Coleman Domingo takes a break from filming a feature film in upstate New York to talk about his life and career, and the upcoming CinemaQ Film Festival at the Sie Film Center in Denver, where he will receive the inaugural LaBahn Ikon Film Award .
His life is not an open book, but he generously shares the wonderful solo play “A Boy and His Soul,” about growing up in Philadelphia and listening to his mother and stepfather’s soul music LP collection . Not long ago, he told GQ magazine how he met his current husband, Raul Domingo (nee Aktanov). (If you’re craving a real version of a cute rom-com session, check it out.)
As for his career, the multi-hyphen has had a great time. Best known — and often reviled — as Victor Strand on AMC’s zombie apocalypse show Fear the Walking Dead — Domingo also played Raja on Selma Alf Abernathy, who played trombonist Cutler in “Maleney’s Black Bottom.” He’s a scene-stealer like X, the pimp in Janicza Bravo’s crazy indie film “Zola,” based on a crazier, crazier tweet. (In a movie so stolen, who knew stealing scenes was even possible?)
He was nominated for a Tony Award for “Scottsboro Boys”. He won an Obie for his performance in “Passing Raiders,” which he exploited (and wowed) in Spike Lee’s film adaptation. “A Boy and His Soul” won the Lucille Lotter Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Solo Performance. Last month, Domingo was nominated for an Emmy for his role as Ali, a former addict and Narcotics Anonymous sponsor of Zendaya Street on HBO’s “Euphoria.”
“I’ve been nominated for many awards and won many awards. This is the first time I’m really excited,” he said of the Ikon Awards, which he will receive on the second day of the festival, August 11-14. prize.
“And I have to unpack, why?” he said thoughtfully. “And I think (it’s) because I have a lot of people who want me to receive my flowers. People say, ‘Coleman, you work hard, you show up, you do work. And I think sometimes many artists or their Works are still somehow ignored by society. I’m sure I used to be one of those people.
“For me, over the years it’s actually been like fuel. I can only do work. I can get in here smoothly. You don’t work for me. I can flip here, I can do it. I can write, play Musicals, conductors, nobody is checking me out. Go ahead and make it work-related.”
However, it’s wise not to see next week’s Ikon nod as those dusty “professional cappers” thanking memories, said Denver Studios’ CinemaQ team Keith Garcia.
“Queer actors have had a fun dance to do over the years, both willing to play straight male characters who are hiding the truth and possibly putting them in a box that’s impossible to jump out of later,” Garcia wrote. an email. “Coleman is a genius who has found a way to play these direct roles – or any roles that are not clearly defined by the label – and stay true to yourself while driving the narrative and inspiring the message home, i.e. You can be yourself, play any actor you want, and success is everywhere.”
As for this first win, “it was the perfect timing,” Garcia added. “I want to lay the groundwork for future icons who add to what I call the ‘three Vs’: voice, vision and visibility. For me, there is no one else right now like Coleman in one of their careers Very important time to take advantage of this forward momentum.”
What more momentum. By the time he joined Zoom, Domingo had recently finished filming the Broadway musical version of The Purple, which Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and others hope to release in 2023. Not afraid of complexity, he will play Mr. More interestingly, he will play civil rights maverick and LGBTQ icon Bayard Rustin in Netflix’s upcoming film “Rustin,” about the strategist behind Martin Luther King Jr.’s march on Washington.
When we had to wrap up the conversation, Domingo was just beginning to reveal his delightfully nerdy soul—the kid with the Carpenters album and geeky glasses. Luckily for local moviegoers, we’ll be revisiting this and more on stage when he takes on Cinema Q’s Ikon Award on August 12 through the cut reel of his career so far. He will also share his production company’s captivating animated short “Crescent Moon,” adapted from his solo exhibition and co-authored with Raul Domingo.
More films at the festival
While the evening with Colman Domingo will be the culmination of a festival that promises no shortage of them, this year’s CinemaQ is filled with works that embody the breadth, depth and scope of LGBTQ+ stories and their narrators.
Opening night begins with another Tony-nominated performer and New York City drag legend Charles Busch, who will be in town with Carl Anders, who will co-direct and co-write “Reel Six,” with the Bush took the stage together for a post-screening conversation.This happened on Thursday 11th August at 7pm and his signature comedy “Psycho Beach Party” continued its brutal shenanigans with a pre-party screening at 9.45pm
In fact, Cinema Q is back on set after two years of virtual installments, with a slew of guests emphasizing what the festival is about, rather than binge-watching on a bigger screen. Among the highlights:
“Janet.” Maris Curran’s documentary profiles one of the survivors of the targeted mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, where 49 people were murdered. Jeannette Feliciano, mom of a teenage son and aspiring professional bodybuilder, is a dynamic subject. The film is about Feliciano’s PSTD and resilience. It also delves into a life that, while profoundly reshaped by the events of June 12, 2016, has its own thread. We see her touching relationship with her son Anthony, as well as her love and frustrated tango for her mother, whose acceptance of her daughter’s sexuality is distorted by her religious beliefs. Post-screening talk in town: Feliciano’s friend and terror attack survivor Evanska Leonard. (“Janet” will be shown on Friday, August 12th at 4:30pm)
“Wild.” Writer-director Bretten Hannam’s play sees Link (Philip Levitsky) and his brother Skater escape their father in a dramatic “Take That” scene After the brutality, it found a fascinating rhythm. Link’s coming-of-age saga gracefully blends into lyrical beauty after the pair hitch a ride from Palmer. Joshua Odjick depicts the spirit of a young duo holding a guitar case filled with his pow-wow kingship. Lewitski and Odjick have sweet chemistry, and Jordan Poole captures Skater’s love prickly concerns. Bonus: Michael Grayes (“Wild Indians” and “Rutherford Falls”) drives a painted van to help the trio find Link’s Aboriginal mom. (“The Wilderness,” Sunday, Aug. 14, 12:15 pm)
CinemaQ shorts set. These carefully selected intimate, exciting, and fun shorts reflect the importance of the global LGBTQ+ experience. These include: Leaf Lieber’s graceful rhythm “My Darling Boy,” about the first moments of love; Matt Nadel and Megan Plotka by Matt Nadel and Megan Plotka ) of “CANS Can’t Stand,” a dynamic document about Black trans-led struggle to end crimes against nature in Louisiana’s solicitation laws; filmmaker Hao Zhou’s experimental American drama “Frozen” , about a letter written by a young Chinese artist to his sister in China in cold rural Iowa; and “My Mother’s Girlfriend,” about the joys of a son forced to be with his mother Business fight. CANS activist Wendi Cooper, directors Lieber (“Dear Boy”) and Christine Ziviv (“D for Daughter”) will participate in a post-screening Q&A session. (Cinema Q Shorts Package, Saturday, August 13, 4:45pm)
So many movies, so little time
Since the festival schedule can be daunting, we asked Keith Garcia to provide his insight.
- So, do you want to spend your time on something that lasts forever? Spend an evening with Coleman Domingo and watch documentaries “Wildness” and “Highsmith of Love” about psychological thriller master Patricia Highsmith.
- Do you want to witness the breadth of queer cinema? Watch the short film pack, “Wildhood” and “Framing Agnes,” Chase Joynt’s biracial, Sundance Award-winning case file on the discovery of Agnes, a trans woman — the only 1958 UCLA study of sexual “disorders” Naming the subject – is far from alone. A group of transgender artists has recreated a very different story.
- Do you want to know what is urgent? See “Framing Agnes,” “Jeannette,” and “Mama Bears,” about a young black lesbian hurt by her religious upbringing, and two white evangelical mothers who have an epiphany of Jesus and who Begin to advocate strongly for their children as well as other people’s LGBTQ+ children.
- Sorry (not sorry), but do you want to feel good and party? Go to the opening night’s Charles Busch binge to see “Unidentified Objects,” about Peter – a bit of a pissed off villain – dragged on by his neighbor Winona on a wild road trip; and about the famous fashion catalogue The documentary All Man: The Story of International Male.
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