The Art and Culture Center's short documentary film Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community was an Official Selection in the OUTshine Virtual Film Festival, which took place from Aug. 20-30. The 20-minute film, which draws upon the coming-out narratives of seven Broward residents, was produced by the Center and directed, photographed and edited by award-winning South Florida filmmaker Freddy Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, several cast members and the Center’s Jeff Rusnak, who served as Producer on the film, had the opportunity to participate in several virtual Q&A events that were recorded for Youtube by the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival. Click below to listen in on the interviews.
1) OPEN DIALOGUES: STORIES FROM THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY | VIRTUAL Q&A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNhsu7N7hbM 2) South Florida Speaks | Made in SoFlo Shorts Q&A Watch Party https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKJMLu2JH9w
3) UCTV (Unity Coalition TV) -- Aug. 28, 2020
The film is also an Official Selection for the 35th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival taking place November 6-22, 2020. This year, the Festival will be offering FLIFF Virtual Cinema, FLIFF Drive-in Cinema, and FLIFF Dinner & a Movie!
Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community is being shown at the Center through Oct. 25th, along with an exhibition of artifacts from the Stonewall Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale, and poetry by Broward-based author and Open Dialogues cast member Julie Marie Wade.
Open Dialogues is funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Broward as part of Broward Pride. Broward Pride seeks to catalyze institutional culture change within organizations to openly welcome and include LGBT residents.