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Tampa's gay-lesbian film festival has new name, new films

The award-winning Were the World Mine will be shown in the coveted festival-closing slot Sunday evening.

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The award-winning Were the World Mine will be shown in the coveted festival-closing slot Sunday evening.

Tampa's 19th annual gay and lesbian film festival, renamed Clip this year, continues today through Sunday with more award-winning movies and fierce parties.

Today's schedule is split between Tampa Theatre and Muvico BayWalk 20 in St. Petersburg. Tampa Theatre presents the lesbian drama To Each Her Own (7 p.m.) and Edge of Heaven (9:30), winner of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival's best screenplay award. BayWalk will screen Watercolors (7 p.m.) starring Karen Black, and the surfing drama Newcastle (9:15).

All weekend films are shown at Tampa Theatre, beginning Friday with The Art of Being Straight (6:30 p.m.), XXY (8:30) and Boystown (10:30). Saturday's lineup begins with a short-film collection at noon and finishes at 8:30 p.m. with the spring break comedy Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild.

Saturday night's festivities include the Surge party with three DJs spinning at Czar Ybor nightclub, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Just down the street, the Sugar: Feed the Craving party will be at the Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave. Tickets are $15 for each event.

Sunday's closing-day lineup begins at 11:45 a.m. with Sarasota filmmaker Tom Murray's A Portable Tribe, followed by One Summer in New Paltz (1:30 p.m.), Sugar Rush (3:30) and the documentary A Jihad for Love (5:30).

The coveted festival-closing slot goes to Tom Gustafson's Were the World Mine (7:30), a high school romance couched in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The film has won eight festival awards including the grand jury prize at Outfest.

Movie tickets, available at the box office, are $9 per program. Visit the festival's Web site at tiglff.com for more information.

Steve Persall, Times film critic

Tampa's gay-lesbian film festival has new name, new films 10/08/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 6:14pm]

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