The Revival (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

Out This Week: The Revival

Out this week, the emotional new romance The Revival explores faith in the Deep South in a drama that asks how far you’re willing to go for the things you believe in. A desperate young man wanders into town looking for food and shelter. A progressive pastor tries to open the minds of his Old Testament congregation. A born again, recovering alcoholic fights for his church. A pastor’s wife looks to her gay husband for salvation. All of this comes to a scorching climax and an old time revival this small Arkansas town will never forget.

 

Keep the Lights On star Zachary Booth leads an intimate cast in this must-see drama, based on the play by award-winning writer Samuel Brett Williams. Speaking about the film and its Arkansas setting, director Jennifer Gerber said “It’s vital to me that my films tackle real stories from the south. Arkansas has a wealth of talent and beauty which hasn’t been explored to its full potential. In my opinion, The Revival is a story that needs to be told. Given the current political climate we are in, I want to delve into the psychology of a community of people that make up much of our country but very little of our popular culture.”

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Seat in Shadow (c) TLA Releasing

This Weekend’s VOD Favorites

With the launch of the brand-new TLAgay.com, the Gay Cinema Video On Demand experience we have been offering for a long, long time was upgraded and improved. We have expanded (and continue to expand) our selection of new and old gay-themed movies available for your viewing pleasure. Here’s just five of our current favorites, from various years, that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY! These aren’t our TOP 5, by any means – just a handful of flicks we want to highlight.

 

All Male, All Nude (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

All Male, All Nude (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

All Male, All Nude

2017, United States

Award-winning filmmaker Gerald McCullouch (BearCity, Daddy) dives into the lives of men who work at America’s only all-nude, all-male gay strip club – located, oddly enough, in the heart of The Bible Belt! All Male, All Nude is a cutting-edge journey into the taboo world of male stripping. The men living this life can’t be boxed in, nor can those who pay to watch them shed their clothes. An unprecedented expedition, the film introduces staggeringly attractive array of gents (ranging in age from their 20s to their 40s) who expose themselves for the camera in more ways than one. Not only is there plenty of jaw-dropping nudity on display, but the men discuss the events that brought them to this controversial line of work: acting as delicious eye candy for gay men, straight women, business men in town for work, married couples and everyone in between.

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Voyage (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

Take a Voyage with Scud

A master of controversy, Hong Kong filmmaker Scud’s movies are bold, explicit, taboo-breaking and unafraid to examine the darkest sides of romance and longing. Much of his work, in fact, has faced major censorship in Hong Kong. “Homosexuality remains taboo in conservative Asia. LGBT films cannot be screened, nor officially distributed in China, rendering any such projects financially unviable, although my films have constantly topped the sales of the underground market,” the filmmaker said during a 2013 interview.

 

Scud (real name Danny Cheng Wan-Cheung) was born in mainland China during the Great Cultural Revolution and raised by his grandmother before moving to Hong Kong at the age of 13. He worked for multi-national companies, founded a publicly listed company, and acquired a bachelors degree thru part-time study. He then moved to Australia for a permanent residence. Realizing that he had fulfilled the dreams of others but not his own, he returned to Hong Kong in 2005 to start an independent film company, Artwalker, where he wrote and directed City without BaseballPermanent ResidenceAmphetamine, Love Actually… Sucks! and, most recently, Utopians (2015).

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French Kisses (c) TLA Releasing

Out This Week: French Kisses

Get ready to be seduced by the best gay short films from France in one exquisite collection. An eclectic new compilation, French Kisses shines a spotlight on short films chock-full of sex appeal – and it’s out on DVD starting this week!

 

In Apollo, we follow a modern teenager, riddled with insecurities who keeps fantasizing about an ever more muscular body – and an even bigger banana. Herculaneum concerns three “appointments,” two men and a volcano that growls. In The Body of Angels, Remi listens to the birds and falls ain the hedges while, Gabriel does something far more sinister. In En Retour, Jean-Marc meets Simon, a younger man, for dinner. After a promising start, the evening plunges into extreme drama. Ruptures follows Gabriel and Andre, ex-boyfriends who cross paths for the first time in ten years. Finally, in Juliet Electrique, 14-year-olds Thomas and Victor visit an abandoned bridge and soon face their most secret fears and desires.

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Love Simon (c) 20th Century Fox

Get Ready to Fall in Love with Love, Simon

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Directed by Greg Berlanti (Riverdale, The Flash, Supergirl), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, Love, Simon is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love.

 

Following a thoroughly exciting year for gay cinema – where many high-profile titles like Tom of Finland, Beach Rats, BPM (Beats Per Minute), God’s Own Country and, of course, Call Me by Your Name reached greater mainstream attention than is usually afforded films about gay men – Love, Simon seems like the sweetest, most uplifting and enticingly John Hughes-esque cherry on top of the sundae.

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100 Men (c) MPI

Go on a journey with 100 Men

What would 100 former lovers say to you? Director Paul Oremland sets out to track down and talk to some of the memorable men he’s met through sex. In the process, he finds himself exploring four decades of changing attitudes toward homosexuality. Gay men have never had it so good, but among the gains there have been losses. Told with humor and candidness, the film charts the revolution through a countdown of Paul’s 100 most unforgettable trysts.

 

From the director of Surveillance 24/7 (2007) and Like It Is (1998) comes a deeply personal documentary that offers a history lesson through a unique perspective. The film starts with Paul as a guilt-ridden and confused teenager in 1970’s New Zealand. It then moves onto sleazy, sexy Soho in the 80’s and through the drug fueled commercial London club land of the 90’s, coming rights up to date with his own partnership. The changes Paul has seen in his lifetime have been truly astonishing – religious tolerance, living with – rather than dying from – AIDS, civil partnerships, marriage, parenthood and growing old “disgracefully.” And though no one would want to go back to the bad old days Paul explores a nagging feeling that something has been lost along the way.

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Hidden Kisses (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

This Weekend’s VOD Favorites

With the launch of the brand-new TLAgay.com, the Gay Cinema Video On Demand experience we have been offering for a long, long time was upgraded and improved. We have expanded (and continue to expand) our selection of new and old gay-themed movies available for your viewing pleasure. Here’s just five of our current favorites, from various years, that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY! These aren’t our TOP 5, by any means – just a handful of flicks we want to highlight.

 

Hidden Kisses (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

Hidden Kisses (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

Hidden Kisses

2017, France

16-year-old Nathan, lives alone with his father Stephane. A newcomer to his high school, he is invited to a party and soon becomes smitten with Louis, a boy from his class. They find themselves seemingly out of sight and kiss each other sweetly… not realizing that someone has taken a picture of them. Soon, the photo is published on Facebook and a storm overtakes their lives – putting them face to face with severe bullying and rejection. A highly-publicized film that originally aired on French television in 2016, this deeply affecting film is now available on DVD and VOD in the United States. Lead actors Berenger Anceaux and Jules Houplain are both adorable and have great chemistry together. Hidden Kisses is a heartfelt, thoughtful, beautifully directed film that will linger with you long after the final credits have rolled.

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Thirsty (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

Scott Townsend is Feeling Thirsty

From a tender age Scott Townsend’s life is ruled by his slippery gender. Growing up a girly-boy in the projects of Cambridge, Massachusetts, under the watch of Doris, his dysfunctional, single mom, Scott is prey to bullying and assault. Already a talented singer and performer, Scott grows up to be revered drag queen Thirsty Burlington and delights club goers in Provincetown with his spot on impersonation of Cher. But even in this gay mecca, being Thirsty comes at a price.

Inspired by Scott/Thirsty’s life, Thirsty spotlights the power of gender identity to both endanger and work its magic. The journey moves through dramatic, fantasy and musical sequences coming full circle when Scott realizes what he wants most in life, “To be safe and comfortable in all his skins,” and loved for all that he is.

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Wallflowers (c) Dekkoo Films

Coming Soon: Wallflowers

The first two seasons of Wallflowers, a comedy series by filmmaker Kieran Turner (director of acclaimed documentary Jobriath A.D.), is coming to DVD in February in a Special Edition release from Dekkoo Films. Set in the cruelly comedic dating world of New York City, Wallflowers details the disastrous romantic exploits of a tight knit group of Gen-X stragglers coping with the ecstasy and the agony of single life – as members of a Manhattan support group for the hopelessly single.

 

The show features an impressive, talented cast of NYC-based theater and film actors, including Chad Kimball (Tony Nominated for Broadway’s “Memphis”), Sarah Saltzberg (creator and star of Broadway’s hit musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”), Gideon Glick (Broadway’s “Spring Awakening” & “Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark”), Gibson Frazier (Man of the Century), and Marcia DeBonis (That’s What She Said, The Truman Show, Whatever Works).

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Dropping the Soap (c) Dekkoo Films

Don’t Get Caught Dropping the Soap

Dekkoo Films is proud to announce that on February 20th, a truly gut-busting 10-part series starring Jane Lynch and Paul Witten will be hitting DVD shelves. Executive produced by Jane Lynch, “Dropping the Soap” goes behind-the-scenes of the long-running (and gawdawful) fictional soap-opera “Collided Lives”.

 

As the program struggles to stay afloat, a new Executive Producer named Olivia Vanderstein (hilarious played by Lynch) shows up to shake things up. While the cast and crew desperately try to hold things together, Julian Draker (the soap’s leading man of “questionable talent and moral compass”) played by co-creator Paul Witten struggles to keep his personal life private and his cast members employed.

 

“As the TV soap opera itself circles the drain, I love how our crew of self-centered and desperate actors charge ever forward to save their show from the chopping block,” said Lynch. “The writing is so sharp and witty as the off-screen shenanigans become almost more absurd than the storylines of ‘Collided Lives.'”

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