When filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez was 15 he read a short story that changed his life: David Sedaris’ autobiographical C.O.G. ( Child of God). Published in the humorist’s 1998 collection, Naked, the tale follows Sedaris’ time working at an apple farm and the unusual characters he met.
“ C.O.G. dealt with two things I find really interesting: religion and sexuality,” says Alvarez, who was born in Kendall. “And it dealt with the intersection of these two things in a really funny yet complex way.”
So about three years ago, the University of Miami graduate, 30, decided to do the semi-impossible: get the rights to the story, something Sedaris had never allowed. In a gutsy move, Alvarez showed up at one of the author’s book signings and handed him a copy of his first movie, 2009’s phone-sex romance, Easier with Practice.
Lo and behold, the famed essayist enjoyed the film and gave Alvarez his blessing. Though Sedaris was not involved in the actual production or script, he did show up at the C.O.G. premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
“Obviously, it was nerve-wracking, but he responded really well,” says Alvarez, who lives in L.A. “I admire him so much, and I wanted to put something out there he could stand by.”
Alvarez is excited to bring C.O.G. starring Glee’s Jonathan Groff, to O Cinema, where it opens Friday.
“Though I moved around a lot as a kid, Miami is the closest thing I have to a hometown. A lot of my formative years were spent there,” says Alvarez, who attended St. Philip’s Episcopal Church and School in Coral Gables.
He also has another tie: His boyfriend (and production designer) Gary Barbosa is from Homestead. They met at UM.
Fairy tales can come true
Bethenny Frankel’s love life may be in the tank, but that doesn’t mean she’s not a romantic.
The Skinnygirl mogul brought together local sweethearts Kaue Loturco, 26, and Cynthia Carbuccia, 22, who were in the audience of her new talk show, Bethenny. earlier this month.
While in the Big Apple, the Doral Academy high school sweethearts felt inspired, and swapped vows at City Hall after the show. “It was so crazy,” recounts Carbuccia, who, along with her Brazilian-born husband, works in the hotel industry. “We were rushing around in all the New York traffic to get the courthouse before it closed.”
Carbuccia had won a trip to a taping of the new ABC talk show during a stop on Frankel’s “Calling All My Girls” tour over the summer in Miami Beach.
Now she’s an even bigger fan of the former Real Housewives of NYC star, who brought the lovebirds back for her show on Tuesday and gave them a Mexican honeymoon.
Frankel’s definitely invited to the couple’s more formal ceremony, which will likely take place soon in the Keys.
“I would love for her to come,” Carbuccia says of the soon-to-be-divorced single mom. “I’ve followed her career. She is so inspiring and empowers women. She shows you if you work hard, you can accomplish anything.”
The White House postponed the taping of the “Musica Latina” event, citing Monday’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. The White House said in a statement that the decision was made out of respect for victims and their families. The event, which is produced by PBS and will feature Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin and others, will be rescheduled. “Unfortunate but understandable,” says Estefan’s rep.