Ed’s Up – Ed Robertson interviewed by Greg David for TV Guide, Sympatico.MSN.CA
November 14, 2007
Los Angeles, California – October 22, 2007 – Alluvial Filmworks will release the first two DVD editions of Bump!, the world’s first and most watched gay and lesbian travel television series, on December 4, 2007 featuring destinations in Mexico and Great Britain. Sexy gay soap star Charlie David leads the tour of the gay side of Mexico and acclaimed lesbian playwright Shannon McDonough shares some of the best Great Britain has to offer lesbians and gays.
Bump! is an international hit in its third season broadcasting in the United States, Canada, Spain, Israel, France and Belgium. Beginning in December, viewers will have the luxury of enjoying the series when they want for entertainment or reference!
In the Mexico edition of Bump! on DVD, Charlie takes viewers on a fun-filled trip through Mexico City, Bump! then says “Hola!” to Puerto Vallarta, the gay paradise on the Mexican Riviera with a trip including a gay beach, an island gay resort, horseback trail rides, gay shopping, popular gay-owned restaurants and a hot dance club. Charlie also visits the luxurious, tropical, gay-friendly destination of Cancun. Beginning at the hottest of gay beaches, he shows viewers exquisite dining, a great spa experience, swimming with the dolphins and more shopping. In each city, Charlie gives viewers a well-rounded tour beginning with informative and enlightening daytime activities and ending up with the best of the local nightlife.
Shannon leads viewers on an incredible trip too in the Great Britain edition of Bump! on DVD. Beginning with the cheerful seaside resort of Brighton, Shannon takes a spin on the carnival rides at the colorful Brighton Pier, does some fun gay shopping, stops at the trendiest eateries, visits a real Graham Norton, Britain’s most popular (and gay) talk show host, shares a few words about his favorite gay spots! Viewers learn about Oscar Wilde’s meteoric rise and fall in London society, before dropping in at the local gay gym. Shannon also shows great places for the gay traveler to stay and looks at London’s gay Mardi Gras. Finally, she ends up bargain hunting at Bermondsey Market. queen’s opulent summer palace, and explores the Brighton Museum’s exhibit on gay and lesbian history and culture. Manchester teems with gay bars, shops, restaurants, and hotels and Shannon takes it all in. She strolls down festive Canal Street, the heart of the gay village. She also joins thousands at Gayfest, checks out the Mr. Gay U.K. pageant, takes in some history and tours unique gay guesthouses, restaurants, bars, and clubs. No trip to Great Britain is complete without visiting London, and Shannon takes viewers on a tour of this amazing cosmopolitan city crackling with a vibrant queer scene. She trips around town, checking out the major landmarks – Buckingham Palace, Covent Gardens, and Piccadilly Circus, to name a few. She also heads over to Compton Street and Leceister Square on a tour of gay SoHo. Even Graham Norton, Britain’s most popular (and gay) talk show host, shares a few words about his favorite gay spots! Viewers learn about Oscar Wilde’s meteoric rise and fall in London society, before dropping in at the local gay gym. Shannon also shows great places for the gay traveler to stay and looks at London’s gay Mardi Gras. Finally, she ends up bargain hunting at Bermondsey Market.
The suggested retail price of each Bump! DVD is $19.98 and the running time is 72 minutes. Bump! DVDs will be available to purchase at retail stores throughout the world and online at websites including Amazon.com and 10percent.com. It will also be available to rent from video rental companies including Netflix. For more information about the DVD series of Bump! including the first 16 releases, information about the hosts, high-resolution imagery, a trailer and more, visit www.bumpdvd.com.
Bump! was created, developed and produced by Bumper 2 Bumper Media, Inc. a joint venture between Pink Triangle Press (www.pinktrianglepress.comand Peace Point Entertainment Group (www.peacepoint.tv). More information about the Bump! television series can be found at www.bumptv.com
ABOUT ALLUVIAL FILMWORKS
Alluvial Filmworks is the independent film distribution division of Village Lighthouse, Inc., a gay and lesbian consumer products company. Its library includes feature-length films, short film compilations, stage shows and television series that the gay community can relate to and others can enjoy as well. Alluvial Filmworks prides itself in both recognizing the accomplishments of upcoming talent in gay and lesbian independent cinema and offering other hard-to-find content through its DVD and broadcast distribution. And while it boasts having award-winning titles in its collection, Alluvial Filmworks believes firmly in its mission to share work from filmmakers whose impressive skills have yet to be widely discovered.
ABOUT VILLAGE LIGHTHOUSE
Village Lighthouse, Inc. is a leading manufacturer, distributor and retailer of gay and lesbian oriented merchandise. Its wholesale divisions, including 10%, PROVOCATEUR and Alluvial Filmworks distribute greeting cards, calendars, postcards, posters, magnets, DVDs, cologne, lotion, male pheromones and other paper products to over 500 accounts internationally. Village Lighthouse’s retail divisions include 10percent.com, the leading online shopping destination for the gay community. For more information about Village Lighthouse and its divisions, visit its corporate website at www.villagelighthouse.com.
Charlie David has been a host for E! Television, NBC, OutTV, here! TV, Pink TV, EGO, Fine Living and Life Network on such shows as FYE!, SpyTV, Bump! and Crash Test Mommy. Charlie’s writing has been published by National Youth Ambassador, Adventure Women, Outlooks and BoyCrazy! magazines. A celebrated writer in Vancouver, the Cold Reading Series awarded Charlie ‘Best Feature Screenplay’ for Mulligans and ‘Best Short Screenplay’ for Narcissus. In 2005, Out Magazine recognized Charlie in their ‘Out 100’ for outstanding contributions to arts and culture at their gala in New York. Formerly in a rock band, Charlie opened for Destiny’s Child, Pink, Snoop Dogg, Rick Springfield and Black Eyed Peas. Charlie is now focused on film and TV with recent roles in the films, A Four Letter Word and Kiss the Bride, and on ABC’s Ugly Betty, Bravo!’s Godiva’s, Showtime’s Reefer Madness, ! Movie Central/Movie Channel’s award winning Terminal City and starring in a third season of here! TV’s gothic soap opera, Dante’s Cove. www.charliedavid.com
Shannon McDonough has appeared recently in Regenisis, Angela’s Eyes, and commercials for H&R Block, and the Ontario Workplace Safety & Insurance Board as well as the upcoming film Camille staring Sienna Miller, David Carradine and James Franco. Shannon grew up in Toronto and trained with famed comedy troupe The Second City before branching out into television, film and voice work. Shannon is a performer, writer, and producer who devotes her time to seeing the funnier side of life. Her writing debut, the dark comedy Ring – about working in a phone sex office – met with critical acclaim, as did And Every Night’s Hot At The Va Va Voom, a brash and sassy musical about lesbian love in a 1940’s New Jersey Burlesque house. Her other plays, Talking To Mom in Colour and Southern Belle were audience favorites at The New Ideas Festival at Toronto’s Alumnae Theatre. Shannon has been seen on stage in Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, and recently, Criminal Hearts. www.offstage.ca/shannon
Julian P. Hobson
Director of Business Affairs and Film Acquisitions
A Global TV Documentary Series In Production
Airing May 17, 2008 On Global TV
TORONTO (CANADA) – Wednesday, March 26, 2008 – Peace Point Entertainment Group announced today that production is almost complete on Real Fight Club, a commissioned documentary for Canada’s Global Television network. Weighing in on the controversy over extreme fighting, Real Fight Club is a 60-minute documentary examining this new sport considered an ‘art’ by some and ‘barbaric’ by others, visiting the stakeholders from both sides of the debate. Real Fight Club will air May 17, 2008 at 7 p.m. nationwide on Global Television as part of the award-winning documentary series Global Currents. Please note airing schedule is subject to change.
“Real Fight Club is our second documentary for Global Television’s documentary series, Global Currents,” says Peace Point Entertainment Group President and Executive Producer Les Tomlin. “Last year, our first doc DecAIDS went on to win awards and screen at festivals around the world so we can’t wait to see how audiences will react to Real Fight Club.”
“To expose this type of sport to the general public is very risky,” says director James Hyslop, “but with very rare footage and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at this subculture, we are proud to bring it to the forefront of audiences everywhere.”
Editors please note hi-res images available for download, click on image below:
Fighting is one of the inescapable conditions of humanity, second only to the propagation of the species. From cavemen battling for fire to full-on war between armored armies, people have always squared off against each other but it is now happening at an unprecedented level. Television, the Internet and video games have made personal combat an easily accessible entertainment. Real Fight Club is an in-depth examination of the social and cultural impact on Canada and Canadians of one of the newest forms of this human condition—brutal fighting as sport.
Real Fight Club documents Albert Doxtator and his journey to overcome racism and sexual, drug and alcohol abuse through mixed martial arts (MMA). Doxtator is challenging the government to legalize the sport that saved his life. As a member of the Oneida Nation, he is able to stage and promote fights on the Chippewas of Thames Reservation (near London, ON.) through a 150-year-old treaty that puts him beyond the laws of Ontario that have declared MMA illegal. The film chronicles Doxtator’s efforts to train and manage his fighters, men who dream of making it to the wildly popular Ultimate Fighting Championship, where fame and fortune await those who can fight and win against the best of the modern gladiators of MMA.
The documentary also examines the other side of the story: the refusal of Ken Hayashi and the Ontario Athletic Commission to endorse MMA due to the extreme level of violence in a sport only in its infancy and its absence of an amateur network. Hayashi is himself a martial artist but determined to enforce the law of the land (the same argument Doxtator uses for staging fights on the reservation).
Real Fight Club chronicles this ongoing battle as its narrative arc introduces the myriad of social, health, moral and financial issues that fighting for sport and money creates, examining them from both sides of the equation. Interviews with social and health workers, sportscasters, law enforcement officials and cultural experts provide a contextual framework and reference to the story of Doxtator and Hayashi. This engaging film will inform and entertain audiences fascinated by this new genre, while compelling them to rethink their biases and begin a necessary debate on the role of fighting in our society.
Executive Producer, Les Tomlin
Supervising Producer, Vallery Hyduk
Written & Directed by James Hyslop
Producer, Craig Fleming (Ed’s Up for Peace Point) with Ian Wisniewski and Wyatt Chinn (Creative Producers).
Produced in association with Global Television, a division of Canwest Media Inc.
Peace Point Entertainment Group is a Toronto-based independent producer of cutting-edge television content for the worldwide market. Last year, Peace Point aired its documentary DecAIDS: Anything is Possible on Global Television’s Global Currents documentary series, which was a 60-minute documentary about the Fashion Cares fundraiser in Toronto. DecAIDS recently won an award at the AIDS Film Festival in New York City and has screened at several international film festivals.
To date, Peace Point has produced over 400 hours of television content with distribution in over 35 international markets. Current shows in production and/or airing this year include Ed’s Up! (OLN Canada), Bump! (OUTtv), Food Jammers (Food Canada), Fresh with Anna Olson (Food Canada), Reality Obsessed (TVtropolis) and Real Fight Club www.peacepoint.tv documentary (Global TV). The company creates, finances, produces and distributes popular television programming in a variety of genres including doc, lifestyle, reality and drama. Additionally, Peace Point is a shareholder of OUTtv Canada where Tomlin also sits on the board. OUTtv is a national Canadian digital specialty channel (formerly PrideVision). For more information and video clips, log onto:
About Global Currents:
Global Currents is a Gemini award-winning, critically acclaimed documentary series from Global Television that is committed to revealing extraordinary perspectives and issues affecting all Canadians. Hosted by Global National anchor and executive editor Kevin Newman, each weekly one-hour, independently produced documentary represents the talents of Canada’s best socio-political, environmental, humanist and scientific documentary filmmakers. Global Currents recently won the Best Documentary Series award at the 2007 Gemini Awards. www.globaltv.com/globalcurrents.
Shot in London ON (Oneida Settlement), Hamilton ON,
Toronto ON and Las Vegas, NV
For more media information, including screeners, photos and interviews with Les Tomlin, Craig Fleming, Albert Doxtator or Joe Ferraro, please contact: