#documentary

New Documentary "Gay Hollywood Dad" To Premiere On Amazon Video

We’ve just discovered an adorable and fun documentary that will air in the near future.

Margin Films has announced the upcoming release of the documentary Gay Hollywood Dad by and starring Quentin Lee.

According to Broadway World, the film follows Lee has he adapts to becoming a father of a newborn baby through surrogacy. “What have I gotten myself into!?” thinks Lee as he explores the first six weeks of being a single father living in Los Angeles. Viewers witness that timeline starting from cutting the umbilical cord to bringing the baby to his first independent film premiere.

Gay Hollywood Dad was originally planned to be a web series, but was later changed into a feature-length film that will now premiere on August 2nd at the New York Asian American International Film Festival. Then, it will appear online on August 3rd through Amazon Instant Video.

Quentin Lee, and son Casper, are joined by filmmakers Adrian Ho and Viet Dang, gestational carrier Crystal Primavera, and actresses Tamlyn Tomita ("Teen Wolf", The Joy Luck Club), Julia Nickson (Rambo: First Blood Part II, Half-Life), Akemi Look (The Unbidden) and Elizabeth Sung (Memoirs of a Geisha, LETHAL WEAPON 4).

While most of us will have to wait until August 3 to watch the feature-length film, the first episode of the web series was uploaded online last year. To get a better idea of what the film will be like, you can watch the series pilot down below.

h/t: Broadway World

Rocker Dan Reynolds Teams With AT&T For Pro-LGBTQ LOVELOUD Festival

How much do we love Grammy Award-winning Imagine Dragons frontman, Dan Reynolds?

Raised Mormon, Reynolds has spent years fighting for greater LGBTQ acceptance within the church.

Growing up, the native Utahn had a middle school friend who was Mormon and gay, and he watched how the struggles of trying to resolve the two worlds wore on his friend. Reynolds also says he's lost high school friends to suicide.

Determined to affect change, he and former Mormon rocker Tyler Glenn teamed up last year to create the annual music festival LOVELOUD which aims to raise money for LGBTQ charities and organizations like The Trevor Project and the Tegan and Sara Foundation.

This year the event takes place on July 28 featuring, in addition to Imagine Dragons, artists like Zedd, Grace Vanderwaal, Vagabon, and others  at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

AT&T has also teamed up with Reynolds for the LOVELOUD festival as a sponsor.

A longtime LGBTQ ally, AT&T has generously donated $1 million this year to The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people.

 

 

 

“I think the LOVELOUD stage is the most important stage I will ever stand on,” the 30-year-old recently told Queerty. “The festival has helped facilitate vital conversation about what it means to truly love and accept our LGBTQ youth.”

For a chance to win a free VIP trip to the LOVELOUD festival including tickets, travel and accommodations, download the AT&T THANKS app and enter the sweepstakes on the app.

Plus, from July 11-16, 2018, AT&T THANKS will be running a Social LOVELOUD Giveaway Contest for 10 pairs of concert tickets to the show. Customers are asked to share why they want to “Turn Up the Love” to enter for a chance to Win tickets to the LOVELOUD Festival

The new documentary, Believer, follows Reynolds as he launched the music festival last year and also explores how the Mormon Church treats its LGBTQ members.

"I hope people understand the importance of fully accepting and loving our LGBTQ youth," says Reynolds about the film. "I hope people are able to watch and feel the harsh realities that our LGBTQ youth are facing in faith-based communities. I hope it perpetuates change."

Watch the trailer for Believer below.

 

 

Documentary: The Over-the-Top Life & Career Of Hollywood Producer Allan Carr

Emmy Award-winning documentarian Jeffrey Schwarz has delivered his latest peek behind the scenes of Hollywood in exploring the life and career of producer Allan Carr, The Fabulous Allan Carr.

The documentary chronicles the enormous successes of Carr (Grease, La Cage Aux Folles) as well as his most infamous disasters (Grease 2, You Can’t Stop The Music, the 1989 Academy Awards Show).

Back in the day when “flamboyant” was as direct as you could be in terms of addressing someone’s homosexuality, Carr boldly lived his life out loud. 

Born Allan Solomon (he changed his name to Carr because he rhymed with “star”), Carr moved from his hometown of Chicago to Los Angeles to become a part of the world he had only dreamed of.

Donned in caftans to hide his up-down-and-up again weight gains, the producer/manager threw lavish pool parties at his glamorous mansion entertaining Hollywood A-listers as well as the town’s hottest gays. According to legend, it was when the stars departed that the party would devolve into an orgy to satisfy Carr's voyeurism for observing hot LA boys.

 

His early career consisted of managing celebrities like Marlo Thomas, Ann-Margret, Tony Curtis, Peter Sellers, Rosalind Russell, and Dyan Cannon. Carr was instrumental in helping Ann-Margret shift from young sex kitten into a full-fledged star on the Las Vegas Strip as well as taking on roles in movies like Tommy and Carnal Knowledge, for which she would be nominated for an Oscar.

After working in a promotional capacity on films Tommy and Saturday Night Fever with producer Robert Stigwood, Carr moved into full-on producing with a pet project that would put him on the Hollywood map, the massively successful film adaptation of the Broadway musical Grease.

Starring up-and-coming John Travolta, who was known at the time for his turn on TV’s Welcome Back Kotter, and Grammy Award winning pop star Olivia Newton-John, the musical film became Carr’s ticket to the big time.

Unfortunately, he followed that enormous triumph with the late-to-the-disco-party musical film, You Can’t Stop The Music. Meant as a vehicle to introduce The Village People to the world, the 1980 film, which starred Steve Guttenberg, Valerie Perrine and Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner, was a major misfire that was ripped by critics and avoided by movie-goers.

Carr shifted back to more familiar terrain in 1982 with the Michelle Pfeiffer/Maxwell Caulfield tuner Grease 2, which also failed at the box office although it has carried on as a camp classic.

Then came redemption as Carr produced the smash Broadway musical La Cage Aux Folles in 1983. Not only did the show win six Tony Awards (including one for Carr as producer of the “Best Musical”) but it brought him some of the “respectability” he had always craved. And in true Carr style, the show gave Broadway its first-ever openly gay musical love story.

Carr’s last final big-time moment came when he was tapped to produce the 1989 Academy Awards which featured the now-infamous Rob Lowe/“Snow White” opening number.

While most remember the opening number, Schwarz makes a point to give credit to Carr for two lasting changes at the Oscars.

It was Carr who came up with the new announcement “and the Oscar goes to…” instead of “the winner is.”

And he is credited with creating the now-show-biz-standard release approach of opening a film the last month of the year in one theater in Los Angeles and one theater in New York City to create Oscar buzz.

But the Academy Awards debacle and criticism hurt Carr deeply, and he became something of a recluse after that. He did manage to have a last hurrah attending the 20th anniversary of Grease re-release in 1998 before succumbing to cancer in 1999 at the age of 62.

The documentary rightly makes a point to highlight Carr’s self-promotional skills as he was one of the first producers to make himself a celebrity of sorts. Rarely had a Hollywood producer appeared on so many of the top talk shows of the day before Carr.

Like his earlier documentaries  I Am Divine and Tab Hunter: Confidential, this should be required viewing for the gay history alone. Based on the larger-than-life personality along with spectacular hits and notorious misses that touch on so many gay-centric projects (he gave us The Village People, folks), I recommend the film. 

Carr himself is a compelling subject in light of his personal over-the-topHollywood flair, but also his darker, injured moments.

The film is now available via Video-On-Demand. Find more info about the film at the official website.

Watch the trailer below:

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Go Behind-The-Scenes In Upcoming Documentary "Whitney"

Miramax and Roadside Attractions shares a “first-look” at some of the rare footage included in the upcoming documentary Whitney, which uses never-before-seen archival video, demo recordings, interviews and rare performances to unravel the mystery behind “The Voice.”

Breaking records by every metric in the entertainment world, Whitney Houston’s career soared as she sold over 200 million albums worldwide, starred in blockbuster movies and became the only artist to have 7 consecutive #1 singles.

But along the way, cracks in the perfect veneer began to appear in the form of erratic behavior and behind-the-scenes scandals. Eventually, the unknowable pressures of superstardom were too much for Houston as she died at the young age of 48 in a Beverly Hills hotel suite on February 11, 2012.

The new documentary Whitney - which has the blessing of the Houston family - takes an intimate, unflinching look at the pop superstar and her family going beyond the tabloid headlines to shed new light on the amazing, spellbinding trajectory of Houston’s life.

An earlier, unauthorized documentary - Whitney: Can I Be Me - was roundly denounced by Houston's family in that it touched on Whitney's drug use and bisexuality. Houston’s mother Cissy Houston told Oprah in a 2013 interview she would “absolutely” have been disappointed if her daughter had come out to her as gay.

Check out rare rehearsal footage from the documentary of Houston in rehearsal as she readied for an awards show performance.

Whitney will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May and land in theaters July 6.