WALTERFILM INSIGHTS AND NEWS

Drag Before RuPaul

The term “Drag” is the shortened version of “Drag Queen” which, in many circles today, is a derogatory description of men who like to dress as women either as a life choice or as a female impersonator. RuPaul changed “Drag Queen” to “Drag” in 2009, when he became an international celebrity, turning his success as RuPaul Female Impersonator, recording artist, spokesperson, actor, author and talk show host into a reality competition television series, RuPaul’s Drag Race, which he…

Colorful Characters for the Holidays

MOVIE, RADIO, ANIMATION AND COMIC  Imagine as a child or even an adult of the Depression era finding a fully articulated toy model of your favorite movie, radio, animation, comic or even advertising character!   Joseph Kallus (above) was the supreme designer of such portrait model toys during the era spanning 1925-1945 in which he used composition molding, elastic strung wooden segments and wire armature bodies to create his piece, here is the story:

“Passing” Reflected in Three Films

The Netflex film Passing deals with the African American topic that has come to be known as “Passing” when a person classified as a member of a racial group is accepted or perceived (“passes”) as a member of another. Historically, the term has been used primarily in the United States to describe a person of color or of multiracial ancestry who assimilated into the white majority to escape the legal and social conventions of racial segreg…

Four Academy Award Winning or Nominated Screenplays

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With Academy Award Season about to begin, we thought it might be appropriate to celebrate four significant screenplays that either won or were nominated for an Academy Award. After all, without a bit of imagination and the written word there would be no movies, no Academy Awards and, of course, no Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. 

Peter Allen – LGBTQ Aussie From Oz

Peter Allen – Australian LGBTQ wunderkind:  a singer, an award-winning songwriter, a flamboyant entertainer and oh so beloved, that Hugh Jackman starred in a Broadway musical of his life, The Boy from Oz, which earned Jackman a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.