Monday, April 29, 2013

Gay Filmmaker Rolla Selbak Speaks OUT









In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with award-winning filmmaker Rolla Selbak about her new webseries "Kiss Her I'm Famous". The project stars The Real L-Word’s Tracy Ryerson and Ilea Matthews (The Violent Kind) and is a satirical nod to the sex tapes that catapulted Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and many other celebrities. At a time where gratuity and fake publicity seem to be able to catapult just about anyone into the spotlight “Kiss Her I’m Famous” is a satire that tackles this very phenomenon in a smart, subtle and entertaining way. We talked to Rolla about her new webseries and her spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT equality Selbak stated, “My personal commitment is very personal since I am gay and then as far as the LGBT community, my community, I have been struggling with that as long as I can remember and things have gotten better and better, but we have a long way to go. I feel that we as content creators and as people in the media have done such an amazing job in the past few years to really help the public open their eyes to our issues. I think it’s a great testament to what we have been able to do as people in the media because in the United States, this is the most acceptance LGBT people have gotten and even republicans are changing their stance on gay people and gay marriage. I think we’ve done an amazing job and of course I think we have a lot more to go but I do credit the media for showcasing gay characters and gay stories. We just need more of that and keep pushing further.”

 Rolla Selbak grew up in the Middle East under the strict social structure of a Muslim family and won critical acclaim for her feature film "Three Veils”, starring Sheetal Sheth (Looking for Comedy in a Muslim World, I Can’t Think Straight), Mercedes Masohn (666 Park Ave) and featuring Eric Avari (Heros, The Mummy). The film addressed arranged marriage, homosexuality and love within the Muslim-American subculture. "Three Veils” won Best Screenplay at San Diego LGBT International 2012, Best LGBT Film at the New York City International Film Festival 2011 and the Rainbow Award at the Honolulu LGBT Film Fest 2011 among others. The Palestinian native has also been invited to speak at multiple panels on independent filmmaking and women in the arts.
For More Info: rollaselbak.com 
 
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