Same-Sex Celluloid

Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Short documentaries on the bill include My Femme Divine, a plaintive tale of love lost; and Scent Uva Butch, an adults-only homage "to the butch in all of us." The Most Unknowable Thing looks at the shifting currents of gay identity and family relations as a lesbian filmmaker follows the story of her gay brother and his struggle with HIV.

On video comes perhaps the festival's most intriguing offering: a three-part program of the innovative British television series Queer as Folk, a watershed drama about three gay men living in London. The U.S. premiere of Queer as Folk -- the Sequel is teamed with two screenings of earlier episodes.

This year's festival also includes a number of panel discussions and no small number of parties: seven in six days. Audience attendance is projected at 8000 for the six-day event, well above last year's 5000 mark. Festival officials call ticket sales "brisk," with an anticipated complete sellout of all events prior to opening night. Additional screenings are planned to accommodate high-demand films. For specific information of screening dates and times, call the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival at 305-534-9924, or check the Website at www.miamigaylesbianfilm.com.

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