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Gay Lithuanian Filmmaker Sending Nude Selfies to Fund Gay-Rights Movie

November 4th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Kickstarter

“Lithuania is a tiny Eastern European country with approximately 3 million inhabitants. It’s a country of spectacular landscapes, a rapidly growing economy, and people who dream big,” Filmmaker Romas Zabarauskas writes. “The bad news is that our politicians are increasingly pushing a homophobic agenda. Since 2010, a controversial Protection of Minors law, similar to Russia’s anti-gay legislation, has been in force,” he adds before describing his new film project that will delve deep into gay rights in the country through a story about a fictional girl escaping the country. Zabarauskas’ film, You Can’t Escape Lithuania, through Kickstarter, is hoping to raise funds through an unconventional campaign. For backers who donate $50, you’ll receive Director Romas Zabarauskas’ nude pic.

Check out the campaign page here. 

 

‘To Russia with Love’ Documentary to Air About Gay Olympic Athletes

July 10th, 2014 Comments off
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A documentary produced by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn’s Sundance Production will follow openly gay Johnny Weir as he interviews gay athletes. To Russia With Love was shot in various international places, but was also secretly shot during the Sochi games, without the consent of the government. The film will examine the lives of past and present lesbian and gay athletes. It will include interviews with Billie Jean King and Greg Louganis as well as current athletes. According to the Hollywood Reporter:

Athletes featured in the film include snowboarders Belle Brockhoff and Simona Meiler, speed skaters Anastasia Bucsis and Blake Skjellerup and four-time gold medal-winning hockey player Charline Labonte as well as such notable sports personalities as Calgary Flames president of hockey operations and USA Hockey personnel director Brian Burke, Olympic gold medalist swimmer Mark Tewksbury and Russian Open Games’ Konstantin Yablotskiy and Elvina Yuvakaeva. To Russia With Love also features interviews and commentary from David Remnick, editor-in-chief of The New Yorker; actor and activist Stephen Fry and the Brooklyn Nets’ Jason Collins, who became the first openly gay athlete in a major sport.

Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2014

April 11th, 2014 Comments off
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Help to build community and get the chance to explore new facets of the LGBT experience at the 16th annual  Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Based in sunny South Beach, the festival offers a tempting alternative to the beach. From May 2-11, the festival will screen 65 LGBT-related films that cover various cultural and historical perspectives on the queer experience.

The festival’s claim to fame is that with every calendar year, it is the first major LGBT film festival to occur. So, these early-bird attendants will get a good sampling of what’s to come though the rest of the gay film festival season. Don’t miss this fantastic cultural event!

Doris Day, 90 and Sunny: A Birthday Tribute

April 3rd, 2014 Comments off

Passport Magazine Publisher Don Tuthill pays tribute to Doris Day on her 90th birthday.

Screen shot via the Doris Day Animal Foundation

Screen shot via the Doris Day Animal Foundation

I fell in love with Doris Day when I was five years old.  It was a miserable, stormy summer day and I was stuck inside.  I was sprawled on the living room floor with my 108 box of Crayola ® and a coloring book.  The TV was blasting as it always was when I was around; and also as usual I wasn’t paying any attention to it.  Not until I heard a particular voice.  I looked up to see a pretty blonde lady singing with a guy. Turned out to be a trailer for an old movie that was going to be shown on a local station that night.   For reasons I still can’t explain I HAD to see that movie.  Problem was it came on after my official bedtime.   I spent the rest of the day nagging, cajoling, and making all sorts of promises to my mom in the hope that she would just let me stay up and watch it.    Eventually she relented.  Now I think it was more of the fact that the movie ( “Tea for Two”) was based on a Broadway musical (”No, No Nannette”) that had been written by a family friend and she wanted to see the movie too and she could share it with me. Anyway, I saw the movie and I was hooked.  I became a fan-atic for all things Doris Day.

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Gay Film Festival In Russia Faces Bomb Threats

November 30th, 2013 Comments off
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In spite of bomb threats and intimidation, the Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival is being presented in Russia this week. Neo Nazi groups and right wing nationalists tried to prevent the film festival from taking place by calling in bomb threats, but the festival continues in spite of these groups and their assaults on gay people and gay rights in Russia. According to Cleve Jones: “Director Gus Van Sant, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and producer Bruce Cohen will be showing “MILK” with Russian subtitles in St. Petersburg and Moscow.”

It is difficult to stand up for your rights when you face these sort of threats and intimidation, but the gay people of Russia continue to demand the equal rights they deserve in spite of the threats. Thank you Gus Van Sant, Dustin Lance Black, and Bruce Cohen for supporting the gay people of Russia.

Read more about what is happening at Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival and over at The Moscow Times.

Germany’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Delights Audiences Around the Globe

October 31st, 2013 Comments off
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If the woods of Germany are filled with actors like Max Riemelt and Hanno Koffler, we’d surely get out in nature much more often. Being dubbed the “German answer to Brokeback Mountain,Free Fall has made headlines since Berlinale 2013 in which it screened to audiences of over 500 people. According to IMDB: “A promising career with the police, a baby on the way — Marc’s life seems to be right on track. Then he meets fellow policeman Kay and during their regular jogs Marc experiences a never-before-felt sense of ease and effortlessness — and what it means to fall in love with another man. Torn between his family and his new feelings for Kay, Marc sees his world careening more and more out of control. Suddenly, his life is in free fall and Marc realizes that try as he may, he can’t make everyone happy. Least of all, himself.”

The film is currently making its way around the gay film festival circuit, but it will be released on video in 2014 by Wolfe Video. [AB]

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New Documentary on New York’s Homeless LGBT Youths ‘Pier Kids: The Life’

October 28th, 2013 Comments off
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Screen Cap via YouTube.

A brand-new trailer was released for a Kickstarter-funded documentary about New York City’s homeless LGBT youths. The movie, Pier Kids: The Life, “examines the legacy of Stonewall and the Gay Rights Movement it ignited by following the lives of DeSean, Krystal, and Casper, three gay and transgender youth of color who, after being pushed out of their home because of their sexuality, have become homeless on the same street the riots took place more than forty years ago. While rooted in a specific place and time, the film is constantly pulling back to interrogate one of the most basic units of American life―the family. We follow Krystal, for example, from Christopher Street to Kansas City where she faces her biological family for the first time since becoming a woman. Would they accept her? Could she take rejection from them once again? Or would she gain strength from it and come back to New York a better woman,”

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Oprah Tackles Gay Hollywood and Premieres ‘Bridegroom’ on Sunday

October 24th, 2013 Comments off
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There has always been a stigma in Hollywood about being gay. Whether actors or actresses were actually homosexuals in their personal lives or how they were portrayed on the silver screen as Vito Russo’s The Celluloid Closet explored in the late 80s, Tinsel Town was and still is a difficult place to navigate as LGBT. This Sunday, Oprah’s Next Chapter explores what it means to be gay in Hollywood today with three openly out actors: comedienne Wanda Sykes, Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Scandal‘s Dan Bucatinsky. The three will discuss their personal coming out stories, the gay-rights movement, and what still needs to be done in Hollywood and beyond to ensure equality for the community.  “I do feel like this is the defining civil rights movement of our time,” Ferguson says. “In every civil rights movement, it takes a long time. That’s just the way it is; history shows that. Obviously, I would like for this to move faster than it is and I would like for it to move without casualty.” Be sure to tune in on Oct. 27 at 9 P.M.

Following the show, the award-winning documentary Bridegroom makes its television debut. The heart-wrenching documentary about love, loss, and injustices some gay partner’s face after losing the one they love.

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Tom Hardy to Play Music Legend Sir Elton John

October 24th, 2013 Comments off
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After an extensive search for the ideal actor, English-stud Tom Hardy (Dark Knight Rises) has just been slated for the epic role of Sir Elton John in Rocket Pictures’ forthcoming musical biopic Rocketman, Deadline reports“Tom is a stellar talent who will add extraordinary depth and nuance in bringing Elton’s story to life,” Rocket Pictures CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw said in a statement. The screenplay, written by Tony Award–winner and Oscar-nominee Lee Hall (War Horse, Billy Elliot), chronicles the life of the legendary music man, from his prodigious childhood to his fast-track rise to fame. The film, set for major US release by Focus Features, will be directed by Michael Gracey of Fox’s upcoming The Greatest Showman on Earth. Shooting is slated to begin next fall, during which John is expected to freshly record several of his greatest hits for the film’s soundtrack as well as serve as an executive producer.

A Drive-in Theatre for Car-Less New Yorkers!

October 4th, 2013 Comments off
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Many native New Yorkers know too well the endless benefits and shortfalls of living without personal cars.  From now until October 20, though, Big Apple residents will get a brief chance to enjoy an experience typically reserved for car owners—the old-fashioned suburban drive-in. Filmmaker Todd Chandler and curator Jeff Stark, in collaboration with the New York Hall of Science, have transformed 60 salvaged vehicles into a nostalgia-inducing drive-in for car-lacking Cinephiles. The recycled cars, plucked from a Brooklyn junkyard, are wired for sound and scattered throughout the New York Hall of Science parking lot. The pop-up theater, named Empire Drive-In, also boasts a 40-foot screen, a charming concession booth, a beaming marquee, and a motley calendar of classic, animated, and B-list film fare. Chandler and Stark have successfully installed similar pop-ups in the past, including one in Manchester, England last year and one in San Jose, California in 2010.

The drive-in also functions as an exhibit of sorts, as the duo worked to preserve the old-timey aesthetic of the junkyard cars—dented station wagons, Buick’s with inverted hoods, vintage BMW’s and stain-laden mini vans, some littered with trinkets from their former owners. “Wherever we can cram in more layers to the experience, we want to,” Chandler told the Wall Street Journal. According to the project’s website, the installation is meant to inspire dialogue about car culture, creative reuse, and the history of cinema as a shared experience.

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