Celebration takes place at the Hilton San Francisco
Chad Allen to Receive Davidson/Valentini Award
Special Recognition Awards Presented to Lucía Méndez
and Filmmakers Geoff Callan and Mike Shaw
By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has announced that Chad Allen will receive the Davidson/Valentini Award and comedian Chelsea Handler will host the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Presented by IBM in San Francisco. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives. The gala event will be held in San Francisco on May 9th, 2009 at the Hilton San Francisco.
Guests and presenters scheduled to attend the San Francisco event include: Suze Orman, Jason Lewis (Sex & The City, Brothers & Sisters); Michelle Clunie (Queer As Folk); Jane Lynch (Best in Show, The L Word); Wilson Cruz (He’s Just Not That Into You, My So-Called Life); and GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. More names to be announced. Guest Artist violinist Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg will perform with the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Also appearing is openly gay singer Matt Alber.
SUZE ORMAN, JASON LEWIS, and MICHELLE CLUNIE
JANE LYNCH, WILSON CRUZ, and NEIL G. GIULIANO
In 2008, Chad Allen produced and starred in the film Save Me which offered audiences a look into the world of so-called “ex gay” ministries. The film is nominated for Outstanding Film – Limited Release at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Allen also starred in the Donald Strachey Mystery series produced for here! television. Two of the films in the series, Ice Blues and On the Other Hand, Death, are nominated for Outstanding Television Movie at the GLAAD Media Awards this year.
CHAD ALLEN – DVD, SAVE ME
As an openly gay actor, Allen has demonstrated a commitment to bringing fair, accurate and inclusive images of the LGBT community to films and television and has advocated for marriage equality in interviews with media outlets including Larry King Live. The Davidson/Valentini Award is named after Craig Davidson, GLAAD’s first executive director, and his partner Michael Valentini. The award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community. Previous recipients include Ilene Chaiken, Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, Alec Mapa, Robert Gant, B.D. Wong, and Sandra Bernhard.
A Special Recognition award will be presented to Mexican actress and singer Lucía Méndez who in 2008 participated in a multi-city tour to educate people about the suicide rate among LGBT youth and appeared on top rated Spanish-language talk shows to discuss the issue including El Show de Cristina, Ventaneando América, Escandalo TV, El Gordo y la Flaca and Al Rojo Vivo. Méndez has starred in numerous top-rated Spanish-language movies and TV shows and has recorded over twenty five albums with many reaching gold and platinum status.
Geoff Callan and Mike Shaw, filmmakers behind the documentary Pursuit of Equality, will also receive a Special Recognition award at the event. Their film offers an insider view of the historic decision by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples in 2004. Geoff Callan, director and producer, is a fifth generation San Franciscan who has appeared in such films as Pursuit of Happyness and Zodiac. Director and editor Mike Shaw is a native of San Francisco and received ABC 7′s Profile of Excellence Award in 2002. In 2008, the pair brought Pursuit of Equality to audiences across California via special screenings and festivals to fight the anti-gay Proposition 8. Callan and Shaw received the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the San Francisco Film Festival and the Best of Fest at the Palm Springs International Festival, among other accolades.
GEOFF CALLAN and MIKE SHAW
In January, GLAAD announced 125 nominees in 26 English-language categories, and 60 Spanish-language nominees in 15 categories. A complete list of this year’s 185 nominees is available at: GLAAD/MediaAwards. This year, more than 5,000 people will attend the GLAAD Media Awards in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and South Florida, raising more than $3.5 million for the organization’s work.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. For more information, please visit: (GLAAD)
CDs – NADJA SALERNO-SONNENBERG
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IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO – Pianist Sandra Rivers joins Nodja in Gershwin’s popular song from Porgy & Bess. Disc includes Fritz Kreisler’s Liebesleid (Love’s Sorrow) for violin & piano; Bagatelle for violin & piano, Die Biene, Op.13/9; The Swan (from Carnival of the Animals), and more.
HIDE NOTHING – Singer and songwriter Matt Alber performs Field-trip Buddy, Nonchalant, End of the World, and more. The album is a touchingly personal and sentimental collection of lush, dreamy love songs that speak from the heart. Alber can be found across California performing with his band as Matt Alber And His Gentlemen Callers.
DVD – SAME ME – Starring Chad Allen; directed by Robert Cary. Featuring Judith Light, Robert Gant, and Stephen Lang. Save Me is a sympathetic look at the conflict and possible reconciliation between homosexuality and Christianity.
DVD – GOLPE BAJO – A 2000 Telenovella series. Lucía Méndez, as “Silvana”, struggles for fulfillment as a woman. Can she recover from being sold by her own husband, the abuse from a powerful man, the rejection by her daughter and hope to begin a new life? 552 minutes of burning passion and flaming desire in desperate color.
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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: email@example.com.
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