Saturday, March 2, 2013

“Rubber Duckie” Director Henry Alberto to Helm Film Adaptation of GLAAD Award-Nominated Play “Auntie Mayhem”

”House of Mayhem” Marks Henry Alberto’s Feature Film Directorial Debut
LOS ANGELES – GLAAD Award-Nominated play “Auntie Mayhem,” will receive the big screen treatment in director Henry Alberto’s feature film debut. A Gato Flaco Productions project set in New York City, “House of Mayhem” is currently in development and is  scheduled to enter pre-production in April 2013. Frances E. Chang to produce; screenplay by David Pumo.

Based on the Off-Off-Broadway Review Award-winning play, “House of Mayhem” is a raw,  unflinching look at a part of city life often ignored: the rejection and abandonment of gay and transgender teens and the adults who take them in. The film is a sultry, street-smart tale set in
New York City about an alternative family with its own unique set of values.

“We hope to follow in the proven success of films like ‘Pariah’ or ‘Raising Victor Vargas,’”says Alberto. “By questioning the definition of marriage, family and morals so often defined by the mainstream media, it’s our mission to use this medium to bring this very important tale to the big screen.”

When fashion photographer Felony Mayhem comes face to face with Dennis, a 16-year-old hustler who mugged him just a few days ago, he secretly plots his revenge. But Felony soon discovers that Danny is homeless, having been thrown out of his home by his God-fearing mother for being gay. When he decides to take the boy into his Brooklyn home – much to the   dismay of his blue-collar husband, Bobo, and child-hating best friend, drag diva Charlotte – it’s mayhem! Soon two more children join the makeshift family: Ivan, a street activist, dancer and rapper; and Epiphany, a fierce, barely-teenage tranny.

About Henry Alberto (Director)

Henry’s television credits include commercials for Honda, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, and
Chik-Fil-A among others. Stage accolades include GLAAD Award-nominee and OOBR
Award-winner “Auntie Mayhem (NY) and “The Seed” (NY). Henry has also been involved
with Josefina Lopez's (“Real Women Have Curves”) CASA 0101 in several projects as an
actor, writer and director, including “Brown & Out Festival 1 & 2” and “Midnight
Marauder.” Henry originated the role of Danny in “You Can Call Me Eve” at Write Act
Repertory Theatre and will be starring in a production at the world famous Blank Theatre
later this year. Additional starring credits include “This Tunnel South” (Golden Palm winner
at the Mexico International Film Festival).

Henry starred in and wrote the award-winning short film “She Kills He” which aired on
LOGO TV and was voted “Best in Short Film” by viewers. The Miami Short Film Festival
awarded it “Best Local Film.” Alberto is an Outfest Screenwriting Lab alumnus with the
feature film screenplay “Pretty Little Girl.” Most recently, he directed the short film “Rubber
Duckie,” which he also penned.

About David Pumo (Screenwriter)

David Pumo is the managing director of Gato Flaco Productions. His first full-length play,
“Love Scenes,” has played to audiences and critical acclaim at multiple venues in New York
(Best Actor/Director, Fresh Fruit Festival), Los Angeles, San Francisco (Best of Fringe),
Chicago, Dublin, London, and aboard Atlantis Cruise Lines. His second play, “House of
Mayhem,” won an Off-Off Broadway Review Award for Excellence, was nominated for Gay
and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Innovative Theatre awards, and was published
as part of Martin Denton’s anthology, “Plays and Playwrights 2004.” Short plays include
“The Seed” (winner, Riant Theatre One Act Festival, published by Riant Theatre), “Perhaps”
(The 4th Unity) and “Work Wife” (Wings Theatre Company). He served for three years as
Co-Artistic Director of The 4th Unity, and is currently a repertory member of TOSOS and
Wings Theatre Companies. Projects in development include “White City,” music and lyrics
by Pete Townshend. He is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of Arts, BFA-Film and

About Frances E. Chang (Producer)

Frances E. Chang is a first-generation Chinese-Vietnamese-American born to a Sino
Vietnamese refugee mother who immigrated to the United States during her escape from
Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in 1975. Chang has worked in the film industry in both
Northern and Southern California and often represents diverse, ethnic, and underrepresented
voices in her projects. Chang entered filmmaking in her senior semester at the University of
California, Berkeley. Within a year, Chang's potential and hardcore work ethic led to
opportunities with ABC 7, Disney-ABC International Television, and Pixar Animation
Studios. After moving back to Los Angeles in 2009, Chang interned at Fortune Cookie
Production and Cape Cod Films, where she worked in distribution and marketing for multifestival
winner, “Wild About Harry,” for which she attended the Cannes Film Market in
2010. Chang has produced music videos including Margaret Cho’s “Asian Adjacent” in
2011. In the same year as her producing debut feature film, “Someone I Used to Know"
(formerly "nightdreamblues”) in 2011, Chang produced her second feature, “The Lovely
Rejects” shortly after. Her third feature, “Detained in the Desert,” was based on the play by
executive producer Josefina Lopez, playwright and writer for “Real Women Have Curves”

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