Rotten Tomatoes Partners to Launch LGBTQ Scholarship

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics and content recommendation resource Rotten Tomatoes have launched The Crimson Honors scholarship.

It’s a new college film and TV criticism scholarship program for LGBTQ women and nonbinary students of color in Southern California pursuing a career in journalism or entertainment criticism.

GALECA will award more than $6,000 in financial assistance, funded by Rotten Tomatoes. 

The Crimson Honors scholarship is open to qualifying community or state college students in the Southern California area who are seeking a career in entertainment criticism. A select panel of GALECA members will review and consider all student submissions of film/TV criticism and/or commentary featured in a campus media outlet in 2022, ultimately honoring three students who demonstrate excellence in their craft.

The grand prize winner will receive $3,000, with two finalists each collecting $1,500. All three winners will also receive $100 Fandango and Vudu gift cards to watch movies in theaters or at home, and a complimentary yearlong GALECA membership, with opportunities to meet editors and Advisory Board members in the group.

Rotten Tomatoes’ support of GALECA’s Crimson Honors scholarship is the latest initiative in the brand’s Grants and Scholarships program, established in 2018 to increase inclusion in entertainment criticism and support the next generation of critics through donations to educational programs, film festivals’ inclusion initiatives, and other industry efforts. 

Eligible candidates — including nonbinary persons or women of color who identify as gay, bisexual, transgender or queer — must be students studying journalism, cinema/TV studies or communications at a public two-year community or four-year state college in the Southern California area.

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Applicants may submit to GALECA up to three reviews or essays relating to film and/or TV, each originally published or posted in 2022 by an official campus media offering (newspaper, magazine, website, radio station, podcast, TV/radio program). In addition, applicants must also include a resume as well as a personal 300-word statement on why they hope for a career as a critic and entertainment journalist. 

Applicants can submit all materials here. Materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. PT on Dec. 31, 2022. All entrants will be notified that their submissions were received with winners being announced on Feb. 27, 2023.  Criteria and rules for the Crimson Honors scholarship can be found here.  

Spanish Queer Giallo ‘Cut!’ Headed to DVD and Digital Sept. 27 From Ariztical

The Spanish queer giallo comedy Cut! will be released on DVD and digital Sept. 27 from Ariztical Entertainment.

In the feature, Marcos, a rather unsuccessful film director, is immersed in the shooting of his new film, when a series of terrible murders starts to happen in Barcelona, and all of them seem to be traced back to him. Vampirized by cinema, and despite being hated for his films, Marcos needs to keep making them in order to live.

The film stars La Prohibida, Marc Ferrer, Marga Sarda, Maria Sola, Saya Solana, Alvaro Lucas Estada, Gregorio Sanz, Paco Serrano and Samantha Hudson.

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Cut is a comedy about my experience as a film director opposed to both artistic and cinematographic standards and conventions,” director Marc Ferrer said in a statement. “It is at the same time a homage to and a parody of the giallo, an Italian terror genre which became popular in Italy’s ’70s, with high doses of homoeroticism and characters that fall within the queer imaginary. The film is about love and hatred. Hatred as a way of loving.

“The soundtrack is very important in my films, where songs carry the weight of the narration. For Cut!, Adrià Arbona (Papa Topo) and me have composed four original songs: ‘Mueres Por Mi,’ performed by La Prohibida, ‘Mal Herido,’ performed by Zaida Carmona and Papa Topo, ‘Acorralada,’ performed by Belinda and Delfina, and ‘Por Espana,’ performed by Samantha Hudson.”

Queer Horror Film ‘So Vam’ Headed to Digital June 21

Mutiny Pictures’ queer horror feature So Vam will be available on digital June 21 from Distribution Solutions. 

Co-written, produced and directed by then 16-year-old Alice Maio Mackay, a young trans filmmaker in her feature debut, the film follows Kurt, a high school outcast in a conservative town who dreams of moving to the city to be a famous drag queen. When he is kidnapped by a predatory old vampire and attacked, he is rescued just in time by a gang of rebellious vampires who feed on bigots and abusers. As a vampire, he finally knows empowerment and belonging. However, his killer is still out there, creating new minions with their own rotten hatred and threatening all that he loves. Until Kurt faces the monster, he will never truly be free.

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The new age genre stars Chris Asimos (The Resurgence, Danger 5), Patty Glavieux (Blood Money) and Ben DeLaCrème (“RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Happiest Season).