OCTOBER 18-21, 2012
Screenplay Finalists! Short Film Program! Panels!
CENTER ON HALSTED'S HOOVER-LEPPEN THEATER
3656 N HALSTED ST, CHICAGO, IL 60613
Pride Films and Plays' Gay Film Weekend will feature enhanced staged readings of the Five Finalists in the Great Gay Screenplay Contest, panels on the history and creation of LGBT film, and a Queer Shorts Film Program guest curated by Indie Boots Film Festival.
Tickets for the screenplay readings and Queer Shorts Film Program are each $10. The panels are both free. A Gay Play Weekend Pass allowing admission to all events is $45. Tickets for individual events can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com, or calling 1 800 838 3006. Weekend passes can be purchased at 773 250 3112 or www.pridefilmsandplays.com
The schedule for the weekend is:
Thursday, October 18
- 7:00pm - Visalia, directed by John Nasca
- 9:00pm - Opening Night Reception
Friday, October 19
- 7:00pm - Fr. Frances
Saturday, October 20
- 3:00pm - Barrio Boy, directed by Kyra Morris
- 5:00pm - Panel "The Evolution of LGBT Cinema"
- 7:00pm - A Friend Of Dorothy's, directed by Chuck Berglund
Sunday, October 21
- 2:00pm - Snowmen, directed by Alex. St. John
- 4:00pm - Panel "Making LGBT Films in a Changing World"
- 5:00pm - Queer Shorts Film Program
- 7:00pm - Closing Night Reception
Each screenplay reading, and the Queer Shorts Film Program, will be followed by a discussion.
The Great Gay Screenplay Contest is a contest for screenplays with LGBT characters, history, or themes. The finalists include Barrio Boy by Dennis Shinners, Father Frances by Thomas Ziegler, A Friend of Dorothy's by Jim Piazza, Snowmen by Ethan Steers and Visalia by Dennis Nivens. The five screenplays will be performed as enhanced staged readings (with movement and design elements) by Artistic Ensemble Members of Pride Films and Plays.
The Queer Shorts Film Program is guest curated by Indie Boots Film Festival. From award-winning festival favorites to brand new Chicago premieres, this 90 minute glimpse into the world of LGBTQ cinema has something for everyone, with comedy and drama, animation and documentary, traditional storytelling and experimental, funded projects and micro-budget, and even a musical.
The Queer Shorts Film Program features:
- Half (2012 Indie Boots Audience Award Winner), directed and written by Alex Bohs
- Fluid (2012 Indie Boots Honorable Mention), directed and written by Dara Sklar
- Skallamann, directed by Maria Bock, written by Lars Jacobsen and Maria Bock
- Tuesday Night Make-Out, directed and written by Richard Paro, with segment direction and writing by Cyra K. Polizzi and Breahan Eve Pautsch and additional segment direction by Katie Jones
- Lee, directed and written by Roland Wiryawan
- Reverse Cowgirl, directed and written by April Faith Hirschman
- Marimacho, directed by Elisha Lim, written by Coco Riot
- Bedfellows, directed and written by Pierre Stefanos
- Last Kiss, directed and written by Charles Lum
- Heartland Transport, directed and written by Cody Stokes
- Make A Mate, directed and written by Jennifer Jordan Day
- both/and - Trailer, directed by J. Paul Preseault, written by Jamil Khoury
For more information about the films, please visit www.IndieBoots.org.
Synopses of the screenplays and bios of the screenwriters:
Barrio Boy by Dennis Shinners, New York, NY
Barrio Boy is the story of a closeted, sexy, young Latino barber who falls hard for a newly arrived, handsome, and charming Irishman during a scorching summer in a tough Brooklyn hood. These uncontainable desires eventually test the seams of the relationships with his friends, family, and ultimately, the bond between him and the new love in his life.
Dennis Shinners grew up in New Jersey, attended NYU's film school and is a writer, producer, and director of on-air promos who has done award-winning campaigns for Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Spike TV, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, TV Land, and the Oxygen Network. He recently completed two short films, Area X and Go-Go, which have enjoyed both domestic and international festival runs and distribution deals. He wrote Barrio Boy as his feature directorial debut.
Father Frances by Thomas Ziegler, Christianland, Virgin Island
When a tough Catholic bishop appoints a rookie priest as pastor of a violent, crime- ridden parish, he's sure the young man lacks the cojones to do the job. Turns out he's right. Although unaware of it, his rookie pastor is actually a woman passing as a man. After Father Frances succeeds in turning the parish around, the question remains, did she owe her achievement to being a woman or, as people saw her, a man?
Thomas Ziegler was born, raised, and educated in the Chicago area. He holds a B.A. from Lewis University in Lockport, an M.A. from Northern Illinois, and has had two plays produced off-Broadway, including Grace & Glorie, starring Estelle Parsons and Lucie Arnaz. He later co-authored the Hallmark Hall of Fame teleplay of the same title which aired on CBS. Other plays of note include Mrs. Kemble's Tempest, Sundays at Eleven, and Servantissimo. His other screenplays are Say Goodbye to Boris and Subway Series.
A Friend of Dorothy's by Jim Piazza, New York, NY
In the winter of 1967, addled showbiz legend Judy Garland goes missing. Wild twists and turns have led her to a secret refuge -- the suburban bedroom of a troubled teenage fan. His family is none the wiser until Judy inevitably misbehaves and chaos ensues.
Jim Piazza's play collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winner James Kirkwood Jr. launched a writing career that has included best-selling books on film, essays in OUT, The Village Voice, and The New York Times, and a bio of Elvis, "The King."
Snowmen by Ethan Steers, Norwich, NY
Fresh-out-of-high schooler Logan falls in love with a gruff and outdoorsy man several years his senior, causing him to question his dreams and plans for his life.
Ethan Steers hails from the small town of Norwich, NY, and has been writing films for four years. He currently studies film and television at NYU and is enjoying it tremendously. He is extremely interested in the horror genre, but is starting to become increasingly more focused on drama.
Visalia by Dennis Nivens, Hermosa Beach, CA
In a 1950s California small town, a high school football coach and a police officer fall in love and face prejudice and harassment. When the coach is falsely accused of being a pedophile, his lover must risk both of their careers and their future together to set the record straight
Dennis Nivens lives in Hermosa Beach, California, where he does boring technical work when the surf isn't pumping. He has freelanced feature articles on outdoor sports and adventure travel to various publications, and was a contributing editor to a surf culture magazine for a period of four years. Visalia is his first attempt at a screenplay.
About Center on Halsted
Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community and securing the health and well being of LGBTQ individuals. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood. The diverse programs offered range from volleyball, yoga and cooking classes to free rapid HIV testing, group therapy, vocational training and comprehensive senior and youth programs. For more information, visit www.centeronhalsted.org.
For more details on the Great Gay Screenplay Contest, or any of PFP's writing contests or productions, visit here for more information.