Back in March, Q-Notes featured a piece about a new film project in Wilmington, N.C., documenting an 18-year-old murder many have said is a hate crime.
The film project got some mainstream press cred over the holiday break.
From The Wilmington Star News:
A brutal 18-year-old murder drew new attention in 2008.
In February, St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church held a memorial service for Talana Quay Kreeger, who had been raped, beaten, disemboweled and left to bleed to death in a scrubby field early in the morning of Feb. 22, 1990, near the intersection of Carolina Beach Road and Shipyard Boulevard. A centerpiece of the program was a preview of “Park View,” a documentary-in-progress by Thomas A. “Tab” Ballis.
Ballis, a licensed clinical social worker in Wilmington, argued that Kreeger’s killing was a hate crime, motivated in part because Kreeger was a lesbian. He and other supporters maintain her death was one of a number of homicides of gays and lesbians during the 1980s in Southeastern North Carolina, targeted for their sexuality.
JAMES Franco says Sean Penn pushed the gay sex scenes in “Milk” further than he expected. “In the original script I read, there was only one real kissing scene,” Franco tells next month’s Elle. “A month after [director] Gus [Van Sant] asked me to do it, they sent me another script, and on Page 5 there was a full-on love scene. And I was like, ‘Gus, what the heck?’ He says, ‘Well, it was Sean’s idea.’ “
Alright, James. Everyone knows you’re more than comfortable playing the queer. You’ve made a career out of it. That little “ass slapping sex scene” is going to bring plenty to your bottom line. Hush up and take it like a man.
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