Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-01-16
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



LGBT vampire film has Shakespearean twist
by Ashley Collins

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

A dark Shakespearean love story hits the homes of millions with cable, satellite and telco operators including iTunes, Amazon, Direct TV, and more. Ronnie Kahlil, an award-winning producer, writer, and director of the new film, With a Kiss I Die writes a true love story that originally was only about a boy and girl but, eventully, the film's story begin to shift.

Kahlil's new film came together quickly after casting the roles, both Kahlil and his team had a specific deadline to meet. Over the course of three months the script and production were put together following shooting that took place for about 21 days. Kahlil and his team spent about two years putting together this film including editing and photography that took place.

Set in the Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini, With a Kiss I Die tells the story of Juliet Capulet, a vampire who loses her love Romeo and, centuries later, falls in love with a woman who captures her heart again. Juliet, who is stuck and falling in love, is faced with the challenge of choosing between love and family. The film has a modern take on the Romeo and Juliet story but is scripted and filmed to give the feel of an LGBTQ Shakespearean romance, exploring the feelings of loss and love and exploring how both are intertwined with life.

The film came together quickly after the roles were cast; both Kahlil and his team had a specific deadline to meet. Over the course of three months, the script and production were put together, followed by filming that took place for about 21 days. From beginning to end, production took about two years.

"Well, surprisingly, not only was it not an interracial LGBT film [at first], but it was also not a drama. It started off as a comedy—a My Fair Lady type comedy," said Kahlil.

For about 13 years, Kahlil was a stand-up comedian. He realized that he had such a passion for writing and developing scripts that he followed his heart, which led him back to film.

According to, Kahlil co-directed and co-wrote, You Can't Kill Stephen King!—a horror comedy filmed in Maine that sold both domestically and internationally. Also, having served as committee member for the Miami International Film Festival and a guest panelist at the Dubai International Film Festival. Kahlil has made appearances on ABC News, BBC, CNN, The World, NPR, FOX and more.

After asking Kahlil what his audience can expect differently with his new film, he said his audience can anticipate the sense of allure and a true Shakespearean tragedy, adding, "I think also the way that it was shot, it's a different type of artistic vampire film and not just your typical black and white vampire scene."

Kahlil is currently working on new projects and curating new ideas for future films, one of which is currently in Egypt, and writing his first novel. Before ending the interview, Kahlil was asked to name three actors living or dead he would love to shoot a film with; those were Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Mike Colter.

For more information on the film and actors please visit .

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

10 questions with Vic: Jan Luis Castellanos 2019-01-16 - Jan Luis Castellanos seems to have it all-former model turned actor who won the jackpot, playing "Topher" in Marvel's Runaways. But winning the ...

Gay News

Billy Masters 2019-01-16 - "You can't just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards, and having a penis ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Deborah Cox, awards events, gay singer killed, 'Family Guy' 2019-01-15 - The Sin City Classic Sports Festival presented by Toyota—the world's largest annual LGBTQ sporting event—announced that Grammy-nominated, multi award-winning singer and LGBTQ advocate ...

Gay News

Gaga, 'Versace' among Critics' Choice winners 2019-01-14 - Lady Gaga and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story were among those who prevailed at the 24th Critics' Choice Awards that ...

Gay News

GALECA names Dorian winners 2019-01-14 - GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics—composed of more than 200 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally entertainment journalists in the United ...

Gay News

MOVIES Queer actors play gay couple in 'Rendezvous' 2019-01-08 - Call Me by Your Name left an impression with Michael Glover Smith—but maybe not the one a viewer might think. The Chicago filmmaker ...

Gay News

GALECA names Dorian nominees 2019-01-08 - GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics has named its nominees for its milestone 10th Dorian Awards for the best in film and ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Gay wrestler, Black filmmakers, music festivals, Britney Spears 2019-01-08 - Wrestler Anthony Bowens started the new year by coming out on Instagram as gay after previously identifying himself as bisexual. In part, he ...

Gay News

10 Questions with Vic: Emma Bell 2019-01-01 - Emma Bell has been on so many hit TV shows since the onset of her illustrious acting career on the New York stage ...

Gay News

NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Dominique Jackson celebrates 'Pose' 2019-01-01 - FX's television drama Pose broke ground again when it was nominated for two major Golden Globes—Billy Porter, who plays Pray Tell, could possibly ...


Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.








About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.