Friday, February 28, 2020

Filmmaker Astrid Ovalles Talks “Road of Bygones” (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with filmmaker Astrid Ovalles about her new film “Road of Bygones” that’s set to be released on Amazon March 15th. “Road of Bygones” is written and directed by Ovalles and stars Sarah J. Lucey, Oriana Oppice and Astrid herself. The dark comedy tells the story of three women who embark on a road trip to retrieve the ashes of a parent hoping to find overdue closure. However at their destination the women are confronted with a series of comedic and emotional events that threaten to destroy all harmony between them. The film also explores the theme of D&S (Dominance and Submission) that's usually displayed with misconceptions and ignorance. Actually Ovalles masterfully goes where no other filmmakers have gone before effectively breaking the stigma associated with lesbian D&S relationships. Above all "Road of Bygones" is an intimate story about humanity that leaves audiences thinking about the film long after they've viewed it. The Amazon announcement comes on the heels of the success that “Road of Bygones” enjoyed traveling the film festival circuit with notable stops at the Big Apple Film Festival and New York Cinematography Awards (NYCA) where it won “Best LGBT Film.” We talked to Astrid about her inspiration for creating “Road of Bygones”, what she hopes to accomplish with her work and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

 Astrid Ovalles is a Venezuelan-born actor, writer and director who debuted her talent in the award-winning and globally acclaimed short film "Camp Belvidere." As the driving force behind Recluse Films her own independent film company her goal is to use heart and innovation in the film medium to share powerful human stories that benefit our LGBTQ community and minorities by bringing them to the forefront of her work. Astrid continues to collaborate with filmmakers in front of the camera as an actor and behind it as a writer, director, editor and colorist. Beyond shaking things up in her industry Ovalles is changing the game as well as challenging the status quo for not just women but lesbians and Latinas. Having broken many stereotypes Astrid definitely epitomizes the definition of doing it on your own terms and succeeding at it by bringing a unique passion to her craft. As a talented actress, writer and filmmaker Astrid is a new breed of filmmaker to keep an eye on. Astrid Ovalles lives in New York City with her wife.
For More Info: roadofbygones.com

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Mariah Hanson Talks The Dinah Palm Springs Turning 30 (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 celebrating its 30th anniversary and takes place April 1st through April 5th in Palm Springs, California. Since 1990 The Dinah has welcomed millions of lesbian identifying queer women from around the world who make the annual pilgrimage to attend this infamous 5-day event to celebrate, unite, empower and live OutLoud at the largest global all-girl music festival. The festivities include high profile performances by nationally renowned recording artists, massive pool parties with world famed DJs, go-go dancers, red carpet events with celebrity guests, dance parties, meet and greets with your favorite celesbians and so much more. This year performing live at The Dinah will be singer/songwriter Layton Greene, Ally Brooke, Saweetie, Umi, Lion Baby and Yung Baby Take. Also new this year will be two nights of comedy showcases that include Dana Goldberg, Dinah Leffart, Gina Yashere on Thursday night and gay icon John Waters who is creating a special Saturday night show just for the occasion stating, “As a proud ‘lezbro’ who’s never been scared of women smarter than me, I’m happy to be the comic relief in a sea of partying ‘all-girl’ music festival fans. Thanks to The Dinah I will finally be a true outsider!” Additional confirmed performers include SWSH, Sophia Messa, Jozzy, Madison Paige with more TBA. Hosting the events will be Kaycee Clark, Rose Garcia and Mikalah Gordon. DJ’s spinning at The Dinah dance parties are Angie Vee, Val G, Alex D, Tatiana, Miss M, China G, Less Ortiz, Zehno and Reesie Cups. We talked to Mariah about what she hopes to accomplish at this year’s 30th celebration of Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

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. OUTTAKE VOICES has been a proud Media Sponsor of The Dinah for the last five years.
For More Info & Tix: theDinah.com


Monday, February 3, 2020

Brian Edward Talks New Play “Quentin Crisp’s Last Word” (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with actor Brian Edward about starring in the world premiere of the new play “Quentin Crisp’s Last Word” directed by Spence Whale at the Hamburg Studio of Pittsburgh’s City Theatre at 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA from February 6th through 16th. Quentin Crisp first rose to global notoriety with the publication of his 1968 autobiography “The Naked Civil Servant” detailing his years in London as a nude model and a flagrantly unapologetic homosexual during a time when it was forbidden by law. The book was adapted into a film starring John Hurt in 1975. Crisp then moved to NYC at age 72 living as a resident alien during the 1980s becoming a champion of outsider artists including the likes of Sting and Andy Warhol. He was frequently sought after for late night talk show appearances and empowered audiences with his one-man show expounding his forthright views on current affairs, social manners and personal style. Shortly before his death in 1999 Crisp dictated his final autobiography to author and colleague Phillip Ward. Ward who is also the executor of Quentin Crisp’s estate published the autobiography “The Last Word: An Autobiography” in 2017. (Listen to Ward’s Interview) Brian contacted Ward and out of their conversations the script collaboration developed and Brian was selected to portray Quentin Crisp in this stage premiere. We talked to Brian about what he hopes to accomplish with the theatrical production of “Quentin Crisp’s Last Word” and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Brian Edward is a performing and literary artist, director, playwright and an avid scholar of art and film. He is the author of several produced plays including the nationally acclaimed touring musical Amish Burlesque and has been a featured guest lecturer for the Berkshire Playwrights Festival. He has served as host and emcee for numerous charitable and cultural events including the American Institute of Architecture Design Awards and is the host of ‘Burgh Vivant, Pittsburgh’s arts and culture talk magazine. Currently Brian hopes to take “Quentin Crisp’s Last Word” on tour after the Pittsburgh engagement that runs February 6th through 16th at the Hamburg Studio of Pittsburgh’s City Theatre.
For More Info &amp: Tix; crisperanto.org