Coming Soon: Hard Paint

Pedro (Shico Menegat) is an attractive young man who earns his living in chat rooms. The image resolution may not be perfect but when Pedro transforms himself into “NeonBoy” in front of the webcam, he manages to create the desired impression… desired being the key word.


Slowly, this young man dips his fingers into pots of colored paint and glides them across his naked body. Literally glowing in the dark, NeonBoy follows the commands of his adoring fans. He even agrees to meet one of them in a private chat room for money.


Things begin to change when Pedro’s sister, Luiza (Guega Peixoto) moves out of their shared apartment. One he’s alone, Pedro notices that somebody else is imitating his performances. He agrees to go on a date with his mysterious rival, unaware that this rendezvous will have far-reaching consequences.


Set in Porto Alegre in Southern Brazil, this bold, daring and sexually explicit new film from directing duo Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon shines a spotlight on young queers in search of intimacy, community and security. The elegantly interwoven virtual images and protagonists’ stories, told in three acts, celebrate the sensitive misfits who break barriers in homophobic societies.


Watch the trailer for Hard Paint below and click here to pre-order your copy. It’s coming to DVD in July.

Now Available On-Demand: The Skin of the Teeth

When Josef (Pascal Arquimedes) arrives at John’s (Donal Brophy) apartment for a date, their prickly energy slowly gives way to genuine chemistry. But after swallowing a pill with mind-bending effects, Josef quickly slides helplessly down a rabbit hole of temporal sleight-of-hand, plunged into a surreal interrogation of everything he is.

From writer-director Matthew Wollin, the stylish and mind-bending new thriller The Skin of the Teeth has been described as “Get Out meets Grindr” (Newfest) and “Hypnotic and compelling” (My New Plaid Pants). The Film Stage said it “brims with sensuality and playfulness.”

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Trailer Alert: Everything is Free

In the new indie drama Everything is Free, Ivan (writer-director Brian Jordan Alvarez), an American painter living in Columbia, falls for Cole (Morgan Krantz), his best friend’s younger brother. Though not gay himself, the younger man returns his advances, but will older brother Christian (Peter Vack) be okay with that? As they say, true love conquers all… even if it takes years.


A recurring actor on Will & Grace and creator behind the series Go-Go Boy Interrupted and The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo, Everything is Free marks the feature-length directorial debut for director Brian Jordan Alvarez. Or, at least, it seems to. He also stood at the helm of the films Grandmother’s Gold and How to be a Slut in America (all completed within a prolific two-year stretch).

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Writer-director Camille Vidal-Naquet talks about his intense new gay film Sauvage/Wild


With a master’s degree in literature, writer/director Camille Vidal-Naquet broke onto the international film scene directing shorts. First was an experimental work, entirely in sign language, called Génie. He followed that with his first fiction films, Backstage and Heady Stuff. While teaching film analysis, he managed to write and direct his first feature-length film.


A premiere at last year’s Cannes Film Festival (quote an honor for a first-time feature director), Sauvage/Wild takes us on the riveting and vibrant erotic journey of a 22-year-old male prostitute named Leo (Felix Maritaud). Leo trades in love as much as lust and wanders through his life without rules or restrictions. Through a series of encounters that offer a glimpse into the complicated and visceral world of male sex work, Leo finds himself searching for affection anywhere he can get it – whether it’s the unrequited love for his hustler friend Ahd (Eric Bernard) or in the arms of an older, vulnerable client. Will Leo choose his freedom and the dangers that come with it, or the comforts of a stable relationship? After all, in this unpredictable world, who knows where he’ll end up?


Enjoy this interview with Camille Vidal-Naquet below (taken from the film’s press materials) and click here to pre-order your copy of Sauvage/Wild. The film is coming to DVD in July.

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This Weekend’s VOD Favorites

The Gay Cinema Video On Demand experience at TLAgay.com has your entertainment needs covered! We’re always working to expand 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.

Shadowlands
From writer-director Charlie David, Shadowlands is an anthology style film that explores love in three separate stories – a couple renegotiating a relationship, a narcissist grasping to comprehend it, and star-crossed lovers mourning its loss. The series begins in 1928 with Alex, a plastic surgeon hell-bent on perfection, hosting a house party with an assortment of colorful guests. Amid romantic misfires it becomes apparent that the only person Alex is interested in is himself. Fast forward to 1951 and a gay military couple exploring the idea of opening their relationship while on a remote camping trip when they encounter a mysterious stranger. The stories conclude in 2018 when a painter, mourning the loss of his lover, becomes obsessed with creating a realistic painting of him. The resulting piece is so beautiful and life-like that he is drawn under its spell.

Skin Deep
Caitlin (Monica Zanetti), a troubled Australian college student, meets Leah (Zara Zoe), a young woman from the other side of town who has been stranded in Sydney. Although the unlikely pair are initially thrown together by unusual circumstances, they find they have a natural bond. When Leah reveals she’s actually dying of cancer, Caitlin sets them out on a “bucket list” style quest all throughout Sydney, on a search for meaning. Their unlikely new friendship leads them on a tumultuous journey where both are pushed beyond their comfort zones and finally decide to choose life… while they still can. From director Jonnie Leahy and screewriter Zanetti (who also stars), Skin Deep is a heart-warming urban adventure.

Lovebirds
Mario (Joseph Ison) has found true love. For the past few months he has been corresponding with Alexis (Andres Alexis), a handsome young man from Spain, over the internet. Even with only an online connection to speak of, Mario is just wild for the guy. Alexis has already decided he feels the same. The pair decide to finally meet in Mario’s hometown in the Philippines. But there is one small problem: Mario has never told his family that he is gay. Things are turned upside when Alexis arrives and Mario’s mom figures out that he is not a girl. Alexis’ arrival, and the subsequent feast meant to welcome him, causes a series of misunderstandings, outright lies and hurt feelings. People just need some time to come around in this tender, humorous and heartfelt story. Ultimately, Lovebirds tells a wonderful and touching story about family, growing up and finding love.

Jitters
In this puppy love romance from Iceland, an unexpected first kiss causes Gabriel (Atli Óskar Fjalarsson) to feel the electrifying “jitters” of love and lust with the free-spirited Marcus (Haraldur Ari Stefánsson); a perfect way to end a summer studying abroad. Realizing he is gay, Gabriel returns home and is immediately scrutinized by his family and friends – who know he’s different. But as the school year launches, with Gabriel distracted with parties and his friends’ own dramas, Marcus returns, reigniting the hot, thrilling emotions of one’s first crush. Jitters fires head-first into the topsy-turvy world of first love with an attractive cast and pulsating soundtrack, making it a smartly refreshing journey into the queer, teen experience. Think Love, Simon but with a little more edge.

Twisted
Late, great character actor William Hickey stars as Andre, a lecherous brothel owner that trades in young men, in writer-director Seth Michael Donsky‘s 1996 retelling of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Exploiting his young charges through paternalism and drugs, Andre sets his sights on Lee (Keivyn McNeill Grayes), a ten-year-old black runaway orphan. Through Andre, Lee quickly becomes immersed in N.Y.’s sleazy underbelly of drug dealers and street hustlers. The boy’s only hope for survival is the aspiring song-writer Angel (David Norona), a former hustler and drug dealer. Angel befriends Lee and rescues him from the wiles of Andre’s cohort Fine Art (Jean Loup Wolfman), who attempts to profit on Lee’s tender age. Eventually, Andre’s petty empire is vanquished by Shiniqua (Pose breakout star Billy Porter), a powerfully wise and glamorous drag queen whose fiercely maternal spirit is no match for the depraved denizens of the brothel. Twisted is a weird cult classic from a bygone era in confrontational gay indie filmmaking.

Out This Week: Climax

From wildly controversial writer-director Gaspar Noé (the same guy behind Irreversible, Enter the Void, I Stand Alone and Love) comes a hypnotic, hallucinatory, and ultimately hair-raising depiction of a party that descends into delirium over the course of one wintry night.

In Climax, a troupe of young dancers gathers in a remote and empty school building to rehearse. Following an unforgettable opening performance lit by virtuoso cinematographer Benoît Debie (Spring Breakers, Enter the Void) and shot by Noé himself, the troupe begins an all-night celebration that turns nightmarish as the dancers discover they’ve been pounding cups of sangria laced with potent LSD.

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Just Came Out: Out on Stage: The Movie

Coming out just in time for Pride Month, the feature-length comedy event Out on Stage: The Movie promises a rowdy and raucous good time.

Experience the party when creator/host Zach Noe Towers and sixteen other top-rated gay and lesbian stand-up comedians discuss taboo subjects as only they can! The cast includes: Jonathan Rowell, A.B. Cassidy, Casey Ley, Julian Michael, Chris Bryant, Eric Hahn, Janine Brito, Jared Goldstein, Kyle Shire, Jordan Pease, Irene Tu, Raineir Pollard, Daniel Webb, Anthony Desamto, Gloria Bigelow, and Joe Dosch.

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This Weekend’s VOD Favorites

The Gay Cinema Video On Demand experience at TLAgay.com has your entertainment needs covered! We’re always working to expand 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.

Like Cattle Towards Glow
Acclaimed author Dennis Cooper and co-director Zac Farley‘s Like Cattle Towards Glow is a 93 minute film consisting of five independent, thematically and emotionally interconnected scenes. The film is a complex, intimate, strangely serene, wide-ranging, and always challenging exploration of sexual desire as a hiding place. In these unique, stylistically and temperamentally diverse scenes, sex makes a promise of something so intense and untenable to the characters that they feel they must enter it in secret – through an act of violence, or under the guise of an unrelated transaction, or by rationalizing its dangers away with the help of politics, or through utilizing it remotely as material for a purely aesthetic project. Like these characters, and like sex itself, Like Cattle Towards Glow is as deep, knowing, and unknowable as it is raucous, original, and explicit on the surface. John Waters called it “a real French tickler for the fucked-up literary set.”

Boy Undone
Two young men spend the night together after meeting the previous evening in a notorious gay club. The next day, however, the host wakes to find the boy he picked up bewildered and confused, unable to remember his name or anything about his past. Lacking any type of identification or obvious clues, the boys begin to search for the truth among fragments of memories that may or may not prove reliable. A chilling homoerotic thriller from Mexican writer-director Leopoldo Laborde, Boy Undone is queer guerrilla filmmaking at its most intense, featuring brave, bare-it-all-style performances from the game young performer’s at the film’s center. Warning: this film features scenes of graphic sexuality and tons of full-frontal male nudity. Viewer discretion is advised.

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A gay California man embarks on a quixotic journey in the new doc Felix Austria!

Brought up in the anonymous confines of the California suburbs, Felix Pfeifle always suspected there was more to life than what he’d been shown. When he inherits an archive of mysterious letters between an ordinary American, a Mr. Herbert Hinkel, and the last heir of the Holy Roman Emperors, he begins to think he’s right—and it’s just the beginning of a transformative life-journey equally remarkable for the rollicking folly, sincerity, and tragedy along the way.


The trove of imperial correspondence leads Felix on a trip across the United States and over the Atlantic—to Austria, Bosnia, and Germany—as he sets about the seemingly impossible task of gaining an audience with the last crown prince of Europe’s most ancient and storied royal dynasty, Archduke Otto von Habsburg. But just as the past promises to bring redemption, the harsh realities of the present threaten to wipe it all away. Back at home, Felix’s father is dying of a fatal brain disease: Huntington’s. And Felix himself has a 50 percent chance of developing the devastating illness within the next few years.


Convinced of the importance of his quixotic task, and in the face of overwhelming obstacles, Felix wins his audience with the aging Archduke. Refusing a test that would tell Felix whether he has the disease or not, Felix soldiers on with his imperial cause. He delves deeper into a history that has fascinated him all his life; a history of alliances and culture played out in castles and museums. Meanwhile, his father lies at home, increasingly ill, in the aptly named humble town of Modesto, California. With the end of life looming all around Felix, his eventual place in the inner circle of the Archduke’s milieu emerges like a fantasy island set against the shocking realities waiting back home.


Told in verite format and supplemented by interviews with friends, historians, doctors, and psychologists, Felix Austria! spans two continents and hundreds of letters between the Archduke and another, mysterious Habsburg admirer. Felix Austria! is a once-in-world-history story told in the context of a single person’s life-defining passions, fears, and triumphs.


Check out the trailer for Felix Austria! below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD in June.

Just Came Out: Sorry Angel

Paris, 1993. Jacques (Pierre Deladonchamps) is a semi-renowned writer and single father in his thirties trying to maintain his sense of romance and humor in spite of the turmoil in his life and the world. While on a work trip to Brittany, he meets Arthur (Vincent Lacoste), an aspiring filmmaker in his early twenties, who is experiencing a sexual awakening and eager to get out of his parochial life. Arthur becomes instantly smitten with the older man.

From acclaimed writer-director Christophe Honoré (Love Songs, Dans Paris) comes Sorry Angel, a mature and deeply emotional reflection on love and loss, and youth and aging. In its intergenerational snapshot of cruising, courtship and casual sex – Jacques’ forty-something neighbor Mathieu (Denis Podalydès) rounds out the triumvirate – Sorry Angel balances hope for the future with agony over the past in an unforgettable drama about finding the courage to love in the moment.

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