Saturday, July 26, 2008

A Midsummer (Closing) Night's Dream

The Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (PIGLFF) wrapped up its 14th year on Tuesday, July 22 with Hollywood casting agent Tom Gustafson's debut feature "Were the World Mine." A gay fantasia on Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the entry couldn't have been more of a departure from the festival's opening night selection, the sex-as-sport shock fest "Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild."

While uniformly poorly acted and a bit too familiar (a kid turns his whole town gay? smashing!), the film's rousing musical content, downright hilarious midsection, and clever take on a classic text make it a gem in the minefield of stereotypical fluff that is homosexual cinema. In addition to Philadelphia (where it won the Jury Award for Best First Feature), "Were the World Mine" has been cruising the festival circuit, from Honolulu to Rhode Island, picking up a host of accolades along the way. Go to the film's MySpace page to see the complete list, but mainly head over to hear its stellar soundtrack.

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