Furious Desires

Just Came Out: Furious Desires

A brand-new compilation of stellar short films is out this week from TLA Releasing! Gay themed short films are often hard to find outside of the festival circuit, but this collection bring you five of them for one low price!

 

Desire is mysterious. Desire is overwhelming. Desire is tragic. Desire is FURIOUS. The many permutations of that strange thing called desire are on full display in this stunning collection of short films: <i>Daytime Doorman</i> tracks the burgeoning desire between Marcelo and his sexy doorman Marcio. <i>Xavier</i> charts the beginnings of desire when Nicholas begins to notice his son, Xavier, only pays attention to certain types of boys. <i>The Other Side</i> is about the frustrations of unfulfilled desire when the object of your lust is beyond your reach – literally. <i>The Tiger’s Fight</i> explores what happens when one man, unbound by the ancient traditions, decides to subvert what’s expected of him to declare his desire for his best friend. Finally, in <i>Loris Is Fine</i>, we learn about the lengths two young lovers will go to prove that their love is beyond desire altogether.

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Cherry Pop (c) Wolfe Releasing

Just Came Out: Cherry Pop

Starring Caldwell Tidicue (better known to the adoring masses as Bob the Drag Queen, winner of Season 8 of “Ru Paul’s Drag Race”), the riotously funny new feature Cherry Pop follows one wild, crazy night at a drag club, where the matriarch of the show Zaza (Patrick Holt) refuses to come out of her dressing room, while a young newcomer, The Cherry (Lars Berge), is tormented by the regular troupe of back-stabbing queens.

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Flag Football (c) Seth Greenleaf

DVD & Blu-ray Exclusive: F(l)ag Football

TLAgay.com is thrilled to present, exclusively on DVD and Blu-ray, a brand-new, award-winning sports documentary coming in November. F(l)ag Football is a feature length documentary that follows a group of competitive gay athletes on their journey to the National Gay Flag Football Championships.

 

An audience and jury award-winning favorite on the 2016 festival circuit, the film interweaves footage of competitive games, tournament events, off-field relationships and deeply personal interviews leading up to and through the “Gay Bowl” in Phoenix, AZ.

 

Embedded camera crews capture unprecedented access to the intimate lives of the players, and what emerges is a portrait of stereotype-breaking athletes wrestling with complex identities and team dynamics, all while competing in 90-plus degree heat for the chance to be crowned champions.

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Get Real

Throwback Thursday: Get Real

A huge gay indie hit when it premiered at film festivals and art house cinemas in the late 1990s, Get Real has long been out of print and has easily become the most frequently requested movie by our customers. We’re thrilled it’s soon going to be available again on DVD – for only $8.99, at that!

 

Based on his play “What’s Wrong with Angry?” by Patrick Wilde, who also wrote the screenplay, Get Real is a sharply observed coming-of-age story, infused with charm, humor, emotion and a knowing sense of the difficulties of being a gay teen. Steven (Ben Silverstone) is a thin, pale-skinned, dark-haired 16-year-old living in British suburbia with his upper-middle-class parents. Life changes for the soft-spoken teen when he locks eyes on the school’s strapping and handsome super-jock John (Brad Gorton). The two are attracted to each other, but John’s self-hating and deeply held fears of having his sexuality found out by others threaten to tear apart their tentative relationship.

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Doors Cut Down - Special Edition Blu-ray

Just Came Out: Doors Cut Down

Doors Cut Down is available in a Special Edition Blu-ray from Altered Innocence and Anus Films starting TODAY! Click here to pick up your copy.

 

A subversive 18-minute short film, Doors Cut Down made a big splash when it debuted on the LGBT film festival circuit back in the year 2000. The film follows Guillermo (Israel Rodriguez), a 16-year old who seems like an average high school student, but hides a grown-up secret. He’s becomes a suave expert at cruising his local shopping malls for gay sex. Always looking for a new trick, he even resorts to seducing his much older English tutor. When he finally meets the hottest guy he’s ever seen, a man who may mean more to him than just a hot fuck, Guillermo finds himself suddenly conflicted.

 

Directed by Antonio Hens, who went on to make feature films like Clandestinos and The Last MatchDoors Cut Down made a bit of a comeback last year when it became available again as a streaming option on Dekkoo. Now it’s been given the royal treatment by the brand-new label Anus Films (a spirited play on Janus Films, revered distributor of world cinema masterpieces like Fox & His Friends and Ali: Fear Eats the Soul). Newly restored in High Definition, the short is now available in a Special Edition Blu-ray.

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Jesus

Just Came Out: Jesus

Jesus is out on DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures starting TODAY! Click here to pick up your copy.

 

The volatile relationship between a wayward teen (Nicolás Durán) and his disapproving father (Alejandro Goic) comes to a head when the boy seeks shelter from the police, in this intense new film from Chilean writer-director Fernando Guzzoni.

 

In Santiago, Chile, 18-year-old Jesus lives alone with his father Hector in a flat where the TV covers up their inability to communicate. The rest of the time, he dances in a K-pop band, hangs out with friends and does drugs, watches trashy video clips online and has dangerous sex in public places – all in constant search of the next big thrill. One night, he finds it in an irreversible misadventure with friends – a violent event that brings Jesus and Hector closer than ever, but also threatens to tear them apart forever.

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The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (c) Wolfe Releasing

Learn The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

The brand-new documentary The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth.

 

Director Jennifer Kroot (who was also at the helm of To Be Takei and It Came from Kuchar) has fashioned a documentary about the creator of Tales of the City that moves nimbly between playful and poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. With help from his friends (including Neil Gaiman, Alan Cumming, Margaret Cho, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan) Untold Tales offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took Maupin from the jungles of Vietnam to the bathhouses of 70’s San Francisco to the front line of the American culture war.

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Queer Thriller Alert: Rift

 

An enticing, well-acted and expertly-directed mystery-thriller, the new Icelandic film Rift will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Paying homage to classic horror films like Robert Wise’s The Haunting and Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now, writer/director Erlingur Thoroddsen has created something genuinely suspenseful. The movie has proven a big hit on the film festival circuit – not just LGBT film festivals, but general horror film festivals as well, where it has earned rave reviews.

 

Gunnar receives a strange phone call from his ex-boyfriend, Einar, months after they parted ways. Einar sounds distraught, like he’s about to do something terrible to himself, so Gunnar drives to the secluded cabin where Einar is holed up and soon discovers there is more going on than he imagined. As the two come to terms with their broken relationship, some other person seems to be lurking outside the cabin, wanting to get in.

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Throwback Thursday: Mysterious Skin

In 1992, Gregg Araki punched the cinematic world in the gut with his breakout feature The Living End, a hedonistic road movie about two HIV-positive men who embark on a shocking and violent crime spree. Since then Araki has been flipping the bird to mainstream culture whenever possible.

 

Turning 12 this year, Mysterious Skin, still might be his most accomplished and acclaimed effort. Adapted from Scott Heim‘s 1996 novel, Araki took his most serious turn to that point, taking on the controversial subject of childhood sexual abuse. In the process, he proved himself to be a maturing artist worthy of this difficult topic.

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