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 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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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Back Lot Bash Women’s Festival Rocks Chicago Pride

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Amie Klujian, Co-Founder of “Back Lot Bash” Chicago’s most attended women’s festival that takes place over two weekends kicking off on June 16th with fabulous events running June 23rd through June 25th during Chicago’s LGBTQ Pride week. “Back Lot Bash” started in 2004 in response to the lack of women’s events and the limited presence of female artists in the Chicago LGBTQ community. What started as a one-day event has morphed into a 4-day festival becoming an iconic staple of Chicago pride week that draws over 6000 attendees from Chicago, the Midwest and around the world. Co-founders Christina Wiesmore and Klujian strive to bring the community together by showcasing emerging and established talent and activating citizens by helping to raise money for community organizations. Every year “Back Lot Bash” partners with local organizations such as HRC Chicago, CMSA and AIDS Ride Chicago with a portion of the proceeds donated to a number of charitable organizations including A Sister’s Hope, Girls in the Game, UCAN and other groups focused on Women’s LGBTQ issues. We talked to Amie about who will be performing at this year’s “Back Lot Bash” events and give us her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked how she sees our LGBTQ community moving forward in a Trump administration Klujian stated, “I think there are two important components to this that are intertwined and interdependent on each other. I see an important community of LGBT organizations national, state and local that have a huge voice within the institutional structures of our society whether that’s health, youth rights, civil rights, media, marriage rights and within those I really see leadership and membership that are invigorated and motivated by what we see going on in the change of the administration. Motivated to lead where needed and to resist where needed and to collaborate where needed with other non-LGBT organizations and to activate where needed because I think this administration spews toxicity and threatens our rights, dignities and our lives by targeting us often times as ‘less than’ in their policies and ignoring or denying real issues that exist such as bullying kids in schools and things like that. So, I believe that these organizations need to continue educating, advocating for and protecting where necessary rights for equal standing and this helps all of us. The second component I think is important is about us, the individuals, the people and the members of our community. I’m seeing so much individual engagement, moments of courage and more singular grassroots efforts and efforts on the part of individuals actively supporting LGBT causes and to support organizations, voice their opinions and stand up for themselves. So I see an emboldened and passionate future for our community and I’m so thankful for that because it just takes one person to spark better understanding and change. I’m very confident through our organizations and through individuals speaking their voice and even events like ‘Back Lot Bash’ and similar events that take place around the country where we build more and more solidarity and collective voice each passing day. I’m proud and know we will be successful and get through this.”

Amie Klujian earned a degree in politics from Princeton University and a master's in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University. She's an HRC Federal Club Member and serves with pride on the Executive Board of Directors at Girls in the Game, a nonprofit that helps girls become empowered game changers. The fabulous entertainment lineup for “Back Lot Bash” 2017 includes DJ Whitney Mixter, Madison Paige, Sea and Gunn (Daniela Sea & Gunn Lundemo), Rebel & Basketcase (music from Evan Rachel Wood and Zach Villa), Bria and Chrissy, Catfight, JD Samson, Kiyomi Valentine, DJ Goodboy and Tory Whodat among others.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

LGBTQ Religious Freedom National Glitter Event (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen, Executive Director of Parity about the “Glitter+Fire” event encouraging Christians to use glitter to express joy in a diverse LGBTQ affirming way as a symbolic recreation of the “tongues of fire” on Pentecost Sunday on June 4th 2017. Parity and Queer Virtue, the movement founded by Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman are co-sponsoring the event. Pentecost is widely considered the day when Christianity as a movement was born. As told in the Book of Acts the story relates what happened to the disciples of Jesus who were gathered in the upper room following his execution, resurrection and ascension. The Holy Spirit appeared “as tongues of fire” empowering the disciples to proclaim the gospel in the native languages of people “from every nation under heaven.” Participants in Glitter+Fire will use glitter in the colors of fire: red, gold, and orange to re-enact the tongues of fire landing on the disciples, drawing participants together in a community of joy, energy and common purpose. Glitter+Fire follows on the success of Glitter+Ash Wednesday when Christians in churches across the country mixed ashes with glitter to “come out” as queer-positive Christians in solidarity with the LGBTQ community. We talked to Rev. Edmonds-Allen about what she hopes to accomplish with “Glitter+Fire” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked how she sees our LGBTQ community moving forward in a Trump administration Rev. Edmonds-Allen stated, “I think that this is the perfect time for the queer community to come together. I know from my work with LGBT centers and other LGBT advocacy work that too often we don’t work well together but now we really need to work well together across all our different identities and intersections and we also need to partner with our allies and make other people allies of us as well. What I’m hearing in the world is people saying ‘Wow I really care about transgender people. I don’t want them to be hurt or excluded or killed. What can I do about it?’ Now is the time we can invite those allies and those folks who are realizing that there are real issues in the world to help add us to the pool of donors, volunteers and to listen to their ideas. If we can pull together and work together there’s nothing we can’t do.”

Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen has worked with youth and families in various denominations and settings throughout the country for more than 20 years focusing on affirming beliefs and faith practices for LGBTQ persons. Marian is the co-founder of the LGBTQ Youth Continuum of Care and is an expert in the intersection of faith and LGBTQ identities and practice, interfaith relationships, youth suicide and homelessness. Marian also served as the National Program Director of the Family Acceptance Project and Executive Director of the Utah Pride Center. Marian attended Western Theological Seminary and Eden Theological Seminary and has served in many pastoral capacities including church planting, parish ministry and chaplaincy. Parity is a faith-based LGBTQ focused organization based in NYC that creates open and nurturing spaces both physically and spiritually to support emerging LGBTQ pastors and empowers LGBTQ and allied young people to integrate their spiritual, gender and sexual identities through a range of programs.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Groundswell Fund Supporting Women & Trans Folks of Color

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Vanessa Daniel, Founder and Executive Director of Groundswell Fund the largest funder of the U.S. reproductive justice movement about the launching of their new “Liberation Fund” to support the leadership of women of color and transgender people of color. Groundswell believes that these two groups bear the greatest vulnerability with the Trump administration’s agenda immersed in white supremacy and misogyny in the U.S. and their leadership role is vital in the larger resistance movement. The fund launches with an initial $500,000 and its first set of grantees will be curated by 15 advisors, prominent women of color leading in a variety of sectors from environmental, racial and economic justice, to immigrant, Native and transgender rights. The Liberation Fund’s expansive approach advances Groundswell’s mission of reproductive justice by ensuring that we all have the power to make decisions about our bodies, families and futures. The fund is now accepting donations and the first “Liberation Fund” grants will be awarded this summer at the recommendation of the fund’s advisors. We talked to Vanessa about what she hopes to accomplish with her crucial grassroots funding organization and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBTQ civil rights Daniel stated, “Well I’m a queer woman of color and my wife and I are mommas of a five year old daughter and we’re part of the vibrant queer community of Oakland, California. So my commitment to LGBT rights stems from my desire to live in a world where my family and my whole community can be free. So that’s part of why I have built an organization at Groundswell that has a staff and board that strongly includes LGBTQ people in leadership in our mission statement.”

Under Vanessa Daniel’s leadership Groundswell has moved more than $32 million to the reproductive justice movement with a focus on grassroots organizing led by women of color, low income women and transgender people. Ninety percent of Groundswell’s giving goes to work led by women of color. Vanessa’s roots in labor and community organizing inspired a unique funding model at Groundswell with a program staff team of women of color who come directly out of grassroots organizing and who support grantees through grant-making, capacity building and funder organizing to raise the visibility of grantee work in the broader funder/donor community. Groundswell’s work includes the only fund in the country dedicated to supporting access to birth justice for women of color and transgender people and the most robust women of color-led Integrated Voter Engagement training program in the U.S. Vanessa currently serves on the Board of Directors of Common Counsel Foundation and on the steering committee for the Health and Environmental Funder’s Network. She has a B.A. in American Ethnic Studies from Smith College and is a graduate of the Center for Third World Organizing’s Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program. This year Groundswell is predicted to move $7 million in grassroots organizing grants.
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