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Open Dialogues an Official Selection of the 2021 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

See the Center’s documentary short film Nov. 13 and Nov. 17 as part Textured Mosaic screenings

The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood’s award-winning documentary short film Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community is an Official Selection in the 36th Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival being presented Nov. 4-21 in Fort Lauderdale and downtown Hollywood.

Open Dialogues will be screened with two other short films beginning at 1 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Gateway Cinema, 1820 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, and at 1 p.m. at Cinema Paradiso Hollywood, 2008 Hollywood Blvd. The 20-minute documentary was filmed in black and white by Director Freddy Rodriguez and is being presented as part of Textured Mosaic with the made-in-Broward film Two Paths, and Beyond the Border set in Afghanistan.

Open Dialogues was also screened in the virtual edition of the 2020 Fort Lauderdale festival, where it was named Best Broward Documentary.

“The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is honored that the Fort Lauderdale Film has included Open Dialogues as an Official Selection for a second year as it returns to in-person screenings,” said Joy Satterlee, the Center’s Executive Director. “We’re excited to be included among a lineup of prestigious filmmakers from around the world, and look forward to seeing our film on the big screen at the Gateway Cinema and Cinema Paradiso Hollywood.”

Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community captures the diverse coming-out narratives of seven Broward residents who took part in on-camera interviews. The film was produced by the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood, and was directed, photographed, and edited by award-winning Miami-based filmmaker Freddy Rodriguez.

The two other Textured Mosaic films include the eight-minute documentary Open Paths, which was made in Broward under the direction of Andrew Paul Davis. Open Paths explores a syringe exchange program in our community by envisioning those who are embraced by such a program and the cost for those who are not. Beyond the Border is set in the Afghanistan skiing hub Bamiyan, which sits opposite the cliffs where the Taliban destroyed a sixth-century Buddhist statue in 2001, just months before the attacks of 9-11.

See for more information and a complete schedule for the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

Support for Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community was provided by the following funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund, Ruth H. Brown Fund for the Arts, Dot and Keith Cobb Fund, and Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund.

About the Community Foundation of Broward:

Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation of Broward helps families, individuals and organizations create personalized charitable Funds that deliver game-changing philanthropic impact. 479 charitable Funds represent more than $200 million in assets, distributing $131 million in grants over the past 36 years. The Community Foundation provides bold leadership on community solutions and fosters philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. The Foundation empowers visionaries, innovators and doers to create the change they want to see in the community – and to BE BOLD.



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