MDC Museum of Art + Design


Living Together November Film Series

Living Together November Film Series

Living Together Film Series: 
Uncle Gloria: One Helluva Ride! (2016), 76 minutes, Director: Robyn Symon, USA

Thursday, November 30
7:00 PM
Free Screening

Bill Cosford Cinema, University of Miami
5030 Brunson Drive, Memorial Building 227, Coral Gables

Miami Dade College Museum of Art and Design in collaboration with MDC’s Tower Theater and The Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami, is pleased to announce the Living Together Film Series, a program of films spread across ten nights over the next six months.  The films will be screened on selected Thursdays from September 2017 to April 2018. Screenings are free and open to the public; admission will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Living Together’s documentary and fiction films survey the dizzying political landscape of contemporary American cinema.  The films explore notions of manhood, nationhood, and political, spiritual, and poetic freedom.  Academy-nominated films, festival selections, and independently-minded productions come together in a program that aspires to change audiences’ strongly held convictions, acquired behaviors, and habits associated with the consumption of moving images.

Filed under stranger than fiction, Uncle Gloria: One Helluva Ride! tells the astonishing true story of a 67-year-old macho owner of a South Florida auto-wrecking company named Butch, who undergoes a nasty second divorce and needs a place to hide. But the last place anyone would think to find him is in a dress, wig, and heels, living as a woman. What starts out as a trick to beat the system ends up changing Butch forever. Featuring risky surgeries, sex work, family dysfunction, activism, and falling in love, Gloria's life is one that must be seen to be believed. Fasten your seatbelt, this is most definitely one helluva ride! This film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at its Miami premiere.

The curator of the Living Together Film Series is Konstantia Kontaxis, Associate Dean of Research and Interim Director of the Center for Communication, Culture and Change at the University of Miami School of Communication.