AFTER-SCHOOL SPECIALS HAVE NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD
We first told you about the film Tru Loved back in August, when filming had recently wrapped. We’ve just learned that the gay family-friendly film will now have its U.S. festival premiere at the 2008 Sedona International Film Festival on Feb. 28.
Written and directed by openly gay Stewart Wade (Coffee Date), the film is about 16-year-old Tru (Najarra Townsend, Me and You and Everyone We Know), who moves with her two lesbian moms, played by Alexandra Paul (Trapped) and Cynda Williams (Mo’ Better Blues), to a conservative community in Southern California. She soon befriends a football player, Lodell (Matthew Thompson), only to discover that he’s closeted. When Tru realizes how homophobic her high school is, she bands together with an openly gay student and starts a gay-straight alliance.
Yep, the film sounds like an after-school special, and it has garnered the support of an alphabet soup of gay activist groups, including PFLAG, COLAGE, the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, the ACLU and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network. But it’s also put together an intriguing cast of women, including Jasmine Guy (loved her in A Different World!), Jane Lynch (she plays one-half of an unlikely couple with Alec Mapa) and Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek‘s original Uhura).
Clockwise from top left: Jasmine Guy, Alexandra Paul, Jane Lynch,
Cynda Williams, Nichelle Nichols and Najarra Townsend
In the film’s production notes, Alexandra Paul explains that she wanted to be in this film because her identical twin sister is gay. “I love bringing her out in me — it’s sort of an homage to her." Wait, Alexandra Paul has an identical twin sister? Remember Alexandra from Baywatch? Let me refresh your memory:
We’ll let you know when the film makes its way out to a theater near you.
CALL AMI, WE NEED A WOMEN’S ALLIANCE
POWER UP, the organization behind last summer’s edgy festival hit Itty Bitty Titty Committee, is about to start working on their second feature film, and you have an opportunity to be a part of it by applying for a mentorship position. The film, which is scheduled to start shooting April 15, is titled The Land, and is a trilogy that will be directed by Colette Burson (Little Black Boot), Hilary Goldberg (Render: Spanning Time With Ani DiFranco) and another director TBA.
Now for the best part: According to POWER UP, "Simply put ‘The Land’ is a ‘Lord of the Flies’ meets ‘Gilligan’s Island’ with 8 gay women who are trapped at an abandoned resort. What happens next will challenge them to thrive off the land in order to survive."
Oh. My. God.
I can’t wait.