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Leslie Jordan Talks “Sordid Soiree” And “American Horror Story”

By D. David Kinney

Leslie Jordan and Del Shores are teaming up for a special night of comedy called “A Sordid Soiree” benefiting AID Atlanta at the 14th Street Playhouse. Jordan is no stranger to Atlanta and has a large gay following here. Whether you’ve seen him in “Southern Baptist Sissies,” which was part of this year’s Out On Film and won “Best Men’s Feature,” or his recurring guest roles on TV shows like “Will & Grace,” you’re probably already familiar with the hilarious comedian and storyteller extraordinaire.

FENUXE caught up with Jordan to get a sneak peek at what to expect from the show later this month. “Both of us on stage? We don’t do this very often. I don’t think we’ve ever done it. It’s pretty historic,” Jordan said, “You shouldn’t miss it.” So, why are Jordan and Shores getting together? “I was in New Orleans doing ‘American Horror Story’ and the head of AID Atlanta came and took me to dinner and sold me on it,” he explained.

Jordan is a busy entertainer, but the timing of AID Atlanta’s event allowed everything to work out perfectly. “I do about forty-four venues a year and I get so many requests, but it worked out beautifully because that’s the week before Thanksgiving and it’s kind of like a free trip hometo be a little selfish,” Jordan quipped, “I’m from Chattanooga and I’m going to go home and spend three days. Then my twin sisters, who are two years younger than me, and I are flying to Miami and getting on a cruise.”

It may sound like the perfect time for a fun beach getaway, but Jordan is going on the cruise to work. “It sounds like a lot of fun and I’m sure it will be, but it’s exhausting at my age. I’m sort of traveled out right now,” Jordan joked, “I just got back from London to do an appearance and that’s really difficult with that eleven hour flight. But you’ll get no sympathy. I called my friend up last summer and I said, ‘Oh, I’m just exhausted. I had to go to Brazil and do a gay cruise, then I went to New York, and now I’ve got to go up to San Luis Obispo.’ He said ‘f*** you’ and hung up the phone. I called him back and I asked, ‘Why did you hang up on me?’ He said, ‘I can’t even get a job here in LA and you’re complaining about all this,” Jordan laughed.

Jordan is quick to joke about this hectic schedule, but it’s the life he’s always wanted. “I can remember sitting in Chattanooga, Tennessee just knowing that I was bound for bigger and better things. Even as a kid. The only time I would ever get out of Tennessee was when we would go to Panama City, Florida when I was real little. Then as I got older we swapped over to Daytona Beach. I would get in the back of the station wagon and stare out the window as we left Dayton to come home and just cry. I didn’t want to go back. I just knew there was a bigger world out there,” Jordan remembered.

Did Jordan expect to be famous one day? You bet he did! And he worked for years to get where he is. “My success has not really surprised me because it’s not like I was some overnight success. I’ve worked really, really hard. I watch TV and there are all these new reality shows now and kids just want to be famous, you know? They just want to go to the clubs, show off, and be famous. They have no idea what it really entailsthe hard work,” Jordan pointed out.

Luckily, hard work isn’t something that Jordan is afraid of in life. “When I was in New Orleans about a month ago we were doing fourteen hour days because on ‘American Horror Story’ FX only gives them eight days to shoot each episode. And each episode is like a feature film,” Jordan said. You may hear grumbling from other actors about long days on the set, but Jordan lives for the opportunity to entertain. This became obvious as he explained more about working on “American Horror Story.” He couldn’t hide the pure excitement in his voice as he recounted stories from the set. “It’s pretty amazing with Jessica Lange and my favorite new actress whose name is Frances Conroy. She was the mother on ‘Six Feet Under’ and I’m telling you the three of us shot a scene that took almost fourteen hours,” Jordan gleefully detailed.

That’s fourteen hours after the screenwriters whittled it down. “It was nine pages of dialogue and Ms. Lange came in, she’s so smart and she’s done it for so long, and she said: ‘Guys this is nine pages of dialogue that you could get down to four. I’m just not going to memorize all of this. I’m sorry. It’s just not necessary.’ Sure enough we came back after lunch and it was down to four pages of dialogue. But even with that, you put Frances Conroy and Jessica Lange… boy I had to step up to the plate. I was just ducking Emmys. Emmys were just flying everywhere,” Jordan chuckled.

Jordan is obviously thrilled to be working on great shows like “American Horror Story,” but he has his sights set on landing the gig that’s always eluded him. “What I really, really want is a steady gig. I’m so envious of all of the kids on ‘American Horror Story’ that work every week. I was guaranteed three [episodes] with a possibility of four and I’ve been doing that for years. That’s even how it was on ‘Will & Grace.’ I never made a salary. It was always at my availability and they would just call me. Any time my manager would say, “Well, why don’t you guarantee him seven out of thirteen?’ they would say, ‘No, no, we’re paying the kids way too much. We can’t afford all that. We’ll just use him at his availability.’ And that’s when you don’t make a lot of money,” Jordan said in a somber tone.

Jordan’s been very close to getting a steady gig in Hollywood, but the rug always gets pulled out from under him at the last minute. “I had a pilot this year that was written for me. CBS brought over Rupert Grint, the red-haired kid from ‘Harry Potter,’ and all of the sudden they didn’t think I was a good fit. I didn’t even get in my own pilot that was written for me. I kind of thought that I was just going to give up on TV. I’d had it,” Jordan said in a soft voice. But Jordan has been knocked down before and he always finds a way to keep fighting. “Then I got this great gig with ‘American Horror Story’ so you just keep plugging. But I really wish I could get a steady gig. I have not had a steady job since 1992. That was my last series regular role twenty-one years ago,” Jordan said.

 Helping Jordan fight his way higher in the entertainment industry is his unique background which includes his time living in Atlanta. “I was kind of the black sheep in my family–the little gay boy who ran off to Atlanta. I’ve been arrested five times and I’ve been sober for seventeen years. There were some rough years there,” Jordan explained. By turning his life around he found the strength to turn his career around as well. “A year after winning my Emmy I called my agent and said, “Honey, I can’t eat this Emmy.” I thought that when you won an Emmy everything was set from there on out. But it didn’t happen for me. It just didn’t happen. So I had to reinvent myself. I called a friend of mine who does marketingbig marketing like ‘Harry Potter’ openingsand I said, ‘Bitch, market me!’ And that’s how all of this travelling stated. I do stand up comedy and I’m listed with some speaking agencies where i go into a company and give a talk at breakfast about diversity in the workplace. It’s all the same act! You know what I mean? I fell out of the womb, landed in my mother’s high heels, and honey here I am gay, la la la. It’s all the same, we just give it different names,” Jordan explained.

Despite the bright lights and fans, Jordan still loves Atlanta. “When you go out in LA or West Hollywood everyone has an agenda. Everybody is an actor. Everybody is looking for a break. Everybody wants to hand you a script. If you go to Atlanta and go to Blake’s it’s just boys in flip-flops and shorts and they’re just out to have a good time. I love that about Atlanta. The gay community is so unlike the gay community here where I am,” Jordan said.

You can see Leslie Jordan and Del Shores live at the 14th Street Playhouse on November 23rd at 7 p.m for their “Sordid Soiree.” For tickets and additional information visit 14thstplayhouse.org. You can also join them for a Gospel Brunch at LIPS on Sunday, November 23rd at 12:30 p.m. 

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OUT on FILM Celebrates 25 Years of Fabulousness

Níco Stoerner, Staff Writer

It’s that time again, guys!

The air is getting cooler, the wind is picking up, and leaves will soon be changing colors… even more importantly – Out on Film is celebrating its 25th annual LGBT Film Festival!

The event will take place October 4-11 at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema with some selected screenings at the Phillip Rush Center.

Having grown to be one of the nations largest independent LGBT Film Festivals, this is not an event to miss. With topics ranging from gay Mormons; immigration; religion; illegal bar raids; and AIDS, this is sure to be a thrilling and moving celebration of film.

Check out the Calendar of Films to be screened by clicking the link(s) below!


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Atlanta Film Festival Goes Gay

Films about lesbians, drag queens and an Atlanta stripper! Oh my!

The Atlanta Film Festival begins today through April 1 and offers plenty of films sure to be popular with the LGBT community. Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker star in “Cloudburst” as a lesbian couple who hit the road Thelma and Louise-style in an effort

Film "Cloudburst" starring Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker

Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker in "Cloudburst"

to get married. The documentary “Glitterboys & Ganglands” follows three contestants through the prelim rounds of a drag competition in South Africa. Drag diva Varla Jean Merman attempts to appeal to a younger audience in the mockumentary “Varla Jean & The Mushroomheads.” And, last but not least, “AKA Blondie” tells the intimate story of Atlanta’s famous exotic dancer known for crushing beer cans with her boobs. According to the festival’s web site, online tickets for “AKA Blondie” are sold out, so you’ll have to pull some strings to see it.

We spoke with Atlanta Film Festival Director Christopher Escobar about the week-long film fest and how Atlanta’s gay community plays a part in the film selections.

Fenuxe: How big is the festival this year?
Christopher: We’re playing more films this year than we ever have. We’re playing about 220 films and that has a little bit to do with the fact that we had about 500 more submissions than we’ve had in 36 years. Over 50 of those have local connections, which is also a record number. In addition to the awesome screenings and Q&A’s, there are some terrific parties, receptions and performances for those who are interested in learning more about the industry.

Fenuxe: What do you look for when selecting films for the festival?
Christopher: We’re looking for films and stories that are genuine and different. That can be in the story, the subject or the characters. We’re looking for something that makes us wide-eyed. We’re movie lovers just like the people who we program films for. We’re looking for films that get our attention. Sometimes we’re looking through the eyes of a middle aged mother and sometimes we’re looking through the eyes of a 21-year-old indie rock lover. We have to put different lenses on. We look for films that really strike us and that are new and interesting.

Blondie, Atlanta's famous stripper from the Clermont Lounge

"AKA Blondie" tells the story of Atlanta's most famous stripper

Fenuxe: Does Atlanta’s gay community factor into your film selections?
Christopher: It totally does. We were the original producers of Out on Film. I refer to it as our child that grew up and moved out of the house. We’re a 36-year-old non-profit, and Out on Film has been going on for two decades now and it’s since spun off and become it’s own non-profit. We’re extremely proud to have helped get that launched. We’re even more proud to see all the great programming and the great things that they’re doing. During the Atlanta Film Festival, as part of tradition, we host the Pink Peach Series, which features a number of feature-length LGBT films and shorts. One of the big ones we have is “Cloudburst” with Olympia Dukakis, which is a little bit like the movie “Thelma and Louise” but with lesbians. It’s a really great film, and it’s getting a lot of excitement. It obviously has an Oscar-winning actress in it. So the Pink Peach is a staple and a longtime tradition and will continue to be for the Atlanta Film Festival.

Fenuxe: What can you tell us about some of the LGBT-geared selections?
Christopher: “Glitterboys & Ganglands” focuses on the Princess Glamour girl Kat, and it’s really a character piece on Kat’s life as a cabaret star. It’s very much a bio piece. “AKA Blondie” is sort of similar but with someone who is an Atlanta celebrity. She’s a stripper at Clermont Lounge, and the film talks about her sexual escapades and her lack of luck in relationships and how she’s simultaneously jaded and hopeful. It’s a really interesting piece. You don’t typically see character pieces done on strippers. With “Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads” you sort of think of “Waiting for Guffman” by Christopher Guest but set in a drag show. It’s comedic, and it’s kind of tragic. It’s dramatic. It’s really fun. That’s one that is really edgy, and it pushes the limit a little bit. It’s one everyone would enjoy but I think there are some jokes in there that will have people of the LGBT community laughing a little harder.

Varla Jean Merman in Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads

Varla Jean Merman in "Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads"

Fenuxe: Why do you think it’s important for Atlantans to support the festival?
Christopher: Our year-round mission is to lead Atlanta through cultural discovery through the moving image. We really want to help people discover more about themselves and about each other and about ourselves collectively using cinema, television, short films and all the forms of the moving image to help us understand more. It’s the medium that helps us know more about history, other cultures, ourselves and our relationships. We’ve chosen these different good films that can make you laugh and make you cry and help you learn something and maybe make you angry and make you feel passionate about an issue that’s maybe off your radar. For different reasons we’ve worked extremely hard over the last nine months to put this festival together specifically for the city of Atlanta.

For more information about the Atlanta Film Festival, please visit www.atlantafilmfestival.com. Buy your tickets for the following films below. All shows take place at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema unless otherwise noted. All tickets are $10.

Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads
Saturday, March 24, at 4:45PM

AKA Blondie
Sunday, March 25, at 9PM
Plaza Theatre
Online tickets sold out, rush line day of only

Pink Peach Narrative Shorts
Sunday, March 25, at 4PM and 5:30PM

Pink Peach Documentary Shorts
Sunday, March 25, at 6:15PM and 7:45 PM

Monday, March 26, at 7PM

Glitterboys & Ganglands
Thursday, March 29, at 9:30PM

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Remembering Vito

Before his death in 1990, Vito Russo served as a gay activist, author and historian. Following Stonewall, he called out the media for its inaccurate representation of the LGBT community, and he critiqued Hollywood’s portrayal of gays on screen in his book “The Celluloid Closet.” Vito worked with the newly formed ACT UP during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and later became a founding member of GLAAD.

jeffrey schwarz

Jeffrey Schwarz

His fight against injustice serves as the inspiration for the documentary “Vito” directed by Jeffrey Schwarz. The film makes its Southeastern premiere on Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Midtown Art Cinema as a fundraiser for Out On Film’s 25th anniversary year.

Jeffrey spoke with Fenuxe about his interest in the vocal gay advocate.

Fenuxe: Why do you think it was important to share Vito Russo’s story?
Jeffrey: Vito Russo, in my opinion, was one of the founding fathers of the gay liberation movement in that he saw the connection between the political and the cultural. Not a lot of people were talking about how gay people were represented in media and on film. Vito was one of the first to really bring the subject up in the early days of gay liberation.

Fenuxe: What piqued your interest to work on the documentary?
Jeffrey: I’ve been with this subject for a long time. When I was coming out one of the first things I did was read his book “The Celluloid Closet” and that really opened my eyes to a whole history of films I didn’t even know existed. It tied my love of film with my new identity. I ended up being able to work on the documentary version of “The Celluloid Closet” back in the early ’90s. I had an incredible experience working on that film and through that process got to know Vito even though he had just passed away. The filmmakers had all of Vito’s original research materials for the “Celluloid Closet,” and they had extensive interviews with him. I got to understand his place in the history of the gay movement. I had known about his position as a film historian and scholar but I didn’t know until working on the “Celluloid Closet” how important he was to the movement.

Fenuxe: What do you hope viewers will take away from this film?
Jeffrey: Vito was somebody who lived very bravely, very passionately, very honestly, and I think any audience regardless of orientation can relate to Vito’s struggle to be who he was and fight injustice. My main goal is to make sure Vito is not forgotten and to make sure he was put back in his proper place as one of the founding fathers of the movement. I’m also hoping people get to see this film to understand the previous generation’s struggle to create the world we live in today, which is a world where we can be openly gay.

Fenuxe: You’re also working on a documentary about Divine. How’s that film going?
Jeffrey: It’s called “I Am Divine,” and we finished shooting. We’re getting ready to go into editing. We have interviews with John Waters and many of the people Divine worked with in his films—his very close friends, his mother before she passed away. It’s in the works but we need help from the community to get it up on screen. You can make donations at http://divinemovie.com.

When: Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Midtown Art Cinema
Tickets: $10 (www.outonfilm.org)
Details: www.vitorussomovie.com

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Fenuxe Interview: Harmony Santana

“Gun Hill Road” starring Esai Morales, Judy Reyes and newcomer Harmony Santana opens Friday October 21 at the Regal Tara. The movie is about a Latino family in the Bronx dealing with some heady issues. One of those issues is a son in transition. Transgendered actress Harmony Santana plays the transitioning Michael/Vanessa. She took a few minutes to sit down and gives us the dish on the movies, working with Esai Morales and what is next for her.

Fenuxe: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Tell us a little bit about “Gun Hill Road”.

Harmony: It is about a family in the Bronx. The father gets out of jail after a few years. His wife is estranged and is having an affair. He also finds out that his teenage son is in transition to becoming a woman. He tries to fix everything, but everything just goes down hill and instead fixing anything he makes it worse.

Fenuxe: This is your first role. How did you get cast?

Harmony: I was working at an HIV prevention in Queens, NY. I went for a cigarette break and Rashaad (Ernesto Green), the director, passed by with a flyer. He told me what he was looking for and I was like “Can I audition?” He said okay. I went in an auditioned. Then he told me to come back a second time dressed as a girl because when he saw me the first time I wasn’t dressed as a girl I was still in-between. He gave me the part when I went in the second time and that is that.

Fenuxe: This is your first movie right?

Harmony: Yeah, this is my first movie. When he approached me I didn’t even think it was going to be anything big as far as the big screen or anything. I thought it was like a student film for college or something.

Fenuxe: Was acting something you had wanted to do or were you like hey, why not?

Harmony: I had always wanted to act since I was little, but my mother never helped me pursue it or anything. I was like ya know let me just do this, it was summer I am not doing anything. (laughs).

Fenuxe: Your performance is pretty impressive. Do you have any acting training?

Harmony: Before I auditioned, no. But after I got the role he told me I was going to go through some pretty intense training and he wasn’t lying. I went through a six-week training process. I did a lot of crying. It brought back a lot of memories from my father who I haven’t spoken to in six years. They did these exercises where I had to write letters to him and read them a loud like he was in front of me. For me that was very difficult.

Fenuxe: What was it like working with powerful actors like Judy Reyes and Esai Morales? Was it intimidating to you?

Harmony: I recognized Judy when I saw her. I didn’t know exactly what she was from. I looked both of them up and I was like “Oh my God.” At first I was a little intimidated, but when I met them in person they were very humble. As soon as we met we clicked and they were very mentoring to me. Esai would always give me advice on acting. Judy was like a motherly figure to me. They were both parenty to me. Esai’s wife was pregnant and Judy had just given birth to her little daughter. They were both away from their families. They treated me like a child to them which worked well for the film.

Fenuxe: Do you stay in touch with them?

Harmony: I have seen Esai at a few festivals we have been at. When I filmed my second film in L.A. I had some time off and got to meet Judy at her house. I met her husband and her daughter. We went to east some sushi in the Valley. I had a good time.

Fenuxe: Are you working on anything else right now?

Harmony: I have another film in the winter. It is another drama where I play an actual natural born female. I am very excited about that.

Fenuxe: When you shot “Gun Hill Road” you were starting your transition from male to female. Where are you now.

Harmony: I am still in the process.

Fenuxe: Moving forward in your career will you be going out as an actress?

Harmony: I am going for female roles, but I don’t think I am going to stop doing transgendered roles just because that is another thing I am fighting for. They usually get females to play it or a male that is not really transgendered. I want transgendered to actually play transgendered roles. I also want us to be able to play female roles.

Fenuxe: What kind of advice would you give another transgendered person who wants to get into acting.

Harmony: Take acting classes. That is always going to help. You can never learn too much about the craft. Just go for it. Don’t be afraid. If you are not afraid and you show them you talent it can take you places. Even if the role isn’t written for you, if you show them what you can do they can change it to fit you. Just go for it!

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The Fenuxe Interview: Sean Paul Lockhart and Richard Harmon

words by Michael Vorndran
Out on Film is in full effect. If you haven’t caught a flick yet you need to peruse the schedule and get to one today. To get you in the mood we caught up with Sean Paul Lockhart and Richard Harmon from festival closer: Judas Kiss. The film screens closing night at 8:45pm October 6 at the Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema. Check out what the boys had to say…

FENUXE: Thanks for taking the time to chat boys. Richard, give us a quick rundown of what Judas Kiss is all about.

RICHARD: It revolves around Zachary Wells who is a washed up filmmaker in Hollywood who never made anything of the talent he had. And he was very talented, he squandered his possibilities. It’s a chance to redo the mistakes he made in his life and he gets the opportunity to go back and convince the younger version of himself to take things more seriously and think things through a little bit more.

FENUXE: What characters do you guys play in the movie?

RICHARD: I play the cocky young film student that he sees himself in my character, for good reasons. He tries to help me, but I feel like I am doing everything right. In my mind I don’t need his help in anything.

SEAN PAUL: I play the character to Chris Wachosky. He is also a young filmmaker. He is the previous winner of the Keystone Film Festival. Richard’s character is up for the same scholarship. They meet and have a good strong connection. I have always looked at the characters in the film, the different roles as different approaches as to how we can take on decisions in life. I think Richard’s character and Charlie David’s character and my character and even Abby’s character all represent a different way on how we approach life.

FENUXE: How did you get involved in the project?

SEAN PAUL: A handful of years ago I did a short film with Jody Wheeler who is also a producer on Judas Kiss. There were just two of us in it. He cast JT (director of Judas Kiss). We did this three day shoot in Southern California. I play this body inhabiting creature from the closet world and take JT’s character home and sacrifice him to the monsters. It was one of the first times I had an opportunity to take on a role and see some value in my ability as an actor. I think JT saw some of that as well and asked me to come on board Judas Kiss. They attached my name. I lent a helping hand in bringing some visibility to the film at an early stage when they were looking for funding. I was very happy to be a part of that because I thought the writing was stellar from the very beginning. I was proud to be a part of it.

RICHARD: My story of how I got involved isn’t as interesting as Sean’s. My agent found out about the movie, thought I would be good for the role of Danny, sent me the sides, I auditioned, felt a good connection to the character. I really didn’t see it coming. A few weeks later JT flew to Vancouver to ask me to do it and I was ecstatic to do so.

FENUXE: Richard, you recently got some attention for your role of Jasper Ames in AMC’s The Killing. How long have you been acting?

RICHARD: I have been acting professionally for about 10 years now. I did a reoccurring on Caprica a few years back, a feature film called Trick or Treat.

Fenuxe: Most of your work has been dramatic. Is that the direction you want your career to head?

RICHARD: I love comedy. I think I am pretty good at it. When I audition for comedy they always tell me that I am good, but then they tell me that my face looks angry. Unfortunately that is just how my face is built. (laughs)

FENUXE: Did you do The Killing before or after you did Judas Kiss?

RICHARD: I got the role of Danny and then we had a few months before we started filming Judas Kiss. In that time I booked the pilot for The Killing and we did the first episode. While were waiting for it to get picked-up I shot Judas Kiss and then it got picked up and we filmed the rest of the season. It kind of happened all at the same time.

FENUXE: Are you going back to season 2 of The Killing?

RICHARD: I have no idea if I am or not. You never really know with that show they keep it very close to the vest.

FENUXE: It is a great show.

RICHARD: I also loved it. Even after my character was gone I watched every episode.

FENUXE: Sean what has the journey been like for you with this film. It has picked up a lot of traction since it was released in April. What is it like to be a part of something from the beginning and then see it come to life?

SEAN PAUL: You are cautious when one becomes attached to something, particularly at the level that I was attached. And you go through a lot of ups and downs, but then you breathe a sigh of relief and say yes it is actually happening. What is so great about it and I think Richard can attest to this, especially with hearing him talk about The Killing and Judas Kiss, alot of this stuff happens right on top of one another. I got another role in another film right after I did this and it was a starring role. Both of the films have been doing the gay and lesbian festival circuit at the same time. I have had two films in a lot of the same festivals which is really exciting and it is also exhausting because you are in a different city every weekend. As much as I love to travel, I have had to learn how to pace myself. It has always been go big or go home. You know when you travel as much as I have been traveling; you certainly have to realize you don’t need a blow out at every opportunity. More than anything it has been overwhelming, but it has also shown me quite literally that even though I come from a place where it is not common, or hasn’t been done, that basically it can be done, as far as moving from one direction to another. It is not much of a secret where I got my start, but I am sure hoping that by this time next year people will have a clear idea of where I am going with my future.

FENUXE: Are you completely stepping away from your past?

SEAN PAUL: Am I stepping away from it. I still produce, I still have my website. I like to say I am officially, unofficially retired, which is my way of saying I have not made any such distinctions yet. Things are going really well in main stream. It’s where my heart is, it’s where my head is, it’s where I want to be in some capacity. At some point I would like to make my own films, I’d like to direct. I have already been doing that in the adult genre. With the recession things have changed. It has changed the playing field. It just isn’t something that does it for me anymore. If we all had the pleasure and the opportunity to do what we love than I would be doing acting.

FENUXE: It is great that you are not trying to hide it and put it all aside. It is what made you and the reason you have the opportunity you have today.

SEAN PAUL: We all know there is no putting Brent Corrigan back in the closet. He’s not going away anytime soon. (laughs) I am proud of the fact that a lot of my fans have been very respectful toward me, they stand by me. One thing that I hope that they can do is recognize that there is so much more to me than that one element and they see some value in that as well. All I am asking is “just give me a chance.”

FENUXE: Richard, what was it like for you to walk onto a set with mostly gay actors?

RICHARD: Honestly it wasn’t uncomfortable at all. I can fully give credit to Charlie, Sean and Timo. They knew what to do to make me feel comfortable when doing scenes like kissing.

FENUXE: What are you boys working on next?

RICHARD: I have a few things in the works, but can’t discuss them just yet.

SEAN PAUL: I just got an option for my book and my film based on my book. The business end of it is done and I can start taking it more seriously. It is largely a memoir; I kind of get frustrated when people call it an autobiography because I am 25 years-old. It is called “Incorrigible”. We are looking at our first draft in January. I have a couple of other projects in the pipeline. I am also developing a website called sean-paul-lockhart.com. It is basically a social commentary website that kind of touches on all the facets of queer culture. My observations, my stance in the world. I did a lot of that on the newbrentcorrigan.com website. I want to carry that on to a more main stream.

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The Fenuxe Interview: Filmmaker Sandon Berg

words by: Michael Vorndran

Out on Film kicked-off last night with a bang. Now we are all getting ready for a long weekend of fab gay cinema. The films over the weekend will help wet your appetite for the world premiere of Morgan. The film was made by long-running gay filmmakers, Sandon Berg (producer/writer) and Michael Akers (writer/director). Sandon took a few minutes to sit down with Fenuxe and discuss the film which screen on Monday October 3 at 9:10PM at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

Fenuxe: Tell us about the film, Morgan.

Sandon: The movie is the story of Morgan who was an avid bicyclist who was injured and rendered paraplegic in bike race. The story joins him on his first day home after 5 months of grueling surgeries and rehabilitation in the hospital. He comes back in a wheelchair into the same apartment and the same life he left as a walking person. His walking specter sort of follows him around and drives him to madness throughout the film ad He tries to be the same person that he was and not accepting the fact that he can’t walk anymore.

Fenuxe: What inspired the film?

Sandon: Every time I sit down to write a script and I am throwing around different ideas, I try to figure out what is already out there. What stories have already been told? I try to challenge myself. There are only about seven different stories in the world. If there is a unique was to tell a story that is fine or to try and come up with a perspective on life or in a story that has never been done that way before. I didn’t think, especially in gay genre films, an area that had been explored very much at all.

Fenuxe: How would you classify the film genre wise?

Sandon: There are two story lines in the film. One is about Morgan deciding to do this bike race again, but as a wheelchair entrant. And the other one is his meeting and falling in love and discovering how to physically love this other man. Those are the two storylines that go along and intersect with one another. Dean, the love interest, inspires Morgan to believe that he can compete again. By inspiring Morgan he sort of taps into an un-faced demon that Morgan has which is the crux of the story.

Fenuxe: Did you talk to other gay paraplegics when writing the story?

Sandon: I looked around for different groups. The way that I was actually able to get in touch with someone is that I found a dating site that caters to men in wheelchairs and were looking for relationships. Through one of these sites I was able to contact a couple of people, hoping I didn’t sound too creepy. They were very open and very excited about the idea that there could be a movie about a gay guy in a wheelchair. One guy in particular lives in Texas. He was very open, very generous and very candid about all my appropriate and inappropriate questions. Everything from how did your injury happen. What was the process you went through to accept the fact that he was injured and was never going to be the same again. How did adapt to your new way of life. How do you go to the bathroom? How do you have sex? He was so candid it made what I had to do much easier.

Fenuxe: Would you call this a true story?

Sandon: I can’t say that is it is a true story. None of what is in the movie is based on anything they told me. The story itself is completely unique. The perspective that each of these guys gave me on what it is like to live in a wheelchair was really helpful in sculpting a story. I think it is a very universal story. I don’t think it is gay specific at all.

Fenuxe: Morgan is world premiering at the Out on Film festival. Has anyone seen it other than the production team?

Sandon: We did have one works in progress screening in Philadelphia where we always screen our film. We have a small following there with a strong core audience in Philadelphia. They are always very honest about. A lot of times they are seeing things without a score, without color correction, with missing scenes and little cards with what would go on. This is our opportunity reshoot or re-record any lines. But what the audience is seeing in Atlanta is the first finished product. It has been color corrected. The beautiful score is in. It is great.

Fenuxe: Will you be on hand for the premiere?

Sandon: I will not be there, but Michael Akers, the director/writer, will be there. He will probably introduce the film and do a q and a afterward.

Fenuxe: Are you nervous?

Sandon: I am really, really excited. I can’t say I am not nervous particularly since it is the first screening. But at this point in the film when you get into color corrections and sound fixes and stuff where you are really going frame by frame by frame you completely lose sight of the film. The last couple of times I watched it it was a very technical experience for me and I wasn’t emotionally involved in it. It is getting the point where I need to see it from an audience point of view because it is so fresh.

Fenuxe: It is like seeing it for the first time.

Sandon: Yes, Exactly! You know along the way I might show it to a couple of filmmaker friends and ask about little technical things. At the end of the day the only thing that matters are the people who are going to the theater and see it or go to the store and rent it or buy it. Those are the opinions that matter.

Fenuxe: Hopefully they like it.

Sandon: (laughs) Yes, hopefully.

Fenuxe: When you cast your films do you specifically seek out gay actors?

Sandon: For the first time we have these two straight actors playing gay roles. It was very brave of them even if they don’t have any unfounded fears about being a straight actor playing a gay role. There is a weird moment during the audition process. We’re to the point where we are trying to figure out which actor is going to play which role because we were considering both of them for both roles. We got to a kiss in the scene and I was like okay let’s do this through again and I would like to see you kiss. Whether the actors are gay or straight it is irrelevant. But I don’t want to get into the middle of shooting and find out they are uncomfortable with that. Then there is nothing I can do about that. So these two guys kissed and it was like electricity in the room and there chemistry was astounding. They left and said Michael and asked him if he thought that was the first time they had ever kissed another man. I would never ask them that. I don’t want to know. It doesn’t even matter, but the ease that they just did it because that was the job at hand.

Fenuxe: Did Leo have a hard time getting used to being in a wheelchair?

Sandon: I sent him home with an old rickety wheelchair that didn’t even roll straight. He took it home and lived in that wheelchair. He came back and didn’t use his legs. Some of the other actors who hadn’t met him would come on set he wouldn’t get out of the wheelchair. He would be there and be there and be there. Then he would have to go to the bathroom and would get up and walk. The other actors would be like, “You can walk!”

Fenuxe: You have been producing for a while. Tell us a little about your other films.

Sandon: This is the fourth film Michael and I have done together. The first one was called “Gone but Not Forgotten.” It was about a forest ranger who rescues a guy from the city who escapes his life in the city and heads to the mountains. He has an accident and gets amnesia. While he is recovering from amnesia he ends up falling love with the ranger. When he gets his memory back and he has to go back to his life in the city. This is what the end of the movie is, so I won’t reveal it for people who want to see it. That movie explores is being gay a choice? Of course our perspective it is not a choice you know when remove all the elements of expectation from this person’s life he is free to fall in love with who he wants. “Gone but Not Forgotten” is one of the most successful gay films of all time.

Fenuxe: Are you working on anything now?

Sandon: We have a couple of other things that we want to move onto. One is something that has been a long time in development. It is called “A House Divided” which takes place at the very end of the civil war. It is about a young straight lawyer who takes the case of a confederate soldier who is on trial for crimes against nature. We come to learn that his partner in crime is a young heir to a plantation. He is protecting his family name by not coming forward. It is a sexy period courtroom drama that addresses the issues of separation of church and state. We also have a gay fatal attraction and we are going to try and shoot that one if 3-D.

Check out the trailer for “Morgan” below and check out the rest of the fest by clicking here.

Michael Akers’ MORGAN – Trailer from Michael Akers on Vimeo.

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Going Down with the boys of La-La Land

words by: Michael Vorndran
Gay cinema was once dominated by two things: over the top caricatures and overly dramatic caricatures. But over the last ten years we have seen a shift in queer movie-making that now showcases a wider range of the homo experience. One of the main reasons? The work of people like Casper Andreas. For nearly a decade Casper has been making and directing gay films that cover the entire spectrum of who we are. He has covered guys on the rebound, boys madly in love and hags having breakdowns.

Casper’s latest film, “Going Down in LA-LA Land”, dives head first into the gay porn industry. The film stars newcomer Matthew Ludwinski in a role that is sure to go down as one of the hottest in years. Check out the screening of the film opening night of Atlanta’s annual Out on Film festival taking place September 29. To get you ready for the fest, Fenuxe grabbed an interview with the gay auteur and his male ingénue.

Casper Andreas, Director

Fenuxe: Give us a quick little run down of “Going Down in LA-LA Land”.

Casper: It’s a dramedy about struggling actors in LA. The main character is Adam who comes out to LA with the dream of becoming a star. He gets pulled into porn and prostitution. It is a bit of a cautionary tale and it is also a story about friendships and love affairs. Ultimately it is about what is most important in life, is it love and connection to other people or is it fame and success?

Fenuxe: How did you end up making this movie?

Casper: I read the book and thought it would make a great story for a film. I related to the struggling actor’s part a lot because I lived that life ten years ago. I related to a lot of the descriptions of L.A. and I thought it would be a really interesting and exciting story to make. I asked Andrew Zeffer (author of the novel) if I could make it as a film and he was all for it.

Fenuxe: How did you find Matthew Ludwinski?

Casper: He was up for one of the lead roles in another one of my films. “Between Love and Good-Bye.” I didn’t cast him in that film. I called him back a couple of times and gave him a small role in that film as sort of a consolation prize. He played a character who comes over and gets kicked out.

Fenuxe: Did you decide to cast him as soon as you started casting “Going Down in LA-LA Land”?

Casper: Not exactly. When he learned about it he actually read the book and told me that he would be perfect for this role, which is something I had thought of as well. I did keep him in mind over the couple of years as I started to cast the film. He was the first actor I read for the role. But then I also decided to audition actors in LA, to see who else I could find, to see who was out there. I kept coming back to him. I thought he had everything that the part called for. He looks the part and he brought a lot of different levels to the character.

Fenuxe: Were you nervous about someone relatively new to acting being able to carry an entire film?

Casper: It is a big part, he’s in almost every scene of the film. It took me a while for me to be sure that he was going to be right for it. I am very happy with my decision to cast him. He did an amazing job and he is super supportive of the film by going to festivals and doing interviews, which is so important.

Fenuxe: What character do you play in “Going Down in LA-LA Land?”

Casper: I play Nick who is a director wannabe who shots dirty pictures. And he convinces Adam that he should get involved in that business. They have a bit of a romance as well. He is definitely trouble. It was a fun role to play.

Fenuxe: Had you planned on being a writer and director too?

Casper: Before I got into acting I always knew I wanted to write, but I figured I should live a little so I would have something to write about. I was pursuing acting in New York and then I moved to LA for a little bit and pursued acting out there. And that is when I started to write my first screenplay which led to me wanting to direct. When I was writing I saw these characters, these things that I was writing were playing out in my head and I was like, “I want to direct this.” Directing wasn’t something I had originally thought of I guess. It came as a natural extension to the writing and working in film as an actor and see what a director did and saying, “Oh I want to do that, that looks like fun.”

Fenuxe: And was it?

Casper: You know directing is probably the most creative job imaginable because you get to create this entire world and be in charge of every division basically.

Fenuxe: Your first film was “Slutty Summer”?

Casper: Yes, “Slutty Summer” was my first film and we shot that in the summer of 2003 in New York over 2 weeks. It is super low budget. It was amazing to me at the time that we were able to pull it off. We didn’t have any real planning or anything we just went out and shot it. That is what started my journey as a film maker.

Fenuxe: Since “Slutty Summer” was your first film as a writer/director how were able to get the money to get it made?

Casper: There wasn’t really any money. I had read this book called “How to Make an Independent Film for $10,000 or Less without Going to Jail.” I wrote “Slutty Summer” with that in mind that it was going to be made with no money. It was going to be a $10,000 film. Half the film takes place at one restaurant. I was thinking we could pick a place that was closed during the day and we can shoot during the day when they were closed. They would let us shoot for free because they would get PR. And that didn’t happen. He had to pay for the restaurant and that turned out to be the hardest location. In the end the whole shooting budget was around $15,000 and we ended up spending the same on post. But that includes a lot of people working for free or deferred payment. And it also meant for me I wrote, I directed, I produced and did a lot of jobs during the shooting. I was in charge of wardrobe, I was in charge of catering and I even edited the film myself. It was a hard process, but it came out of this feeling that I can make this film, but since I hadn’t made a film it wasn’t easy to get someone to believe in me. It was me and my roommate who put the money up for it. The plan was to put up $5,000 each and luckily enough he kept writing checks. He ended up getting all of his money back.

Fenuxe: Does he still work with you?

Casper: No, he is in computer programming. He was like “there is no money in film making” and quickly got out.

Fenuxe: That is also where you found Jesse Archer who you have worked with a couple of times.

Casper: Yes, he is someone that I knew socially and I wrote the part of Luke with him in mind, kind of based on him as a person. Then I offered him to come in an audition a few times and I was like “yeah you can play that role.” I knew he could be that character, but I didn’t know if he could play that role and if he would actually show up and take it seriously enough to get the part, but he did and he was so supportive of the film so we ended up writing a sequel together called “A Four Letter Word” which he stars in and is all about his character basically. From there he ended up spinning off characters from both those films that he wrote called “Violet Tendencies.” We made this trilogy together, but for me to be able to direct “Violet Tendencies” he told me I had to give him a role in “Going Down in LA-LA Land.” He blackmailed me into giving him a part and that is why he plays Matthew in the film.

Fenuxe: Do you find it easier to find actors who are willing to play gay roles and be in gay movies? It seems like 10 years ago no one wanted to do them.

Casper: The subject matter of “Going Down in LA-LA-Land” scared some of the actors off in L.A. I don’t know if that is the main reason or if it is because I was doing my castings in L.A. A lot of the people submitted for the role read their sides or learned more about the film or even after they had their first auditions were no longer interested in coming back or auditioning for the role. I would say this film was a bit harder than some of my other, well, “Gay Musical” was hard too. “Gay Musical” was hard because we had Fred Caruso, who wrote the screenplay and who I directed the film with. He was very adamant about wanting to cast openly gay actors in that film. Because the film is about being openly gay and has a strong message about being true to yourself and stuff. He felt strongly about having openly gay actors in those leading roles. To find someone who can sing, act and dance and who are openly gay limited us to very few people who were comfortable with it.

Fenuxe: What are you working on next?

Casper: I am taking a break from producing any new films. I am looking to get hired and come in and work on a film and just direct it. I have been reading a lot of scripts and talking to various producers. One film I am attached to is called “Over the Rainbow.” Which is a wonderful script, but there is no financing in place yet so I don’t know when that is going to happen. I am also spending more time on the whole distribution end of things and trying to figure out how to monetize the films I have made so far.

Fenuxe: Do you have a distributor for “Going Down in LA-LA Land”?

Casper: Right now I am just doing the film circuit, but for my last four films I have acted as my own distributor. Signing off various territory rights to others, but I don’t like one distributor taking on the film by themselves, because no one is going to pay for that anymore. You used to get an upfront fee, but it isn’t like that anymore. I pretty much do the distribution myself so I can recoup the budget sooner. It takes a lot of time and with six films in various stages of distribution I decided to spend a little time on that.

Matthew Ludwinski, Leading Male

Fenuxe: Tell us about your character in “Going Down in LA-LA Land.”

Matthew: Adam is a young actor that moves to LA to pursue his dream. The movie is about his struggle in all the pitfalls and craziness that is the Los Angeles entertainment industry.

Fenuxe: The stuff you are living right now.

Matthew: Well, I know about parking tickets anyway. That was the first thing that resonated from the movie that is true to life. My character in the movie gets a lot of parking tickets and apparently they can drive you to do porn.

Fenuxe: That is a good lesson for people to know before they move to LA to become an actor…pay your parking tickets.

Matthew: Read the signs. Oh it’s impossible. You have to get a couple of parking tickets before you can be that vigilant. They are confusing.

Fenuxe: So, after a few parking tickets he just can’t take it anymore and just starts to do porn?

Matthew: He doesn’t just start doing porn. It is about when you get to Hollywood and you are a young attractive actor you are always walking the line of people trying to use you in jobs that are a little more risqué, a little sexier. And both he and Candy (another character) are toeing that line of what are legitimate avenues of getting ahead and what aren’t. They just make excuses for themselves bit by bit falling deeper and deeper into the seamier side of things.

Fenuxe: You started out as a model right?

Matthew: Not really, most people think that, I started out as an actor. I went to school to be an actor. I moved to New York to do acting. I was acting the entire time I was there in little things. I was also doing modeling and I think I have a bit of a disability in that at least on the internet.

Fenuxe: I ask because I was wondering if you have ever had to decide how far is too far?

Matthew: I have never done porn, thank goodness for my acting career, but I know what it is like to do a job and then be like “oh my gosh, why did I do that?” I did a series of naked photo shoots for a coffee table book that made me pseudo-famous on the internet for a minute. Afterwards you go through this process of how you ended up doing this thing that you are so surprised. You think, “How did I end up doing that?” My character goes through the exact same things. I was able to relate to that a lot.

Fenuxe: Don’t worry Josh Dumhel has done nude photos so you are fine.

Matthew: Oh, I know it’s fine.

Fenuxe: It isn’t the 50s anymore.

Matthew: Yeah, but it was a little awkward when my dad found them on the internet.

Fenuxe: I can imagine. When did you move to Los Angeles?

Matthew: I went back to New York (after filming “Going Down in LA-LA Land”, but I immediately knew I had to get back to LA to be a part of all this. I wanted to be out here before the theatrical release of the film so I could use the buzz around the movie to further my career. And we are getting a lot of buzz.

Fenuxe: Have you received a lot of attention since the film premiered at LA’s Outfest?

Matthew: My IMDB star rating sky rocketed after the premiere (laughs) and I have taken some meetings. I am getting all my ducks in a row. I am getting new headshots. I am getting my reel together. And hopefully soon I will decide where I land as far as representation. Allison, the other star of the movie, she got everything done immediately after the premiere. She signed with an agent and manager. It has been great for both of us. Especially Outfest.

Fenuxe: This movie is a mix of comedy and drama. Which one do you like doing better?

Matthew: I love really getting into those vulnerable moments that you get to do in drama. That is fun, but really good writing, really good material is the best stuff to do whether it is comedy or drama. I haven’t figured out if there is one that I am better at than the other. I am still discovering my place in the entertainment industry.

Fenuxe: Have you studied acting or are you just winging it?

Matthew: I studied acting in college, well I studied musical theater, I am taking classes now, so I wouldn’t say that I am winging it, but there is always more to learn. I have a lot to learn about film acting.

Fenuxe: Can you sing?

Matthew: Yes I can (laughing) I don’t really anymore, but I took voice lessons for years.

Fenuxe: For people who don’t live in LA, give us a little idea of what it is like for an actor trying to make it the movie business.

Matthew: What do you mean? You mean my day job? Is that what you want to know?

Fenuxe: Yeah, exactly.

Matthew: I do a lot of bartending for private parties and events. I do promotional modeling. I work for Miller/Coors a lot passing out Coors key chains. I am a light beer sex symbol, actually. When I have too you can find me slinging crab cakes for the man at some bitch’s bat mitzvah.

Fenuxe: So, it is a cleaner version of porn?

Matthew: Yes it is.

Fenuxe: Who would be your dream collaboration?

Matthew: You know I was just thinking about this today. Gus Van Sant because his work is so off the beaten path and strange and that would fit with my sensibility and I would like to work with Jim Carrey cause I think he is really funny and it would be fun. And I want to do a Henry James novel.

Fenuxe: Why a Henry James novel?

Matthew: I used to love watching those Merchant Ivory films and half of them were written by Henry James and they all starred Helena Bonham Carter. She was an ingénue back then.

Fenuxe: If you were stuck in an elevator with one person who would you want it to be and why?

Matthew: Um, DH Lawrence. Because I used to read his books and I used to picture meeting him at the turn of the century and us like becoming amazing friends and him confiding in me and tell me about what book he would be writing next.

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Out on Film Fun | Schedule

Wednesday, September 28 Rush Center pre-event

Opening Night – Thursday, September 29
6:00 p.m. “The Sleeping Beauty of East Finchley”
7:30 p.m. “Going Down in La-La Land”

Friday, September 30
3:50 p.m. “The Lulu Sessions”
5:40 p.m. “Photos of Angie”
7:00 p.m. “eCupid”
9:00 p.m. “Cho Dependent”
11:00 p.m. “Kink Crusaders”

Saturday, October 1
11:00 a.m. “Our Lips Are Sealed”
12:10 p.m. “August”
1:30 p.m. Women’s Shorts (complete schedule TBD)
3:15 p.m. Men’s Shorts (complete schedule TBD)
5:05 p.m. “Jamie and Jesse are not Together”
7:25 p.m. “Leave it on the Floor”
10:00 p.m. “Eating Out: The Open Weekend”
11:50 a.m. “Cho Dependent” (encore)

Sunday, October 2
12:50 p.m. “This is What Love in Action Looks Like”
1:00 p.m. “Legalize Gay”
2:30 p.m. “Mary Lou”
5:30 p.m. “Man 2 Man: A Gay Man’s Guide to Finding Love” (WORLD PREMIERE)
7:20 p.m. “The Green”
9:10 p.m. “Buffering”

Monday, October 3
3:50 p.m. “Out for the Long Run”
5:20 p.m. “Tomboy”
7:00 p.m. “The Wise Kids”
9:10 p.m. “Morgan”

Tuesday, October 4
4:15 p.m. “That’s My Nun”
5:35 p.m. “The Night Watch”
7:20 p.m. “We Were Here”
9:10 p.m. “Longhorns”

Wednesday, October 5
4:05 p.m. Shorts for Everyone
5:35 p.m. “Gone”
7:15 p.m. “Wish Me Away”
9:10 p.m. “Private Romeo”

Closing Night – Thursday, October 6
3:00 p.m. “Leave it on the Floor” (encore)
5:00 p.m. Best of the Fest Shorts (complete schedule TBD)
6:45 p.m. “From Hollywood to Dollywood”
8:45 p.m. “Judas Kiss”

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Out on Film Announces Complete Schedule

After months of anticipation and a gradual roll out of film announcements here and there Atlanta’s Out on Film has released the schedule for the entire film festival. The festival will feature a good mix of films that include musicals, comedies, dramas, documentaries and shorts. See below for a complete list of films and stay tuned to Fenuxe for interviews with talent from some of the films.

The festival will be held at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema with additional screenings at the Ansley Park Playhouse. The host hotel will be the W Atlanta Midtown. Festival passes are $115 and will be on sale through the Out on Film website August 23rd. Individual tickets will be available through the theater.

Wednesday, September 28 Rush Center pre-event

“Through the Eyes of the AIDS Storm: Jesse Peel (tentative – time TBD)

Opening Night – Thursday, September 29

6:00 p.m. “The Sleeping Beauty of East Finchley”
7:30 p.m. “Going Down in La-La Land”

Friday, September 30

3:50 p.m. “The Lulu Sessions”
5:40 p.m. “Photos of Angie”
7:00 p.m. “eCupid”
9:15 p.m. “Cho Dependent”
11:00 p.m. “Kink Crusaders”

Saturday, October 1

11:00 a.m. “Our Lips Are Sealed”
12:10 p.m. “August”
2:10 p.m. Women’s Shorts (complete schedule TBD)
3:50 p.m. Men’s Shorts (complete schedule TBD)
5:35 p.m. “Jamie and Jesse are not Together”
7:50 p.m. “Leave it on the Floor”
10:15 p.m. “Eating Out: The Open Weekend”
12:05 a.m. “Cho Dependent” (encore)

Sunday, October 2

11:00 a.m. “No Look Pass”
12:50 p.m. “This is What Love in Action Looks Like”
2:55 p.m. “Mary Lou”
5:45 p.m. “Man 2 Man: A Gay Man’s Guide to Finding Love” (WORLD PREMIERE)
7:25 p.m. “The Green”
9:10 p.m. “Buffering”

Monday, October 3

3:50 p.m. “Out for the Long Run”
5:20 p.m. “Tomboy”
7:00 p.m. “The Wise Kids”
9:10 p.m. “Morgan”

Tuesday, October 4

4:15 p.m. “That’s My Nun”
5:35 p.m. “The Night Watch”
7:20 p.m. “We Were Here”
9:10 p.m. “Longhorns”
Ansley Park Playhouse – TBD encore

Wednesday, October 5

4:05 p.m. Shorts for Everyone (complete schedule TBD)
5:35 p.m. “Gone”
7:15 p.m. “Wish Me Away”
9:10 p.m. “Private Romeo”
Ansley Park Playhouse – local programming (TBD)

Closing Night – Thursday, October 6

3:15 p.m. “Leave it on the Floor” (encore)
5:20 p.m. Best of the Fest Shorts (complete schedule TBD)
6:45 p.m. “From Hollywood to Dollywood”
8:45 p.m. “Judas Kiss”

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