Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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

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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!