New doc honors owner of legendary gay bar

By : Brian T. Carney of the Washington Blade, courtesy of National Gay Media Association
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The title character in “Jewel’s Catch One” is Jewel Thais-Williams and “Catch One” is the Catch One Disco, the world-famous club she ran from 1973-2015.

During the economic downturn in 1972, Jewel started to look for a recession-proof business opportunity. She noticed that the bar across the street from her failing dress shop was for sale. Although she faced serious obstacles (her lack of bartending experience, an all-white male clientele and a California law that banned women from tending bar), Jewel raised the money she needed to buy the club.

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Clive Davis documentary to open Tribeca Film Festival

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NEW YORK (AP) – The 16th Tribeca Film Festival will kick off with a night honoring legendary music producer Clive Davis.

The New York festival announced Feb. 2 that its opening film will be the documentary Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives. The April 19 premiere at Radio City Music Hall will be followed by a concert featuring some of the artists he signed: Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson and Earth, Wind & Fire.

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New HBO documentary ‘The Trans List’ premiering tonight

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nicole-mainesORONO, Maine (AP) – A transgender student whose battle over the right to use a girls’ bathroom led to a landmark court ruling in Maine is being featured in a new HBO documentary.

The Trans List premieres tonight, Dec. 5, and explores what it means to be a transgender American.

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Friends remember Pulse survivor who died while visiting Tampa

By : Jeremy Williams
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TAMPA – Pulse shooting survivor Chris Brodman died in the early morning hours while attending a friend’s birthday party in North Tampa Sept. 11.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Brodman’s identity Sept. 13 after notifying his next of kin.

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Documentary explores gay undertones of “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2”

By : Jeremy Williams
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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge is considered by many to be the gayest horror film ever made and that claim is the subject of a new documentary seeking crowdfunding on the website Kickstarter.

The sequel to Wes Craven’s wildly successful horror classic celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and the documentary, entitled Scream, Queen!: My Nightmare on Elm Street, explores the homoerotic subtext of the film as well as Hollywood’s gay subculture in the 1980s.

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Screened Out – Meru

By : Stephen Miller
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Documentary by Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarheyli

What drives people to try the impossible?

The very first shot of Meru would make most audiences ask that while shaking their heads. A tent clings to the 90-degree side of a granite mountain, 1800 stories above sea level. A blizzard of snow whirls around, the wind ripping at the fabric. Three men wait inside – either for death or for the opportunity to finish climbing a sheer rock face that most experts say is not climbable.

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Screened Out – Amy

By : Stephen Miller
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Documentary directed by Asif Kapadia

The very moment that voice emerges, it’s clear we’ve lost something special. Even with her overplayed song “Rehab”– even with tabloids dissecting every self-destructive act – there was always that amazing vocal talent.

Amy – a documentary directed by Asif Kapadia – starts with home footage of Winehouse at 14, singing “Happy Birthday” for a friend. Even though Winehouse is goofing around, there’s an unmistakable spark there.

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Early, weighty choices in ‘Frontline’ documentary ‘Growing Up Trans’

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NEW YORK (AP) – “Growing Up Trans” explores the transgender phenomenon as younger people than ever (and their parents) now experience it: a frontier of possibilities and unknowns, and a minefield of high-stakes choices for these youngsters as they also navigate the changes adolescence brings.

Airing on the “Frontline” documentary series (June 30 on PBS; check local listings), it begins with 9-year-old Lia (formerly Liam) Hegarty, who says she transitioned when she was about 7 and now is “almost completely female.”

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MTV’s ‘Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word’ to air next month

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NEW YORK (AP) — Laverne Cox will host a documentary on MTV and Logo next month that profiles seven young transgender people.

The special, “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word,” will air simultaneously on the two channels on Oct. 17. Cox, a transgender actress, was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.”

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10 years after AIDS complications took Paul Wegman, Central Florida reflects on his loss, his influence and the invincibility of his character

By : Scottie Campbell
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The knowledge that we will one day die is what truly separates us from the animals and we are never more keenly aware of that fact than when we realize the mortality of our heroes. During the filming of the posthumous documentary Paul Wegman: A Tribute, I was asked to describe Paul in one word and I replied: “invincible.” In the months leading up to his death 10 years ago, I retreated to the uncomfortable land of denial, clumsily clinging to that one-word perception.

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I was 24 when I actually met Paul Wegman, though I had seen him onstage. Making magic as Prospero on the shore of Lake Eola, one unseasonably cold April, in the inaugural season of Orlando Shakespeare Festival (now Orlando Shakespeare Theater). I also saw his lauded return to the title role in The Elephant Man at Seminole Community College (now Seminole State College), having been urged by theatre friends not to miss it. He was one of the few actors I’ve known to make you believe the word splurge of playwright Len Jenkins, which I saw him tackle in Dark Ride performed in the 1990’s nightclub Big Bang in Downtown Orlando.

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