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LGBTQ Filmmakers Talk Movies (AUDIO)

By Charlotte Robinson, June 22, 2023

This week I talked to filmmakers at the 25th annual Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) press luncheon at the Boatslip Resort & Beach Club in Provincetown, Massachusetts. First I spoke with director Sophia Castuera & writer Ali Edwards about their first feature film “August At Twenty-Two” that’s receiving a lot of buzz & will be available on most VOD streaming outlets next month. The film is about actress Cal (played by Edwards) who falls in love with her best friend’s girlfriend Em (Lilli Kay). “August At Twenty-Two” is an evocative & deeply felt portrait of young artists struggling to find their way in their work & their lives. Sophia & Ali talk about their inspiration for creating this film & share their spin on our LGBTQ issues. Next I chatted with producer Fermin Rojas & director Mike Syers about their short film “There Are Things To Do” about LGBTQ activist & author Urvashi Vaid who passed away last year. Vaid was an outspoken immigrant, lesbian & woman of color who was an LGBTQ superhero & believed in human rights for all people. The film chronicles her life in Provincetown & her 34-year relationship with partner/wife comedian Kate Clinton who inspired her call to action that resulted in achieving equality for our LGBTQ community. I concluded our montage with director Sam Shahid whose documentary “Hidden Master: The Legacy of George Platt Lynes” uncovers the life & work of photographer George Platt Lynes. Best remembered for his dazzling celebrity & fashion photographs of the 1930’s & 1940’s, Lynes was forced to keep his male nude photos hidden from the public. Shahid hopes his film will help reclaim this gifted artist’s full legacy & lasting influence as one of the first openly gay American artists. LISTEN 

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