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2/8/2018 St. Pete News

South Korean Masterpiece Next in LGBTQ Film Series


February 8, 2018: For Immediate Release


South Korean Masterpiece Next in LGBTQ Film Series

Contact: Gulfport Public Library; (727) 893-1074


GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, March 1st with a South Korean film heralded as a modern cinematic work of art.  The Film Series is a free gathering to watch a film in the company of friends and neighbors each month.  Popcorn, candy, bottled water and soda are available. Donations will be accepted to benefit the LGBTQ Resource Center.  Feel free to bring your own “brown bag” supper and beverages. 


Each film begins at 7pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South).  Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Licensing restrictions prohibit explicitly naming the titles of films in general press releases.  But feel free to call the Library at (727) 893-1074 for the film title and other information about the film series.  Or find titles and more information at the Library’s Facebook page:


About the February 8th film: From acclaimed South Korean director Chan-wook Park, set in 1930s era Japanese-occupied Korea, this 2016 film is part crime thriller, part erotic love story, in which a female pickpocket takes a job as handmaiden to the niece of a rich book collector.  The handmaiden is drawn into a plot with an accomplice who wants to claim the niece’s fortune.  Things become more complicated when the handmaiden begins to fall in love with the niece.  The film, based on the popular British novel “Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters, has received accolades as a modern cinematic work of art.  “Go see it. If you love cinema at all, go see it.” Detroit News (Not Rated – Adults Only)


NOTE: The film series ordinarily takes place on the second Thursday of each month, but for March only will take place March 1st due to an event scheduling conflict.


Save the date for the next film in the monthly series on Thursday, April 12th.  This fascinating 2015 documentary follows 15 months in the lives of three gay Palestinian men and their female friend residing in Tel-Aviv, pursing equal civil rights.  “There is a strong camaraderie within this quartet, and though director Jake Witzenfeld’s film focuses on the complexities of what it means to be a gay Arab man who is also an Israeli citizen, it is the easy rapport among these friends that humanizes the film and elevates it beyond its point-and-shoot aesthetic.”  Chicago Tribune (Not Rated)


Watch for announcements of other films as they are added to the series on the second Thursday of each month.


The LGBTQ Resource Center is a project of the non-profit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library.  The Resource Center provides collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family.  Find out more about the Resource Center, the Circle of Friends and the Library on the web at or on Facebook at