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08/23/2013

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FABULOUS, INDEED A still from G.B.F., the Fabulous Independent Film Festival's Opening Night Film, which screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. Image courtesy of Magida Diouri FILM FESTIVAL NOT ONLY CELEBRATES DIVERSITY, IT ALSO ENCOURAGES ACCEPTANCE ON ALL LEVELS By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor Why did Magida Diouri launch the LGBT- in which Diouri "quit everything," the Society themed Fabulous Independent Film Festival skipped the event one year. Diouri felt she had two years ago? Simple: "It needed to be done." to bring it back. Diouri previously worked at the Sarasota "I have this notion that we need to celebrate Film Society, the pardiversity and it needs ent nonprofit of Burns to be seen and heard," Court and Lakewood she says. "It seems I have this notion that we need to Ranch Cinemas, and that there's a lot of celebrate diversity and it needs to be seen while she was there talk about diversity, and heard. she programmed the but still it's not fully organization's annuaccepted, and that's Magida Diouri Founder al Gay and Lesbian on all levels. It can be Fabulous Independent Film Festival Film Celebration. Afon the sexual level, ter a "mid-life crisis" on the race level, on

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