Yen Tan’s gay movie nears funding goal, needs last-minute infusion

This summer, I wrote about Texas filmmaker Yen Tan’s latest feature film, which like his last, is Texas-set and gay-themed. Pit Stop is about a romance between rural gays (one Latino, one Anglo) who begin a relationship, and how it affects and is affected by their small-town lives. Tan was tagged for a fundraising campaign similar to Kickstarter.com called UnitedStatesArtists.org, which helps filmmakers and other artists get the money they need to make their dream a reality. In Tan’s case, the goal was $22,000. So far, he’s accured $20,600 — that’s 94 percent.

It is not, however, enough — and this is a question of winner-takes-all. If Tan doesn’t hit the $22K figure within the next 13 days, he gets none of it. That’s a pretty important $1,400.

Pledges as low as one dollar count, and there are perks depending on what you pledge, from an on-screen credit to a walk-on role. If you go here, you can pledge directly. You have some time, but why taunt fate? And on-screen credit is pretty cool, actually.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Women’s Chorus holds open auditions

The Women’s Chorus of Dallas is holding open auditions for singers interested in joining its ranks. Rehearsals will begin on the next two Mondays — Feb. 14 and 21 — promptly at 7 p.m. at the Sammons Center on Harry Hines near Oak Lawn. Anyone who’d like to check it out is invited to sit in.

Valentine’s Day, though? OK, the timing isn’t the best, but then again, maybe it’s a great way to network and meet other eligible ladies in the mod for romance.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Benise brings his nouveau flamenco to Bass Hall

Long luxurious hair and Spanish guitar — what’s more to say?

Head to Cowtown tonight for some super-sexy Benise. He’s like a romance cover come to life — those eyes, that face, the hair! He’s like Fabio with a guitar. Benise calls his playing nouveau flamenco which fuses Spanish guitar, African tribal influences and rock into a music all his own. The good thing is, he’s got talent! Don’t let the looks fool  you. He has some impressive intricacies in his guitar-playing arsenal.

Of course, we’re going to tell Performing Arts Fort Worth who’s presenting the show that we expect a prominently opened-button shirt.

DEETS: Bass Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth. $22–$66. 8 p.m. BassHall.com.

—  Rich Lopez

The Wachowskis Are Guarding Their Iraqi War Gay Romance Story Like It’s the Cure For Cancer

Mega writer-director-producer duo Andy and trans sister Lana Wachowski aren't letting actors, let alone their agents, read the script for their new gay Iraq love story script for fears of leaks, which is certainly a risk when a mega-rep firm gets their hands on one of these things. So all we know is that an Iraqi and an American soldier fall for each other. I would like to wholeheartedly suggest the Wachowskis invite Codey Wilson to at least read for the part of Spurned Ex-Lover No. 1.


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‘Matrix’ Filmmakers Begin Casting Gay Iraqi War Romance

The Wachowskis, the siblings who directed The Matrix, have begun casting their latest project, CN9. There's still plenty of mystery surrounding it, as Cinematical notes:

Wachowskis  "Production Weekly took to Twitter to report that casting on the film has begun. There's not a wealth of information out there about CN9 — in fact, all we really know for sure at this point is that it's going to be a "hard-R war picture about a homosexual American soldier who falls in love with an Iraqi." But, before you assume it's just Brokeback Mountain set in the Middle East, consider that CN9 could stand for the ninth cranial nerve (it does in medical terminology), which is the nerve responsible for receiving information from the tongue, middle ear, and tonsils according to website Playlist. When you do that, the site suggests that it doesn't seem like a stretch to picture the filmmaking duo once again venturing into the world of strange alternate realities and sci-fi. Of course, people could be reading this totally wrong — CN9 might stand for something entirely different. That's the thing, at this point no one really knows."

On another note, can anybody fill us in on whether Larry Wachowski did indeed complete a male-to-female gender transition? The general info out there appears to still be unclear.


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