Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Director Franc Castro Top Five Picks for Must-See Films
For many of its 61 years, Fort Lauderdale’s Classic Gateway Theater has carved a niche for itself as a haven for alternative cinema — especially of the LGBT sort. So it’s only natural that the Gateway house the Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, a scrappy but significant fest celebrating its third year in Broward County. And frankly, after two years of incongruously screening films in the decadent Wilton Manors nightclub The Manor, it’s about time the festival had a legitimate movie theater to present the nearly 40 features, documentaries and shorts, screening this year from October 4 through 7.
Moviegoers could easily spend the entire weekend huddled in dark Gateway auditoriums, with screenings beginning around 2 p.m. and ending around midnight. Not all will be masterpieces, but most will entertain, provoke, and challenge. To help you navigate the festival, Castro counts down five of its must-see films.