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This week in the LGBT-themed arts:
Controversial Italian writer-filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini is the subject of a biopic directed by Abel Ferrera and starring Willem Dafoe, which will focus on the mystery surrounding Pasolini’s murder in 1975 and whether it occurred at the hands of a neo-fascist gang, an underage hustler whom Pasolini was trying to proposition, or some other party.
Esquire has an awkward yet multi-layered interview with author Bret Easton Ellis about his screenplay The Canyons (which was made into a critically panned film directed by Paul Schrader and starring Lindsay Lohan and James Deen), his rumored collaboration with Kanye West, Hollywood conventions, and what he thinks of the current generation coming of age.
Anthony Wayne, who has been making a name in Pippin on Broadway, is now starring in Mighty Real, a new musical-biopic focused on the disco drag queen Sylvester of “Do You Wanna Funk” fame who passed away in 1988.
The Hole, a New York City based art gallery, is hosting the exhibition-cum-seminar 13 Tenets of Future Feminism, which has been sponsored by musicians Antony Hegarty, CocoRosie and Kembra Pfahler, and performance artist Johanna Constantine.
Next week, Baruch Performing Arts Center is showcasing GenderFluid, a five-day festival spanning art, performance art, interview, stand-up comedy, autobiography and musical theatre.
A member of the Illinois Family Institute, which has been recognized as a hate group, tried to exploit the issues of censorship conjured by Banned Book Week by making a call for more fiction books prejudiced against gay parenthood.
On that note, an Italian-Luxembourgian scientific study has found that derogatory comments against LGBT persons and other minorities that appear on social media have a highly negative influence on minority persons who view them.
The Huffington Post praises the updated edition of writer Edmund White’s States of Desire, which bluntly chronicled the gay dating scene in the U.S. metropolises of the pre-AIDS late 1970s.
Autostraddle profiles performance artist Miranda July’s new iPhone app Somebody, in which users write random messages that are sent to random strangers/fellow users.
Rigoberto González is the winner of this year’s $25,000 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for his collection Unpeopled Eden, which has also won a Lambda Literary Award.
Rickey Laurentiis is the winner of this year’s Cave Canem Poetry Prize for his Boy with Thorn, which will be published by The University of Pittsburgh Press as a result.
Just one more awards announcement: Hannah Gamble, Solmaz Sharif, Danez Smith, Ocean Vuong and Wendy Xu are this year’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellows.
Curve Magazine recommends five lesbian-themed novels for young adults, from Sappho to Virginia Woolf, just in time for the back-to-school season.
Photo: Film still from Pasolini