Dec 16, 2014
A new version of the Window Horses concept trailer has just been released and now includes the voices of Sandra Oh, Ellen Page, Shohreh Agdashloo, Houshang Touzie, Don McKellar and more!
This is an animation test that we’ve put into a trailer for you to give you an idea of the feel of the film, which now includes the voices of Sandra Oh, Ellen Page, Shohreh Agdashloo, Houshang Touzie, Don McKellar, and more! Please help us turn this into a feature-length film!
Dec 5, 2014
Ellen Page has joined the cast of Window Horses! Ellen will be voicing Kelly, Rosie Ming’s (Sandra Oh) best friend, who likes to talk A LOT!
The animated feature is written, directed and produced by Ann Marie Fleming. The film stars Oh as Rosie and Nancy Kwan. Oh also serves as executive producer.
It’s about love (it’s always about love…) – love of family, poetry, history, culture. Here’s the story: Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet, is invited to perform at a Poetry Festival in Shiraz, Iran, but she’d rather be in Paris. She lives at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents and has never been anywhere by herself. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets and Persians, all who tell her stories that force her to confront her past; the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her and the nature of Poetry itself. It’s about building bridges between cultural and generational divides. It’s about being curious. Staying open. And finding your own voice through the magic of poetry.
Rosie goes on an unwitting journey of forgiveness, reconciliation, and perhaps above all, understanding, through learning about her father’s past, her own cultural identity, and her responsibility to it.
This film is our small effort to try and add a little more peace, love and understanding to our increasingly complex and conflicted world through art, poetry, history and culture. Heady stuff!
Dec 4, 2014
Ellen wins ‘Ultimate Inspiration‘ award for her powerful coming out speech at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Woman Awards held in London on Wednesday.
Last night, the beautiful One Mayfair in Central London played host to the ninth annual Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards with Baileys. The glamorous star-studded event celebrates the amazing achievements of the nation’s truly inspirational real-life women and ultimate celebrities of 2014. Over 250 guests including McBusted, The Saturdays and Cosmo cover star Abbey Clancy attended the event, which was hosted by Fearne Cotton for the NINTH consecutive year.
Celebrity winners on the night included some of the biggest names in music, fashion, sport and television, as well as six real-life winners, chosen for their outstanding personal achievements, acts of courage, bravery and determination.
HRC’s YouTube channel is chock-full of moments both inspiring and heartwarming, but perhaps our favorite of 2014 includes a particular pint-sized Canadian at a youth conference in Las Vegas.
On Valentine’s Day this year, actress Ellen Page took to the stage with HRC President Chad Griffin at HRC’s inaugural youth conference, Time to Thrive, to take the bold step of coming out publicly for the first time.
Page’s powerful coming out moment was viewed more than a half-million times within the first 12 hours alone. Almost immediately, celebrities took to Twitter to share messages of support, encouragement and congratulations.
It is Page’s indomitable spirit and the powerful example she sets for LGBT and allied youth that makes her speech our favorite viral video of 2014.
Nov 20, 2014
Tonight Out.com will be celebrating this year’s Out100 honorees, including Sam Smith, Ellen Page, Zachary Quinto, and Samira Wiley; the four very special cover stars.
The 20th anniversary party will start from 8pm ET tonight! Check back soon for all coverage of the event.
EDIT: Unfortunately, Ellen couldn’t make it to tonight’s event. Jaimie Alexander spoke on stage and accepted Ellen’s award for her.
Watch Ellen’s absolutely gorgeous teaser video from her OUT100 photoshoot below:
Nov 11, 2014
OUT100: Ellen Page
By R. Kurt Osenlund
Entertainer Of The Year
Photography by JUCO | Retouching by Anna Glen at Wet Noodle
On Valentine’s Day this year, Ellen Page came out publicly while giving a gorgeously eloquent speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conference. It was an act that had been choreographed months in advance by Page, her representation, and HRC president Chad Griffin, who all wanted the revelation to have a more selfless impact than it would if Page were to “say it on Twitter,” as she puts it when we meet at New York’s Bowery Hotel. Before making the announcement that would leave her visibly exhaling in relief, Page offered an anecdote about a Web site that ran an article with a photo of her in sweatpants. The writer, Page explained, asked why such a beauty would insist on dressing that way. “Because I like to be comfortable,” Page told the conference’s enamored attendees.
Taking in the extent of Page’s newfound comfort is invigorating. Beyond the no-fuss clothes she’s wearing today (sneakers, a hoodie, and a cap), she’s noticeably unburdened, and it all seems new for an actress who, despite her vigor on screen, has previously given off a shy vibe in public. “You just feel different in the world,” says the 27-year-old Oscar nominee. “Once you’ve done something that you used to think was impossible, what could ever really scare you again? Even now, press is more enjoyable because I don’t have to have certain conversations. For instance, I’m never going to have to have a conversation about a dress, or heels, ever again.”
Netting a Best Actress nod at the age of 20 for Juno, Page was groomed early for the dress-and-heels, red carpet scene. But things were missing from it, including her first girlfriend, whom she’d met shortly before the film’s release, but couldn’t include in its glittering aftermath. “No one’s ever been so direct as to say, ‘You’re gay, so we’re gonna hide it,’ ” Page says. “But there’s an unspoken thing going on. [People] believe it’s the right thing to do for your career. They don’t realize it’s eroding your soul. It was eventually about me being like, Wait, why am I listening to that? At what point did I let those things become important?
For Page, a game-changing moment came not long ago, when she watched TV host (and fellow Canadian) George Stroumboulopoulos chat with Dan Savage, who voiced his steadfast opinion that coming out is a moral imperative. “The way he spoke of it left very little leeway, and it really stuck with me,” Page says. “We all go through a journey and get where we need to be, but I really did start feeling guilty. I kind of felt like an asshole.”
Sitting on Page’s lap is a script for Freeheld, a feature-length adaptation of the acclaimed 2007 short, which chronicled the struggles of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree, a real-life lesbian couple from New Jersey, who, when Hester was diagnosed with terminal cancer, were denied the right of Hester passing on her pension to Andree. Page, who’s both co-producing the film and starring as Andree (Julianne Moore will play Hester), has been developing the project since she was 21.
“It’s very direct in showing how discrimination against the LGBT community affects people,” Page says. “There’s no getting around the unfairness that happened here, and just how illogical and almost psychopathic it felt. And it’s so exciting to get to do a love story with the sex that you actually fall for. I’m thrilled about it.”
It’s mostly serendipitous that Page came out in the same year Freeheld commenced production, but the movie has, naturally, impacted the way she’s felt about how she presents herself. She’s the latest in a new line of LGBT artists who come out after devoting themselves to meaningful, queer-themed projects, and if you want to label that a fashionable phenomenon, be her guest. “Even if it did become a trend, who cares, right?” Page says. “Let being yourself become a trend.”
Photographed at Milk Studios, New York on September 19, 2014
Fashion Director: Grant Woolhead. Styling by Michael Cook. fashion assistant: taja whitted. Set Designer: Greg Garry. Hair: Rheanne White. Makeup: Hung Vanngo. Coat by Emporio Armani.
Nov 7, 2014
Best of Halifax 2014 Readers’ Choice City Awards. Ellen came in first place for both Best Female Film/TV Actor and Best Halifamous Person!
Best Halifamous Person: Sure, she starred in one of the summer’s superhero juggernaut blockbusters. But what really made our love for Ellen Page shine brighter this year was her courageous coming-out speech back in February. “I’m here today because I am gay,” Page told the attendees at a conference for LGBT youth, saying she hoped her announcement might make a difference for others. “I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission.” As far as an ambassador to the world goes, Halifax could do a lot worse than the talent, thoughtfulness and bravery of our very own Ellen.
Best Female Film/TV Actor: Once again demonstrating her mutant power for box office blockbusters, Ellen Page suited-up again as Kitty Pryde and stood tall against Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman in the money train that was X-Men: Days of Future Past. Page is also trying her hand at producing with next year’s sci-fi drama Into the Forest co-starring Evan Rachel Wood. But our fave Page project this year has to go to her Funny or Die short with Kate Mara, Tiny Detectives.