Contact: Gulfport Public Library; (727) 893-1074
GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, May 11th with a recent Oscar-winning drama portraying the coming of age of an African American man in urban Miami. This is a free gathering to watch a film in the company of friends and neighbors on the second Thursday of each month. Popcorn, candy, bottled water and soda are available. Donations will be accepted to benefit the LGBTQ Resource Center. Feel free to bring your own “brown bag” supper and beverages.
Each film begins at 7pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Licensing restrictions prohibit explicitly naming the titles of films in public press releases. But feel free to call the Library at (727) 893-1074 for the film title and other information about the film series. Or find titles and more information at the Library’s Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.
About the May 11th film: This 2016 independent film has been widely lauded by critics, and was called “Fiercely moving. A flat-out masterpiece” by Rolling Stone. A gay African-American boy grows into manhood under the influence of his family and neighborhood in urban Miami. In the first segment, ten-year-old Chiron is bullied by other kids while his mother falls into drug abuse. He finds kindness and mentorship with a local drug dealer and his girlfriend. In the next segment, teenaged Chiron explores his sexuality with his close friend. In the final segment, Chiron follows in the footsteps of his mentor and reconnects with others from his past. The film was written and directed by Floridian Barry Jenkins and stars Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, Alex Hibbert, Andre Holland, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson, and Jaden Piner. Rated R.
Save the date for the next film in the series, Thursday, June 8th. This classic 1983 film in the lesbian genre stars Linda Griffiths as a wife and mother whose life evolves after an affair with a female college professor. John Sayles directed the groundbreaking film. As part of our slate of special LGBTQ Pride Month events, our film on this occasion will include an introduction by local writer and “armchair film historian” Rob McCabe.
Watch for announcements of other films as they are added to the series on the second Thursday of each month.