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PULSE OF ORLANDO WILL BEAT ON EVER STRONGER BY HONORING WITH OUR SHARED MEMORIES
THOSE WE HAVE LOST.
LET US NOT ALLOW OUR RESOLVE TO DRAW STRENGTH AND UNITY FROM TRAGEDY TO DAMPEN
MUST REMAIN ANGRY ENOUGH TO DEMAND SANE GUN CONTROL LAWS AND WITHHOLD VOTES FROM
ANYONE WHO OPPOSES A BAN ON CIVILIAN OWNERSHIP OF SEMI-AUTOMATIC ASSAULT WEAPONS
AND THE CLOSING OF GUN SHOW LOOP HOLES.
to our pathetic Governor Rick Scott - who during his many appearances over the
weekend never once uttered the word “Gay” or the letters “LGBT” in addressing
our loss - and his trusty and equally disgusting side kick State Attorney
General Pam Bondi, may I say on behalf of the entire City of Orlando; you made
your obligatory appearance…now stay out of our community. You are not welcome at
our vigils or rallies, and certainly not at our funerals. Your career-long
staunch opposition to every initiative that would see us in the LGBT community
realizing the fullness of rights and citizenship which your families enjoy is
precisely the tripe that fuels ignorance and hatred, and indeed actions such as
this most recent slaughter. You have done nothing but work and fight against
us, and your grotesque display of feigned compassion and concern for the very
people you so obviously loathe has been seen for the political posturing it is
and nothing more. You are both an embarrassment to our state, and you each
embody the worst in human nature. We do not accept or want your hollow words of
condolence. Orlando is a spectacular and inclusive city, and we don’t want the
stain and stench of your presence lingering here during our time of grief. SO
PLEASE STOP SPEAKING ABOUT US, AND STAY OUT OF OUR CITY!
Monday Movie Review
Wanzie and Doug
spoke about the recent tragedy at Pulse during the broadcast this past Monday.
Understandably they did not review a film while on The Philips Phile.
Who’s Behind THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF WALT’S FROZEN HEAD
EPCOT’s ORIGINAL DREAMFINDER,
CAST AS WALT DISNEYS’ FROZEN HEAD
IN UPCOMING COMEDY FEATRUE
FURTHER ADVENTURES OF WALT’S FROZEN HEAD
is a quirky comedy that was filmed in Magic Kingdom Park without permission from
or the knowledge of Walt Disney World management.
Longtime Orlando-based actor and WANZeGRAM Subscriber friend Daniel (The Flick}
Cooksley scored the lead role of Disney cast member Peter who sneaks Walt
Disney’s cryogenically frozen head into the park so the thawed out Walt (or at
least the head of Walt) Disney can finally see the park he planned, but which
was not constructed until after his death. Since the movie was filmed “Gorilla
style” during regular park operating hours, the actor couldn’t exactly be seen
carrying around the disembodied head of The Vacation Kingdom’s name sake. That
feature is to be added-in to the film in post-production, which is just now
beginning to take shape.
Actor Ron Schneider
has been cast in the title role of Walt. Schneider is known for his long history
performing and writing for theme parks across America, including Disneyland,
Magic Kingdom, Universal Orlando, and EPCOT Center, where he originated the
strolling character of Dreamfinder for the much beloved Journey into Imagination
been a passionate fan of Walt Disney’s
since the 1950s, but I never could have imagined I could have been a part of
anything like this,”
a wild story told with respect, humor, and a lot of love.”
Playing off the
urban legend that Walt Disney had himself cryogenically preserved, the feature
film was primarily shot in the Orlando area, including on location at Walt
Disney World. The movie was made without the knowledge or permission of the Walt
Disney Company or family.
Benjamin Lancaster shot the bulk of the movie last year. Orlando producer Tyler
Marino is now in the process of raising money for post-production costs via
Kickstarter and is offering rewards like T-shirts, pins, and copies of the film
in exchange for donations to the project:
The campaign ends
July 10, 2016.
We at the WANZeGRAM
College Park World Headquarters are proud supporters of this project and are
hoping our Subscriber friends might join us in helping complete this ambitious
Adventures of Walt’s
is an indie comedy about the unlikely friendship between the
frozen head of Walt and Peter, a Magic Kingdom Cast Member. During his yearly
de-thaw to oversee the direction of his company and guard his creative legacy,
Walt demands to be allowed up to see his final dream, Walt Disney World. When
management scoffs, he recruits Peter to kidnap him for a day in the Magic
The majority of
filming was done with a stand in for the part of Walt, as casting had not yet
been decided. While most of the film has already been completed, Schneider’s
work will soon be recorded and digitally composited into the existing footage.
While this is not
the first film to be shot on Walt Disney World property without the knowledge of
the Disney company, it is the first feature film about the urban legend of Walt
cryogenic preservation, and we at the WANZeGRAM can attest that the overall
quality of this secretly captured film is far superior to that of any of its
Publicity for the
film has been fueled by the popular twitter account @
account tweets humorous commentary on the theme parks, films, and general news
from the perspective of the cryogenically preserved head of Walt Disney.
anticipate a Spring 2017 completion date. If you think this project deserves to
be seen, won’t you kindly make a contribution of at least $7 and earn your own
listing in the film credits. Larger contributions net larger rewards such as
bumper stickers,T-shirts, access to the world premiere, and even your own copy
of the film. Check out the perks at
and make a
contribution in making a bit of quirky history.
WATCH THE TRAILER
AND WATCH FOR
OUR INTERVIEW WITH RON SCHNEIDER
AND THE FILM’S CREATOR IN THE NEXT EDITION OF
Mount Dora Screening of Sundance-Winner - FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO
Festival Grand Jury Prize and Emmy Award-nominated filmmaker
will be the highlight of LGBT Pride month in Lake County. There will be a
screening of his critically acclaimed and award-winning
FOR THE BIBLE TELLS
and a discussion of the forthcoming sequel
FOR WE KNOW NOT
WHAT WE DO.
Mr. Karslake is
also the Emmy-nominated producer of the
IN THE LIFE
television series on PBS.
The Mount Dora
event will include a wine reception with Mr. Karslake, music, a silent auction
of art and memorabilia, and a raffle.
Daniel Karslake was
nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and won festival awards all over
North America for his moving documentary,
FOR THE BILBE TELLS
(2004), which Entertainment Weekly named “one of the five documentaries that
changed the world.” Karslake, who now lives in Berlin, Germany (where he has
released a German version of the film), will screen and discuss “For the Bible
Tells Me So” during his Mount Dora appearance. He also will talk about his
highly anticipated sequel,
FOR WE KNOW NOT
WHAT TO DO,
which is scheduled to be released this autumn.
The timely new film
updates the original, which – as New York Magazine put it – “confronts with
whimsy and hellfire the clash between religion and homosexuality” during the
campaign for same-sex marriage rights. Now that marriage equality is the law of
the land, Karslake tackles today’s
LGBT issues, including the civil rights struggle of transgender people. Again
the director strives to offer understanding and healing for those caught in the
crosshairs between religion and sexual orientation or gender identity.
Karslake is also
well remembered for the popular television series “In the Life” for PBS.
Karslake was an award-winning producer for the highly acclaimed LGBT-themed
newsmagazine. Recognition for his outstanding work for the show includes an Emmy
nomination from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, as well as praise
from GLAAD and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.
Karslake was also
founding partner of The Atticus Group, Inc., a New York-based production company
dedicated to reinventing traditional art forms and promoting discussion across a
wide range of contemporary issues. The Atticus Group was represented on Broadway
by Baz Luhrmann's Tony Award-winning production of Puccini’s
Atticus also co-produced the innovative revival of
with the Roundabout Theatre Company.
Karslake also is
known for his film
EVERY THREE SECONDS
which profiles five ordinary people from countries around the world who have
found remarkable, yet simple, ways to make a difference in combatting hunger and
extreme poverty. From gleaning fields to gathering fresh produce for the hungry
in North Carolina, to launching the largest microfinance institution in Kenya,
the activities of the five individuals in the film are as diverse as they are
Pride Month Screening
And Q & A With The Filmmaker
Friday, June 24
6 PM - 9 PM
MOUNT DORA COMMUNITY BUILDING
Mount Dora, Florida 32757
$10 Donation at door
includes glass of wine and two raffle tickets
Movie stills from the
gorilla-filmed THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF WALT’S FROZEN
Contribute to the Kickstarter
campaign to help underwrite post production costs of
THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF WALT’S
FROZEN HEAD and
receive great little perks:
Click the posters below for a larger version
Friday, June 17
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Weekly Events Until They Are Not
We've Got Mail
To all WANZeGRAM Subscribers and friends of Watermark,
light of the recent events impacting
we will be postponing tonight’s (Thursday, June 16) planned Watermark Third
Thursday Networking mixer.
next Third Thursday will be held in July with details to follow. Everyone
involved has unanimously agreed the proceeds from the raffle at this event will
benefit those affected by the tragedy at Pulse.
All of us at
you for your continued support, and offer our sincere condolences to all in our
community who have experienced a loss.
I just wanted to thank you again so much for spending time talking with me
yesterday at the Parliament House. It means so much to have voices like yours
speaking for Orlando's LGBT community. Here's where you can see the Facebook
Live videos I did with you and Margo yesterday -- you will have to scroll down a
little bit. As of this morning, it had reached more than 85,000 people. (I have
access to analytics that regular Facebook users can't see.) That's pretty
this week has been focused on the survivors in this LGBT community, and that’s
what the next story I am writing will do as well. You guys just want to talk.
You just want to be heard. The community has embraced me, hugged me, kissed me
(a lot), cried on my shoulders, and thanked me for talking to them and telling
their stories. I need to continue telling this community’s story. That’s what
this story will do. Here are a few sentences detailing my idea for the story:
“brothers and sisters” find solace in each other under national spotlight
- Eileen Holliday
Their lives are
Living in the
same neighborhoods. Working at the same places. Shopping in the same stores.
They know each
other’s names and faces. They are all connected in some way.
tight-knit LGBT community has been ripped apart in a way most can not begin to
The days since
the worse shooting in American history has had one immediate impact: It’s
brought this close circle of “brothers and sisters” even closer.
The hugs. The
tears. The memories.
outpouring of support from around the world has been absolutely appreciated,
they are finding most comfort in each other.
And now under a
national spotlight, the “numb” LGBT community begins to heal… somehow.
And here are the
stories I have already written this week. Please share them on social media;
these are stories about people in your community, and since these are national
news outlets publishing them, people might not know where to find my stories
that tell their stories.
owners: ‘We are going to rebuild’
nightclub patron: ‘I dodged bullets’
interview with Gabriel.
patron: ‘I can’t go back there’
communities try to cope with worst mass shooting in U.S. history
prompts outpouring of blood donations
My story for
'That Could Have Been Me': A Change of Plans Spared These Orlando Residents
SOMETHING TO SAY?
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kind of fun to do the impossible.”
- Walt Disney
My Two Cents
CROWNING A NEW “AMERICA’S MOST PATHETIC POLITICIAN”
By Mike Dorman
was wrong. I once thought that our Governor Rick Scott was the poorest example
of elected civil servant in the nation. That honor has been taken away by Texas
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick who, in the wake of the horrible events of early Sunday
morning in Orlando, tweeted, "You reap what you sow!" Patrick later claimed, in
the face of overwhelming "Tweetiverse" condemnation, that the tweet was
"preset;" however the time stamp of 7:00 AM, local Texas time, would have made
the tweet at 9:00 AM EST, 4 hours after the end of the standoff at the Pulse
Nightclub. Anyone awake would have known something was terribly wrong back East.
would like to believe the Lt. Gov, really I would, but it
IS Texas, where state sponsored murder is a major indoor
sport, and Texas leads the league with Florida not too far behind. One wonders
exactly what the twisted mind of this Brazos bumpkin perceives it to be that is
"sown" by the LGBT community. I have never seen violence, intolerance, or
bigotry "sown" by any members of the LGBT community. It doesn't happen. Never. I
have, on the other hand, seen acceptance and inclusion after years of rejection
and discrimination. What should have happened Sunday morning, if what was sown
was truly reaped, would have been the convening of the safest gathering on
earth, where individual differences were washed away by understanding ,
tolerance, and acceptance of the individual on their own basis.
Patrick's attitude is reminiscent of the Reagan administration’s several years
of "don't worry about it, they're only queers" point of view as AIDS ravished
the community. It is also an example of all the bad things religion can do, as
well as the truly good works done in many communities by persons of faith.
Patrick and the shooter are exceedingly dissimilar save in this one aspect:
both, if judged by their actions, believe(d) that it was insufficient for them
to simply live their lives as they believed their version of the cosmic muffin
dictated. To complete the heavenly daily double, they also felt compelled to act
out in anger, revenge, or mean spirited sniping.
the Orlando shooter's case, this meant that he apparently believed God compelled
him to take the lives of individuals who he had never met, but who he, the
shooter, in loco God, had judged and decided to kill. That is psychopathy and
insanity. Patrick, on the other hand, smarmy prick that he is, decided to
simply make a hurtful statement, regardless of impact on others, based on his
personal pipeline to the divine, and go on about his day, self-satisfied and
smug in his delusion that he speaks for God. That is sociopathy.
Meanwhile, the shattered lives of the families and friends of the victims of the
shooting at Pulse will be forever affected and haunted by the actions of
someone who, as so many have before him, believed himself to be the
self-appointed righteous arm of a vengeful God.
you wonder why I'm an atheist?
Mike Dorman is apparently an atheist residing in The Villages
with his Christian wife Emily.
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TONIGHT Thursday, June 19
United For The Pulse Employees
Parliament House Special Show at Midnight
NO COVER: Donations accepted for Pulse employees
Friday, June 17
GREASE SING-A-LONG MOVIE NIGHT
The Abbey 8 PM
$15 Advance / $20 Door / $25 VIP
Through June 26
Dr. Phillip’s CFTPA
Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater
Click Here for Tickets
Through July 3
Mad Cow 7:30 PM & 2:30 PM
$32 - $45
Click Here for Tickets
Through July 10
THE BROTHER’S SIZE
Mad Cow 8 PM & 3 PM
$38 / $35 Seniors / $31 Students
Click Here for Tickets
GARY GULMAN -
WITH THE BIG BANDS
SCOTT BRADLEE’S POSTMODERN JUKEBOX
ALAN CUMMING SINGS SAPPY SONGS
ALTON BROWN - Eat Your Science
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS
POKEMAN Symphonic Evolutions
THE BOSTON POPS
THE SECOND CITY HITS HOME
Theatrical Association Presents
Fairwinds Broadway In Orlando 2016/2017 Season
At Dr. Phillips
Center For The Performing Arts
The ILLUNSIONISTS Live From Broadway
October 4- 9, 2016
The NATIONAL THEATRE Production Of
of the DOG in the NIGHT-TIME
November 1 - 6, 2016
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
December 13 - 18, 2016
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
February 7 -12, 2017
Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID
March 7 -12, 2017
MATILDA The Musical
May 9 -14
June 6 -11
NOW ON SALE:
SPECIAL ADDED FEATURE:
January 11 - 29, 2017
In the following area you will find opening
dates for future attractions
at various venues in the Greater Orlando Area so you may plan ahead.
Emboldened listings indicate events added as of this
edition of your Gram. Shows and Events opening tonight
through this coming Monday are listed in the NOW PLAYING
section of this edition of your Gram.
Dr. Phillip's CFTPA
JULIE GOLDMAN & BRAD LOEKLE GAY BASH
The Parliament House
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MISS SAMMY
July 2 & 3
ANDORA BOXX THE WORST SHOW EVER!
The Parliament House
I LOVE MY WIFE
Winter Park Playhouse
THE BIG MEAL
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
BUYER & CELLAR
MOWTOWN MAGIC: A TRIBUTE TO MOWTON
Wayne Densch CFTPA
August 19 - September 3
The Parliament House
August 24 & 25
Leslie Jordan Live
The Parliament House
August 31 - September 1
DEL SHORES LIVE!
The Parliament House
COMMUNITY - PROJECT CARE
On Saturday, June 18, Joy Metropolitan Community Church will be hav-ing
hairdressers, clothing, laundry, showers, counseling services, lawyers, pet
groomers, vets [for pet shots], kid’s zone, hot meals, and takeaways for
everyone who is in need who attends. All services will be free of charge. Joy is
partnering with local laundromats to provide laundry services, and will be
offering every person a clean, fresh set of clothes, a hot meal, and also food
to take away, and a haircut if they would like one, and much more.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
10 AM – 4 PM
JOY METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
2351 S. Ferncreek Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32806
ALL GOODS AND SERVICES FREE TO THOSE IN NEED!
THEATER - WANZIE’S LADIES
OF EOLA HIGH SEAS
They’re back at it again! Everyone’s favorite gaggle of gals from downtown
Orlando’s historic Eola Heights neighborhood are ready for some summer fun, so
gang way as Ruby, Pearl, and Opal embark on a cruise headed for hilarious
shipboard hi jinx and high drama on the high seas. Psychiatrist Dr. Robert
Burroughs and a mysterious woman of a thousand faces complete the passenger
manifest for a laughter-filled voyage with rough seas ahead:
WANZIE’S LADIES OF EOLA HIGH SEAS
Written by MICHAEL WANZIE Directed by KENNY HOWARD
Peg O’Keef Beth Marshall Sam Singhaus
Kevin Kelly Blue Star
July 7 – 18, 2016
The Ladies Will Be Sailing:
Thursday, July 7 8 PM
Friday, July 8 8 PM
Saturday, July 9 8 PM
Sunday, July 10 6:30 PM
Monday, July 11 8 PM
Friday, July 15 8 PM
Saturday, July 16 2 PM & 8 PM
Sunday, July 17 6:30 PM
Monday, July 18 8 PM
100 S. EOLA DRIVE at PINE STREET
Thornton Park/Downtown Orlando
General Admission: $20 / VIP: $35 Reserved Table Seating
Click Here for Tickets
ORLANDO SHAKES SEASON SUBCRIPTIONS ON SALE
Passionate American musicals, bold new family dramas, laugh-out-loud hit
comedies, and adventurous and boisterous Shakespeare classics comprise the 28th
Season of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater Company at the Lowndes Shakespeare
Theater Complex. The seven-show Signature Season includes:
Season tickets have
been on sale since April 18. For best-available seats, new subscriber orders
should be placed before individual show tickets go on sale on June 21.
A Note From Wanzie
I just want to
reiterate my firm belief that the shooter’s hatred of gays had to be engrained
within him long before his finding the Isis ideology on the internet, or
wherever he first encountered it. He didn’t just suddenly decide to embrace this
line of thinking, but rather the hatred was there and the Isis thing came along
at just the right time to embolden him to action.
But where does this
hatred come from?
I believe it comes
in drips and drabs from the clergy who preach against homosexuality, to the
politicians who speak out against gay marriage, gay adoption, and gay equality
initiatives. When people in leadership positions speak out against who and what
we are and imply that we as a people do not deserve the same rights and
liberties as are afforded to all other people, it not only denigrates us, it
emboldens unstable and angry individuals to feel they have license to commit
crimes against us.
who has stood against us, and every preacher, priest, televangelist, nun,
cleric, talk show host, author, or individual person of faith who continues to
ignore hard science and good medical research and the sound findings of the
mental health community in favor of a very narrow interpretation of the Old
Fucking Testament to imply that what and who I am is somehow unnatural…every
last single one of these people bears a measure of responsibility for the 49
lives stolen at Pulse, just as surely as they do for the savage and brutal
beating and consequent death of Matthew Shepard and any and every LGBTQ
individual who has ever been the victim of violence.
To everyone in a
place of prominence and influence who does so, I am pleading with you, STOP
spewing your unfounded, unsubstantiated, ignorant bullshit!
I’m WANZIE And That’s All I Wrote!
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