The Fabulous Independent Film Festival kicks off Friday night and runs through the weekend, showcasing the talents of such national figures as Geaorge Takei and locally revered filmmakers including the late Tom Murray. All movies are screened at Burns Court Cinema. Here is your guide to the event:
Blackbird (Florida premiere): The Opening Night film adapts the Larry Duplechan novel of the same name and stars Isaiah Washington and Mo’nique. The film follows choir boy Randy (Julian Walker) finds himself in a non-traditional production of Romeo and Juliet, a potential love interest Marshall (Kevin Allesee from Port Charlotte), and a reconciliation with his long-absent father during a momentous semester. Friday, Aug. 22, 7:30pm.
Born to Fly: A movie about modern dance for the stunt-loving set. New York choreographer Elizabeth Streb, a Mac Arthur “genius” grant recipient, leads the Extreme Action Company and crafts a style of high-flying, high-impact art. Saturday, Aug. 23, 1:15pm (preceded by short First Clue)
The Circle (Der Kreis): The story of how a magazine in Switzerland created a network of friends and lovers to become one of the first homophile societies in the world. 2014 Teddy Award winner. In Subtitles. Saturday, Aug. 23, 3:15pm (preceded by short A Last Farewell, subtitles).
Boy Meets Girl: A provocative comedy about coming of age for three twenty-somethings living in Kentucky: Robby, Francesca and Ricky, a gorgeous transgender woman. Saturday, Aug. 23, 5:34pm (preceded by short Who Do You Think You Area?, subtitled)
Queerituality: Sarasota filmmaker Tom Murray’s documentary about the spiritual journey of LGBT individuals. Centerpiece film. Saturday, Aug. 23, 8pm (preceded by short Barrio Boy)
The Way He Looks: A teen comedy from Brazil about a blind boy named Leo, his best friend Giavana and their shared crush, a new kid in school. Subtitled. Sunday, Aug. 24, 1:15pm
Appropriate Behavior: From writer-director Desiree Akhavan, the story of a semi-closeted, bisexual Persian American trying to live up to her family’s ideals and traditions while going through a breakup and navigating Brooklyn’s dating scene. Sunday, Aug. 24, 3:15pm
To Be Takei: A documentary about the Star Trek star and his modern career rise, Facebook stardom and advocacy for Japanese Americans who were send to WWII internment camps. Sunday, Aug. 24, 5:15pm (preceded by short Secrets and Toys)
Cupcakes: The Closing Night film from director Etyn Fox. A comedy about six friends who unexpectedly find themselves representing Israel in a Eurovision-style international song contest. A still is featured at the top of this post. Subtitles. Sunday, Aug. 24, 7:30pm (preceded by short Dinner at 40)
And don’t forget parties!