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THE PULSE OF ORLANDO WILL BEAT ON EVER STRONGER BY HONORING WITH OUR SHARED MEMORIES THOSE WE HAVE LOST.

BUT LET US NOT ALLOW OUR RESOLVE TO DRAW STRENGTH AND UNITY FROM TRAGEDY TO DAMPEN OUR ANGER.

WE 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.

And 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! 

- Michael Wanzie

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.

See Who’s Behind THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF WALT’S FROZEN HEAD

RON SCHNEIDER,
EPCOT’s ORIGINAL DREAMFINDER,
CAST AS WALT DISNEYS’ FROZEN HEAD
IN UPCOMING COMEDY FEATRUE

THE 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 pavilion.

“Ive been a passionate fan of Walt Disneys since the 1950s, but I never could have imagined I could have been a part of anything like this,” says Schneider. “Its 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.

Writer/Director 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:

http://kck.st/2142J97

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 underground undertaking.

The Further Adventures of Walts Frozen Head 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 Kingdom.

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, Schneiders 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 Disneys 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 predecessors.

Publicity for the film has been fueled by the popular twitter account @ waltsfrzenhead. The account tweets humorous commentary on the theme parks, films, and general news from the perspective of the cryogenically preserved head of Walt Disney.

The filmmakers 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 Kickstarter:

 http://kck.st/2142J97

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
YOUR WANZeGRAM

Mount Dora Screening of Sundance-Winner - FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO

Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Emmy Award-nominated filmmaker Daniel Karslake 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 ME SO, 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.

THE FILMMAKER

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 ME SO (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 todays 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 LA BOHEME. Atticus also co-produced the innovative revival of BIG RIVER 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 inspiring.

Gay 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

Picture(s) of the Week

Movie stills from the gorilla-filmed THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF WALT’S FROZEN HEAD featuring Daniel Cooksley:

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:

http://kck.st/2142J97

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To all WANZeGRAM Subscribers and friends of Watermark,

In light of the recent events impacting our community, we will be postponing tonight’s (Thursday, June 16) planned Watermark Third Thursday Networking mixer. 

Our 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 WATERMARK thank you for your continued support, and offer our sincere condolences to all in our community who have experienced a loss.

Sincerely,
Team Watermark

Good Morning, Michael, 
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 tremendous.  

https://www.facebook.com/newsday/?fref=ts

My reporting 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: 

Orlando’s LGBT “brothers and sisters” find solace in each other under national spotlight

- Eileen Holliday 

Their lives are so intertwined. 

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. 

Orlando’s tight-knit LGBT community has been ripped apart in a way most can not begin to understand. 

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. 

While the 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.  

--30-- 

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. 

Here’s my Newsday stories:

Nightclub owners: ‘We are going to rebuild’
http://nwsdy.li/28DlQN5

Orlando nightclub patron: ‘I dodged bullets’
http://nwsdy.li/1ZOz2st

My Periscope interview with Gabriel. 
http://bit.ly/1UhDLBu

Pulse nightclub patron: ‘I can’t go back there’
http://nwsdy.li/1rnG3Vl

Orlando, LGBT communities try to cope with worst mass shooting in U.S. history
ttp://nwsdy.li/1VUQBbl

Orlando shooting prompts outpouring of blood donations
http://nwsdy.li/1XRWub7

My story for NPR:
'That Could Have Been Me': A Change of Plans Spared These Orlando Residents

http://n.pr/1UNI0lg

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Short Takes

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.”
-
Walt Disney

My Two Cents

CROWNING A NEW “AMERICA’S MOST PATHETIC POLITICIAN”
By Mike Dorman

I 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.

I 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.

In 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.

And 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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Now Playing

TONIGHT Thursday, June 19
UNIDOS
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
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Through June 26
SPRING AWAKENING
Dr. Phillip’s CFTPA
Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

$49.01-$95.51
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Through July 3
AVENUE Q
Mad Cow 7:30 PM & 2:30 PM

$32 - $45
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Through July 10
THE BROTHER’S SIZE
Mad Cow 8 PM & 3 PM

$38 / $35 Seniors / $31 Students
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Comming Attractions

ALICE COOPER

MAXWELL - THE LEGEND OF ZELDA

GARY GULMAN - SWINGIN WITH THE BIG BANDS - PUSCIFER

SCOTT BRADLEES POSTMODERN JUKEBOX

ALAN CUMMING SINGS SAPPY SONGS

ALTON BROWN - Eat Your Science  

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

AMOUR   DIONNE WARWICK

FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS

        PIOBOLUS   SHADOWLAND

POKEMAN  Symphonic Evolutions

THE BOSTON POPS

THE SECOND CITY HITS HOME

Florida 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
CURIOUS INCIDENT
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

FINDING NEVERLAND
June 6 -11

SEASON TICKETS NOW ON SALE:

www.drphillipscenter.org

SPECIAL ADDED FEATURE:

WICKED
January 11 - 29, 2017

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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.

June 19
SPRING AWAKENING

Dr. Phillip's CFTPA

June 25
JULIE GOLDMAN & BRAD LOEKLE GAY BASH

The Parliament House

June 26
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MISS SAMMY

Savoy

July 2 & 3
ANDORA BOXX THE WORST SHOW EVER!

The Parliament House

July 24
EQUIS

The Venue

July 29
I LOVE MY WIFE

Winter Park Playhouse

August 5
THE BIG MEAL

Mad Cow

August 12
BIG RIVER

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
BUYER & CELLAR Mad Cow

August 13
MOWTOWN MAGIC: A TRIBUTE TO MOWTON

Wayne Densch CFTPA

August 19 - September 3
Sordid Lives

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.

PROJECT CARE
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:

Florida Theatrical Association Presents
WANZIE’S LADIES OF EOLA HIGH SEAS

Written by MICHAEL WANZIE Directed by KENNY HOWARD

Starring
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

THE ABBEY
100 S. EOLA DRIVE at PINE STREET
Thornton Park/Downtown Orlando

General Admission: $20 / VIP: $35 Reserved Table Seating

Click Here for Tickets

THEATER - 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:

  • WEST SIDE STORY

  • DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE

  • EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD

  • BLACKBERRY WINTER

  • THE GREAT GATSBY

  • LOVES LABOUR LOST

And

  • ANTHONY And CLEOPATRA

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.

Every politician 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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