Tucker and Eikenberry's "Emile Norman: By His Own Design" to Be Part of NewFest

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"Emile Norman: By His Own Design," a new film produced by stage and screen stars Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker, will be part of the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival (NewFest).

NewFest runs May 31-June 10 and will be hosted by AMC Loews 34th Street, located in Manhattan at 312 West 34th Street. The Festival will feature the screenings of more than 250 films, including 150 shorts. Among the numerous titles are "Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother," "Boys Love," "Girl Inside," "The Godfather of Disco," "Kate Clinton: 25th Anniversary Tour," "Lulu Gets a Facelift," "Red Without Blue," "To Be Happy in Chile," "Ugly Ducklings" and "The Way We Write."

Tucker and Eikenberry's film, which is a portrait of 88-year-old California artist Emile Norman, was directed by Will Parrinello and edited by Mary Lampson. The director of photography was Andrew Black; Robert Hawk was the filmmaking consultant. NewFest will present the film June 8 at 5:30 PM.

"Emile Norman: By His Own Design," according to press notes, tells the story of the artist, who is "still working with the same passion for life, art, nature, and freedom that inspired him through seven decades of a changing art scene and turbulent times for a gay man in America . . . . [it is] the story of his independent spirit: how it developed from his early days on a ranch in the San Gabriel Valley; brought him success in New York City in the 1940's and 50's; and gave him the confidence to leave the New York art scene and find freedom in Big Sur where he and Brooks Clement, his partner of 30 years, built a house and created a haven for a circle of friends that is still growing today."

The film will be aired on KQED in San Francisco in February 2007. A national PBS broadcast is also in the works.

In addition to appearing on "L.A. Law" (as Stuart Markowitz) with wife Eikenberry from 1986-94, Michael Tucker played Broadway in The Goodbye People (1979, and the 1984 film), Trelawny of the "Wells" (1975) and Moonchildren (1972). He also starred in the 2002 TV movie, "L.A. Law: The Movie," and Hollywood's "Tin Men," "Radio Days," "D2: The Mighty Ducks" and "Til There Was You." Tucker, who is the recipient of three Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations, was also a regular on HBO's "Tracey Takes On..." Tucker was also seen in Manhattan Theatre Club's world-premiere production of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Based on a Totally True Story. Tucker is also the author of "Living in a Foreign Language," due from Atlantic Monthly Press in July. Eikenberry has been seen on Broadway in Onward Victoria, Watch on the Rhine, Summer Brave, All Over Town and Moonchildren. The recipient of four Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a Golden Globe Award, her screen credits include "Between the Lines," "Rich Kids," "Butch and Sundance: The Early Days," "Hide in Plain Sight," "Arthur," "The Manhattan Project," "Swansong," "Orphan Train," "Kane and Abel," "Family Sins," "A Stoning in Fulham County," "My Boyfriend's Back," "Cast the First Stone," "An Inconvenient Woman," "Ties that Bind," "My Very Best Friend," "Chantilly Lace," "Parallel Lives," "Strong Enough" and "Judging Amy." Eikenberry was recently seen on the New York Stage in Manhattan Theater Club's production of A Picasso.

For more information about the Festival, visit www.newfestival.org.

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