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Max Emerson’s HOOKED June 26

Max Emerson & NewFest to Debut the U.S. Premiere of Hooked , An Original Film on LGBT Homeless Youth

Instagram Icon Max Emerson (@Maxisms) will premiere his crowdfunded film Hooked in New York City on Monday, June 26th.

The feature film Hooked , written and directed by Instagram superstar Max Emerson, will make its U.S. premiere on Monday June 26th at 8pm. Hooked received its world premiere last month at Toronto’s Inside Out Festival, propelled by more than $200,000 in crowdfunded donations from over one thousand participants.

The premiere is presented in partnership with NewFest: New York’s LFBT Film & Media Arts Organization and the Ali Forney Center.

 

Hooked tells the story of Jack, a homeless teenage prostitute with a smart mouth and impulsive tendencies. He battles through a violent world of reckless “Johns” between New York City and Miami, desperately seeking a better life with his boyfriend Tom. This timely narrative feature debut from Emerson poignantly captures the under-covered plight of LGBTQ youth. Funded through crowdsourcing and a commitment to donating to LGBTQ organizations, Hooked is proof that cinema can tell powerful stories of underrepresented populations while directly giving back to the community. Half of all proceeds from Hooked will be donated to LGBTQ homeless youth shelters including Ali Forney Center, Albert Kennedy Trust, LA LGBT Center and Lost N’ Found.

All proceeds from this evening will benefit homeless LGBTQ youth via the Ali Forney Center. The film premieres at 8:00pm, preceded by a 6:30pm cocktail reception. Tickets are $25 ($15 for NewFest Members) and can be purchased
here: newfest.org/film/hooked . VIP tickets are also available for $75 and include a “meet and greet” with Max and a gift bag. Both tickets include cocktail reception.

There will be a talkback directly following the screening with Max Emerson and the cast and crew.

The film stars Conor Donnally, Katie McClellan (NBC’s Believe) , Terrance Murphy (USA’s Burn Notice ), Sean Ormond, Jared Sandler (CBS’s Kevin Can Wait ), Casper Andreas (Kiss Me, Kill Me) and Steve Hayes (Trick). Max Emerson and Melissa Llewellyn serve as producers, alongside executive producer (and GLAAD Board Member) Anthony Watson.

Writer & Director Max Emerson says: “I couldn’t be more excited to finally be sharing this piece with my community. Working with NewFest and Ali Forney Center is such an honor, and has been nothing less than a pleasure. It’s taken countless time and effort from everyone involved in this project, so it’s a real treat to finally be able to put this little melodrama out into the world.”

“NewFest has a long history of supporting emerging filmmakers and community partners,” said Robert Kushner, Executive Director of NewFest . “Max Emerson’s poignant debut feature Hooked is an opportunity to celebrate a new voice in filmmaking, while shining a light on marginalized members of the LGBT community via The Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth.”

“As longtime partners with Max Emerson, the Ali Forney Center is humbled and honored to be a beneficiary of his first feature-length film, which we have so proudly watched grow from idea to reality,” said Carl Siciliano, founder and Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center . “Support and generosity from individuals like Max helps educate people worldwide about the perils of LGBTQ youth homelessness, and for that we are most grateful.”

 


 

Max Emerson ( @Maxisms ) is an actor, model, YouTuber, activist and media personality. Well known in the gay and entertainment landscapes, he’s built a rabid fanbase among his 750,000+ Instagram followers with his adventurous spirit, good looks and fearless attitude. Max has been seen on numerous TV shows including ABC’s The Real O’Neals and FOX’s Glee, and is often recognized from ad campaigns with major brands like Abercrombie and Target. He recently wrote, directed and produced his first feature length film Hooked and is the author of Hot Sissy, now available via his website: www.maxismsmedia.com.

Founded in 1988, NewFest is a non-profit 501(C)(3) dedicated to giving voice and visibility to the full spectrum of the LGBT experience through year-round screenings, community empowerment programs, and our signature annual event, New York’s LGBT Film Festival. As the largest convener of LGBT audiences in New York, we proudly shine a light on the diverse stories that make our community unique, while nurturing and supporting the filmmakers whose work inspires dialogue, shifts cultural bias and creates positive

change. For information on our programs, partnerships, or how to support, visit www.NewFest.org .

The Ali Forney Center ‘s mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently. Since AFC’s launch with just six beds in a church basement, the organization has grown to become the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths in the country—assisting nearly 1,400 youths per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center which provides over 70,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered site housing program.

INFORMATION ABOUT HOOKED:

www.HookedProject.com

Trailer: http://bit.ly/HookedTrailer Photos/Poster: http://bit.ly/HookedPressFolder

INFORMATION ABOUT MAX:

www.youtube.com/TheMaxVicious www.instagram.com/Maxisms www.maxismsmedia.com

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Quad Cinema Gay Films

Over its four decades, the Quad has been one of New York’s preeminent homes for LGBTQ cinema. We’re celebrating Pride this June by spotlighting a myriad of queer stories, beginning with the World Premiere of a new 4K restoration of Toshio Matsumoto’s transgender masterpiece, Funeral Parade of Roses. For this month’s edition of “Underexposed,” which highlights overlooked American indies, we’re proud to present Rachel Reichman’s lesbian love story, Work. Our ongoing series “Quadrophilia” also gets a special queer edition this month with eight Quad favorites from Ira Sachs’ The Delta to Visconti’s Death in Venice.

Finally, we’re excited to launch the new monthly series “Coming Out Again” which will spotlight lesser-known landmarks of LGBTQ film history in collaboration with NewFest. Our inaugural selection is Wakefield Poole’s Boys in the Sand.

QUAD CINEMA for details!

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KISS ME KILL ME on DVD

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FINALLY! After touring the world for over a  year at Film Festivals this awesome Casper Andreas movie, KISS ME KILL ME, will be available on VOD & DVD December 7th!

FULL OF STARS! From director Casper Andreas (“Going Down in LA-LA Land”) and screenwriter David Michael Barrett (“Such Good People”) comes “Kiss Me, Kill Me,” a sexy gay thriller. Dusty (“As the World Turns” four-time Emmy nominee Van Hansis) blacks out while confronting his cheating boyfriend Stephen, (“Queer as Folk” gay icon Gale Harold). When Dusty comes to, Stephen was murdered and he’s the prime suspect. The movie also stars Brianna Brown (“Devious Maids”), Yolonda Ross (HBO’s “The Get Down”), Jai Rodriguez (“Queer Eye”), Matthew Ludwinski (“Going Down in LA-LA Land”), Craig Robert Young (“The Last Ship”), Kit Williamson (“Mad Men”), Jonathan Lisecki (“Gayby”), D.J. “Shangela” Pierce (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) and Michael Maize (“Mr. Robot”).

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FILMMAKER’S STATEMENT:

I have always enjoyed a good who-done-it. Growing up, I was a huge fan of both Agatha Christie novels and suspense thrillers, so when screenwriter David Michael Barrett sent me the script for KISS ME, KILL ME, I got very excited. Not only was this a bona-fide murder mystery, it was centered in a world I am very familiar with – gay West Hollywood. We had quite an extensive development period, which gave me plenty of time to school myself in film noir. David’s knowledge of the genre was extensive, and the screenplay pays homage to many of the greats, from Hitchcock to DePalma to even Verhoeven.

One of the things I loved most about the script was that it wasn’t a spoof of a thriller; it was the real thing. It also didn’t take itself too seriously, and even had characters commenting on the outrageous events, often balancing them with humor. I knew this script would be a challenge on such a limited budget, but I was excited to, for the first time, shoot scenes of violence and suspense. After all, what’s more fun that car chases, dream sequences, gun and knife fights? I love to challenge myself, and I’m determined to make each film better than my last. I never went to film school. Being an actor, I picked up a lot about production on set, but it wasn’t until I was actually directing and producing that I truly became a filmmaker. I have worked in a variety of genres, from serious dramas, like my award-winning Swedish-language short “A Last Farewell,” to comedies, a musical, and relationship dramedies. But there is nothing more exciting than taking on a new genre.

“Kiss Me, Kill Me” is my seventh feature film as a director/producer. I am proud to work in LGBTQ cinema, and tell the stories of my community, but I don’t see myself as a “gay filmmaker.” Every movie I’ve made explores universal themes, that all kinds of audiences can relate to, like my last film, “Going Down In LA-LA Land,” which has consistently been one of Netflix’s top viewed dramas. It was an extraordinary experience to see so many people come together to help make KISS ME, KILL ME, not just our crew but our Kickstarter backers, too. The movie has played in over three-dozen festivals all over the world. I’m proud of that. And that’s a testament to how much everyone loves a good mystery. Just like me.

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BUSBY BERKELEY Film Fest!

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“BUSBY BERKELEY,” a nine-day festival spotlighting the early movie musical trailblazer famous for his eye-popping kaleidoscopic production numbers, will run at Film Forum from Wednesday, December 7 through Thursday, December 15.

He really took off when Ruby Keeler, via a single cut, moved from tapping in front of a painted backdrop to dismounting from an actual cab on a three-dimensional set of 42nd Street, complete with traffic, mounted police, and hundreds of dancers, all in character – but that was only the beginning. Dance director, choreographer, auteur… and visionary. In his heyday, Busby Berkeley (1895-1976) mounted a series of still must-be-seen-to-be-believed musical numbers (most in lustrous black & white) that included overhead shots of dancers forming mind-boggling kaleidoscopes; fifty-six white grand pianos rolling around the stage in patterns; scores of chorus girls playing neon-lit violins in the dark; a camera tunneling through the gams of tightly-muscled dames; a Technicolor dream with Carmen Miranda sporting a 50-foot fruit basket – all enough to send a hardened surrealist’s head spinning.

 

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Says Bruce Goldstein, Film Forum’s Director of Repertory Programming, “Berkeley was the first to realize the endless cinematic possibilities of the musical form. Imitators have never even come close to what he created in the early 30s – not even with tools like CGI.”

Berkeley was born to an actress mother in Los Angeles and first performed on stage at age five. After a stint in the army during WWI, he began his career as a dance director and choreographer, working on nearly two-dozen Broadway shows. His film career began with producer Samuel Goldwyn, but he became a household name with his a string of iconic successes at Warner Bros.: 42nd Street, Footlight Parade, Gold Diggers of 1933, and many others, featuring one astounding production number after another.

In addition to his work as a choreographer and dance director (though neither title does justice to what he actually did), the festival also includes features films entirely directed by Berkeley, including Gold Diggers of 1935 (featuring the spectacular “Lullaby of Broadway” number); Hollywood Hotel (which introduced the song “Hooray for Hollywood”), the Technicolor extravaganza The Gang’s All Here, with Carmen Miranda sporting the world’s largest fruit basket; Strike Up the Band and Babes on Broadway, both featuring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney; For Me and My Gal, with Garland and Gene Kelly (in his debut); Take Me Out to the Ball Game, with Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Esther Williams, and written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; and a rare non-musical, They Made Me a Criminal, starring John Garfield, Claude Rains, and the Dead End Kids. Most films in the series will be screened as part of double features (two films for one admission), and most of the features will be screened in archival 35m prints.

December 7, the opening day of the festival, is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. In addition to the Berkeley double feature that day, Cavalcade of 1941, a vintage short including FDR’s famous “date that will live in infamy” speech, will be screened.

“Busby Berkeley” has been programmed by Bruce Goldstein, Film Forum’s Director of Repertory Programming.

For complete public screening schedule, see below.

Public Screening Schedule

DECEMBER 7 WED
DOUBLE FEATURE
ROMAN SCANDALS (1933, Frank Tuttle) 35mm
Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting, Gloria Stuart
3:30, 7:55

STRIKE UP THE BAND (1940, Busby Berkeley) 35mm print preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive
Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Paul Whiteman and Orchestra
Songs by George and Ira Gershwin.
12:30, 5:25, 9:45
PLUS “Cavalcade of 1941” 35mm

DECEMBER 8 THU
DOUBLE FEATURE
DAMES (1934, Ray Enright) 35mm print preserved by Library of Congress
Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Joan Blondell
12:30, 4:00, 7:30

FASHIONS OF 1934 (1934, William Dieterle) 35mm print preserved by Library of Congress
William Powell, Bette Davis, Frank McHugh
2:20, 5:50, 9:20

DECEMBER 9 FRI
DOUBLE FEATURE
THE GANG’S ALL HERE (1943, Busy Berkeley) DCP
Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra
12:30, 4:30, 8:30

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME (1949, Busby Berkeley) 35mm
Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams
2:35, 6:35

DECEMBER 10 SAT
DOUBLE FEATURE
42ND STREET (1933, Lloyd Bacon) 35mm print preserved by Library of Congress
Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell
12:30, 4:25, 8:20

THE GANG’S ALL HERE (1943, Busby Berkeley) DCP
2:20, 6:15, 10:10

DECEMBER 11 SUN
DOUBLE FEATURE
GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 (1933, Mervyn LeRoy) 35mm print preserved by Library of Congress
Warren William, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Ginger Rogers
12:30, 4:30, 8:30

FOOTLIGHT PARADE (1933, Lloyd Bacon) 35mm print preserved by Library of Congress
James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell
2:25, 6:25

DECEMBER 12 MON
Separate Admission
FOOTLIGHT PARADE (1933, Lloyd Bacon) 35mm print preserved by Library of Congress
12:40

DECEMBER 12 MON
DOUBLE FEATURE
THEY MADE ME A CRIMINAL (1939, Busby Berkeley) 35mm print preserved by Library of Congress  
John Garfield, Claude Rains, Ann Sheridan, the Dead End Kids
4:05, 7:20

NIGHT WORLD (1932, Hobart Henley) 35mm
Lew Ayres, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff
2:45, 6:00, 9:10

DECEMBER 13 TUE
DOUBLE FEATURE
THE GANG’S ALL HERE (1943, Busby Berkeley) DCP
12:30

42ND STREET (1933, Lloyd Bacon) 35mm print preserved by Library of Congress
2:35

DECEMBER 13 TUE
DOUBLE FEATURE
BABES ON BROADWAY (1941, Busby Berkeley) 35mm
Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland
4:25, 8:45

FOR ME AND MY GAL (1942, Busby Berkeley) 35mm print courtesy Harvard Film Archive  
Judy Garland, Gene Kelly
6:45

DECEMBER 14 WED
DOUBLE FEATURE
GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935 (1935, Busby Berkeley) 35mm
Dick Powell, Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Stuart
12:30, 4:15, 8:00

WONDER BAR (1934, Lloyd Bacon) HD
Al Jolson, Kay Francis, Dick Powell, Dolores del Río,
2:25, 6:10, 9:55

DECEMBER 15 THU
Separate Admission
42ND STREET (1933, Lloyd Bacon) 35mm print preserved by Library of Congress
12:30

DECEMBER 15 THU
DOUBLE FEATURE
HOLLYWOOD HOTEL (1937, Busby Berkeley) 35mm print preserved by Library of Congress
Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane, Hugh Herbert, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra
4:35, 8:40

IN CALIENTE (1935, Lloyd Bacon) New 35mm print courtesy Library of Congress
Dolores del Río, Pat O’Brien, Glenda Farrell
2:35, 6:40

Repertory calendar programmed by Bruce Goldstein
For more information, links and showtimes, visit www.filmforum.org
For downloadable photos and press notes, go to: www.filmforum.org/press

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Mapplethorpe Pop Up Show Flatiron Building

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Pop-Up Installation featuring works of Robert Mapplethorpe

 

A special Robert Mapplethorpe pop-up installation arrives in NYC in Flatiron Plaza North (23rd St. and Broadway) on Friday, March 18 (6pm-11pm) and Saturday, March 19 (6pm-10pm). The installation features larger-than-life projections, a stunning array of famous and more personal works, and rare, revealing commentary from Robert Mapplethorpe himself. This is a very special chance for guests to experience first-hand the magnitude of Mapplethorpe’s legacy.

This pop-up arrives prior to the premiere of HBO’s upcoming documentary “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures,” which will debut on Monday, April 4 at 9:00 p.m. exclusively on HBO.

Venture inside the mind of one of the 20th Century’s most important artists, and come face to face with his provocative masterpieces. Presented on a scale worthy of its artistic impact, this digital gallery features rare and revealing commentary from the photographer himself.

Where– Flatiron Plaza North (23rd St between 5th Ave & Broadway)

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Matthew Camp – Getting GO

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How did I miss this?

I stumbled upon this cute little movie by accident this week – it’s a Sexy, innovative gay romance with Tanner Cohen & Matthew Camp!

 

“An affecting drama full of heart and humor, reminiscent of instant classics like Weekend.” — Edge Boston

 

This wonderfully innovative and exceptionally sexy drama has an infectious energy and a completely unique aesthetic as it tells a classic story of lust becoming love — and then some. Super cute Tanner Cohen (Were The World Mine) returns to the big screen as a college boy named Doc who drunkenly cruises a gay go-go boy named Go (super hot Matthew Camp – well known New York night life performer) with the pretense of making a documentary about him.

 

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“As they grow closer, flirtation blurs the line between subject and filmmaker,” the film’s description reads, “until a steamy night together solidifies deeper feelings.”

Though his character “Go” was inspired directly by his dancing alter-ego, Matthew Camp says he’s actually pretty different from what most believe him to be behind closed doors — he’s quite reserved, completely monogamous, an artist, a perfumer, and nothing like what you’d assume a New York City bar star to be.

“What you see in Getting Go is a rough representation of me,” he says. “I mean, I do run around shirtless all the time, Go and I are both not afraid of a lot of things, and we danced in our underwear, so we’re both confident. But I wouldn’t have handled most of the situations in the same way Go did. I’m not as sexual as him… I don’t go on a lot of dates, I’m very reclusive, hanging out at my house. Go-go dancing was very much a job for me and after I’d perform, I’d leave right away rather than hang out at the club.”

Now 30, Camp reveals that he began go-go dancing when he moved to the city at 21 in order to pay his bills. “I’ve never felt I should be embarrassed by go-go dancing,” he says. “It’s not prostitution – which I’m not judgmental about – but I view dancing more as performance. I don’t like opening myself up to people, so with go-go dancing, people get to just see my body, they don’t see what’s going on in my head.”

See more at Queerty.

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PRIDE Web Series in New York

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A brand new controversial web series hits the digital scene!

PRIDE: The Series reflects real life experiences not only in the LGBTQ community, but also with an honest approach to the average person’s search for identity in New York City.

 

In an effort to expose good vs. evil in a society focused on discrimination, PRIDE: The series explores the reality of living with difficult circumstances. Painted with sex, drugs, heartache, and multicultural characters, this web series aims to prove that even the most diverse people can face similar battles, creating quite a bond.

For a glimpse into the life of PRIDE, check out the trailer:http://www.pridetheseries.com/trailer/.

(6 chapters out now!)

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Remarkable Shades of GAY Feb. 21

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On February 27, 2015 CINEMA VILLAGE in New York City will be releasing a compilation of nine of award winning director, Branden Blinn’s short films shot between March 2008 and February 2014. If you’re in New York come join us on opening night.

SNEAK PEAK

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THE GAYS New York Premiere

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Announcing the New York premiere of T.S. Slaughter’s 
new comedy feature, THE GAYS
 
Saturday, December 20, 2014,
at 10pm
 
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, New York, NY
 
Admission: $10 – includes a complimentary copy of the DVD!!
Wouldn’t it be great if your parents taught you how to hold your own in a fag-eat-fag world? Rod Gay and Bob Gay-Paris are the streetwise gay mentors you never had. Come revel in the raunchy wisdom they pass along to their two gay sons — Alex and Tommy — advice that will empower the boys to bend the world over, lube it up, and snapone off!THE GAYS is New York-based indie writer/director T.S. Slaughter’s second feature, following the release of his darkly comic gay slasher SKULL & BONES (Ariztical Entertainment, 2009).

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4 Moons in New York City

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The Mexican LGBT drama Four Moons (Cuatro Lunas) will be playing at The Quad on November 21, 2014  in New York City! (Available on DVD/VOD (iTunes, Amazon Instant) December 2, 2014).

 

Directed by Sergio Tovar Velarde, Four Moons stars Antonio Velázquez, Alejandro de la Madrid, César Ramos, Gustavo Egelhaaf, Alonso Echánove, and Juan Manuel Berna. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

The film tells four different stories about love and self-acceptance: a boy secretly attracted to his male cousin; two college students starting a secret relationship; a couple wasted due to the arrival of another man; and an old man dazzled over a young male prostitute.

4 Moons has won several Film Festival Awards and is a beautiful film!

 

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THE GAYS movie by T.S. Slaughter

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Campy, Vulgar and FUN!  The GAYS   have arrived!

Wouldn’t it be great if your parents taught you how to hold your own in a fag-eat-fag world? Rod Gay and Bob Gay-Paris are the streetwise gay mentors you never had.

Come revel in the raunchy wisdom they pass along to their two gay sons — Alex and Tommy — advice that will empower the boys to bend the world over, lube it up, and snap one off!

 

 

The film is New York City-based T.S. Slaughter’s new gay-themed dark comedy“The Gays” (USA, 2014, 73 minutes). “The Gays” is T.S.’s second feature film, following his campy horror comedy, Skull & Bones (Ariztical Entertainment, 2009).

The tagline of “The Gays — “The family that gays together, stays together” — sums up Slaughter’s satirical take on television sitcoms and cartoons of past decades based on American nuclear families ranging from the normal to the bizarre. Some other key features of the film:

 

  • “The Gays” is twisted, irreverent, and raunchy, appealing at once to gay men ages 18-80, young urban hipsters, and fans of edgy indie cinema generally.
  • The film’s outlandish Christmas scene positions “The Gays” to become cult classic viewing – and an unusual gift – for the winter holidays.
  • All the music in the film is performed by the filmmakers and their associates——and some of it is brand new.  In fact, the theme song was composed specifically for “The Gays.”
  • Lead actors Chris Tanner (Bob Gay-Paris) and Frank Holliday (Rod Gay) have both been well-known visual artists in New York City since the 70s; moreover, back then they were actually boyfriends – 30 years before reuniting to portray a married couple in “The Gays.”
  • Both Chris Tanner and Eugene the Poogene (He-Suk) are regularly featured performers at New York City’s LaMama Experimental Theater Company.

 

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THE GAYS taps into all our anxieties about what it means to live as though we are like everyone else. Even though the retro gay “married” couple in the film, Rod and Bob, pre-date actual married gays of today, their relationship embodies all the complexities we might now start to anticipate for our present-day selves in earnest. – says Slaughter.

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Issues they confront include those that have plagued gays since the 60s and probably earlier: what to do about balancing the security of a monogamous relationship with the inevitable boredom that comes with unending sameness? How do you define sex and other roles without replicating stereotypes like the homemaker versus the breadwinner? How, if you have kids, do you deal with their own emerging gayness or straightness without replicating all the dysfunctionality of the compulsory-straight nuclear family of times past? How do you discuss sex with them? Should you be as prudish as folks were in times past? Or is that destructively repressive? Should you be super open? Or is that too much information? And perhaps most of all, if the kids ARE gay, how do you arm them for the rough and tumble of a “fag eat fag world”? THE GAYS tackles all these questions and more with raunchy good humor designed to make you think after the side-splitting laughter stops.

— T. S. Slaughter

TheGaysMovie.com

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Casper Andreas KISS ME KILL ME

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While confronting his unfaithful boyfriend Dusty blacks-out. When he comes to, his boyfriend was murdered and he’s the prime suspect.

“Kiss Me, Kill Me” is an Alfred Hitchcock/Agatha Christie-style “Who-done-it” set in a little town called West Hollywood.

The fantastic film maker CASPER ANDREAS  is back again! An accomplished filmmaker who got his start in 2003 when he wrote, directed, and produced the short film “Mormor’s Visit” as well as his first feature, the romantic comedy “Slutty Summer” (in which he also stars). In the following years Casper produced and directed another five feature films (three of which he also wrote): “A Four Letter Word” (2007),”Between Love & Goodbye” (2008), “The Big Gay Musical” (2009), “Violet Tendencies” (2010), and “Going Down in LA-LA Land” (2011). Casper co-starred in the last two. Casper has collected multiple awards at film festivals around the world for each of his films.

 

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AN AMAZING CAST has been assembled  for  his new project, KISS ME, KILL ME!  Model / actor  Matthew  Ludwinski, Queer As Folk’s Gale HaroldMichael  Maize   from True Blood,  International Superstar  Willam,  and many more!

 

This movie is a passion project. Every single person both before and behind the camera is involved because we believe in it. We are a small group, with a small film, and we want to make this movie for a small amount of money.

Our risks and challenges will be enormous. Even though that is true of every film production, at every budget, the smaller the budget the greater the challenges. Actors can drop out, locations can become unavailable. Pretty much anything that can go wrong in life can go wrong while making a small movie. But our team has a lot of experience in film production and overcoming the various obstacles that will inevitably arise.

And we have passion!

We believe that passion plus experience will equal a great little movie that will, with your help, come together to truly be something special.

This is going to be a great creative adventure.

With your support, there is no challenge too great or risk to large – and KISS ME, KILL ME will then be coming soon to a theater near you!

They need  $100,000   and  are 1/3  of the way there!

VISIT KICKSTARTER  and read more! 

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Alec Baldwin Produces Barney Frank Doc and will debut at Tribeca Festival

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A lot of people call Alec Baldwin homophobic and anti gay.

The former MSNBC host Alec Baldwin who came under fire in June for calling a reporter a “toxic little queen” on Twitter, has been caught on camera threatening the paparazzi and using anti-gay slurs while doing so.

TMZ, where you can watch the clip: The video shows Baldwin — who was with his wife and baby — taking off in angry pursuit after the pap (not ours) … yelling, cursing and calling him a “c**ksucking f*g.”

FAMOUS drag queen Lady Bunny came to his defense last month in Huffington Post. And I have to agree, Should we really be decimating the man’s entire career over a few angry words that flew out of his mouth during an angry exchange at the end of a draining trial? Dan points out, “We often revert to high-school-era insults when we’re deeply upset.”

It’s a great read!

DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD reports: Alec Baldwin has signed on as executive producer of Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank, a new documentary about the openly gay ex-Massachusetts Congressman which debuts next month at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Baldwin will be conducting a Q&A with Frank at Tribeca after the film’s April 27 festival premiere. “Barney Frank is a personal hero of mine,” he said in a statement. “His legacy in Congress – and his historic importance as the first openly gay and married Congressman – important for our country.”

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New York Queer Experimental Film Festival Nov. 12-17th

The 26th New York Queer Experimental Film Festival

DATES: November 12-17, 2013

LOCATION: 521 Third Avenue, Brooklyn
(between 12th & 13th Streets, in Gowanus)

SUBWAY: F,G, R to 4th Ave-9th Street

 MIX NYC presents the 26th New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, with
over 225 short films, features, art installations and live
performances—made by or for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and
queer people—along with galleries and gathering spaces open free to the public.
This year’s MIX Festival promises to be an interactive and experiential
wonderland—yours for the making—filled with mind-bending art and
friendly crowds in a 20,000 sf warehouse transformed by local artists.

This year we’ve turned our venue into a living organism, complete a
monumental pair of breathing lungs, neuron lattices, fleshy openings and
veiny interiors. You’ll easily loose a few hours exploring the fleshy
nooks and crannies of the site. It’s the opposite antiseptic atmosphere
you’d find at a gallery or museum screening – it’s not about looking at
art in silence, then going home. 

The 26th New York Queer Experimental Film Festival makes it
easy to open up to the warmth of our crowd and the outlaw energies of
our screens. And after the screenings are over, MIX NYC gives the
colorful and comfy lounge space to mingle with artists, meet new folks
from all walks of life, plot the downfall of oppression everywhere.  You
may just feel the call to make an experiment of yourself. 

It’s the after-hours that makes the festival. If you’re out of sick
days, call in queer—the MIX celebration goes late every night.

Complete program information and schedule available online at www.mixnyc.org

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John Lithgow and Alfred Molina Get Married in New York!

   John Lithgow and Alfred Molina are headed to the chapel in this first released image of the upcoming dramatic comedy “Love Is Strange,” provided exclusively to Variety.

Lithgow and Molina play a gay New York couple who finally decide to tie the knot after 38 years. The film is directed by Ira Sachs, who received a feature Independent Spirit Awards nomination for 2012′s “Keep the Lights On.”

  Read the whole scoop at VARIETY

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October 11th Premiere of HIDDEN HILLS

For the last two years, a
small group of people have been producing a film that will hopefully
make a huge impact on your life. Not only will it make you laugh, think,
and get a big old lump in your throat, but hopefully, it will help you
rethink some really important stereotypes you might carry with you.

 1960’s
in Hidden Hills, California. A handsome real estate agent, Drew Drake
finds himself in a secret relationship that has become an overbearing
lie. For seven years he has secretly been dating and living with his
business partner Whitey Ford. None of his friends know. The issue isn’t
that they’re gay. Nearly everyone in Hidden Hills is gay. (Straight
people are the ones hiding in the closet.) The problem is that both Drew
and Whitey are Caucasian.

 

No
one dates the same race! It’s a social taboo. Will Drew Drake have the
nerve to buck societal norms and come clean about his love for Whitey
Ford? Can two white men admit their love for each other and take their
relationship to the next level – marriage?

 

Starring
Ted Trent and Tim O’Leary, Hidden Hills is a comedy that looks at race,
sexuality, aging, and weight issues, flipping the world upside down in a
72 minute feature film that mimics the classic styling of Rock Hudson
and Doris Day movies. Also featuring up and coming Hollywood talent
including Joy Sudduth (Criminal Minds), Wendy Shapero (Robot Chicken),
and Chris Fennessy (Zoey 101) and a performance of an original song by
Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go’s. The movie was written and directed by Dan
Steadman (Red Lodge) whose first project Jesus People: The Movie is to
be released in early 2014. It features Wendi McLendon-Covey
(Bridesmaids) and Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer (The Help).


IT WILL AIR  

ON NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY, OCTOBER 11th, 2013 & YOU CAN WATCH IT FOR FREE!

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BRIDEGROOM MOVIE in New York October 4th

BRIDEGROOM is the MUST SEE  LGBT Movie of the year!
Winner of countless festival awards!

OPENING  OCTOBER  4TH  at   QUAD CINEMA

It started with a heart wrenching video that went viral overnight. On May 7, 2012, the anniversary of Tom’s death, after a year of
documenting his own grief, Shane decided to make a video tribute to his
partner entitled “It Could Happen To You.” This film, posted on YouTube,
received over 3.4 million views and has been translated into over 20
different languages. The impact of Shane’s YouTube video and the raw
nerve it touched, tells us this is an important story that needs to be
told.

With the incredible support from influential people like Brad and George
Takei and Neil Patrick Harris
, Bridegroom was successfully funded on
July 19, 2012 by over 6,500 people on Kickstarter.com becoming the most
funded documentary in the history of crowd funding, and released in the
fall of 2013.

BRIDEGROOM is a documentary directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason that
tells the emotional journey of Shane and Tom, two young men in a loving
and committed relationship — a relationship that was cut tragically
short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story of what happened
after this accidental death– of how people without the legal protections
of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized– is
poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage
equality like no speech or lecture ever will.

This
is really, on one level, a wonderful, sad, heart-breaking yet
exhilarating and life-affirming story, and on another level, it’s a
story
about our nation’s struggle to take one more step in forming a more
perfect union, for which marriage is both the symbol and substance,

said former President Bill Clinton of the film.

Shane  Crone also added “BRIDEGROOM
 is not about revenge or politics. It is a film about love,
forgiveness, and about finding the courage to be who you are when the
world says you shouldn’t. This is my fairy tale, and Tom is, and always
will be, my happy ending.”

BRING KLEENEX!

OWN IT!  Pre-order Bridegroom NOW!

BRIDEGROOM Official site
Bridegroom on Facebook

*OWN Network will premiere the movie October 27th!
THE STIRRING DOCUMENTARY
BRIDEGROOM TO BE AVAILABLE
FOR ALL NETFLIX MEMBERS IN LATE OCTOBER

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New York NewFest LGBT Films

NewFest, New York’s premier LGBT film festival, this year celebrates not
only its 25th anniversary but also its second year of partnering with
both the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Los Angeles’ Outfest. 
Beginning Friday September 6th  and continuing through September 11, NewFest 2013
features a diverse and compelling collection of narratives,
documentaries, and shorts. Preview the festival’s collection on the
following pages, and for tickets and more information visit www.filmlinc.com.
PHOTO  ABOVE – In the Name of…

Friday, September 6, 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Walter Reade Theater

Father Adam is the talk of the small Polish town he’s assigned to.
Handsome, strong, and unfazed by a violent group of local teens, he’s
idolized and occasionally hit on by local men and women alike. It’s only
when the brooding and beautiful Lukasz, an orphan and accused arsonist,
falls into his arms one hot summer day that Father Adam feels the
sudden pang of repressed desire. Soon his feelings of lust give way to
love, setting off suspicion within the tight-knit, conservative
community. Shot in glowing, golden sunlight and set within the sprawling
fields and forests of Poland, Malgoska Szumowska’s sumptuous drama
(2013 Teddy Award winner for Best Feature Film at the Berlin
International Film Festival) teems with sensuality and tension.


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Urban Wonderer App Walking Tour of New York City

Whether you are visiting  New York City, or live here and are curious about the history of the buildings and landmarks you pass, Urban Wonderer FREE app is here to help!


It’s difficult to really
look at and appreciate these sites when you’ve got your nose stuck in a
guide book. This audio app solves that problem.

UrbanWonderer, an iPhone and Android audio walking tour app, was launched to solve just this problem.
Created by licensed NYC tour guide, Steven Craig Sickles, UrbanWonderer
offers informative and highly entertaining narrated walking tours of
some of New York City’s most popular neighborhoods, including SoHo,
TriBeCa, Central Park, Greenwich Village, and W42nd Street in
Times Square. Additionally, the UrbanWonderer app offers a non-narrated
map of the Chelsea Art Galleries, as the exhibits change constantly.

UrbanWonderer walking tours cover not
only New York City history and its landmark sights, but also some of the
city’s best restaurants, art galleries and shops, as well as dozens of
film and TV shooting locations that have helped make New York the most
celebrated city on both big and little screens.

With the UrbanWonderer walking tour app you’ll learn the history of over 100 popular NYC destinations, including:

          How Houston Street got its name and, perhaps more importantly for New York City newbies, how to pronounce it!

o   Listen: SoHo: The How of Houston

          The history of the Washington Square Park Arch

o   Listen: Greenwich Village: Washington Square Arch

          The controversy over the creation of Central Park and how Sheep Meadow got its name

o   Listen: Central Park: Sheep Meadow

Check it out!   Urban Wonderer

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Going Down in La La Land Opens Friday April 20th

“Going Down in LA-LA Land”
opens in New York this Friday

at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St.

Friday April 20th. 7PM (7.30PM showtime)
This will be our opening night premiere screening. Get your photograph
taken on the red carpet outside the theater, join the conversation with
writer/director Casper Andreas and stars Matthew Ludwinski and Allison
Lane after the screening. Then off to the opening night party at XL Club with open bar from 10 to 11. Get a giftbag stuffed with goodies! Tickets are still available via the Kickstarter campagin, which ends today.

Saturday April 21st. 7.30PM
This screening is presented by New York’s premiere gay film festival Newfest. Q&A to follow the screening with Casper, Matthew, and Allison. Then we are off to G Lounge where all ticket-holders will be offered an open bar from 10 to 11.

Sunday April 22nd. 3PM
This screening is presented by The Men Event. It will be followed by a Q&A with Casper, Matthew and Allison. Then we will meet up at Boxers after the screening where your ticketstub will get you a free  beer.

www.cinemavillage.com

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