please continue to support us. Bring, tell your friends, consider volunteering, spread the word, and help us sustain and grow our Festival by joining us. We forge forward together, when we OUTSHINE together.

Mark Gilbert OutShine Film Festival

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2017 FESTIVAL TEAM Victor Gimenez, Executive Director Joe Bilancio, Programming Director Donnie Luehring, Festival Manager Alexis Bosch, Marketing Director Steve Drukker, Director of Finance & Grants Lynn Bove, Special Events Coordinator Gabi Mechaber, Media Intern Ithalie Gonzalez, Media Intern Graphic Design by Alexis Bosch & Maria Espinal Website Design by The Rock Group Public Relations by Lauren Fairbanks Program Guides by Alexis Bosch Official Festival Image by Gabi Mechaber

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Screening Committee

Board of Directors

Jorge Richa – Chair Andrew Murphy Benjamin Hein Clarisa Paulino Daniel Shoer Denis Tejedor Dino Mosquera Jeffrey Grisales Joe Billingsley Larry Jurrist Linda Watson Lorenz Muther Stephen R. Lang Steve Adkins Steve Starrett Victor Ramos

Mark Gilbert – Chair Jennifer Kriz – Vice-Chair Christopher Vastine – Treasurer Jodi L. Strang-Eletto – Secretary Brian Beasley Bennett Goldworth Ebony Rhodes Larry Hyer James C. Moon Michael Schneider Susan Solman Noelle Stevenson Linda Watson

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WELCOME Dear Film Family,

Welcome to the 19th Annual Miami Edition of the MiFo LGBT Film Festival. Why do we go to movies? Which is not the same as why we watch movies. We go to movies because of PEOPLE. Even someone going to the movies by themselves is going there to watch it with people: to laugh with them, cry with them, jump in their seats with them, take in the whole spectacle of the film with them. When you go with others, you inevitably talk about it. Sometimes you may have groups of friends you watch certain types of movies with, and members of that group bring others and you meet new people. In the end, you GO to the movies to be with PEOPLE. Over the ten days of the Festival enjoy our outrageous comedies, our outspoken documentaries, and our outstanding dramas all with the PEOPLE you have gotten to know through the years and new friends you meet this year. Our mission is to inspire, entertain and educate. We hope by the end of the Festival you have been touched by a story you have seen and moved to act, you have laughed or cried, you have learned something new. We hope the Festival has impacted your life in a meaningful way. I wish to thank my staff, Board of Directors, our Producers Circle Members, Sponsors, Patrons, Members, and Volunteers for the continued success of the Festival, and who have allowed us to OUTSHINE through the years. See you at the movies,

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STUDIO HEADS

Alberto Arias & Wood Kinnard Colgate Darden

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EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

Larry Feldman, M.D. & Vinh Huy Nguyen, Ph.D. Larry Hyer & Tom Casey Jennifer Kriz Jim Tyrrell & Roger Thomson

PRODUCERS

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DIRECTORS Steven Adkins & Diego Goncalves Anthony LoGrande & Fabian Rodriguez Frank Alvarez & Decio Sales Mark Mandel & Allan Yudacufski Anonymous Dennis McWilliams & Victor “Tito” Ramos Eric D. Auciello Johnnie Mejia Marc Barnett Michael Meltzer & Alan Ngim Brian Beasley & Oliver von Gundlach Charles Million & Tim Nardi Randall Bodner & Carlos A. Garcia Richard Milstein & Eric Hankin David Campbell Bert Mittler Leticia Carrazana James C. & Robert Moon Bruce Carter Dino Mosquera John Charles ONE Sotheby’s Murray Newman & Harry Koster International Realty Damian Pardo Marty Davis & Michael Acton-Coles Edward Pascoe Kelvis Del Rio Bill Peebles Meade Dickerson & Rod Schimko Don Perkins & William Niebles William Dollaway & Glenn Barcheski Andre Perwin & Rod Gillis Dennis Edwards & Mark Steinberg State Representative David Richardson Rick G. Field & Antz Lewis Lynare Robbins & Carmen Suero Seth & Liebe Gadinsky Ebony Rhodes Bill Hahne & Michael Johnson Dennis Roy Don Hayden & Brian Thompson John Ruark & Sergio Papa Benjamin Hein Samuel Rubert Bill Hussey Keith Jacobson Simon S. Kaminetsky Ric Katz Paul Kelly David Leeds & Peter Casey Marc Lichtman 26  |  www.mifofilm.com

DIRECTORS

SUPPORTERS

Albert Canas & Stewart Stein Kenny Russell Jerry Chasen & Mark Kirby Edwin A. Scharlau & Victor M. Gimenez Harvey Chasser Paul Scolieri-Rothberg Charles Christopher Susan Solman Peter Dokuchitz & Ron Poskus Daniel Spring & Jean Marc De Silva Richard Gonzalez Jim Stepp & Peter Zimmer Lawrence Jurrist Jimmy Thomas Kurt Liphardt Michael Toomey Christopher Mueller & Tom Richards Ronald Traub & Ramon Ortega Nicholas Roth Chi Chi Truong Elliot Shepatin Martin Watkins Brian Spaulding Linda Watson James Williams

ORGANIZATION DIRECTORS American Australian Association

Pridelines

Miami Beach Gay Pride

Take Shape Plastic Surgery, P.A.

Latinos Salud

Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

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OPENING NIGHT FILM

APRIL 21 Handsome Devil Friday @ 8:00 p.m. Director: John Butler Runtime: 95 minutes Ireland, 2016 COMMUNITY PARTNER: PRIDELINES SCOTTISH RITE TEMPLE Dyed hair, subversive-rock-music-loving Ned attends a boarding school where everything is all about rugby. Initially happy living in his dorm alone and content with drawing as little attention to himself as possible, Ned’s world is rocked when new kid and rugby star Connor gets assigned to his room. Both Ned and Connor form an unlikely friendship which forces them to reckon with questions of loyalty and self-interest.

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APRIL 22 Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America Saturday @ 2:30 p.m. Director: Tiffany Rhynard Runtime: 90 minutes USA, 2016 In Spanish and English with English subtitles COMMUNITY PARTNER: GALLA

REGAL 17 Growing up in rural North Carolina, Moises Serrano fell in love with a country that refused to recognize his full humanity - as an undocumented immigrant and a gay man. Forbidden follows Moises’ personal journey as an activist fighting for the American Dream. An ideal character for challenging stereotypes about undocumented immigrants and samesex couples, Moises’ story relates directly to the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. and LGBTQ individuals fighting for equality and civil rights.

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SOUTHEAST PREMIERE

MADE IN MIAMI

Apricot Groves

A Change Of Heart

Political Animals

Saturday @ 3:00 p.m.

Saturday @ 4:45 p.m.

Saturday @ 5:15 p.m.

Director: Pouria Heidary Oureh Runtime: 80 minutes Armenia, 2016 In Armenian with English subtitles

Director: Kenny Ortega Runtime: 105 minutes USA, 2017

Directors: Jonah Markowitz and Tracy Wares Runtime: 87 minutes USA, 2016

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Aram, an Iranian-Armenian trans man living in the U.S. since childhood, returns to Armenia to meet his girlfriend’s conservative family. Over the course of the day-long journey, Aram’s brother helps him prepare for the meeting, while also coming to terms with his transition. Aram sees many cultural, religious, and national differences on the one-day trip, but harder obstacles are ahead. Apricot Groves is a quiet and introspective film which beautifully illustrates the bittersweet notion of reconnecting with a culture that may not be accepting of who you’ve become.

Frustrated with the cards life has dealt him, Hank (Jim Belushi) is a man whose circumstances have driven him to fear diversity, yet his Central Florida town is adhering less and less to the white, straight profile with which he’s comfortable. After suffering a heart attack, Hank’s life is saved by a transplant—but will Hank’s body accept a donation from a Puerto Rican drag queen?

Subject, Moises Serrano, expected to be in attendance for a Q&A after the film. Special Programming Award “FREEDOM” Outfest 2016

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COMMUNITY PARTNER: AIDS WALK MIAMI

Official Selection: Montreal World Film Festival

Playing on both the literal and symbolic significance of that most treasured of organs, A Change of Heart conveys the sort of story America needs right now, reminds us that even the most hardened among us can learn to embrace difference, accept love, and move on with life. Synopsis by: Miami Film Festival Gloria and Emilio Estefan are scheduled to be in attendance.

Official Selection: Miami Film Festival

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COMMUNITY PARTNER: EQUALITY FLORIDA

REGAL 18 Political Animals tells the story of one of the largest civil rights struggles of this century – the gay rights movement - through the eyes of four elected women, often left out of LGBT histories until now. An emotionally charged film, it follows four groundbreaking lesbians who took the fight for the causes most personal to them and their communities off the streets and into the halls of government. Fierce, determined, focused and passionate, these women had the courage and foresight to begin the critical work of legal rights for the LGBT community. Producer, Chris Panizzon expected to be in attendance for a Q&A after the film. Best Documetary Awards MiFo Fort Lauderdale Los Angeles FF Provincetown FF Out on Film - Atlanta

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LADIES SPOTLIGHT FILM

APRIL 22 SOUTHEAST PREMIERE Signature Move Saturday @ 7:30 p.m. Director: Jennifer Reeder Runtime: 80 minutes USA, 2017 In English and Urdu with English subtitles COMMUNITY PARTNER: AQUA FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN COMMUNITY SPONSOR: FERTILITY & IVF CENTER OF MIAMI REGAL 18 Zaynab is a beautiful thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian in Chicago. She takes care of her recently widowed TV-obsessed mother who is trying desperately to find Zaynab a husband. As Zaynab begins a new relationship and starts falling for Alma, a bold and very bright Chicana woman, she searches for her identity in life, love and Lucha-style wrestling. Who will win out for Zaynab’s attention…Mother? Alma? Both? Or neither? Signature Move is part sports movie, part culture clash, and entirely entertaining. Official Selection: SXSW Wicked Queer: Boston 36  |  www.mifofilm.com

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APRIL 22 WORLD PREMIERE

SOUTHEAST PREMIERE

Something Like Summer

Santa & Andres

Kept Boy

Saturday @ 7:00 p.m.

Saturday @ 9:15 p.m.

Sunday @ 9:45 p.m.

Director: David Berry Runtime: 108 minutes USA, 2017

Director: Carlos Lechuga Runtime: 105 minutes Cuba, 2016 In Spanish with English subtitles

Director: George Bamber Runtime: 90 minutes USA, 2017

COMMUNITY PARTNER: CARE RESOURCE

REGAL 17 It’s the summer of 1996 in Houston, Texas. Ben is an openly gay 17 year old with not so many friends, who suddenly becomes infatuated with Tim, a handsome and popular newcomer. When a not-so-accident brings them together, their love story begins. They start a secret relationship and they build a world of their own. Something Like Summer is a coming of age story of true long lasting love, about insecurities, social pressure, heartache and love again that spans 12 years. It’s about being true to yourself, letting your heart lead the way and discovering the strength of love.

Official Selection: Mardi Gras Film Festival (Sydney) Qflix (Philadelphia)

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REGAL 17 Publicly gay novelist Andrés has been banned by the Cuban government from writing another word. With a political rally coming up, they intend to keep Andrés under close scrutiny in order to prevent him from communicating with the press. Enter Santa, who is sent to Andrés’ countryside home to watch over him for the next three days. Despite their mutual distrust and suspicion, the pair find themselves quietly questioning their allegiances and ultimately coming to understand one another. Santa & Andres delivers a thoughtful, relevant rumination on the notions of hatred and tolerance.

REGAL 18 Interior designer/reality show star Farleigh Knock has a knack for keeping beautiful things around his home -- like Dennis. So when Fairleigh gives him an ultimatum for his 30th birthday to get a job or get out, Dennis goes from Kept Boy to Lost Man. Based on a novel by Robert Rodi, who specializes in gay satires on queer archetypes, George Bamber directs this dark gay comedy that shows life with a sugar daddy is bittersweet and poses the question, what is love and what is the price to keep it?

Actors, Jon Paul Phillips & Thure Riefenstein, expected to be in attendance for a Q&A after the film. Best Ibero-American Film & Best Script at the Guadalajara Film Festival Official Selection: Chicago International Film Festival Miami Film Festival Toronto International Film Festival

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NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

SOUTHEAST PREMIERE

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

The Lavender Scare

Cat Skin

Heartstone (Hjartasteinn)

Sunday @ 2:30 p.m.

Sunday @ 3:00 p.m.

Sunday @ 4:45 p.m.

Director: Josh Howard Runtime: 76 minutes USA, 2017

Director: Daniel Grasskamp Runtime: 97 minutes UK, 2017

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Director: Guðmundur Arnara Guðmundsson Runtime: 129 minutes Iceland/Denmark, 2016 In Icelandic with English subtitles

The Sociologist and the Pooh (La sociologue et l’ourson)

With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be “security risks” and orders the immediate firing of any government employee discovered to be gay or lesbian. It triggers a vicious witch hunt that ruins tens of thousands of lives and thrusts an unlikely hero into the forefront of what would become the modern LGBT rights movement.The Lavender Scare shines a light on a chapter of American history that has never received the attention it deserves.

17-year-old Cat is a shy and troubled photography student. Her life is illuminated when her voyeuristic nature behind the camera lens sparks a chance encounter with a beautiful music student named April. Their relationship blossoms, while circumstances threaten to keep them apart. April’s mother Sally struggles to come to terms with her daughter’s involvement with Cat, while April’s former lover is unable to deal with rejection. Spiraling tensions will lead to tragic events that will impact the lives of both Cat and April. Director, Daniel Grasskamp, and crew member, Lucy Davis, scheduled to be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.

Official Selection: Qflix (Philadelphia) Fort Myers Film Festival

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REGAL 17 Two young Icelandic teens experience a turbulent summer in this piercingly honest portrait of adolescent sexuality that captures an evocative place and time. In a remote fishing village in Iceland, teenage boys Thor and Christian experience dramatic changes in themselves and each other as one tries to win the heart of a girl, while the other discovers new feelings towards his best friend. When summer ends, and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it’s time to leave the playground and face adulthood.

Best GLBT Film at Queer Lion FF Gold Q Award at Venice FF Audience Award, Best Film Chicago International Film Festival

Sunday @ 5:15 p.m. Directors: Etienne Chaillou and Mathias Thery Runtime: 77 minutes France, 2016 In French with English subtitles

REGAL 18 From September 2012 to May 2013, the entire country of France gets passionate about proposed legislation that will permit marriage for all. Over a period of nine months, Sociologist Irène Théry recounts to her son her views on this raucous debate. From these recordings, the directors created “teddy bear cinema” constructed of children’s toys and pieces of cardboard. An intimate, often amusing and completely unique portrait of a now international saga, The Sociologist and the Pooh helps us rediscover what we all thought we knew perfectly well: The Family.

Official Selection: Hamburg Film Festival Lumiere Awards

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Documentaries

9:15 The Pass

7:00 B&B

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Events

Closing Night Event

9:15 Prom King, 2010

Untold Tales Of Arminstead Maupin

7:00

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Spotlight Films

7:00 Like Foam

4:45 Deep Water

2:30 No Dress Code Required

7:30 Ned’s Project

5:15 Women Who Kill

3:00 Tamara

11:30-1:00 Filmmakers Awards Brunch

REGAL 17

SUNDAY, APRIL 30

9:00 Herr von Bohlen Private

6:45 Extra Terrestrials

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TUESDAY, APRIL 25

Spotlight Films

5:15 A Date For Mad Mary

3:00 Denial

REGAL 18

9:30

7:30 The Consitution

4:45 Hate Crime

2:30 Carlos Jauregui

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SATURDAY, APRIL 29

Shorts Programs

9:00 A Winter To Remember

6:45 Sensitivity Training

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FRIDAY, APRIL 28

9:00 Men’s Shorts

6:45 Ladies’ Shorts

REGAL 18

Events

9:15 Pushing Dead

7:00 1:54

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Shorts Programs

7:30 Bad Girl

5:15 Socialogist and the Pooh

3:00 Cat Skin

REGAL 18

MONDAY, APRIL 24

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Narrative Features

Celebrity Cruise Event

Centerpiece Event

9:15 Play The Devil

9:00 Varichina

9:15

9:00 Colorful World

7:00 Center Of My World

6:45 A Million Happy Nows

9:15

9:15 Seat In Shadow

7:00 Rebels On Pointe

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THURSDAY, APRIL 27

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9:15 Boys In A Tree

7:00 Summertime

4:45 Heartstone

2:30 The Lavender Scare

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SUNDAY, APRIL 23

Documentaries

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26

Narrative Features

Spotlight Party

Opening Night Party

9:45 Kept Boy

9:30

9:15 Santa & Andres

8:00 Handsome Devil

7:30 Signature Move

5:15 Political Animals

3:00 Apricot Groves

REGAL 18

10:00

7:00 Something Like Summer

4:45 A Change Of Heart

2:30 Forbidden

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SATURDAY, APRIL 22

6:30 Fillmakers Soiree

SCOTTISH RITE

FRIDAY, APRIL 21

2017 FILM SCHEDULE


FILM VENUES

FESTIVAL EVENTS Friday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. Producers & Filmmakers’ Soiree The Scottish Rite Temple 471 NW 3rd St. Miami, FL 33128 Friday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m. Opening Night Film | Handsome Devil The Scottish Rite Temple 471 NW 3rd St. Miami, FL 33128 Friday, April 21 at 10:00 p.m. Opening Night Party The Scottish Rite Temple 471 NW 3rd St. Miami, FL 33128 Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Spotlight Women’s Film | Signature Move Regal Cinemas South Beach 1120 Lincoln Rd. Miami Beach, FL 33139 Saturday, April 22 at 9:30 p.m. Spotlight Party Yuca Miami Beach 501 Lincoln Rd. Miami Beach, FL 33139

Thursday, April 27 at 9:15 p.m. Celebrity Cruises Event TBA Check MiFoFilm.com for updates Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. Closing Night Film | The Constitution Regal Cinemas South Beach 1120 Lincoln Rd. Miami Beach, FL 33139 Saturday, April 29 at 9:30 p.m. Closing Night Party Barcaro Miami 1625 Michigan Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 Sunday, April 30 at 11:00 a.m. Filmmakers Awards Brunch The Biltmore Hotel 1200 Anastasia Ave. Coral Gables, FL 33134

All venues are wheelchair accessible. For more info visit our website: MiFoFilm.com/ada

Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. Centerpiece Film | Rebels On Pointe Regal Cinemas South Beach 1120 Lincoln Rd. Miami Beach, FL 33139 Wednesday, April 26 at 9:00 p.m. Centerpiece Party Britto Central 1102 Lincoln Rd. Mall Miami Beach, FL 33139

REGAL CINEMAS SOUTH BEACH 1120 Lincoln Rd. Miami Beach, FL 33139

BRITTO GALLERY 1102 Lincoln Rd. Mall Miami Beach, FL 33139

SCOTTISH RITE TEMPLE 471 NW 3rd St. Miami, FL 33128

BACARO MIAMI 1625 Michigan Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139

All venues include assistive listening and are wheelchair accessible. For more information visit our website MiFoFilm.com/ada

JURY SELECTION

Best Full Length Feature Best Documentary Best Short

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AUDIENCE SELECTION

Best Full Length Feature Best Documentary Best Short

JURY MEMBERS

DOCUMENTARY JURY: Tommy Demos, Filmmaker and Professor of Film, Television & Digital Production, School of Entertainment & Design Technology at Miami Dade College. Andrea Meyerson, Director/Producer/Filmmaker and President StandOut Productions KJ Mohr, Director of Programming for Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

FEATURES JURY: Juan Barquin,

Film Critic & Arts Writer for Miami New Times & Dim the House Lights

Allie Esslinger,

Founder of Section II and Executive Producer at Olive Juice Films

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APRIL 23

APRIL 23

EAST COAST PREMIERE

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Summertime (L’estate addosso)

Bad Girl

Sunday @ 7:00 p.m. Director: Gabriele Muccino Runtime: 103 minutes Italy, 2016 In Italian with English subtitles

REGAL 17 18-year-old Marco, in the summer of high school final exams, unexpectedly ends up on a road trip to San Francisco with Mary, a classmate nicknamed ‘the nun.’ Mary’s company is, to Marco, a real catastrophe. When in California, the two of them will be guests of Matt and Paul, a young gay couple. Together they face problems and prejudices but live an experience that will forever change their lives. Filled with humor and music and just a little pathos, Summertime is a breath of fresh air.

Soundtrack Star Award Venice Film Festival

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Sunday @ 7:30 p.m. Director: Fin Edquist Runtime: 87 minutes Australia, 2016

REGAL 18 17-year-old bad girl and teen rebel Amy is given one last chance by her adoptive parents who think Amy’s friendship with mysterious and beautiful local girl Chloe is a step in the right direction. But when Amy discovers Chloe’s secret, she finds herself fighting for her life and for the future of the family she tried to destroy. Bad Girl is a slow burn thriller with many twists and turns. Featuring captivating performances from both bad girls, this is a dark take on modernity, family and female strength.

Official Selection: Busan International FF Melbourne Int. FF Mardi Gras FF (Sydney)


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APRIL 24

APRIL 24

EAST COAST PREMIERE

EAST COAST PREMIERE

LADIES’ SHORTS PROGRAM

Boys In The Trees

1:54

Sunday @ 9:15 p.m.

Monday @ 7:00 p.m.

Worldly Women (Ladies’ Shorts)

Director: Nicholas Verso Runtime: 112 minutes Australia, 2016

Director: Yan England Runtime: 106 minutes Canada, 2016 In French with English subtitles

International tales of intrigue and desire, lust and love, comedy and sorrow and just plain great examples of moviemaking are all part of this amazing set of ladies shorts.

REGAL 17

The Escape Hatch

COMMUNITY PARTNER: SAFE SCHOOLS SOUTH FLORIDA

REGAL 17 It’s Halloween 1997 - the last night of high school for Corey, Jango and the rest of their skater gang. When Corey encounters Jonah, a former childhood friend now victimized by Jango’s cruel streak, Corey takes pity on him and agrees to walk him home for old time’s sake. What starts off as a normal walk through empty suburban streets descends into something darker and magical. On the night of the grave’s delight, even the most buried truths will surface.

At 16, Tim is a bright student and gifted athlete. However, he finds himself walking on eggshells - and for good reason. His suburban high school is a festering hotbed of bullying, social media intimidation and virulent homophobia, and Tim’s sexuality is evolving. The one upside is his friendship with the handsome Francis. When the unthinkable happens, Tim copes with his grief and anxiety by throwing himself back into competitive running, a sport he’d abandoned. 1:54 mixes a thrilling sports saga with a dark drama of adolescent angst.

Monday @ 6:45 p.m. - Total Runtime: 105 minutes - REGAL 18

Filmmakers will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.

Director: David Willing, Australia, 10 mins.

Counting Director: Dan Pal, USA, 10 mins.

Those People (Esa Gente) Director: Stephanie N. Stoddard Cortes, Puerto Rico, 5 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles

Dusk Director: Jake Graf, UK, 15 mins.

One Way Street Director: Andrea Meyerson, USA, 14 mins.

How’s Your Prostate Directors: Jeanne Paturle, Cécile Rousset, France, 4 mins. In French with English subtitles

Two Women (Duas Mulheres) Director: Marcelo Brennand. Brazil, 15 mins. In Portuguese with English subtitles Best Narrative Feature Austin Film Festival Best Unproduced Screenplay Newfest 50  |  www.mifofilm.com

Let’s Try Official Selection: Chicago Int. Film Festival Busan Int. Film Festival

Director: Paola Zaidi, USA, 2 mins.

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APRIL 24

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

MEN’S SHORTS PROGRAM Man, Oh Man (Men’s Shorts) Monday @ 9:00 p.m. - Total Runtime: 108 minutes - REGAL 18 Something for everyone. From comedy to drama to expanding your knowledge, the men’s shorts program Man, Oh Man will definitely inspire, entertain and educate you. COMMUNITY PARTNER: MDGLCC

One Day To The Next Directors: Julio Montesino & Alexis Bosch, USA, 16 mins.

FAW Director: Dany Campos, Spain, 22 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles

In The Paint Director: Ashton Pina, USA, 7 mins.

Lightrapping Director: Marcio Miranda Perez, Brazil, 22 mins.

Marz

Pushing Dead Monday @ 9:15 p.m. Director: Tom E. Brown Runtime: 108 minutes USA, 2016

REGAL 17 The words AIDS and comedy are rarely used together, but 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.

Directors: Bobby Yan, USA, 11 mins.

The Night Cleaner Director: Blair Fukumura. Canada, 6 mins.

Johnny is Gay Director: Pablo Tobon-Gallo, Spain, 11 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles 52  |  www.mifofilm.com

Extra Terrestrials (Extra Terrestres) Tuesday @ 6:45 p.m. Director: Carla Cavina Runtime: 110 minutes Puerto Rico, 2017 In Spanish with English subtitles COMMUNITY PARTNER: NATIONAL LGBTQ TASK FORCE

REGAL 18 The Díaz family is an influential and well-to-do family who control much of the poultry industry in Puerto Rico. Teresa, the oldest daughter, left home during her college years to become an astrophysicist. Now, after a seven-year absence, she returns home for a few weeks to reveal a secret long kept from her family and to invite them to her wedding with Daniela. However, her intentions turn to dust as she finds herself trapped in the family’s old habit of lying. Extra Terrestrials shows the chasms that exist between perceptions and reality. Director, Carla Cavina expected to be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.

My Sugar Daddy Director: Dawid Ullgren, Sweden, 13 mins. In Swedish with English subtitles

APRIL 25

Audience Award: Best Feature: Frameline (San Francisco) Twist (Seattle)

Official Selection: Rose Filmdagen FF (Amsterdam)

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APRIL 25

APRIL 25

EAST COAST PREMIERE

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin Tuesday @ 7:00 p.m. Director: Jennifer Kroot Runtime: 90 minutes USA, 2017 COMMUNITY PARTNER: JEWISH COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES

REGAL 17 This film examines the life and work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South, into a gay rights pioneer whose novels (Tales of the City) have inspired millions to claim their own truth. This documentary moves nimbly between playful and poignant and laugh-outloud funny. Maupin offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the bath houses of 1970’s San Francisco to the front line of the American culture war.

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Herr von Bohlen Private Tuesday @ 9:00 p.m. Director: Andre Schafer Runtime: 90 minutes Germany, 2016 In German with English subtitles

REGAL 18 This hybrid film - part documentary/ part fiction - tells the story of Arndt von Bohlen, the last offspring of a powerful German family. Unwilling to fulfill the expectations of both his family and their company, the homosexual son of an industrialist waived his inheritance of 3.5 billion marks. With an annual settlement of 2 million German marks, Arndt withdrew into another world. His lifestyle became legendary in the 1960s and 70s as the extravagant bon vivant who gathered a fairy tale royal household around him - while he remained a lonely and withdrawn man for the remainder of his life.

Official Selection: Queens International Film Festival

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CENTERPIECE FILM

APRIL 25

APRIL 26

EAST COAST PREMIERE

EAST COAST PREMIERE

Prom King, 2010

Rebels On Pointe

Tuesday @ 9:15 p.m.

Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m.

Director: Christopher Schaap Runtime: 96 minutes USA, 2017

Director: Bobbi Jo Hart Runtime: 90 minutes Canada, 2016

REGAL 17

COMMUNITY PARTNER: DANCE NOW! MIAMI

Charlie is a college student who loves love. He loves the way James Dean and Natalie Wood passionately kiss with the sublime punctuation of a swelling orchestra and Laurence Olivier vows to take Joan Fontaine behind a tree and make “violent love” to her. But when Charlie finds his romantic pursuits leading to icky online encounters, seedy back rooms in leather bars, and the unexpected tears of cute freshmen who aren’t “really out,” Charlie starts to worry that his homosexuality is an incompatible factor with the classic, Hollywood romance he’s always aspired towards.

REGAL 17 Exploring universal themes of identity, dreams, family and love, Rebels on Pointe is a film celebrating the famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The all-male, comic ballet company was founded in the 70s on the heels of New York’s Stonewall riots and has a huge worldwide cult following. The film juxtaposes behind-the-scenes access, rich archives and history, intimate character-driven stories, and amazing dance performances. It’s a story which ultimately proves that a ballerina is not only a woman dancing but an act of revolution in a tutu. Director, Bobbi Jo Hart, and Dancer, Carlos Hopuy, expected to be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.

Official Selection: Cinequest

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Official Selection: Santa Barbara International FF

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APRIL 26

APRIL 26

APRIL 27

APRIL 27

SOUTHEAST PREMIERE

EAST COAST PREMIERE

EAST COAST PREMIERE

SOUTHEAST PREMIERE

A Colorful World

Seat In Shadow

A Million Happy Nows

Wednesday @ 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday @ 9:15 p.m.

Thursday @ 6:45 p.m.

REGAL 18

Director: Henry Coombes Runtime: 82 minutes UK, 2016

Director: Albert Alarr Runtime: 80 minutes USA, 2016

Center of My World (Die Mitte der Welt)

REGAL 17

REGAL 18

Out of the imagination of acclaimed artist-filmmaker Henry Coombes comes Albert, an eccentric, aging painter doubling as an unconventional, Jung-inspired psychotherapist. When Albert’s friend asks him to counsel her lethargic grandson Ben, whose ongoing boyfriend problems are rapidly fueling an already deep depression, their subsequent therapy sessions reveal as much about Albert as they do about the troubled young man. Coombes’ debut feature is a witty, perceptive study of social mores, sexual excess and the bizarre, symbiotic relationship between doctor and patient; teacher and pupil; artist and muse.

A veteran soap opera star who is tired of being sidelined for younger talent, who also is finding it harder to memorize her script lines, decides not to renew her contract. She and her publicist/partner retire to a beach house. When a doctor’s visit reveals early onset Alzheimer’s, the couple’s relationship will be strained until they find the strength to redefine themselves and what they mean to one another.

A unique insight into the lives of women of color. 195 Lewis and Redmond Hand: Private Dick speak from the African-American perspective, while Cocoon gives us a peek at the Asian experience. 195 Lewis Director: Chanelle Aponte Pearson Runtime: 47 minutes USA, 2017 195 Lewis is a dramedy web series about a group of women navigating the realities of being black, queer, and poly in New York City. Based in Brooklyn, the series follows Yuri and Camille as they test the boundaries of their open relationship.

Preceded By: Redmond Hand: Private Dick Director: Todd Selby, USA, 12 mins

Director, Albert Alarr, may be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.

Thursday @ 7:00 p.m. Director: Jakob M. Erwa Runtime: 115 minutes Germany/Austria, 2016 In German with English subtitles

REGAL 17 Phil is a high school student who returns from summer camp to discover his mother and sister are no longer on speaking terms. Unwilling to confront his family, he hangs out with best friend Kat. Back at school, however, he is smitten by a new student with pin-up looks, Nicholas, who returns his feelings. When their dream relationship proves volatile and Phil realizes he has met Nicholas before, way back in his childhood, Phil realizes he needs to deal with unresolved issues in his family’s past in order to move forward.

Cocoon Director: Liying Mei, Taiwan, 25 mins. In Chinese with English subtitles Official Selection: International FF Rotterdam Wicked Queer: Boston

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Official Selection: Edinburgh Film Festival

Best Feature Film: Desperado (Phoenix) Official Selection: Mardi Gras (Sydney) Rose Filmdagen (Amsterdam)

Best Feature Film: Florence Queer Festival 2016

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APRIL 27

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

SOUTHEAST PREMIERE

Varichina: The True Story of the

Play The Devil

Fake Life of Lorenzo de Santis

Thursday @ 9:15 p.m.

Thursday @ 9:00 p.m.

Director: Maria Govan Runtime: 92 minutes Trinidad & Tobago/Bahamas, 2016

Directors: Mariangela Barbanente and Antonio Palumbo Runtime: 53 minutes Italy, 2017 In Italian with English subtitles

REGAL 18 Varichina was the first openly out homosexual man in Bari in the ‘70s. Ugly, flashy and campy, he was well known for making coarse advances to every man he saw. He was gay, had nothing to hide, and lived a life of celebration! Funny and heartwarming, Varichina: The True Story of the Fake Life of Lorenzo de Santis is a documentary/fiction hybrid looking at someone who was WAY OUT, long before it was socially acceptable.

REGAL 17 Gregory, a gifted working-class teenager, stars in a play that brings him to the attention of James, an affluent businessman. The two men strike an uncanny friendship as James takes Greg under his wing, pushing him to discover himself professionally, creatively, and intimately. Confused, Greg must at once deal with the return of his drug-addicted father and navigate through the early days of adulthood. As Carnival Monday approaches and the locals prepare for the annual male initiation parade, Greg must confront James -- an act which will culminate in life-changing events for him.

Preceded By: MYami Director: Dmitry Zhitov, 2017, USA, 24 mins. The Video Bar Director: Laura Lopez, 2017, Israel, 11 mins. MYami director, Dmitry Zhitov and The Video Bar director, Laura Lopez scheduled for a Q&A after the film. 62  |  www.mifofilm.com

Jury Award for Best Feature Film qFLIX Philadelphia 2016 Youth Jury Award for Best Film & Best Feature Film Trinidad + Tobago FF 2016 Best Female Feature Director Woodstock FF 2016

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APRIL 28

APRIL 28

APRIL 28

APRIL 28

SOUTHEAST PREMIERE

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

WORLD PREMIERE

SOUTHEAST PREMIERE

Sensitivity Training

B&B Friday @ 7:00 p.m.

Director: Melissa Finell Runtime: 87 minutes USA, 2016

Director: Joe Ahearne Runtime: 97 minutes UK, 2017

A Winter To Remember (El Color de un Invierno)

The Pass

Friday @ 6:45 p.m.

COMMUNITY PARTNER: THE HUB - MIAMI BEACH LGBT COMMUNITY \CENTER

REGAL 17

REGAL 18 Serena is a misanthropic microbiologist -- great with bacteria, but horrible with people. After crossing a line with a colleague, Serena is forced into sensitivity training with Caroline, the bubbly lesbian assigned to be her coach. Caroline and her sunny disposition represent everything Serena hates, but Caroline is determined to make Serena an acceptable human. While Serena does her best to get rid of Caroline, she may have finally met her match. Charming and over the top, Sensitivity Training is an off-kilter, witty portrayal of love and friendship forged under rather peculiar circumstances.

Official Selection: Twist (Seattle) Woodstock FF

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Handosme gay Londoners Marc and Fred plan a weekend of mischief, returning to bait the owner of a remote B&B who they successfully sued a year prior for not allowing them to share a bed. Events take a deadly turn when another guest, with far more sinister intentions, arrives. Marc and Fred’s weekend of fun turns into a suspenseful battle for survival in this smart, comedic dark thriller. B&B will keep you guessing ‘til the end. Director, Joe Ahearne, and Producer, Jayne Chard, will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.

Friday @ 9:00 p.m. Director: Cecilia Valenzuela Runtime: 64 minutes Argentina, 2017 In Spanish with English subtitles COMMUNITY PARTNER: FIU MPAS LGBT

REGAL 18 Young Lucia suffers from panic attacks and anxiety brought on by childhood tragedy. During a winter stay in Salta, she meets Olivia, a beautiful and mysterious woman who introduces her to new spaces, new people and a new point of view. Lucia will discover her sexuality and thus liberate herself from the traumas of her past. Her stay in Salta ends and Lucia must leave Olivia and go back to Cordoba, but she is no longer the same timid person as when she left. Now she is strong and empowered.

Preceded By: Victora Rosanna Maite Directors: Pamela Hurtado and Iñaki Velásquez, Chile, 2016, 26 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles

Friday @ 9:15 p.m. Director: Ben A. Williams Runtime: 88 minutes UK, 2016

REGAL 17 Nineteen-year-olds Jason (Russell Tovey) and Ade have been preparing themselves for a lifetime in professional football for as long as they can remember. On the evening before their first big match, the two of them play out their insecurities in a Romanian hotel room; mock-fighting, preparing their kit, slinging insults, and then one of them kisses the other. The ramifications of this ‘pass’ reverberate throughout their careers. In a profession where image is everything, fame and fortune comes closely tied with secrets and lies.

Official Selection: BFI Flare (London) Twist (Seattle) NewFest (New York)

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APRIL 29

APRIL 29

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

SOUTHEAST PREMIERE

Carlos Jauregui: The Unforgettable Fag

Denial

Hate Crime

A Date For Mad Mary

Saturday @ 3:00 p.m.

Saturday @ 4:45 p.m.

Saturday @ 5:15 p.m.

Directors: Stephen Kellam and Richard D. Endacott Runtime: 100 minutes USA, 2015

Director: Steven Esteb Runtime: 85 minutes USA, 2016

Director: Darren Thorton Runtime: 82 minutes Ireland, 2016

REGAL 17

REGAL 18

As a young man waits to be executed for a hate crime, two sets of parents struggle to deal with the consequences. As the clock ticks toward midnight and the execution, these two families are on a collision course to confront how this happened and who is to blame. Stark and foreboding, this story unfolds between the lines. It tells you nothing, but leads you to understand everything. It compels you to dig deep into the lives of these characters and challenges you not to care. It is an emotional journey, with unforgettable performances, unveiled through jarring revelations.

‘Mad’ Mary McArdle returns home after a short spell in prison to find everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is getting married and Mary is maid of honor. When Carlene refuses Mary a “plus one” because she thinks Mary couldn’t find a date... Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. But her attempts at dating are a disaster and she feels more alone… until she meets Jess and everything changes. A Date For Mad Mary is a nuanced drama with moments of wry laugh-out-loud comedy and endearing characters.

Saturday @ 2:30 p.m. Director: Lucas Santa Ana Runtime: 81 minutes Argentina, 2016 In Spanish with English subtitles

REGAL 17 Carlos Jauregui was many things: gay rights activist, friend, lover, fighter, icon, and an inspiration to the masses. He fought for the visibility of gays, lesbians and transgender, and his conviction and courage transformed the lives of the Argentine LGBT community and the laws within the country. He led the first Pride March in Argentina, unifying the LGBT movement. He laid the foundations of dialogue leading the way to anti-discrimination laws. Not only did he fight for LGBT rights, he also fought his own internal battle with AIDS.

REGAL 18 Every day, our changing climate pushes us closer to an environmental catastrophe, but for most the problem is easy to ignore. David Hallquist, a Vermont utility executive, has made it his mission to take on one of the largest contributors of this global crisis -- our electric grid. But, when his son Derek tries to tell his father’s story, the film is soon derailed by a staggering family secret, one that forces Derek and David to turn their attention toward a much more personal struggle, one that can no longer be ignored.

APRIL 29

APRIL 29 SOUTHEAST PREMIERE

Filmmakers and Talent expected to be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.

Preceded By: Bayard & Me Director: Matt Wolfe, USA, 2017, 16 mins.

Official Selection: Muestra de Cine Queer Festival Cordillera Ciclo de Cine LGBT

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Official Selection: Big Sky Documentary FF MountainTop Film Festival

Director’s Choice Award & Best Ensemble Cast Northeast Film Festival

Best Irish Feature Film & Newcomer Award Galway Film Fleadh

Programmers Choice Award MiFo Fort Lauderdale 2016

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CLOSING NIGHT FILM

APRIL 29 EAST COAST PREMIERE The Constitution (Ustav Republike Hrvatske) Saturday @ 7:30 p.m. Director: Rajko Grlić Runtime: 90 minutes Croatia/Czech Republic/Slovenia/United Kingdom, 2016 In Croatian with English subtitles COMMUNITY PARTNER: LATINOS SALUD REGAL 17 Four very different people live in the same building, but avoid each other because of the differences in how they live, what they believe in, and where they come from. They would probably never exchange a word, but misfortune pushes them towards each other. Their lives entangle in ways that profoundly challenge deeply held beliefs and prejudices surrounding material status, sexual orientation, nationality and religion. Slowly and painfully, they begin to open up to each other and recognize the essential humanity each of them possesses. This film is poignant and comedic in equal measures. Grand Prix of Americas - Montreal World Film Festival Best Slovenian Co-Production; Best Costume Design - Slovenian FF Golden Hazelnut for Best Actress (Kesnija Marinković) - Leskovac IFF Golden Hazelnut for Best Actor (Nebojša Glogovac) - Leskovac IFF 70  |  www.mifofilm.com

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APRIL 30 SOUTHEAST PREMIERE

No Dress Code Required (Etiqueta NO Rigurosa) Sunday @ 2:30 p.m. Directors: Cristina Herrera Bórquez Runtime: 91 minutes Mexico, 2016 In Spanish with English subtitles COMMUNITY PARTNER: OUT MIAMI FOUNDATION

REGAL 17 Victor and Fernando are beauty professionals in Baja California, Mexico who beautify many Mexicali socialites. For many of their customers, they were a lovely couple, until they decided to marry and become the first gay couple in the state to fight for their rights despite homophobia and inequality. Proving again that love trumps hate, No Dress Code Required is a rallying cry for equality, a testament to the power of ordinary people to become agents of change, and above all, an unforgettable love story that touches the heart and stirs the conscience.

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Tamara Sunday @ 3:00 p.m. Director: Elia K. Schneider Runtime: 110 minutes Venezuela/Uruguay/Peru, 2016 In Spanish with English subtitles

REGAL 18 Tamara tells the remarkable, true story of Tamara Adrián, Venezuela’s first transgender politician. In a country with highly defined gender types, Tamara lived as Tomás Adrián, the son of a conservative family who became a successful lawyer and academic with a wife and family, despite harboring strong feelings of identifying as female from a young age. He is determined to follow his heart, even though it will turn his whole world upside down and put his life at risk as he struggles to become the woman he truly is.

Nueva Award Santa Barbara Film Festival

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NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Deep Water: The Real Story Sunday @ 4:45 p.m. Director: Amanda Blue Runtime: 87 minutes Australia, 2016

REGAL 17 Up to 80 murders, 30 unsolved cases, thousands of assaults. In the 1980s and 1990s a murderous epidemic grips Sydney. The attackers are united by contempt. Their targets united by the fact they are gay. Deep Water: The Real Story presents the full account of the gay hate crimes that bloodied Sydney’s coastline. It stirs up old cases in the hope that new evidence will rise to the surface and maybe, after all these years, there will be peace for the dead and justice for their loved ones.

Women Who Kill Sunday @ 5:15 p.m. Director: Ingrid Jungermann Runtime: 91 minutes USA, 2016

REGAL 18 Morgan and ex-girlfriend Jean host the podcast “Women Who Kill,” which they record from their shared apartment in hip Park Slope, Brooklyn. One day at the food co-op, Morgan meets a special someone, Simone, who is undoubtedly an attractive enigma waiting to be solved. Surrounded by a joyful yet slightly paranoid gang of friends, questioning her newfound love, Morgan embarks on a personal journey and finds herself fantasizing about opening boxes that were meant to stay closed. Women Who Kill is tinged with awkward real-life relationship experiences leading to irresistible deadpan humor.

APRIL 30

APRIL 30

WORLD PREMIERE

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Like Foam (Como La Espuma)

Ned’s Project

Sunday @ 7:00 p.m. Director: Roberto Perez Toledo Runtime: 93 minutes Spain, 2017 In Spanish with English subtitles

Sunday @ 7:30 p.m. Director: Lemuel Lorca Runtime: 90 minutes Philippines, 2016 In Filipino and Tagalog with English subtitles

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An emotional journey of lost human beings trying to find themselves takes place in what could be considered a fairly strange place: an orgy in a Spanish mansion. A message circulates from mobile phone to mobile phone and it is started! All at once, a diverse range of strangers get together, searching for sex, and in doing so they expose their funny, sexy and profound sides. Like Foam shows that things are not always what they seem and never has an orgy been so funny and full of love.

Ned is a tattoo artist whose days are filled with either playing basketball, tattooing clients or visiting Max, her much older, bedridden lesbian friend. She has everything in control until her world starts to crumble: she’s dumped by her long-time girlfriend and Max suddenly dies. Not wanting to grow old alone like her friends, Ned finally pursues her dream to have a baby -- in any way possible. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be easy. What follows is a series of comic and desperate attempts to find and achieve her purpose.

Best Screenplay Tribeca Film Festival Best Screenwriting Outfest (Los Angeles) Best Feature Film: Oslo International Frameline Film Festival MiFo Fort Lauderdale 2016 74  |  www.mifofilm.com

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