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

By Brandin LaKee Tolliver

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.


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!



THEATRE. George Takei’s ‘Allegiance: The Broadway Musical’ On The Big Screen.


Variety Legit Editor Gordon Cox reports..

‘Allegiance’, the Broadway musical that starred George Takei in a four-month run last season, will come to movie theaters around the country in a one-night-only December screening presented by Fathom Events, the distributor of alternative cinema content.

allegiance-broadway-george-takeiAllegiance tackles the serious historical subject of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, in a story loosely inspired by Takei’s childhood. Also starring Lea Salonga (“Miss Saigon”) and Telly Leung, the musical has songs by Jay Kuo with a book by Marc Acito, Kuo and Lorenzo Thione. Stafford Arima directed the production.

George Takei’s Allegiance: The Broadway Musical on the Big Screen” will play theaters around the country Dec. 13. In addition to the full musical, the screening will also incorporate behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the show’s creators and cast members.”

FILM. Romantic Comedy ‘Front Cover’ Screening In SF.

Front CoverRyan is a handsome fashion stylist living in New York City who rejects his traditional Asian upbringing in favor of enjoying his life as openly gay. However that all changes when Ryan is assigned to style Ning, a famous Chinese actor, for an important photo shoot for his firm.

Despite a rocky start, an unlikely friendship develops between the two, leading Ryan to re-examine his roots and consider an enticing new path for his career. ‘Front Cover’ is a tender, entertaining look at clashing cultures and love.

In our very Black & White obsessed America, we tend to ignore that there are so many more cultures inhabiting and contributing to American culture. Also a large portion of Asian gay themed films tend focus on interracial white/Asian pairings, how Asian-Americans fit into the western world, or the struggle to find acceptance from conservative parents. The romantic comedy ‘Front Cover’ takes a refreshing and funny departure from these themes. From Strand Releasing, ‘Front Cover’ makes its San Francisco debut August 19-25. Watch the trailer below. Enjoy!

4 Star Theatre
2200 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

FILM. 2016 September LGBT Film Festivals.

Polari Film Festival. (September 8 – 9). Austin, Texas. agliff.org

Long Beach Q Film Festival. (September 8 – 11). Long Beach, California. qfilmslongbeach.com

OutFlix Memphis. (September  7 – 11). Memphis, Tennessee. outflixfestival.org

Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival. (September 21 – 25). Fresno, California. reelpride.com

Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival. (September 22 – 29). Chicago, Illinois. reelingfilmfestival.org

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.(September 22 – 25). Palm Springs, California. cinemadiverse.org

North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. (September 9 – 15). Shreveport, Louisiana. nlglff.org

Portland Queer Film Festival. (September 16 – 22). Portland, Oregon. pdxqueerfilm.com

TeaDance Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. (September 17 – 18). Greenville, North Carolina. teadancefilmfestival.com

Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival. (September 16 – 17). Fargo, North Dakota. fmlgbtff.com

CMG. (September 24 – 25). West Hollywood, California. cmgfilmfest.net

Out On Film. (September 29 – October 6). Atlanta, GA. outonfilm.org

Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. (September 30 – October 8). Tampa, Florida. tiglff.com

*Some festivals are still accepting submissions.

MUSIC. Music’s Biggest Out Artists + Allies Join Voices For A Song For Orlando, ‘Hands’.

The Justin Tranter pinned single ‘Hands,’ is a musical tribute to the 49 victims of the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The track  features Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Britney Spears, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey MuHandssgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor.

“Mary J. Blige recorded in New Orleans. Britney Spears in Thousand Oaks, I think Pink in Santa Barbara. MNEK recorded at home in London. Selena recorded in her studio bus. Dan Reynolds recorded in his home. Adam Lambert was in Luxembourg. Ty Herndon the country star was in Spain. Kacey Musgraves, Nashville. Everyone just got it done.”

Proceeds from the US sales of the single will benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD. ‘Hands’ is available now exclusively on iTunes. To further support those affected by the tragedy in Orlando, visit http://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund.

Stanley Almodovar III, 23.   Amanda Alvear, 25.   Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26.   Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33.   Antonio Davon Brown, 29.   Darryl Roman Burt II, 29.   Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28.   Juan Chavez Martinez, 25.  Luis Daniel Conde, 39.   Cory James Connell, 21.   Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25.    Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32.   Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31.   Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25.   Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26.   Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22.   Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22.   Paul Terrell Henry, 41.   Frank Hernandez, 27.   Miguel Angel Honorato, 30.   Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40.   Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19.   Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30.   Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25.   Christopher “Drew” Andrew Leinonen, 32.   Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21.   Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49.   Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25.   KJ Morris, 37.   Akyra Monet Murray, 18.   Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20.   Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25.   Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36.   Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32.   Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35.   Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25.   Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27.   Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35.   Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24.   Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24.   Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34.   Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33.   Martin Benitez Torres, 33.    Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24.   Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37.   Luis S. Vielma, 22.   Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50.   Luis Daniel Lestat Wilson-Leon, 37.   Jerald “Jerry” Arthur Wright, 31.

FILM. September LGBT Film Festivals.


REVOLVE: Oakland LGBTQIA Pride Creative Arts & Film Fest. (September 6 – 12 ). Oakland, California.

Polari Film Festival. (September 10 – 13). Austin, Texas. agliff.org

Long Beach Q Film Festival. (September 10 – 13). Long Beach, California. qfilmslongbeach.com

OutFlix Memphis. (September  11 – 17). Memphis, Tennessee. outflixfestival.org

Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival. (September 16 – 20). Fresno, California. reelpride.com

Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival. (September 17 – 24). Chicago, Illinois. reelingfilmfestival.org

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. (September 17 – 20). Palm Springs, California. cinemadiverse.org

North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. (September 18 – 24). Shreveport, Louisiana. www.nlglff.org

TeaDance Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. (September 25 – 26). Greenville, North Carolina. teadancefilmfestival.com

Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival. (Dates Not Yet Announced). Fargo, North Dakota. fmlgbtff.com

FILM. My Fair Wedding.  

With more states legalizing Same-Sex Marriage in the US, and the courts overturning other states Same-Sex Marriage bans, more stories of how gay couples are celebrating their nuptials are emerging.

My Fair Wedding

In the documentary My Fair Wedding, filmmaker Jang Hee-sun chronicles the big day of film director Kim Jho Gwang-Soo and producer Dave Kim as the first same-sex couple to say “I Do” in South Korea.

The films happy couple are set to be in attendance of the My Fair Wedding screening at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. The screening is presented by Gay Asian Pacific AllianceAPI Equality Northern California & Frameline.

Castro Theatre (San Francisco, California).
15 March 2015. 9:40 pm.