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Scenes from NYC Marriage Equality Day!

18 Aug

July 23, 2011. Marriage equality in New York. NYC same sex couples flocked to the City Clerks office at obscenely early hours, and were getting married all day!

Let’s get the important stuff out of the way. Best Dressed.

Love defeated hate. Check it.

 

Watch a video of the day my friend put together here  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifzO3MTNOK4

Interview with Steve Balderson director of fab new indie movie The Casserole Club

3 Jun

Super real deal  indie director Steve Balderson was ever so kind to have an email interview with me. I can’t thank him enough. A few years ago I wondered “where has all the indie gone?” and found the answer in Steve’s movies and his production ideals.

His newest movie,  The Casserole Club makes its world premiere as the “Centerpiece Screening” at VisionFest ’11. Held at the Tribeca Cinema, Friday June 24th at 9:30 PM. Q&A after with cast! You can buy tickets here.

The website for The Casserole Club is super retrotastic filled with recipes for casseroles and proper drinks, fabulous photos, as well as more info about the film.

First the trailer, then we dish.

Q: I still am trying to get over your last film, STUCK! which I saw at the Boston Underground Film Festival. I happened to be in town, read about your film, and got a ticket immediately. Could you tell me about your new film, the fantastically titled The Casserole Club? I’ve of course already got my ticket for it.

A: I love that you’re still trying to “get over” STUCK! Wait until you see THE CASSEROLE CLUB. You’ll be totally wrecked for years! (Laughs) THE CASSEROLE CLUB is my take on irresponsibility, selfish people, damaged relationships, and history, all set in the perfect 1969 California suburbia.

Q: I see you are working with the delicious Jane Wiedlin, the sever so hot Pleasant Gehman, and Starina Johnson who was just awesome as main character Daisy in your last film STUCK!

A: Yes, I love working with the same people. It’s also really fun to see them playing different types of characters. Jane did double duty on this one. She was my Girl Friday, my right-hand man. She did everything from helping with the script, to art design, deal with the cast, and she even made the best damn salad bar buffet one night for the whole cast and crew! I couldn’t have done it without her.

Q: Jane is really more than just a sexy Go-Go! You have a talented cast, besides your usual ladies. There are some actors like Daniela Sea from The L Word and actors who have been on Criminal Minds. Segue into… there is a former Backstreet Boy in your movie! I’m sorry, he has a name and it is Kevin Scott Richardson. Did you seek him out? What’s the story? Has it caused any stirs or to-do’s? Are you sick of this question?

A: (Laughing), Not sick of it at all. Kevin and (co-producer and actor) Garrett Swan knew each other, and when I was casting, Garrett suggested I look at him. He had great reviews performing in Chicago on Broadway, so I thought I’d give him a try. This would be his film debut. I’m so thankful I cast him. Kevin is brilliant in the film and he was great to work with!

Q: I remember in the Q&A for Stuck! Mink Stole mentioned how they each decorated their own prison cells. Anything similar to that kind of participation in The Casserole Club?

A: Yes! On our first day, to have the cast get to know each other, I separated the men and the women. Since this movie deals with five couples, who are also good friends, it would naturally – in real life circa 1969 – be made up of the husbands sitting in the den, or by the pool, sipping scotch and having cigars, and the wives would be in the kitchen prepping dinner, gossiping, etc. So on day one, I had the guys all go to the liquor store and buy booze, then come back and take all the labels off and replace them with period 1969 labels. Meanwhile, I had the women get together and each bake a casserole dish – which we would later use as part of the meal they would be actually eating in the scene. Another thing we did was all live together in the same house. Everyone slept there, and worked there, and it was great! Everyone got to know each other really quickly. Which actually translates on screen. The performances are much stronger I think, because of the way we made the movie.

Q: Who did the costuming, hair and makeup? I am already having heart palpitations from the movie poster!

A: I selected certain outfits that I wanted for some people, but everyone really took care of themselves and did their own wardrobe – under my supervision of course. Some people did their own make-up and then we had Make Up and Hair artists Kelsey Bodine and Linda Sammut. Doing period costume, hair and make-up was a challenge. But it came across perfectly delicious!

Q: Where was it shot? How long did it take?

A: In the Palm Springs, California area in September 2010 for 14 days.

Q: I understand it was shot on video, did you edit, and on what system?

A: I did the editing on Final Cut. I had a great editing consultant, Stephen Eckleberry who helped me amazingly

Q: You are a director who is truly indie. That word has lost its meaning over the years but you are one of the directors bringing it back. Could you speak a little about that? How do you “work it?”

A: I have a manifesto that is about six pages long (or maybe longer) that really explains the answer to your question. But since you can’t print the whole thing (unless you wanted to), let’s just say that I believe it’s best for me to be independent and have the freedom to make the projects I want to make, when, where, and how I want. And in the process, I’ve figured out how to make a million-dollar product for next to nothing.

Andy Bell remembers me? Ummmm

24 Nov

So last week I got an email from the Erasure Information service and found out that Andy Bell was doing a PA set and SINGING in NYC. I was at work and not dressed in a way for going out, so I threw on a shitload of eyeliner and raced  to The Ritz club. I ran to the back and there he was, the angel himself.

I ran the DJ booth where he was alone. Are they crazy? I danced and stared at him as he played an amazing remix of Kate Bush’s “Running up that Hill (Deal with God.)”  Then I ran up to the booth, shocked that no one stopped me.  I said some lame stuff elaborately thanking him and he said “I remember you.” I almost died. Thrilled, embarrassed, and shocked, I said “Well I have met you before.”  We hugged. I was soo happy!!!! Yes, I  have met him before but I am pretty sure he remembers me from kneeling before him and doing the sign of the cross when they played in a church turned venue in NYC  few years back. I think it is the Society for Ethical culture. It was a church full of gay men, and ERASURE  and I was so happy!

“I Love to Hate You” began and I became so overwhelmed I ran through the pew and dropped to my knees and did the sign on the cross. Right in front of Andy! They should have had better security. I was not thrown out like I was at the Irving Plaza show for taking pictures.

Dharma Initiative Xanax and such

23 May

Lost viewing gathering. My friend made the most awesome fish biscuit cookies and they were really good too! They are not made with fish, FYI.

They weren’t even upstaged by my Dharma Initiative generic Xanax bottle! Perhaps because the bottle is empty.

Have a Cheap Day!

15 May

Building 19 is a New England store that is special to my heart. Tammy Faye  would have loved it. I have been conducting field research for about 8 years. I have just returned from my latest dig. My photo essay and field notes will soon be posted on homepages in the  “pages” section, near “What Kills Me.”

This is an ongoing study.

Tammy Faye talked to me about dollar stores

14 May

So once I emailed Tammy Faye and she wrote back, the next day! Tammy Faye Messner was an amazing human being and is not a pop culture joke. Don’t bash her. I love her. May she rest in peace. I am not religious, FYI. I also got a voice mail from her once because of an amazing friend but I can’t even talk about that right now.  I am still all worked up from this unearthing. There will be more Tammy posts. I am going to try and heed her advice. Scroll on down for the emails.

> From: Tammyfayetalk@aol.com

> Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 10:02:47 EDT
> Subject: Re: YOU ARE FABULOUS TAMMY!
> To:
> Dearest Kelly,
>
> Thank you for writing me!  I laughed when you said  that about the Dollar
> Store!  I have bought some wonderful things there…sometimes I find lipstick, eyelashes or even thank you cards at our Dollar Store here in Charlotte!!  Ha!
> And you can’t go wrong with a good resale shop!  ALL my clothes are from
> resale, Ross, TJ Maxx or Marshall’s, ALL of them!!
>
> Please tell your mother that I covet her prayers and will be happy to have
> her read my book too.  I just love your spirit, Kelly and pray that you WILL
> make it in NY.  You can do anything if you stay  focused and think of others above yourself.
>
> All my love,
> Tammy Faye
>
Date: Sun, 6 Jun 2004 14:44:15 -0700 (PDT)
> From:
> Subject: YOU ARE FABULOUS TAMMY!
> To: tammy@tammyfaye.com
>
> Hello Ms. Messner,
>
>   My name is Kelly, and write to you out of necessity after watching yet again “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” I just stopped for a moment and went to your
website, and read your chemo message. You are a strong and powerful woman. People everywhere are wishing you all the best, including me!
A little about me. I am 25, struggling to “make it”  in New York City. Not as an actor, or anything likehat. Just as a person who makes others happy and  has some money left over for fun at the dollar stores! I do have both of your books, and once even payed homage to you in a costume contest – I won $100! I was in college and needed it – thanks!
Anyway, I have never written to a celebrity but you seem so sincere and I wanted to let you know that you are completely and utterly fabulous – and I never use that word lightly. Your jewelery is so cool, and I plan on using some of the tips from your book.
You can beat this cancer! My mom is praying for you too!
>
> HUGS,

Hair image database? YES PLEASE!

18 Apr

So I found  a website where you can search tons of photos of amazing hair styles by DECADE!  There are archives from the 1950’s to now, and these photos are no joke.  Style, length, colour are also search parameters. You can search using all four and amuse yourself for hours.  It’s not just for the ladies, there are male styles as well.

Hairdressers Journal Interactive is the name of this invaluable site. It is a British site which makes even more magnificent and they use the word “hairdresser”  which I also do.  I think it is way cooler than “stylist.”  I think I have offended stylists by calling them hairdressers before. Is this a non PC term?

Go ahead – search “avant garde” and “1970’s” and you will have 38 images to look through. Search “quiff”  and “1960’s” and there are 16. “Asymmetric” and “short” with no decade selected gets you 263 results. I just did a search for men’s long hair in any decade and there were 101 photos. I had to close the window because  it was too awesome.

It’s also some kind of super helpful online community for people in the hair biz, but I just use it to fuel my desire to live in decades past, and to annoy my hairdresser. These three photos I showed to my hairdresser, and said “combine these please!”