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Filmmaker Brings Romance (LGBTQ and Straight) Back To The Big Screen June 18

Queen of Knives star kicks off screening in Las Vegas with a discussion to follow.

Independent filmmaker Gene Pope, producer and star of Queen of Knives will visit Las Vegas to premiere his latest romantic comedy. With a steadfast commitment to authenticity and a profound love for storytelling, Pope seeks to enchant audiences with his heartfelt narrative and dedication to the art of filmmaking. After the screening, entertainment journalist Stacey Gualandi will moderate a chat with the audience. The film and discussion will be held at The Beverly Theater beginning at 7 p.m. on June. 18.

The Queen of Knives follows the Benetto family in Brooklyn, New York, navigating through life’s unpredictability. Relationships constantly evolve, and different generations strive to adapt to a changing world. Risky behavior is the norm for this family. Their journeys ultimately lead them back to their former home for a significant dinner, where unexpected guests and unintended consequences abound. Secrets are unveiled, and a new chapter begins. The central question remains: Who are the true adults in this family? This story features a blend of sharp and witty dialogue, comedy, and drama that many can relate to. It’s a captivating tale that draws the audience into this world.

While the movie focuses on Frank, his soon-to-be ex-wife, and their two daughters, there is an important subplot of Frank visiting a drag club and being recognized by club patrons. Not to give any spoilers away, but this is an essential aspect of the film and one that will touch many hearts. Also, LGTBQIA relationships are explored as part of this family’s journey.

Lindsay Joy, a talented writer, penned the script for Queen of Knives, based on a story by Gene. Jon Delgado skillfully directed the film. The ensemble cast includes Golden Globe-nominated Mel Harris (Thirtysomething), Roxi Pope, Emily Bennet, Alexandra Renzo, and Robert Costanzo (Total Recall), all bringing their unique talents to the screen. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Golden Globe-nominated Mel Harris (Thirtysomething), Roxi Pope, Emily Bennet, Alexandra Renzo, and Robert Costanzo (Total Recall). Other cast members include Justin Sams, Tara Westwood, Barbara Tirrell, Neptune, Jay Russell, Carmen Lobue, Mollie Anne Lloyd, Arthur Langly, Zebedee Row, Robert Anthony Jones, Stephanie Rocio, and Christopher Laing. Gene, Jenn Gomez, and Joseph Stephans produced Queen of Knives.

Pope’s journey mirrors legendary filmmakers who defied the odds to leave an indelible mark on the industry. Like trailblazers like Nia Vardalos, who crafted her breakout hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” out of necessity, Pope understands the importance of carving out his own path in cinema. His resilience and creative vision have propelled him forward, culminating in the creation of his latest cinematic gem.

Drawing inspiration from the trials and triumphs of icons such as Spike Lee, Lena Dunham, Robert Rodriguez, Ed Burns, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, and Ava DuVernay, Pope has surmounted numerous obstacles in his quest to bring his vision to life. From securing funding to navigating the intricacies of independent filmmaking, Pope has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to his craft.

As a native New Yorker, Pope’s work is imbued with the city’s vibrant energy and rich cultural tapestry. Through his storytelling, he offers a poignant reflection on the human experience, delving into themes of love, identity, acceptance, and connection. His latest endeavor promises to captivate audiences with its wit, charm, and heartfelt emotion, reigniting the timeless allure of the silver screen.

“I believe in cinema’s power to transport audiences and evoke genuine emotion,” said Pope. “Returning to the traditional theater experience, we can rekindle that sense of wonder and excitement that initially drew us to the movies. My commitment to wanting to connect directly with audiences in person makes me feel like we are part of one big community of film lovers across the country.”

Check out the trailer. 

The free Las Vegas premiere will be followed by a discussion featuring Queen of Knives filmmaker, star, and producer Gene Pope and entertainment journalist Stacey Gualandi starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18 at The Beverly Theater, 515 6th St. Click here for free tickets. Parking is available around the theater. For more info, visit queenofknivesthefilm.com. Follow on Facebook and Instagram.

The film is available on several streaming platforms, including Apple+ and Amazon Prime. Click here to view all platforms.

Debbie Hall
Debbie Hall
Debbie Hall is a writer, editor, content provider and broadcaster. She has called Southern Nevada home since 1978 and has been honored to attend and report on the changes in Las Vegas and surrounding areas. She continues to tell the story of Southern Nevada for generations to come.
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