Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Lotti Pharriss Knowles Talks Goddess: The Fall & Rise Of Showgirls (AUDIO)














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Lotti Pharriss Knowles about her new project “Goddess: The Fall and Rise Of Showgirls” she is producing with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz.  A pivotal interviewee already announced is “Showgirls” director Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Starship Troopers, Elle) who has also given this project his full blessing. Director Jeffrey Schwarz stated, “It’s been a longtime dream to make the definitive documentary about a film that has fascinated and flabbergasted audiences since its release in 1995. ‘Showgirls’ is a misunderstood masterpiece and although it is a gaudy, over the top spectacle, it wrestles with issues of sex, power and the American Dream. ‘Goddess’ will dig deep into the intentions of its creators, recount the negative reaction by the press and the public and chronicle how the cult of ‘Showgirls’ has grown over the years.” We talked to Lotti about her inspiration for producing this significant documentary “Goddess: The Fall & Rise Of Showgirls” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what she hopes to accomplish with her work, Pharriss Knowles stated, “All of my work has a similar angle to it which is to entertain my audience. I always have that in the forefront of my mind but I also always want to work in something that has some kind of social commentary or message. Kind of once people finish the ice cream cone maybe there’s a little nut at the center that they’re like ‘oh that was fun but now I’m thinking about something.’ I’ve been an activist and someone interested in social issues my whole life. I mean that was stuff my parents and I would talk about around the dinner table. So I just can’t help that I always have a little bit of that or a lot of that in any piece of work that I’m involved in or creating.”

Lotti Pharriss Knowles is a writer and Emmy-nominated producer based in Los Angeles. She is the writer and producer of horror-comedy feature film “Chastity Bites” and with documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz she produced “I Am Divine”, “The Fabulous Allan Carr” and HBO Documentary Films’ “Vito”. Her play “Because They Have No Words” was nominated by Los Angeles Stage Alliance’s Ovation Awards for World Premiere Play and was published by Northwestern University Press in the anthology titled “Katrina On Stage”. Lotti is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and Producers Guild of America.
For More Info…

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Brandon Uranowitz Talks “Burn This” on Broadway & More (AUDIO)














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Tony nominee actor Brandon Uranowitz appearing in “Burn This” alongside Academy Award nominee Adam Driver and Golden Globe winner Keri Russell currently in previews on Broadway and opens on April 16th at the Hudson Theater at 141 W 44th Street in New York City. The fabulous play by Lanford Wilson begins shortly after the funeral of Robbie a young gay dancer who drowns in a boating accident with his lover Dom. Robbie’s other roommates Anna played by Russell, a dancer/choreographer and Larry a confident gay ad man played by Uranowitz are joined by screenwriter Burton, Anna's longtime lover and Pale played by Driver, Robbie's hyperactive restaurant manager brother. Thrown together in this shared tragedy the quartet attempts to make sense of their lives and reconsider their own identities and relationships. “Burn This” is a smoldering story of love and raw attraction by one of the most vital playwrights of the modern era. It’s directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer and also costars Tony nominee David Furr. We talked to Brandon about how he got involved in this openly gay role and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what his personal commitment is to LGBTQ civil rights especially with the 50th anniversary of Stonewall coming up Uranowitz stated, “It is extremely important to me. I mean I think it’s probably the most important thing to me particularly trans rights. I think trans visibility is of the utmost importance now. It’s sort of at the top of my priority list I guess if I was to have one and you know it’s a funny question only because I can’t imagine someone in my position that there’s anything less than a 100% commitment. So I guess it’s hard for me to answer because it just feels organic and natural for me to make that my mission to be a representative for our community and make sure that we are seen and heard and we are accepted and equality is something that we fight for and we win. We were winning but it looks like we’re taking a few steps back but I will be on the frontline with my colleagues to make sure that we fight always. It would be weird that anyone would say otherwise.”

Brandon Uranowitz is a two-time Tony Award nominee for his performances in “An American in Paris” and “Falsettos.” In 2018 he was acclaimed for his starring roles as Otto Kringelein in “Grand Hotel” at New York City Center Encores! and Itzik in the Tony Award winning Best Musical “The Band’s Visit.” His upcoming film credits include “The Kitchen,” starring Melissa McCarthy and “Stage Fright.” On television Brandon has a recurring role in season two of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Additionally, he has made guest starring appearances on “Dietland”, “Blue Bloods" and “Inside Amy Schumer”. Currently in previews “Burn This” runs April 16th to July 14th.
For Info & Tix: burnthisplay.com





DOWNLOAD INTERVIEW

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Ted Allen Talks Dining Out For Life To Fight HIV/AIDS (AUDIO)














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Ted Allen, television personality and host of Food Network’s “Chopped” about Dining Out For Life the HIV/AIDS fundraiser. Dining Out For Life hosted by Subaru® takes place in 60 cities across North America on Thursday, April 25th. The event was conceived 28 years ago in Philadelphia and the concept is quite simple. More than 3,000 participating restaurants donate a generous percentage of that day’s proceeds to support service providers in their region to fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential HIV/AIDS services. This year over 3,000 participating restaurants, thousands of volunteers and an expected 300,000+ diners will be served to raise over $4 million for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States and Canada. We talked to Ted about being a spokesperson for this fabulous event and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what he would like Dining Out For Life to accomplish this year Allen stated, “Well I think the model has long been proven, it raises a lot of money. What I think we would like to accomplish this year is to raise more money than we ever had before and we are talking about millions and millions of dollars that you are helping to raise that stays in your community. The money that is raised in Houston is spent in Houston helping your own neighbors, people down the block and I think that’s another thing that people feel really good about with this technique of fundraising.”

Emmy and James Beard Award winner Ted Allen is the host of “Chopped” and “Chopped Junior” the Food Network’s hit primetime culinary competition shows and the author of two cookbooks, “In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks” and “The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes" both published by Clarkson-Potter. Previously he was the food and wine specialist on the Emmy-winning Bravo series “Queer Eye” and a regular judge on both Food Network's “Iron Chef America” and Bravo’s “Top Chef.” This is the twelfth year he has served as a volunteer celebrity spokesperson for Dining Out For Life along with actor/activist Pam Grier (Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown) & HIV positive designer Mondo Guerra, winner of Project Runway All-Stars and host of the new streaming series “Runway Remake”. Ted lives in Brooklyn with his husband Barry Rice.
For More Info: diningoutforlife.com





DOWNLOAD INTERVIEW

Monday, March 25, 2019

Shawn Cotter Talks Boston's Wicked Queer Film Festival (AUDIO)














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Shawn Cotter the new Executive Director of Wicked Queer Boston's LGBT Film Festival that’s celebrating its 35th year bringing the latest in queer cinema from across the globe and runs from March 28th to April 7th. There are over 169 features and shorts participating in this year’s film festival with 7 premieres, 2 world premieres and 5 U.S. premieres. Opening night on Thursday March 28th will feature Ellen Smit's lighthearted Dutch romance “Just Friends” at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts at 7:30P followed by an opening night party at Beat Brew Hall in Harvard Square. With this being the 50th anniversary of Stonewall there will also be a special emphasis on our LGBTQ history addressing those who made it and looking forward to our future with Wicked Queer Throwbacks revisiting some of the classics of queer cinema. There will also be an abundance of lesbian and transgender feature and short films. The closing night film will be “The Heiresses” (Las Herederas) on Saturday April 6th at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA at 7P co-presented by Boston Latino International Film Festival, LatinX Pride and The Theatre Offensive with an after-party at Serafina in Downtown Boston. We talked to Shawn about the importance of the Wicked Queer Film Festival in the current political climate and his spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked how he sees our LGBTQ community moving forward in this Trump administration Cotter stated, “I feel like our history and our identities are being slowly erased and eroded. We fought so long for different rights, marriage equality, LGBT people in the military, trying to get workers rights, all of those kind of things are slowly being eroded by our government. So I feel like what is on us is to take back to the community, the local community and build support and grow and get strong because we have a fight ahead of us. You know nothing is easily won or easily gained. We still have a bit to go…”

Since coming on board to the film festival in 2011 Shawn has had many roles in the operations of Wicked Queer. He started as a location manager and then served as Operations Manager and Director of Programming before taking his most recent position as Executive Director. Cotter is also an experimental handmade filmmaker whose Super 8mm films have shown internationally. Wicked Queer runs from March 28th to April 7th with screenings at the Museum of Fine Arts, The Brattle Theatre and The Paramount Theater at Emerson College.
For Info & Tix: wickedqueer.org




DOWNLOAD INTERVIEW

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Billie Lee Talks Vanderpump Rules & LGBTQ Activism (AUDIO)














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Billie Lee featured on Bravo TV’s hit series “Vanderpump Rules” and the newest official face of the luxury hair care company Regenix Hair. Born and raised in Indiana Billie moved to California where she began her journey as a stylist working with many both in and outside of the entertainment industry. After finding success as a stylist Billie wanted to move on and create a place where people could find peace in their daily lives among the hectic city. She soon opened an organic cafe which she owned and operated for two years before she sold it in order to move forward in her LGBTQ activism. Since activism as we all know doesn’t pay very well she knew she needed to seek employment and it was then that she was introduced to Lisa Vanderpump who hired her as a hostess at her famed West Hollywood restaurant SUR. Billie Lee now together with Regenix has launched the “Billie Lee Bundle”, Billie's favorite damage control products and they're giving a portion of the proceeds to benefit Equality California. They'll be releasing a campaign later this year entitled "Beauty Has No Gender." We talked to Billie about her fabulous career from transgender role model to her gig on “Vanderpump Rules” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what she hopes to accomplish with her work Billie Lee stated, “ My work as an activist, I think it’s really important to be visible. So I think I’m doing my job by working at a restaurant on TV. At the same time personally I need to make money but as an activist I think it’s really important for trans people to be visible and also show people in America, the viewers that trans people are worthy of jobs and I feel like I’m doing that. I’m on the board of Equality California and I really try to speak for my community, be there for my community and be visible.”

After Billie Lee was first introduced by Tinder as their new “transgender” app feature she has been a spokesperson and model for our LGBTQ community. Currently she is on the board of Equality California and Trans Life LA, a non-profit which helps bring health and wellness to the trans community in the area. Besides appearing on “Vanderpump Rules” Billie Lee continues to work in the trans community to create content that aims to educate about trans issues and on her new campaign with Regenix Hair. 
For More Info: itsmebillielee.com





DOWNLOAD INTERVIEW

Monday, March 4, 2019

Caitlin Kinnunen Talks “The Prom” On Broadway & More (AUDIO)














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with actress Caitlin Kinnunen, the lead in the current hit musical “The Prom” on Broadway. “The Prom” is about Emma (Kinnunen) a small-town girl who just wants to bring her girlfriend to the prom. When she makes national headlines news because the PTA cancels the event rather than allow this to happen four Broadway stars whose theatrical production closed on opening night decide that this could be the break they need to get a little publicity for themselves so they decide to go to the small town in Indiana to save the day. “The Prom” was written by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin with a score by Beguelin and Matthew Sklar and features Tony winner Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, Christopher Sieber and Angie Schworer. You may remember that Caitlin made LGBTQ history last November when she performed a scene from “The Prom” at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and she kissed her co-star during the live performance. As a fierce ally we asked Caitlin about how she got involved in this groundbreaking role and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what she hopes to accomplish with her work Kinnunen stated, “I feel very lucky and fortunate that I’ve been part of pieces that really have a voice. I’ve gotten to do shows like “Spring Awakening” and “Next To Normal” and now this show “The Prom” and I’m really happy with that and I love being able to do theatre pieces that say something. I love being able to use my voice to open up conversations and really talk to people about their experiences. So I hope to continue to do work like that whether it is films, TV, plays, musicals, what have you. I think acting is such a great vehicle and conversation starter that people can see things that they normally wouldn’t see and can put up discussions that you normally wouldn’t have. I just hope to continue to do that.”

Caitlin Kinnunen was born and raised in Washington State. She moved to New York when she was 16 to make her Broadway debut in “Spring Awakening”. She later appeared on Broadway in “The Bridges of Madison County” and on the first national tour of “Next to Normal”. Kinnunen has also appeared in numerous film and television projects including “The Intern”, “It's Kind of a Funny Story”, “Sweet Little Lies”, “Younger”, “American Vandal”, “The Knic” and Law & Order: SVU.
For The Prom Info & Tix: theprommusical.com
For More Caitlin Info: caitlinkinnunen.com





DOWNLOAD INTERVIEW

Monday, February 25, 2019

Molly Adele Brown Talks Singing For Diversity & Equality (AUDIO)














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with singer/songwriter Molly Adele Brown about performing at the Vanderbilt LGBTQ Health Symposium that takes place in Nashville, Tennessee on March 2nd to engage providers, students and community members throughout the region on a variety of topics to better serve sexual and gender minority patients and families. Brown will perform at the beginning of the symposium that runs from 9A to 5P stating, “I’m so excited to kick off the Vanderbilt LGBTQ Health Symposium. This is such a timely and important topic. The fact that they are devoting an entire day to help better serve the LGBTQ community as it relates to health care is simply amazing.” Molly also lends her voice to numerous causes including our LGBTQ rights, the #MeToo movement and is aiming to help aid Nashville’s homeless population. We talked to Molly about the inspiration for her music and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked as an activist and musician what she hopes to accomplish with her music Brown stated, “The funny thing is that I’ve honestly gone back and forth a lot about this. What do I want to do; how do I want to do it; and what do I want my message to be? Throughout the past couple of years I’ve really noticed that there is such a need for love and community in music. So my goal is to use something that I believe I’m good at and that would be my music to help advocate for people who don’t necessarily have a voice. So I’m extremely lucky in the fact that I’m surrounded by so much support and so much love and so I want to use my music to bring up topics that people don’t want to talk about or people just forget to talk about and I want to bring this forward. I also want to be somewhat inspirational through it all. I want to make sure that giving a voice to everybody who wouldn’t necessarily have one yet staying true to myself. Honestly I’m a true believer in positivity and so I do like to have somewhat of a positive spin on some serious topics.”

Molly Adele Brown is a New York native who studied theater performance at Wagner College in New York City and relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in August of 2017. Since her arrival she has had the privilege of working with some fabulous LGBTQ artists and songwriters in Nashville including Stasney Mav and Nell Maynard, two artists who are making a splash in the Nashville community. Molly dreams and aspires to make a difference in this world through her music. For Vanderbilt LGBTQ Health Symposium Info & Tix...
For Info & Performances: mollyadelebrown.com





DOWNLOAD INTERVIEW



Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Mariah Hanson Talks The Dinah Palm Springs 29th Year (AUDIO)














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Mariah Hanson, founder and producer of the legendary Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend that’s in its 29th year and takes place in Palm Springs, California from April 3rd through April 7th. The Dinah is the largest and most iconic girl party music festival in the world as tens of thousands of lesbian identifying women from around the world make the annual pilgrimage to celebrate, unite, empower and live OutLoud at this infamous 5 day event. The festivities includes high profile performances by nationally renowned recording artists, massive pool parties with world famous DJs, go-go dancers, red carpet events with celebrity guests, dance parties, meet and greets with your favorite celebians and so much more. It’s been recently announced that Philadelphia-based rapper, singer, producer, engineer and multi-instrumentalist Bri Steves and genre-norm bending pop star Dorian Electra are the newest additions to the performance lineup which already includes Grammy Award winner Daya, enigmatic musician Leikeli47, hip-hop sensations Kodie Shane and Diiamon'd Royalty. Comedians Fortune Feimster and Chaunte Wayans will headline "The Dinah Comedy Night" and special celebian guests will include Big Brother winner Kaycee Clark, massively popular tattoo artist TouShai and Bad Girls Club actress Kat Florek are all set to make appearances. We talked to Mariah about her inspiration for this year’s Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what question she wished people would ask about The Dinah Hanson stated, “I love when people who have never been to The Dinah write and ask what to expect or what events to go to. Of course my answer is to go to every event but I also think it’s really such an incredible weekend and my advise is to just get there and at least go to one event because the sense of community there is so empowering you just leave feeling like you can take over the world, that anything is possible…So at least go to one if not all and come experience this incredibly empowering, inspirational, energetic weekend that leaves people feeling like they can’t wait until next year.”

Mariah Hanson has continuously utilized The Dinah as a platform to mobilize our LGBTQ community around humanitarian projects and social issues. An exemplary community leader she has single-handedly revolutionized her industry, overturned tradition and raised the bar on female achievement with an event that is entirely produced by women for women. For many, The Dinah has become an annual tradition between friends; for others it is a bucket-list goal or a pilgrimage to our very own mecca that every queer woman should make at least once in her life.
For More Info & Tix: theDinah.com


Monday, February 4, 2019

Lee Wind Talks New Novel “Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill” (AUDIO)














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with author Lee Wind about his novel “Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill” that centers around Wyatt a fifteen year old dealing with his sexuality in a homophobic small town of Lincolnville, Oregon where nobody knows that he’s gay, not even his best friend Mackenzie who accidentally and conveniently becomes his girlfriend. Wyatt then discovers the theory about Abraham Lincoln's close relationship with Joshua Fry Speed a Springfield, Illinois merchant who met Lincoln in 1837. At the time Lincoln was a successful attorney and member of Illinois' House of Representatives. The two men lived together for four years during which time they occupied the same bed and developed a friendship that would last until their deaths. Wyatt feels since everyone loves Abraham Lincoln that if the world knew about this relationship they would treat gay people differently and it would solve everything about his life. So Wyatt outs Lincoln online triggering a media firestorm that threatens to destroy everything he cares about and he has to pretend more than ever that he’s straight. Then he meets Martin who is openly gay and who just might be the guy Wyatt’s been hoping to find. We talked to Lee about his inspiration for writing “Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill” and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Lee Wind is the founding blogger and publisher of “I’m Here. I’m Queer. What The Hell Do I Read?” an award-winning website about books, culture and empowerment for LGBTQ youth and their allies. For over 11 years readers from 100-plus countries have racked up 2.6 million page views and counting. “Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill” is Lee’s debut novel and readers describe it as “a love letter for history geeks” that “perfectly captures teen angst,” “had my heart racing” and helped them feel “less alone.” Selected as the September 2018 Publishers Weekly “Indie Success Story” over 900 copies of “Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill” have been donated to LGBTQ and allied teens. It was also named a BookLife Prize semi-finalist one of Publishers Weekly’s top five independently published middle grade and young adult books of 2018. Currently Wind is Director of Marketing and Programming at the Independent Book Publishers Association and the official blogger for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Lee’s passion is writing stories to empower LGBTQ youth and their allies. He lives in Los Angeles with his husband and their teenage daughter.
For More Info: leewind.org




DOWNLOAD INTERVIEW