Oct 21, 2014
Freeheld, which is currently filming in the New York area, tells the story of how a lesbian couple fought discrimination more than 10 years ago to extend domestic partner benefits. With same-sex marriage spreading state by state this year, the movie — which stars Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, who is also a producer on the film — might feel like it took place a long time ago.
But Freeheld’s director Peter Sollett, producers, cast, and production staff were recently reminded that while some things have changed for LGBT people, others have not.
In Freeheld — based on Cynthia Wade’s Oscar-winning documentary short from 2007 — Moore plays a New Jersey detective dying of lung cancer who seeks to leave her pension to her partner, played by Page. In one scene, the couple applies for a civil union, and the production needed a building that could pass for a town hall.
Initially, the location scout was told that Salesian High School, a private, all-boys Catholic school in New Rochelle, N.Y., was available for the afternoon the scene was to be filmed. But then higher-up school administrators said no. Michael Shamberg, Freeheld’s producer, told BuzzFeed News that he then appealed to Salesian’s principal, John Flaherty, who told Shamberg to send an email that he could forward to Father John Serio, the school’s president. After doing that, Shamberg never heard back from Serio, and Freeheld shot the scene somewhere else.
“I respect their right to say no,” Shamberg said. “But it’s sad.”
When BuzzFeed News contacted Flaherty by email about the school’s reasoning in not wanting a movie with LGBT content to film there, he wrote: “All are welcomed at Salesian High School. Our School chooses to embrace the social issues such as hunger, homelessness, poverty, and helping the less fortunate.”
When asked in a follow-up email for more specifics, Flaherty responded, “I will let my initial statement stand for itself.”
Ellen responded to the news with this tweet shortly after:
Using religion to justify bigotry makes me sad. Sending my support 2 the LGBT students at the school who I hope r able 2 find acceptance.
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) October 21, 2014
Oct 18, 2014
An exclusive look at an upcoming promotional still from Ellen’s next film, Into the Forest.
Due to release Q2 2015.
Nell (Page) and Eli (Max Minghella). | alllouisianafilmstudios.com
Oct 8, 2014
Ellen Page will voice Izzy for the upcoming animated feature Robodog directed by Henry Anderson III.
The cast also includes the voices of Ron Perlman, Rainn Wilson, Steve Zahn and Edward James Olmos.
ROBODOG is a classic, heart-warming adventure story about an unlikely duo who couldn’t be more different. KC (Kinetic Canine) is a bright, energetic but overzealous robotic dog, while MARSHALL is an old, curmudgeonly “real” dog, set in his ways and has little patience for anything new. This canine odd couple embarks on the adventure of a lifetime where each will learn the true nature of friendship, and not to judge a book by its cover.
Oct 4, 2014
Ellen Page has drawn an elephant in support of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Fund. Her artwork will be auctioned and bids will start from $50. The money raised will help to foster a rhino and an orphaned baby elephant. Photo courtesy of @fwillick.
Led by a giant elephant puppet, a bagpiper and a trombonist, about 70 people marched in downtown Halifax on Saturday to protest the ivory and rhino horn trade.
The march coincided with similar events taking place in more than 130 cities around the world to raise awareness of poaching.
Event organizer Linda Corkum said she was spurred to join the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos after learning about the ivory and rhino horn trade and the threat it poses to the animals.
“It really touched me. The pictures of the elephants slaughtered for their tusks, I saw those and I thought, ‘I have to do something.’ It’s got to stop. The more people that are aware of it, the better the chances are that we can stop it.”
According to literature distributed by protesters, four elephants are killed every hour and three rhinos are slaughtered each year in Africa. The ivory tusks of elephants are used to make decorative objects and rhino horns are used as a treatment for cancer, colds and hangovers and also as a party drug.
“It’s just such a useless thing, to reduce a beautiful animal to a chopstick,” Corkum said. “Anything made from ivory is a totally useless thing. It’s vanity.”
Tatiana Neklioudova attended the protest holding a large plush elephant. She said she’s an animal lover and even sponsors two baby elephants through a wildlife trust.
“Elephants are gentle animals and they’ve been treated very badly for centuries,” Neklioudova said. “And soon, they will disappear from Earth. We think poaching should stop.”
Protesters marched around Halifax’s Public Gardens behind the elephant puppet, with the trombonist providing elephant-like sound effects. The accompanying bagpiper was playing on an instrument that did not include ivory parts.
A silent auction of elephant-related artwork included a drawing by Haligonian actress Ellen Page. Proceeds from the auction were to go to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to help foster a rhino and an orphaned baby elephant.
Protesters also circulated a petition to call on Ottawa to support anti-poaching efforts in Africa and to destroy Canada’s stockpile of confiscated ivory items to help enforce the message that ivory is not a legitimate consumer product.
Oct 3, 2014
Ellen Page has just started filming Freeheld with Julianne Moore. I have added 22 HQ’s from the set!
Oct 3, 2014
Today I changed our main and photo gallery layouts. I decided on a Fall/Autumn theme. What do you think of it? I hope you all like the new look. Let me know in the comments if you run into any glitches.