This week I talked with filmmaker David Scheve about his new animated TV series "Hard Knock Rock." "Sufferin' Till You're Straight" is the third in a series of ten segments that is currently playing the LGBT film festival circuit. This hilarious animated music video delivers a brilliant history lesson about our LGBT community's long struggle for equality including Stonewall, gay marriage and more. The lead vocalist Essra Mohawk is a former member of Frank Zappa's The Mothers of Invention and features background vocals by Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene both of Motown's The Supremes. Conceived by Scheve the music was composed by Todd Schroeder and the lyrics were written by Scheve and Neal LaVine. This three minute short was designed by legendary Warner Bros. / Disney animator Willie Ito. I talked to Scheve about "Hard Knock Rock" and his spin on our LGBT issues.
When asked what he would like to accomplish with "Hard Knock Rock" Scheve stated,
These films, I find can address a lot of subjects that are either taboo or difficult to talk about or things that make people uncomfortable, if you use a bit of humor and these films do that. So it brings up subjects that are good to have discussions about, subjects about gay rights and we're doing a spot on transgender and transsexual people and drag queens and just talking about things that are real life things that sometimes make people uncomfortable and with the humor level and the aspect of animation it lowers peoples defenses and it starts discussions that are really important.
David Scheve is the founder of TDA Animation, a film company that combines talents and styles from the '50s, '60s and '70s with modern world sensibility. His animated film series features some of Broadway's best including, Lillias White, Loretta Devine, Eileen Brennan and Elaine Stritch, as well as the iconic animated voice talent from his childhood including, June Foray, Lucille Bliss, Stan Freeburg and Jack Sheldon. David is currently at work on his next animated short film for the Hard Knock Rock series that features pop diva Martha Wash. "Hard Knock Rock: Sufferin' Till You're Straight" will be showing at the following upcoming film festivals: Harlem International Film Festival September 11-15th , DC Shorts Film Festival in Washington, D.C. September 19- 29th and NYC Independent Film Festival in NYC on October 18-20th.
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