Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Michelle Clunie Talks “Queer As Folk” Virtual Reunion (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with actor Michelle Clunie about the “Queer As Folk” virtual 20th anniversary cast and crew reunion that takes place Friday May 1st at 11A PST/2P EST on YouTube. This must-attend livestream event is a fundraiser for CenterLink and its network of over 250 LGBTQ community centers. It’s hard to believe it was 20 years ago when we first entered the hallowed club Babylon and met Michael, Ben, Ted, Emmett, Melanie and the whole “Queer As Folk” gang. This Friday May 1st they’re back – better than ever - to celebrate the reunion of cast, crew, writers, directors and guest stars to raise awareness of the need to support LGBTQ centers all over the world. Scott Lowell (Ted) will host members of the “Queer As Folk” cast and crew including Clunie, Sharon Gless, Peter Paige, Hal Sparks, Randy Harrison and Robert Gant. Guest actors from your favorite episodes will also be joining as well as “Queer As Folk” creator executive producers Ron Cowen and Dan Lipman and more. During this pandemic LGBTQ community centers have continued to serve their communities providing vital often life-saving services such as medical care, mental health counseling, virtual support groups, filling prescriptions, providing hot meals and check-in phone calls for older adults. They are also serving as shelters for homeless youth, distributing nonperishable food items and hygiene products, case management, HIV testing and hosting virtual engagement activities to decrease social isolation. With cancelled galas, Pride events, fundraisers, etc. our LGBTQ community centers could be forced to shrink services, resulting in thousands of LGBTQ people going without care. We talked to Michelle about what she hopes to accomplish with this livestream fundraising event and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

 Actor Michelle Clunie is best known for her role as Melanie Marcus on the Showtime groundbreaking hit show “Queer As Folk”. She is a fierce LGBTQ activist and is currently raising her son Dashiell. The livestream “Queer As Folk” Virtual Reunion will give fans an opportunity to chat live with their favorite stars and bid on “Queer As Folk” memorabilia with all proceeds supporting CenterLink. Serving over 250 LGBTQ community centers across the country in 45 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia as well as centers in Canada, China and Australia, CenterLink assists newly forming community centers and helps strengthen existing LGBTQ centers through networking opportunities for center leaders, peer-based technical assistance and training and more. During this challenging time we hope you will tune in for this fabulous May Day Home Stay event Friday May 1st at 11A PST/2P EST on YouTube and please Stay Safe and Healthy.
For More Info: CenterLink.org


Monday, April 20, 2020

Jonathan Calixto Talks MTV's “Wrong Distance Relationship” (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Jonathan Calixto about his part on MTV's new season of “Wrong Distance Relationship” currently on the Snapchat platform. The timely series produced by Hoff Productions follows four couples in long distance relationships balancing careers, everyday life and being away from the person they love as they question how far is too far when it comes to love. Jonathan Calixto and Brandon Reyes are the first LGBTQ couple to be featured on the series. Jonathan Calixto is a fashion and lifestyle correspondent from Bronx, New York and is in a relationship with forensic scientist Brandon Reyes from Manassas, Virginia. They met two years ago on Tinder and are navigating what it means to be 257 miles apart and in love. Jonathan is at the peak of his career as a correspondent and micro-influencer (@ThisisJCali) building his platform and experience in NYC as he aspires to be the next Ryan Seacrest while Brandon received his big break in a small town by landing his dream job in forensic science with no plans to relocate. We talked to Jonathan about what he hopes to accomplish with “Wrong Distance Relationship,” how he’s dealing with social distancing and stay home orders in NYC during the COVID-19 pandemic and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Jonathan Calixto is a Fashion and Lifestyle Correspondent at BELLA Magazine. Staying on top of the latest happenings he has covered events like New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week and Miami Swim Week. Currently he’s working on hosting “BELLA Make it Work” sharing content from fashion, lifestyle and a peak into his Peruvian culture. He entered the industry as a styling assistant and has gone on to work in public relations and social media marketing giving him the knowledge to be a true social media guru. With the impact of COVID-19 he is focusing on helping brands and non-profit organizations to create a “new normal” with a solid foundation in social media. New episodes of MTV's “Wrong Distance Relationship” series on Snapchat air on Tuesdays.
For More Info: thisisjcali.com


Monday, April 6, 2020

Filmmaker Nicole Conn Talks Stunning New Film (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with filmmaker Nicole Conn about her new award-winning must-see feature film “More Beautiful For Having Been Broken” that will be released in partnership with Vision Films and Wolfe Video beginning April 7th. “More Beautiful For Having Been Broken” is a story about a distraught FBI agent suspended from her job and struggling with the death of her mother who escapes to the small mountain town she use to visit as a child. She is befriended by a special needs boy who possesses the extraordinary gift of healing others through his unbroken spirit and unique outlook on life. The film stars Australian actress, Zoë Ventoura (Home and Away, Packed to the Rafters), Kayla Radomski of “So You Think You Can Dance” fame and an amazing performance by 11-year-old Cale Ferrin who was diagnosed with Fanconi Anemia a rare genetic disease often marked by congenital defects and short stature. Joining the stellar cast are Bruce Davison (Star Trek / X-Men), French Stewart (3rd Rock from the Sun), Brooke Elliott (Drop Dead Diva), Harley Jane Kozak (Parenthood), Gaby Christian (South of Nowhere), Kay Lenz, Wally Kurth and Gabrielle Baba-Conn (Conn’s real-life daughter) who is making her feature debut. “More Beautiful For Having Been Broken" is very personal to Conn as it pays homage to Conn’s daughter and in particular to her son Nicholas who has special needs and is medically fragile. We talked to Nicole about what she hopes to accomplish with this film and how she and her family are adjusting to these challenging times.

Iconic filmmaker Nicole Conn paved the way for lesbian themed cinema with her cult classic “Claire of the Moon” and also for her acclaimed features “Elena Undone” which boasts the longest screen kiss in cinema history and “A Perfect Ending”. Nicole understands the need for using her talent to change hearts and minds and hopes that “More Beautiful For Having Been Broken” will deliver a much needed message about our special needs community as well as our LGBTQ community and provide encouragement and healing in these difficult times. DVD NOW AVAILABLE
For More Info: nicoleconn.com