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J.D. Disalvatore, Producer of LGBT Films, Dies at 51

J.D. Disalvatore, Producer of LGBT Films, Dies at 51
J.D. Disalvatore, a leading producer of LGBT films and a gay rights activist, died Thursday at her home in Sherman Oaks after a long battle with cancer, a publicist announced. She was 51.

Disalvatore produced writer-director Jonah Markowitz's Shelter (2007), which won a GLAAD Media Award for best feature film in limited release and in 2012 topped a list of the 100 greatest gay movies of all time.

Her résumé also includes the short film Gay Propaganda (2002), Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds (2006), A Marine Story (2010), Elena Undone (2010) and Perry & Emile (2012).

Disalvatore served as Outfest's...
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Jd Disalvatore faces cancer battle

Contrary to popular belief, making movies doesn't always mean getting rich. Many filmmakers are freelancers and in the Us, where most people rely on their employers for health insurance, that can be particularly tough. Diagnosed with breast cancer, Jd Disalvatore faces a financial as well as a physical struggle. Fortunately her fans have rallied round to help.

Disalvatore is best known in the UK for festival hit A Marine Story (the story of a soldier, discharged for being a lesbian, who takes on the training of a troubled teenager) but she has also won acclaim for gentle romance Shelter. She has worked as festival director of Outfest in Los Angeles and is widely admired for her short film work. Having famously claimed that she knew she wanted to make films as soon as she was old enough to talk, Disalvatore has also been instrumental in advancing the careers of others.
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Afternoon Delight: Wanda Sykes talks KStew on "Chelsea Lately," Piper Perabo in "Looper"

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Piper Perabo (Imagine Me & You) makes an appearance in the sci-fi action film Looper, in theaters September 28.

Emma Stone will team up with director Cameron Crowe for an untitled romantic drama. The movie is set to start filming in the fall. Stone's love interest has yet to be cast, may I suggest Ellen Page?

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Last night Wanda Sykes filled in for host Chelsea Handler on Chelsea Lately. Here's a snippet of what went down during the roundtable, featuring out comedian Fortune Feimster.

The 2012 MTV music award nominations have arrived! Which ladies are in contention for a Moonman? Rihanna, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Beyonce, Carly Rae Jepsen,
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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Lucky One,’ ‘Chimpanzee’ & ‘Marley’ Alternatives

Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to The Lucky One, Chimpanzee & Marley.

Zac Efron fronts this Nicholas Sparks’ drama about a Marine who, upon returning from his tour of duty in Iraq, goes in search of the unknown woman he believes was his lucky charm. Taylor Schilling co-stars; Scott Hicks directs.

Craving more veteran-centered dramas:

A Marine Story (2010) Dreya Weber stars as a Marine forced to make sense of civilian life after being abruptly discharged. Initially lost, she finds new purpose mentoring a troubled teen girl with aims to enlist. Paris P. Pickard co-stars; Ned Farr directs.

The Messenger (2009) In this acclaimed indie drama Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster play a pair of vets assigned the emotionally devastating duty of informing military family’s of a soldier’s death.
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A Marine Story

A highly capable soldier who is quietly dismissed after it's discovered she's a lesbian takes on the training of a troubled local teenager who wants to join up.

A Marine Story is a little like a TV movie of the week with a little more swearing and some unusually good cinematography. That said, there's a story here which needs to be told.

Dreya Weber stars as Alexandra Everett, a marine who is coming home to the Us from duty in Iraq, giving her reason as an 'honourable discharge'. People in her home town are surprised to see her as she was expected to hole up in the desert for...
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Biff 2011: A Marine Story review

People seem to lump Ned Farr's A Marine Story in with the countless 'lesbian movies' out there, but it's a measure of how good the film is that the protagonist's sexuality is one of the least interesting things about it. Superficially, this is a story about a career army officer, thrown out of the Us military under its controversial Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy once her sexual orientation comes to light - and that is a worthy thing to be talking about - but it's as much about what someone who's come to depend on a guiding influence in their life does when that influence gets taken away.The idea of a hero who needs to find a new direction is a premise that's been wheeled...
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‘A Marine Story’

A Marine Story

Director: Ned Farr

Written by Ned Far

USA, 2010

Like Kimberly Peirce’s Stop-Loss, A Marine Story casts a highly critical eye over the Us Military’s treatment of its own personnel during the Iraq War. Peirce’s film was about the practice of shipping soldiers back to Iraq against their will — forcing many to live as fugitives. Here the equally controversial “Don’t ask don’t tell” policy has the perverse effect of kicking a decorated officer out of the Marines on the grounds of her sexuality. Well, no one ever said war was fair.

Writer/director Ned Farr’s film stars his wife Dreya Weber as Major Alexandra Everett, who returns to her home town in California in the summer of 2008. Despite her long blonde hair, Alex has the tattoo, the muscle tone and the steely look of a woman who means business. There’s also a wedding ring,
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Henry Silva is Coming For You, and More New DVDs

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A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection"

Directed by Fernando Di Leo

Released by RaroVideo

Fans of badass '70s cinema and the stoic Henry Silva rejoice! Underappreciated Italian crime master director Fernando Di Leo finally comes to the U.S. via this set of four films -- "Caliber 9," "The Italian Connection," "The Boss," and "Rulers of the City" -- that shows what made him an influence of filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and John Woo.

"The Absent" (2011)

Directed by Sage Bannick

Released by Passion River

Twin brothers are bonded by the experience of having their parents try to kill them for insurance money, only to become killers themselves in this slasher film from Sage Bannick.

"Be My Teacher" (2011)

Directed by Lakisha R. Lemons

Released by Maverick Entertainment Group

A student's (Derek Lee Nixon) flirtations with his English teacher (Lateace Towns-Cuellar) has serious
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Sliff 2010 Review: A Marine Story

A Marine Story takes a story as old as movies itself and gives it a fresh new spin. The Best Years Of Our Lives through In The Valley Of Elah have explored the theme of soldiers returning home. This time the focus is a female soldier and a military policy that has been much in the news in the last few years.

Alexandra Everett (Dreya Weber) is a career marine who return to her rural, dusty California hometown after a log hitch in the Middle East. After getting off the train with no one to welcome her back , she walks through the streets and sees all the boarded up businesses. Stopping at a convenience store she forcibly detains a young man shoplifting while his girlfriend who was distracting the clerk takes off. The local sheriff chastises Alex for getting involved, although they are severely understaffed and can’t handle the
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'A Marine Story' tops Outfest awards

'A Marine Story' tops Outfest awards
Two lesbian dramas, Ned Farr's "A Marine Story" and James Kent's "The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister," earned jury awards Sunday as outstanding U.S. dramatic feature and outstanding international dramatic feature, respectively, at Outfest, the 28th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

"Marine" also picked up the audience award for outstanding dramatic feature, and Dreya Weber was named outstanding actress in a feature as the fest handed out its prizes at its awards luncheon.

Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara's "Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt & The Magnetic Fields" took the jury prize for best documentary feature, and Michelle Lawler's "Forever's Gonna Start Tonight" copped the audience award for best feature doc.

An audience award also went to Jacob Chase's "The Four-Faced Liar," voted outstanding first U.S. dramatic feature film.

"Bearcity" earned two jury awards -- for outstanding feature actor Stephen Guarino and outstanding
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Outfest Awards "Marine Story," "Bearcity" with 2010 Awards

Outfest Awards
In a ceremony Sunday morning at the DGA Theater in West Hollywood, La's Lgbt Film Festival, Outfest, announced the award winners for their 28th annual fest. The ceremony, hosted by La drag queen Momma, focused on celebrating films that uncovered stories that have not yet been told. The fest honored "A Marine Story" with three awards (Best U.S. Feature, Best Actress, and the Feature Audience Award). Ned Farr's film, a searing ...
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‘A Marine Story’ is one of the highlights of Outfest 2010

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: With Dreya Weber as the star and a producer along with Jd Disalvatore and writer-director Ned Farr behind this film, I knew going in that A Marine Story was probably going to be a pretty good movie.

It turned out to be a superb movie and one that is sure to be one of the highlights of Outfest 2010, The 28th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival which opens Thursday and runs through July 18.

Here’s a synopsis: A Marine Story is set against the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy of the United States Military. A decorated Marine officer (Weber) unexpectedly returns home from the war and is quickly recruited to help a troubled teen (Paris Pickard) prepare for boot camp. But when the true reasons for her return become known it threatens the future for both of them.

The movie features first-rate acting
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Review of "A Marine Story"

Standing at an awkward crossroads between a polished, high-budget film and an average, well-intended queer indie flick, A Marine Story has a bit of an identity problem, but its heart is in the right place.

The story of a tough ex-Marine (played by The Gymnast favorite Dreya Weber) kicked out under “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and her difficult assimilation into civilian life, it deftly showcases the difficulties of women in the modern military, though the plot unfortunately goes Awol toward the end.

We first meet Alexandra (Weber) as she walks, military pack in tow, through a southwestern desert town. Every few moments, we see a flashback to her martial past – her deployments, her drills and her pride being an American soldier. She encounters old friends, buys a rusty car and stops a robbery at a tiny convenience store (badass Sarah Connor-style), prompting a few words from the town sheriff.
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Dreya Weber tells "A Marine Story"

Dreya Weber is a busy lady. When she's not out on the road performing as an aerialist with the likes of Madonna, Pink, Britney Spears and Cher, she's busy playing gay on-screen in movies written and directed by her husband, Ned Farr — like 2006's The Gymnast, which collected a slew of awards on the Lgbt film festival circuit. Farr and Weber return this year with A Marine Story, a dramatic look at Don't Ask, Don't Tell, which bans gays from openly serving in the U.S. military.

AfterEllen.com caught up with Weber to discuss the film — which is currently playing the Lgbt festival circuit — and why she and Farr are dedicated to making films for the lesbian audience.

AfterEllen.com: Is A Marine Story based on actual events?

Dreya Weber: We took pieces of stories that had been volunteered to us by either former serving Marines or currently serving Marines,
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Alluvial Casting Update

More casting news has come our way today concerning Fire Sign Films' production of Alluvial, which is being produced and directed by Geza Decsy and co-written and produced by Sean Decker and

Jack Ulrich.

Carlee Baker (Wicked Lake) is set to star alongside Ken Lally ("Heroes", "Enterprise") and R.A. Mihailoff (Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3). Gunnar Wright (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Heather Snell (The Poughkeepsie Tapes), and Deacon Conroy (A Marine Story) have also been attached to headline in

leading roles.

“Carlee offers not only a genre pedigree, says director Decsy, “she brings to Alluvial a sweet charisma and quietly unhinged quality that fully embodies what we wanted for the role of Eileen. Still, serious character work aside, she’s also promised her fans that she’ll 'rock the side boob better than anyone'! How can you not just adore that kind of dedication to the art?
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More Casting News for Alluvial

One of the sexy sirens of Wicked Lake is joining the cast of Alluvial , the indie horror film we introduced to you earlier this month . Carlee Baker (pictured) joins Ken Lally and R.A. Mihailoff as well as the recently cast Gunner Wright ( G.I. Joe ), Heather Snell ( The Poughkeepsie Tapes ) and Deacon Conroy ( A Marine Story ). Alluvial , written by Sean Decker and Jack Ulrich, will roll cameras this fall with Geza Decsy in the director's chair. Fire Sign Films is producing. In the film seven friends contract a mysterious illness while camping the badlands of the Panamint Valley. The virus they contract causes them to turn on one another in a display of skewed emotions and primal rage. You can visit the film's MySpace page here . Here's another exclusive look at a...
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Ask AfterEllen.com (June 17, 2009)

Want to know the status of a particular movie, TV show, or band? Wondering what a certain actress is up to these days? Send your entertainment-related questions to askafterellen@gmail.com — with your first name, city and country — and we'll try to answer as many as we can.

Before we dive into answering new questions, I have an update on another question I answered recently: In a previous edition of Ask AfterEllen.com, a reader asked about the upcoming film Les Passages, starring Mary-Louise Parker and Julie Delpy.

Mary-Louise Parker and Julie Delpy

In my response to the question, I indicated that the film didn't include lesbian content. Well I've never been more thrilled to be wrong.

Director Donna Vermeer recently sent me this message:

Just wanted to correct some misunderstandings in what you may have thought the storyline was. Mary-Louise Parker plays Catherine, a New York filmmaker, who falls in love with Anna,
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