Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New Movie Takes On Marriage Equality Backlash (AUDIO)















In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with actor, producer Emerson Collins about his new film “A Very Sordid Wedding” he appears in and produced with award-winning writer/director Del Shores. The film reunites their all-star cast of iconic characters to explore the acceptance, conflict and bigotry following the Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision. The ensemble cast of 32 actors is led by Bonnie Bedelia (“Parenthood”), Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”), Dale Dickey (Independent Spirit Award winner “Winter’s Bone”), Leslie Jordan (Emmy winner “Will & Grace”) with cast members from the original Sordid Lives film Newell Alexander (“August: Osage County”), Rosemary Alexander, Kirk Geiger, Sarah Hunley, Lorna Scott (“Wanted”) and Ann Walker. New additions Levi Kreis (Tony winner “Million Dollar Quartet”), Carole Cook (“Sixteen Candles”), Alec Mapa (“Ugly Betty”), Aleks Paunovic (“Van Helsing”), Katherine Bailess (“Hit The Floor”) and a cameo from Whoopi Goldberg. After premiering at the Palm Springs Film Festival the film went on to play in 31 cities across the U.S. in theatrical runs and festival screenings with 20 sold-out events with another fifteen markets scheduled. “A Very Sordid Wedding” will continue to travel around the country until its DVD release on October 17th. We talked to Emerson about the significance of his new film especially after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked how he sees our LGBTQ community moving forward in a Trump administration Collins stated, “Vocally, persistently, daily, really I think about we must fight at every level. Fighting for equal rights ordinances against all legislations cropping up in so many places particularly targeting trans people and at the same time fighting for representation culturally. That way we target bigotry and all its form. We have to be accountable to fight for the equal treatment of all marginalized communities because as LGBTQ people we are part of all communities: Black Lives Matter, undocumented immigrants, we are members of every other community. Sort of as a white gay cis man if you only fight for your own rights that’s just self-interest. Then following the leadership of our national organizations that do such great work to inform us, GLAAD, PFLAG, Lambda Legal and the work that they are doing and those of us who have the ability to support them financially and to donate our time. We also have to celebrate the victories as they happen and to take care of ourselves. It is a long fight but we’re in for it. Staying together is how we can continue to push forward.”

Emerson Collins joined Del Shores Productions as Vice-President of Development and began as a producer on the revivals of “Sordid Lives”. He has also starred in four seasons of BRAVO’s hit social series “The People’s Couch”. Emerson won the Desert Theatre League for Best Actor in a Comedy in the first regional theatre production of Jonathan Tolins' one-man show “Buyer & Cellar” with Coyote Stage Works in Palm Springs, California. He returned to the role to close the 95th season of the historic Laguna Beach Playhouse in 2016. Emerson also produced and hosted "A Sordid Affair," the national tour variety and comedy show starring Rue McClanahan, Leslie Jordan, Del Shores and Caroline Rhea.
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Friday, August 4, 2017

OutServe-SLDN Addresses Transgender Military Concerns (AUDIO)















In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Matt Thorn, President and CEO of OutServe-SLDN, the national voice for LGBT service members, about Trump’s threatening tweets that transgender service members would be banned from serving in the Armed Forces. Trump claimed in his Tweets that our transgender community should be banned from the military because of the financial cost and disruption associated with transgender service members. Currently there are 15,000 transgender service members in the US military. The financial cost of providing health care to transgender troops would be at most $8.4 million per year according to the New England Journal of Medicine which is one one-hundredth of one percent of the military's annual health care budget. Fifty-six retired Generals and Admirals have warned Trump that if his ban were to be implemented it would degrade military readiness. Transgender troops have been serving honorably and openly for the past year and have been widely praised by commanders. Eighteen foreign nations including the UK and Israel allow transgender troops to serve and none have reported any detriment to readiness. We talked to Matt about what action OutServe-SLDN will take to protect transgender service members and recruits should Trump follow through on his threats to ban transgender military service members and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what he hopes to accomplish, Thorn stated, “Well I hope that people have a higher degree of respect for transgender individuals particularly those serving in the military. We have an all-volunteer force regardless of sexual orientation, sex, national origin, race or gender identity. People are signing up to voluntarily defend our country and it is important to recognize that and appreciate that. We don’t have a draft and we don’t have a mandatory service like Israel does. So these are individuals who have a very high degree of commitment to our country and it’s really fundamentally important to brief that awareness. Trans individuals are not just Caitlyn Jenner; these are individuals who are serving in combat zones who have a K-47 or fly an F-35 jet and it is really fundamentally important that they are given the respect and dignity that they serve as human beings, as individuals. Our hope is that as destructive as these tweets are and as much of a distraction that they are that it does raise awareness of the public that Caitlyn Jenner is just one example of a transgender individual but we have 15,000 who are defending our country every single day around the world…”

Matt Thorn a graduate of Catholic University is a fierce advocate for what he believes in and the mission of progressive change. He is committed to uniting and bringing education, awareness and a variety of services to progressive and socially conscious community. OutServe-SLDN is the largest non-profit, legal services, advocacy and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America's military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

New ‘Love Connection’ Groundbreaking LGBTQ Episode (AUDIO)














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Liz Baxter about being the first lesbian contestant on the iconic game show LOVE CONNECTION which aired on Thursday July 27th on the Fox Network. Her episode marks the first LGBTQ inclusive episode of the show in its history of over 2000 episodes. Openly gay television personality and executive producer Andy Cohen hosts the one-hour reboot of the original dating show that features single men and women from all walks of life searching for romance. In the unscripted series singles are followed on three blind dates to see if a match can be made. The contestants then open up about their experiences in front of a live studio audience. The network was more than responsive to Cohen’s request to include our LGBTQ community in the current version of the show. Gay and lesbian singles had been absent from the original program that originally aired in the 1980s and 1990s. This LGBTQ inclusion will not only promote our community’s visibility but also it’s being broadcasted on mainstream network television as a nonissue. We talked to Liz about what she would like to accomplish with her experience of participating on LOVE CONNECTION and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBTQ equality Baxter stated, “My personal commitment is simply never to let fear silence me. I think there are so many ways we can be involved right now. I think the most important thing is to make sure that everybody’s voices are heard and everybody stands up and makes sure that they count. The gay community all need to stand up now and together; we are so much stronger than individually. So all I can do is to contribute my own voice and all I can commit to is never silencing that.”

 Liz Baxter is a savvy businesswoman who works as a traveling sales woman in the medical field. As a trailblazing Indianapolis native now based in Los Angeles she wants to change minds when it comes to visibility and understands the need to accurately portray the positive LGBTQ experience in the entertainment industry. We’re seeing more LGBTQ inclusive television programs as part of the new normal in this country with the growing onscreen trend clearly mirroring the nationwide embrace of today's evolving culture, traditions, expectations and new frontiers of our LGBTQ community. Yet although content on TV has gradually improved the way it presents our community we still have a long way to go to defeat negative stereotypes of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning characters that continue to appear. This is why it’s so important to have more positive representation like Baxter with her ongoing commitment amplifying and celebrating queer women’s voices. Besides her appearance on LOVE CONNECTION which airs on July 27th on Fox at 9A EST, Liz has also launched a new blog entitled “Your Friendly Neighborhood Lesbian” which she hopes will make a difference and inspire change promoting women empowerment, diversity and LGBTQ inclusion.
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Friday, July 7, 2017

Comedian Paula Poundstone Speaks OUT (AUDIO)














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with comedian Paula Poundstone about her new NPR podcast, new book, current tour and more. Poundstone can be heard regularly on NPR’s #1 show the Peabody Award-winning weekly comedy news quiz “Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!” Her new weekly podcast “Live from the Poundstone Institute” is produced by NPR and taped before a live audience. In the podcast Paula takes on the research studies that are so odd they just beg for someone to stand up and say “wait, what?!” Seven years in the writing Poundstone’s new book “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness”‎ climbed to #1 on the Amazon Best Sellers list for Humor CDs and landed in the Top-10 on the Best Sellers Humor Hardcover list on its first day of release all the while garnering great reviews. Her 2017 Tour continues on the east coast with appearances on July 15th and 16th at Jonathan’s Ogunquit in Ogunquit, Maine, July 21st at Blumenthal Performing Arts in Charlotte, North Carolina and July 22nd at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, Massachusetts. We talked to Paula about what she hopes to accomplish with her new podcast, her inspiration for her newest book, current tour and her spin on our issues.

 When asked her thoughts on the Trump administration throwing one upsetting crisis after another at us in the news, Poundstone stated, “Well you know I have mixed feelings and the part of me that’s not tethered to reality, there are days when he doesn’t Tweet that I feel empty. If it was just a miniseries on HBO it would be so damn funny. Unfortunately it is in fact real life and sometimes as I’m laughing at or making jokes about it I keep flashing on that scene in Cabaret where Joel Grey was on stage and the camera has these big distorted faces of the people laughing while the Nazis march somewhere. Sometimes I’m concerned that laughing is not enough, perhaps and it’s not his Tweets that bother me, I mean yes they appear to be some sort of cry for help but I mean probably if we paid more attention say for example to the effect that he’s having on the world, you know on our relationships with other countries both good and bad relationships with other countries. I think it’s unfortunate and untimely occurrent that Kim Jong Un is who he is and the position he’s in and that Trump is who he is and in the position that he’s in at the same time. There’s really a number of countries who have nutter leaders right now. We’re not the only one and it’s just a really bad cocktail. I’m not exactly sure what to do about it. When I heard about the other night I was watching The News Hour and they said that oh yeah Kim Jong Un thinks he has the missile that can go all these miles. Part of me thinks, great I don’t have to put away the leftovers and part of me thinks, Oh God what are we suppose to do?”

Paula Poundstone's career spans 38 years. She has guested on all the late night talk shows, has had several television specials and still considers her greatest achievement being a Mom of 3 children. She lives in Santa Monica where she also has 2 dogs, 14 cats and one ant left from her ant farm. (Photo credit Michael Schwartz)
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Monday, June 26, 2017

Bride Pride Returns This July In Provincetown (AUDIO)












In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Ilene Mitnick and Allison Baldwin about Bride Pride the World's Largest All-Girl Wedding and Renewal Ceremony now in its second year that takes place July 22nd 2017 in Provincetown, Massachusetts. They’re expecting hundreds of women simultaneously declaring their never-ending love for each during Provincetown's epic Girl Splash week. Our favorite political humorist and Reverend-for-the-day Kate "Mad Vow" Clinton will be performing the ceremonies at the historic Pilgrim Monument. Though the deadline has passed to register for marriage there is no deadline for renewal registrations. With at least 100 couples participating you'll also become part of history with the Guinness Book of World Records for the World's Largest Lesbian Wedding and Renewal Ceremony. After the exchanging vows and rings and a parade down Commercial Street, the whole town of Provincetown will be your reception party. On behalf of those married Bride Pride will be making a donation to Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund that works to end homelessness among LGBT youth, creating a world in which young people can be their true selves. We talked to Ilene and Alli about their inspiration for creating Bride Pride and their spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked how they see our LGBTQ community moving forward in a Trump administration Mitnick stated, “ I think that our nation is just really divided and the LGBTQ community I think for years have felt their own division within a country. Now we’re more divided after we’ve come together and it has felt even under the Obama administration, I feel like promises were made to people and promises were kept to people and now I feel like with this administration that it was just a play and it was just a lie. Not that we were lied to by the previous administration but everything is just getting blown up and no matter what fight we fought and no matter how strong we’ve become I feel like it’s really hard to predict a really solid future right now. I think that we need to vote with our feet to stand up and be heard and be strong…”

Baldwin concluded, “There’s so many reasons to be distracted. Everyday there’s half dozen to a dozen crises or things that are upsetting to read about in the news and I certainly read the news everyday. I have to remind myself not to get distracted but to move forward. I believe we need to move forward together and not be divisive amongst ourselves but we need to come together. I feel that has happened even more than in the past, that perhaps this administration has woken people up. Not that I would have wanted this to be the reason for people to wake-up but it has brought people together and like moving together strong.”

Ilene Mitnick and Allison Baldwin are co-owners of the award-winning Roux Bed & Breakfast in Provincetown, MA. After 25+ years of corporate life in hospitality, retail, manufacturing, event planning, marketing and start-up not-for-profits, they took a leap of faith, followed a dream and jumped into restoring and operating a bed & breakfast. They’re genetically wired for curating experiences in and outside their home and passionate about bringing more women to Provincetown year round, which is how Bride Pride came about. Both serial entrepreneurs, they’re constantly creating new ideas for their business and the town.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Celebrities, Filmmakers & Activists Speak OUT (AUDIO)












In this exclusive audio montage Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with celebrities, filmmakers and activists at the 19th annual Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) press luncheon that took place at Lands End Inn Provincetown, Massachusetts. First we spoke with the fabulous Chloë Sevigny who was being honored with PIFF’s 2017 Excellence in Acting Award. Chloë talked about receiving the award and directing her award-winning short film “Kitty” based on the Paul Bowles short story about a young girl who finds herself transforming into a kitten as she grows up and slips away from her family which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was included in PIFF’s 2017 lineup. We also had a chance to talk about some of her upcoming films as well as her spin on our LGBTQ issues. Then we chatted with Jay Critchley a visual, conceptual and performance artist whose work and environmental activism have traversed the globe. Jay was also honored at PIFF for his commitment to PIFF and to Provincetown. We talked about movies he attended at the festival and his newest creative activism directed at resisting the Trump administration. Next we talked with Michael Musto columnist for out.com who was at the festival to conduct the Q&A for the documentary “Susanne Bartsch: On Top” in which he appears. We talked about the documentary and then turned the conversation to politics and LGBTQ civil rights. Then we talked to producer and actor Sarah Wharton whose film “The Ring Thing” had its World Premiere at the festival. The film is about her character Sarah who accidentally proposes to her girlfriend in Provincetown and finds herself at odds with her partner’s expectations of their future. The film addresses marriage in a new and refreshing light. We talked to Sarah about what she would like to accomplish with her work and her spin on our LGBTQ issues in a Trump administration.
We then chatted with filmmakers P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes about the U.S. Premiere of their documentary “Mansfield 66/67” about the last two years of the legendary “blonde bombshell” Jayne Mansfield’s life and career. This is a fabulous camp production that includes dance performance and rare chats with actors, directors, and academics including John Waters, Mary Woronov, Mamie Van Doren, Tippi Hendren and Kenneth Anger. We also had a chance to talk to David and Todd about their past and future projects and about what it’s like working with each other as a married husband and husband creative team. Then we caught up with director John Waters, “Hairspray”, “Pink Flamingos” and “Serial Mom” among others who always has something brilliant to say. John talked about his new graphic book “Make Trouble” adapted from the commencement speech that he gave to the graduating class of the Rhode Island School of Design to ‘get busy and make trouble’. We also talked about movies and his spin on resisting the Trump administration and his advise on getting through these difficult times. We concluded with director Katherine Dieckmann whose film “Strange Weather” made its New England Premiere at the film festival. “Strange Weather” stars Holly Hunter as she embarks on a road trip through the Deep South with her best friend played by Carrie Coon, who plays a lesbian in an interracial relationship, to uncover the truth about the death of her son. Katherine talked about the complications and challenges that exist for women directors in the film industry. She expressed her perspective that although women producers and directors still struggle for recognition in this predominantly male dominated field, it is getting better for women in film. This year 60% of the Provincetown International Film Festival 2017 line-up were created by women continuing the Festival’s long tradition of supporting women filmmakers. Photos by Marilyn Rosen
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Provincetown International Film Festival June 14 to June 18














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Rick McCarthy, President of the Board of Directors of the Provincetown Film Society about the Provincetown International Film Festival that runs June 14th to June 18th in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Celebrating its 19th year, Sofia Coppola will receive the Filmmaker on the Edge Award coming off her recent Cannes win for Best Director. Coppola will be in attendance to accept the award in conversation with resident artist John Waters on Saturday June 17th at Provincetown's historic Town Hall and Chloë Sevigny will receive the Excellence in Acting Award in a conversation with Eugene Hernandez, deputy director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center & co-publisher of Film Comment. The festival will open on Wednesday June 14th with “Mr. Roosevelt” written, directed and starring Noël Wells (Netflix's "Master of None") and festival's Closing Night Film will be “Ingrid Goes West” starring Aubrey Plaza who will receive the festival's inaugural Next Wave Award which recognizes those who take artistic risks and have a passionate commitment to independent film. Additionally the festival announced a special presentation with Julie Klausner and Scott King the creators of Hulu's hit original series "Difficult People" and a special screening of a new documentary from acclaimed filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested with Junger in attendance as well as daily breakfast panels and more. We talked to Rick about PIFF’s theme this year “Lights, Camera & Taking Action” and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked how he sees our LGBTQ community moving forward in a Trump administration McCarthy stated, “You know you hear people say ‘I’m moving to Canada’. I am not moving anywhere. This is my country. This person who is here is not going to get in my way. I am not having to accommodate these psychopaths. We gain momentum and we have to take steps backward. I have to say and I would agree that this one I have never seen before, this backlash is totally scary. I just don’t want people to get discouraged. I want you to believe when you’re above looking down, we are moving and I don’t think we can go back to the way we were and just support each other and resist and look at all the resistance. I’ve never seen such activism. Just stay active, get involved and we just have to fight back. It’s our country too.”

Before McCarthy became President of the Board of the Provincetown Film Society Rick was President of GLAD where he helped spearhead marriage equality and many other civil rights struggles in Massachusetts and nationally. In 2008 Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick appointed him to the Governor’s Diversity Advisory Council where he served as Vice Chair. His day job is in banking where he currently serves as Regional Sales Manager at U.S. Bank. The Provincetown Film Society, Inc. (PFS) is a non-profit year-round organization and home of the Provincetown International Film Festival. PFS is dedicated to showcasing new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of acclaimed and emerging directors, producers and actors. This is the tenth year we’ll be covering the film festival for OUTTAKE VOICES™.
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