Mama’s Boy by Dustin Lance Black, (2019) Knopf is a compelling memoir by the screenwriter of the award-wining film Milk.
It ranges over three generations, including the author’s maternal grandmother, who barely managed to overcome poverty and an all but hopeless future, through the courageous and exemplary life of his mother, who rose above a physically debilitating chronic condition to give birth and nurture three children, as well as his own rise as both a creative artist and dedicated activist for justice.
Lance’s mother shines in this loving portrayal of her and his admiration for her amazing courage and resolve. Aware of his homosexuality at an early age, he knows it distances him from the traditional Southern values of the one person whose love and acceptance he fears losing.
The key to understanding and compassion lies in the many personal stories of both him and his friends. It’s where connections are made and healing begins. Mama’s Boy is a rare gem of a book!
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A young, struggling, Hollywood actor returns home to Alabama in Counting For Thunder written and directed by Phillip Irwin Cooper (USA) 2015.
A family crises propels him back to a time and place he thought he left behind. There he discovers not only a deeper understanding of his parents, but also a hidden part of himself as well.
This work is especially timely in exposing elements of the regional rifts in the country. More than once his father denigrates or dismisses something as a California thing.
However, over all, this is a sensitive, compassionate, complex work that will appeal to a wide audience.
Counting For Thunder is available in the U.S. and Canada via Wolfe Video on DVD & VOD and across all digital platforms including iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, and WolfeOnDemand.com, as well as many major retailers.
Contact Wolfe Video for more information and online purchases.
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For much of its history, the Hollywood film industry manufactured and marketed an illusion.
Movies celebrated young, white, heterosexuals of Northern European ancestry. Ethnically and sexually diverse peoples remained hidden.
The Hayes Code and the excesses of Cold War paranoia silenced dissenting voices. However, this seems to be quickly changing in keeping with significant progress in society as a whole.
Women He’s Undressed directed by Gillian Armstrong (Australia) 2015 documents the long career of costume designer Orry George Kelly (1897-1964), a three-time Oscar winner. He was born in a small town in Australia but soon moved to the United States, first working in New York before settling in Southern California.
Kelly’s work as a designer was praised while his sexual orientation was often mocked. His friendship with the wife of studio executive Jack Warner probably helped keep him employed at a time when gay and lesbian actors were forced to choose between job and personal relationship.
Women He’s Undressed, which screened at Frameline 40, is now available from Wolfe Video.
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