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Reeling 2018: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival – 31 Features But Only One With A Cameo By Bruce Vilanch

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Reeling 2018: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival – 31 Features But Only One With A Cameo By Bruce Vilanch

Reeling 2018: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival - 31 Features But Only One With A Cameo By Bruce Vilanch

With 31 features and 19 short film programs being screened—all of them Chicago premieres—the 36th edition of Reeling (the second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world) runs September 20-30 at a handful of theaters around the city, including an opening night presentation at the Davis Theater, with an afterparty at the adjoining Carbon Arc Bar. The festival’s final weekend (Sept. 28-30) will take place at the newly restored firehouse headquarters of Chicago Filmmakers, the presenting organization of Reeling while the bulk of screenings (Sept. 21-27) happen at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema. Read More

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Saturday, June 9th, 2018 – LGBT Film Festival San Diego – Still Waiting in the Wings – 7:30pm

Date: June 7th–10th, 2018

Time: Event starts at 7:00pm on June 7th

Ticket Price: $10–$50 / show

The Observatory – North Park
2891 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104


Saturday, June 9th, 2018 

Still Waiting in the Wings

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Still Waiting In The Wings follows the trials and triumphs of of actors waiting tables in Times Square. While dreaming of the Broadway stage, the reality of slinging hash under florescent lights mixes sweet aspirations with bitter drama. There’s no people like show people and there’s no telling what can happen when they’re pitted against each other. Nick Adams, Ed Asner, Carole Cook, Lee Meriwether, Patricia Richardson, Chita Rivera, Seth Rudetsky, Sally Struthers, Bruce Vilanch, and Cindy Williams round out this heartwarming homage to Broadway with some delightful cameos.

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Ticket Price: $10.00


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Saturday, June 9th, 2018 – 2018 LGBT Film Festival San Diego – The Fabulous Allan Carr – 5:30 PM

2018 LGBT Film Festival San Diego

Date: June 7th–10th, 2018

Time: Event starts at 7:00pm on June 7th

Ticket Price: $10–$50 / show

The Observatory – North Park
2891 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104


Saturday, June 9th, 2018

The Fabulous Allan Carr

=&0=& 2017 | =&1=& USA | =&2=& 90 min | =&3=& Jeffrey Schwarz

Armed with a limitless Rolodex and a Benedict Canyon enclave with its own disco, this documentary shows how Allan Carr threw the Hollywood parties that defined the 1970s. A producer, manager, and marketing genius, Carr built his bombastic reputation amid a series of successes including the mega hit musical film GREASE and the Broadway sensation LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, (and then Can’t Stop The Music, Grease 2 and Where The Boys Are ’84) until it all came crashing down after he produced the notorious debacle of the 1989 Academy Awards. 

Interviewees include: Patricia Birch, Maxwell Caulfield, Steve Guttenberg, Nikki Haskell, Randy Jones, Randal Kleiser, Sherry Lansing, Lorna Luft, Michael Musto, Robert Osborne, Brett Ratner, Connie Stevens, Alana Stewart, Marlo Thomas & Bruce Vilanch. Read More

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A Golden Opportunity to Support The Ridgefield Playhouse at The Judy Gold and Bruce Vilanch show on January 27

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A Golden Opportunity to Support The Ridgefield Playhouse at The Judy Gold and Bruce Vilanch show on January 27
Published on Friday, 12 January 2018 15:03
Written by Jill Mango

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 12: Writer/actor Bruce Vilanch attends the 2017 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival screening of ‘The Fabulous Allan Car’ at DGA Theater on July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)

It’s a Golden Opportunity to support The Playhouse at the Judy Gold show! Donate your gold and silver rings, bracelets and necklaces to The Ridgefield Playhouse at the Gold and Silver Give Back Event before the Judy Gold and Bruce Vilanch show on January 27! Veteran jeweler Steve Delzio of The Mexican Shack will be in the lobby from 6:30-8pm to accept your jewelry as a fundraiser for The Ridgefield Playhouse, which is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit.

From 6:30 – 8pm, patrons will have the opportunity to donate real gold or silver jewelry that they no longer want and 100% of the donation will benefit The Ridgefield Playhouse. Mr. Delzio is unable to accept donations of diamonds, precious gems, or gold or silver-plated jewelry at this time. Patrons can bring their real gold or silver jewelry to his table for an appraisal. He’ll remove any precious gems and return them, and then weigh the precious metal and tell them the value of the piece. All donors will receive a tax donation letter for their records.

Mr. Delzio will also showcase some of his own jewelry, which will be available for purchase. Mr. Delzio has been in the jewelry and precious metals business for more than 43 years and sells both fine jewelry and Native-American inspired jewelry at The Mexican Shack in Somers, New York.

A full cash bar will be open in the lobby of The Playhouse during the Gold and Silver Give Back Event and donors are welcome to enjoy a cocktail hour in the lobby and stay for the comedy show, which begins at 8pm. For tickets ($39.50), call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

JUDY GOLD is an Emmy Award-winning actress and comedian, best known as the star of her two critically acclaimed, long-running Off-Broadway hit shows, including 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother. Judy recently appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” can be seen on the new Showtime series “I’m Dying Up Here” and Netflix’s “Friends From College.” She has recurring roles on Pop TV’s “NightCap!” and TBS’s “Search Party.” Judy is the host of the hit podcast “Kill Me Now” on CBS’ play.it and iTunes.

BRUCE VILANCH is a six-time Emmy Award-winning comic who’s best known for his four-year stint as a celebrity participant on “Hollywood Squares.” His stand-up routine draws on his years of being a Hollywood insider and earned him the role of head writer for the Oscars — writing for hosts Billy Crystal, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and others. He’s also worked as a comedy writer for other award shows, television series and variety specials.

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Going Down in La La Land

Some hits and some misses at gay film festival
Film reviews
Thursday, October 13, 2011
By Robert Croan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pittsburgh International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival opens Friday at the SouthSide Works Cinema and runs through Oct. 23. Here’s a sampling of movies playing during the first week (reviews are 1 to 4 stars).

‘ Going Down in La La Land

3 stars = Good
Ratings explained
The situations are cliched, the plot somewhat predictable, but Swedish director-actor Casper Andreas has adapted Andy Zeffer‘s 2006 wistfully comic novel with such a light touch that the action moves swiftly, and the characters seem to jump off the screen.

Handsome New Yorker Adam (Matthew Ludwinski) drives to Los Angeles with hopes of becoming a movie star. He finds he can’t get work as an actor, can’t even hold a dead-end day job until a drug-addicted gym bunny — vividly played by Mr. Andreas — gets Adam work in the porn industry.

Adam starts as a secretary, quickly becomes a reluctant star, but he finds his niche when he goes as an “escort” to a handsome TV actor John (Michael Medico) who hires Adam as his assistant when the two begin to have real feelings for each other.

The catch is that rich-and-famous John plays an all-American father figure on his show, and his career might not survive hints of his being gay. Will he dump Adam when the going gets rough or tough it out and acknowledge his sexuality? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the conclusion. Don’t miss the marvelous cameo appearance by Bruce Vilanch as an over-the-top porn film maker.

‘ August’

1 1/2 stars = Bad
Ratings explained
Director Eldar Rapaport has created a dismally pretentious, tedious and trite tale about a drifter named Troy (Murray Bartlett), who returns from Barcelona to rekindle a relationship with his former partner, Jonathan (Daniel Dugan). The problem is that Jonathan is now happily partnered with a handsome Latino, Raul (Adrian Gonzalez), and the results are, to say the least, complicated. They are also predictable.

Not much happens, other than the predictable triangle issues, a threesome and the fickle and feckless Troy going back to Barcelona at the end. Mr. Rapaport unfolds the story very slowly, using techniques that recall among other directors of the past, Alain Resnais (“Last Year in Marienbad“).

The film’s 105 minutes seem at least twice that long, but there is some interesting Middle Eastern-influenced music on the soundtrack to make the lacunae in dialogue go by a bit more easily.

‘ The Sleeping Beauty of East Finchley’

3 stars = Good
Ratings explained
Writer-director Seamus Rea has created a moving tale of a lonely London spinster (Josie Walker) who works at a dead-end job and cares for her aged mother, finding her only refuge in singing along with Jessye Norman tapes in the solitude of her bedroom. One day her mother’s nurse, Trish, a member of the local lesbian choir, hears her singing and realizes that Joan has a beautiful voice and real musicality.

When Trish brings Joan to a rehearsal, Joan resists joining, shouting, “I am not a lesbian.” When she does join, she finds she has further qualms, including a budding yet unspoken attachment to Trish.

Whether the lady is protesting too much or whether she’s found her niche is the province of the remainder of this brief and charming film, acted with conviction by an excellent cast and filmed with an unpretentious simplicity that rings true.

Robert Croan is a Post-Gazette senior editor.

First published on October 13, 2011 at 12:00 am

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Bruce Vilanch Headlines N. LA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

North Shreveport KSLA
Comedian Bruce Vilanch to headline N. LA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Submitted by Sean Staggs, Digital Media Manager
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011, 9:06am
Topics: Arts & Culture, Community Spirit, Events

Festival passes are now on sale for the 3rd annual North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival to be held September 16-22, 2011, at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport, LA, with celebrity guest Bruce Vilanch. The film festival is sponsored by PACE, “People Acting for Change and Equality.”

With a festival pass, tickets can be redeemed for the following:

the lavish opening night reception at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 16 with celebrity guest Bruch Vilanch; Vilanch is a six-time Emmy winner and highly sought-after Hollywood comedy writer and stand-up comedian.
the opening night screening of the film Get Bruce with introduction before and Q & A after with Bruce Vilanch.
the stand-up comedy performance of Bruce Vilanch on Saturday, September 17 at 7:15 p.m.
the screenings of the films Undertow, Wish Me Away, Hollywood to Dollywood, Leave It on the Floor, Gen Silent, Thy Will Be Done, and a collection of original submission short films.

A festival pass sells for $95, a substantial discount over individual ticket prices to the above events.

Panel discussions will follow one screening of Gen Silent and Thy Will Be Done, and the executive producers and lead actors of Hollywood to Dollywood will be present to close out the festival on Thursday, September 22.

Festival passes on sale now, or individual tickets on sale August 29, can be purchased at the Robinson Film Center (617 Texas St., 318-459-4122; www.robinsonfilmcenter.org). For additional information see the film festival web site: www.nlglff.org.

For more information about PACE, north Louisiana’s leading advocacy organization for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, go to www.pacelouisiana.org.

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