A Joyful Noise at DC’s Ford’s Theatre

Shout Sister Shout! tells the story of rock ’n’ roll’s Black godmother by Chuck Duncan Anyone familiar with music history, particularly the advent of the rock era, is sure to know that Elvis Presley is the King of Rock and Roll. What a lot of people don’t know is that Elvis’s musical style was not initially his own – it was something he honed into his own, as did many others of the time, such as Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. Their style of music grew out of the blues, jazz, and gospel of Black musicians that white audiences […]


Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania is visually stunning but emotionally empty by Chuck Duncan It’s been five years since we last saw Scott Lang, Hope Van Dyne, and their various family members together in their own film (although most of them did appear in Avengers: Endgame), but now they are back for a third time without the assistance of any of the roster of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) heroes to take on a “new” baddie in the Marvel realm, one that could have even larger implications moving forward than Thanos (of course, this “Big Bad” has already been introduced, unnamed, […]

MAX TALISMAN: Bringing LGBTQ Voices to the Silver Screen

Writer, filmmaker, and actor, Max Talisman is a trailblazer among LGBTQ millennials. The Bethesda, Maryland, native is fighting for diversity and focusing all his efforts in creating content that will bring about change in the entertainment industry. Recently, Talisman spoke to Baltimore OUTloud regarding his upcoming work Things Like This, which is set to begin production this fall. Not only will Talisman star in the film, but he will make his directorial and screenwriting debut. The film, which has assembled an ensemble cast including Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins (TLC), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Krista Allen (Significant Mother), Dyan Cannon (Kangaroo […]

Draw With Me …Interview with School and Venetopoulos

The theatrical release of the film “Draw With Me” has garnered a lot of early Oscar buzz as awards season begins to descend upon Hollywood!  “Draw With Me” is the story of talented teen artist, Brendon Scholl, who identifies as trans non binary, and whose art has been a vital outlet for self-expression.  From coming out as trans and consequently attempting suicide, to becoming an advocate, this intimate portrait of Brendon and their supportive family’s trials dives deep into what endured and was overcome in this heartwarming journey of acceptance. The film features a special introduction by their aunt, Jennifer […]

The Boys in the Band is a flashy relic

When Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band made its Broadway debut 52 years ago, the world was a very different place, especially for the LGBTQI community … which wasn’t even referred to as the LGBTQI community at the time because in many places being homosexual was still illegal in 1968. When The Boys in the Band opened on Broadway, the Stonewall was just a bar, not an iconic location where the gay rights movement began. So it’s risky mounting this relic of the past again today, on stage (as it was for the 50th anniversary) or on film (with […]

Filmmaker Doug Spearman’s New Film Takes Audiences ‘From Zero to I Love You’

In the movie From Zero to I Love You, writer and director Doug Spearman takes audiences on a rollercoaster ride as the lives of characters Jack Dickinson and Pete Logsdon intertwine.  The LGBTQ film allows audiences to explore what happens when a one-night stand turns into a once-in-a-lifetime love for both characters.  Spearman recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud regarding his inspiration for the film, what he’s most proud from the work, and his Maryland connection. “I have a very emotional, personal attachment to this film,” began Spearman, who grew up in Hyattsville, Maryland. “This is because [the film is] based […]

Actor Scott Bailey Charms Audiences in New LGBTQ Film

In the movie From Zero to I Love You, audiences find themselves on a passionate rollercoaster ride as the lives of Jack Dickinson (Scott Bailey, Guiding Light, Prayers for Bobby) and Pete Logsdon (Darryl Stephens, Noah’s Arc, Boy Culture) intertwine. The captivating LGBTQ film from writer and director Doug Spearman showcases an exceptionally talented cast. Devastatingly handsome actor and LGBTQ ally, Scott Bailey, recently discussed how he prepared for this role, what drew him to this film, and what he is most proud of with his performance.                Bailey first learned about this film when he was contacted for the […]

All hail The Queen

It may be hard to believe today, but laws known as Masquerade Laws — some dating back to 1845 — declared it a crime to have your ‘face painted, discolored, covered, or concealed, or [be] otherwise disguised… [while] in a road or public highway.’ This was typically aimed at farmers who would dress up like Native Americans to fight off tax collectors, but as fear and panic over LGBTQ people increased in the early 20th century, these laws were applied to people dressing up in clothing of the opposite gender, even though the Masquerade Laws never specifically mentioned the type […]

Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn comes to HBO

Just mention the name Roy Cohn and the general reaction from anyone even remotely familiar with the man is that he was pure evil. That specific word, ‘evil’, is the first descriptor people associate with him and that word comes up from pretty much everyone interviewed in the new HBO documentary Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn. June, Pride Month, may seem like an odd time to debut a film about a man who publicly denied his own sexuality but it manages to be engrossing and informative, especially how it relates to the man currently in the White […]

As Long As I’m Famous: Broadwood Media’s Bruce Reisman Discusses LGBTQ Inclusivity in Hollywood

Just in time for June’s Pride month, Broadwood Media’s As Long as I’m Famous is streaming for audiences worldwide on Amazon Prime. The interpersonal relationships of stage and screen stars from postwar Hollywood and Broadway’s Golden age are explored through the 24-year-old eyes of future legendary director, Sidney Lumet (played beautifully by the charismatic Aaron Fors). The film is a fact-based account of a New York summer in 1948, where future luminaries such as Montgomery Clift (played by the handsome Gavin Adams) and Lumet embark on perfecting their craft during their early rise to fame.                 Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted […]