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TIMOTHY MCNEIL: CHANGING PERCEPTIONS MORE THAN ANYTHING THAT’S RIPE!

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on’t you just love the feeling of having months of summer ahead of you? Unending lazy days, impromptu barbecues, pool time, road trips, traveling, and outdoor activities are just waiting for you to be explored in the very near future. To get you looking good enough to eat this summer, Mikey Rox has put together some fruit-inspired fashions with a tropical vibe – so juicy! Photographer Gastohn Barros explores that unique light only summer nights can provide in this issue’s gorgeous photo shoot, and if your summer travels take you to Paris, we highly recommend you visit the Atelier Des Lumières where artworks of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Friedensreich Hundertwasser are being brought to life by digital projection.

In commemoration of Pride Month, we asked contributing writer, Tyler Scruggs to explore how the Stonewall Inn Riots in 1969 resonate in the LGBTQ community today. The fact that we have indeed come a long way but still have far to go, is perfectly illustrated in the interview with first-time filmmaker, Timothy McNeil. His film Anything, that stars Matt Bomer as a trans woman, both points out that perceptions on LGBTQ issues have changed, but there is still plenty of controversies connected to simply being LGBTQ. And as usual, our comedic muse and chanteuse, Deven Green, elegantly closes out the issue by offering her experience to solve your problems. Mikkel Hyldebrandt Editorial Director mikkel@GoliathAtlanta.com

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CHANGING PERCEPTIONS MORE THAN ANYTHING By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

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Timothy McNeil’s feature debut, Anything, stars Matt Bomer who plays the trans woman Freda, and John Carroll Lynch who plays Early, a newly widowed man that moves to L.A. to assert his independence and strikes up an unlikely friendship with the transgender sex worker. Goliath talked to first-time filmmaker Timothy McNeill about the movie, its controversy, and inclusive message of love.

Give us a little background on the movie? It started off as a play in 2007 and had a good run into 2008 where Mark Ruffalo saw the play – and he asked me to write a screenplay based on the play. He then asked me to direct as well which was a surprise to me as I’d never directed a movie before. The movie was shot May and April of 2016, and it was a very interesting process that allowed for a lot of thought to go into it. There was no rush, and it was a turtle-like process.

‘Anything’ was adapted from a play to the screen – how do you think that comes forward in the film? I have always loved watching plays being made into films, so I already learned a lot from how filmmakers succeed and fail in the process of adapting a play to the screen. One of my ideas was to purge the too many ‘writerly’ impulses in the script. I like the idea of a play of having a lot of space, time, and internal life, and in a movie, you have the opportunity to expand much more on that.

The movie has been well received at festivals but has also received criticism from the transgender community for portraying (yet another) trans woman as a prostitute. How do you respond to that criticism? It’s been hard to hear the criticism – but if any movie is going to be at the source of the controversy, I’m happy that it’s our movie. I hope it can be part of the dialogue because of the controversy. It has a lot to say. As a writer, I’m drawn to stories of people that have had their rights suspended, oppressed, or repressed. Unfortunately, that is something you see in the trans community. They are marginalized because of their sense of self andworking as a sex worker is, sadly, part of the marginalization.

Matt Bomer plays the trans character, Freda – how was it to work with him? And how did he prepare for the role?

The casting of Matt Bomer also met criticism from the trans community for casting a cisgender male to portray a trans woman. What do you think of that criticism? I saw Matt Bomer act in the Normal Heart, and when I approached him about this role, he immediately responded to the material on a soul level. I don’t desire to put actors in a box and keep them from playing something they really want. It’s part of my filmmaker code, and I hope the trans community understands that, when I saw Matt Bomer, I knew that I had found him and that I had found her.

What is it about the unlikely connection between a man from the deep south and the trans woman from Los Angeles that is so poignant? I think it’s the story of oppression and repression. When I moved from Mississippi, I came to L.A. at 28, and I was struck by being in L.A., and I felt a sense of freedom - an ability to reinvent oneself more than what I had experienced before. For me. L.A. set me loose because the city does that to people. It’s what happens early in the film where Early (John Carroll Lynch) is being opened up to opportunity and understanding.

How do you see this movie dealing with trans representation – especially in Hollywood? The idea of focus on this issue and the controversy of this movie is just the beginning. How people respond to it is another piece of the puzzle. When our stories are told, they will change perception. It’s happening right now, and places like LA and New York City are at the forefront of changing that perception. It’s an ongoing battle, but as long as complex stories like this are brought to the mainstream, we can influence and shift society. I feel like we’re in a revolution right now, don’t you? This is how society is remade, and we shift to live in a better world.

Anything you’d like to add? I would say this, I have been a very fortunate first-time filmmaker. I worked with a cast that came into this with an open heart and desire to be part of the change. The same goes for the entire crew. The movie has a lot to say about love in a unique way. The setup of the movie may seem standard, but it seeps into people, and I don’t think they will be disappointed.

‘Anything’ opened across the U.S. in the middle of May.

Matt is maybe the most disciplined actor I’ve ever worked with. His work ethic is extraordinary. He has a sincere desire to get it right. I love him as a human being, and he is just the sweetest, most genuine mensch. I think he has a really big career ahead of him – like with all the actors in the film.

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REMEMBERING STONEWALL AND SOCIAL PROGRESS IN THE ‘LOVE SIMON’ ERA By Tyler Scruggs It was the first Sunday in June, and hundreds of vibrantly-dressed adults, teens, and children sat in the grass in the central park of Salt Lake City’s downtown gathered around to see a stage full of bearded drag queens evangelize emphatically about civil rights progress in the LGBTQ+ community in decades past. With glitter in their beard and their skin a distinctly darker hue than their audience, the queens on stage described Stonewall as the first Pride.

It was a riot with no big media coverage but was a queer shout heard round the world that enacted true change in how we saw gay liberation, and the first brick was famously thrown by a trans black woman, Marsha P. Johnson. Today, it sounds like an urban legend, and maybe parts of it are, we’ll never really know, but the sentiment is ringing true today, especially now that our liberation is under siege. Pride month feels stronger than ever in 2018, even just a few days in. Last year, off the heels of the election, my partner and I flew out to DC Pride, where we marched to the capitol and celebrated as an act of frustration. Dissatisfied with the current political state (and no, it hasn’t gotten better), Pride at that time meant brashness, where our very existence on the LGBTQ+ spectrum was an act of protest and must not only be tolerated but impossible to ignore. Though, that might be reaching a breaking point, no? Are you feeling it? The careless, brash outspokenness that was validated by the villains in our lives isn’t working for us normal folk. Screaming obscenities online and spilling tea all over the place isn’t exactly helping enact social change, but harsh rebuttals and ‘cancellations’ are even more abundant than ever, and worse, it feels like a prerequisite for being proudly gay in the first place. So this year, my boyfriend Mark and I embarked on a different kind of mission this Pride month: to find an obscure but popular Pride to participate in, and experience a different reality than our own. That led us to Utah Pride, a state-wide LGBTQ celebration in Salt Lake City that in our urban city-slicker eyes, felt more Vanilla than Vanjie, and bubbling with red-hot conservativism.

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We didn’t feel welcomed. Although there’s not much that’s abrasively queer or even kind-of flamboyant about how Mark and I present ourselves, aside from our pride-themed Apple Watch bands to spark conversation, the side-eye and hate we felt by pedestrians in Salt Lake City was...apparent, to say the least. In a city that heavily blurs the line between church and state, we couldn’t know who was at fault here. It reminded me of Love, Simon, the fluffy, well-meaning romantic comedy from earlier this year that was boundary-pushing in its very existence, but faltered when pressed for more substance on its position on femme-shaming, race, and the gay people who, unlike me or Simon or the vast majority of Salt Lake City’s residents, don’t have the luxury to ‘just exist’ in these times. Where’s the bar though, in 2018? If queer existence is a form of protest, shouldn’t any representation be celebrated? Shouldn’t the fact that there’s even a Pride parade, march, and festival this large between the snowflake-white Rocky Mountains in Salt Lake City at all be meaningful? Maybe, but it’s empty without knowing what came before it. I’m reminded again of the bearded, glammed-up person of color on the stage, sharing the history of Stonewall and Marsha, and everything that got us to this point. No, our experiences aren’t the same, but they’re all worth sharing. Our experiences allow us to empathize with each other and with allies all the same; we find connecting points in the emotions we share. Thus, let’s lift each other’s voices up and give attention to those who don’t or can’t have the platforms they deserve. Salt Lake City is full of white people who don’t really know or understand Stonewall, because they’re just trying to exist, and that’s okay. Your existence is a form of protest when it challenges the status quo, and some can take on more than others. Let your voice be heard, but just as often listen to the voices all around you that can help shape and nudge you in the right direction; in the direction of progress, change, and freedom. That’s what Pride is, that’s what Stonewall was. We are queer children, begging for nourishment, love, and support. Let’s give it.


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IMMERSED IN DIGITAL ART By Mikkel Hyldebrandt Located between Bastille and Nation, in a former foundry in the eleventh arrondissement of Paris, the Atelier Des Lumières has opened its doors to a digital art experience that will immersive you into the artworks in a highly unique way.

Using 140 video projectors and a state-of-theart spatialized sound system, the multimedia equipment covers an exhibition area of over 35,000 sq ft that extends from floor to ceiling creating a monumental, immersive art experience. The Atelier Des Lumières has two areas for visitors: La Halle and Le Studio. In ‘La Halle,’ a continuous cycle of immersive digital exhibitions will be projected, alternating between shows devoted to significant figures in art history and more contemporary artists. The Atelier Des Lumières opened April 13 with a long-term program devoted to Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) and Egon Schiele (1890- 1918). The exhibition, which will run until November 11, immerses you in the works of these artists, who were closely related to the Nineteenth-century Vienna Secession – an Austrian art movement of artists who resigned from the official art association to create modern art. The digital visualization and virtualization of the artworks enables visitors to not only behold Gustav Klimt’s frescoes but also get a unique immersive experience that at times surrounds you entirely by an artwork. By projecting the works over all the surfaces in the Atelier Des Lumières, the beholder experiences an unprecedented scale and clarity of the art making it possible to focus on other details or view the art in its entirety or from a whole new perspective.

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The short program will focus on another artist who symbolized Viennese creativity: Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928–2000), who was greatly influenced by the Secession. With Gustav Klimt as the key figure in the Austrian modern art movement, the exhibition takes you on a journey through a hundred years of Viennese painting. The immersive display takes an original look at the works of Klimt and his successors through a presentation of the portraits, landscapes, nudes, colors, and gilding that revolutionized Viennese painting at the end of the nineteenth century and in the century that followed. In an explosion of color, the Atelier Des Lumières links between the various eras and provide a visual and musical journey through the creative works of the past and the present. In ‘The Studio,’ the visitors will discover the work of experienced or emerging artists. As an area devoted to contemporary art, it gives carte blanche to digital artists who are capable of creating unique visual worlds. As President of Culturespaces and curator of the Atelier Des Lumières, Bruno Monnier, explains: ‘The role of an art center is to decompartmentalize, and that is why digital technology is so important in twenty-firstcentury exhibitions. Used for creative purposes, it has become a formidable vector for dissemination, and is capable of creating links between eras, add dynamism to artistic practices, amplify emotions, and reach the largest possible audience’.

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DEVEN GREEN is an award-winning musical comedy performer. You know her from the “Welcome To My Home” and “Welcome To My White House” parodies, as the satirical Betty Bowers and performing as a comedic chanteuse in lounges across America. DevenGreen.com DEAR DEVEN: We visit my partner’s mother every month for Sunday dinner. There is something odd about how he fawns and coos over her. I know she is jealous of me. It’s a sticky situation. “Mamma Mia” DEAR DEVEN: I haven’t told anyone that I go to church. I zone out most of the time because I’m really just there to sing. Am I going to hell? “Jesus Christ Superstar” DEAR DEVEN: I got my boyfriend the specific gift he requested for his birthday. He said “thank you” but there was a sideways comment of, “was that the only color left?” Uugghh. “Oliver” DEAR DEVEN: My colleague at work just started wearing make up and a wig. It has created quite the stir. How do we all handle it? “Hairspray”

Image: Reed Davis Photography MUA: Joseph Adivari Hair: Miles Jeffries Dress: Debakalis by John Sakalis / Eddie DeBarr

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A lesson from nature: never come between a mama bear and her cub. That is how their relationship is whether you are there or not. A clever man would win her affection so he could enjoy twelve Sundays a year.

Yes dear, and you are taking all of us down with you.

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By showing respect. Offer them a safe environment to discuss it with the group when they are ready. The only office gossip should be how you can support them.

DEAR DEVEN: I get controlled by others and give up my will a bit. I always thought that was the “compromise” in a relationship. Am I too passive? “The Wizard of Oz”

You can only be hypnotized if you are willing. When you wake up, you will take better care of your brain and heart which will give you courage.

DEAR DEVEN: Remember when Julia Roberts married Lyle Lovett? People didn’t think twice about commenting that she married an “ugly” guy. I married the best guy ever but I’m told he’s an “ugly” guy. Why do I have to defend him/myself that it isn’t always about looks? “Beauty and The Beast”

No need to convince rude people of anything – they happen to be ugly on the inside. Sometimes you get involved with someone and others just don’t “get it” at first. Well, it’s not for them to “get.” It’s for you to enjoy.

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