The opening night film at the Miami International Film Festival, Mariachi Gringo follows a white-bread dude from Kansas (Shawn Ashmore) who travels to Guadalajara, Mexico, to pursue his dream of being a mariachi singer and romance the girl who stole his heart.
“Sounds great,” you say, “but what’s gay about it?” We’re glad you asked:
*Gringo‘s openly gay director Tom Gustafson and his partner, Cory Krueckeberg, were the creative force behind the indie musical Were the World Mine, a modern-day queer re-imagining of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. “It’s hard to make indie films,” Krueckeberg tells Queerty, “but it’s sometimes even harder to find an audience. But we know all the fans of Were the World Mine will love this film as well.”
* Star Shawn Ashmore is no stranger to queer cinema: He played an HIV+ porn star in 3 Needles and, as Iceman in the X-Menmovies, he had a infamous “coming out” scene when he revealed his mutant powers to his shocked parents.
* Ashmore’s character Edward has a brief gay flirtation (we’re not gonna give it away here—go see the movie!)
* Grammy winning Mexican diva Lila Downs performs many of the film’s musical numbers.
Next the film competes at Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose,, followed by screenings at the Nashville Film Festival, Dallas Film Festival, Chicago Latino Film Festival and Vail Film Festival. Check out the film’s Facebook pagefor more info on screenings.