Thursday, November 19, 2009

My Fave Radio DJ Movie: Times Square


I just posted this on my FilmInFocus.com blog and couldn't resist cross-posting here.

The release of PIRATE RADIO offers a great excuse for me to blog about my favorite radio DJ movie of all time (in fact my favorite movie, period, of all time), Allan Moyle's 1980 NYC teen-girl adventure tale, TIMES SQUARE. Please chime in in the comments field below and share YOUR favorite radio DJ movies (maybe you're thinking about Allan Moyle's 1990 follow-up to TIMES SQUARE, PUMP UP THE VOLUME with Christian Slater?).

Allan Moyle's TIMES SQUARE is one of the all-time cult classic movies of my generation. The story is structured around late-night disc jockey Johnny LaGuardia (a great performance by Tim Curry) as he follows and narrates the drama of teen runaways Pammy and Nicky (Trini Alvarado and Robin Johnson). If you have not yet seen this film — run don't walk to your Netflix queue. If you HAVE seen the film — it's time to see it again! [click here for the direct Netflix link]

During my obsession with TIMES SQUARE in the early '90s I did a substantial amount of primary research on the film's production history and script development. The article below first appeared in San Francisco’s Bay Area Reporter in September 1993 in conjunction with a screening of the film presented by Frameline (the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival) at the Roxie Cinema with star Robin Johnson in attendance.


TIMES SQUARE: The Story Behind The Dyke Cult Classic

by Jenni Olson

Allan Moyle's 1980 teenage girl rock 'n roll adventure, TIMES SQUARE developed status as a lesbian cult film with showings at lesbian and gay film festivals in New York and San Francisco in the early and mid 1980s and continues to be a favorite at lesbian and gay film festivals in the early '90s. Long-standing rumors about lesbian content removed from TIMES SQUARE have provided ample fodder for lesbian readings of the teen girl buddy movie. Indeed, a look at Jacob Brackman's original unpublished script of May, 1979 (on file at the University of Southern California Script Library) reveals many erotically-charged scenes between the protagonists, Nicky (Robin Johnson) and Pammy (Trini Alvarado). Some of these scenes were removed from the script prior to shooting, some of them were shot and then excised from the final cut of the film. A fragment of one such excised scene appears in the film's preview trailer - it is a one-second, barely perceivable, clip of Nicky and Pammy playing together in the river.

The basic plot of the film is conveyed in its publicity blurb: "In the heart of Times Square, a poor girl becomes famous, a rich girl becomes courageous, and both become friends." Pammy is the quiet and sheltered daughter of a prominent politician, Nicky is a streetwise troublemaker. Admitted to a hospital for the same psychiatric tests, the girls share a room and get to know each other. They escape from the hospital, create a home for themselves in a dockside warehouse and live their lives together against the gritty urban backdrop of Times Square. There's tons of romantic tension between the girls, and, most importantly - they love each other and they're not interested in boys. As their friendship begins, Pammy's first feelings for Nicky are expressed in a poem she writes in her journal (which Nicky steals): "your ribs are my ladder Nicky, I'm so amazed, I'm so amazed." Pammy later recites T.S. Eliot to Nicky and proclaims to her, "everything you do, or you say, is poetry. At least I think so."

In their poetry, music and other idiosyncratic forms of artistic self-expression, the girls perform for each other, and together, throughout the film. Each gives loving support to the other in their artistic pursuits as they encourage one another to grow and develop self-confidence.

Early in the film, Nicky gets Pammy a job as an erotic dancer, "I'm brave, but you're pretty. I'm a freak of fuckin' nature," she tells Pammy as Pammy prepares to go on stage at the Cleo Club. Nicky (with her hair tied back and looking as butch as ever) positions herself at the front edge of the stage to watch, and Pammy focuses on Nicky as she begins to dance (in the original script she dances topless). In a later scene at the Cleo Club, Pammy watches Nicky perform her song "Damn Dog" (a poem Nicky had first read to Pammy on bended knee: "I can lick your face, I can bite it too, my teeth got rabies, I'm gonna give 'em to you. I'm a damn dog.")

While there's no explicit lesbian content in the film, the romantic tone of Nicky and Pammy's interactions is undeniable. The original script had several scenes and plot elements that developed this aspect of Nicky and Pammy's relarionship, including a scene of their first meeting in the hospital, in which they have to undress in front of each other; two scenes where they take off their shirts and play together in their underwear in the river (the clip of which remains in the film's trailer); a wrestling scene; a scene of the first night that they sleep (sleep, not fuck) together and a scene of Pammy dancing topless at the Cleo Club. Most of the scenes removed from the script/film are scenes involving erotic tension or physical contact between the girls.

There are many rituals remaining in the film, in complete forms or as remnants of rituals excised from the original script. The film relies heavily on ritual and symbolic meaning, and, in fact, contains an excess of overdetermined pieces of dialogue, references, ideas and objects that signify the girls' bonding together and rebellion against society. After they escape from the hospital, they cut each other's wrists and hold them together to become blood sisters; they make a pact that they will shout each other's names when they need each other; they call themselves the Sleaze Sisters; they have their own sayings like "No sense makes sense;" they write and perform poems and songs; they drop TV sets off of buildings as one of their trademarks and they wear garbage bag outfits and black out their eyes.

Of the ritualistic elements removed from the film, three are especially significant as they convey the intensity of the bond between Pammy and Nicky. Early in the script, just after they escape from the hospital, they henna and cut each other's hair (with this scene removed, their hair inexplicably changes color and length in the second reel of the film). The girls also create a journal together, called the Doomsday Book, to write their poetry and songs in (the scene where Nicky burns the book at the end of the film is still intact although all reference to the book itself has been removed). Also excised is a scene, again relatively early in the script, where Nicky "pulls up her shirt and pulls down her jeans a little to show Pamela a tiny P and an N, tattooed prison-style on her abdomen. 'I got a lot of dumb ideas. But at least I make 'em up myself,'" says Nicky.

TIMES SQUARE is one of the most remarkable rock n' roll soundtrack movies ever made (artists include Patti Smith Group, Pretenders, Talking Heads and Roxy Music), and the soundtrack often provides romantic commentary on the developing relationship between the girls. "You Can't Hurry Love" accompanies their escape from the hospital, and when Johnny (Tim Curry) the disc jockey learns that "you two sweethearts have a favorite song" he plays it for them. The song is dyke-rocker Suzi Quatro's "Rock Hard."

In a letter to her father, which Johnny reads over the radio, Pammy proclaims, "We are having our own Renaissance." Indeed, they create their own scavenged culture in their pastiche clothing, the decor of their squat on the pier, their poetry and music, and in their own unique brand of political activism. They decry the hypocrisy and prejudice of the establishment in a live radio performance of "Sleaze Sister Voodoo" in which they proclaim: "Spic, nigger, faggot, bum/Your daughter is one."

Patti Smith's darkly co-dependent dirge of obsessive love, "Pissin' in a River" signals the beginning of the end for Pammy and Nicky. In the most heartwrenching scene of the film Nicky destroys their home, burns their journal, and throws herself into the river. She emerges sobbing, "What the fuck is wrong with me?" Distraught, she storms into Johnny's radio station, "put me on the radio, I got somethin' to say." When Johny hesitates she smashes the control booth window, shouting, "You fuckin' little straight!" She then calls out her song to Pammy on the air: "My heart/it's pumpin'/my foot/it's runnin'/my head/it's hurtin'/it's hurtin' me./I never told you/everything/I never said the stuff I should/I was chicken to tell you/I never thought I could./ Find me/help me/save me./Can you hear me?/Can you feel me out there?/Pammy! I'm callin' you Pammy! Pammy!"

While Nicky's previous song to Pammy, "Damn Dog" had a sexy edge to it, this one is a desperate cry for help as she realizes that they must go their separate ways. Their break-up is partly prompted by Nicky's jealousy at the possibility that Pammy might be interested in Johnny (this possibility is quickly dispelled as Pammy tells Johnny that she hates him). Thinking she has lost Pammy, Nicky's jealous rage is succeeded by a deep depression. Pammy makes it clear to Nicky that she loves her but says, "I can't be like you." Nicky's final statement, as she performs "Damn Dog" in Times Square, is a proclamation of her love for Pammy, "she was the best friend I ever had." Nicky turns and dives into the crowd of teenage girls below, smiling and waving back at Pammy as she is carried away by her adoring fans.

Although the removal of so much material from the original script gives the film a fragmented feel and sometimes sloppy continuity, the bond between the girls is always clear, and always has some proto-lesbian resonance to it. As such, TIMES SQUARE is a marvelous experience not only for lesbian youth, but for any girl who's ever had a crush on a girl or who's wanted to see girls on film without boys in the middle.

The most intriguing thing in the unpublished screenplay of the film is the following scene description (not in the film), which begins towards the bottom of a page, the next page of the script is missing:

The Hideout Night

NICKY is pumping iron with a set of weights she has fashioned from a lead pipe and some iron wheels. PAMELA watches proudly from across the room, where she is sewing.

NICKY - Even though you may stagger…


Copyright 1993, Jenni Olson. It is okay to use excerpts without requesting permission but please credit: Jenni Olson (www.butch.org). Thanks.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Two exciting upcoming SF screenings of my films


Monday, October 19th!
Please come out for a special screening of my award-winning experimental feature documentary: THE JOY OF LIFE at the Jack Hanley Gallery (395 Valencia St. (@15th St.) on October 19th at 6:30pm. The screening is free (donations accepted) and also includes the short OUTSIDE THE DEMOCRACY OF CIRCUMSTANCE by Richard T. Walker. This special THE JOY OF LIFE screening kicks off a really cool extravaganza called Night Tide (October 19-23) which marks the 100th Anniversary of the Portola Festival — which took place October 19th-23rd of 1909 as a celebration of San Francisco's diversity and recent renewal and rebuilding after the 1906 earthquake. For more details on this 5-day oceanic celebration of the "ungraspable phantom of life" through film, art, music, readings, performance and dancing please see the flyer above. The whole thing is curated by Elephant and Giraffe and I am very proud to be a part of it.

Thursday, October 22nd!
kino21 is presenting a screening of my short 575 CASTRO ST. at SF Camerawork Gallery (657 Mission Street, Second Floor) on Thursday October 22nd, 7pm as part of their series called San Francisco: Place, Portrait and Performance (in conjunction with SF Camerawork's year-long 35 Anniversary celebration, we present the first of three screenings of films by local artists, who highlight our legacy as citizens of San Francisco). 575 CASTRO ST. screens this evening with Nathaniel Dorsky's 17 REASONS WHY and Roger Jacoby's HOW TO BE A HOMOSEXUAL, Parts I and II.

I'm happy to say that 575 CASTRO ST continues to have screenings in various cities thanks to the generous distribution assistance of the folks at New American Vision. Keep an eye out for these upcoming screenings across the globe:

A Million Different Loves!? International Queer Film Festival (November 2009)
Espacio Queer - La Plata, Argentina (November 2009)
Starz Denver Film Festival (November 2009)
Viennale (October 2009)

And remember (if you don't happen to live in Warsaw, La Plata, Denver, Vienna or San Francisco) you can always watch 575 CASTRO ST. online right HERE!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Support Outfest & QUEENS AT HEART!

Hey Everybody!

On September 30th I will be attending the Outfest Legacy Awards for the restoration premiere of an amazing LGBT cinematic treasure. Watch this clip, and then read on to participate in Queer Film History!



QUEENS AT HEART is truly one of the most remarkable LGBT films I've ever seen (and I have watched thousands of them). It is a short exploitation documentary produced in 1967 and featuring candid interviews with four trans women who speak honestly and with great courage about who they are (despite the lascivious tone of the weird guy who is interviewing them). The experience of seeing these women talk about the dangers and pleasures of queer life in pre-Stonewall New York City is inspiring. The camera follows them out to a fantastic drag ball, and shadows one of them along the streets of the city to her job as a hairdresser. I discovered this badly faded 35mm print many years ago and donated it to Outfest's Legacy Project. Outfest chose it (along with CHOOSING CHILDREN) as their 2009 preservation project.

You know the National Film Registry thing where they pick 25 films each year and proclaim them to be of historic significance for preservation?

Yeah, this is sort of like the gay version of that -- a very big deal. And film preservation is expensive. While the National Film Registry preserves Citizen Kane and Groundhog Day (okay, they DID add The Times of Harvey Milk to the list, but still) it's up to us to bankroll the movies that reflect OUR heritage (previous Outfest restorations include WORD IS OUT and PARTING GLANCES).

So, please click through and make your contribution now. Or go ahead and buy a ticket to attend the Legacy Awards Gala (I'll see you there)!

Even a small donation will make a very big difference —— seriously, click through to give just $35 right now and be part of saving our images for posterity. If we don't do it nobody else will. Do it now so you don't forget!

Thanks!

Jenni

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

There I am on YouTube Again (Lesbian Riot at the Roxie)



If you don't know about the Frameline Film Festival Lesbian Riot at the Roxie: Watch and learn! And look, I'm wearing the same shirt as in my other recent YouTube appearance on stage at the Jewish Film Festival (but in a different color). Which reminds me of one of my all time favorite quotes (by David Byrne): "People will remember you better if you always wear the same outfit."

Monday, August 10, 2009

575 Castro St. Onstage Q&A at SF Jewish Film Fest



Okay, it was a bit unnerving to hear that one of my favorite film bloggers, Michael Guillen, had videotaped my post-screening Q&A for 575 Castro St. at the Jewish Film Festival and then posted it on YouTube. I spent the last few days thinking about it at 1am and worrying about whether I had said anything inappropriate for ears beyond that relatively small Castro Theatre audience. Having just watched it I was very relieved that not only did I not say anything incriminating, but my cinematographer Sophie Constantinou and I actually did a pretty good job of putting the film in context AND I gave my pitch for everyone to get out and support Mark Leno's Harvey Milk Day bill! Now that our President has seen fit to honor Harvey with the Medal of Freedom let's see if our Governor can get with the program and sign the bill (instead of vetoing it like he did last year). For more info go to EQCA.org right now.

And hey -- if you have not watched my movie yet you can always go over to the Film In Focus website for your personal desktop premiere!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

More kind words for 575 Castro St.

Another amazing review of my short film, 575 Castro St. — I am so grateful to the thoughtful movie lovers and film critics who put such energy into writing about my films. Best line from a very lengthy reflection on the film:

"575 Castro St. challenges every formal tendency of the Hollywood biopic -- it's short, slow, contemplative -- but, in a way, it is a Hollywood biopic."

Read the rest at LongPauses.com!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Me and Micah Schraft at Outfest Opening Night


IMG_1459.JPG, originally uploaded by gppict.

It's so fabulous that JD goes around the entire festival capturing the glamorous (and mundane) moments of any given evening. And then she writes about it! Visit TheSmokingCocktail.com for all the scoop.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Beyond Chron review of 575 Castro St.

The San Francisco International Film Festival press office just sent me clippings of coverage they got for my short when it played the festival in May. Consider me extremely impressed! And thrilled about this quite substantial review from BeyondChron:
"The titular "575 Castro Street" of Jenni Olson’s short is the address of slain supervisor Harvey Milk’s camera shop. Viewers of the film “Milk” know this shop as the base for the gay leader’s political runs for office. But the shop also processed the Super 8 studies in light and motion that became the basis for the San Franicsco Gay Film Festival.

Olson’s short pays homage to both these legacies. Visually, the viewer is treated to static shots of the shop’s interior, which was meticulously reconstructed for “Milk.” Reflections from the outside traffic resemble rivers of quietly flowing light. The effect renders the shop as a contemplative shrine.

The audio track will rattle certain viewers’ cages. Despite being recorded over three decades ago, Harvey Milk’s posthumous post-assassination message still has the power to discomfit. His reminders about the evils of organized religion, complacency in the LGBT community, and those who put their egos above the movement is still timely advice that has been sometimes ignored in the decades after his death.

Olson’s union of these two individually powerful elements creates a mournful whole. Milk’s monologue feels like wind whispering through a mausoleum. But it also stimulates the viewer’s imagination to visualize the many political meetings in that shop and to muse over the sociopolitical changes brought to the LGBT community by ensuing decades. Unmediated by Sean Penn, Milk’s voice still compels."

The Hefty Gift Bag from Frameline Women's Brunch

Photographer Ana Grillo took this awesome shot of one of the Wolfe gift bags at last week's Women's Brunch during Frameline33. We crammed them with all kinds of great stuff including ITTY BITTY TITTY COMMITTEE t-shirts, Wolfe lollipops and Wolfe's "Big Picture" LGBT DVD catalog.

The Hefty Gift Bag from Frameline Women's Brunch

Photographer Ana Grillo took this awesome shot of one of the Wolfe gift bags at last week's Women's Brunch during Frameline33. We crammed them with all kinds of great stuff including ITTY BITTY TITTY COMMITTEE t-shirts, Wolfe lollipops and Wolfe's "Big Picture" LGBT DVD catalog.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sharon Gless & Rosie O'Donnell Kissing


Sharon Gless jokingly kissed Rosie O'Donnell onstage at the Frameline closing nite party - after earlier in the evening, Rosie had spoken to the audience about her lifelong desire to kiss Sharon when she introduced the world premiere of the new lesbian feature film, HANNAH FREE. (Photo by Debra St. John).

Saturday, June 27, 2009

I am #74 on the Top Hot Butches List!



What a fabulous honor to have bestowed upon me this Pride Weekend. And you have to go browse this terrific list of:

The 100 hottest butch, masculine, androgynous, genderqueer, transmasculine, studs, AGs, dykes, and queers, a project by Sinclair Sexsmith, the kinky queer butch top behind Sugarbutch Chronicles.

Visit TopHotButches.com and enjoy the eye candy (and intelligent reflections on female masculinity, etcetera).

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Jeanne Dielman coming to DVD


Now THIS is exciting! Chantal Akerman's brilliant rarely-seen masterpiece Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles is coming to DVD at last. Click to order your copy from Amazon now. This is a double-disc set from Criterion and the street date is August 25th 2009 (a new great moment in cinema history).

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

575 Castro St. at Frameline


Please come see 575 Castro St. in the Calling All Nerds and Art Freaks program at the Roxie on Saturday June 20th at 1:15 pm!

See you there!

Hotel Tip: The Americania in San Francisco


Jenni's (and Julie's) recent review of the Hotel Americania in San Francisco, on OutTraveler.com:
"San Francisco's gay-owned boutique hoteliers, Joie de Vivre have done it again. Like their equally creative Best Western makeover in Japantown (The Hotel Tomo), their latest lodging facelift job spiffs up a 143-room South of Market motel into a playful, creative and fun property for grown-ups and kids alike, The Americania Hotel (121 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103; 415.626.0200)."

Read the rest of the rave review HERE!

Friday, May 15, 2009

My new 1-minute short at xtranormal.com


Sometimes it's better not to talk so much when you're trying to pick up a girl on the street. Part one in a series of unsuccessful lesbian cruising techniques.

Friday, April 24, 2009

575 Castro St. at SF International and...

My short film 575 Castro St. is finally having it's San Francisco premiere this weekend at the SF International Film Festival. Come see it in the Voices Carry shorts program at the Kabuki on Sunday, April 26th at Noon or on Wednesday April 29th at 12:15pm.

The film is showing at tons of other festivals in the coming months (thanks to the fabulous folks at New American Vision who helping me with all the tedious details of that process). Keep an eye out for it at:

Boston LGBT Film Festival (April 2009)
Torino GLBT Film Festival (April 2009)
OutView Film Festival in Athens, Greece (May 2009)
QDoc: Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival (May 2009)
Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (May 2009)
Frameline: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival (June 2009)
Los Angeles Film Festival (June 2009)
Queer Takes, Minneapolis (June 2009)
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (July 2009)
Outfest: Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (July 2009)

You can click over to my 575 Castro St. blog page for links to all these fine festivals. Or just go watch it online right now at FilmInFocus.com

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Legacy Project: ONE Archive Screening April 19 in L.A.

Coming up in a few weeks in L.A. is this very exciting opportunity to see some rare film and video highlights from the ONE Archives.

My connection to this event is two-fold: 1) Some of the video preservation monies for this arose out of a brief conversation between myself (as a member of the Outfest Legacy Project Advisory Board) and Bay Area Video Coalition staffer Wendy Levy in the aisle of the Castro Theatre before a screening at Frameline two years ago! 2) I am a huge fan of Jim Kepner who was the originator of the ONE Archives and who I got to meet on my first trip to Los Angeles back in like 1986 when he had all his collection crammed into a messy old storefront off of Hollywood Boulevard. He was one of my early inspirations about the importance of saving stuff!

April 19, 7:00pm
LEGACIES FROM THE ONE NATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN ARCHIVES, a lecture/screening at the UCLA Festival of Preservation

The ONE Archives began in 1942 when writer-activist Jim Kepner created a private collectioen of gay-related materials in New York. The ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives now thrives as the world's largest research library on LGBT heritage and concerns. In early 2007, ONE deposited its collection of rare film and videotape with the Outfest Legacy Project at UCLA. This evening's program presents highlights from a portion of that collection, in conjunction with a discussion hosted by Joseph Hawkins, president of ONE Archive's board of directors, about ONE's crucial role in preserving LGBT history.
35mm, 16mm and video, approx. 90 min.

Preservation funded by: the Bay Area Video Coalition's 2007 MediaMaker Award
IN PERSON: Don Kilhefner, Lillian Faderman, Malcolm Boyd, Mark Thompson, Joseph Hawkins.

Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Tickets/Information: www.cinema.ucla.edu
OUTFEST members receive $1 off admission at the box office.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Epic review of 575 Castro St. on Invencible Vulnavia

Just came across this really substantial review of my new short film on Diego Trerotola's blog, Invencible Vulnavia. Diego is based in Argentina and of course his blog is in Spanish so I need to spend some time gleaning the highlights but it looks like he has positive things to say about the short (and about THE JOY OF LIFE which played at the Mar Del Plata Film Fest there in 2005).

Okay, I can get the main sense of it via the miracle of Yahoo's Babelfish (which has some pretty crazy imperfections and yet it translates Spanish to English better than I can).

Phrases like: "intelligence and sensitivity" sound promising!

Monday, March 02, 2009

The Olson-Dorfs on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Click here to watch the video: Online NewsHour | PBS


We are getting ready for the big Overturn Prop 8 Rally on Wednesday and the Supreme Court arguments on Thursday. This video gives a nice 10 minute overview of the current state of Marriage Equality (or lack thereof) here in CA — starring: The Olson-Dorf Family!

Tune in to the Jim Lehrer News Hour on Thursday for the TV version featuring even more thoughtful analysis (and yet more B-roll footage of Jenni, Julie, Hazel and Sylvie making spaghetti and meatballs for dinner). A similar story will run on our local PBS affiliate, KQED on the show, "This Week in Northern California" this coming Friday.

We can also be seen in a special about Prop 8 on Voice of America as well. The photo caption for the VOA items proclaims:"Jennie Olsen [sic] and Julie Dorf are the human face of same sex marriage in California." Yikes!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Get MILK on DVD!


Director Gus Van Sant's riveting biopic about slain gay rights activist and San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk comes to DVD at last in this handsome must-own edition that’s packed with extras.

Based on the politically resonant and thoroughly timely screenplay of Dustin Lance Black, Van Sant follows the arc of Milk's political awakening, from closeted Brooklyn insurance executive to doyen of San Francisco's Castro district's burgeoning gay mecca in the 1970s. Sean Penn portrays the film's hero, melting into the role with an affable flamboyance that is both spirited and eminently engaging. James Franco plays opposite Penn as Milk's supportive and easygoing boyfriend, Scott Smith. The couple's cheerful and loving rapport lends buoyancy to the film's overall message of hope as Milk ascends from grassroots community organizer to a galvanizing figurehead in the push for gay civil liberties.

CLICK TO ORDER NOW for only $19.95 from WolfeVideo.com: Your queer-owned community source for LGBT DVDs since 1985!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Ready? OK! trailer- great new DVD about gay kid cheerleader

When you wish for a son on the wrestling team, how do you deal with one who loves fashion, dolls, and pyramid formations? Watch this trailer and then visit http://www.wolfevideo.com/products.asp?id=1478 to preorder your very own copy of the DVD. Starring Carrie Preston, Lurie Poston, John Preston, Michael Emerson, and more and winner of numerous f

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Attn. Filmmakers, Programmers, Journalists, Distributors, Publicists, etc.

Come sign up for the PopcornQ Film & Video Professionals List!


The PopcornQ Film & Video Professionals List is a low-volume, moderated Yahoo Group intended for use by film and video professionals (filmmakers, distributors, exhibitors and festival programmers, bookers, journalists, publicists, etc.), with an emphasis on the genre of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender motion pictures and events. Please feel free to exchange information such as: calls for entries, funding opportunities, film production, job searches, newly completed projects, etc. Please also share your expertise regarding: labs, how to work with actors, finding a distributor, etc. The list is also open to critical discussions of issues in queer cinema, info about queer film festivals, announcements of world-wide events in film, retrospectives, and items of interest to film professionals.

THIS GROUP IS NOT INTENDED FOR USE BY NON-FILM PROFESSIONALS OR AS A BULLETIN BOARD FOR POSTING ADVERTISEMENTS REGARDING NON-FILM RELATED WEBSITES OR OTHER MATERIALS. MEMBERS ABUSING THIS PRIVILEGE WILL BE BANNED.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Conversation with GLAAD's Damon Romine


Wow! I am so happy about this interview. Damon Romine from GLAAD talks to me about my film, 575 Castro St. and the current state of LGBT cinema as we stand out on the Main Street balcony of the Queer Lounge during Sundance 2009. (Thanks Damon!)

Short filmmakers (including me) spout off on Sundance Channel

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

2009 Sundance Q Preview

My whizbang overview of all the LGBT films at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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Remembering Mark Finch (Oct. 21, 1961-Jan. 14, 1995)


Fourteen years later the thought of Mark still so bittersweet.

The "Ainagram" above (diagramming "Why Olivia Newton-John is still popular") is one of his many wild creations. Click on the image to see it full size.

I'm blogging for FilmInFocus.com this week!

Julie and I are off to Sundance on Friday! In between shmoozing and watching movies I will be posting an item or two on my blog at FilmInFocus.com (the usual queer gossip and observations on the thrill of Sundance) so be sure to check it out in all your spare time.

P.S. I just got my first big coverage today for 575 Castro St. -- The Pary City Record has a substantial interview with me talking about my film, the Queer brunch, etc. right HERE.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Queer Brunch at Sundance: The History



Just found this nice little piece about the history of the Queer Brunch from Peter Bowen on the Sundance Channel site.
Filmmaker Jenni Olson, one the Brunch's founders, remembers how it came about: "In 1996, I spoke with Morgan Rumpf, the then head of Outfest and we both wanted to do some sort of queer party. We teamed up with ITVS and each chipped in about $100 for bagels and stuff. And since we couldn't afford a venue on Main Street, we found the Grub Steak Restaurant, which only wanted $7.25 a person to cater. That year we had about 50 people. Now it seems like everyone wants in."

People thought we were crazy to be having a party anyplace besides Main Street. And when we actually saw the enormous size of the Grub Steak (which I had booked by phone, sight unseen) it was a bit overwhelming. We limited the party space that first year to just the entryway area so the party wouldn't seem so pathetically small. The event has grown by leaps and bounds since then and has expanded into the entire space of the restaurant (as you can see in the picture above from the 2006 Queer Brunch — look, there I am over in the left lower corner talking to that blonde who is nowhere near as cute as my girlfriend).

This year's 13th Annual Queer Brunch takes place on Sunday January 18th from 11am-1pm at the Grub Steak Restaurant (2200 Sidewinder Drive)! This year's presenting sponsor is Here! TV. You're supposed to RSVP to the folks at Outfest, or you can take your chances and just show up. See you there!