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Miami Latin Gay Film Festival to debut week before troubled Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Fest

Jim Dobson, former publicist for the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, announces he is organizer and executive director of a new Miami Latin Gay Film Festival.

The new four-day festival, April 16-19, is scheduled to coincide with a planned gay pride festival in South Beach. It also will debut a week before the scheduled 2009 Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, which recently fired its longtime executive director, Carol Coombes.

Here's Dobson's news release:

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MIAMI LATIN GAY FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES FIRST INAUGURAL EVENT IN SOUTH BEACH

Four day film and music festival to run April 16-19, 2009

Miami, Florida…- The First Annual Miami Latin Gay Film Festival has been announced to make its premiere engagement April 16-19, 2009 in Miami Beach.

Festival organizer and Executive Director Jim Dobson unveiled a sneak peak at the four day event to take place in South Beach.

“I am thrilled to be able to bring this exciting venture into South Beach filling a much needed gap in alternative programming for the Latino gay community” said Dobson. “Through my six years of working with the MGLFF I have noticed a huge demand for Latin gay films and programming that was not always available. The few Latin films were always the first to sell out which proved a definite demand by the community.”

The Miami Latin Gay Film Festival will open on Thursday, April 16 with a Gala Premiere presentation at the Colony Theater followed by a spectacular party, all on Lincoln Road in South Beach. The Festival will continue with screening, panels, music events and a few surprises along the way. Closing Night Gala screening will take place on Sunday, April 19 at the Colony Theater followed by a special musical event and party.

Dobson came up with the concept for the Festival following the recent firings of the MGLFF staff as well as longtime Program Director and friend Carol Coombes. “I simply could not imagine working at that Festival without my longtime ‘family’ who worked so hard to year after year to develop a world class event” he said. His new incarnation is not created to take away from the popularity of the MGLFF but is simply an alternative entertainment choice for the Latino community. He intends to encourage his audiences to attend the MGLFF the following week.

The mission of the Miami Latin Gay Film Festival is to showcase and nurture existing and emerging creative talent while serving as a springboard and catalyst for the promotion of Gay Latin films and filmmakers as well as highlight exciting Latino talent in other areas including music.

A premier Latino Gay International Film Festival in the USA, MLGFF will become the prominent venue for exhibition of the best of Gay Latin cinema and artistry from the United States, Latin America, Mexico, Spain, Portugal and beyond.

The Festival will present feature films, documentaries, shorts and special retrospective screenings. The films presented at the festival showcase a wide variety of themes by gay Latino filmmakers, producers, writers and actors, as well as movies that depict Gay Latino culture. It is a competitive festival with prizes and a venue where filmmakers and artists can come together with buyers and industry.

Dobson plans on announcing his staff and sponsors later this year. He will also announce several important strategic community partnerships and events which will include Broward County.

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Can Miami ever become a large umbrella that includes gay-themed films from, let's say, other places in the world including Latin America. So everyone will have to read read subtitles!! By limiting ourselves to only Latin/Hispanic, we are shooting ourselves in the head.

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