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Opening Night — Signature Move
November 2, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
32nd Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival presents…
directed by Jennifer Reeder
screenplay by Fawzia Mirza
Director Jennifer Reeder in attendance!
Signature Move is a hilarious and heartfelt look at modern families and the complexities of love in its many forms.
Zaynab (screenwriter Fawzia Mirza) is a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian lawyer living in Chicago, who begins a new romance with Alma (Sari Sanchez), a confident and vivacious Mexican-American woman. Zaynab’s recently widowed mother Parveen (Shabana Azmi) has moved in and spends her days watching Pakistani TV dramas while searching for a potential husband for her only daughter. Alma’s mother, Rosa (Charin Alvarez), is a former professional Luchadora which Zaynab finds fascinating (Turns out that Zaynab has recently taken up lucha-style wrestling, training even with Jayde, a former pro wrestler.) Zaynab tries to keep both her love life and her wrestling a secret from her Muslim mother, who knows more than she lets on.
With wonderful performances by the entire cast, _especially movie star Fawzia Mirza as the sexy and quirky Zaynab, Signature Move is a comedy that celebrates, singularly, all of us, the film a breezily inclusive romantic comedy effortlessly lively with a wild, vibrant, and very American mix of cultures, and generations. And, oh yeah, wrestling.
+ U.S. GRAND JURY PRIZE, Best Narrative Film, 2017 OUTFEST
+ BEST FEATURE – American Spectrum, Hoosier Lens, Indy Film Fest
+ BEST FEATURE, Columbus International Film + Video Festival
+ Audience Award – BEST FEATURE, Connecticut LGBT Film Festival
+BEST DIRECTION – Jennifer Reeder, Film Out San Diego LGBT Film Festival
+Audience Award – BEST ACTRESS in a Feature – Fawzia Mirza, Film Out San Diego LGBT Film Festival
+ Jury Award, BEST WOMEN’S FEATURE, North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival
+ Audience Award, BEST WOMEN’s FILM, North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival
+ Jury Award : Writer, Producer, Actor – Fawzia Mirza, Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival
Reception to follow at:
Beans and Barley
1901 E. North Ave.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
Festival passes available:
See _all_ of the 2017 Festival for only $50!
The 32nd Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival is presented by the Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres and is made possible thanks to our generous sponsors, who include UWM Union Programming; Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Eldon E. Murray Fund; Milwaukee Pride; Joseph R. Pabst; Richard Kaul; Burbach & Stansbury S.C., Attorneys at Law; Cream City Foundation’s Sutton Place Fund & Valentine Fund; Planned Parenthood; BESTD Clinic; Northwestern Mutual; AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin; and many other generous businesses, community groups, and individuals.