Harvey Milk Festival 2016

Learn more about the 7th annual Harvey Milk Festival in Sarasota Florida. An event that commemorates equality and those who work to make it a reality.


Pioneer Winter: Alone Vignettes

“Pioneer Winter: Alone Vignettes”
One night only. Friday evening, May 12th at 7:00pm
Sarasota’s Historic Burns Court District
Pineapple Yoga Studio & Event Space
517 South Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

Tickets available now on Eventbrite:
$10 Students with ID
$15 in advance
$20 at the door

Pioneer Winter is a Miami-based choreographer, and director of the Pioneer Winter Collective – invested in physical theatre, contemporary dance, interdisciplinary collaboration, and transmedia. His Collective provides a platform for risk-taking, progressive, and experimental projects by democratizing performance through unexpected bodies, unexpected places, and unexpected social change.

Pioneer will be performing a series of vignettes from multiple works woven together into an intimate and provocative evening of dance. Vignettes will include include “PIE SOLO,” a reinterpretation of the ‘one-man show’, where Pioneer Winter examines faith in religion and culture from the vantage points of sexuality, age, and queerness. Video installation, tap dancing, and stripping will draw the audience into an intimate and interactive dialogue blending humor, isolation, and anecdote.

“Dance-making is the one way I have to be brave. My work democratizes performance through the unexpected. Through this, I champion unexpected bodies, telling unexpected stories and personal histories, in unexpected and hidden places. I am a believer in the beauty of vulnerability and humanness.” -Pioneer Winter

Pioneer will be presenting a workshop that is open to all on Saturday afternoon, May 13th. Please check the HMF website regularly for updates on Festival arts workshops.

This presentation contains nudity and mature content.

HMF Opening Night – Hope Will Never Be Silent

Harvey Milk Festival 2017 Art Show
Opening Reception Thursday, May 11th from 7pm – 10pm
Pienapple Yoga 517 S. Pineapple Avenue, Downtown Sarasota

Harvey Milk Festival’s art exhibit this year, “HOPE WILL NEVER BE SILENT,” will feature both established and young emerging artists that promote LGBTQIA human experiences through their work, which is to be presented as a collective transmedia art exhibit on Thursday, May 1th 2017 in Downtown Sarasota, Florida.

“HOPE WILL NEVER BE SILENT,” is a famous quote by Harvey Milk, our country’s first openly gay politician elected to public office. By presenting artists who support diversity, reject discrimination, and promote equality for our LGBTQIA community, the Festival presents work that promotes everything that Harvey Milk stood for. If we present great art, we present great change to our community.

Photo: Irene Garibay’s live performance of “Covered in insides”
Performance by Jess Pope and Company.

Harvey Milk Festival

The 8th Annual Harvey Milk Festival (HMF) will take place May 11-13, 2017, culminating in a 10-band concert at Five Points Park in historic downtown Sarasota, Florida. This event is part of a three-day festival. The mission of HMF is to honor and celebrate the life of Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay Americans elected to public office, by fostering emerging talent in musicians and artists who support diversity and reject discrimination.

Three days of theatre, performance art, and music that embrace equality and bring the community together. Find out how you can be a part of this magical event.

We are looking for sponsors & volunteers, let us know if you will join us this year.


HMF Presents: Fabulous Independent Film Festival

The Fabulous Independent Film Festival is gearing up for its sixth edition with a slate of new LGBTQ films and events!

Harvey Milk Festival is proud and honored to have added FIFF to its yearly programming. Bringing the community together and staying inspired, Magida Diouri will remain programming the festival for this wonderful event she founded.

Friday, September 30, 2016
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Sunday, October 2, 2016.

Two venues: Burns Court Cinemas and TBA

The Fabulous IFF owes its existence to the many generous sponsors and its audience. We are grateful for your support.

If interested in becoming a sponsor, there are several simple ways.

Contact us at or
download the sponsor form at the link below.

We want to thank one of our main sponsors allowing us to bring the best of LGBTq cinema to Sarasota: Wolfe Releasing

Sponsors FIFF 2016:
The Clark West and Elliott Mitchell Family Foundation
atLarge, Inc., DreamLarge Foundation
Sarasota Film Festival

Embracing Our Differences
Planned Parenthood
Janice & John Shelton
Wolfe Releasing
SRQ Arts Presenters
RC Moore Constructions

Democratic Club of Sarasota
Hub Studios
Ken Shelin
The Keith Kropp/Wayne Rogers Team at J Wood Realty
The Jewish Federation

Mark Steinwachs & Jarred Wilson
Robert Landry and Donald Kinghorn


Fabulous Independent Film Festival Opening Night Film and Party

Join us for the Fabulous Independent Film Festival Opening Night Film ‘Closet Monster’ at Burns Court Cinema! This edgy award winning coming-of-age film follows the life of a scarred gay teen having his first tumultuous boyfriend experience while guided by his spirit animal, Buffy the Hamster.

Afterward, join us for the opening night party at MADE Restaurant! We’ll have complementary light bites and FAB drink specials, along with a special musical performance! Support LGBTQ cinema and SRQ nightlife.

7:30 p.m. Closet Monster @ Burns Court Cinema/506 Burns Lane/SRQ

10:00 p.m. Opening Night After Party @ Made Restaurant/-990 Main Street/SRQ
Dj David Curran

Advance tickets available at

The Fabulous Independent Film Festival is a production of Harvey Milk Festival.