One of the South Florida LGBT arts presenters that’s been most effective in the pivot to pandemic-era safety protocols is the OUTshine Film Festival.
The Miami and Fort Lauderdale festivals were held virtually with on-demand streaming of the latest LGBT-themed features, shorts and documentaries from around the world.
With a year-round program in the works, OUTshine is offering a special free series to observe Black History Month. Historically, films about LGBT people of color and lesbians have been underrepresented in the festival circuit. Executive Director Victor Gimenez said “It’s important to tell LGBT stories, but it’s just as important to share the stories of this important cross-section of our community.” Viewers can screen the free films from their homes or mobile devices. Through February 28 you can see “Walking With Shadows”, about A Nigerian man coming to terms with his dark secret and choosing between keeping his family or accepting a life of possible loneliness and rejection. “I am Samuel”. A gay Kenyan man finds himself torn between balancing duty to his family and his dreams for a future where he can live his truth openly. Through March 7 you can see “Unapologetic”, “Kapana” and “Boys Hurt Too”. For more details go to Outshinefilm.com or Outshine Film Festivals facebook page. Gimenez added that the Miami edition of OUTshine is planned for April 22 – May 5 with a similar format to the last two festivals, largely with virtual screenings.