Portraits

“He knew she was right, but didn’t care to relate his own life to her very egocentric observations. Her life had already become quite disenchanted, and Charlotte knew that for Teddy, it was only a matter of time; she hated that he got to be away, but loved the freedom he had.”

~from “Teddy Madison”
by Gregory Montagnino

Gregory Montagnino wears many hats, some of which he’s designed himself. As an author, clothing designer, teacher, event planner and host, this week’s Portrait is a jack of all trades, with a Master’s degree to boot.

It’s time for The Women’s Film Festival, with its screen offerings and festive events, including a burlesque performance, dancers from Indonesia, moving films, funny films, documentaries … and they’re not finished yet.

The evening of March 23 brings two films on sex, “The Foursome” and “Bookends,” and several shorts that cover the #MeToo movement, among other topics. On March 25, “The Feels,” starring Constance Wu from “Fresh Off the Boat” alongside a cast of female comedians, will be screened as a joint collaboration with the qFLIX Festival, along with a powerful film on domestic violence called “Blindsided.”

This week, we get to know filmmaker Caryn K. Hayes, originally from New Orleans. Hayes has a passion for storytelling, with fiction published in the New Voices Literary Journal. In 2007, she began producing new media content for Showbiz Shorts and BrevityTV.com, ultimately taking on directing responsibilities at the latter and getting appointed head of production. In 2009, Hayes launched Hardly Working Entertainment to produce her first short film, and got into online content with the popular, award-winning relationship dramedy “Entangled With You.”

Oh, the weather outside is frightful. And for most of us, that means battening down the hatches, pouring a glass of wine and figuring out what shows to binge-watch. But for this week’s Portrait, Steve Sosna, inclement weather means he’s donning an extra layer and running into the heart of whatever Mother Nature has to offer. As an NBC10 weatherman, this is the kind of stuff he’s prepared for. He also happens to be married to last week’s Portrait, Jonathan D. Lovitz.

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