The recent partnering of the annual Fabulous Independent Film Festival and the Harvey Milk Festival seems a natural one, given that both organizations focus on LGBTQ issues and concerns. This year’s festival, under the direction of FIFF founder and programmer Magida Diouri, kicks off with an opening night film, Closet Monster, Friday, Sept. 30, followed by a party at downtown’s Made Restaurant. Six other films provide glimpses into LGBTQ lives through Sunday, Oct. 2, at Burns Court Cinema.
In the line-up are:
7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Closet Monster, following the emotionally scarred life of a gay Canadian teen guided by his “spirit animal,” Buffy the hamster—voiced by Isabella Rossellini. Won Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival. After party starts at 10 p.m.
1 p.m. Oct. 1, Where Are You Going Habibi? Ibrahim, a young German of Turkish descent, leads a dual life, one with his traditional family and another as a gay man outside the home.
3:30 p.m. Oct. 1, Me, Myself and Her. An Italian comedy-drama centered on two mature women, Marina and Frederica, one confident about her sexuality, the other in her first-ever relationship with a woman.
6 p.m. Oct. 1, Lazy Eye. Secrets come into the light when a graphic designer reconnects with the lost love of his life in the desert near Joshua Tree.
8:30 p.m. Oct. 1, Real Boy. A documentary offering exploring the family life of a transgender adolescent male, this movie will be screened at Cafe in the Park in Payne Park.
2:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Love Is All You Need? A female quarterback and a male journalist fall in love and find themselves harassed in an overwhelmingly homosexual world.
5 p.m. Oct. 2, Hunky Dory. This winner of Best Narrative at the Slamdance Film Festival introduces Sidney, whose ongoing search for cash, drugs and sex is interrupted when his young son shows up unannounced at his apartment.
Opening night film costs $10; all others are $8.50, except for Real Boy, which is free. For tickets head to fabulousiff.com; also at the door, depending on availability.