CORKY’S HOT ICE – Latest Bling In Gay Cinema

Hilarious San Francisco Bay Area Whodunit

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

CORKY’S HOT ICE sparkles as a cult-variety comedy Whodunit. The latest bling in Gay Cinema, Corky’s Hot Ice is written and directed by Tore Dahlin and guaranteed to push all your Gay buttons, baubles, bangles and beads. The backdrop of the story is the on-going political turmoil in the Philippines including its series of corrupt presidents, revolutionaries, and separatists. The gimmick of the plot is a glittering diamond necklace reportedly worth $15 million dollars – the “Tears of Liberty” – swiped from the Philippine National Treasury. In this romp that flits somewhere between the perils of the Pink Panther and the adventures of Victor/Victoria twirls a kaleidoscope of shady politicos, pawnbrokers and police who tangle with the over-poofed, heavily feathered and painted, very pumped and puckered glamorous gender benders, impersonators and muscle boys in boots, pumps and balloon bras gathering at an annual Russian River drag pageant.

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CORKY’S HOT ICE – Mark Calvano and James Quedado

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Mark Calvano and Tore “Zoom” Dahlin
take a moment at their showing of “Corky’s Hot Ice”

Local producer (and featured player) Mark Calvano worked closely with Tore “Zoom” Dahlin in fashioning a script that stretches the locales from the shores of Manila to the poolsides of Guerneville, from the streets of San Francisco to a Parisienne hotel. The film is well-paced, abundant with musical numbers and packed with recognized San Franciso Bay Area performers including Victoria Secret of Fauxgirls, Heklina of Trannyshack, Donna Sachet of Harry Denton’s Starlight Room, Performers of AsiaSF and the former Club Fab, Guerneville. The cast includes Dick Kellogg (Frank Cleary), Rajiv Shah (Mark Epperson), Steven LeMay (Corky Hotpoint), Prospero Luna (Philippine Officer), Jorge Isla (Philippine Consulate), Mark Alexander (J. J.), James Quedado (Madrigal), Chris Murphy (Pawn Clerk), Pam Kellogg (Eve), cameo appearances by Dana International and Fierce Flava.

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FIERCE FLAVA & RAJIV SHAH (Officer Mark Epperson)

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Actors Mark Cummings-Rogers and Rajiv Shah take a moment between signing autographs after the showing
Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

CORKY’S HOT ICE will unzip, unwrap, unlock and undo everything in the LGBTQ notions department. It has something for everyone of every size, taste and persuasion. The characters are broad, stereotypical, fabulously real, straight as Donna Reed, and maybe your next door neighbor. As a classic-type comedy, everything tops-off at the wedding of the very handsome cop “Mark Epperson” (Rajiv Shah) and the deliciously fetching full-time biology major/part-time pool and print model “J.J.” (Mark Alexander). Just say, “I will” and get thee to CORKY’S HOT ICE now playing at San Francisco’s Landmark Opera Plaza and the Century Tanforan in San Bruno.

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CORKY’S HOT ICE – The Competition is fierce at Club Fab

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Competition got hot as audience moved to the Vessel for After Party
Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Vessel co-owner and DJ Gordon Weiss, left,
with Timothy Caldwell

Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Photojournalist Jason Steinberg
Photo by Bill Wilson © 2008

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Mark Calvano’s sister Julie Weber, his nephew Brenden Murphy,
his brother-in-law Greg Weber, Mark Calvano,
and Laura Hughes

Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Mark Calvano and his mother Loretta Calvano with Clara Shayevich
Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Clara Shayevich, Pat Murphy
Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Movie lovers queue up for Mark Calvano and Tore Dahlin’s premiere showing
of “Corky’s Hot Ice” at Opera Plaza.
The after party continued at Vessel near Union Square

Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Bella Farrow and Veronica LaBeau await the premiere showing
of “Corky’s Hot Ice” at Opera Plaza Cinema

Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Mai Shiver takes a moment while her husband gathers a snack
for the showing of “Corky’s Hot Ice”

Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Tony Stracquadanio prepares for the premier with a bag of popcorn
Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Kimberly Givsan, Joel Goodrich, Peri Givsan, Mark Calvano
Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Joel Goodrich, Sophie Azouaou, Mark Calvano
Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Timothy Caldwell, Emmanual Asouzu, and Terry Fitzferald-Shaw
Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Donna Treadwell and Joel Goodrich chat it up before the big screening.
Treadwell is organizing the Clausen House 41st Anniverrsary Gala
at the Ritz-Carlton slated November 1,
benefiting developmentally disabled men and women
and their entry into the general community.

Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Adorean Boleancu, Mark Calvano, Donna Treadwell
Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Production crew and audience members fill the screening of “Corky’s Hot Ice”
Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Joel Goodrich, Mark Calvano, Sophie Azouaou,
Rajiv Shah, and Mark Cummings-Rogers

Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Pat Murphy strains to keep up with Peruvian hotblood
after cutting in on Michael Mulcahy at the Vessel After Party

Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Laura Hughes and Christina Murphy
Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Joel Goodrich, Sophie Azouaou, Karen Tamblyn
Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Brian North of KRON-TV, right, with luscious steady dude Matthew,
and John Rosin seen lower left

Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Gurbaksh ‘G’ Chahal, Sophie Azouaou
Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Ali Meykadeh and Pat Murphy,
with redster beauty and Anna Alioto

Photo by Jason Steinberg Imagery © 2008

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Photo by Bill Wilson © 2008

For on-line ticket information: CORKY’S HOT ICE
Visit the production team and stars at the official web site: CORKY’S HOT ICE

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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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Jason Steinberg is a San Francisco based photographer whose photojournalistic style (San Francisco Sate University- B.A. Journalism-photo emphasis) documents the Bay Area scene while capturing those fleeting moments of grand emotion that last. Jason has a sense of ease that transforms his clients’ apprehensions and anxieties about having their image made. Additionally, his personality enables him to move amongst the crowd, to capture hidden moments. Visit Bay Area events at Steinberg Imagery’s Galleries. For a complete selection of photos, click here. Email the photographer at: jason@steinbergimagery.com.

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Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past five years. Email Bill Wilson at wfwilson@sbcglobal.net.

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