Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Celebrates New Venue, 25 years with a Showcase of Literary Women

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth. Image via TGLIFF

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth. Image via TGLIFF

This year, the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will take place in a brand-new venue, the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida, and will kick off its 25th year on October 3. During the nine-day festival, organizers have dedicated the night of the 9th to celebrating and showcasing literary women. Beginning at 6:30 the festival will showcase Regarding Susan Sontag and Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth. 

Watch the two trailers and read the synopses after the jump…

Regarding Susan Sontag explores one of the most influential, controversial thinkers of our time, Susan Sontag — essayist, novelist, filmmaker and activist, this film reflects the boldness of Sontag’s work and the cultural importance of her thought.  Her own words, masterfully read by actor Patricia Clarkson (High Art), are the backdrop to photos, videos and interviews of the acclaimed author.  Richly delivered, the film eloquently interweaves fascinating interviews with the friends, lovers and family who knew her best.  The film is a reminder to us who have been influenced and affected by her and a primer for everyone inspired by the brilliance.  Directed by Nancy Kates (Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin).  

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth is the compelling story of an extraordinary woman’s journey from a paper-thin shack in cotton fields of Georgia to becoming the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (The Color Purple).  Walker talks openly about the backlash from some African-Americans for tackling issues of violence and gender inequality in African-American culture.  At the same she was an ardent activist in the civil rights movement, she “flaunted” her interracial marriage and bi-racial child in an oppressive Mississippi, loving whomever she wholeheartedly loved throughout her life, including Tracy Chapman.  Filmmaker Pratibha Parmar (Nina’s Heavenly Delights, Warrior Marks) tells Walker’s story with readings of poetry and prose and features recent interviews with Walker, Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Quincy Jones, Gloria Steinem, Sapphire and the late Howard Zinn.

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