Party Set to Raise Money for Film Mistaken Identity
|A group of drag queens start a slapfest on Pennsylvania Avenue during the Capital Pride Festival, attracting the attention of the local police. Quicker than you can say, Cher's Farewell Tour, the cops have rounded up the "usual suspects," including tourists Herbert and Darlene, a straight couple from Indiana who stumble upon the street fair by accident. The two outsiders find themselves very much on the inside in a police van that includes a full house of gay and lesbian characters, ranging from the sassy Drag Queen to a Lipstick Lesbian. Fighting their own prejudices and the stereotypes imagined by their fellow passengers, the motley gay-straight crew humorously discovers that the differences that seem to separate them can just as quickly bring them together.
Director Sarah Kellogg is currently working with Rehoboth-regular Deb Griffin to produce and direct the short film, Mistaken Identity. The 15-minute film is in production, and it is scheduled to be released at the end of 2005.
Here's your chance to learn more about the film, and...here's the fun part, get in on the ground flooryou can call yourself a producer! Griffin and Kellogg are trying to raise $30,000 to bring this story to the screen and are calling on the Rehoboth community for assistance.
There will be a cocktail party, hosted by Rehoboth homeowners Myrna Kelley and Dottie Cirelli on Saturday, July 30 where you can meet the producers and help bring this story to the screen.
The party will take place from 4- 6:30 p.m. at La Rosa Negra Restaurant, 1201 Savannah Road in Lewes.
There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and an opportunity to learn how you can help to get the film made. Thanks to a generous partnership with the Mautner Project, all contributions are tax-deductible.
"I have ventured forth into one of the scariest undertakings of my life," says co-producer Deb Griffin, "and yet, it is also something I have wanted to do for a very long timeso it feels wickedly wonderful as well."
Griffin says the aim of the venture is "to create the kind of short film that distinguishes itself both with subject matter and with quality. Our film aims to give voice to the importance of diversity through humor and compassion."
Director Kellogg has written eight feature film scripts, and has served as festival director of Reel Affirmations: Washington, DC's International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. For six years, she served on the board of directors of One In Ten, a regional arts advocacy organization for the gay and lesbian community based in Washington, DC.
Griffin and Kellogg, along with party hosts Kelley and Cirelli invite Rehoboth residents to the party on July 30 to get an insiders view of this movie-making ventureand help if you can.
The website for the film is www.rushhourfilms.com. The producers (and you can be one!) are expecting to screen the film at the Reel Affirmations Film Festival this October and then send it out for wider festival distribution in 2006.
If you are unable to attend this fundraiser and would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to The Mautner Project, and mail to: Deb Griffin, 2507 Plyers Mill Road, Silver Spring, MD 20902.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 15, No. 9 July 15, 2005