Shadowlands est une minisérie télé du réalisateur et producteur Charlie David, connu pour sa contribution au cinéma LGBT.
L’un des acteurs de cette série aussi coauteur d’une des chansons, est le Manitobain Marc Devigne, qui fait carrière à Toronto. Éric Plamondon, militant pour les droits LGBT, très actif dans le monde des arts, cinéaste aussi qui vient de lancer un court-métrage, Positive End Note.
Ils sont nos invités en studio pour partager leurs expériences dans le monde du cinéma LGBT.
qFLIX Philadelphia 2018 Awards Announced at Closing Night Ceremony
PHILADELPHIA – It was a wrap for qFLIX Philadelphia 2018 at the Perelman Theater at The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts on Sunday, March 25, 8:00 PM, as the a la Oscar finale of the fifth edition of the region’s seven-day LGBTQ+ film festival, continuing the tradition of 24 years in producing such event for the city and the region before a large and enthusiastic audience.
The closing night ceremony included the most awards ever given in various categories determined by a committee of jurors and the festival’s audiences, as well as this year’s Artistic Achievement in Acting to Alan Cumming for his outstanding body of work in film, stage and television, for always being a fearless out actor, and for his impassioned activism and support of numerous non-profit organizations and causes on both sides of the Atlantic.
Festival producers easily agreed the multi-talented, 52-year-old Cumming was the perfect recipient of the specialty award.
During his acceptance speech, Cumming spoke of his personal love for Philadelphia and why the qFLIX Philadelphia LGBTQ+ film festival is so near and dear to his heart. During his first festival experience, in 2004, his then-date, later boyfriend, ultimately became his husband for now 14 years.
The results were in high contrast between what the jury selected versus what the audience identified as their favorites in all categories. This year’s trend saw jury awards skewing toward foreign entries, while the audience favored films shot in the USA.
“The expansion of the awards allowed for greater opportunities for filmmakers to win their all-important festival laurels in the LGBTQ+ indie film festival that premiered more than 80 features, documentaries, shorts, and New Media (primarily web series) from over 25 countries that were all considered in competition,” said festival producers, Thom Cardwell and James Duggan, in a joint statement.
In addition to the United States, five other countries were represented among the winners in their respective categories, vying for either jury or audience awards, for a total of 12, announced during the closing night ceremony.
Jury awards for qFLIX Philadelphia 2018 were presented to the following films:
• “Agnes and Milane,” directed by Tristan Titiloy (France) and “Dusk,” directed by Jake Graf (UK) for Best “Female Identifying Subject” Short Film.
• “Sisak” by Faraz Arif Ansari (India) for Best “Male Identifying Subject” Short Film.
• “Calamity” directed by Severine De Streyker (Belgium) for Best “Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Identifying Subject” Short Film (Narrative).
• “Little Potato” directed by Wes Hurley (Russia) for Best “Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Identifying Subject” Short Film (Documentary).
• “Blindsided” directed by Lisa Oliveri (USA) for Best Documentary.
• “Discreet” directed by Travis Mathews (USA) for Best Feature Film.
Commenting on the jury selection of “Blindsided,” an intimate portrayal of an individual’s vulnerability and resilience, as she confronts deafness and blindness while in abusive relationships, the jurors stated, “Impressive on various levels, this important and effective yet humbly crafted film inspires deeply and has the ability to motivate a wide audience to create change.”
The jurors had this to say about their Best Feature film winner, “We chose ‘Discreet’ because of its creativity and original voice. The film is also technically well-executed, particularly its use of sound and editing to maintain tension in the film’s narrative. Queer cinema has a rich history of challenging audiences with content and storytelling style. ‘Discreet’ took familiar themes and spun them together in unexpected ways.”
Audience awards were determined by festival attendees who rated the films on a user-friendly phone App, introduced in 2016, that proved popular and resulted in greater participation in selecting this year’s winners.
Audience Awards for qFLIX Philadelphia 2018 were presented to the following films:
• “Seeing Glory” directed by Rick Hamilton (USA) for Best “Female Identifying Subject” Short Film.
• “Something New” by TJ Marchbank (USA) for Best “Male Identifying Subject” Short Film.
• “After The Date” directed by Iris Devins (USA) for Best “Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Identifying Subject” Short Film.
• “Random Acts” BBC4 directed by Various Directors (UK) for New Media (Web Series).
• “Dragged” directed by Christopher Birk (USA) for Best Documentary.
• “Daddy” directed by Gerald McCullouch (USA) for Best Feature Film of the Festival.
Philadelphia-based filmmakers, Iris Devins and Christopher Birk, were on hand to be congratulated for their respective accomplishments. Gerald McCullouch, the director and star of “Daddy,” the audience pick for Best Feature Film was also in attendance at the ceremony. Upon his winning the award, McCullouch noted, “It was great being back in Philadelphia. qFLIX is such a great festival. They were one of the first to show my first short film. and now to have two feature films screen on closing weekend, and ‘Daddy’ winning the Audience Award, was the icing on a pretty snazzy piece of cake.”
On the opening night of the festival the director of “Hello Again,” Tom Gustafson, was given the Rising Star in Directing Award.
Throughout the run of the festival, Centerpiece Selection film directors and actors were also presented with the following awards:
“The festival in 2018 had expanded to seven days, moved its venue headquarters to Plays & Players Theater, added more award categories, programmed a more diverse and all-inclusive lineup of films that represented countries of the world, from Cyrus, Iran, Belgium, South Korea, Argentina, India, Spain, and China, by, for and about the LGBTQ+ community,” said artistic director and producer Cardwell.
Producer Duggan was thrilled to announce that qFLIX Philadelphia 2019 will mark the 25th anniversary of the city’s LGBTQ+ film festival (March 18-25) with a tribute to a dynamic history and tradition of queer cinema, old and new, several groundbreaking films and a cavalcade of special guests.
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My Buddy is featured on the soundtrack for the Mating Season episode of the TV series SHADOWLANDS. The song features vocalists Marc Devigne and Michael Daniel Murphy in the first male duet recording of the classic song that was popular during WWII.
Producer Charlie David, music director Michael Daniel Murphy and singer Marc Devigne share their thoughts below during the recording session for the classic 1922 song ‘My Buddy’ which was recorded at Trouble Maker Studios in Montreal in December 2017.
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CHARLIE DAVID: The Mating Season episode of Shadowlands takes place right after the second World War, so I was looking for music that really evoked that era. So we have some early Rockabilly, but when I came across this song called “My Buddy,” I was really excited. “My Buddy” was originally written in 1922, and it’s been covered by many, many famous artists, from Frank Sinatra, his daughter, Nancy Sinatra, Doris Day, Chet Baker, Bobby Darin, et cetera.
It’s a very unique song because it’s a love song and yet the term of endearment is “my buddy,” which is kind of a unique term to use from a man to a woman or a woman to a man, so to me there was an immediate gay undertone to it.
MARC DEVIGNE: It’s actually pretty special. This song is quite special due to the history that it has. I think it kind of had a resurgence in the ’50s but actually was written quite some time before that.
And now to be bringing it back today, it’s kind of interesting, and that’s why we wanted to take this song and, yes, kind of pay homage to the time period when it was first written and when it was relevant, but bring it back, still paying homage to that, but with a bit of a twist and our own maybe current take on it.
CHARLIE DAVID: Michael Daniel Murphy is the music director for the song, and so he’s really pulled together this team of artists and musicians and the engineer to create the song today. To me, it’s so exciting to come into the studio and record music live.
Generally, for music in film and television, we often license tracks from musicians because that’s just a more inexpensive way to do it, but there’s something that’s very magical about bring artists together and creating something live.
MICHAEL DANIEL MURPHY: When we arrived in the studio, I knew we were going to do the piano and the bass together at the same time because they play well together and we thought it would save time, and especially if there’s no metronome or a drum, it’s just nicer to have that kind of feel as a rhythm session of piano and base together, but to have the vocals at the same time today, and together, was a really nice surprise.
I thought it would be more complicated to organize, but actually, our sound engineer Fred, said it would be really straight forward. But I’m glad to have done it because I think it’s going to be hard to go back now and record in other ways because it’s so real. I miss that aspect, actually. That’s what I love about old recordings. There’s life to them, you know.
I listened to a lot of versions, first of all, and the approach to arranging song is Charlie also sent us an idea of what the scene was about, so that was really important to me, and yeah, I just thought simplicity in terms of even our scheduling, our time. So we were like, “Okay, let’s simplify.” I play the piano. So let’s do piano. We’ll figure out the arrangement with the voices.
The first time I actually heard this song was Chet Baker playing the trumpet, and I just felt like I wanted something like that … Especially with the war theme, and the romance between these men, or this whole duet aspect, I thought it would be nice to bring a trumpet into it, because I think it really creates kind of a classic vintage feel, but also specific to that era, and it’s a beautiful instrument.
So we used the flugelhorn, piano, and upright bass. Without having a full percussion ensemble or little drum kit, we’d have a bass to give it some life there, because I think there’s a slow dance that happens at this moment, so we wanted the rhythm to be right for this kind of romantic scene.
CHARLIE DAVID: In terms of the lyrics of the song, they are unique in that this was written in 1922, and we have lines like, “Nights are long since you went away, I think about you all through the day, my buddy.”
To me, hearing those words today, it’s hard to imagine them as not being some type of relationship. Certainly a very special friendship.
MARC DEVIGNE: Well, strangely enough for me, I had never heard this song, so when I first heard it when Charlie gave me the song to listen to, I thought it was quite clear … I mean possibly, because today listening to these lyrics of a man saying “my buddy,” it came off a bit strange. I remember even getting on the phone with him, and being like, “Was this clear to everyone else?”
It really does sound, again, taking it in our modern day, that it’s words of affection towards someone else. Now, there are a lot of artists that have covered it. Doris Day has covered it. And coming from a woman, it was just a different feel. So it is interesting. I don’t quite know the answer to that, whether some people sang it … Millions and millions of people have heard this song, and whatever way they interpreted it … I’m curious, actually, whether their interpretation was back then as it is now, because I played this song for quite a few people and they were like, “Well, sounds pretty clear to me what it means now.”
But again, back then where possibly being gay and stuff like that was very taboo, and not something you would hear on radio and media and stuff like that, so whether there was an undercurrent of that or whether it just went right over people’s heads and it wasn’t even the message, I’m not quite sure. But the relevance of today I think, for me, when it first hit me, it really sounded quite clear, especially when a man sang it, so, yeah.
CHARLIE DAVID: “My Buddy” was originally written in 1922, which is almost 100 years ago, so I think it’s pretty cool what we’re doing today, to be in Montreal, in a recording studio, a bunch of artists coming together to bring this story back to life, one more time. I mean, it’s been recorded over and over because it is a classic.
There’s something special about this song that rings true for people, that touches people, and so I can only imagine what the original writers would think if they knew that a century later, in Montreal, a bunch of Canadians have gotten together to record this song for a TV show. I’m excited to share the history and music with our friends and audience for Shadowlands.