OUT cast 08/02/2021
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Tune in to OUT Cast on Monday, August 2 to hear Steve Bull and new OUT Cast collective member, Mary Holt’s conversation with Maine-based filmmaker and director, Elmer J. Howard about his new film Kings and Queens. This short film about drag culture is garnering awards at film festivals and was filmed in Portland in the midst of the COVID pandemic. Screenwriter and cast member, Melissa Martin and cinematographer, Brett Bays, also give their takes on the making of the film. Part 2 of the discussion on August 9 will include Elmer and some of the cast members. Elmer J. Howard: Award-winning independent filmmaker Elmer J. Howard is a Maine native. Changing the world one production at a time is his motto and how he chooses which films to bring to life. His first short, “Loving Martin,” is based on a true story of love, loss, and hope and won 15 awards. His current short, “Kings & Queens,” is about a lesbian down on her luck who finds solace in a local drag community while searching to find her authentic self. “Kings & Queens” has won over 40 awards so far in its festival run. Entertaining has been his passion since he was a teenager making short films wowing and exciting family and friends. Elmer got his baptism by fire into the entertainment world by landing his first job and first exposure by being a craft services assistant on the Disney film Flubber with Robin Williams. He was also an extra in the movie. After taking a 12-year detour, Elmer returned to filmmaking in 2010 when he got introduced to Phoenix’s independent filmmaking community, starting his production company Thrive Productions that year as well. Elmer has a passion and a gift for telling stories through a visual medium and positively impacting his audience by getting them to think and challenging their beliefs while entertaining them, which fuels his passion. Elmer’s Socials & Websites https://www.imdb.me/ElmerJHoward https://www.ElmerJHoward.com https://www.ThriveProductions.com Kings & Queens Social https://www.facebook.com/KingsAndQueensShortFilm Brett Bays – Cinematographer IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7240271/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 Brett has worked as a Cinematographer on multiple projects since 2013. Brett brings a helpful and cooperative atmosphere to any project or film on which he works. In 2019, he worked as Cinematographer on four different short films and an upcoming mini-series. One of the short films, “Loving Martin,” earned him the Award of Excellence in Cinematography. In addition, he won Best Film Lighing for “Kings & Queens.” Melissa Martin – Writer IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm11731247/?ref_=fn_nm_nm_36
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