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Aaron Bear talks about YES I AM: THE RIC WEILAND STORY

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Queerguru is frequently drawn to Seattle as it is the home of such an extraordinarily wonderful and unique queer culture that is so unlike any other US city. With Dina Martina as its unofficial patron saint, there seems to be no end to the talent that emerges from there.  

We were back there again this week to talk with filmmaker Aaron Bear and when we asked if he thought it was all to do with ‘something in the water’ he immediately responded that it was actually ‘something in the rain.”  

We first came across Bear’s work in 2017 when we reviewed his debut film, Finding Kim.  It was a heart-touching compelling documentary about Kim Byford who at the age of 49 had decided that the time is finally right to complete her transition from female to male.   We wrote back then that it was an unmissable gem of a film.

Now on the eve of his latest documentary about to be screened as part of Miami’s OUTshine LGBTQ Film Festival this week so we talked with Bear about YES I AM: The Ric Weiland Story.  Queerguru is still reeling from the fact that we had never previously heard of Weiland who was one of the greatest queer activists and philanthropists EVER.

It’s a fascinating story that needs to reach the audience it so deserves, particularly within the LGBTQ community.   

P.S. It goes without saying, that Weiland spent a large part of his life in Seattle too.

 

 





Aaron Bear & Wes Hurley : from Seattle to PTown with two stunning new queer films

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Two of Seattle’s best queer filmmakers Aaron Bear & Wes Hurley were presenting their new films at  Provincetown Film Society & Festival

Yes I Am – The Ric Weiland Story the story of one of the world’s most generous gay philanthropists was written and directed by Bear, and Hurley was one of the film’s producers.    Hurley’s own film is an inspiring feature  based on his life story about being gay and immigrating from Russia when he was a teenager  is Potato Dreams of America

After the screenings, both filmmakers sat down with QUEERGURU to talk about their films’ journeys to date.  The interview conducted by Roger Walker-Dack was filmed by Dan Desjardins at the Lands End Inn in Provincetown

PS.  You may also like to check out : 

 

Aaron Bear talks about YES I AM: THE RIC WEILAND STORY

Wes Hurley talks POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA

 



Bourgeois & Maurice : Insane Animals

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Sequin-clad satirical weirdos Bourgeois & Maurice are alien siblings from another planet but they also are quintessential eccentric Brits.  And an extremely talented pair too.  The award-winning duo are stars in London’s Alternative  East End  and in touring the globe their outrageous and idiosyncratic act have collected them international fans who love their discerning perfomance art.

In 2020 they enjoyed critical success with their sixth new musical Insane Animals, commissioned and produced by HOME Manchester. The hit show played to packed crowds for 3 weeks until the wretched Covid 19 Lockdown brought it all to an abrupt end,  Now almost a year later they are about an Original Cast Album as a preview to re-opening the Show when the World gets back on its axis.

Queerguru talked with Bourgeois & Maurice about this and caught up with all their other news.

 

https://www.bourgeoisandmaurice.co.uk/


Cabaret singer Seth Sikes is bringing all his favorite ‘ladies’ back to PTown

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NY Cabaret singer Seth Sikes was in Ptown briefly before the summer season to fulfill a long-held fantasy of his. He got to perform Judy Garland’s famous Trolley Song whilst whizzing around town on the Mayflower Trolley.

Now he is coming back to PTown with more of his favorite ladies: besides Judy there is Barbra, Liza and Bernadette etc for his brand new show at Post Office Cafe and Cabaret. Before he arrived he talked with QUEERGURU via Zoom to tell us what to expect : check out the video



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