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Jewish Film Festival offers plenty for gay audiences

2011 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival offers plenty of LGBT attractions

Despite the name, the 11th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is no more restricted to Jews than it is to Atlantans. The diverse programming offers something for everyone, including LGBT viewers.

There are many fine films among the 57 features and nine shorts in this year’s festival, unspooling Feb. 8-27 at six venues, primarily the Regal Atlantic Station and Lefont Sandy Springs.

Documentaries in the festival reveal that famous children’s story writer Maurice Sendak (“Tell Them Anything You Want”) is gay but the world’s most famous hairdresser (“Vidal Sassoon: The Movie”) isn’t.

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Jim Carrey’s gay film finally comes out, while ‘Black Swan’ dances around lesbianism

Now that “Burlesque” is a Thanksgiving leftover, there are still cinematic holiday treats for LGBT audiences. As usual Santa has more for gay men than lesbians (Hey, y’all had “The Kids Are All Right” and “Chloe” this year!), but that’s just because he’s gay.

“Black Swan” raised gay women’s anticipation with its trailer showing groping and a liplock between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, and Portman alone under the covers. Is she…?

Yes, she is, and yes, they are, but if context matters to you, “Black Swan” is not a lesbian movie. A paranoid thriller set in the ballet world (which makes it of interest to some gay men, although it’s even less gay than “Mao’s Last Dancer,” if that’s possible), it’s a mash-up of “The Red Shoes,” “The Turning Point” and “All about Eve,” but with a twist.