Monday, July 21, 2014

Maura Healey’s Historic Bid For Massachusetts Attorney General









In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ revisits Maura Healey candidate for Attorney General in Massachusetts who was recently endorsed by HRC (Human Rights Campaign), the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization. Healey who is openly gay is currently leading the democratic primary polls by a narrow margin. Maura served as Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Martha Coakley for the last seven years where she achieved monumental victories to protect consumers, homeowners and championed LGBT equality. As Chief of the Attorney General’s Civil Rights division Healey spearheaded and argued the first successful challenge to DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). We talked to Healey about her historic campaign, the recent US Supreme Court’s ruling supporting religious exemptions as in the case of Hobby Lobby that will affect the current version of ENDA and her spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Healey stated, “My commitment to LGBT civil rights is deeply personal and it’s deeply professional. As a gay person myself I’m acutely aware of discrimination and how that plays out when it comes to housing, employment, education and hate crimes. We still see LGBT people victimized on a daily basis and we read about that in the news and so we obviously have more work to do and certainly as Attorney General, as somebody who’s going to be in charge of enforcing the laws I’m going to fight to make sure that every LGBT person in our state feels safe, that we promote diversity and inclusiveness and that we support and make real Equality and equal treatment under the law.”

Maura Healey will be in Provincetown attending the GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) 33rd annual Summer Party on Saturday July 26th at the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum. Then on Sunday July 27th there will be an Outer-Cape Fundraiser/Kick-Off Party hosted by comedian Kate Clinton at The Harbor Lounge 359 Commercial Street Provincetown, MA. This is a perfect opportunity to learn how Maura’s bid for Attorney General will be a real game-changer over the next 4 years. If you can’t make it to Provincetown this weekend there will be another fundraising event on Friday August 29th. Kick off the Labor Day Holiday Weekend in style with small plate samplings from some of the most celebrated epicurean masters on the East Coast including Top Chef Tiffani Faison and Iron Chef Mary Dumont at Sage Lounge 336 Commercial Street Provincetown, MA. Kate Clinton will be hosting this event as well.
For More Info & Contribute: maurahealey.com


Monday, July 14, 2014

Gay Filmmaker Marina Rice Bader Speaks OUT









In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with writer/director Marina Rice Bader about her new film ANATOMY OF A LOVE SEEN, premiering on July 18th at Outfest in Los Angeles. Marina who served as executive producer of the iconic lesbian films ELENA UNDONE and A PERFECT ENDING makes her directorial debut in ANATOMY OF A LOVE SEEN. The film stars Hollywood newcomers Sharon Hinnendael, Jill Evyn and Constance Brenneman. This very intriguing film explores love in all its painful and messy glory. Six months ago Zoe and Mal fell for each other while filming a love scene, which led to an intense, whirlwind affair, followed by a devastating breakup. Things get complicated when the two have to meet once again on set to re-shoot that fateful sequence. Marina also appears in the film portraying the director. We talked to Marina Rice Bader about ANATOMY OF A LOVE SEEN and her spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Marina stated, “I have unwavering commitment to the LGBT community to keep telling their stories, which are our stories and the stories of women which show the rest of the world that we’re all walking the same walk. We love, we have kids, we struggle with relationships, money, our place in the world and every human being goes through the same thing. I think that the more that our stories are out there people can watch them and go hey you know there’s a little less fear. I mean we’ve had pastors, straight men send us messages that say ‘You know it wasn’t until I watched your film (we had a lot of that with ELENA UNDONE) that I really understood and it took a little of the confusion away, my eyes are open.’ And what more can you ask for?”

As the driving force behind Soul Kiss Films, her independent film company, Bader’s artistic direction is focused on one goal: to create evocative, entertaining, and compelling movies by women, for women and about women. Later this year she’s releasing RAVEN’S TOUCH starring Dreya Weber and Traci Dinwiddie with a new film set to shoot in December. After the July 18th premiere of ANATOMY OF A LOVE SEEN at Outfest it will immediately be released worldwide as a streaming rental, breaking outside and bypassing the traditional Hollywood distribution channels. The trailer has already gone viral with over 715,000 views. The film will be available for $5 on Vimeo via the film’s website anatomyofaloveseen.com. In addition, subtitled versions for a number of foreign languages will also be made available including Spanish, Portuguese, French and German. 
For More Info: soulkissfilms.com

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Rick Murray Brings Entertainment Icons to Provincetown









In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Rick Murray, president and general manager of The Crown & Anchor in Provincetown, Massachusetts which is an inn, restaurant and unsurpassed for entertainment and nightlife in P-town. Over the years The Crown & Anchor has been home to legendary entertainers and the 2014 Season is over the top with a new series called "Turn up the Volume" as well as their The Broadway Series with partial proceeds of all the shows raising funds for the Trevor Project. This summer The Crown is bringing 19 Tony winners to their venues and Town Hall including Daniel Nardicio production of Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming at the Paramount Theatre accompanied by Billy Stritch on the piano. Both shows sold out in 24 hours but there are still tickets for the iconic Carol Channing and Tommy Tune, Broadway Diva Linda Eder and a performance of The Leading Ladies of Broadway with Andrea McArdle from "Annie", Donna McKechnie from "A Chorus Line" and Faith Prince from "Guys and Dolls" accompanied by musical director John McDaniel. We talked to Rick about The Crown’s fabulous summer entertainment line-up and his spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what his personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Murray stated, “I was influenced by this one woman named Alice Foley who was the town nurse here in Provincetown. My partner and I met her back in the 1980’s when we bought our first property back in 1986. She was very active with the AIDS Support Group here in Provincetown. During the AIDS crisis my partner was on the board of AIDS Support Group of Provincetown when it was PASG way back when and we became very involved in Helping Our Women going to all their auctions and supporting them as well. So we’ve been pretty much on the forefront here in P-town supporting all the gay and lesbian organizations. This year especially we’re basically partnering with The Trevor Project with James Lecesne and his co-workers in LA and in New York to raise funds for The Trevor Project. The events that are associated with that are Leslie Jordan concerts, Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming, they’re going to be donating a great portion of their fee to The Trevor Project in August and the same with Carol Channing and Tommy Tune event at Town Hall on August 7th; part of all the proceeds will also go to The Trevor Project. Our goal is to try and raise anywhere between twenty and thirty thousand dollars for The Trevor Project throughout all of our shows this summer.”

Also appearing at The Crown & Anchor this summer are Kate Clinton, Sandra Bernhard, Miss Richfield 198, Dina Martina, Coco Peru, Jessica Kirson, Grammy award winner Matt Alber and the prolific author of Tales of the City, Armistead Maupin. In the Central House Piano Bar Tony Nominee, Sharon McNight, Bobby Wetherbee and the dynamic duo from Key West, Deborah and Patrick will be performing throughout the summer. Then there’s the Illusions Drag Revue, Summer Gay Camp, a new exciting young group of NYC actors who will appear in July & August and a brand new weekly variety show called Audition.
For More Info & Tix: onlyatthecrown.com




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Monday, June 30, 2014

Gay Producer Gary Janetti Creates PBS Sitcom “Vicious”









In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with writer/producer Gary Janetti (WILL & GRACE, FAMILY GUY) about his fabulous new PBS sitcom VICIOUS. Legendary openly gay actors Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Ian McKellen play Stuart and Freddie, partners who have lived together in their central London flat for nearly 50 years. Under the facade of hilarious snide remarks aimed at the other’s age, appearance and flaws, a deep love for one another is revealed. This groundbreaking sitcom addresses an older gay couple and their longtime circle of friends struggling to maintain their visibility and significance in our youth oriented world. The ensemble cast also includes their feisty best friend Violet played by Frances de la Tour and Ash played by Iwan Rheon, their young impressionable upstairs neighbor. We talked to Gary about taking on relevant aging issues in this comedic format and his spin on LGBT equality.

When asked what he would like to accomplish with this show Janetti stated, “What I want to accomplish is not only that this is a gay couple, the fact that they were gay was always besides the point, it’s also a couple of a certain age. We don’t see couples in their seventies together not as an archon to the young couple on the show, but as the main focus of the show and their world is also populated by people around the same age as them and they are the people we follow. We’re inside their world and it’s unusual and I don’t think it should be unusual. There was something about that I felt really good about accomplishing, also that they were a gay couple of a certain age and within the gay community. These are men in their seventies and they have been clearly out, certainly to each other and their closest group of friends for fifty years. What does that mean fifty years ago, how difficult was it to be out fifty years ago, to live with another man at that time in the 1960’s and I think these people and those stories we don’t often hear a lot of, they’re heroic. To give center stage to a couple like that might sometimes seem anonymous. These couples that you see at times on the subway or walking down the street or in a little restaurant and you wonder what their life was like. This is an opportunity to kind of go inside and for better or for worse you see what this relationship is.”

Gary Janetti co-created, wrote and executive produced the ITV series VICIOUS which was shot before a live audience in the UK and has already been renewed for a second season. VICIOUS can be seen on PBS Sundays at 10:30P. On a personal note Gary and partner celebrity fashion stylist Brad Goreski have been together for 13 years.
For More Info: pbs.org/vicious 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Activist Filmmakers & Celebrities Speak OUT









In this exclusive audio montage Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with gay and straight celebrity filmmakers at the 16th annual Provincetown International Film Festival press luncheon. First, Killer Films co-founder and producer Christine Vachon (FAR FROM HEAVEN, BOYS DON’T CRY) along with the filmmakers Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles talked about MALA MALA, Killer Films feature-length documentary about the power of transformation told through the eyes of nine trans-identifying individuals in Puerto Rico. Next we talked with Debra Winger (TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, BLACK WIDOW) who received the Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award. Then we talked with writer and director David Cronenberg (THE FLY, VIDEODROME, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE) who received this year’s The Filmmaker on The Edge Award. We also talked to all the celebrities and filmmakers about their spin on our LGBT issues.
Then director Tom Dolby talked about his film LAST WEEKEND that opened the film festival starring Patricia Clarkson (PIECES OF APRIL, FAR FROM HEAVEN) who received the Excellence in Acting Award. Next, director John Waters talked about his new book CARSICK that’s currently on The New York Times Best Sellers List. Waters also was very generous in giving his advise to new filmmakers. HBO’s new documentary THE CASE AGAINST 8 that is currently premiering on the cable network was screened at PIFF. We caught up with plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier who talked about their experience being filmed for five years leading up to the Supreme Court decision that found Prop 8 unconstitutional. We also chatted about what it was like to work with the legal team of Ted Olson and David Boies and what affect the experience had on their family. Then we talked with filmmakers Fermin Rojas and Bruce Donnelly about their documentary ALUMBRONES that addresses the work and lives of twelve contemporary Cuban artists living in Havana today. Through in-depth interviews the film covers a range of subjects and issues from supply shortages to constant blackouts and how the artists are able to create their canvases overcoming these extreme hardships. Rojas and Donnelly also discuss their next project that chronicles the establishment of the first gay men’s choir in Cuba.
The Provincetown Film Society, Inc. (PFS) is the 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. An integral part of PFS's mission is to contribute to the economic and creative vitality of America's oldest art colony.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Melissa Etheridge Rocks The Boston Pops









In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Melissa Etheridge, Grammy and Oscar winning recording artist about her current tour. Etheridge made her symphony orchestra debut performing two concerts with the Boston Pops under conductor Keith Lockhart at Symphony Hall on June 12th and 13th. Dennis Alves, Director of Artistic Planning, Boston Pops stated, "We are honored to welcome the great singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge here at Symphony Hall to collaborate with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. Equally as exciting is the prospect of having perhaps the most diverse audience ever at a Boston Pops concert!" On June 12th Etheridge who is a Berklee College of Music alumni was the featured guest on Berklee Night at the Boston Pops which is a program highlighted by new collaborations between the college and the orchestra. We talked to Etheridge about performing with the Boston Pops, her recent marriage to Linda Wallem and her spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Melissa stated, “Well first of all because it represents me; I am an LGBT person and I’ve met many LGBT people. There’s a lot of us out there and I’ve only met a small percentage of us and it’s understanding our society from a point of view, ‘Oh no we’re not all the same’ and that’s the beauty of it. There’s nobody on the outside, we are all a big diverse bowl of soup that would be less so without any of the spices in it. I love being an LGBT citizen and living in these times. History will look back on these times as the greatest movement in LGBT civil rights, absolutely!”

Last December Etheridge co-founded an organization called "Uprising of Love" that sought to establish solidarity and generate funds to support LGBT Russians. All funds raised through “Uprising of Love” went to the Russian Freedom Fund. Etheridge will also perform at WorldPride 2014 Toronto’s opening ceremonies in Nathan Philips Square on June 20th. Her new CD entitled “This Is ME” is due out on September 29th and the single “Take My Number” will be released this month.
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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Provincetown Int’l Film Festival June 18-22









In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Jared Earley, Interim Managing Director of the Provincetown International Film Festival which is celebrating its 16th anniversary and runs June 18th to June 22nd in Provincetown, Massachusetts. This year The Filmmaker on The Edge Award goes to acclaimed writer and director David Cronenberg (THE FLY, VIDEODROME, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE). Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson (PIECES OF APRIL, FAR FROM HEAVEN) will receive the Excellence in Acting Award. Clarkson will accept the award following the opening night screening of LAST WEEKEND in which she stars on Wednesday June 18th. Debra Winger (TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, RACHEL GETTING MARRIED) will receive the Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award. LGBT film events include the Friday Spotlight which will be Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler’s COMPARED TO WHAT: THE IMPROBABLE JOURNEY OF BARNEY FRANK and the Saturday Spotlight will be LOVE IS STRANGE directed by Ira Sachs. The festival will close with the North American premiere of Jonathan Demme’s A MASTER BUILDER. We talked to Jared about this year’s festival and his spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what his personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Earley stated, “Well you know I really share the festival’s position which is in sharing so many different stories. Diversity and inclusion are part of our mission as well as part of our programming and I think this year really embodies that as much as any in terms of the number of viewpoints both cultural and chronological that we have on screens. There are stories of showing how far we’ve come in different LGBT civil rights struggles as well as how much work is still left to be done. So there’s much to celebrate and much to talk about as well and on Sunday at the festival we are hosting a breakfast with panel discussion about the documentary THE CASE AGAINST 8 which I think is a perfect example of that and really a perfect way for audiences to get together along with filmmakers to discuss current issues and how they are portrayed on film.”

The Provincetown Film Society, Inc. (PFS) is the year-round organization and home of the Provincetown International Film Festival and the Whaler's Wharf Cinema. PFS is dedicated to showcasing new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of acclaimed and emerging directors, producers and actors. An integral part of PFS's mission is to contribute to the economic and creative vitality of America's oldest art colony. This is the eighth year we’ll be covering the film festival for OUTTAKE VOICES™.
For More Info & Tix: ptownfilmfest.org 



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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Boston Pride 2014 “Be Yourself, Change the World”









In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride that takes place June 6th thru June 15th. This is the 44th celebration of Boston Pride and this year’s theme is “Be Yourself, Change the World”. The theme encourages our LGBT community to embrace what makes each individual unique and to use those qualities to change the world for the better. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has been selected as a Grand Marshal of the 2014 Pride Parade this year and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were also named as Grand Marshal. John Mitzel was named as Honorary Marshal. Boston Pride kicks off on June 6th with the annual Flag Raising ceremony at City Hall Plaza. Highlighting the week will be Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall, Pride Queeraoke, Pride Night at Fenway Park, the Boston Pride Parade and the Boston Pride Festival with Mary Lambert performing and more. There will also be dance parties including the Pride Youth Dance, the Back Bay Block Party and the JP Block Party. We talked to Sylvain about all the fabulous events happening during Boston Pride and his spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what his personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Bruni stated, “My commitment to LGBT civil rights is being involved and taking part in various activities that are done. I really think that it’s upon everyone of us to actually contribute to the community and do whatever we can and to move the community forward and to bring the services, the awareness, the talent, the skills, the competences that we have to make the overall environment better for everyone. Specifically here in terms of civil rights in the work we do with Boston Pride, we think it is very important that we continue to raise awareness about what’s happening outside of the Boston area and beyond the United States around the world. We have for a couple of years held some human rights panels during Pride Week and think it’s an essential component of programming that we offer because a lot of folks here in the community are not necessarily aware that granted there are lots of improvements that need to occur in Boston, in Massachusetts and in the United States, there is also really a lot of work that is needed outside of the country. It is important for people to know about this and participate if they can. So we’re really delighted to offer this kind of programming because for everyone of us at Boston Pride we resonate personally as a commitment to LGBT human rights around the world.”

Sylvain Bruni originally from France was appointed President of the Board of Directors of Boston Pride in January 2014. Sylvain has been involved with Boston Pride since Pride 2004. Bruni was also the co-chair of the 2012 World Conference of InterPride (the International Association of Pride Organizers), held in Boston in October 2012. He is currently the Co-chair of InterPride’s communications committee. Boston Pride is still looking for volunteers to help with this year's Pride Week activities. Volunteers are needed on June 14th for the Pride Parade and Festival, and on June 15th for the Back Bay and Jamaica Plain Block Parties.
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Monday, May 19, 2014

ESPN Sports Writer Kate Fagan Speaks OUT









In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Kate Fagan, a columnist for ESPN and former University of Colorado basketball player about her new must-read memoir “The Reappearing Act”. This timely book addresses sexual identity in the closeted and paranoid world of big-time college sports. We’ve all been following the coming-out stories of male athletes Jason Collins, Michael Sam and recently Derrick Gordon but it’s rare to hear the experience from a lesbian female athlete. Not only did she have to deal with the homophobic culture of college sports but her best friends were part of Colorado’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes where they ran weekly Bible studies at an Evangelical Free Church. Kate actually joined them for nearly a year while she was struggling with her sexual identity even as they prayed for others “living a sinful lifestyle.” In “The Reappearing Act” Fagan shares her personal coming-out story as she embraces her true self. We talked to Fagan about her new book and her spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Fagan stated, “That’s a fine line because I am a member of the media. I’m a columnist and feature writer for ESPN and because of my relationships that I have with folks who do work at the “You Can Play Project” which works to end homophobia in sports and at “Break The Silence” which specifically focus on ending homophobia in women’s sports, I do often get stories about female athletes and male athletes who want to come out and they want me to be the one to tell that story. I think in this day and age in sports that these stories are important and people are interested in them. So it’s actually good business to develop strong relationships with these communities and be able to tell their stories in a sophisticated, mature way and I dance that line of journalism and also wanting to tell these stories in a really strong compassionate way which I think all journalist want to do about any story. But my personal experience of playing women’s college basketball and seeing all of this closeting and fear in all these issues, on a personal level in my own time I do like to support certain groups and speak usually to very small gatherings about women’s sports and how we can tackle some of these issues. So I have a personal commitment to trying the best that I can to help the environment in women’s sports which is where my passion lies because of my personal experience that I write about.”

 Kate Fagan is a columnist and feature writer for espnW, ESPN.com and ESPN: The Magazine. Previously, Fagan spent three seasons covering the 76ers for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her work was cited in the anthology The Best American Sports Writing 2013 and she has also been featured on Longreads, a site that curates the best in long-form journalism and fiction. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
For More Info: bykatefagan.com



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