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The 5th Annual Fabulous Independent Film Festival announces 2015 lineup

Six feature films will be shown from Sept. 18 through 20 at the LGBT-themed festival including acclaimed Sundance Film Festival standout "Tangerine"

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Director Sean S. Baker's "Tangerine" was a critical darling at this year's Sundance Festival and depicts the story of two transgender sex workers and was shot completely on iPhones.
Director Sean S. Baker's "Tangerine" was a critical darling at this year's Sundance Festival and depicts the story of two transgender sex workers and was shot completely on iPhones.
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The Fabulous Independent Film Festival, Sarasota's only LGBT-themed film festival, is returning to Burns Court Cinema and the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus for its fifth year. The three-day festival, running from Sept. 18 through 20, features six diverse feature length films that explore and celebrate modern LGBT life and culture.

Films include: "Tangerine," "Liz in September," "Drown," "Fourth Man Out," "In the Grayscale" and "Out to Win." Tickets are $8.50 per person and $10 for the closing night films "In the Grayscale" and "Out to Win." You can purchase tickets at or at the Burns Court Cinema box office the days of the festival. All films will be shown at the Burns Court Cinema except "Fourth Man Out," which will be shown for free outdoors on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus at 8:15 p.m. on Sept. 19. All proceeds go directly toward the Harvey Milk Festival.

There will be an after party to celebrate the opening night of the festival after the showing of "Tangerine on Sept. 18 at 10 p.m. at M.A.D.E. restaurant in downtown Sarasota with $3 beer and appetizers. Local celebrity hair stylist Dylonn Cole will be bar tending.  

The schedule for the 5th annual Fabulous Independent Film Festival is listed below:

Friday, Sept. 18

8:15 p.m. Tangerine: Directed by Sean S. Baker, "Tangerine" follows the story of trans sex workers and best friends Sin-Dee Rella and Alexandria as they traverse the streets of Los Angeles on Christmas Eve searching for redemption and to confront Rella's ex-boyfriend who has been cheating on her while she was in prison. The film was critically received earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and was noted for being shot and filmed completely on iPhones 5s smartphones.

Saturday, Sept. 19

3:30 p.m. Liz in September: Directed by Fina Torres, this Venezuelan movie follows a close group of lesbian friends, lovers and exes as they meet at their annual Caribbean beach retreat until Eva, a straight stranger, crashes their vacation. The film is in Spanish and will be presented with English subtitles.

5:45 p.m. Drown: From director Dean Francis, this Australian drama presents the world of competitive surf-lifesaving and depicts the conflict between an older de-throned reigning champion and and an up and coming and younger competitor. Their friendship quickly devolves into a bitter conflict that will scar both of their lives. 

8:15 p.m. Fourth Man Out: Being presented for free in the courtyard of the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, this new film directed by Andrew Nackman presents the story of four friends in a small blue collar town. Friends Chris (Parker Young), Ortu (Jon Gabrus) and Nick (Chord Overstreet) accept and help their childhood friend Adam (played by Evan Todd) come out of the closet. 

Sunday, Sept. 20

5:00 p.m. In The Grayscale: This drama follows the life of successful architect Bruno. He has a nice family and a good job yet Bruno has a deep sense of frustration and unease. He is offered the opportunity to build an iconic landmark in Santiago, Chile and starts working with a young, gay history teacher named Fer and enters an unexpected yet intense romance. Bruno then must decide the path he wants his life to take.

7:45 p.m. Out to Win: The closing night film is a documentary directed by Malcolm Ingram (director of "Continental," "Bear Nation" and "Small Town Gay Bar") that explores the relationship between sexuality and organized sports. The film sits down with such out athletes like Billie Jean King, Jason Collins, Billy Bean, Brittney Griner and Martina Navratilova. 



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