Here's the lineup for the Fabulous Independent Film Festival in Sarasota

It's part of the Harvey Milk Festival and includes films featuring Nathan Lane, Edie Falco and Christine Baranski.

The Fabulous International Film Festival in Sarasota opens with a screening of 'TransMilitary.' - Production Still
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The Fabulous International Film Festival in Sarasota opens with a screening of 'TransMilitary.'

The 2018 Fabulous Independent Film Festival, part of the Harvey Milk Festival, will have the following films on tap next weekend — Sept. 28-30 — at various locations in Sarasota. Aside from films that cross genre lines, the events include the awarding of the LGBTQ Youth Scholarship Funds (Sept. 29, 8 p.m.).

The three-day fest opens Friday night with TransMilitary, the 2018 SXSW Audience Award-winning feature film debut from Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson. The film follows four of the U.S. military's more than 15,000 transgender servicemen and women as they come out to Pentagon officials, in hopes of changing the ban on their service. Sept. 28, 8 p.m.  Burns Court Cinema, 506 Burns Court, Sarasota. $10.

Tucked examines the friendship of an aging drag queen with a terminal cancer diagnosis and a younger drag queen. Despite the whole "dying from cancer" thing, organizers bill this film as "warm and fluffy." Sept. 29, 1:30 p.m. Burns Court Cinema, 506 Burns Court, Sarasota. $9.

Every Act of Life tells the story of Terrence McNally’s life. Featuring Angela Lansbury, F. Murray Abraham, Larry Kramer, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Edie Falco, Christine Baranski, Patrick Wilson and Billy Porter. Sept. 29, 4 p.m. Burns Court Cinema, 506 Burns Court, Sarasota. $9.

Ideal Home takes a bickering, well-to-do gay couple and inserts the unexpected arrival of one of their alleged grandsons. Their life changes — not in the way they want, but perhaps in the way they need. Sept. 29, 6:15 p.m. Burns Court Cinema, 506 Burns Court, Sarasota. $9

Freelancers Anonymous offers a fast-paced comedy about a group of women who have launched their own tech startup. Sept. 29, 8:30 p.m. Payne/Cafe in the Park, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota. Free.

When the Beat Drops is a documentary about a form of dance called bucking — and its developer — and the events also include a brunch, panel discussion and closing party. The panel topic? “Our Pride Flag and its True Colors: A Multi-generational perspective on gay symbolism and Representation.” Sept. 30, noon. Sarasota Skybar & Club, 1927 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. $9-$22.

2018 Fabulous Independent Film Festival | Sept. 28-30 |

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