FOLLOW UP: Alliance Southern California Meeting, El Fuego Dentro

At the El Fuego Dentro Alliance Meeting: (L-R) David Frantz, Curator at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Glenne McElhinney, Director of Impact Stories,  Queen Victoria Ortega Transgender Activist, Dante Alencastre, Director/Producer of El Fuego Dentro, C. Jerome Woods, Director of  The  Black LGBT Project,  Greg Day, Director of the California LGBT Arts Alliance. 

El Fuego Dentro: film screening, Q & A with the artist, Alliance meeting and mixer: presented by the California LGBT Arts Alliance and the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Thursday November 8th, 2012, at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles.

The California LGBT Arts Alliance would like to express our thanks to David Frantz and the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives for co producing this event.   We would also like to thank our event sponsors:  The City of West Hollywood, Impact Stories, The Black LGBT Project, Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival, OUTFEST and INSTALL: WeHo.

Twenty artists, organizational reps and supporters attended.  Organizational reps included, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, The Black LGBT Project, Autry National Center, Impact Stories and the Fairoaks Project.

The evening began with a welcome by David Frantz Curator at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. Greg Day Director of  the California LGBT Arts Alliance welcomed Alliance members and  introduced film maker Dante Alencastre.  Dante  introduced his film El Fuego Dentro, which documents Transgender activism in his native country of Peru.  After the film screening Mr. Alencastre was joined by Queen Victoria Ortega, a Los Angeles Transgender activist, for a lively Q & A session about the film and it’s importance to the community it presents.  Mr. Alencastre talked about his creative process and personal journey in making this film.  Ms Ortega talked about similarities and differences to the Los Angeles Transgender community and the importance of activism in securing Transgender rights.

The artist’s presentation was followed by an Alliance meeting and mixer.