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Dayton Filmmaker Leah Byrd Brings 'Hot & Bothered' To The Web, Big Screen

Feb 8, 2018
Leah Byrd wrote, directed, and stars in Hot & Bothered
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Dayton filmmaker Leah Byrd is trying to break down racial and gender boundaries in a new web series called Hot & Bothered. The characters in her series are among the most underrepresented in television: black women and members of the LGBTQ community.

A 2016 report by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation found that less than 40% of all regularly recurring characters on TV shows are black, and that only 25% of LGBTQ characters are people of color. Leah Byrd’s series Hot & Bothered has both.    

Yellow Springs' Little Art Theatre will once again host a weekend of screenings of Jesus Christ Superstar with Ted Neeley, who portrayed Jesus in the film and on stage, on hand to meet with fans.  Neeley and producer Frank Munoz joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live in the studio on Excursions to talk about the screenings, Ted's recent projects and how he fell in to the role of a lifetime.

The Little Art Theatre's screenings of Jesus Christ Superstar run Nov 10 - 12. Details below.

Left on Pearl is a documentary chronicling the 1971 women's occupation of a Harvard-university owned building.  Dayton Women's Rights Alliance's Joy Schawb and Michelle Meitzner joined Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt to talk about the film, its historical context, and the upcoming screening.

Left on Pearl is showing at the Neon in downtown Dayton on Sunday, October 22 at 3pm. 

Care is a documentary that centers its focus on caregivers for the elderly and their clients. The film, which runs on May 21 starting at 1pm at the Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs, looks at the lives of, not only the elderly and their families, but of the people who are taking care of them.

 

The films producer is Tony Heriza, a 1974 graduate of Antioch College.  WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke to him by phone to learn more about the film’s message.

 

 

Leah Byrd (Hot & Bothered), Kris Kristensen (Jak), and E.R. Dickey (...He Didn't Even Leave a Note) are all writer/directors soon to graduate from Wright State University's film program.  They'll each be showcasing work at the 2017 Big Lens Film Festival and visited the WYSO studios to talk with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about their process, what drew them to film and their career plans upon graduation.

The 2017 Big Lens Film Festival is Sunday, April 30th at the Rave Cinemas at the Greene.  

Writer/director Christopher Blazavich and producer Kara Lynch are seniors preparing to graduate from Wright State University's film program.  Their work will be among seven films screen at the Big Lens Film Festival, a yearly event that showcases the work of Wright State students.  Blazavich and Lynch joined Niki Dakota live in the studio to talk their film careers so far, future plans and more.

The Big Lens Film Festival is Sunday, April 30th, 3-5pm at the Rave Cinemas at the Greene.  

Through Antioch College Media Arts

The 1966 film Black Girl from director Ousmane Sembène, will be shown at the Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs on March 4th. Sembene is considered the father of African cinema and in this WYSO Weekend extra, Assistant Professor of Media Arts at Antioch College, Charles Fairbanks, tells us a little bit about the director and the Film.

 

 

More information from Antioch College:

This Saturday, director John Cameron Mitchell will appear at the Neon in Dayton for a special screening of his film Short Bus.  Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt spoke with Johnathan McNeal from the Neon about the event, which will include live director's commentary from Mitchell.

Short Bus will screen at the Neon with live director's commentary on Saturday, November 5th.  More information here: www.neonmovies.com

Torrey Pines is a both stop-motion animated film and a live theatrical experience.  Director Clyde Petersen spoke with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about creating the film and the theatre piece and bringing it to communities around the country.

Torrey Pines will screen at the Neon in downtown Dayton with live musical accompaniment on Tuesday, November 1st.  More info at: https://www.torreypinesfilm.com/

The film portion of the upcoming Dayton Music, Art and Film Festival will feature a film screening and live improv with the Levinson Brothers.  DMAFF film coordinator (and former Kaleidoscope co-producer) Shelly Hulce and Joel Levinson visited the WYSO studios to talk about the upcoming event and the Levinson brothers' upcoming film.

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