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Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community an Official Selection of the 2021 Orlando Film Fest

The Center’s documentary short film to screen on Oct. 30th and 31st in downtown Orlando

The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood’s award-winning documentary short film Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community has been selected for inclusion in the 16th Orlando Film Festival, taking place Oct. 28 to Nov. 4. Open Dialogues will be screened with three other short films beginning at 6 p.m. on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 at the CMX Plaza Cinema Café, 155 S. Orange Ave., in downtown Orlando.

Named one of the top "25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" by Moviemaker Magazine, the 2021 Orlando Film Festival will screen more than 200 films as it returns to in-person screenings at the Cinema Café.

“The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is honored that the Orlando Film Festival has made Open Dialogues an Official Selection as it returns to in-person screenings for the 2021 festival,” said Joy Satterlee, the Center’s Executive Director. “We're thrilled to reach, for the first time, an audience outside Broward County, and take great pride in being included among other accomplished filmmakers.”

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. It was named Best Broward Documentary at the 2020 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival that was presented virtually.

Open Dialogues will be screened with three other documentary shorts in Orlando. They are Opaque Philly’s The Canvas for a Community, set in the Philadelphia bar Tattooed Mom, and two films by Tampa-based directors, Louise Krikorian’s Kitty Daniels with Majid Shabazz Jazz Sessions, and Christopher Boulton’s critique of consumer capitalism, Salvage.

See for more information about the Orlando Film Festival. Please note that all attendees will be expected to show their immunization cards to be admitted to the Festival. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will be required to wear a mask and wear a wrist band that shows that you are not fully vaccinated.

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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