WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series will host a free panel discussion and screening of the feature film Tsirk (Circus) on February 28 at West Hollywood’s Council Chambers.
This Soviet musical comedy, directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and Isidor Simko, tells the story of Marion, an American circus artist, played by Lyubov Orlova, who flees to Russia after being persecuted because of her mixed-race child who is played by James Lloydovich Patterson.
Although billed as a lighthearted circus romance, this complex film explores themes of miscegenation, racism in America, and the rise of global white supremacy in the 1930s.
Opening remarks will take place at 7 p.m. followed by the film screening, and panel discussion.
The panel discussion will feature: Sasha Razor, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages & Cultures at UCLA, Sarah Valentine, Scholar/Author, When I Was White, Rob Adler Peckerar, Executive Director, Yiddishkayt, and will be moderated by Boris Dralyuk, Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books.
The event is free, but seating is limited, but RSVP is requested. Validated parking will be available at the adjacent five-story West Hollywood Park parking structure, limited to availability.
The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series brings together diverse communities to learn about and discuss global, national, and local human rights issues in a supportive environment. The series reflects the City’s commitment to human rights and core value of Respect and Support for People.
Friday, February 28, 2020 at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
For additional information about the Human Rights Speakers Series, please visit www.weho.org/hrss. For more information, please contact City of West Hollywood Arts Technician Joy Tribble at (323) 848-6360 or at email@example.com. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.
‘Death and Bowling’ Film by Trans Artists to Premiere at Arclight – Mar 29
UPDATE: The event has been postponed until further notice.
HOLLYWOOD — Slamdance is set to premiere Death and Bowling, the debut feature by transgender filmmaker Lyle Kash. The film was made by over 40 transgender artists and their collaborators.
Kash’s team goes by the name T4T Productions. T4T stands for “trans for trans”, an abbreviation born out of bygone Craigslist personals ads.
Slamdance announced “ArcLight Cinemas and Slamdance are proud to present a four-day festival of new films, with a focus on filmmakers and stories from California. The event will also feature live music performances, daily educational workshops and selected works from Slamdance’s (D)igital (I)nteractive (G)aming program.”
Transparent producer and filmmaker Zackary Drucker will present the film and host a Q and A following the screening.
In a February 27th interview in The Advocate, Kash notes, “usually, I say that Death and Bowling is the story of two trans men who meet at the funeral of the captain of a lesbian bowling league in Los Angeles. On paper, it is definitely about that. But Death and Bowling is just as much about that as it is a coming-of-age tale of a leather jacket. Put another way, it’s a straightforward story about what it’s like to have holes.”
The production team behind the film says they are committed to putting trans people in front of and behind the camera lens, and casting trans people in both trans and non-trans character roles.
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HEY DEATH AND BOWLING FAM: go give @disclosuredoc a follow, and support more #t4t filmmaking. DISCLOSURE: TRANS LIVES ON SCREEN “is an unprecedented look at the depiction of transgender people and experiences throughout the history of film and television. Over 100 years of footage, from A Florida Enchantment (1914) to Pose (2018), is woven together with the personal stories of prominent media figures like Laverne Cox, revealing how Hollywood has simultaneously reflected and manufactured our deepest beliefs and anxieties about gender. Disclosure shows both the consequences of depicting marginalized communities without their participation, and the liberatory potential of film and TV when their voices are centered.” ❤️🎥❤️ 📸: @kingtexas
“We created a set in which trans people have creative autonomy, access to the film industry, and control over trans narratives,” comments producer and trans NYC filmmaker Ariel Mahler.
To learn more, visit www.t4tproductions.com.
WeHo Women’s History: ‘LA Woman Rising’ Screening with Director – Mar 7
WEST HOLLYWOOD — From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the City of West Hollywood, it’s Women’s Advisory Board, and WeHo Women’s Leadership Conference & Network will host a screening of the film LA Woman Rising, produced by actor Rosario Dawson.
The film is described as “50 Los Angeles women revealing what motivates them to wake up each morning. Director Nana Ghana gracefully captures the morning rituals and untold stories of uncertainty, struggle and success. Considered a love letter to the real and diverse women of Los Angeles, LA Woman Rising is a distinct celebration of the female voice.”
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Thank you @filmingitalylosangeles for the #bestdocumetaryaward and the #womanofpower award to eternal Queen and executive producer @rosariodawson . Thank you @tizianarocca @iiclosangeles @womeninfilmla @variety #thehollywoodforeignpress , we are humbled and grateful to receive this .Honored! 🎬🌕🏆
Special guest speakers include the film’s director Nana Ghana. Admission is free, but RSVP is requested at www.wlcmovienight.
Saturday, March 7, 6pm
West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard
The City presents two Women’s History events on March 7 at the WeHo Park Auditorium. Come by from 12pm -3pm for a flamenco show.
Free parking for both events will be available in the adjacent five-story parking structure at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard with validation at each event.
Lily Tomlin to Receive Hand & Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre in April
HOLLYWOOD — Iconic actress and comedian Lily Tomlin will be honored with a hand and footprint ceremony on Friday, April 17 at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood during the eleventh annual TCM Classic Film Festival.
Tomlin, a Tony, Grammy, eight time Emmy and two time Peabody Award winner, has had a remarkable career starting in the 1960s starring in cinematic classics, television staples and on stage.
“Lily Tomlin’s talent has endured for fifty years because she knows who she is. She’s managed to play broadly drawn roles alongside more nuanced characters without a hint of falseness,” said Ben Mankiewicz, TCM primetime anchor and official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival.
“Not long ago, Tomlin told The New York Times, ‘I wanted people to see the characters as human beings. And see themselves in them, too.’ The humanity she finds in the women she plays has enabled her to transition, seemingly with ease, from groundbreaking work on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In to four Emmy nominations for Grace and Frankie, where she co-stars alongside another seminal artist, Jane Fonda.
There’s a consistent richness to her work, in comedy and drama, as well as on stage in her innovative one-woman show, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, and on the big screen.
Whether your favorite Lily Tomlin performance is The Late Show, or 9 to 5, or Nashville…wait, I’m not done. Or All of Me, Flirting with Disaster, I Heart Huckabees, or A Prairie Home Companion, you know all of those pictures were made more memorable because Lily Tomlin was among the cast. It’s hard to imagine a more deserving artist to have her hand and footprints cemented outside Hollywood’s signature classic movie house.”
This marks the tenth consecutive year TCM has featured a hand and footprint ceremony at the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. In 2011, Peter O’Toole was the honoree, followed by Kim Novak in 2012, Jane Fonda in 2013, Jerry Lewis in 2014, Christopher Plummer in 2015, Francis Ford Coppola in 2016, Carl and Rob Reiner in 2017, Cicely Tyson in 2018, and Billy Crystal in 2019.
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