5 • 30 • 2016 ••• IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK
w/ poet and teacher Steven Reigns
Dennis visits the West Hollywood apartment of poet and teacher Steven Reigns, AKA the Poet Laureate of West Hollywood, to talk about how he got that title, what it means and why he's always loved poetry. Steven also talks about growing up in St. Louis, moving to Florida after high school, losing his older gay mentor to AIDS, his love of libraries and his obsession with Anais Nin. Steven reads a couple of his poems, both love poems in a way, and talks about what it's been like to teach poetry to people living with HIV and LGBT seniors and the LA LGBT Center. Other topics include: Steven's love for the movie "Living Out Loud," what his parents think about his work, his writing process and that time he hosted and produced a show all about a-holes, literally. www.stevenreigns.com
5 • 23 • 2016 ••• YOU STILL WANT TO BE POPULAR AND GO TO PROM
w/ "Faking It" showrunner Carter Covington
Dennis visits the Sunset Blvd office of writer and showrunner Carter Covington a few days after the series finale of his show "Faking It" aired on MTV. Carter talks about the show's groundbreaking intersex story line, the pros and cons of interacting with fans on Twitter and the mixed emotions of having a job that you love come to an end sooner than you would like it to. Carter also shares his remarkable big break story, complete with high highs and crushing lows and talks about how his husband and 3 year-old son keep him sane. Other topics include: growing up in North Carolina, f-bomb bleeping, school reunions, Carter's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" obsession, wooden roller coasters, getting the key to West Hollywood and last-ditch doughnut deliveries.
5 • 9 • 2016 ••• WHEN YOU'RE BOTTOM WON'T STOP MEOWING
w/ actor-writer-director-producer Brian Jordan Alvarez (The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo)
Dennis visits the Los Feliz apartment of actor Brian Jordan Alvarez, the creative force behind the new web series "The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo." Brian talks about the origins of the show, how he got the money to make it, using iPhones to record sound, and the themes of sexual and gender fluidity that are explored in the show. Brian also talks about working on "Jane the Virgin" and the Logo sketch show "Gay Skit Happens," flying to New York to audition to "Saturday Night Live," and how to make a web video that goes viral. Other topics include: growing up in Tennessee, his obsession with science, getting sober, his favorite porn, vision boards, working as a go-go dancer and vogueing behind the eyes.
5 • 2 • 2016 ••• HE HAD THIS HOUSE THAT HAD A LAGOON IN IT
w/ film and commercial director Victor Mignatti
Semi-Live from New York...Dennis visits director Victor Mignatti in his Hudson Heights apartment to talk about his life as a director of narrative films ("Broadway Damage"), documentaries ("This Time") and commercials. Victor talks about what it was like to go in and restore "Broadway Damage" for its 15th anniversary and how much New York has changed since he shot the film, recalls what it was like to come to NYU summer school for film while he was still in high school in Philadelphia, and bonding with Elvis Presley's back-up singers The Sweet Inspirations when he told their story in "This Time." Victor recalls what it was like to be a director on MTV's "The Real World: New Orleans," shares what he's observed about the advertising world based on his experience directing commercials and explains how commercials are cast. Other topics include: working with R. Kelly on his "Trapped In the Closet" opus, going to the Grammys and dancing with Liza Minnellii at Studio 54 on his 19th birthday. http://www.victormignatti.com/