Archive for April 2019

Big Fun in Florida

I returned to my home state April 13-20 for the Florida Film Festival. The audiences at both showings embraced the film and Dirtwoman, which is especially gratifying since Orlando’s not Donnie’s stomping ground.

Tim Anderson (Programming Coordinator and big fan of the film, me, Kalen Rice (House Manager at Enzian), Matthew Curtis (Programming Director)

Q&A with Josh Martin


Two students (Carly and Dakota) in a Film Marketing and Distribution class at Central Florida University were assigned to be my advance publicity team. Here’s the exit interview video they created after the first show.

They also organized a drag show to cap off the second showing featuring Annie Mae, Draggedy Anne and Waka Shame. Click here for highlights.

I also participated in a panel of filmmakers

Matthew Moyer of Orlando Weekly gave me my first review:

TOMORROW NITE is the Hometown Premiere (and we don’t expect another showing in RVA til November)!

If you haven’t gotten tix yet, click here.

Here’s what Dirtwoman Week looked like

Dirtwoman week was loads of fun!

The First Friday opening at Gallery 5 featured lots of Donnie portraits (quite a few sold). The gallery is open every Wednesday evening from 5 to midnite for Community Game Night (with happy hour 5-7). There will be board games to play and the artwork on display. It will also be open during the weekend after the premiere.


Tammy Harris, Debra & Ray Corker

Sunday night, Mamma Zu hosted a special fundraiser dinner for Massey Cancer Center with an enormous meal (so many courses), Dirtwoman necklaces and tickets to RIFF as prizes, and the unveiling of the Dirtwoman Memorial Plaque out front. Thanks to owner Ed Vasaio for his generosity and fabulous food.

The bottle cap necklaces (and carabiner) created by Christine Offutt.



It’s off to Orlando to show the doc at the Florida Film Festival, then back here for the Hometown Premiere, as part of RIFFYou can order your tix in advance here or they will be on sale at the Box Office before the screening on April 25, 7:15pm. I’d suggest you get there early…there will be a line.

The publicity starts with the Mayor

It’s no joke! On April 1, Mayor Stoney issued the proclamation declaring the first week of April as Dirtwoman Week. Not only does this honor Donnie, but it’s a great kickoff for our month of celebration. Click here to read the Proclamation text

Click on any of these logos to read/hear any of the articles that have already surfaced.


Click here for tickets to the Mamma Zu dinner.

Click here for tickets to the April 25 screening.
Click here to read more about the Gallery 5 opening.