Guest blogger Danielle Marie Georgiou is a dance lecturer at the University of Texas Arlington. She also serves as assistant director of UT Arlington’s Dance Ensemble.
Tonight at the Magnolia West Village, OUT TAKES Dallas will be screening the last of the films for its 11th season.
The mission of OUT TAKES Dallas is to enlighten, educate, enrich and entertain diverse communities about gays and lesbians through the medium of film and to contribute funds to organizations that seek to foster similar goals.
This month’s feature film is Role/Play. Directed by Rob Williams (Make the Yuletide Gay and Long-Term Relationship), Role/Play follows one hunky soap opera star who seeks refuge at an exclusive Palm Springs resort after he is outed as a result of a gay sex tape scandal. But quiet anonymity eludes him when a handsome marriage-equality activist checks in to escape the fallout from his own bitter divorce. As an undeniable passion begins to sizzle, the two men force each other to confront their professional downfalls and the firestorm each has created in the gay press.
Right before the feature, OUT TAKES will be screening the short One On One. I had the privilege to work with fellow UT Dallas graduate student Luis Fernando Midence on this film, and it was one of the most memorable times that I’ve had on a set to date.
An official selection of the New York City International Film Festival, One On One follows Alex and Trevor as they work out their relationship on and off the basketball court, after one of them asks the other to join a waltz class.
As the producer and choreographer, it has been a true pleasure to watch our film come to life. It started out as Midence’s brainchild and the opportunity to create a collaboration between UT Dallas and UT Arlington, but our “little film” has grown beyond belief. It has opened the eyes of many of my students, who were cast as dancers, and many audience members into a side of relationships not usually shown in gay films: the youth in relationships, and how they deal with society’s pressures. Both Luis and I are very excited to be a part of OUT TAKES and to show our film here in Dallas.
The show begins at 7 p.m. Stick around afterward to meet and talk with Role/Play lead actor Matthew Montgomery, as well as Luis Fernando Midence and myself!