Celebrating 17 Years of Lesbian and Gay Cinema - THE GYMNAST, Mariruth Kenneth, and Power Up w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

10/07/06

MARIRUTH KENNEDY, President, Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Mariruth will give an overview of the 132 films from over 20 countries that wil be shown at the 17th annual TIGLFF Screenings will take place at 3 venues: Tampa Theatre and Channelside Cinemas in Tampa and Muvico Baywalk 20 in downtown St. Petersburg. According to Program Director, Joseph Cook, “Many of this year’s films have an “experimental edge� to them.� There will be a number of festive events in conjunction with the films, including the Tampa Bay Business Guild Expo 2006, women’s happy hour and “POWER UP BRUNCH.� www.tiglff.com or 813-879-4220. (Note: If you are attending the brunch, please call or email us early in the Marathon Show October 14th.)

DREYA WEBER, Lead Actress, The Gymnast. Dreyer talked about her background as a gymnast, the effort that went into this film, and the fact that it could only be a “woman’s story.� The cinematic beauty of this film and the physicality of the actresses are stunning. http://afterellen.com/People/2006/8/dreya.html

The Gymnast, Saturday, October 7, 8:00 pm, Channelside Cinemas. STACY CODIKOW, Executive Producer, POWER UP. POWER UP (Professional Organization of Women in Entertainment Reaching Up). The Los Angeles-based non-profit whose mission is “to promote the visibility and integration of gay women in entertainment and all forms of media� develops, produces and distributes films made through its Film Production Grant Program. POWER UP has had a film as an Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival every year since 2002 and has won the Planet Out Grand Prize Short Film Award each year. http://www.power-up.net/ POWER UP Brunch at Channelside Cinemas Saturday, Oct. 14 at 11:30 am.

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