Monday, October 30, 2017

Chicago Pink Hat Run, Walk & Roll Event (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with ally Jennifer Camille Lee, founder and co-leader of Action Illinois a progressive advocacy organization about the Pink Hat Run, Walk & Roll that takes place in Chicago on November 4th. Illinois State Representative Juliana Stratton (D-5) and Chicago Alderman Pat Dowell (D-3) have been named Grand Marshals for the inaugural Pink Hat Run, Walk and Roll, a 5K and one-mile recreational event. The elected officials will greet participants and launch the start on Saturday November 4th in Chicago’s South Loop. Both women represent the area in which the race is being staged and both are ‘pink hatters’ in their own right, fighting for the rights of women throughout the city and state. The route takes participants along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront and Museum Campus. This action is a pledge-drive event to benefit organizations that provide services, advocacy and support to women and girls and are central to improving the lives of Chicago communities. Pink Hat Run, Walk and Roll Chicago’s 2017 beneficiaries include Access Living, Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW), Chicago Women's AIDS Project, Chicago Women Take Action (CWTA), Fierce Over 40, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, National Organization for Women - Chicago, League of Women Voters of Chicago, Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative, Personal PAC, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA), A Sister’s Hope, Women’s March on Chicago and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. We talked to Jennifer about what she hopes to accomplish with the Pink Hat Run, Walk & Roll Event and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked how she sees our LGBTQ community moving forward in a Trump administration Lee stated, ‘I think that so many communities are being marginalized right now and they’re all being stepped on quite frankly. You know we kind of have to get mad and stay mad and get organized and stay organized. We just have to keep pushing. The pendulum has been pushed back against progress since (last) November and it’s up to us all to be smashing the pendulum back.”

Jennifer Camille Lee is also the founder and leader of Women Rising - Illinois an organization based in downstate Illinois that recruits, trains and helps elect progressive women to office. In the most recent municipal elections, three of the four endorsed Women Rising candidates won their elections. For the last five years Jennifer has worked with the Labor Education Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to establish an Advisory Board made up of labor leaders across the Midwest, create a policy institute Project for Middle Class Renewal dedicated to improving the lives of the middleclass in Illinois through applied policy research and trainings, and developed programming for union labor and communities throughout the state. In her role there she also co-directed a Women’s Labor Leadership School. Jennifer organized the sister rally to the National Women’s March in Springfield, Illinois and was a co-chair of the Illinois Women March on Springfield event at the State Capitol which saw 2000 community members rally for a responsible state budget with a progressive agenda. The Pink Hat Run, Walk & Roll event is sponsored by Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, A & N Mortgage Services Inc. and Windy City Times.
For More Info: pinkhatrun.com


Monday, October 23, 2017

Playwright Oliver Mayer Speaks OUT (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with playwright Oliver Mayer about the World Premiere of his new play “Yerma in The Desert” at Greenway Court Theatre and Urban Theatre Movement November 17th through December 16th in Los Angeles, CA. The play is inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca's play “Yerma” but gives the story a contemporary spin addressing current issues of immigration, racism, sexual identity and gender inequality. Set in an elite university “Yerma in The Desert” focuses on the lives of custodial and public safety staff who clean up the mess and tell no tales in a Trumpian dystopia where personal grudges lead to deportation and worse. Mayer tackles big themes in the shifting relations between men and women at work and in the bedroom and with “Yerma In The Desert”, co-directed by Marlene Forte and Edgar Landa, they fuse with Lorca to speak loudly towards liberating us all from political constraints and cultural extremism. Oliver who is a fierce ally and married to the talented Latina actress Marlene Forte might not be gay but he holds our LGBTQ community close to his heart and close to home as his mother has been with her partner for over 20 years. We talked to Mayer about his new play “Yerma in The Desert” and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked how he sees our LGBTQ community moving forward in a Trump administration Mayer stated, “I think it’s a good news and bad news situation. I do think that Trump by being a celebrity in quotes, a creature of Hollywood, I don’t think he bears any animus in particular to the LGBTQ community that he’s met or dealt with in his business. I do really think he sees green and so I think at least there’s no animus like there might be from a President Pence; that scares me. So I think the good news about Trump is he’s not some kind of really scary figure. I feel he’s a puppet and I feel he can be maneuvered any which way. So I’m really afraid of the people that are on either side of him. So the bad news is that they will move him. I think not that they can, but they will in ways that are going to be really distasteful to any of us who feel that we made any strides in the last fifteen years, that we’re going to have to fight for everything all over again. So I really do think that the LGBT community members really have to get together now and prepare for the worst and maybe hope for the better than that but prepare for the worst, prepare for fights, prepare for trials and demonstrations. I’m afraid that the next few years are going to be riffed with struggling for things that we thought we had already gained.”

Oliver Mayer is the author of nearly 30 plays. In the 1990’s he ignited a firestorm with his controversial play "Blade to the Heat” about a 1950's nobody-turned-championship boxer forced to confront his own sexuality after a dethroned champion accuses him of being gay. The sequel “Members Only” will be opening in 2018. Mayer is an Associate Professor with tenure and Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives at the USC School of Dramatic Arts and has won several awards including the Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is also a member of The Temblors, an LA writer's collective. “Yerma in The Desert” is made possible through the support of the Greenway Residency Program and Greenway Court Theatre, programs of Greenway Arts Alliance.
For More Info & Tix: greenwaycourttheatre.org

Friday, October 13, 2017

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition Premier Event (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Cheryl Osimo Executive Director of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition about the 20th anniversary of their premier fundraising event the Lesbians and Friends LGBTQ Dance Party For Prevention that takes place in Brookline, Massachusetts on October 21st. This year MBCC will be honoring Attorney Susan Wilson the founder of this dance event who has been an inspiration and supporter of MBCC for over two decades. MBCC’s annual fundraising events like the upcoming Lesbians and Friends LGBTQ Dance Party For Prevention helps subsidize crucial funding for its sister organization, Silent Spring Institute. Since 1994 Silent Spring Institute has conducted scientifically sound and environmentally focused breast cancer prevention research. The funding will be used to study exposure to toxic cancer-causing chemicals in drinking water and homes throughout Massachusetts. Unfortunately this year the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has radically decreased their funding to $25,000, a fraction of the $647,500 needed, making fundraising events like the Lesbians and Friends LGBTQ Dance Party For Prevention more important than ever.

We talked to Cheryl about MBCC’s vital work and her spin on our LGBTQ issues. When asked how she sees our LGBTQ community moving forward in a Trump administration Osimo stated, “I think that the LGBTQ community is stronger than ever. We cannot let this administration turn anything around in terms of how we have made progress, how we moved ahead. We need to stay strong as he would say and move to not let him derail us in anyway, shape or form. We’re going to be okay because we are strong and we’ve come so far and continue with our work, remain strong, stick together and not allow him to derail us. That’s the most important thing.”

Cheryl Osimo is a fierce LGBTQ ally and devoted breast cancer activist and advocate since 1991 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 41. She has been a catalyst in raising public awareness of the possible environmental links to breast cancer. Her commitment to breast cancer prevention and awareness will benefit women worldwide. The 20th Annual Lesbians and Friends LGBTQ Dance Party For Prevention takes place on Saturday October 21st from 8P to12A at the Brookline-Boston Holiday Inn located at 1200 Beacon Street in Brookline, MA. Hundreds of women will come together to celebrate and hope for a future free of breast cancer. Their goal is to raise at least $20,000. Directly before the event dance instructor Liz Nania will lead a free Merengue dance workshop for all interested participants from 7P to 8P. Refreshments including complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will also be provided to all attendees. There will be a silent auction with items donated from celebrities including Melissa Etheridge, Pink Martini, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Patti Lupone, The Boston Pops and LGBTQ friendly businesses. Sponsors for this year’s event are Eastern Bank, Fenway Health, Lisa J. Drapkin & Debbie Lewis, Sue Wilson, Esq & Founder, Hy-Line Cruises, Kauffman Law Mediation, The Davis Group, Neiman & Associates Financial Services, LLC, Gonzalez & Associates, PC, OUT to DANCE, Estelle Disch Phototransformations, Ellen Janis & Josh Real Estate Team, Pure Haven Independent Consultant, The Meeting Point, South Cove Community Health, Stop & Shop and OUTTAKE™ LLC. DJ Triana will provide the music. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.
For More Info & TIX: mbcc.org

Friday, October 6, 2017

Provincetown Film Society To Honor Donna Deitch (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Director Donna Deitch about being honored by Provincetown Film Society on October 13th and the sequel to her classic film “Desert Hearts”. The Provincetown Film Society is presenting an exciting line-up of film screenings with special filmmaker appearances and events during Women’s Week that runs from October 6th to 15th. Among the highlights of the ten-day showcase of films made for, about and by women is the 31st anniversary re-release of Deitch’s groundbreaking film “Desert Hearts” that will have multiple screenings throughout the week. Deitch will be honored at the 3rd Annual Women Filmmaker’s Residency brunch on Friday, October 13th from 11A to 1P at Harbor Lounge, in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Other featured films in the series are Catherine Gund and Deresha Kyi’s “Chevala” based on the life of musical pioneer and queer icon Chevala Vargas who captured the heart of Frida Kahlo and the imagination of Pedro Almodovar. Also Robin Kampf’s short film “Love Wins” that tells the story of two women now in their eighties Jan and Emily who met and fell in love during a time when doing so was strictly taboo. They'd travel to Provincetown each year where for one week would be able to live their true lives. Actor Blaire Baron will also be on hand to present her provocative short titled “The Candidate” and local favorites Andrea Myerson’s “Clambake” and Maggie Rizzi’s “Ann Maguire: The Story of an American Hero” will also screen. We talked to Donna about the 31st anniversary re-release of “Desert Hearts” and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBTQ equality Deitch stated, “My personal commitment to LGBTQ equality is 100% but I think that I am most useful in terms of my commitment and my production to making that come about is just making movies that tell these stories.” Then when asked how she sees our LGBTQ community moving forward in this Trump administration Deitch added, “Well I think that’s a question that so many different communities are asking themselves. One thing that I feel is just so essential to survival is truth telling. So I believe that just subscribing to your local newspaper or another paper you value because that’s a way of keeping investigative journalism alive is essential to truth being told and resistance in whatever way works for you.”

After producing and directing “Desert Hearts” the landmark hit of the 1986 Sundance, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, Donna Deitch became an established TV director when Oprah Winfrey hired her to direct the ABC Emmy nominated 4-hour mini series “The Women of Brewster Place”. From there Donna directed movies for cable including HBO's “Prison Stories, Women on the Inside” and Showtime's “Devil's Arithmetic” starring Kirsten Dunst and Brittany Murphy for which she won an Emmy for her direction. For decades she has been directing the best of one hour television drama including numerous episodes of “Grey's Anatomy”, “Private Practice”, “NYPD Blue”, “ER”, “Law and Order: SVU”, “Heroes”, “Crossing Jordan”, “Murder One” and others. The Provincetown Film Society that is honoring Deitch on October 13th is a nonprofit dedicated to continuing the founding mission of the Provincetown Art Colony to provide a welcoming, nurturing, and inspiring environment for boundless and authentic creative exploration in film.
For More Info & Tix: provincetownfilm.org