TIGLFF 2023

33rd ANNUAL TAMPA BAY INTERNATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Waking Up Dead

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Gorgeous, hard partying Danny Maldonado was once about to conquer Hollywood. But at 35, his acting career has flatlined, his boyfriend has dumped him, and his long estranged drug-addict mother is dying.

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The Sixth Reel

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

When the death of a close friend unearths the long-thought-lost final reel of a classic film, Jimmy (drag legend Charles Busch) and his cohorts each concoct underhanded schemes involving false romances, drag personas and maybe even vampires to cash in on a big sale of the film.

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Narrative Shorts Program

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

All The Awards I Never Gave You Caio Scot, 2021, Brazil, 17 min In the bathroom at an awards ceremony, an unexpected encounter between two young actors brings up unresolved feelings and a love story that may not have come to an end yet. Aura Guy Hodgkinson, 2022, United Kingdom, 10 min When given an…

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Lonesome

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Fleeing a mysterious drama in his hometown, a country boy nearly loses himself in the easy sex and pervasive loneliness of the big city in this erotic and dark-hued drama from Craig Boreham.

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All Man: The International Male Story

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

A nostalgic and colorful peek behind the pages and personalities of International Male, one of the most ubiquitous and sought-after mail-order catalogs of the 80s and 90s.

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Thanks to Her

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Thanks to Her is a film that focuses on the self, sexuality, and how that plays out in one's community.

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Mama Bears

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Mama Bears is an intimate exploration of two mama bears, conservative, Christian mothers who have become fierce advocates for LGBTQ+ people and a young lesbian whose struggle for self-acceptance exemplifies why the mama bears are so important.

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Inheritance

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

After the murder of their parents, Nick and Steve Wellington are left to share their inheritance. However, when the masked Figure shows back up to finish what was started, The Wellington boys will learn the hard way…that blood runs thicker than water.

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Kiss Me Kosher

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

When two generations of Israeli women fall for a German and a Palestinian, chaos follows in this romantic misadventure crossing all borders.

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Firebird

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Based on the late Sergey Fetisov’s memoir “The Story of Roman,” this romantic drama tells the story of star-crossed lovers who have the supreme misfortune of falling into a relationship during the height of the Cold War in the Soviet Union, where someone is always looking over your shoulder and sexual relations between two men is punished with five years’ hard labor.

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Between Them (Toutes les deux)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

This tongue-in-cheek homage to spy thrillers and screwball comedies follows a lesbian private eye who is hired by a desperately jealous Russian professor to follow his wife who he is convinced is cheating on him. Having to travel to Montreal for the stakeout, she must sleep in her car since most hotels in Montreal were closed during lockdown.

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Nora Highland

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Based on out-actor Ryan Spahn's play of the same name and shot entirely on computers during the Covid-19 Pandemic, Nora Highland, follows the casting process of a notable gay character in an upcoming Broadway revival.

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Baloney

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

This provocative documentary tells the story of San Francisco's beloved Gay All-Male Revue of the same name. BALONEY's co-creators, Michael and Rory, invite their collaborators and audiences to embrace the sexualized aspects of striptease and burlesque alongside a blend of fantasy, confession, and social commentary.

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The Novice

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

This darkly thrilling sports drama about a queer college student climbing the ranks of her university’s rowing team is based on director Lauren Hadaway’s own experiences as a competitive collegiate rower.

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Jump, Darling

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Screen legend Cloris Leachman gives a masterful final starring performance in this bittersweet family drama as an old woman in rural Prince Edward County, Ontario whose mental and physical decline means she may soon be moved to a nursing home.

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Nimby

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Mervi and Kata, a lesbian couple living in Helsinki, are considering coming out of the closet but when they visit Mervi’s hometown and family, all hell breaks loose.

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Mascarpone

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Antonio is a 30-year-old family man, whose life finds an unexpected twist when he's suddenly dumped by his husband, whom he depends both psychologically and economically.

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Language Lessons – Opening Night Film

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Natalie Morales directs this charming feature film that she stars in alongside Mark Duplass, her co-writer, to tell a story that is extremely timely and and underscores the importance of human connection in this technologically isolating time.

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Gay Chorus Deep South – {Closing Night}

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus set out to bring their message of hope and resiliency in response to the 2016 presidential election by spending a week touring throughout the deep south.
The Chorus, joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, brought a message of music, love, and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting intolerance.

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Tickle In Your Shorts

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Lighten your mood with this quirky collection of eleven short films.

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And Then We Danced

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Merab has been dancing since he was ten. He aspires to make the National Ballet and he feels confident, until Irakli shows up. Irakli is strong, handsome, and confident in the way someone can be when they have always been better than everyone else.

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A Dog Barking At The Moon

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Xiaoyu returns to China with her American husband in tow to visit her parents, whose relationship is as dysfunctional as ever. Her father's homosexuality set off a domestic earthquake many years ago, with aftershocks extending to the present as the family still struggles to maintain their integrity.

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TIGLFF: Next Scene – FREE!

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

A new initiative to offer viewing and filmmaking experiences to our younger audience members who live their lives online and stream On Demand. We are offering opportunities for these young filmmakers, activists, and audience members.

End of the Century (Fin de siglo)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Time bends in this sexy film about the chance meetings of two scruffy, handsome men. Ocho meets Javi while vacationing in Barcelona. The electricity between them is immediate.

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You Don’t Nomi

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

When does a critically “bad” film become a cult film? Is “camp” manufactured or does it just happen?  Jeffrey McHale’s documentary asks these questions, but in the subtlest of ways. McHale digs deep in his detailed exploration of the nuances and the blatant exploitation of Showgirls, the 1995 worst everything in cinema. 

Knives and Skin

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Carolyn, Joanna, Laurel, and Charlotte are your average teenage girls in rural Ohio: they front afro punk bands, make out with fellow cheerleaders in the woods, and deal with unstable parents. But when Carolyn disappears one night, the town must come together to investigate this unimaginable trauma.

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An Almost Ordinary Summer (Croce e delizia)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

When two grandfathers from different backgrounds fall in love, telling their families is the last hurdle before their wedding. What better way to get it over with than to bring them all, unsuspecting, to neighboring beach houses, drop the bomb and watch the fireworks begin?

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Changing The Game

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

For young transgender athletes, the sport they love often turns into a minefield of controversy. Decried as cheaters if they excel or barred from competing among the gender they identify with; positive outcomes are rare. But when a sport is a lifeline, what is fair?

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Benjamin

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

In this charming romance, Benjamin is a young filmmaker in London, boyishly handsome, awkwardly brilliant, full of self-doubt. He must navigate the pretentious local arts scene to build his career, and his love life sucks. He bogs himself and others down in obscure philosophical banter.

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Circus of Books

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Karen and Barry Mason were just looking for a way to support their young family when they became distributors for Hustler Magazine. When they took over the renowned LA sex toy and video store Circus of Books, they became fully immersed in the gay community and became a safe place for queer people.

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Seahorse

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

This thoughtful documentary about a transgender man named Freddy who undertakes to start a family by becoming pregnant. Though Freddy yearns to raise his own child, pregnancy challenges his understanding of masculinity, gender, and parenthood more than he could have ever imagined.

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The Ground Beneath my Feet (Der Boden unter den Füßen)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Lola is a jet-setting overachiever in a cutthroat corporate environment. She keeps both her relationship with her boss, Elise, and the existence of an older sister, Conny, a secret.  But when she receives the news that Conny has attempted suicide, Lola's secrets threaten to explode into the open.

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Straight Up

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

A highly entertaining romantic comedy with a twist: a love story without the thrill of copulation. Hyper-articulate, obsessive compulsive gay twenty-something Todd (Sweeney) wants to try being straight. Not because he thinks being gay is bad. He just thinks he is bad at being gay.

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Vision Portraits

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Queer filmmaker Rodney Evans becomes the almost unwilling subject of his own film, as he chronicles his loss of vision. Evans talks with fellow artists - a photographer, a dancer, and a writer - who have gone through similar experiences and who have thrived despite their visual impairments.

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Paradise Hills

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

In this futuristic fairy tale, Uma (Emma Roberts) wakes up in a rose- and tulle-filled boarding school for wayward young women, whose families pay big bucks for their daughters to emerge perfect. With the love and support of the women in this beautiful prison, she must find a way to escape, or risk being erased.

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For They Know Not What They Do

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

From The Director of "For The Bible Tells Me So" This new documentary takes us on a journey of understanding and sheds light on religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation in America. At the core of the story are four families whose faith is their source of strength and, sometimes, a source of pain.

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Tongues Untied

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Thirty years ago, filmmaker Marlon Riggs detailed his own experiences as a gay man coming to terms with his sexual identity, the death of many of his friends to AIDS, and the particular stigma that Black gay men faced. Both deeply personal and a brilliant experimental critique of the politics of racism, homophobia, and exclusion of the time.

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Good Kisser

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Jenna agrees to a sexy weekend fling with girlfriend Kate (Rachel Paulson) and the worldly Mia. As the night unfolds, Jenna realizes she’s bitten off more than she can chew. Jenna is unsure of herself, and the entire situation for that matter, while Kate is more than ready to get to the main event.

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Adam

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

In the summer of 2006, Adam escapes another boring family vacation to stay with his cool older sister Casey in NYC. Adam's horizons rapidly expand as he follows Casey to lesbian bars and gay marriage rallies, but it isn't until he is mistaken for a trans guy that he really gets a crash course in LGBT vocabulary.

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Six Characters in Search of a Play – w/ Del Shores

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Del Shores is a consummate storyteller.  In this cinematic version of his staged performance, Del opens the secret vault of his memory and shares six characters whom we have not met, but whom those of us from the south certainly know.

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Billie and Emma

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Billie and Emma are sent to a Catholic high school for very different reasons. Set in the Philippines of the mid-1990’s, Billie is banished by her city parents to get her away from her girlfriend. Emma is brilliant, overachieving, popular, and on course for a bright future.

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A Bigger Splash

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

David Hockney, still fruitful at 81, is a great American artist. He also is gay. His paintings of nude men and sun-kissed landscapes, in southern California and elsewhere, are instantly recognizable as uniquely his own. In 1973, filmmaker Jack Hazan documented Hockney’s evolving relationship with a young man who was once his lover and remained his muse.

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Last Ferry

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

A young lawyer is looking for love on Fire Island. As he explores what little there is to do during the “off-season,” he is drugged, mugged, and witnesses a murder. When a handsome stranger comes to his aid, Joseph believes his luck is changing.

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The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Not since Priscilla, Queen of the Desert have queer men had so much fun on a bus. And that’s just part of this hilarious film about a flamboyant amateur water polo team on its way to the Gay Games. Add in a straight Olympic swimmer ordered to coach them as penance for a televised homophobic remark.

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Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Single mom Rachel is fresh, funny and ready to “get back out there” after several years of chaste devotion to her job and her family. She gets the surprise of her life when she attends a Māori film festival and lays eyes on filmmaker Nikki Si’ulepa.

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Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

In this powerful documentary, renowned filmmaker, Tom Shepherd follows the intense struggles of four LGBT+ refugees from Africa and the Middle East. Cheyenne and Mari (Angolan), Subhi (Syrian), and Junior (Congolese) have fled homophobic violence and are starting over in San Francisco.

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Trick

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Let’s revisit aspiring Broadway songwriter Gabriel and hot go-go dancer Mark on their quest through the streets of New York, looking for places to seal the deal. Trick made Miss Coco Peru a household name with her infamous bathroom warning… “It burns!”

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BIT

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

BIT is the lesbian vampire film everyone has been waiting for – campy, fresh, aggressive, provocative and sexy. On her first night in LA, Laurel, a transgender teenage girl on vacation falls in with four queer feminist vampires.

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Sell By – {Opening Night}

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

A charming ensemble comedy with a great cast and lots of fun! Adam and his insta-gay boyfriend Marklin have been together for five years. They love each other, but … their relationship is so bored and aimless, they consider marriage just because “it’s time.” The women in their lives are their best friends. They are caring and devoted and have their own love issues.

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Sorry, Angel (Plaire, Aimer et Courir Vite)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Christophe Honoré’s (Love Songs) skillfully crafted and thoroughly engaging new effort is a time capsule back 25 years to when AIDS was on the mind of every gay man and cruising in parks and theaters was in vogue .Novelist Jacques lives downstairs from friend Mathieu who sometimes cares for Jacques’ young son Loulou.

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Postcards From London

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

This highly stylized visual feast follows Jim (Harris Dickinson of Beach Rats fame) as he moves away from his family home in Essex to follow his artistic dreams in London. Upon arriving in Soho, Jim encounters a group of high-class male escorts, the Raconteurs, whose specialty is post-coital intelligent conversation.

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Mapplethorpe – NARRATIVE CENTERPIECE

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe are not Ricky and Lucy – as Patti so eloquently muses. Celebrated documentarian Ondi Timoner’s first scripted narrative film peeks into her version of one of the most controversial artists of our time.

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Paternal Rites – DOCUMENTARY CENTERPIECE

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Paternal Rites is an extraordinary first-person essay film that examines the secret underbelly of a contemporary Jewish American family as they grapple with the aftereffects of physical and sexual abuse on their present-day lives. It is also a groundbreaking film about the nature of trauma and memory itself.

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Mario

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Why should a talented young man choose between his lifetime dream and the first love of his life? Mario has been working and dreaming toward a career as a professional soccer player. He was well on his way when Leon walked into his life.

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Lez Bomb

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Thanksgiving is a blessed time of celebrating the ties that bind and the love of family, the perfect time to make memories and share precious moments, together. Thus, the perfect time to drop the “lez bomb.” If only Lauren’s family wasn’t completely nuts!

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Call Her Ganda

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

When 26-year old Filipina transgender woman and alleged sex worker, Jennifer Laude, is found dead with her head plunged into a motel room toilet, the perpetrator is quickly identified as 19-year-old U.S. marine Joseph Scott Pemberton. A military recruit in an unfamiliar land, Pemberton was on “liberty leave” when he solicited Jennifer at a disco.

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Good Manners (As boas maneiras)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

lara is poor, Black, and so desperate for work that she takes a demeaning job working for what appears to be (at least on the surface) an entitled, self-absorbed wealthy, pregnant white woman. Make no mistake – nothing in this story is what it appears to be.

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A Moment in the Reeds (Tämä Hetki Kaislikossa)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Leevi, a Finnish man living in Paris begrudgingly comes home to Finland to help his estranged father renovate a summer home. There, he meets Tareq, a Syrian immigrant hired by his father to help with the work. Their connection happens easily and quickly and, as luck would have it, the father leaves, giving the men time to spend time together.

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Studio 54

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell made magic happen when they opened Studio 54 in New York City in 1977. By 1978, Studio 54 was the most famous nightclub in the world. Matt Tyrnauer’s excellent and entertaining documentary explores the enchantment behind the madness that took Manhattan by storm.

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Freelancers Anonymous

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Billie is in a dead-end job that she hates, is engaged to Gayle whom she adores and is wound up tighter than a top. When she has a chemically induced epiphany, she quits her job and makes a dramatic exit, only to realize she has no job, a wedding to plan, and a fiancé who is going to be super pissed.

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Tucked

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

There are those of us who believe that people come into our lives at exactly the right time, just when we need that particular person, that particular light. Jackie and Faith find themselves together at the precise moment they both needed the other.

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Reinventing Marvin (Marvin ou la belle éducation)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Marvin Bijou is sensitive, creative boy living in, what he will later in life identify as, exile. He knows at a young age that he is gay and that he is completely alone when facing the sexual and physical abuse of bullies and the oppressive ignorance of his family.

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Making Montgomery Clift

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Montgomery Clift was one of the most influential actors in the history of cinema, bucking traditions on and off screen, but countless biographies have reduced him to labels like “tragically self-destructive” and “tormented.” Now, nephew Robert Clift and Hillary Demmon rigorously examine the flawed narratives that have come to define Monty’s legacy.

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Kill the Monsters

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Three hunky men in a polyamorous relationship - Frankie (the young one), Patrick (the practical one), and Sutton (the hot, impulsive one) - travel across the country to start a new life. One of the most unique films of the festival, the story is about the “democracy” of a triad and the men’s belief that, no matter what, this is the best and only way to have a successful relationship.

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Riot

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

In 1978, when the push to decriminalize homosexuality in Australia stalled, a group of activists decide they must make one final attempt to celebrate who they are. They get a police permit, spread the word.and on a freezing winter's night, cloak themselves in fancy dress, join hands, and parade down oxford street. But they have no idea what is to come and that the courage they find that night will finally mobilize the nation..

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Kiss Me (Embrasse-Moi!)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Kiss Me! is an ordinary rom-com with a typical rom-com story … except it is about lesbians. Brava! It is about time lesbians were featured in a feel-good romcom, and we can thank French comedian and director, Océane Rose Marie for the good time. The story centers around Océanerosemarie (yep, that’s her name), a chiropractor with a big heart and a very active sex life.

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Drama In Your Shorts

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Join us for a collection of seven short films that celebrate queer and trans people of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

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At The End of The Day

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

After losing his wife and counseling practice, the only thing Dave Hopper has going for him is a part-time professorship at his alma mater, a growing Christian college in Lakeland, Florida. The college’s plans for growth hit a snag when the property they plan to develop has been promised to a gay support group that intends to open a LGBTQ homeless youth shelter.

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Hard Paint (Tinta Bruta)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Socially awkward Pedro escapes his melancholy life in Brazil’s southern city of Porto Alegre by becoming his on-camera persona “Neon Boy.” He comes alive on camera, known for painting himself in vibrant neon colors and performing sex acts for his many paying viewers.

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Wild Nights With Emily

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Finally, Emily Dickinson as we always knew she must be - a passionate, funny, endearing woman in love with Susan Gilbert. Molly Shannon’s Emily throws her bloomers over her head and dives into the pleasures of stolen kisses and red-hot passion, despite the trappings of petticoats and the oppressive roles for women.

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CLOSE KNIT (Karera ga honki de amu toki wa)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

After being neglected by her mother, a little girl is taken in by her uncle and his transgender girlfriend, who create a loving home for her.

FAMILIES LIKE YOURS

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Follows six families as they attempt to balance work and school. From all across the nation and in all different stages of family life, these families represent a cross-section of the modern American family-- the only difference is that they are LGBT families.

4 DAYS IN FRANCE (Jours de France)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Pierre leaves the Parisian home that he shares with his lover Paul and leaves on a seemingly endless road-trip, guided only by Grindr hook-ups and bathroom stall phone numbers.

THE CONSTITUTION (Ustav Republike Hrvatske)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

The story follows four people who live in the same building, but avoid each other because of the differences in their assets, sexual habits, nationality and religion.

SOMETHING LIKE SUMMER

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Something Like Summer traces the tumultuous relationship of Ben and Tim, secret high school sweethearts who grow over the years into both adulthood enemies and complicated friends.

SEVENTEEN (Siebzehn)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Paula, an above-average intelligent student, is in love with her classmate Charlotte. At the same time she feels permanently provoked by dissolute Lilly to challenge her limits.

HEARTSTONE (Hjartasteinn)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

A remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend.

NOBODY’S WATCHING (Nadie nos mira)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

A film about the struggle of self-imposed exile; how the pleasures of anonymity and freedom contrast with the pain of loneliness and loss that shapes immigrant experience.

TOM OF FINLAND

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of artist Touko Valio Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland), one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture.

THE LAVENDER SCARE

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

At the height of the Cold War, President Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be security risks. A vicious witch hunt ensues, ruining thousands of American lives.

SENSITIVITY TRAINING

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Serena crosses a line with a colleague and is forced into sensitivity training with Caroline, a bubbly woman assigned to be her coach. While Serena does her best to get rid of Caroline, she may have finally met her match.

WHOSE STREETS

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at how the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement.

I DREAM IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE (Sueño en otra idioma)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

A linguist arrives in a small jungle settlement hoping to record a conversation between two elderly men, the last speakers of the Zikril language. Unfortunately the men are feuding and haven't spoken to each other in 50 years.

HAPPINESS ADJACENT

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Explores the romance between Hank, a nice Jewish boy who definitely isn't looking for love, and Kurt, a Midwestern guy who desperately needs someone to break up the monotony of his stale marriage.

SIGNATURE MOVE

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Zaynab, a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian in Chicago takes care of her sweet and TV-obsessed mother. As Zaynab falls for Alma, a bold and very bright Mexican woman, she searches for her identity in life, love and wrestling.

GOD’S OWN COUNTRY

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.

CHAVELA

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Chavela is the captivating look at the unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican popular music and triumphant return to the stage late in life brought her international fame.

THE WOUND (Inxeba)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Xolani, a lonely factory worker, joins the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best kept secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel.

CITY OF THE FUTURE (Cidade do futuro)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

A family formed by Milla, pregnant, and by the two parents of the child, Gilmar and Igor, faces life in Serra do Ramalho. A life that includes, in spite of the three, the prejudices and homophobia of Bahian society.

LIKE FOAM (Como la espuma)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

A message circulates from mobile phone to mobile phone. A bunch of strangers meet in a mansion. They come searching for sex, but never has an orgy been so full of love. (Or feelings?)

FREAK SHOW

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Billy Bloom is a transplanted gay teen whose fabulousness doesn't play so well in the red state South until he takes a stand by running for homecoming queen.

BEING 17 (Quand on a 17 ans)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

André Téchiné, 2016, France, 116 min Famed director Andre Techine's (WILD REEDS) latest coming-of-age masterpiece is an intimate portrayal of the 17 year old psyche. Thomas lives on the family farm and longs to be a veterinarian.  His trek to school is a three-hour round trip adventure by bus and on foot through the visually…

An Evening with Leslie Jordan

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

He is a HOOT!Leslie Jordan will be live at the Tampa Theatre as part of our 27th film festival. Join us for a great night celebrating CommUNITY and diversity on October 5th! Enjoy Leslie's unique style of entertainment for a night you won't forget. TICKETS: ***Simpley Fabulous or Visionary Level or Higher only need to…

TOMCAT (Käter)

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Händl Klaus, 2016, Austria, 114 min. In German with English subtitles.– DRAMATIC CENTERPIECE Sponsored by The Tampa Club In this Austrian domestic drama, winsome tomcat Moses lives a perfect little life. Orchestra musicians Stefan and Andreas love their cat with as much intensity as they do each other. In their impeccable home, Moses enjoys food…

HEARTLAND

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Maura Anderson, 2016, USA, 100 min. Sponsored by Creative Loafing Heartland is wonderfully engaging story combined with the star power to make it a TIGLFF favorite. Lauren (Velinda Godfrey) is a young, beautiful artist who has moved back home with her mother to regroup after her partner dies. Navigating a bible belt Oklahoma town is…

SLASH

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Clay Liford, 2016, USA, 100 min. The Bronte sisters wrote erotic fantasy fiction! At least that’s what Neil tells his high school peers when they confiscate his own fan fic. Neil’s stories are erotic, or as erotic as a 15-year-old virgin can imagine. Neil is an introvert and finds his voice through writing. Julia, a…

CLOSET MONSTER

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL, United States

Stephen Dunn, 2015, Canada, 90 min. Fantasy sequences, a talking hamster, and sometimes violent imagery sprinkle the film debut from director Stephen Dunn. Closet Monster follows Oscar from boyhood and his parents’ messy divorce to adulthood and sexual urges toward his coworker, aptly named Wilder. As a boy, Oscar witnesses three kids attacking another for…