Tell Me Twice Does The Festival Circuit

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Tell Me Twice, a short film by Caitlin Stickels, has been making the festival rounds and winning awards all this past year. Ms. Stickels, a great friend and filmmaker, directed this as well co-wrote it with Morgan Ingari. I play the main characters best friend. It's my birthday. Yay! When Natalie spontaneously runs into her ex at a party, she is forced to confront her feelings, and juggle her feelings for her new love interest. It's a brilliantly told queer love story. This past year it has screened at Clexacon in Las Vegas, the New York Shorts International Film Festival, Frameline42 (world's largest LGBT Film Festival in San Francisco), and also just won Best LGBT Short at the Independent Short Awards in LA this June 2018. Keep an eye out for this and other films by Caitlin Stickels in the future. 

 

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Short Film Breakfast Premieres Online

The short film Breakfast, written, directed, and produced by Tyler Byrnes, after making the festival rounds for the last two years (winning many awards), is finally being released online for everyone to check out. If you been waiting to see me in a David Lynch-esque-gay-nightmare-thriller you finally have your chance. You can find the entire film below. Enjoy.

CEREALS @ The Flea

The Flea has begun commissioning several established New York playwrights to write new fearless boundary-pushing children shows to be performed episodically throughout the year. This November I performed in Episode 2 of Nick Gandiello's Not My Monster, directed by Kareem Fahmy. It's a spooky tail based on the Russian folktale of the Domovoi, a protective, yet problematic, house spirit. Check out further episodes performing at the Flea Theater in the New Year.

 

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Educated Fleas Web Series Premiere

The first two episodes of the Web Series Educated Fleas, written by Mae Smith & Emily Hornsby, and directed by Mae Smith are live now on Vimeo. The series follows Ruth, who has a gig giving "The Talk" to rich people's kids all over New York. I play a love interest of Ruth's named Andy, mostly a booty call, but maybe more. You'll have to tune in. 

You can watch the pilot episode below in which I make an appearance, and if you're hooked you can find the rest of the episodes here. Look for me in future episodes.

 

The Rape of Recy Taylor at NYFF

This past year I was lucky enough to contribute my voice to the documentary The Rape of Recy Taylor written, produced, and directed by Nancy Buirski (By Sydney LumetThe Loving Story [HBO]). 

Recy Taylor documents the story of Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black woman and mother, who was gang raped by 6 white boys in 1944 Alabama. 

The filmmakers explain, "[o]ur film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning,"

It recently had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival 2017. As well, it won The Special Prize for Human Rights at the 74th Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica - La Biennale di Venezia 2017. 

This October it will have its North American premiere at the 55th New York Film Festival with two screenings: Sunday, October 1st at 9 PM (Walter Reade Theater) and Tuesday, October 3rd at 6 PM (Francesca Beale Theater). 

You can find tickets here

And check out a teaser clip below:

 

Epicurious - #cook90 Spot

Last spring I got to film a cool spot for Epicurious for their campaign for #cook90, where they cook 90 meals in 30 days, without eating out once. Cute comedic spot. Directed by the talented Morgan Ingari.

Check out the spot below:

 

International Commercial Spot - Meetic

Back in September I was lucky enough to be flown out to Barcelona to shoot an international spot for the European dating site Meetic. It was a brilliant four day whirlwind where I met and worked with some brilliant people from all over the world , drank my weight in cafe con leches (probably unsafe), and got to enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. 

The spot is finally finished and currently airing throughout Europe. If you regularly watch European television keep your eyes peeled. 

You can check out the spot below:

Breakfast - A Short Film

Last summer I shot a short film written and directed by Tyler Byrnes, produced by Polygraphic Productions. The film is described as a queer psychological horror thriller that deals with the rare subject of male eating disorders. 

The film has been making the rounds in the festival circuit this fall, having been chosen as an official selection at eleven separate film festival across the country and even Canada. It has won several awards including "Best Film" at the Third Eye Film Festival 2016 and the "Jury Prize" at The Queer Bits Fall Festival III.

 

Taylor Mac's 24-Decade History of Popular Music (1776-1806)

I just finished up a crazy workshop of a new piece written, performed, and co-directed by Taylor Mac (Hir), and co-directed by Niegel Smith (Hir). Once complete, it will be a 24-hour theatrical event chronicling 240 years of popular music in America starting in 1776 and finishing in 2016. We workshopped the first three decades which included drinking songs, temperance choirs, and maybe even performance art milk enemas (ya never know). The culminating 24-hour event will only happen once so keep your eyes peeled for more information.

Next Project: Take Care at The Flea Theater

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I'm about to start rehearsals for my next project at The Flea Theater - a participatory performance piece called Take Care written by Todd Shalom and Niegel Smith, and directed by Niegel Smith.

The writer/director Niegel Smith says, "I wanted to make a piece for our resident acting company, The Bats, that engages them as interpretive and generative artists. So, I invited my long-time collaborator Todd Shalom (Elastic City) to create a performance that explores The Bats’ most urgent personal and global concerns. We found a provocative intersection between our nation’s inadequate response to the systemic racism that devalues brown bodies and the ongoing climate change crisis.”

This isn't going to be your normal night out at the theatre. Come on downtown to TriBeCa and see what it's all about. Take Care runs from December 1st through January 25th at The Flea Theater. Tickets can be found here.