Simon Amstell’s Gay Romantic Comedy Benjamin Now Available on DVD and VOD from Artsploitation Films and Kino Lorber
Artsploitation Films and Kino Lorber Release
A Romantic Comedy of a Different Kind by Simon Amstell
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“Simon Amstell’s funny, charming and overpoweringly personal comedy is a nervous romance, in which both parties get to be Annie Hall … a miraculously heartfelt love story, sweet and poignant in all its awkwardness.” – The Guardian
“A laugh-out-loud love story with bite. Sparkles with wit, warmth and weirdness” – Total Film
“A tender, funny and, at times, painful film” – The Daily Mail
“Witty, effervescent and unexpectedly soulful” – The Times (London)
“Funny, bittersweet and affecting” – Empire
New York, NY — August 25, 2020 — Artsploitation Films and Kino Lorber are proud to announce that Benjamin, a quirky, anxiety-fueled gay rom-com directed by Simon (“Nevermind the Buzzcocks”) Amstell and starring Colin Morgan (Merlin, The Happy Prince), is now available on DVD and digital platforms including Kino Now.
Benjamin was an Official Selection of the BFI London Film Festival, and won the Audience Award and was nominated for the Grand Jury Award for Best Film at the Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
Simon Amstell’s offbeat gay romantic comedy centers around Benjamin (Colin Morgan), a nervous, neurotic filmmaker juggling the anxieties of finalizing his upcoming film with the fear and awkwardness of a burgeoning romance. Will Benjamin’s insecurities get in the way of success and happiness? Will his film be a critics-savaging disaster and he, a one-hit wonder? Amstell peppers this entertaining tale with scene-stealing cast of supporting characters including Joel Fry (Game of Thrones), Jessica Raine, Jack Rowan and Anna Chancellor.
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Title: Benjamin; Director: Simon Amstell; Country: UK; Year: 2019; Running Time: 85 minutes; Language: English; Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1; Sound: Dolby 5.1
DVD SRP: 19.95
DVD Item #: ART71
DVD UPC: 851597006803
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ABOUT KINO LORBER:
With a library of over 2,800 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for 35 years, releasing 30 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Repertory and Alive Mind Cinema banners, garnering seven Academy Award® nominations in nine years, including documentary nominees Fire at Sea (2017) and Of Fathers & Sons (2019). In addition, the company brings over 350 titles yearly to the home entertainment and educational markets through physical and digital media releases. With an expanding family of distributed labels, Kino Lorber handles releases in ancillary media for Zeitgeist Films, Carlotta USA, Adopt Films, Greenwich Entertainment, Raro Video, and others, placing physical titles through all wholesale, retail, and direct to consumer channels, as well as direct digital distribution through over 40 OTT services including all major TVOD and SVOD platforms. In 2019, the company launched its new art house digital channel KinoNow.com which features over 1000 titles from the acclaimed Kino Lorber library.
At a time of national demonstrations in support of Black lives and against systemic racism and during a national health crisis, it is heartening to have good news from the Supreme Court. The decision handed down by the Court today affirms and emphasizes the importance of Americans coming together for the good of the nation and all its people. The Supreme Court has ruled that companies do not have a right to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in the workplace. This historic decision says that LGBTQ+ people are, and should be, protected from discrimination under federal law. And while this is welcome news, the reality is that we still have much to do.
Changes to Section 1557 of the Health Care Rights Law last Friday rolling back healthcare protections for transgender people, as well as the pervasive racism that continues to exist across our country, demonstrate the long road we still have ahead to end discrimination.
There are still critical gaps in our federal non‐discrimination laws. It is still legal for federally funded entities including hospitals, colleges, and adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people. It is also legal for stores, restaurants, and hotels to discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community in certain situations.
“Comprehensive federal protections for LGBTQ+ people are about basic human needs. They ensure everyday Americans are able to earn a living, be safe in their communities, serve their country, receive medical care, and take care of the ones they love,” said Denise Spivak, CenterLink’s CEO.
CenterLink calls on Congress to pass full federal non‐discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people and to continue working toward true equality for ALL people.
At 4pm PT / 7pm ET, CenterLink will join a virtual national rally with other LGBTQ+ leaders from across the country and those who led the fight for these cases. Immediately after the rally, a panel of experts will discuss the court’s opinion and offer analysis of its potential effects. The public is welcome to attend both events. Learn more at www.decisionday.org.
CenterLink develops strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and builds a thriving center network that creates healthy, vibrant communities. Founded in 1994, CenterLink plays an important role in addressing the challenges centers face by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity, access public resources, and engage their regional communities in the grassroots social justice movement. www.lgbtcenters.org.
Downtown venue to celebrate diversity with performances from Kiesza, Vassy, Manila Luzon, Bob The Drag Queen, Cazwell and more
LAS VEGAS – Downtown Las Vegas Events Center is bringing the heat to this year’s PRIDE Festival on October 11-12 with exhilarating acts from Kiesza, Vassy and Cazwell as well as performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Manila Luzon and Bob The Drag Queen. The yearly celebration promises good eats, great music and an evening of entertainment hosted by Jennifer Warner, Drew Dixon, Edie and J.Son.
The two-day event will also include entertainment by Inaya Day, DJ Rex Von Rex, DJ Jaydean, Dollface, Empire Records, Zumba Group, Joey Jay, Joey Suarez, Lady Q, Nick Ayler, Nikki Exotika and Sonora Mar Y Mar.
In addition to the elaborate lineup, the event will also house:
Doors to the event open at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 11. PRIDE after dark (18+) will go from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. Festivities will kick off the following day at noon and PRIDE after dark (18+) will begin at 8 p.m. and end at 1 a.m.
$15 weekend pass tickets to the event are on sale now and can be purchased at www.dlvec.com, while tickets at the door will start at $20 per day.
Canadian singer and musician Kiesza continues to reach success throughout her career in the dance-oriented music industry with her top hits “Hideaway” and “Take Ü There” with Skrillex. Kiesza’s vibrant house music touches upon other genres like R&B and EDM and is sure to get the dance party started.
Vassy is an Australian singer, songwriter and record producer and her song “We Are Young” rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Charts, making her the first Australian to go No.1 with a solo debut single. Certified RIAA Platinum and Gold, the recording artist has also collaborated with famous musicians David Guetta, Afrojack, Tiesto and more.
Rapper Cazwell has produced three albums since 2006 and has collaborated with an impressive list of musicians such as Richie Beretta, Justin de Nobrega and more. The artist tours every year playing to festivals around the world and is well-known for his tracks that combine rap and electronic genres, including his hit song “Ice Cream Truck.”
To top it off, stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race will attend this year’s PRIDE extravaganza. Season three runner-up Manila Luzon and season eight winner Bob The Drag Queen will grace the Downtown stage to show off their high-energy dancing and lip-singing skills.
On Saturday, March 2, Lifestyle Homes Foundation is hosting a Name Change Clinic. On the
day of the clinic, there will be legal sta available to help fill out and file the petition to
change your name and gender marker to match your identity, in the state of Nevada.
NEARLY 2,000 CHRISTIANS SIGN STATEMENT SUPPORTING LGBT+ INCLUSION IN RESPONSE TO DIVISIVE “NASHVILLE STATEMENT”
Nearly 2,000 Christians from around the world had signed on to Christians United: A Statement In Support of LGBT+ Inclusion in the Church on Thursday morning, including more than 300 denominational leaders, theologians, and Christian influencers.
San Diego, CA: Nearly 2,000 Christians from around the world had signed on to Christians United: A Statement In Support of LGBT+ Inclusion in the Church on Thursday morning, including more than 300 denominational leaders, theologians, and Christian influencers.
Christians United is an international theological statement bringing together thousands of LGBT+ affirming Christians to declare with one voice that the Church of Jesus Christ must be a place where LGBT+ people are celebrated and embraced. Christians United came as a direct response to The Nashville Statement, a document composed and signed by 150 major evangelical leaders in August 2017, which reaffirmed toxic, non-affirming theological commitments that have caused verifiable harm to countless LGBT+ people of faith around the world.
The statement was originally drafted by LGBT+ Christian activist and Nomad Partnerships Executive Director, Brandan Robertson and was edited by a distinguished editorial board including Dr. J. R. Daniel Kirk, Bishop Joseph Tolton, Rev. Steve Chalke, and Dr. Paula Williams.
Article 1 of the statement begins by declaring:
“WE AFFIRM that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God and that the great diversity expressed in humanity through our wide spectrum of unique sexualities and gender identities is a perfect reflection of the magnitude of God’s creative work.”
In the first twenty-four hours of it’s release, Christians United was signed on to by over 1,000 Christians from around the world, including top theologians and the leaders of some of the worlds most influential Christian denominations.
Christians United stands as a faithful witness that a new day is dawning in Christianity, a day in which the Church of Jesus Christ repents of its sin of exclusion, and swings open it’s doors to welcome all of God’s diverse children.
To see the full text of the statement, visit www.ChristiansUnitedStatement.org.
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Southern Nevada Association of Pride, Inc. is excited to announce that they will host the 2017 Annual CAPI Conference “Proud To Be”. The four-day conference is scheduled to take place at the Gold Coast Hotel February 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th, 2017. The event is to feature local and regional speakers, along with discussion panels, workshops, and training sessions aimed at helping Pride organizations and other non-profits across the western United States enhance their annual celebrations.
Annual CAPI Conference to Come to Las Vegas
Southern Nevada Association of Pride, Inc. is excited to announce that they will host the 2017 Annual CAPI Conference “Proud To Be”.
CAPI is The Consolidated Association of Pride, Inc. (CAPI) is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation made up of GLBT Pride coordinators in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah and the country of Mexico. Encompassing a full range of membership, member committees range from some of the largest in the world (San Francisco and Christopher Street West), to some of the smallest, with midsize events well represented in the rank-and-file.
If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Ernie Yuen, please e‐mail him at email@example.com. For more information about SNAPI or Las Vegas Pride, visit http://www.LasVegasPRIDE.org. The primary objectives and purposes of SNAPI are: To educate the general public to the needs and issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community; to provide educational outreach to persons directly or indirectly involved in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community; to advocate and facilitate the exchange of ideas and resources between the various non‐profit Nevada lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or related organizations; to promote a positive image of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and pride; to provide inclusive and diverse representation within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community; to recognize and celebrate the substantial achievements in our community.