GLOW Film Series Premieres in Fort Lauderdale

by Andrea Dulanto

South Florida Gay News

Wednesday January 18, 2012

The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF) premiered GLOW, a monthly LGBT film series sponsored by HBO Latin America at Miami Beach Cinematheque last September. Now the series comes to Fort Lauderdale as well.

"[We thought] it was important for the film festival to stay active throughout the year," said Franc Castro, Executive Director of MGLFF.

Mr. Castro also directs the Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (FLGLFF), so it seemed like a natural progression to start a GLOW series in Fort Lauderdale.

The 954 GLOW series kicks off at the Gateway Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. with Taking a Chance on God, a documentary about the life of 86-year-old ordained priest, author, psychotherapist and LGBT rights activist John McNeill.

The film's website ( offers a summary of McNeill's work. As a Jesuit priest, he published The Church and the Homosexual in 1976, and developed the treatise that there is no denouncement of homosexuality in the Bible. The Vatican ordered his silence; however, he continued to speak on gay rights issues, particularly as an AIDS activist. Sadly, he was expelled from his order in 1987. Yet his ongoing work provides the LGBT community with a path towards spirituality that accepts all sexual orientations.

Now a resident of South Florida, McNeill will attend the screening for a Q&A session along with Director Brendan Fay (Saint of 9/11, Remembering Robert) and Producer Ilene Cutler.

The 954 GLOW series will present diverse films over the upcoming months. Next up: a spring break comedy, Another Gay Sequel (2008), on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Other dates include March 7, April 4, May 16 and June 13 with films to be announced at

954 GLOW at Gateway Theatre
1820 East Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Taking a Chance on God
Wednesday, January 18,
7 p.m.

Cocktail Reception
8:30 p.m. at East End Brasserie

Another Gay Sequel
Wednesday, February 8,
6:30 p.m.

Members- Advance: $6.25; Member- Day of: $11.25
Guests- Advance: $11.25; Guests- Day of: $16.25
$2.00 per order fee is assessed to each transaction. To save money, purchase tickets as a group.

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