Monday, August 27, 2007

Strange Fruits Clip will be in the Fire Island Film Festival

Fire Island Film and Video Festival

September 12 - 15, 2007

Visiting the Grove for the Fire Island Film & Video Festival September 12th-15th?

Make an online reservation for 3 or more nights BEFORE September 7,

and simply type in promotional code FilmFest and receive a 50% discount.

Thursday, September 13

9 :30 PM Drag Show Video Verite

(Clips curated by *Joe E. Jeffreys, Edited by *Seth S. Hauer)

It’s the ultimate New York City drag show…on videotape.

Drag Show Video Vérité brings together 30 some clips spanning 35 plus years of rare and never before publicly screened video footage capturing the faces and places, past and present, of New York City’s drag scene over the past 35 plus years. A history lesson, aesthetic exploration and celebration of the New York City drag communities’ rich diversity, the screening aims to introduce you to some of today’s notable male and female impersonators as well as acquaint or reunite you with the legends who exist now only in memory and on video tape.

Featuring footage of: Paul Ambrose, Kevin Aviance, Jackie Beat, Lady Bunny, Jim Bailey, Charles Busch, Cashetta, Candis Cayne, Charity, Christina, International Chrysis, Lavinia Co-op, Jayne County, Jackie Curtis, Candy Darling, Sister Dimension, Derrick in a Dress, Ethyl Eichelberger, Mistress Formika, Zondra Foxx, Gassy, Rudy Giuliani, Murray Hill, Kitt Holiday, Jimmy James, Marsha P. Johnson, Jacqueline Jonée, Christopher Jones, Chitah Daniels Kennedy, Kiki and Herb, Michael Lynch, Lypsinka, Macha, Agosto Machado, Shelly Mars, Jim Michaels, Milan, Mia Monique, Mario Montez, Billie Nelson, Noche, Raven O, Hapi Phace, Charles Pierce, Rollerena, Rose Royalle, RuPaul, Flawless Sabrina, Shaboomboom, Linda Simpson, Jaimee Sommers, Sweetie, Switch N’ Play, Tabboo!, Aurora Van Davenport, Lahoma Van Zandt, Vikie Victoria, Sherry Vine, Jesse Volt, Gusty Winds, and Holly Woodlawn plus many more.

And featuring a special slide show of Derrick Little’s photos of the NYC downtown drag scene over the last dozen years with live piano accompaniment by concert pianist/drag diva Jacqueline Jonée.

Friday, August 24, 2007

2 Strange Fruits TV cast members passed away

Roger A. McCarthy was the youngest son of Coraline McCarthy and the Late Anthony Grimes.

He was born in St. Michael, Barbados.
He resided in the Bronx for the better part of his life after moving from Maryland.

He is a college graduate with a degree in Gerontology (Care of the aged) thus why he spend most of his time helping and caring for others – Among his many accomplishments Roger enjoyed traveling, cooking, shopping, entertaining and spending quality time with friends and family.

He was active with various organizations volunteering at GMHC, Callen-Loarde Community Center, GMOB and participated in many Bronx cultural activities and events sponsored by The Point, BADD, Frutas- Extaña and Strange Fruits.
Roger will be missed by the many friends, families and people whom he touched and have shared and spent time with.

Eugene Compson, director of the senior dance grupe, Jazzy Randolph Dancers, was part of three scenes in the latest Strange Fruits Episodes as an extrana at "Beebe's Garden Party".

Also "Eugene Compson is a incredible dancer, choreographer, writer and uncle. His life
experience has been expressed in his dancing.
Naoko has seen many dance companies and worked for the theater company as a composer and performer. But Eugene was the first dancer inspired her to write a song for him which is no.8”Revolution”. Eugene used this song for his solo piece to contribute to his mother. "