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Gay HIV+ Star Mark Patton Makes Personal Appearance at THE MASSACRE October 12th

It’s been more than 25 years since MARK PATTON  played the part of Jesse Walsh in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge,
but the 49-year-old actor has had more in common with the boy whose
body Freddy Kruger once wanted to possess than most people know.

Patton will be in Chicago as part of the annual 24-hour-horror-movie-marathon, THE MASSACRE,  coming up on Oct. 12 at The Patio Theater (6008 Irving Park Rd., Chicago).
He has a great story to tell.  Growing up in the homophobic south he often felt like an outsider in his hometown. Knowing he was a young gay man, and refusing to stay in the closet, he eventually went to New York City, where he could be  free – and safe. Quickly though, Patton found himself in a closet built by those around him who were guiding his career.
However, the darkest moment of Patton’s career came in 1987. He was cast
to play what would have been a groundbreaking gay character on a major
network television series, but what happened next shattered the
promising actor’s Hollywood dreams. “It was what I would consider my
last true hardcore audition,” Patton remembers of nearly getting a part
as a gay character on CBS. He was sitting at table with nearly a dozen
other men. “They began to ask me if I would be comfortable playing a gay
character and telling people I was straight if they began to question
my sexuality? I remember looking around that table and I knew every one
of those men were gay. All I could think about was how everyone I knew
was dying from AIDS and we were having this bullshit conversation. My
heart just broke and that was the line for me. I knew I would never be
able to do what they were asking, so I walked away from Hollywood and
decided to move on to a place where it was totally acceptable to be
Shortly afterwards he was  battling what he thought was a severe case of bronchitis, Patton
underwent a battery of tests and discovered he was not only
HIV-positive, but was also battling a slew of other infections as well,
including pneumonia, thrush, and tuberculosis. “I found out on my 40th
birthday and three days later I was in the hospital,” Patton says. “But
because of the infections I had, they made me take tuberculosis medicine
and that didn’t mix with those older HIV meds. There were so many side
effects.  It was like I was poisoned. ” He pauses for a long moment
before he continues. “I almost died there, but thankfully my friends
took me to an AIDS health clinic, which saved my life.”

October 12, 2013

Patio Theater    6008 Irving Park Rd.    Chicago, IL 60634

Special Guests:

Mark Patton (star of Nightmare on Elm St. 2)
Fred Walton (April Fool’s Day, When A Stranger Calls)
Gary Sherman (Dead and Buried, Raw Meat, Vice Squad)

Noon ’til Noon

Doors Open at 11am.

Film Line-Up Includes:

11:30am-Trailer Trash (Vintage Horror Trailers & Shorts)
Noon-Edison’s Frankenstein (Silent with Live Organ!)
12:30pm – Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman
2pm -The Tomb of Ligeia
3:45pm – Martin
5:30pm – Dead and Buried (dir. Gary Sherman in Person!)
7:30pm – Roger Corman 50’s Trailer Competition
8:15pm– April Fool’s Day (dir. Fred Walton in Person!)
10:15pm– Nightmare on Elm St. 2 (Mark Patton in Person!)
12:15am -The Gate
1:45am-Hellraiser II
3:30am – Deep Red
6am – Wild Zero
7:45am – Slither
9:45am – Army of Darkness 

Plus: Vendor Tables, Prizes, Surprizes,
A Live Charity Auction For Vital Bridges
( and more!

Lots of free parking on the side streets  surrounding the theater!

Pay Once, Come And Go As You Like!

Join the Event Page:

Tickets are $20 pre-sale online at:

Presale Ticket Locations:
Shake Rattle & Read  (4812 N. Broadway, Chicago)
Laurie’s Planet of Sound  (4639 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago)
Regulus Coffee  (6032 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago)
Horrorbles  (6729 Stanley Ave., Berwyn, IL)

$24 at the door, day of show..

Mark Patton official site

Bridegroom Chicago Movie Premiere

Wednesday, October 2nd

Cocktail reception, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
*Includes light hors d’oeuvres.
*Cash bar.

Film screening, 6:30 p.m.

There will be a Q & A session with Shane immediately following the screening.

The event is free to attend, but

YOU MUST REGISTER at the following link:

Honorary Guest:
Shane Bitney Crone, Producer and subject of the film

BRIDEGROOM tells the emotional journey of Shane and Tom, two young men
in a loving, committed relationship, with plans toward a bright future
together. Those plans take a tragic turn when Tom is accidentally killed
and Shane is refused from attending the funeral. This film tells the
story of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find
themselves ostracized from their loved ones. The events that transpired
after Tom’s death open a window onto the issue of marriage equality and
basic human rights.

The film was written, directed and produced
by Linda Bloodworth Thomason, creator of Designing Women, and inspired
by the powerful YouTube video, “It Could Happen To You,” by Shane Bitney


FREE Films March 20th – LGBT History


T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s (2011)
Blues history thru a lavender lens

The 1920s saw a revolution in technology, the advent of the recording
industry, that created the first class of African-American women to sing
their way to fame and fortune. Blues divas such as Bessie Smith, Ma
Rainey, and Alberta Hunter created and promoted a working-class vision
of blues life that provided an alternative to the Victorian gentility of
middle-class manners. In their lives and music, blues women presented
themselves as strong, independent women who lived hard lives and were
unapologetic about their unconventional choices in clothes, recreational
activities, and bed partners. Blues singers disseminated a Black
feminism that celebrated emotional resilience and sexual pleasure, no
matter the source.


Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100  (1999)
Ruth Ellis (July 23, 1899 – October 5, 2000) was the oldest known open lesbian, and an LGBT rights activist. Her life was the subject of the documentary directed by Yvonne Welbon. In this charming documentary, Ruth Ellis, a 100-year-old African
American lesbian, recounts her life. As a lesbian academic interviewed
in the documentary puts it, “Ruth is a gift to us” as she is able to
tell what it was like to suffer “triple oppression, being a woman, being
black, and being a lesbian.” Ellis tells about discovering her
sexuality some 80 years ago, and when discussing her romantic
involvements (which included one relationship lasting 35 years), she is
utterly honest. 
At one point she is even asked about the last time she
had sex, and she replies it was when she was 95, adding with a laugh,
“that was a one-night stand.” A businesswoman, Ellis lived openly as a
lesbian and often played host for an active social circle of gays and
lesbians in Detroit at a time when mainstream America scarcely
acknowledged the existence of the community. The film is illustrated
with vintage photographs of Ellis, her family, lovers, and friends, and
footage shot in the present day shows her at dance class, having fun at
her favorite bowling alley, and shooting pool with friends. This is an
engaging look at a special character, a woman who was always true to

Final Days to catch Scrooge and Marley in Chicago

Scrooge & Marley is a modern day variation on Charles Dickens’
classic story of the holidays, “A Christmas Carol.” On Christmas Eve,
Ben Scrooge, the man who hates the holidays, is given the chance to
begin again when he is visited by three spirits – the Ghosts of
Christmas Past, Present and Future. Revisiting the tragic missteps of
his life enables Scrooge to rediscover the joy of the holiday season and
make a journey back to love. Recounted from a gay sensibility with
heart, comedy and music, the magic of Dickens’ timeless tale comes alive
from a fresh perspective that will appeal to audiences of all

I urge you to support this wonderful independent film! It is very well done with excellent acting and SURE TO BRING A TEAR TO YOUR EYE! It is such an awesome cast loaded with great original music!

Ebenezer Scrooge-  David

Jacob Marley’s Ghost –  Tim

Freda  – Rusty Schwimmer

Fezziwig –  Bruce Vilanch

Terry, Ghost  of Christmas Present –  Megan Cavanagh

Colin – Richard Ganoung

Bob Cratchit –  David

Randy, Ghost of Christmas Past – Ronnie Kroell

Young Ebenezer Scrooge  – Drew

Young Jacob Marley  – Nicholas

in Chicago…

✴  Dec. 4, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.

  Dec. 5, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Benefit for Lambda Legal of Chicago

  Dec. 6, Thursday, 2:30 p.m.

later this month  –

Dec. 21, Friday, 8:15 p.m. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL

Dec. 22, Saturday at 7:45 p.m. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL

Dec. 27, Thursday, 7:45 p.m. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL


You can even buy the DVD NOW!


‘Scrooge & Marley’ Chicago Red Carpet Premiere at Music Box Theatre November 29

Chicago Indie Film “Scrooge & Marley,” a modern-day variation on Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story “A Christmas Carol,” will have its Chicago Red Carpet Premiere and one-week run at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave.) November 29 thru December 6th. 

Recounted from a gay sensibility with heart, comedy and original music, the film will also screen in at least a dozen cities nationwide this holiday season, with a DVD and soundtrack slated for December release. 
Filmed in Chicago last May, “Scrooge & Marley” stars acclaimed actor David Pevsner, former Saturday Night Live star Tim Kazurinsky, Rusty Schwimmer, Bruce Vilanch, Megan Cavanagh, Ronnie Kroell, David Moretti, Richard Ganoung, and JoJo Baby
It is narrated by Tony award-winning actress Judith Light.
The Chicago Premiere run will kick off with a gala opening night celebration featuring most of the stars of the film including Pevsner, Schwimmer, Vilanch, Cavanagh, Kroell, Moretti and Ganoung. 
A pre-VIP event will be held at Frida’s Restaurant at 5 pm, Red Carpet at the Music Box at 6:30 pm and the film screening at 7 pm, followed by a Q&A with cast and crew. The VIP after-party will be held at D’Agostino’s on Addison. 
Philanthropist Michael Leppen is underwriting the opening night events. Tickets are now on sale for all events and screenings at: .
 Acclaimed out actor David Pevsner portrays Ben Scrooge while former Saturday Night Live star Tim Kazurinsky appears as the Ghost of Jacob Marley. Rounding out the cast is a host of other recognized theatrical actors: Drew Anderson, Christopher Allen, Nicholas Bailey, Allison Torem, Fawzia Mirza, Peter Mohawk, Becca Kaufman, Scott Duff, PJ Powers, Amy Matheny and many more.
 Featuring a wide range of music from award-winning singers and bands, Jason Gould performs a special end credit song, written for the film by Marsha Malamet, Liz Vidal and Stephan Oberhoff. Other performers in the film and soundtrack include Matt Alber, BETTY, Linda Good, Amber deLaurentis, Becca Kaufman, Jeannie Tanner and more. 
Music Box Theatre Schedule in Chicago: 
Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30pm – red carpet, 7 p.m. screening followed by Q&A 

Friday, Nov, 30, 2:30 p.m. 
Saturday, Dec. 1, Noon 
Sunday, Dec. 2, Noon (ASL interpreted) 
Monday, Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. 
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2:30 p.m. 
Some of the Music Box shows will feature additional cast appearances, Q&As and even musical performances. More details will be available soon. 
See for additional screening information.
The film will also screen over Christmas at the Gene Siskel Film Center 164 N., State Street, Chicago: Friday, Dec. 21, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7:45 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 27, 7:45 p.m.

Chicago Gay Film Weekend of Queer Shorts Oct 18-21

Screenplay Finalists!  AND  Short Film Program! 



$10 Individual Tickets

$45 Weekend Pass

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, or calling 1 800 838 3006. Weekend passes can be purchased at 773 250 3112 or

The schedule for the weekend is:

Thursday, October 18

– 7:00pm – A Friend Of Dorothy’s, directed by Chuck Berglund

– 9:00pm – Opening Night Reception

Friday, October 19

– 7:00pm – Barrio Boy, directed by Kyra Morris

Saturday, October 20

– 3:00pm – Fr. Frances, directed by Sarah Ballema

– 5:00pm – Panel “The Evolution of LGBT Cinema”

– 7:00pm – Visalia, directed by John Nasca

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. 


Pride Films and Plays Writers Contest

Pride Films and Plays is accepting entries into the Great Gay Play and Musical Contest now through October 22, 2012.

Each of the five finalists will receive $400, and their scripts will be performed as ‘enhanced staged readings’ during Gay Play Weekend at Center on Halsted, Chicago, in spring 2013.

A complete list of contest rules can be found here. Our list of  judges for the contest is extensive and includes veteran theater directors, an international array of Artistic Directors and Academic Professionals, and well as working professionals from across the country. Please note there is an entry fee to enter the contest, but Dramatist Guild Members may enter the contest for free between September 8 and 15, 2012. Date for final entry is October 22, 2012.

For more informationhere, or visit the Contest page of


Magic Mike Movie Night at Kit Kat June 19

“Magic Mike” Night at

Kit Kat Lounge

Magic Mike Movie Tickets,

Merchandise and Themed Martinis

Tuesday, June 19

8 p.m. – 2 a.m.   
Free to attend

Magic Mike is set to hit theaters on Friday, June 29. In advance of the hotly anticipated male stripper-themed film, Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will hold a movie promotion event on Tuesday, June 19. Starting at 8 p.m., dancers from “SinZation,” Chicago’s sexiest male revue show, will put on a high-energy, provocative performance.
Kit Kat Diva Kathryn Cole will perform throughout the evening as well.

The Lakeview/Boystown restaurant and lounge will hold a “Magic Mike” raffle with prizes including passes to the advance screening of Magic Mike on Tuesday, June 26, along with Magic Mike merchandise (t-shirts, hats, gym bags, dog tag necklaces and more). Gift certificates to Kit Kat and tickets to SinZation will also be given away.

In addition to shakin’ up half-priced martinis all night, the movie premiere party will feature three specialty drinks: “The Big Cucumber Richie” martini, “Magic Mike” martini and “Dallas” cocktail ($6 each).

See you all there!


Nate & Margaret in Chicago June 8

Another MUST SEE film this summer!

Nate & Margaret asks the question: What if your best friend was your only friend?

Prior to its DVD release coming in August, Nate & Margaret will  play  at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago (starting June 8).


Filmed in Chicago, Nate, a 19-year-old film student, and Margaret, a 52-year-old spinster with a coffee mug addiction, are best friends in an odd, quirky, totally working kind of way…until Nate’s audacious classmate Darla sets him up on a date with James. Nate’s new romance shakes up his friendship with Margaret, who goes off on her own to pursue her lifelong dream of being a stand-up comedian.  As Nate and Margaret attempt to navigate their new lives apart, they come to realize just how important true friendship really is.


Starring noted television actor and theater performer Natalie West (“Roseanne”, Bushwhacked), Tyler Ross (The Wise Kids), and Gaby Hoffmann (200 Cigarettes, Now & Then), Nate & Margaret shows that age really does not matter in the grand scheme of life, love, and friendship. Directed and co-written by Nathan Adloff, star of Blackmail Boys, Nate & Margaret is a tale as old as time, but a fresh twist as a 21st century gay Harold and Maude.


The Breaking Glass  DVD release will be loaded with special features including a behind the scenes featurette, deleted scenes, audition tapes, multiple audio and video commentaries with the director, producers, and writers, and the full version of “Untied Strangers”, a short film featured in Nate & Margaret.


 Watch a clip  at  NATE & MARGARET


Scrooge and Marley Cast Party May 6th at Marys Attic

Come meet the cast and crew of Scrooge & Marley, a new kind of Christmas movie, being filmed in Chicago this May.

Several stars and behind-the-scenes personalities will be greeting the public on Sunday, May 6, at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. (upstairs from Hamburger Mary’s), 3-5 pm. A $20 entry fee avails you of a choice of hors d’ oeuvres, half-priced drinks, and a chance to win some fun prizes.

Among the cast and crew that will be on hand for this spectacular event are:

David Pevsner (Law and Order: LA, Criminal Minds),
Rusty Schwimmer (North Country, The Perfect Storm),
David Moretti (Dante’s Cove, Shut Up and Kiss Me),
Ronnie Kroell (Eating Out: Drama Camp, BRAVO’s Make Me a Supermodel)

Plus Drew Anderson, Nicholas Bailey, Scott Duff, Amy Matheny, Fawzia Mirza, Becca Kaufman, Diana Simonzadeh, Tommy Beardmore, and Colin Sphar.
You will also have the opportunity to meet directors Richard Knight, Jr. and Peter Neville, and more cast and crew from the film!

Scrooge & Marley is a modern-day variation on Charles Dickens’ classic story of the holidays, A Christmas Carol. Recounted from a gay sensibility, with heart, comedy and music, the magic of Dickens’ timeless tale of a man’s redemption at the holidays—thanks to the help of three ghostly spirits—comes alive from a fresh perspective that will appeal to audiences of every persuasion. The screenplay is written by Ellen Stoneking, Richard Knight, Jr. and the late Timothy Imse


For information on the upcoming film, please visit
Tickets are available at the door.


Casting Call for Scrooge and Marley

& Marley is a modern-day variation on Charles Dickens’ classic
story of the holidays, A Christmas Carol. Recounted from a gay
sensibility, with heart, comedy and music, the magic of Dickens’
timeless tale of a man’s redemption at the holidays-thanks to the help
of three ghostly spirits-comes alive from a fresh perspective that will
appeal to audiences of every persuasion.

Several actors are already tentatively signed to the project, including: Megan Cavanagh (A League of Their Own, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Exes and Ohs); Rusty Schwimmer (North Country, The Surrogate, Drop Dead Diva, Bones,
); Ronnie Kroell (Bravo’s Make Me a Super Model, Eating Out-Drama Camp and Into the Lion’s Den); and Becca Kaufman, a renowned Chicago-area vocalist.


We are NOT casting
the NON-PAID EXTRAS for this film, but the production company (a good
group to work with) will provide a meal should you work more than 6
hours, and will make every effort to provide parking. “

All Chicago Locations.

A breakdown of extras needed:

Monday, May 7th – Cabaret Scene – Male/Female, Age 35-50, All Ethnicity – 15 extras

Tuesday, May 8th – Cabaret Scene Continues – 10 extras needed to repeat (must have open availability for the entire day)

Wednesday, May 9th – Disco Scene, circa 1975 – All Ethnicity – as it is
an independent film, they are looking for as many people as possible
who have some 70s wardrobe in their collection – please state your
wardrobe options in the email submission.

3 Males, very
attractive, strapping hunks with extremely nice bodies (20 to 30 years
of age), 3 Young Male go-go dancers (at least 21 years of age), 5 ragged
looking Male street hustlers (19-23 years of age), and 1 Older Man (40
to 50 years of age), who is cruising the hustlers.

May 12th – Bedroom Scene – 2 attractive and fit Males, Age 25 to 35, All
Ethnicity, who are okay being in bed together with their shirts off.

To submit, send an email directly to
with name, age, height, weight, ethnic background, phone number, email
address and recent photo (attach a jpeg no larger than 1MB), and
reference the date/scene/character in the subject line.

REGISTER TO BE AN EXTRA: Go to and follow the instructions!!! Be sure to “LIKE”  this page to receive casting notices and updates in your News Feed!!


Gay Christmas Film to Shoot in Chicago with Ronnie Kroell

Scrooge & Marley

is a modern-day variation on Charles Dickens’ classic story of the
holidays, A Christmas Carol. Recounted from a gay sensibility, with
heart, comedy and music, the magic of Dickens’ timeless tale of a
man’s redemption at the holidays-thanks to the help of three ghostly
spirits-comes alive from a fresh perspective that will appeal to
audiences of every persuasion.

Scrooge & Marley, an independent film, will be shot in
Chicago May 2012. The film is based on an original script by Ellen
Stoneking, Richard Knight, Jr. and the late Tim Imse. It will be
directed by Knight and Peter Neville.

The film is being financed by investors, and is also launching an Indie
GoGo campaign this week, under the name Scrooge & Marley film.

hope to raise $15,000 by April 4, to add to the investor funding. See .

Several actors are already tentatively signed to the project, including: Megan Cavanagh (A League of Their Own, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Exes and Ohs); Rusty Schwimmer (North Country, The Surrogate, Drop Dead Diva, Bones,
); Ronnie Kroell (Bravo’s Make Me a Super Model, Eating Out-Drama Camp and Into the Lion’s Den); and Becca Kaufman, a renowned Chicago-area vocalist.

Auditions for additional roles will be held in March. Casting will be coordinated by Heather Schmucker. For details email

“I think movie fans of all types will love Scrooge & Marley
– especially those with a soft spot for good old-fashioned Christmas
movies like myself,” Knight said. But the completed film will also be
the realization of a long-held
dream. “At last, there will be a holiday movie that gay people can call
their own something that we can return to year after year.”

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HollyWood to DollyWood FREE Screening Feb 25

Peace on Earth Film Festival (POEFF) is a not-for-profit festival
established to celebrate and encourage the work of independent
filmmakers from around the globe on the themes of peace, nonviolence,
social justice and an eco-balanced world. POEFF invites filmmakers’ challenging perspectives on issues such as
human rights, neighborhood violence, food deserts, domestic violence,
bullying, war, world politics, environment, economics and more, while
presenting alternatives of peace from all cultural perspectives.

The Film Festival takes place  Feb 23 – 26, and all movies  are FREE. First come, first served seating.

on Saturday, Feb. 25th –  2 great LGBT  films will be shown.

INSPIRED: The Voices Against Prop 8 (89 min)

Directed by Charlie Gage

On November 4, 2008 the voters of California passed Proposition 8 revoking marriage rights for same sex couples.

The next day in Los Angeles a movement was born.

INSPIRED is a documentary film chronicling several people’s lives in the
wake of the passage of Prop 8. Arresting live footage follows average
people from all walks of life, inspired to action in ways they never
dreamed. Experience the passionate rallies and defiant marches of the
new gay rights movement as it swept through Southern California.
Intimate interviews reveal all the ways the movement comes together, and
the subtle and not-so-subtle ways it can be pulled apart from within.

INSPIRED: THE VOICES AGAINST PROP 8 goes behind the headlines and propaganda to explore the real people who make up a movement.  More  details  about  INSPIRED!

THEN, the Award Winning  HOLLYWOOD  to DOLLYWOOD  by the Lane Twins!

On the fumes of a dream, twin brothers Gary and Larry Lane have
written a script with a plum roll for one of their idols, Dolly Parton.
Having had no luck getting the screenplay into her hands, they embark on
a cross-country journey to personally deliver it to her. They set off
from Dolly’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame heading East for Pigeon
Forge, TN. Driving an RV they (named Jolene) is friend and partner Mike
Bowen. All along Interstate 40 at rest stops, RV parks, bars, and hair
salons our intrepid band of travelers meet everyday Americans, as the
encounter everything from Floods in Nashville to an Oklahoma Tornado.
The journey is also one of discovery for the brothers, as well: their
relationship with their parents; their hopes, fears and ambitions; the
bigotry they’ve encountered; as they search for tolerance and acceptance
and the joy of realizing their biggest dream handing their screenplay
to Dolly Parton.

Featuring appearances by Leslie Jordan, Chad
Allen, Beth Grant, Dustin Lance Black, Ann walker, and maybe even Dolly
herself! Hollywood to Dollywood is a documentary of chasing dreams down
the road of life.

The film will be followed  by a Q&A  with the Lane Twins.

Hollywood to Dollywood  official site

The festival takes place at the historic Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E Washington. Chicago.

I would suggest getting there about 6:00-6:30 – if you want to both films.
Schedule that evening –

6:08 pm – 6:20 pm   Break
6:21 pm – 6:42 pm      Admissions (21 min)

6:43 pm – 6:45 pm    White + Black = RED (2 min short)

6:45 pm – 8:14 pm      INSPIRED: the Voices Against Prop 8 (89 min)
8:15 pm – 8:45 pm    Q&A with Filmmakers of INSPIRED

8:46pm – 10:07 pm     Hollywood to Dollywood (81 min)
10:08pm – 10:38 pm    Q&A with Hollywood to Dollywood Filmmakers, THE LANE TWINS!

10:39pm – 10:44 pm     Festival Closing

More details online about  POEFF


From Illinois to Hollywood – Elliot London

Filmmaker Elliot London

is one to watch in Hollywood.

The charismatic director/producer calls himself a dreamer, and now
he’s offering you the opportunity to share his dream of making a movie
that’s very close to his heart.

The 30-year-old London, born in Australia, but raised in America,
says growing up gay was not always easy, especially in Rockford,

With that in mind, his latest short film, The Wedding Dance, tells the story of marriage equality — but he promises, with a twist.

London plans to start shooting in Los Angeles in a few weeks, but
like so many small independent filmmakers, he needs additional funding
to complete the project, so he’s taken the unusual and highly creative
step of using social media to entice investors who can actually receive a
credit on the film. chatted with London about his journey from America’s Heartland to Hollywood — and what it was like to intern for Jerry Springer along the way!

Like most small independent films these days, the filmmaker must raise their own  funds. London is currently trying to raise $5,000 – and he already has  $4,400!  He just needs  $600  within the next 16 days, to get things rolling!   Stop by his page  and find out more, how you can help!

(Did you see his  short  called   306?  Set in Chicago, IL, this 11 minute short film
shows a day in the life of a young man. Without a single word spoken,
‘306’ is full of emotion and shows us exactly how Eric (played by Brian
, from Wisconsin) feels at all times. Beautifully shot and great acting.





Glenn Close plays a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive
in 19th century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men’s clothing,
she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making.

7:30  pm  shgowing  Jan.  23rd  @  Century  Landmark, 2828 N. Clark.

Just right click image, save and PRINT!


306 a Short Gay Film by Elliot London, Filmed in Chicago

Check out the short gay film ‘306’; written, directed and produced by
film maker Elliot London.

Set in Chicago, IL, this 11 minute short film
shows a day in the life of a young man. Without a single word spoken,
‘306’ is full of emotion and shows us exactly how Eric (played by Brian
Estel, from Wisconsin) feels at all times. Beautifully shot and great acting.

In just 25 days, ‘306’ received over 44,000 hits on Vimeo and was viewed in over 150 countries in every continent of the world.

When you watch ‘306’ you will think you know it all, but you don’t. Judge for yourselves.

WATCH  306

Elliot London is an OUT film maker living in Los Angeles. “I love
making film and had a great success with my short last year titled
(306). You can follow me on my weekly video Blog called the E Life on
Vimeo or Youtube. Currently I am putting a feature together titled
Perfect Lies. I think it is very important to make film that you love.
Right now it is about making film for my community and sharing it with
the world. “


Ronnie Kroell and The Lions Den in Chicago Nov. 8th

“Into the Lion’s Den” is an incredible new thriller directed by Dan Lantz and distributed by Breaking Glass Pictures. The film has  premiered in some cities already –  And you can catch it in Chicago NOV. 8th!!    9:15 at Landmark Century Cinema.

The cast includes:Ronnie Kroell, Jesse Archer, Kristen Alex Griffith, Jodi Shultz, and Michael McFadden.

Bored with the West Hollywood gay scene, best friends Michael, Johnny and Ted have embarked on a cross-country road trip from LA to New York City. Though their friendship hits a few speed bumps along the way, the trio decides to have one last hurrah during their last night on the road. That’s when fate brings them to The Lion’s Den, a secluded backwoods bar where not everything is as it seems. …

As the three out-of-towners toast the end of their journey, someone at the bar is watching them and setting a deadly trap. Now, as closing time draws near, a night of unspeakable horrors is about to begin…

Jesse Archer (Violet Tendencies, Going Down in LA-LA Land) and Ronnie Kroell (Eating Out: Drama Camp, Bravo’s Make Me a Super Model) headline in this bold, uncompromising thriller that plunges into the depths of human depravity. With its unpredictable plotline and raw performances, Into the Lion’s Den is a twisted nightmare that viewers won’t soon forget.


PS –  Ronnie will  be in town for the Chicago showing!!

And he is hosting an after-party  at Mini Bar, right after the movie.


Hollywood to Dollywood and the Lane Twins Arrive in Chicago!


Everybody has a dream. Most of us are only willing to go so far to see it materialize and often find ourselves waiting for the right opportunity to come to us. Not so for the Lane twins -they were not content to send their screenplay Full Circle to Dolly Parton’s manager or publicist. No, they were determined to get it into the hands of their idol and on the 25th Anniversary of Dollywood, no less.

“WE  grew up listening to Dolly’s music and always thought she was an amazing person. So why not write a screenplay about her, and go on a cross country roadtrip to try to put it in her hands! “       say the Lane Twins, Gary and Larry.

And that’s just what they did.

And the result is An amazing film and journey   about courage and acceptance.

Now in 51  Film Festivals Around the World  …They won 6 Awards so far!

Dolly Parton herself Is 100% behind Our Movie and Gave us 15 Of Her Songs Free For the Documentary  and Her Image for the Movie Poster!”

 Hollywood to Dollywood Plays in CHICAGO!!           
 Nov. 9th!        7pm      ONE NIGHT ONLY!  Landmark Theater. 

With a  Question and Answer   Directly  after the Screening   With  The TWINS   Gary  and  Larry  Lane!


The twins are hosting an after-party at  SPIN, right after the movie.

ALSO  the guys  taped the Rosie show  NOV  8th   “she has just seen HOLLYWOOD TO DOLLYWOOD   and wants to Chat about it!!  WE ARE SO EXCITED!” say the Lane Twins! –  The show airs  NOV. 9th! Rosie   LOVED  the film!


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FREE Film Screening -CUT: Slicing Through the Myths of Circumcison Oct. 13th

The Whole Network
is proud to present independent film maker Eliyahu Ungar-Sargon and his film “Cut: Slicing Through the Myths of Circumcision.”

The 70 minute film takes a critical look at the usually unquestioned practice of infant circumcision from the director’s Jewish perspective. Mr. Ungar-Sargon will host a discussion after the screening.
CUT is a documentary which discusses male circumcision from a religious, scientific, and ethical standpoint. Using cutting-edge research, in addition to interview footage of rabbis, philosophers and scientists, CUT challenges the viewer to confront their biases by asking difficult questions about this long-standing practice.
The screening is free to the public. To cover room rental snacks and drinks will available for sale. Children are welcome to attend the event with an adult, but please note that the film does contain footage of a circumcision.
For more information visit the film’s website at

Thursday October 13th, 2011
7:00pm Introductions and screening
8:30pm Discussion
Evanston Public Library
1703 Orrington (enter at 625 Church St)
Evanston, IL 60201


Patty Duke in Chicago Area to benefit Open Door Clinic

 Patty Duke Live

September 18, 2011 at 2:00 P.M.

Aracada Theater
105 East Main Street in St. Charles

 Buy your tickets online now!


The afternoon starts with the showing of Patty’s Academy Award winning film “The Miracle Worker” After the film there will be a ‘Question & Answer’ interview with Patty.

Patty will not be signing after the show due to the ‘Meet & Greet’ after the show for the VIP ticket holders only. Photos and books signed by Patty will be available for purchase in the theater lobby.


General admission: $25.00 each (Includes film and Q&A with Patty)

VIP admission only: $55.00 each (60 tickets available. Includes film, Q&A and ‘Meet & Greet’ with a photo of your choice for Patty to be personalized) Patty will have many photos to choose from her collection. You may also bring items from your personal collection for Patty to sign at $20.00 per signature. You may also bring your own camera to take photos with Patty.

Light Hors D’oeuvers will be served at the ‘Meet & Greet’ with a cash beer & wine bar.

All proceeds benefit Open Door Clinic.