Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Cult Filmmakers Twist on Gay Rights

Produced by Charlotte Robinson

In this exclusive audio interview, Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson discusses gay civil rights with three cutting-edge filmmakers: John Waters, Guy Maddin & Robert Lee King.

First, Writer/Director John Waters ("Pink Flamingos", "Female Trouble", "Hairspray", "Cry-Baby" and my fave, "Serial Mom".) As an openly gay man, Waters is an avid supporter of gay civil rights. He chats about what he sees for the future of our LGBT community in the Obama administration. He also talks about how difficult this economy is for independent filmmakers in securing financing for their films. He states that Hollywood is doing fine but even his current film project “Fruitcake” is on hold since European funding seems to have all but disappeared in the present market.
Secondly, Writer/Director Guy Maddin (“My Winnipeg,” “The Saddest Music in the World,” “Careful”.) Maddin was recently awarded the 2009 Filmmaker on the Edge Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival. Maddin who is heterosexual, is a strong ally to the LGBT community and speaks proudly of his native country Canada’s pro position on gay marriage. (On July 20, 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world to legalize gay marriage nationwide with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act.)
Thirdly, Writer/Director Robert Lee King (“The Disco Years, “Psycho Beach Party”, "Slap Her, She’s French” and the upcoming “818”.) King was recently honored to have “Psycho Beach Party” screened as a drive-in feature at the Provincetown International Film Festival, speaking volumes about its durability as a well-loved cult classic. King, based in Hollywood California, addresses our LGBT issues and concerns honestly and eloquently.

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