WATCH: Teaser for gay documentary ‘Upstairs Inferno’

DSC_6813For the past year, Dallas-based filmmaker Robert L. Camina — who came to prominence with his documentary about the raid of the Rainbow Lounge — has been working on another doc, about an arson case in 1973 New Orleans that killed more than two dozen gay people, yet is barely known today. Camina has released his first teaser trailer for Upstairs Inferno, which he hopes to premiere this fall, which you can see below. And there’s still time to contribute to his fundraising campaign to get the film completed.

UPSTAIRS INFERNO – Teaser Trailer from Camina Entertainment on Vimeo.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

‘Rainbow Lounge’ documentary to screen at UNT film fest Saturday

It’s been nearly a year since North Texas filmmaker Robert L. Camina first screened his documentary feature Raid of the Rainbow Lounge for Texas audiences. The 103-minute documentary, narrated by out TV star Meredith Baxter, chronicles the raid by TABC and Fort Worth police on the newly opened gay club, which happened to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the raid of the Stonewall Inn, which sparked the modern gay-rights movement.

Along the way, the film has been back a few times to Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as 20 film festivals (some gay, some mainstream), winning awards in the process: Audience Choice awards in Fort Worth, Cincinnati and Indianapolis; Best GLBT Film from the Breckenridge Festival of Film, the Platinum Reel Award from the Nevada International Film Festival and a host of others. In addition, it has been shown at special screenings for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the North District of Texas and at the request of the U.S. State Department.

Now, it’s latest local screening — and who knows, perhaps final — will be at UNT on the Square in Denton. Camina will be in attendance at the screening, which will take place Saturday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. on the campus of the university. You can get tickets at the festival’s website. ThinLineFilmFest.com.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

“Raid of the Rainbow Lounge” wins yet another award at film festival

Dallas filmmaker Robert L. Camina’s documentary, Raid of the Rainbow Lounge, has snagged yet another festival award, this time Audience Choice Award for Feature Documentary at the CNKY Scene Film Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. Members of the Cincinnati police department and city council, including a recently elected out councilman, were in attendance with Camina and the film’s narrator, Meredith Baxter. This is the fourth award for the documentary about the Fort Worth/TABC raid on a Cowtown gay bar in 2009, which sparked a national debate on gay rights. It’s set to screen at about a half-dozen more festivals (gay and mainstream) before the end of the year.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

“Raid of the Rainbow Lounge” wins awards, books anniversary screening at Magnolia

Raid of the Rainbow Lounge, the documentary about the event that triggered a renewed passion for gay rights in North Texas, has won two recent awards. Earlier this month, it took the Audience Choice Award at Fort Worth’s Q Cinema; then a week later, it took Best GLBT FIlm at the 32nd Breckenridge Festival of Film in Colorado. The latter, mind you, is not a gay film fest at all, but a mainstream one with a gay category.

The film has already screened thrice North Texas — at a world premiere this past spring in Sundance Square, a Dallas premiere in April and at Q Cinema on June 1 – but you still have another chance to see it: Raid will screen in Dallas on June 28 — the third anniversary of the actual raid — at Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring many of the actual parties involved in the raid and its aftermath. You can purchase tickets in advance exclusively here.

View the trailer of the film, narrated by out TV icon Meredith Baxter, after the jump.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Local director Robert Camina hosts Rainbow Lounge documentary fundraiser tonight

Robert L. Camina is hard at work on his upcoming documentary, Raid of the Rainbow Lounge. In order to continue production, he’s hosting a fundraiser for the film by screening his previous short film, Martini the Movie tonight at LaGrange in Deep Ellum. Along with the film, a silent auction  and Martini Glass look alike contest will add to the festivities.

Tickets are $10 at the door of $15 for the Producer Pass with guaranteed seating. You  might consider that because seats are limited.

—  Rich Lopez

Filmmaker Robert L. Camina's 'Martini The Movie' wins QBliss award today

I just read on local director Robert L. Camina’s Facebook that his film Martini The Movie won the QBliss GLBTIA Creating Change Community Award – “Outstanding Short Film Award” 2009. The movie stars Steven Jay Crabtree as his famous character, Martini Glass, from his show one-man show, Dysfunctional Divas.

QBliss has been announcing its awards throughout the day today on their Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace sites. Their page says they will then be added to the awards Web site one by one. Perhaps after all have been mentioned. As of right now, their site doesn’t have any of the winners posted yet. This announcement was made, according to the Twitter and Myspace feeds, less than an hour ago (it’s 4:48 now as I write this). Their Facebook, however, isn’t all that updated.

—  Rich Lopez