Featured Film Festival Guests

NLGLFF honors filmmakers sharing the struggles and triumphs of the LGBT community with the rest of the world. Our 2017 guests include  Blake McIver Ewing, Emerson Collins, Ann Walker, Victoria Cruz and Moises Serrano.

2017 Film Festival Guests

 

Blake McIver, photo credit Bradford Rogne

Blake McIver Ewing is an actor known for Tarzan (1999), The Little Rascals (1994) and The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (2000). He portrays Peter in A Very Sordid Wedding.

Emerson Collins, photo credit Bradford Rogne

Emerson Collins is an actor and producer in film, television, and theatre, who also works as a television personality, radio host, and event emcee and writes as a contributor for various media outlets. He is best known for his role as Mark in Del Shores’ Southern Baptist Sissies and portrays Billy Joe Dobson in A Very Sordid Wedding.

Ann Walker

Ann Walker grew up in Houston, Texas. She attended Stephen F. Austin High School and was a member of the famed Scottish Brigade Drill Team. Proudly, Ann can still do the Highland Fling with the best of them. She went first to New York City to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts then to Los Angeles in 1974 to continue the pursuit of her dream.

But her biggest joy in her theatrical career came in 1996 with Del’s other big comedy hit SORDID LIVES in which Ann originated the enduring and beloved LaVonda Dupree, a role she reprised in the award-winning film in 2000.

In 2007 Ann was invited to join the cast of Sordid Lives-The Series as a regular. Filming the first 12 episodes, which debuted July 23, 2008 on LOGO.

Some of Ann’s other film credits include FATHER OF THE BRIDE II, THE FANATICS, IT TAKES TWO, SOULMAN and THE JAGGED EDGE, to name a few. Her TV guest appearances have included THE SUITE LIFE, PROVIDENCE, ARLISS, PASSIONS, STATE OF GRACE, LAS VEGAS, SEX, LOVE & SECRETS, MADTV and another installment of THE RUTLES, with Eric Idle. You can look for some of her movies-of-the-week: THE MARY KAY LETOURNEAU STORY, SHE’S NO ANGEL, and WILLING TO KILL, The Texas Cheerleader Story and most recently LONE RIDER. She portrays the beloved Lavonda Dupree in A Very Sordid Wedding.

Victoria Cruz

Victoria Cruz is a prominent transgender activist who has been investigating the mysterious death of fellow trans activist, Marsha P. Johnson. Hailing from Red Hook, Brooklyn, Cruz is a graduate of Brooklyn College, and worked as a dancer and performer in her early career. For 18 years she worked for the New York City Anti-Violence Project, rising to the rank of Domestic Violence Counselor and Advocate. In 2012, the Justice Department named her the recipient of the National Crime Victim Service. For her on-camera role in THE DEATH & LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON), she received the coveted Outfest Freedom Award in 2017. She resides in Brooklyn.

Moises Serrano

Moises Serrano is an undocumented activist who has lived most of his life in Yadkin County, NC. His journey as an organizer began three years ago when he decided to publicly reveal his immigration status in order to highlight the need in our communities for the passing of the DREAM Act. After the failure of the DREAM Act he became a part of the National Coordinating Committee for United We Dream whose campaign in 2011 and 2012 was Administrative Relief or Deferred Action. Since the first moment he “came out of the shadows,” he has relentlessly shared his story across the state to try to dispel the myths around the undocumented community. As a publicly gay man, Moises’ mission is to unite the immigration and LGBTQ movements, seeing them both as a struggle for human rights. The film Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America documents his plight as an undocumented immigrant fighting for his share in the “American Dream.”