FILM. January LGBT Film Festivals.

Palm Springs International Film Fest. (January 2-16). Palm Springs, California. psfilmfest.org

Pride: Bloomington’s LGBTQ Film Festival. (January 26-28). Bloomington, Indiana. bloomingtonpride.org

Desperado Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. (January 27-29). Phoenix, Arizona. desperadofilmfestival.com

TV. Korean-American Drama ‘According To My Mother’ And Trans Series ‘Her Story’ Win At New York Television Fest.

Independently produced pilots from a trio of writers from Queens and a comedy writer from Los Angeles have taken top prizes at the 12th annual New York Television Festival.

according-to-my-motherAccording to My Mother,” created by Daniel K. Isaac, Cathy Y. Yan, and Devin Landin of Queens, won for Best Drama Pilot. The series revolves around a gay Korean-American man in New York whose life changes when his devout Christian mother moves in with him. Isaac also took the fest’s award for Best Actor, drama.

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The Emmy Award nominated web series “Her Story” created by Jen Richards and Laura Zak, a modern relationship drama follows Violet and Paige, two transgender women in Los Angeles, who have given up on love when chance encounters suddenly give them hope, also won for Best Short-Form Drama Series. Check out episode one below. Enjoy!

 

FILM. Jay-Z To Produce Lee Daniels’ Richard Pryor Biopic.

Variety’s Dave McNary reports…

Lee Daniels has committed to directing The Weinstein Company’s Richard Pryor biopic with Jay Z on board to produce.

The Weinstein Company had decided in May to postpone the project, titled “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said,” after Daniels, the showrunner of Fox’s hit series “Empire,” left the helming gig when he was unable to fit the movie shoot into his schedule. A start date is now set for early 2017.

The movie’s cast had been previously announced as Mike Epps as Pryor, Oprah Winfrey as his grandmother, and Kate Hudson as Pryor’s widow Jennifer Lee Pryor.

The script has been written by Bill Condon. The title of the movie is taken from Pyror’s Grammy-winning live album, released in 1975.

FILM. Director Ang Lee Honored At Britannia Awards.

Variety’s Shalini Dore reports…

Jake Gyllenhaal, who presented Ang Lee with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, said he thinks frequently of his “Brokeback Mountain” co-star Heath Ledger and how far the LGBT world has come since that movie came out. After the big love scene in “Brokeback,” he said he turned to Lee who broke out into a big smile and said, “So gay.”

Lee, for his part, said he was so tired during the production of “Brokeback,” having such finished filming “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Hulk.” “The shots in ‘Brokeback Mountain’ are so boring,” he said. His father had just died, but “that movie nurtured me.” Lee thanked his actors who were “tortured by my bad English and bad sense of humor.”

TV. Nominations Open For 1st Annual Arthouse Awards.

Arthouse by Lamont Pierré brings you the 1st Annual Arthouse Viewers Choice Awards, also known as the #artys.

Nominate your favorites in 10 categories.  Official nominees — pulled from YOUR nominations — will be announced on NOV. 15 at The Arthouse @YouTube channel! The awards will take place in December 2016 and will stream LIVE! Join us in honoring your faves who have worked so hard all year and as we start traditions here at The Arthouse!

VOTE HERE: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PV25ZFZ

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