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MEN'S SHORTS:

MAN, OH MAN FAW

Director: Dany Campos, Spain, 22 mins.

IN THE PAINT

Director: Ashton Pina, U.S., 7 mins.

SOMETHING LIKE SUMMER

THE PASS

(U.S., 2017) Director: David Berry Cast: Grant Davis, Davi Santos, Ben Baur

(UK, 2016) Director: Ben A. Williams Cast: Russell Tovey, ArinzĂŠ Kene, Lisa McGrillis

Benjamin is the only guy at his high school with the courage to come out of the closet. Putting up with the bullies and his classmates' whispered condemnations keeps him from pursuing his dream of being a singer. Instead, Ben spends his summer vacation stalking Tim, the handsome athlete who just moved to town. Something Like Summer follows the course of true love over the span of a dozen years, from awkward adolescence through challenging adulthood, featuring seven original musical numbers and the artwork of a talented young artist.

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.

THE LAVENDER SCARE (U.S., 2017) Director: Josh Howard

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.

VARICHINA: THE TRUE STORY OF THE FAKE LIFE OF LORENZO DE SANTIS

(Italy, 2017) Director: Mariangela Barbanente and Antonio Palumbo Cast: Totò Onnis, Federica Torchetti, Ketty Volpe 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.

JOHNNY IS GAY

Director: Pablo Tobon-Gallo, Spain, 11 mins.

LIGHTRIPPING

Director: Marcio Miranda Perez, Brazil, 22 mins.

MARZ

Directors: Bobby Yan, U.A., 11 mins.

MY SUGAR DADDY

Director: Dawid Ullgren, Sweden, 13 mins.

ONE DAY TO THE NEXT

Directors: Julio Montesino & Alexis Bosch, U.S., 16 mins.

THE NIGHT CLEANER

Director: Blair Fukumura, Canada, 6 mins.

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Wire Magazine 16.2017 MiFo LGBT Film Festival  

In this week's Wire Magazine cover story we bring you a comprehensive overview of the MiFo LGBT Film Festival Miami edition. We sat down for...

Wire Magazine 16.2017 MiFo LGBT Film Festival  

In this week's Wire Magazine cover story we bring you a comprehensive overview of the MiFo LGBT Film Festival Miami edition. We sat down for...