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Fort Lauderdale gay film festival to present 'Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean' on Sept. 12

From the Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival:

The Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival wraps up its monthly movie series “954 GLOW” (Gays & Lesbians on Wednesdays) by presenting “Joshua Tree: 1951 A Portrait Of James Dean,” directed by Matthew Mishory.

Part portrait, part love story, part road trip exposé, “Joshua Tree: 1951” presents an intimate, untold portrayal of James Dean and those closest to him. Illustrated through dreamlike sequences that jump back and forth in time, the film melds historical and fictionalized accounts of Dean’s life to depict an icon-in-the-making who is at once childlike and world-weary; brutish and romantic; playboy and sensitive; all wrapped up in complicated sexuality.

James Dean's mythology is so complex, it's hard to separate fact from fiction, but that only opens possibilities for a filmmaker like Matthew Mishory. Most of ‘Joshua Tree’ is shot in exquisite black and white, which is especially effective in footage of Joshua Tree itself. James Preston is credible as Dean, just as the actor is beginning to break into films, and knowing who some of the players were in Dean's life can be helpful, but the film is largely a poetic meditation on Dean's life, with telling details about the secrecy of gay life in the '50s. The desert becomes an apt metaphor for this phase of Dean's life, and, appropriately enough, Mishory intercuts color footage to suggest how radically the actor's life would change once he hit it big. The movie is art and borders on art-film pretentiousness here and there, but there's no question that it's also mesmerizing and sexy.”

- David Wiegand, San Francisco Gate

The FLGLFF “954 GLOW” series consists of a monthly program filled with feature films and documentaries produced with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in mind. The films chosen are produced and directed by prominent independent filmmakers from across the globe.

8 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Gateway Theater
1820 E Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Advanced:  $9 Members / $11 Guests
Box Office: $11 Members / $13 Guests
+ $2 transaction fee per order

Member Code: 954glow

Available at: www.flglff.com or 800-927-0939

FESTIVAL INFO: 305-751-6305

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