GLOW Film Series Premieres in Fort Lauderdale
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF) premiered GLOW, a monthly LGBT film series sponsored by HBO Latin America at Miami Beach Cinematheque last September. Now the series comes to Fort Lauderdale as well.
"[We thought] it was important for the film festival to stay active throughout the year," said Franc Castro, Executive Director of MGLFF.
Mr. Castro also directs the Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (FLGLFF), so it seemed like a natural progression to start a GLOW series in Fort Lauderdale.
The 954 GLOW series kicks off at the Gateway Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. with Taking a Chance on God, a documentary about the life of 86-year-old ordained priest, author, psychotherapist and LGBT rights activist John McNeill.
The film’s website (Takingachanceongod.com) offers a summary of McNeill’s work. As a Jesuit priest, he published The Church and the Homosexual in 1976, and developed the treatise that there is no denouncement of homosexuality in the Bible. The Vatican ordered his silence; however, he continued to speak on gay rights issues, particularly as an AIDS activist. Sadly, he was expelled from his order in 1987. Yet his ongoing work provides the LGBT community with a path towards spirituality that accepts all sexual orientations.
Now a resident of South Florida, McNeill will attend the screening for a Q&A session along with Director Brendan Fay (Saint of 9/11, Remembering Robert) and Producer Ilene Cutler.
The 954 GLOW series will present diverse films over the upcoming months. Next up: a spring break comedy, Another Gay Sequel (2008), on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m.