“TRUE BLOOD” EXECUTIVE PRODUCER RELINQUISHING ASSOCIATION WITH “GIRLTRASH: ALL NIGHT LONG”

 “TRUE BLOOD” EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ANGELA ROBINSON

RELEASES OFFICIAL  OFFICIAL STATEMENT RELINQUISHING

ASSOCIATION WITH “GIRLTRASH: ALL NIGHT LONG”

AS PRESENTED BY POWER UP

 

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Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning out writer/director, Angela Robinson, who’s written and produced the upcoming “Girltrash: All Night Long” as presented by POWER UP is severing all formal ties with the non-profit film company over professional, moral and ethical issues.

 

Robinson, one of the executive producers of HBO’s “True Blood” and a co-executive producer of HBO’s “Hung” and Showtime’s “The L Word” – also known for directing the films “D.E.B.S.” & “Herbie: Fully Loaded,” has released an official statement today withdrawing any and all endorsements, affiliations and support of “Girltrash: All Night Long” as presented by POWER UP.

 

Robinson’s refusal to have her name associated with the POWER UP version of the film publicly casts light on a behind-the-scenes dispute between the acclaimed filmmaker and Stacy Codikow (founder & Executive director), which has been smoldering in recent months.

 

Since its inception in 2000, POWER UP, a Non-Profit Film Production Company & Educational Organization for Women and the GLBTQ Community, has over the years earned praise and name recognition for producing & financing LGBT films and conducting educational programs through its filmmaking mentorships, and seminars.

 

Adhering to its ethos and professional endeavors, Robinson initially partnered with the non-profit company to produce the prequel to her hugely popular web-series “Girltrash”, which she originally created & produced.  Girltrash: All Night Long stars Gabrielle Christian (South of Nowhere), Michelle Lombardo (Quarterlife), Mandy Musgrave (South of Nowhere), Lisa Rieffel (lead singer of Killola), Rose Rollins (L word), Kate French (One Tree Hill) and Clementine Ford (L word).  However, Robinson’s partnership with POWER UP and overall experience in the course of making and producing the film did not live up to the filmmaker’s understanding of POWER UP’s advertised standards.

 

Robinson’s decision to speak out on the issue comes on the heels of POWER UP’s current announcement of the (unauthorized) private screening in Palm Springs scheduled for Thursday, October 24, and the press release publicizing the upcoming December 15th DVD release of the film through Power Up.

 

Angela Robinson released the following official statement:

“Girltrash!” is a project close to my heart.

I was trying to find a way to make affordable, quality lesbian entertainment and develop a brand that would encompass web series, movies, television, graphic novels and stage musicals.  To this end, after first making a web series and a penning a graphic novel, I produced “Girltrash: All Night Long” with Stacy Codikow.

 

I love the movie and each and every person that tirelessly worked on this project – the crew and mentees that donated their time and energy for free or for cut rates, the incredible musicians, Lisa Rieffel and Johnny Dunn, who wrote fantastic songs, the awesome actors who worked all night long for months on end, Luke Tierney, the composer and Chris Hill, the editor, and of course, Alex Kondracke, the amazing director. I am extremely proud of the work that was done.

 

But POWER UP is presenting a version of the film that I have not seen, that is unfinished and that has not been creatively approved by me and as a result, I do not support nor validate any screenings or commercial sales of “Girltrash: All Night Long” at this time.

 

Working with Stacy Codikow and POWER UP has been, without a doubt, the worst experience of my career. Because Stacy has been so horrible I will never again be involved in any project in which Stacy Codikow or POWER UP is involved.

 

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One Response to “TRUE BLOOD” EXECUTIVE PRODUCER RELINQUISHING ASSOCIATION WITH “GIRLTRASH: ALL NIGHT LONG”

  1. After way too long of a wait, POWER UP proudly announces the release of the full-length feature of the musical comedy, GIRLTRASH: All Night Long.

    Based on Angela Robinson’s extremely successful web series sponsored by Showtime, GIRLTRASH: All Night Long, (the feature) stars Lisa Rieffel (lead singer of Killola), Michelle Lombardo (Quarterlife), Gabrielle Christian and, Mandy Musgrave (South of Nowhere), Rose Rollins, Kate French,Clementine Ford (L word) and Megan Cavanagh.

    Made through POWER UP’s Filmmaking Mentorship Program, GIRLTRASH: All Night Long, is the tale of 5 girls in one epic night, where they find sex, drugs and rock-n-roll in this romantic musical comedy about going for broke and believing in yourself.

    The film was directed by first time feature director Alex Kondracke, the wife of Robinson, and executive produced by Stacy Codikow (D.E.B.S., Itty Bitty Titty Committee), produced by Lisa Thrasher (Itty Bitty Titty Committee) and Angela Robinson (L word, True Blood, Hung).

    “This is an amazing original fun ride from Robinson, who is known for her pop style,” stated Gina Goff, POWER UP President of Production, “Can’t wait to share it with the world.”

    RUMORS GOSSIP AND BULLSHIT aside, THIS IS ANGELA ROBINSON’s cut, her version of what she wants you to see! Her version, her way.

    This film is only available through POWER UP and can be ordered at http://www.girltrashallnightlong.com or http://www.powerupfilms.org

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