OKJA

I’m an animal lover…pure and simple.  The animal I have the most love for is my little mischievous Maltese…Spanky.  As of late, my furry best friend has been having several medical issues ranging from allergies to skin infections to heart issues.   As costly as all of this is, I would do anything to make…

LA FILM FESTIVAL 2017: WHITNEY: CAN I BE ME

  Once upon a time, I was a music publicist and had the distinction of meeting Whitney Houston.  The Whitney Houston I met , was a fun-loving kind generous home-girl from New Jersey , who loved her friends and family hard.  She was a loyal as they come.  This particular day, Whitney came out to…

THE BEGUILDED

What is the best thing about this film other than the fact that it boasts a very impressive roster of women in front of and behind the lens?  Two words – Colin Farrell.  I swear he could make a lesbian straight with those dark eyes and rugged, charming sensibility.  When his character takes a dark turn, I found myself still feeling a little empathy for him.    He’s like that lady boy you know you should run away from, but you just can’t help being intrigued and sucked into his web.  Now, that’s what I call an actor!

LA FILM FESTIVAL 2017: Two – Four – Six

Russia has been in the news more than we care to think about these days and mostly associated with an administration that is slowly but surely garnering less and less respect for our country as the seconds tick by.  However, one thing I bet you would never associate Russia with – young basketball players from…

SHOT CALLER

It’s bad enough to be incarcerated, but it’s even worse when you realize your life ceases you know it.  The humiliation, the fights, the struggle just to start alive or not be physically violated is a reality many inmates across the country deal with as routinely as brushing one may brush their teeth.  But, here…

OUT OF STATE

When most people think about the island of Hawaii, thoughts of hula dancers, exotic drinks, sparkling oceans and sprawling beaches come to mind.  When I think of Hawaii, I remember a time as a young child on the island of Kailua playing with my Mom and Dad on the beach, awaiting the birth of my…

SKID ROW MARATHON

When one thinks about skid row, the last thing that would come to mind is running through the streets of Los Angeles to prepare for a marathon half way around the world. The Honorable Judge Craig Matthews spends his entire day sentencing convicted criminals from the Los Angeles Superior Court.  When he invites these skid…

THE BOOK OF HENRY

How many times do we watch an injustice happen to a compete stranger or even a next door neighbor and run a blind eye?  Better yet, what if a loved one passes on and has a final wish they are insistent be carried out…would you do it? My Uncle had been missing for three years…

ABFF 2017: CREATED EQUAL

In a world where gender equality remains a critical issue, this controversial film, doesn’t set out to challenge the Catholic Church doctrine, but asks a very modern question… Should women be allowed into seminaries to study for the priesthood? “Created Equal is a film that gives you a voyeur experience into the stained glass ceiling…

BLOOD ROAD

Like so many in the U.S., my father was a Marine who served his country in Vietnam.  While he was away, he sent letters and reel-to-reel tapes to me, My Mom and my brother letting us in on his adventures, his fears and his never-ending love for us.  Daddy was one of millions of men…

THE FREEDOM TO MARRY

In 1983, very few gay organizations were making progress when AIDS hit.  AIDS shattered the silence about Gay people’s lives and many were uneducated about what caused the disease, how it was contracted and what could be done to eradicate it or stop it from spreading and killing millions of lives. Around that same time,…

POLITICAL ANIMALS

POLITICAL ANIMALS Prop 13 continues to be in the forefront of the LGBT community for some states.  Why?  There are just some people on this earth who think same-sex marriages should not be allowed.  These are more than likely the same people who thought interracial marriage was a fate worse than death. However, four openly…