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TABLE OF CONTENTS: 8. FEATURE: PRIDE FORT LAUDERDALE
The oldest Pride organization in Florida, Pride Fort Lauderdale, will celebrate its 42nd anniversary in "Carnaval" style February 21-24, 2019, with a four-day schedule of events.
12. OUT & ABOUT: FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
You can travel back to a magical time at the 27th annual Florida Renaissance Festival, returning to Deerfield Beach's Quiet Waters Park February 9-24.
14. CENTERFOLD MODEL: TIM DITTES
Enjoy the sexy centerfold photos of German model Tim Dittes by famed photographer David Vance.
16. COVER STORY: MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL 2019
Miami Dade College's 36th Miami Film Festival returns March 1-10, 2019, opening with the outstanding documentary This Changes Everything at the Olympia Theater in downtown Miami.
18. COVER STORY: MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHTS
We showcase 15 spotlight film selections to preview some of the many outstanding films from over 160 feature narratives, documentaries, and shorts to be shown at this year's Festival.
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PUBLISHER'S CORNER THE 36TH MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL WILL DELIGHT CINEMA LOVERS Excellent filmmaking and compelling cinema is timeless. It captures the human experience on the silver screen for all to see. The 36th annual Miami Film Festival will once again delight cinema lovers like myself March 1-10, 2019. This year's Festival opens with the outstanding documentary This Changes Everything at the Olympia Theater in downtown Miami. This film examines the historic and contemporary gender inequity in the American film and TV industries, and features leading Hollywood actresses such as Meryl Streep, Geena Davis, Sandra Oh, Rosario Dawson, Zoe Saldana, Jessica Chastain, Taraji P. Henson, Cate Blanchett, Amandla Stenberg, Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Jill Soloway and many more. The 2019 Miami Film Festival will feature more than 160 feature narratives, documentaries, and short films from over 40 countries, plus great parties and awards ceremonies. In this week's issue, we also showcase 15 spotlight film selections to preview some of the many outstanding films to be shown this year and help you learn more about the upcoming Festival. Wire Magazine is proud to be an annual sponsor of the Miami Film Festival.
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Pride Fort Lauderdale, the oldest Pride organization in Florida, will celebrate its 42nd anniversary in "Carnaval" style February 21-24, 2019, with a four-day schedule of events, including the first-ever parade along Fort Lauderdale Beach. This year's "Carnaval" theme celebrates both the diverse ethnic communities in Fort Lauderdale and the timing of Pride during the Mardi Gras/Carnaval season, and will also be incorporated into many official and sanctioned events. Wire Magazine – an annual Pride sponsor – sat down with Pride Fort Lauderdale president Miik Martorell to preview this year's Festival and learn more about the events and the Pride parade – the very first parade of any kind ever held on Fort Lauderdale Beach. This week's cover and centerfold model is Tim Dittes, who was recently photographed by David Vance. Tim was born in Mühlheim an der Donau, Germany, and now lives in Toronto, Canada. He loves travel and nature, calls sports his life and considers himself a philanthropist. Tim stays in great shape by living an active lifestyle, walking everywhere he can, training every day and eating healthy food. Enjoy his sexy photos! In Out & About, we preview this year's 27th annual Florida Renaissance Festival, returning to Deerfield Beach's Quiet Waters Park February 9 through March 24. This year, the Renaissance Festival will play host to knights, wizards, Vikings and more during seven themed weekends each with acts and performances. You can listen to the interview of Festival founder and producer Bobby Rodriguez by visiting wiremag.com, plus watch a video about the upcoming Festival.
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he oldest Pride organization in Florida, Pride Fort Lauderdale will celebrate its 42nd anniversary in "Carnaval" style February 21-24, 2019, with a four-day schedule of events, including the first-ever parade along Fort Lauderdale Beach. The theme, "Carnaval," celebrates both the diverse ethnic communities in Fort Lauderdale and the timing of Pride during the Mardi Gras/Carnaval season, and will also be incorporated into many official and sanctioned events. "More than 120,000 visitors from the U.S. and beyond are expected for the Festival, one of the first in the nation each year," said Richard Gray, vice president for diversity and inclusion with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information, including a full lineup of events, visit pridefortlauderdale.org.
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CELEBRATES IN "CARNAVAL" STYLE
Going back a couple of decades, the first festivals were actually protests and, according to Pride Fort Lauderdale president Miik Martorell, "As the LGBTQ+ community prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Pride Fort Lauderdale is reminded of the progress we have made. Greater Fort Lauderdale is now one of the most diverse and welcoming communities in the nation and our 2019 'Carnaval' festival is a tribute to our city, county, and all residents."
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Wire Magazine sat down with Pride Fort Lauderdale president Miik Martorell to learn more about the 2019 Pride Fort Lauderdale festival. Michael Bustamante: How does it feel to be leading the 42nd annual Pride Fort Lauderdale? Miik Martorell: Pride Fort Lauderdale is the oldest Pride in the state of Florida and I'm really proud to be continuing a long tradition. Many people don't realize that Pride South Florida – and now Pride Fort Lauderdale – arose out of protests in 1977. Miami-Dade County passed a landmark gay rights ordinance that was overturned by a referendum spearheaded by evangelical activist and entertainer Anita Bryant.
MB: Tell our readers about the entertainment lineup. MM: Where do I start? On Thursday, we're featuring RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars Naomi Smalls and Carson Kressley at the Pride Runway Fashion Show at the Hard Rock, along with Alan T and some surprises. On Saturday, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival drag brunch will bring national ra10 WIREMAG.COM #04 2019
dio host Elvis Duran to Fort Lauderdale. On Sunday, at the festival, we'll have Todrick Hall, Ada Vox from American Idol and DJs Sushiman and Kidd Madonna on the main stage. MB: Tell us about the free shuttle service being offered this year. MM: We know traffic is going to be heavy and parking pretty much nonexistent. We're again offering free shuttles from Hagen Park in Wilton Manors on Saturday for the parade and Sunday for the festival. Wilton Manors has waived parking fees after 6 p.m. Free parking is also available at the Galleria Mall and we're encouraging everyone to take express Water Taxi service to the beach. Water Taxi is offering a special $10 rate for everyone riding to Pride. Yellow Cab will even take you doorto-door from your home to the festival entrance. MB: What makes Pride Fort Lauderdale different from all other Pride celebrations? MM: We're not the only Pride festival on a beach, but we think we have a fantastic location. Where else can you enjoy a parade or dance the afternoon away while enjoying the views of the ocean as far as the eye can see. MB: What do you hope participants take away from their Pride experience this year? MM: Our theme is "Carnaval," reflecting the culture and influence of the Caribbean and Latin America in South Florida. We hope all can appreciate and enjoy the diversity within our community and come together, especially as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Visit wiremag.com to read the extended version of this article.
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MB: What's the 'headline' for Pride Fort Lauderdale this year? MM: We're having a parade! Not only are we holding our first Pride parade in recent years, it's also the very first parade of any kind ever held on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Believe it or not, it's taken a year of planning and collaboration with the city to make the parade happen at all. We're especially proud to have two heroes leading that parade in a year when we mark the 50th anniversary of Stonewall: Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, an eyewitness to the police raid at the Stonewall Inn that sparked riots and led to the birth of the modern gay rights movement, and Mayor Dean Trantalis, who last year made history as our city's first openly gay mayor.
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MB: What does Pride mean to you? MM: Over the past three years, I've attended and volunteered at more than 50 Pride festivals around the world. It's so exciting to see each and every community gather and celebrate in their own unique ways. We've taken the best ideas from those Pride festivals and brought them back in an effort to make Pride Fort Lauderdale an unforgettable weekend for the LGBTQ community, an occasion where everyone can feel safe and welcomed, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
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FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL RETURNS ravel back to a magical time at the 27th annual Florida Renaissance Festival, returning to Deerfield Beach's Quiet Waters Park from February 9 through March 24. This year, the Festival will play host to knights, wizards, Vikings and more during seven themed weekends each with acts and performances. With over 100,000 annual attendees, and more than two million people having participated, the Festival has grown to be one of the nation's most beloved festivals – taking guests on a journey through 16th-century Europe.
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According to Bobby Rodriguez, founder, and producer of the Festival, "We at the Florida Renaissance Festival owe our success to our loyal patrons, who have eagerly supported our mission to spread knowledge and joy using the enriched history and culture of the Renaissance. Our festival provides people of all ages the chance to escape into an alternate universe with invigorating activities and our growing assortment of themed weekends." For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ren-fest.com.
The Florida Renaissance Festival 2019 themed weekends include: • Game of Thrones, February 9-11 • Time Travelers'/Steampunk Weekend, February 16-18 • Vikings and Barbarians, February 23-24 • Bodacious Bodices & Wenches, March 2-3 • Swashbucklers and Sirens, March 9-10 • Kilts & Colleens, March 16-17 • Magic, Witches and Wizards, March 23-24 To preview this year's Florida Renaissance Festival, Wire Magazine interviewed Bobby Rodriguez, who created the Festival back in 1992. Visit wiremag.com to read our article that includes the audio of the interview and a video about the Festival. 12 WIREMAG.COM #04 2019
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iami Dade College's 36th Miami Film Festival returns March 1-10, 2019, and opens up with the outstanding documentary This Changes Everything at the Olympia Theater in downtown Miami. The film examines the historic and contemporary gender inequity in the American film and TV industries, and features leading Hollywood actresses such as Meryl Streep, Geena Davis, Sandra Oh, Rosario Dawson, Zoe Saldana, Jessica Chastain, Taraji P. Henson, Cate Blanchett, Amandla Stenberg, Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Jill Soloway and many more. "I look forward to another dynamic and impactful Miami Film Festival covering such timely topics. We are so pleased and honored to deliver to Greater Miami this high-caliber event that elevates the standing of our community on the global stage. Film is such a thought-provoking and educational medium," said MDC's President, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrรณn; adding, "I commend Jaie and his team for such a powerful lineup." Miami Film Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university. It showcases Ibero-American cinema in the U.S. and helps launch international and documentary films. The Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 world, international, North American, U.S. and East Coast premieres in just the past five years. This year, Miami Film Festival will feature more than 160 feature narratives, documentaries, and short films from over 40 countries. Patricia Clarkson, a Golden Globe-winning actress, will receive the Precious Gem Award on Monday, March 4th at the Tower Theater Miami. The Award will be presented by a tribute sponsored by Estrella Damm. The Festival will come to a close with the Awards Night Gala at Olympia Theater with the North American premiere of Gigantes by Spanish director Enrique Urbizu. Visit miamifilmfestival.com for more information, to view the full lineup of films and purchase tickets to this year's Festival films and parties. In this week's issue, we also showcase 15 spotlight film selections to preview some of the many outstanding films to be shown at this year's Festival. 16 WIREMAG.COM #04 2019
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BUY ME A GUN
Colombia, Canada, France, China, Italy, U.S., Monaco, 2018 Director: Don Millar
Colombia, Mexico, 2018 Director: Julio Hernández Cordón Cast: Matilde Hernández Guinea, Rogelio Sosa, Sostenes Rojas, Wallace Pereyda, Ángel Leonel Corral, Ángel Rafael Yanez, Mariano Sosa, Jhoan Martínez
Spain, 2018 Director: Enrique Urbizu Cast: José Coronado, Isak Férriz, Daniel Grao, Carlos Librado
Festival Summary: His style is instantly recognizable, his art greatly sought after, and his vision admired all over the world: Colombian legend Fernando Botero is, without a doubt, one of the greatest living artists today. An intensely avid learner and private person, he has never made much mention of his start in provincial Medellín and how he educated himself traveling through Europe – a past that allowed him to pave his way to eventually become El Maestro. In Botero, director Don Millar offers a poetic chronicle of the painter's life and art. Shot in 10 different cities all over the world, the film digs deep into Botero's roots to follow his ascent to the pinnacle of the art world, where he has secured himself a permanent position.
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Festival Summary: A retelling of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that plays both with gender and the notion of adventure tales, Buy Me a Gun is set in the near-future of Mexico where women are disappearing and children are being abducted with frightening impunity. A young girl named Huck wears a mask to hide her gender as she helps her dad, a tormented addict, take care of an abandoned baseball camp in service to a gang of narcos who use it for recreational purposes. With the help of her friends, a group of lost boys who have the power of camouflaging themselves in the windy desert, Huck has to fight to overcome her reality and to defeat the local capo. All given a hallucinatory texture by director Julio Hernández Cordón's famously stunning visual inventiveness, Buy Me a Gun creates a dark world where fear rules and violence is routine.
Festival Summary: Miami Film Festival is proud to present the first two episodes of one of the biggest hits of 2018's TV fall lineup in Spain. With a total of six episodes, Gigantes is a restless, bold, fast-paced tale of brotherhood and rivalry, where alliances are broken as quickly as they are made, and blood loss and violence reign supreme. In this world, the three brothers will have to learn to stand united against their rivals and the police, or they will risk losing the empire their ruthless father built, the only thing they have ever called home.
GOLDEN YOUTH Belgium, France, 2019 Director: Eva Ionesco Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Galatéa Bellugi, Melvil Poupaud, Lukas Lonesco, Alain-Fabien Delon, Nassim Gguizani Chile, Costa Rica, 2018 Director: Neto Villalobos Festival Summary: Cast: Arturo Pardo, Daniela Mora, Harvey Monestel, Charly Rose (Bellugi), 16, was abandoned by her parents when she was a Mora, Gabriel Rojas, William Quiros, Janko Navarro child, but thankfully she has her fiancé Michel (Lonesco) by her side, who loves her as much as she loves him. Through their rose-tinted Festival Summary: glasses, they see the Paris they move to as the most magical, exciting Motorcycle messenger Mancha lives the good life, enjoying city on Earth: it's the height of the Palace years, and they find them- the camaraderie of his workmates as they carouse around the selves living alongside eccentrics, artists, and intellectuals. Rose and streets of San José, Costa Rica, and hookups with his girlfriend, Michel can't help but being swept up into the exuberance of their Clara. That is, until a sudden and massive layoff at the motorcynew friends' lifestyles, full of extravagant parties and eternal nights. cle company ends the party, and Clara announces she is movIt's at one of said parties that they meet Lucille and Hubert, a cou- ing to Isla Caballo, where motorbikes are not permitted. Faced ple of bourgeois bohemians who take a liking to the young couple. with the reality of losing his job and his love, Mancha will have Soon, an unusual relationship will develop between the four of them, to reach deep within to lead his motley group of misfits, dodging blurring the lines between friendship, love, and sex more than they usual and unusual obstacles, to find a way to triumph without could have ever imagined. even holding any cards.
KNIFE+HEART France, Mexico, Switzerland, 2018 Director: Yann Gonzalez Cast: Vanessa Paradis, Kate Moran, Nicolas Maury, Jonathan Genet, Romane Bohringer, Elina Löwensohn, Jacques Nolot Festival Summary: It's the summer of 1979 and in the streets of Paris, France, a serial killer is on the loose. But Anne – played by radiant French pop superstar Vanessa Paradis – isn't aware of this yet. Instead, she is sulking over her breakup with Loïs, her lover and the editor of the third-rate gay porn Anne produces. In an attempt to win her back, she decides to shoot her most ambitious film yet, with the full support of her flamboyant best friend Archibald. But Anne gets more than she bargained for when one of her actors is brutally murdered and she gets caught up in a bizarre investigation. Making her way through dimly lit streets, busy sets, and sweaty clubs to do the job of the ineffectual investigators, Anne is accompanied by a killer retro score composed by French electronic band M83, only one of the many aesthetic details director Yann Gonzalez carefully chose for his vibrant ode to '70s horror cult classics. #04 2019 WIREMAG.COM 19
NOTTI MAGICHE Italy, 2018 Director: Paolo Virzì Cast: Mauro Lamantia, Giovanni Toscano, Irene Vetere, Giancarlo Giannini, Ornella Muti Festival Summary: Three young aspiring screenwriters – working-class Luciano, scholarly Antonino and bourgeois Eugenia – are summoned to Rome as finalists in a national competition sponsored by the Italian film industry's old guard. The boozy evening carries on and on, with the actual award seeming like an afterthought to the assembled aging eccentrics hanging on to the dying lights of the Golden Age of the Italian film industry. But when one of the venerable old movie producers turns up murdered at the end of the evening, the police turn to the young upstart screenwriters as their prime suspects. As they are questioned over the course of the night, each writer elaborates on their own fantastical version of what happened on that fateful night.
SHADOW China, 2018 Director: Don Millar Cast: Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai, Wang Qianyuan, Wang Jingchun, Hu Jun, Guan Xiaotong, Leo Wu Festival Summary: In Pei, a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king (Zheng Kai), everyone has their own scheme. Most of all the military commander (Deng Chao), who is a brave and accomplished warrior on the battlefield, but has to face peril inside the palace walls too. He has a secret weapon, however: his "shadow," a look-alike who can deceive both Pei's enemies and the King himself. As he prepares to triumph over a rival kingdom for control of the city of Jing, the commander hatches an intricate plan unlike any seen before, leading up to a combat of indescribable consequences.
THE ACCUSED Argentina, Mexico, 2018 Director: Gonzalo Tobal Cast: Lali Espósito, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Daniel Fanego, Gael García Bernal Festival Summary: Dolores Dreier (Lali Espósito) is a typical fun-loving high school student – but when her best friend is brutally murdered and Dolores is accused of the crime, her carefree and privileged existence comes to a hard stop. As Dolores awaits trial, the sensationalistic, tabloid-type media coverage (with global star Gael García Bernal playing a TV talk show host with a particular interest in the case) seems to result in a predetermined judgment by the court of public opinion. 20 WIREMAG.COM #04 2019
THE BEST SUMMER OF MY LIFE Spain, 2018 Director: Dani de la Orden Cast: Leo Harlem, Toni Acosta, Maggie Civantos, Jordi Sánchez Festival Summary: Curro is a kitchen robot salesman who dreams of making it big in the financial world. After a marital crisis, and despite being burdened by debt, he makes a promise he cannot possibly keep: if his 9-year-old son, Nico, gets straight A's in school, then Curro says he will take Nico on an unforgettable summer holiday. When Nico fulfills his part of the deal, father and son set out on a journey that will change their lives. The Best Summer of My Life is an enchanting comedy about our flights of fancy in showering our loved ones with untold joys. Curro's greatest gift to Nico is to dream with abandon and yet not forget who he is, bringing a message of resilience and love.
THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF CELESTE GARCÍA Cuba, Germany, 2018 Director: Arturo Infante Cast: Maria Isabel Díaz, Omar Franco, Néstor Jiménez, Yerlin Pérez Festival Summary: Celeste is a widow living a tranquil, unadventurous existence in Havana, fulfilling her daily shifts as a tour guide at the local planetarium. One day when several "Cubans" mysteriously vanish into thin air, the government announces that aliens have been living in Cuban society disguised as humans, and that these foreign guests are now returning the favor by inviting humans to visit their far-away world. It all makes perfect sense to Celeste – she had always thought that her "Russian" neighbor Pauline was eccentric, but now learns she was truly from another planet! Celeste discovers that Pauline has left her a personal invitation to join her and joins the government preparation program to journey to the far unknown.
THE HARVESTERS France, Greece, Switzerland, South Africa, Poland, 2019 Director: Etienne Kallos Cast: Brent Vermeulen, Alex van Dyk, Juliana Venter, Morne Visser Festival Summary: With a powerful new voice, a first-time Greek-African filmmaker explores sexuality, religion and masculinity in the deep South African countryside. Two teenage boys start a dangerous fight for power, heritage and parental love that will change both of their lives forever. Religion and field work are the guiding principles of their conservative farming community, where strength and masculinity are valued above all else. In this repressive environment, Janno keeps his feelings to himself. One day his mother brings home Pieter, a hardened street orphan she wants to save, and asks Janno to treat this stranger as his new brother. But Pieter does not want to be saved… #04 2019 WIREMAG.COM 21
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING U.S., 2018 Director: Tom Donahue Cast: Geena Davis, Meryl Streep, Rashida Jones, Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Oh, Jessica Chastain, Tiffany Haddish Festival Summary: This Changes Everything seeks to explore the causes and consequences of ingrained discrimination that women in Hollywood have continued to face. Tracing back a decade of Hollywood history to get to the root of the persisting gender disparity in the industry, this powerful documentary features interviews with engaged members working for meaningful change, among them Geena Davis, Meryl Streep, Sandra Oh, Rosario Dawson, Taraji P. Henson, Cate Blanchett and young, up-and-coming talent such as Chloë Grace Moretz and Yara Shahidi.
THIS IS NOT BERLIN Mexico, 2019 Director: Hari Sama Cast: Xabiani Ponce de León, José Antonio Toledano, Ximena Romo, Mauro Sánchez Navarro, Klaudia García, Marina de Tavira, Hari Sama, Juan Carlos Remoina, Lumi Cavazos, Américo Hollander, Fernando Álvarez Rebeil Festival Summary: 17-year-old Carlos doesn't seem to fit in anywhere: not with his friends, who won't stop talking about the upcoming 1986 World Cup, and not at home, where no-one understands his biggest passion, his record collection. He spends his days listening to his favorite music and daydreaming about Rita, his best friend's older sister, fully settled into the monotony of his day to day life. But then, Rita invites him and Gera along to a place Carlos had only dreamed of before: the mythical nightclub Azteca, where neither rules nor limits seem to exist. As Carlos is roped further and further into the punk nightlife scene, he is confronted with drugs, sexual fluidity, and consequences he never saw coming.
TREMORS France, Guatemala, 2019 Director: Jayro Bustamante Cast: Juan Pablo Olyslager, Diana Bathen Evans, María Telón Festival Summary: In Guatemala City, the very ground the city is built on is fragile and unreliable for its people. It shakes and destroys at will, often with catastrophic results. Under these circumstances, Guatemalans hold strongly onto their faith, the only stable thing they have ever known. Pablo is no different, a good Catholic man who has visited church all his life and is faithful to his wife Isa and their two beautiful children. But when he meets Francisco, immediately falls for him, a sin in the eyes of his church and his family. As Pablo battles his own internalized homophobia, he has to deal with his surroundings' disgust at this discovery, too: he loses his job, the right to see his children, the support of his community. Encouraged by Isa and their Pastor, he starts attending conversion therapy, and soon enough, everything seems to be going back to normal – that is, until the ground starts trembling again. 22 WIREMAG.COM #04 2019
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