“Martini the Movie” celebrates DVD release with party at Tapelenders tonight

It’s been a three years since filmmaker Robert L. Camina took comedian Steven Jay Crabtree’s hilarious drag character Martini Glass and starred her in a short comedy, Martini The Movie. Well, the film — along with three other shorts by Camina — is now available on DVD.

Martini The Movie and Other Laughter Libations gets its formal release at a party tonight at Tapelenders on Cedar Springs. The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with members of the cast and the director in attendance to sign any copies.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Meredith Baxter to narrate Camina doc about Rainbow Lounge raid

Robert L. Camina, the North Texas filmmaker who has been putting together a documentary about the June 2009 raid on Fort Worth’s Rainbow Lounge for two years, has scored a coup: He has tapped TV icon Meredith Baxter to narrate.

Raid of the Rainbow Lounge has been in the works since almost as soon as the raid — which took place, ironically, on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City that sparked the modern gay rights movement. The raid galvanized the gay community in Fort Worth and beyond. The completed film runs 102 minutes and will receive its premiere in Cowtown in March.

Baxter, who came out as lesbian in 2009, has been an Emmy-nominated TV star for 35 years, best known for playing the mom on Family Ties. She released a memoir this fall and was recently in Dallas for the Out & Equal conference.

You can view a teaser trailer of the film here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones