Final Schedule and Directors Set for Pride Films and Plays' 2013 GAY FILM WEEKEND, 11/15-17
Pride Films and Plays, Gay Film Weekend
Pride Films and Plays announces directors and final schedule for the 4th Annual Gay Film Weekend at Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theatre on November 15 to 17.
Gay Film Weekend features enhanced staged readings of the finalists in the 2013 Great Gay Screenplay Contest. The announcement of the winner of the Great Gay Screenplay Contest will happen on Sunday, November 17 at 4:30pm at Pride Films and Plays Community Night at Marty's Martini Bar, 1511 W Balmoral. The event will be a fundraiser for and celebration of our 2013-2014 Season.
All performances for the weekend are at Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theater, at 3656 North Halsted. Tickets are $10 for each reading, or $5 each for theater or film professionals with headshots or business cards. Tickets are also $10 for the short film screenings. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/472832.
The performance schedule is:
Friday, November 15 at 6pm - Kickoff Reception
Friday, November 15 at 7pm - Boys in Summer by Dennis Shinners
Saturday, November 16 at 2pm - Buddy Booth by Edward Yaeger, Jr.
Saturday, November 16 at 5pm - Screening of Short Films
Saturday, November 16 at 7pm - The Starfish Scream by Brent Hartinger
Sunday, November 17 at 11am - The Passion Child by Amir Sade
Sunday, November 17 at 2pm - Saguaro by Brandon Yarns
Sunday, November 17 at 4:30pm - Announcement of GGSC13 Winner (at Marty's Martini Bar)
Here is information on the screenplays, the authors, and the directors:
Boys in Summer by Dennis Shinners; directed by Charlie McGrath
A shy American college boy travels to Paris to reconnect with a French exchange student from his High School years and finds himself in battle for his affections with a bold, brash and aggressive Jersey girl.
Dennis Shinners is an NYC filmmaker that produces TV spots for Nickelodeon during The Day and writes his own movies at night. His most recent short "Barrio Boy" (adapted from a previous Pride Films & Plays screenplay finalist) hits the road this fall.
Charlie Marie McGrath, Associate Member SDC, graduate of AMDA and Northwestern University, has directed for Proud Kate, Open Door Rep, Dead Writers, Appetite, Polarity, City Lit, Prologue, etc. www.charliemariemcgrath.com
Buddy Booth by Edward Yaeger, Jr.; directed by Sonita Surratt
A young man and a mysterious woman befriend each other under unorthodox circumstances. Their chemistry is so unique and infectious that the two soon find themselves cast in an indie film by a famous director who wants no-name actors starring in his art-house foray. The two new stars grapple with their demons both on and off screen, interfusing reality with celluloid.
Edward J. Yaeger Jr. is a digital marketer and short story writer based in Baltimore, Maryland. His short story, Gifting, is currently being produced as an animated short film. Edward is a contributing writer and guest blogger for Huffington Post and has written for a variety of LGBT publications, including Advocate.com and Outsports.
Sonita L. Surratt is an award winning classically trained vocalist, playwright, actor, director, sound designer and 'voice for the actor' professor at Columbia College. Other credits include Women's Work Weekend.
The Starfish Scream by Brent Hartinger; directed by Raphael Schwartzman
Unable to accept that his best friend has committed suicide, a teenage boy searches his memories of their past together for an explanation that makes it make sense.
Brent Hartinger's many plays have been produced around the country, twice in New York. He's also the author of nine novels, all from major publishers; his 2003 gay teen novel Geography Club has now been adapted into a feature film co-starring Scott Bakula and Ana Gasteyer and is set for release in early 2014. In 1990, Brent helped found one of the world's first GSAs, in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington, and he is also the co-founder of AfterElton.com, which was sold to Viacom/Logo in 2006. www.brenthartinger.com