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Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community selected for FilmGate Short Film Festival

The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood’s documentary short film Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community will be screened on Wednesday, May 25 as part of the monthly FilmGate Miami Short Film Festival.

Directed, photographed, and edited by Miami filmmaker Freddy Rodriguez, Stories From the LGBTQ Community will be part of a program of documentary film shorts by Florida filmmakers. The festival night begins at 6:30 at Silverspot Cinema, 300 SE Third Street, in downtown Miami. The theater is located at the Muze at Met Apartments. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at

Open Dialogues captures the intimately told coming-out narratives of seven Broward County residents. Shot in black and white, the 20-minute film explores how the LGBTQ community is marginalized among families, schools, churches, and public spaces – and how individuals interviewed for the film learned to empower themselves in these spaces.

The newsletter Queer Guru described Open Dialogues as “exactly what most queer people would have loved to been able to view on the verge of ‘coming out’ as gay. Listening to the stories of seven South Florida members of the LGBTQ community articulate on their own journeys is such an uplifting experience.”

FilmGate Miami is a non-profit organization that empowers Florida filmmakers to showcase their art and reach new audiences. The FilmGate Short Film Festival is a monthly film festival that has a different theme each month.

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



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