Official Trailer For Whitney Houston Documentary “Whitney: Can I Be Me”

The new documentary, Whitney: Can I Be Me, offers viewers a behind-the-scenes peek into the life and early death of the late pop music legend Whitney Houston.

Including never-before-seen footage from Houston’s 1999 world tour, the documentary provides insight into the final days of the six-time Grammy Award winner.

The pop icon’s sudden death in 2012 at the age of 48 left her millions of fans around the world devastated.

The documentary explores, in part, Houston’s relationship with her childhood friend, Robyn Crawford, that fueled much speculation about her sexuality.

Whitney: Can I Be Me debuts Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, on Showtime.

Documentary Trailer: “The Freedom To Marry”

The award winning LGBT documentary, The Freedom To Marry, gets a limited release in theaters with screenings in New York (March 3rd at the Village East) and in Los Angeles March 10th (at the Laemmle Monica).

The film follows the decades long work of true LGBT heroes Evan Wolfson (Founder/President, Freedom to Marry), Mary Bonauto (Civil Rights Attorney, GLAD) and Marc Solomon (National Campaign Director, Freedom to Marry).

Via press release:

One of the most surprising things about the same sex marriage movement is that it was carefully planned and orchestrated over decades. THE FREEDOM TO MARRY is an intimate and epic documentary that goes behind-the-scenes to reveal the inner workings and key players of this historic civil rights battle. This is a riveting ride alongside Evan Wolfson, the man known as architect of the movement, civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto, and their colleagues as they wage their climactic battle before the United States Supreme Court.

THE FREEDOM TO MARRY offers perspective not just on one movement’s history – but on how regular people can only fight back, even against incredible odds. This is a unique and timely story of how beleaguered underdogs actually can win.

More info about the film at the official website here, and you can watch the trailer below:

Trailer: “Bright Lights – Starring Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds”

In advance of the documentary’s HBO premiere this coming Sunday, January 7th, here’s the trailer for Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

I’ll just say this: you might need a tissue.

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds bills itself as a story of the family’s complicated love, and promises an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity and the nearly two-minute trailer shows off exactly that, along with many sweet moments (and witty banter) shared between Fisher and Reynolds.

Directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens, the 95-minute documentary was filmed in over more than a year in 2014 and 2015 leading up to Reynolds preparing to receive her Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award which Fisher presented to her.

Vintage family films and archival footage help bring the documentary to life. Their lives at home in the Beverly Hills compound they shared will be seen extensively in the documentary as will be the way in which they navigated their careers and close relationship.

We started out making a film about Hollywood royalty, they added. And we ended up making a film about love.

Fisher, 60, was aboard an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday when she went into cardiac arrest. She died Tuesday in the hospital.

Reynolds died a day later at the age of 84. Her son Todd said she told him hours before she was rushed to the hospital: I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie.

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds will debut Jan. 7 (at 8 p.m. EST) on HBO.

Out Documentary: “All Male All Nude” From Gerald McCullouch

Check out the next big project from my longtime buddy and uber-talented filmmaker, Gerald McCullouch (CSI, Bear City and Daddy).

All Male All Nude (I’ve already got your attention, yes?) is an upcoming documentary set in one of America’s only all-nude, all-male gay strip clubs, Swinging Richard’s in Atlanta.

From Gerald’s IndieGoGo crowd funding project:

Hop on board and get ready for a night you won’t forget where we’ll celebrate a big ole’ Bday together as you help bring my next project to the finish line.

All Male All Nude is an unforgettably original cutting-edge documentary: a journey into the taboo world of male stripping set in the heart of the Bible belt. From the VIP room, to all nude table dances, to the mainstage and backstage – journey into this arousing environment that has engendered a compellingly original family unit.

This is a project I have been working on for four years as a solo venture. As it moves closer to completion, I need assistance in getting the project to the finish line.

Atlanta, Georgia is a Mecca for mega churches and religious followers. It is also a Mecca for adult entertainment: it has one of the densest populations of strip bars in America. Consequently, only one of those offers an all male, all nude staff and is geared towards a gay clientele. Welcome to Swinging Richards – the setting for All Male All Nude.

From color correction, sound design and music licensing to web site design, PR, advertising, legal fees and so much more, I need your support and in return, a night celebrating in Atlanta is sure to be one for the memory books.

Any amount is appreciated and nothing is too small (or too big). Although I have set the fundraising goal as low as possible, if funds are raised exceeding the goal, it only leads to a stronger film and it is my intention to deliver the strongest, sexiest documentary possible. ​

As regular readers of The Randy Report know, I’m way big into promoting music, film and other creative projects by the LGBT community. Hey – if we want to see more of us out there in entertainment, let’s support it!

Gerald is an absolute pro at getting quality indie films like the Bear City films, and more recently Daddy, made and featured at film festivals all over the world.

Plus, it’s fun to pitch in a few bucks and be a part of the creative process. For supporting the project, Gerald promises updates of all kinds as All Male All Nude gets made. What’s not to like?

Watch the pitch video below.

HBO: Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds Documentary Bright Lights To Debut January 7

Do not miss critically acclaimed documentary, Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, set to debut on HBO January 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Via press release:

In light of the recent and unexpected deaths of both Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, the documentary BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS will debut SATURDAY, JAN. 7 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

The story of a family’s complicated love, this documentary is an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity. Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, live in the same Beverly Hills compound. The 83-year-old grand dame still has a Las Vegas act, but performing is taking its toll. Carrie’s response is both hilarious and heart-rending. Featuring vintage family films that bring iconic old-world Hollywood to life, as well as extensive vérité footage, the film is directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens.

The documentary was well received at several high-end film festivals including the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival and the New York Film Festival.

Plus, as previously mention here on The Randy Report, HBO will offer an encore presentation of Carrie Fisher’s brilliant 2010 one-woman show, WISHFUL DRINKING, this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO.

Fisher’s autobiographical stage performance gets a feature-length adaptation including interviews with friends and family plus archival footage. If you haven’t seen it – hell, even if you have – make sure you tune i.

(h/t Boy Culture)

Documentary: “Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened”

I’m watching reports of the huge snow dump in upstate New York today making me wistful. In the fall of 1981, I began my college years as a freshman at Syracuse University.

Aspiring to become a Broadway actor, the Syracuse University Musical Theatre program was one of the very best in the country at the time. I was lucky to be there.

As I began classes that autumn, the professors informed us all exactly how lucky – a recent graduate Jim Weissenbach had snagged the leading role in the upcoming Stephen Sondheim/Hal Prince Broadway musical, Merrily We Roll Along.

Sondheim and Prince were on a decade long roll of critical hits on Broadway including Company, A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd.

Hal Prince (L) and Stephen Sondheim (R)

Well, of course, we all followed the news of what we expected to be the soon-to-be hit. Not only was it Sondheim (I mean, SONDHEIM!) but the show was about three idealistic young people whose story is told backward.

Beginning with the audience meeting their older, cynical selves, the production journeys back to land at their beginning as dreamy, starry-eyed teens.

Yesterday is done / See the pretty countryside
Merrily we roll along, roll along – bursting with dreams.
Travelings’ the fun / Flashing by the countryside
Everybody merrily, merrily – catching at dreams
Rolling along, rolling along

How much more relatable could this have been?

But just a few weeks into the fall semester came the crushing news at SU that Weissenbach had been replaced in previews. More negative rumors began making their way through the NYC (and Syracuse University) theater gossip as it was reported that audiences were walking out. Among various issues, the reverse chronology was difficult for theater-goers to grasp.

Ultimately, the show ran for 52 previews and only 16 now-infamous performances before closing.

But the SCORE! The score was incredible. Complex in its cynicism, boundless in its youthful optimism. You probably know the standout, achingly beautiful “Not A Day Goes By” from the show. If not, please run over to iTunes and check out the original Broadway cast recording here.

Being the same age as the characters in the musical, and living vicariously through those young actors in NYC, I and my classmates were forever marked by the musical’s ineffable glory.

Now, original cast member and acclaimed actor/director, Lonny Price has directed a documentary taking a long look at both the euphoria and disappointments of the one in a lifetime experience.

The title takes a twist on one of the scores oft-repeated lyrics – BEST WORST THING THAT EVER COULD HAVE HAPPENED.

Official synopsis:

One of the truly legendary musicals in the history of Broadway, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG opened to enormous fanfare in 1981 and closed after sixteen performances.

For the first time, BEST WORST THING THAT EVER COULD HAVE HAPPENED draws back the curtain on the extraordinary drama of the show’s creation – and tells the stories of the hopeful young performers whose lives were transformed by it.

Directed by Lonny Price, a member of the original cast, the film is a bittersweet meditation on the choices we all make, and the often unexpected consequences of those choices — through success and failure. Featuring exclusive appearances by Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Jason Alexander, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Guettel, Frank Rich and the original Broadway cast of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG.

The documentary has garnered strong reviews at film festivals, and is playing now in NYC and opens in Los Angeles at the Laemmle’s Royal Theatre (1523 Santa Monica Blvd.) this Friday.

I will definitely be making a point of seeing this.

Something is stirring, Shifting ground
It’s just begun.
Edges are blurring, All around
And yesterday is done.

Trailer: “Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens: A Documentary on Gender, Identity, & Drag”

Five years in the making, Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens – addressing issues of identity in sexual orientation and gender – will debut at the Cleveland International Film Festival on April 2nd and 3rd.

Via press release:

KINGS, QUEENS, & IN-BETWEENS is a documentary about gender through the lens of drag, featuring the compelling stories of 8 performers from Columbus, Ohio — “the crown jewel of drag in the Midwest.”

KQIB peels back the layers of identity through the art form of drag and shines a light on the distinctions between gender, sex, and sexuality. Through humor and poignancy, KQIB makes a complex subject approachable for mainstream audiences.

As a pre-festival reviewer wrote: “In this fab documentary…Gender is the New Frontier, and here are the pioneers who are defining, redrawing, and crossing those borders. Call them what you will (and they do not give a damn what that is), they are two things for certain: they are Strong and they are Fabulous. KINGS, QUEENS & IN-BETWEENS will introduce you to your new heroes.”

Documentary: “Last Men Standing”

A new documentary produced by the San Francisco ChronicleLast Men Standing – examines the lives of men diagnosed in the early years of the AIDS epidemic who have survived to tell their stories.

These are stories of survival and loss; courage and fear; histories and horizons. Through the course of the film, eight men explore and explain the lives they’ve lived that they never expected to have.

One of the men featured in the film, Peter Greene, says “I’m the luckiest unlucky person in the world. No one wants to be the last man standing.”

The documentary will be screened at the Castro Theater in San Francisco on April 8. Click here for ticket info.

Trailer: “Tab Hunter Confidential”

From the movie’s official website:

Throughout the 1950s, Tab Hunter reigned as Hollywood’s ultimate male heartthrob. In dozens of films – and in the pages of countless movie magazines – Tab’s astonishing looks and golden-boy sex appeal drove his fans to screaming, delirious frenzy, making him the prototype for all young matinee idols to come.

Bristling against being just another pretty face and wanting to be taken seriously, Tab was one of the few to be able to transcend pin-up boy status. He earned his stripes as an actor to become a major movie star and recording artist.

But throughout his years of stardom, Tab had a secret. Tab Hunter was gay, and spent his Hollywood years in a precarious closet that repeatedly threatened to implode and destroy him. Now, Tab’s dramatic, turbulent and ultimately inspiring life story has become an explosive documentary feature directed by Emmy award winning filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz.

In theaters mid-October 2015.

Tonight On HBO: “Back On Board – Greg Louganis”

Do not miss “Back on Board: Greg Louganis,” a documentary following the life of openly gay and HIV-positive Olympian Greg Louganis, on HBO tonight at 10PM.

Only 28-years-old when he was first diagnosed with HIV, Louganis was one of the first openly gay men in sports. The documentary chronicles the four-time Olympic gold medalist’s life since becoming a household name in the 1980s.

“I didn’t feel welcomed in diving,” Louganis, now 55 years old, says in the trailer. “There was homophobia. Some of my teammates were calling my fag.”

Louganis’s decision to live openly and authentically paved the way for several other gay and lesbian athletes, such as Michael Sam, Jason Collins, Robbie Rogers, Brittney Griner, Orlando Cruz, Megan Rapinoe, Lori Lindsey and Tom Daley.