Orange County LGBT Pride Parade and Festival returns to Downtown Santa Ana Saturday, June 24! The Frida Cinema is proud to partner with this annual community celebration by hosting PRIDE SPEAKS, a free afternoon of special guests who will be converting one of our auditoriums into a home for live comedy, conversation, and engagement.
JALEESA JOHNSON – Comedian
Jaleesa Johnson delivers her unique brand of comedy with the flow of a professional, and the focus of a woman fueled by purpose. Her topics range from racial issues to stories about her bisexuality, all while finding inspiration from political comedians like Steven Colbert and Jon Stewart. In just three years, Jaleesa has already embarked on a cross-country tour, performed at the 2016 World Series of Comedy, 2016 Burbank Comedy Festival, 2016 OC Pride Festival, 2015 San Diego Pride Festival, and opened for Comedy Central’s Hannibal Buress and Andy Dick. She has featured in Buzzfeed, articles for Huffington Post, SD Voice & Viewpoint, Uptown News, and can be seen performing regularly all over Southern California. Jaleesa Johnson is also a Contributor at The San Diego Voice and Viewpoint Newspapers.
Jackie Monahan is a comedian, actor, writer and producer who is setting the comedy stages of New York and LA on fire with her fearless brand of humor. Most recently she has been performing at LA comedy HOT SPOTS such as The Comedy Store, The Improv and alternative rooms such as ‘What’s up Tiger Lily.’ Jackie’s life calling of hidden camera action has been featured in Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show and Celebrity Surprise, a new series on the Oxygen Network produced by Wendy Williams. Jackie has toured the country as a featured performer with Amy Schumer, and has appeared on VH-1, Showtime, Comedy Central and Logo. As a feature film actress, Jackie made her film acting debut in Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, which premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film festival to rave reviews in both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Jackie was trained at UCB and Groundlings.
Josh Sabarra is the author of Porn Again: A Memoir, a spicy and scandalous debut novel where the former Disney marketing exec throws open the proverbial closet – and bedroom… – doors, taking readers on a Hollywood thrill-ride through growing up, coming out, coming of age, and finally finding himself at 40. Despite being a high-level entertainment executive, Josh was still a virgin at 31, uncomfortable in his own skin, and haunted by painful childhood memories. Porn Again not only provides some side-splitting anecdotes certain to raise eyebrows and elicit belly laughs, but the novel also provides many brutally honest, self-deprecating, and ultimately truly poignant moments as Josh speaks to his laser-focused ambition of an unparalleled career trajectory – often at the expense of his personal life.
BILL MURDOCH – FBI Panel
Bill Murdoch is an FBI Supervisory Special Agent of a Complex Financial Crimes squad in Los Angeles, which includes cases involving Identity Theft matters. He has been with the FBI for over 15 years, and has worked matters involving Health Care Fraud, Hispanic Gangs, and Counter Terrorism. Prior to the FBI, he was a California Highway Patrolman, an engineer for more than 9 years before that, and he is a commissioned officer in the Navy Reserve with over 23 years of service and the rank of Commander.
PRIDE SPEAKS: THE MOVIE
Join us as we present a new documentary film showcasing interviews with dozens of Santa Ana and neighboring communities that were asked one simple question by OC Pride Marketing Director Andy Connor: “What does Pride mean to you?” Featuring many familiar faces sharing their experiences, As One was filmed right inside The Frida Cinema over the last three months by director Richard Guzman and producers Andy Conner and Bryan Terry, and celebrates some of the many faces, stories, perspectives, and dreams within our vast and eclectic LGBT community. We are proud to present this work of local LGBT independent documentary cinema as part of this free presentation of films celebrating LGBT icons.
LOGAN CROW – Founder & Director, The Frida Cinema
A die-hard film lover who has taken his shared passions for community and the arts and made them the backbone of Santa Ana’s beloved The Frida Cinema, Logan Crow’s contributions to the perseverance of “art house” cinema have been covered in publications including Film Independent, Orange County Register, Orange Coast Magazine, OC Weekly, Long Beach Post, and LA Times, and last year, landed him a trip to San Francisco when he was designated as one of the Top 100 Independent Business Owners of 2016 by Yelp. The Frida Cinema is Orange County’s only non-profit, independent art house cinema, and regularly includes LGBT-themed films in its celebrated roster of independent, classic, cult, short, anime, outdoor, and other non-mainstream film programming. Logan will be discussing the role of independent cinemas in keeping LGBT stories on the big screen; The Frida Cinema’s role as a cultural center for a variety of community causes, lifestyles, and interests in Orange County; his additional roles as Board Member of both OC Pride and Downtown Santa Ana Inc, and why he encourages emerging leaders to join Boards of organizations whose work they care about; and his reasons for selecting the five films which will be screening free-of-charge in The Frida’s second screen during Pride Speaks: My Own Private Idaho, Female Trouble, Pride Speaks: The Movie, But I’m A Cheerleader, and The Babadook.