Press Release - Winner Takes All
Here's a press release for our dark comedy short film Winner Takes All. Our press strategy includes highlighting star Alec Mapa ("Ugly Betty", "Desperate Housewives") and bringing up the social issue of the "looks" hierarchy of gay Los Angeles. So far, our strategy has helped build our audience and we've gotten into four film festivals, including an Academy-qualifying festival for short films (The Atlanta Film Festival).
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press Release - Winner Takes All
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 6, 2011Press Contact:Elizabeth Gordon, 323-633-5316Press@Fatelink.comwww.winnertakesallthemovie.com “WINNER TAKES ALL” FIGHTS ITS WAY INTO HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL “UGLY BETTY” STAR ALEC MAPA STARS IN FILM TACKLING THE “LOOKS” HEIRARCHY OF GAY L.A. “Winner Takes All,” a dark comedy tackling the “looks” hierarchy in gay L.A., will screenat the Hollywood Fringe Festival this June. “Winner Takes All” follows the unapologetic manipulator Ryker as he engineers a fightbetween his two lovers….with Ryker himself as the ultimate prize. After all, Ryker (GavynMichaels, “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency”) is gorgeous and talented and smart andfamous (sort of), so he deserves to be a prize, right? His adoring slave Simon (Alec Mapa,“Desperate Housewives”, “Ugly Betty”) certainly thinks so. Brian (Hunter Lee Hughes, “DumbassFilmmakers!”), the rich provider boyfriend, and Ernesto (Adrian Quinonez, “Eating Out 2”), themuscle-bound protector boyfriend, fall under Ryker’s spell so completely that they agree to aprimal brawl for alpha manhood. But what is the all-too-human consequence for fighting for theone you love? Is there a cost to winning love the old fashioned way…with your fists? The film marks a departure for Mapa, who plays a suffering assistant caught in the webof a seductive, self-important theatre artist. “Winner Takes All” explores the ideal of gay beautyand its potential for abuse by narcissistic personalities. The film asks difficult questions aboutthe nature of narcissism and the way it applies to the “looks” hierarchy in the gay community.It also explores gay relationships that wouldn’t make the cut of a marriage equality flyer. “Winner Takes All” is the directorial debut of Camille Carida. It was written by HunterLee Hughes and produced by Hughes and Elizabeth Gordon. -more-
FATELINK PRODUCTIONS/ “WINNER TAKES ALL” – Page 2 Alec Mapa (“Simon”) is known for his recurring roles on “Ugly Betty” and “DesperateHousewives.” Nicknamed “America’s Gaysian Sweetheart,” he appeared on Broadway in theTony award winning production of “M. Butterfly” and has guest starred on over 40 televisionseries, including a recent guest hosting stint on “The View.” He’s entertained live audienceswith Rosie O’Donnell and Ellen Degeneres, who called him, “smart, hilarious and funny.” Hunter Lee Hughes (“Brian,” writer-producer) previously wrote the one-man show “Fateof the Monarchs”, which garnered a Critic’s Pick from Backstage West and “The Sermons ofJohn Bradley,” for which he was named Best Actor by StageSceneLa.com in their 2008-2009“Best of Stage” list. In addition to acting in dozens of stage and indie film productions, hedirects and stars in the upcoming webseries “Dumbass Filmmakers!” Adrian Quinonez (“Ernesto”) played Octovio in “Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds.” He’sappeared on “Bones,” “No Ordinary Family,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Criminal Minds,” “CSI: NY,”“Undercovers,” “iCarly,” and the upcoming webseries “Dumbass Filmmakers!” Gavyn Michaels (“Ryker”) was a series regular on Oxygen’s “The Janice DickinsonModeling Agency” and played Trevor in “The Sermons of John Bradley.” He recently portrayedBlair in “The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode” at the Macha Theatre in L.A. and multiple roles in“Mommie Queerest” in its Las Vegas run. Film credits include Daniel Oliveras’ “Watercolors.” Camille Carida (Director) garnered attention for her original graphic novel, which wasbased on “Lick It Man,” a film that Carida wrote and produced in 2004. Elizabeth Gordon (Producer) has produced many theatrical productions, including “TheSermons of John Bradley” with Fatelink Productions. She created her own original series called“Untitled Word Project,” which premiered in 2008 and produces and stars in “DumbassFilmmakers!” a webseries to be released in August, 2011. The Hollywood Fringe Festival runs June 16th through June 26th. “Winner Takes All” willscreen as part of their “Short Enigmas” program at “Fringe Central” at the 6500 block of SantaMonica Boulevard. It screens at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23rd and Friday, June 24th at9:45 p.m. For more information or to view our trailer, please visitwww.winnertakesallthemovie.com or vimeo.com/channels/fatelink. Tickets are $5 and can bepurchased at www.hollywoodfringefestival.com or the main box office once the festival opens. ###