Blake Mawson is an award-winning filmmaker who, despite his relatively young age, has been working diligently in film and television for over 15 years. An alumnus of the prestigious Norman Jewison Canadian Film Centre’s Directors’ Lab, Mawson was recently awarded the RBC Award for Best Emerging Canadian Artist at Toronto’s Inside Out LGBT Film Festival and won the Best Horror Short at Flickers’ Rhode Island Vortex for his stunning, totally unforgettable directorial debut PYOTR495.
Set one evening in present day Moscow, 16 year-old Pyotr (Alex Ozerov of “Orphan Black” and “The Americans”) is baited by an ultra-nationalist group known for their violent abductions and anti-gay attacks bolstered by Russia’s LGBT propaganda law… but Pyotr has a dangerous secret his attackers could never have accounted for.
In addition to the awards listed above, the film was nominated for the 2016 Iris Prize and Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival’s Brigadoon – Paul Naschy Short Film Award. Enjoy this interview with the filmmaker below. You can catch PYOTR495streaming on our site right now (click here to watch). Even better, pick up the film along with four others exclusive short films in the forthcoming compilation Monsters & Men. It’s coming to DVD & Blu-ray in May.
Selected for multiple film festivals all around the globe, many of these shorts have become winners of prestigious awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at Image+Nation Montreal, the Best Emerging Canadian Artist Award at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, the Best Horror Short award at Flickers’ Rhode Island Vortex. Some of these films were also shortlisted for The Iris Prize, the world’s largest short film prize, and also nominated for the SITGES Brigadoon Paul Naschy Award.
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.
This 19-minute short film, available on VOD courtesy of Border2Border Entertainment, follows Colt (Evan Spergel), a struggling aspiring writer who collects money after having sex with a complete stranger. Soon after the stranger is gone, an unexpected knock comes. Fearful for his safety, he makes a run for it. Somewhere out there, Colt falls into the hands of Ely (Adam Kenneth Wilson) a wealthy man. Their relationship quickly evolves into a complex dynamic of father and son. As Ely’s demons unravel, Colt becomes witness to this king all alone in his castle.