Monday, May 10, 2010

LGBT Filmmakers at Boston Fest Speak OUT

In this exclusive audio montage Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson, Host of OUTTAKE VOICES™, talks with filmmakers and celebrities at the 26th annual Boston LGBT Film Fest which runs through May 16th. Russian born Director Evgeny Afineevsky’s debut feature film “Oy Vey! My Son is Gay”, a romantic comedy about a Jewish mother who discovers that her son is gay, received rave reviews. It stars comedic actress Lainie Kazan (“Ugly Betty”, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, and “Beaches”), Hollywood iconic writer and actor Bruce Vilanch, the fabulous Carmen Electra, and Queer Eye’s Jai Rodriguez. Director Afineevsky and star Bruce Vilanch were in attendance. We talked with Bruce Vilanch to get his political spin about the making of the movie and more. Breaking records at film festivals internationally, next month “Oy Vey! My Son is Gay”, will be one of the first gay films ever screened in Moscow where merely participating in gay pride celebrations can lead to being arrested and assaulted.

We also caught up with Director J.C. Calciano whose film “Is It Just Me?” takes us on a romantic comedic theme in the classic scenario to see if brains wins over beauty. The film stars Nicolas Downs, David Loren and Adam Huss. In this exclusive audio interview Calciano explains his movie is just about love.

“Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride” which opened the festival is Director Bob Christie’s moving documentary about Gay Pride marches and festivals happening all over the world, sometimes under heavy opposition and violence. This feature length documentary follows the Vancouver Pride Society’s (VPS) Parade Director Ken Coolen and his VPS colleagues as they travel to places where Pride is still steeped in protest to personally experience the rampant homophobia that still exists. What occurred in Moscow a few short years ago really makes you think about how far we have advanced in North America. They also travel to Sao Paulo Brazil for the world’s largest gay parade and to New York City, the birthplace of the modern gay liberation movement after the Stonewall Riots of 1969.

Boston LGBT Film Fest was founded 26 years ago by film programmer George Mansour who shared with us his experiences of what it was like to be gay in the mid-twentieth century to present day. We had an interesting conversation discussing LGBT civil rights and agendas joined by Aliza Shapiro who curates the festival program “The Experiment”, which is a delicious mix of subversion, sexuality, and humorous films.

The Boston LGBT Film Festival is an important LGBT event that should not be missed. There are still great LGBT movies and events running all this week in Boston at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Fenway Community Health Center. In Cambridge films are showing at the Brattle Theater.
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1 comment:

Echo said...

“Oy Vey! My Son is Gay” What a star studded cast! It really shows how this genre has progressed. It’s even more amazing that Evgeny Afineevsky’s can have the strength to show the film in Moscow. Kudos that the world is more accepting then ever. Take for instance this young filmmaker John. This high school student has already produced two films and has a feature documentary coming out on him this year. You can see him talking about his passion here We should be thankful for directors like Afineevsky who paved the way for a youth like John to push boundaries