Monday, October 6, 2014

Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2014

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Mark Gilbert, Interim Executive Director and Board Chair of the Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival which is in association with the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The sixth annual Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival has expanded to seven days and takes place Friday, October 10th through Sunday, October 12th and resumes Thursday, October 16th through Sunday, October 19th. This year FLGLFF 2014 is presenting fifty award-winning diverse feature films and shorts, along with special events and parties throughout the city, making it one of the most highly regarded LGBT film festivals in the nation. The Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s mission is to enrich, entertain and educate the public through the presentation of international and culturally diverse films that offer meaningful perspectives on the historic and contemporary gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. We talked to Mark about this year’s film festival and his spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what he would like to see happen for LGBT equality in the next few years Gilbert stated, “I would like to see the movement continue at the pace that it is. I mean my dream, my vision, I use to do editorials and talk about what I hope would be one day and we’re already seeing it. I’m a grandfather of two and my boys don’t know any different and when I say that of course I mean as a grandfather of two adorable, loving children and they’ll never know the difference that gay was ever anything to wonder about. They’ll only know that Papa’s gay and their grandfather and they love him. My dream is fifty years from today and even to take that to the next level where when they hear talk about marriage, gay marriage, marriage equality, if you will, they’re only going to know that there’s my two mommies, my two daddies, or Joey has two mommies or two daddies, or two grandmas, whatever it is they’re going to feel the same love for them, it’s not going to be something special or different. It will just be part of our every day lives that everyone will accept everyone for who they are and it will be a world of just equality.”

Presented by HBO, Merrill Lynch and The Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB/Broward Office of Film, Music & Entertainment, the sixth annual Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival promises to be a wealth of films, ranging from hilarious takes on relationships to compelling dramas and documentaries touching upon some of the more compelling issues of our LGBT community. There are also fabulous parties and events presented by Florida’s LGBT non-profits.
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1 comment:

Marilyn said...

Phenomenal interview. Mark is fabulous and the Festival sounds fantastic, fun and diverse and more fun! Thanks