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Wednesday
Jul302014

NHDP - NH Leaders Say Brown Partnership With Perry Insults New Hampshire Families 

Brown Welcomes Gov. Perry and His Repeated Insults to LGBT Families to NH
 
Brown Has History of Failing New Hampshire LGBT Community
 

 

Manchester, NH— LGBT Leaders in New Hampshire are calling attention to Scott Brown's welcoming of Texas Governor Rick Perry to New Hampshire, given Perry's offensive remarks about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, his record of actively fighting against LGBT civil rights, and Brown's record of failing LGBT families.
 
Brown and the NHGOP are hosting a conference call with Governor Perry today.
 
Scott Brown’s record of failing LGBT families, includes opposing the repeal of the antiquated Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to support—or even take a stand on—the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would have protected individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Brown also opposed same-sex marriage and repeatedly voted for a constitutional ban, and voting to suspend same-sex marriages in Washington, DC.
 
Somersworth Mayor Dana Hilliard said, "The fact that Scott Brown has agreed to associate so closely with someone who has actively fought against civil rights for LGBT individuals is extremely troubling, and frankly, hurtful. Families across the state deserve to know that Brown agrees with Governor Perry’s offensive, insensitive, and idiotic comparison between homosexuality and alcoholism. Scott Brown is showing us he isn't in this race for New Hampshire's LGBT community or any of our family or friends.” 
 
Brown is hosting the Perry conference call only weeks after Perry compared LGBT people to alcoholics, saying  "I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way."
 
“Rick Perry's brand of discrimination isn't welcome in New Hampshire.  This is the latest in a string of embarrassing and disastrous decisions made by a badly flailing Brown campaign,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “Accepting RickPerry’s endorsement and then touting it in front of members of the New Hampshire media is truly disturbing given Perry’s consistent anti-LGBT record. The fact that Brown has linked himself so closely with Governor Perry—especially following the incident in which one of his strong supporters sent the NHDP foul hate mail—should really spur families across the state to ask themselves whether this Beacon Hill politician has any sense of New Hampshire at all.”
Friday
Jul252014

Fred Karger - Campaign Documentary Premieres in Hollywood 

 


Fredthe documentary by John Fitzgerald Keitel about gay Republican politico Fred Karger’s historic run for the presidency in 2012, premiered to an appreciative packed audience at the Sundance Sunset Theater in Los Angeles last week. Karger rented the theater after the film had been rejected by Outfest, which a number of viewers were stunned to discover. Out and proud NBA player Jason Collins was among those who turned out for the screening.

Karger, a formidable senior consultant on the campaigns of such Republican politicos as Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, says he came up with the idea of running for the GOP nomination for president during the Prop. 8 campaign. His goal was to get into a debate and challenge the party and voters to recognize him as an openly gay man with the credentials and ideas to better represent the GOP than someone like Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum. A long shot from the beginning, given the rightward trend of the party, Karger nonetheless received considerable media attention in New Hampshire and Iowa—and nationally when a Washington Post reporter took him seriously and Mother Jones did a sizable feature focused on Karger versus Mitt and the Mormon Church. And such publications as US News and World Report profiled Karger and the documentary when it first came out last April. 

As most people who followed the Prop. 8 story know, Karger was vexed by Romney and the Mormons, whose role in the hate-filled anti-gay Prop. 8 campaign Karger uncovered through his Californians Against Hate campaign (now Rights Equal Rights). He dedicated his effort to the memory of the young gay teens who had committed suicide the year before.

And youth were a major foucs - and a major political constituency. Karger won the Saint Anselm College Republican Straw Poll in Manchester, New Hampshire in early April 2011, beating Mitt Romney by five votes. That support broadened in July 2011, when he was tied with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in a Zogby poll. By January 2012, Karger beat then-favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann in the New Hampshire primary by 138 votes! 

Karger told a post-screening panel moderated by his cousin, Fandango's Dave Karger, that he asked Keitel if he wanted to “come along for the journey” and document the ups and downs of campaigning without adequate funding and name recognition, which itself produced the humorous slogan “Fred Who?”

And while Karger met the minimum criteria of GOP state parties to get into the debates, he was still not allowed to participate. Instead, the debates allowed audience members to boo as gay servicemember Stephen Hill asking a question about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" via YouTube while serving in Iraq. Rick Santorum stumbled a bit, didn't thank Hill for his service and said he'd repeal DADT. The film asks: what would have happened had Karger been in that debate? 

But Fred does shows how Karger succeeded in his other main goal: “making it easier for LGBT youth to be who they are.” The film is replete with scenes and commentary from young people in near empty rooms inspired by Karger’s verve, vision and mission.

Indeed, featured in the film is James Duke Mason, grandson of famed actor James Mason and son of singer Belinda Carlisle, who recently filed papers to run for the West Hollywood City Council. 

Also at the event, actor/therapist Chad Allen and Beau Johnson, also featured in the film.

Derrick Davis and Kevin Merrell, Mormons who lost their faith in the church during the Prop. 8 campaign, also featured in the film.

Former State Sen. Roy Ashburn of Bakersfield with his partner Eli Almanza.

And Richard Ayoub, editor in chief of RumorFix and Variety's Ted Johnson with Jason Collins.

Also there were two beloved, smart politicos who cross the aisle—former L.A. City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and longtime consultant Allan Hoffenblum.   

Karger and Keitel are looking for a distributor for the documentary. Here's the trailer:

See more at: http://www.frontiersla.com/frontiers-blog/2014/07/23/fred-premiers-at-sundance-sunset-theatre-to-laughter-and-acclaim/page/1
 

More Reviews of FRED!!!
                   
 
Openly Gay Presidential Candidate Fred Karger Makes For A Fascinating Doc
 
Posted on July 18th, 2014 at 5:18 am
- Richard@rumorfix.com
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Fred Karger has a place in American history and you probably don’t even know his name, but after seeing a his new documentary you will probably want to meet him and be his friend.

The 64-year-old is the star of Fred that premiered Thursday night at the Sundance Sunset Theater in West Hollywood.

In 2012, Fred became the first openly gay candidate to run for the presidency. There isn’t one second watching the film that you believe Fred has a chance at the biggest office in the land.

But the best part is Fred knows it too. His campaign slogan is”Fred Who?” Exactly … he asks the question before the rest of us did. But you will find him folksy and likeable, you actually start rooting for him — you want him to get a chance at appearing in one of the Republican debates.

Yes, I said Republican. That’s the other twist — Fred is an openly gay Republican.

Fred Karger Came Out At 58

During his campaign and now with the film, Fred’s goal is to inspire LGBT youth and let them know they don’t have limitations. He likened himself to Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American to run for president in 1972 — she paved the way for Jesse Jackson in 1988 and Barack Obama in 2008.

When Fred ran for office in 2012, I always wondered “Isn’t that the same guy who was trying to save a gay bar in Laguna Beach?” I have fond memories of the Boom Boom Room too, but I wasn’t about to start a petition to save it. What I didn’t know is the bar was the old gay establishment in the Western United States and it was that grass roots effort that catapulted Fred out of the closet in 2006 at the age of 58.

In 2008, he continued his gay rights advocacy by starting Californians Against Hate (now Rights Equal Rights), to publicly expose major donors to anti-gay Prop 8 and he organized boycotts. Fred was always involved in politics, he did work with the Ronald Reagan Administration and he worked for a political consulting and public affairs firm for 27 years.

Outfest Rejects ‘Fred’

In the film, you see lots of people asking “Fred Who?,” you see him talking to nearly empty rooms of potential supporters and you see him being rejected from every Presidential debate even though he met the minimum criteria. But, you see Fred — who funded most of his efforts on his own — never giving up. After all he was making history.

And even now it appears Fred’s battles aren’t over. Although the director of the film, John Fitzgerald Keitel, has made it into Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Festival, every year since 1992, he was turned down this year for his Fred film.

So just like Fred did in the film, he threw his own party. He rented out the Sundance Theater during the same week that Outfest was going on and he got gay icons like Jason Collins and Chad Allen to show up. He got Fandango’s Dave Karger, who is Fred’s cousin, to moderate a panel and he threw an after party at the Malibu Fish Grill.

Fred is worth renting on Netflix.

Read more at:  http://rumorfix.com/2014/07/openly-gay-presidential-candidate-fred-karger-makes-fascinating-doc/#TAWiigzlgLSTEH3h.99
 

 
 

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FRED in New Hampshire

FRED toured New Hampshire for nine days in March, where much of the campaign and the documentary filming took place.  FRED served as the opening night film at the MONIFF International Film Festival and then screened all over the Granite State.
 
There were also rough cut screenings held in Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, New York and Salt Lake City last winter.
 
 














 







 
 

FRED was shown at Concord High School in the Christa McAuliffe Auditorium to over 200 students.  Take a look at the front page story by Iain Wilson with photos by Geoff Forester of this amazing afternoon:  CLICK HERE
 
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Documenting the New Hampshire Screening Tour for CNN

We made six iReports for CNN of the FRED New Hampshire Screening Tour.  Thanks go out to the great work of Kevin Miniter who shot all the footage and Chris Morrow who did a superb job of editing and posting them.  You'll find an introduction to each screening, B roll of the venue and interviews and reviews of the film including a conversation with filmmaker John Fitzgerald Keitel who made the documentary. Just click on the images below!
 
Day 1 - The World Premiere, MONiff International Film Festival


Day 2 - University of New Hampshire



Day 3 - Press and Friends Screening at the Centennial Hotel



Day 4 -- New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College



Day 5 - Concord High School



Day 6 - Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College



* We've linked all iReports to identical YouTube version
   
FRED Synopsis

2014, USA, 102 minutes
Director: John Fitzgerald Keitel

When Fred Karger began running for President of the United States in February 2010 filmmaker John Fitzgerald Keitel was at his side. John spent the next two years documenting his historic campaign as the first openly gay candidate for president from either major political party. Now a one hour documentary, FRED is out and gives audiences an real inside look at the roller coaster campaign. Follow Fred from the towns of New Hampshire to the Iowa State Fair.  Watch as he takes on Fox News and Mitt Romney. See the reaction from voters to any openly gay GOP candidate as the campaign travels from New Orleans to New York, from Gay Pride Parades to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. Watch Fred as he fights for inclusion in the debates, takes on his opponents and campaigns to let lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans know that anything is possible. It’s an hour of history that will make you laugh, cry and guaranteed to delight all audiences.



Here's the Movie Poster
 

 
Thursday
Jul032014

FRED Web Site Launched!!! 

FRED the Documentary Launches New Web Site
 
HOLLYWOOD, CA – Today we are proud to announce the launch of our slick new web site, www.FREDtheFilm.com  It’s the go to site for the new documentary on Fred Karger’s historic campaign for President. 
 
The site let’s you read about the film, view the trailer, see the coverage, take a look at photos and meet the players in John Fitzgerald Keitel’s groundbreaking film.
 
FRED has already received a tremendous reaction from screening audiences and great early reviews (see below).
 

 
Here is the link to the Web Site:  CLICK HERE 
 
Watch the trailer:  CLICK HERE
 
FRED toured New Hampshire in March, where much of the campaign and the documentary filming took place.  FRED served as the opening night film at the MONIFF International Film Festival and then screened all over the Granite State.
 
There were also rough cut screenings held in Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, New York and Salt Lake City last winter.
 
FRED becomes the third documentary on the 2012 Presidential Campaign.  It joins MITT by Greg Whiteley, on Mitt Romney’s effort and Caucus by AJ Schnack which tells the story of the 2011-2012 GOP campaign in Iowa.
 
FRED PREMIERE COMING SOON!

We will be announcing the Hollywood Premiere of Fred very soon. It will be held in Hollywood later this month.
 
 














 







 
 

FRED was shown at Concord High School in the Christa McAuliffe Auditorium to over 200 students.  Take a look at the front page story by Iain Wilson with photos by Geoff Forester of this amazing afternoon:  CLICK HERE
 
Concord Monitor

 


Documenting the New Hampshire Screening Tour for CNN

We made six iReports for CNN of the FRED New Hampshire Screening Tour.  Thanks go out to the great work of Kevin Miniter who shot all the footage and Chris Morrow who did a superb job of editing and posting them.  You'll find an introduction to each screening, B roll of the venue and interviews and reviews of the film including a conversation with filmmaker John Fitzgerald Keitel who made the documentary. Just click on the images below!
 
Day 1 - The World Premiere, MONiff International Film Festival


Day 2 - University of New Hampshire



Day 3 - Press and Friends Screening at the Centennial Hotel



Day 4 -- New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College



Day 5 - Concord High School



Day 6 - Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College



* We've linked all iReports to identical YouTube version
   
FRED Synopsis

2014, USA, 102 minutes
Director: John Fitzgerald Keitel

When Fred Karger began running for President of the United States in February 2010 filmmaker John Fitzgerald Keitel was at his side. John spent the next two years documenting his historic campaign as the first openly gay candidate for president from either major political party. Now a one hour documentary, FRED is out and gives audiences an real inside look at the roller coaster campaign. Follow Fred from the towns of New Hampshire to the Iowa State Fair.  Watch as he takes on Fox News and Mitt Romney. See the reaction from voters to any openly gay GOP candidate as the campaign travels from New Orleans to New York, from Gay Pride Parades to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. Watch Fred as he fights for inclusion in the debates, takes on his opponents and campaigns to let lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans know that anything is possible. It’s an hour of history that will make you laugh, cry and guaranteed to delight all audiences.



Here's the Movie Poster
 

 
Friday
Jun272014

NHDP - Anniversary of DOMA Decision Reminder: Brown Wrong on Equal Rights, Wrong for NH 

Year After Supreme Court Struck Down Anti-LGBT Law, Brown Cozies Up to Mitt Romney and Hopes No One Will Remember His Anti-LGBT Record
 

Concord, NH— The first anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act is a perfect reminder for New Hampshire voters of Scott Brown's out of touch positions and opposition to equal rights. The Defense of Marriage Act, which prevented same-sex couples from enjoying the same federal rights as heterosexual couples, was supported by both Scott Brown and Mitt Romney. Now, Brown is cozying up to Romney and touting his endorsement. But Granite Staters remember that both Massachusetts politicians have always been on the wrong side of this issue, which affected thousands of New Hampshire families.
 
“Today is a perfect reminder that Scott Brown was on the wrong side of history when he opposed allowing loving, committed same-sex couples in New Hampshire the same rights as heterosexual couples,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “He was a reliable supporter of the Defense of Marriage Act, and even refused to support ending workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. And this week, he’s celebrating an endorsement from Massachusetts failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney, another enemy of equality for LGBT individuals. There is simply no place for that sort of discrimination in the Granite State—families here will not stand for it.”


While he made no secret of the fact that he was pro-DOMA, Brown also referred to LGBT right as “pet issues” in an op-ed when he was running for Senate in Massachusetts. That comment prompted Jerame Davis, Executive Director of the Stonewall Democrats, to say that Brown “simply doesn’t care” about LGBT issues.
 
“Scott Brown is for Scott Brown. Between Brown’s past comments and his current embrace of Mitt Romney, it’s clear that he has the wrong priorities for New Hampshire,” McClain continued.
Friday
May302014

NHDP - Concord Monitor: Havenstein's Opposition To Equality "Unacceptable"

Key Point: "But the less obvious, and more troubling, implication of his statement is that he doesn’t believe gay and lesbian people deserve constitutional protections in New Hampshire. For a candidate running to represent everyone, that’s unacceptable."



Concord Monitor: On equality, Havenstein stumbles again