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Scott Cakes! Now a Musical!

The Sweetest spot in Ptown has got to be Scott Cunningham’s DEEE-lliciious bakery, Scott Cakes ,where he is only serving Pink Cupcakes! Owner Scott Cunningham tells us all about a new musical based on this life, entitled what else? “Cupcake!”  I, ever the Oscar Messenger, throw in a few VERY early Oscar predictioins, mais oui! Enjoy!

Docs Rock Provincetown! The Provincetown Film Fest 2012

The Provincetown International Film Festival just wrapped its’ 14th season, boasting two new theaters and a very strong line-up of Docs.

 

Documentary Film Making was taken to a whole new level of social activism by filmmaker Kirby Dick and his powerful, unforgettable expose of female(and male) rape in the military called “The Invisible War.” It’s one of the best films of the year and is certainly going to be a very serious contender for an Oscar nomination in the always contentious Best Documentary category.
“The Invisible War” was named Best Doc when the Film Festival gave out its’ awards and Dick was there being honored as recipient of the Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award for his astounding body of work. His ground-breaking docs include “Twist of Faith”, “This Film Is Not Yet Rated”, “Sick” and many inflammatory others.”The Invisible War” also won the 2012 Audience Award at Sundance.
No stranger to controversy “The Invisible War’ is Kirby Dick’s  most shocking film yet, as it details the facts that lead to the horrifying conclusion that nearly every female that enters the armed forces may very well be the victim of a violent rape. The statistics that Dick presents are beyond frightening. At least one in four women in the military have reported being sexually assaulted by their fellow soldiers and officers. And this figure is considered way under-reported.
And the women have virtrually no redress, because it is to the very same men who raped them that they have to report the crime.Which continues to go unpunished as the men are left free to pursue successful military careers, while it it the women who are accused as the perpetrators and prosecuted for adultery. In 2012, these circumstances are unbelievable, but true, as Dick carefully lays out incident after frightening incident. The viewer is left outraged and numb, as are the female victims “The Invisible War” so bravely champions.
“The Invisible War” details the stories of four or five of the bravest of these victims of these horrific casualties and how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, referred to in the film as PTSD, is something that these women, and men, too, have to live with for the rest of their lives, some enduring permanent physical as well as emotional and psychological damage.
If there was ever a doc poised to jump out of its’ category and into a Best Film race of Ten Films(if that happens again this year) “The Invisible War” is the film that could do it. It is a towering, staggering achievement in the history of cinema as social action.
On a lighter note, it was another doc that impressed me. It was “Me @the Zoo” about the trannie You Tube sensation Chris Crocker. Crocker, now 24, became famous overnight online as he wailed “LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!” into his video camera at home in his grandmother’s house in rural South, racking up over 270 million hits.
Ultra-sharp filmmakers Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch have created an extremely compelling doc on this online phenom. It reminded me of “The Naked Civil Servant”, the ’70s British documentary that re-created flamboyant homosexual Quentin Crisp’s out gay life in the ’30,’40s, ’50s and ’60s in pre-Gay Lib London.
Crisp only had his flame-colored hair, painted lips and nails and outrageous female stance as his weapons against the hypocrisy of British society. Chris Crocker has the Internet and his camera. And You Tube! Another effeminate homosexual who was so bullied, his proud and protective grandmother as well as the authorities of his local schools feared for his safety daily, so they advised him not to go to high school.
A virtual prisoner in his grandmother’s home, Crocker turned his camera on himself and in a series of outrageous You Tube homages to his idol pop star Britney Spears. He found freedom, recognition and in the end, fame and also an income. by charting the Pop Icon’s every move up and down the ladder of paparazzi/tabloid infused superstardom.
In reality, a very soft-spoken, intelligent and sensitive young man, he posits through “Me @the Zoo” that all his work is really a performance. Performance Art, actually, using the Internet as a medium. In the end “Me @the Zoo” is a tremendous condemnation of bullying, which is the film’s true subject. And like with “The Invisible War” I was gripped,moved and outraged from beginning to end. Bravo! Brava! Leave Britney alone, but DON’T for one minute, leave Chris Crocker alone! Keep your eye on this young gay man. He’s more than just an Internet Flash-in-the-Pan. “Me @the Zoo” shows that he is here to stay.
And then there was the beautiful, sensitive, heartfelt documentary memoir of the late Gay Activist Vito Russo directed by Jeffrey Swartz. A friend, I found “Vito” absolutely devastating, as in the end of this engaging, moving tribute, Russo’s life is cut short by AIDS. The author of the “Celluloid Closet”, this gentle, brilliant writer, film critic, and revolutionary is tragic beyond words for he simply, like so many of his generation, and most of my gay friends, died too soon.
On a completely different note, Rory Kennedy’s biographical doc on her mother the still-with-us Ethel Kennedy, was also powerful, compelling and gripping and also continuously,surprisingly funny. The most private of public figures, “Ethel” breaks new ground by having Ethel Kennedy herself speak in her own voice about the amazing life she led as wife of the late Attorney General Robert Kennedy and the sister-in-law of the late President John F. Kennedy, both assassinated in the 1960s. Many and most of these topics have never been spoken of before by her, and certainly not in a public forum. Her youngest daughter Rory, who was born six months after Robert Kennedy was killed, is able to coax out of her famous mother. admissions, reminiscences and yes,  jokes, that most likely any other reporter or journalist would never have been able to get the publicity-shy Ethel to reveal.
How did she ever survive all these tragedies? Well, “Ethel” beautifully and warmly reveals that it was the strength she got from her Catholic faith and her love of her eleven(!!) children that helped her surmount almost every challenge life threw in her path.
There were also  some marvelous fiction feature films at the Provincetown International Film Festival 2012, too. “Two Days in New York” by Julie Delpy and “The Intouchables,” the most successful French film of all time, gave PIFF a charming, humorous Gallic flavor. “Gayby” the story of a determined duo of a straight girl and her gay BFF trying to have a baby together was delightful and very funny. “Take This Waltz” Sarah Polley’s directorial follow-up to “Away From Me” gives us another luminous performance from Michelle Williams as a conflicted Canadian housewife, torn between her stay-at-home husband Seth Rogen and her alluring lover Luke Kirby, Williams never disappoints. 
And good as they all were, it was the Docs this year that rocked my world. And Provincetown!

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And now for something MUCH cooler! Bay State Cruises to Ptown!

The Heat Wave continues unabated and I just stayed in all day, working, working, working on trying to get my Mega-Trek of the year together, the combo of Canadian Film Festivals, Montreal and Toronto, which occur one right after the other late-iin-August into mid-Sept. Always the highpoint of my year. And this will be the 14th year! Where does the time go!

This super-duper travel segment shows me actually getting on board Bay State Cruises Fast Ferry to Provincetown and I got to talk to and become friends with a very likable lawyer Robert Vitale, who I just met on the Ferry Dock in Boston in Part 2! And the ferry does depart and arrive in Provincetown where I am able to show the viewers the original marquee of the historic Provincetown Playhouse which is now in pieces on a beach behind the Whaler’s Wharf. The Provincetown Playhouse is where Eugene O’Neill started doing his plays and that in essence was the beginning of the American Theater.

New York Suffering Through ANOTHER Heat Wave!

This is the third day that feels like it’s over 100 degrees. They say it’s 91, plus that heat index, especially for midtown Manhattan is plus 10 more. The streets are heated here. Great for the winter because the snow melts so quickly, but in the summer, SHEESH!

There was only one day like this last week. Wednesday. I remember that day particularly since…well…more on that later…I hope…

It’s like you take your life in your hands every time you just step outdoors, which basically you shouldn’t do.

You have to get everything done early in the AM, which is bearable, before it heats up. But now around 2pm and later, til sunset….LOOK OUT!

Wear light-colored clothing. White if possible, and always bring at least ONE bottle of water. Loose fitting clothing. A hat. An umbrella even, which deflects the sun, but again, a light-colored umbrella.

I find myself ducking into doorways of air-conditioned stores on my way to my latest destination.

Everyone in these treacherous climes, take care!

I wish I was in Provincetown NOW, where it is probably gorgeous! It was freezing when I was there. More on that later, too…

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More Saki Sushi in Provincetown! Ahoy! Enjoy!

As I get ready to head out for the fourth year in a row to cover the wonderful week of the Provincetown Film Festival, here’s one more delicious look at the mouth-watering Saki Sushi! Ahoy! And enjoy!

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Sasha Stone Sez “Avengers” Could be Oscar-Bound!?!

Sasha Stone Sez “Avengers” Could be Oscar-Bound!?!

http://www.awardsdaily.com ‘s Sasha Stone now sez that she thinks that we all have to consider “The Avengers” as a possible Oscar contender because it made so much money. And continues to.

My response? Bravo to Tom Hiddleston. But it stops there. I GUESS I’m gonna have to go see it now. But I don’t really want to. I will however probably see “Prometheus” this weekend. If I have a minute before the upcoming festivities of Editfest, and the Provincetown Film Festival. Hmmm….Maybe I am just tooo busy.

But my best wishes and good luck to Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green. THEY look incredible in the previews so fingers crossed for two fine actors.

Oh yes! And I think there’s something else I’m going to be doing. D’oh. Watching the Tonys on Sunday night! I can’t believe I forgot the Tonys! Guess I won’t be watching “Avengers” or “Prometheus” any time soon.

When I get back from the divine Provincetown Film Festival. MAYbe……

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Stephen Holt Show at Saki Sushi! Provincetown Here we come!

Provincetown here we come! And we always start off this Summer series of episodes about the Provincetown Film Festival and all its’ fabu hotels and restaurants at Saki Sushi, with the Hostess with the Mostest, the equally fab Janet Jorgelescu! And our other two guests, Nancy Coleman and Ticia Smith-Coleman were on their honeymoon!
Editing by Kevin Teller

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