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A Courageous Crusader

October 12, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

Maria Giese Crashes Hollywood’s Glass Ceiling by Rebecca M. Alvin Maria Giese came into this world surrounded by people who knew the challenges of a creative life, who understood the benefits of community, and had the courage to make change in their respective fields. Her mother is Rachel Brown, a [...]

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Waiting For Franco

August 24, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches It seems like every writer’s dream: write a critically acclaimed memoir receiving the respect of your peers and the literary world, and then Hollywood comes knocking with a check to buy the rights for a film adaptation. And it is a good thing. It’s something writer Stephen [...]

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A Meeting of Minds

August 3, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

The Legacy of Jason & Shirley by Rebecca M. Alvin In 1966 when filmmaker Shirley Clarke sat down to talk with Jason Holliday in the Chelsea Hotel for a marathon 12-hour interview, the idea of documenting the thoughts of a black gay hustler/aspiring nightclub performer was not the stuff of [...]

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Eben Portnoy: Through the Local Lens

July 20, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

by Rebecca M. Alvin Eben Portnoy, whose work will be showcased in the Local Lens film series at Wellfleet Preservation Hall this Sunday, is currently in the final stages of post-production on a film version of a short story by James Franco, whom Portnoy met at UCLA where he took [...]

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REVIEW: T-Rex

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by Rebecca M. Alvin Sports documentaries often aim to thrill us with fast-paced editing and a focus on the matches being played, emphasizing the win vs. lose mentality. While T-Rex, an independent documentary by Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari, retains the edge-of-your-seat feeling of rooting for an athlete in a [...]

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REVIEW: BearCity 3

July 6, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the boys from BearCity and a baby carriage. Director Douglas Langway’s BearCity trilogy is complete with the release of the final installment, which follows a bunch of bear friends to the LGBT resort the Woods Campground in rural Pennsylvania. [...]

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From Bestseller to Box Office Gold

June 16, 2016 10:03 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches Writer Casey Sherman was walking down Main Street in Chatham in front of Yellow Umbrella Books when his brother came over to him. He’d just been to the Coast Guard station and heard the story of the dramatic and heroic story of the Pendleton rescue where the [...]

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Bringing the Outsider In

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by Steve Desroches Effie Brown is in her office in Los Angeles and a bit jet lagged. The film and television producer just returned from the Sundance Film Festival: London, a three-day satellite expansion of the famed Park City, Utah, cinematic institution. Nevertheless, there is a vigor and buoyancy in [...]

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Stranger Than Fiction

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by Steve Desroches In 2011 the Oxford English Dictionary, considered the preeminent record of the language, added the abbreviation WTF to its twenty-volume publication. Of course, the abbreviation born out of texting lingo stands for “what the f**k?” While linguistic purists bristled at the addition, let’s be honest, there are [...]

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Check it, check it, Unexpected

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by Rebecca M. Alvin There have been many films about young people approaching puberty, adolescence, and adulthood; a number of films about gay youth; and a lot of films about urban crime, gangs, and such problems. Check It is a new documentary that connects all of these issues in its [...]

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