Trailer Alert: Truman & Tennessee

The brilliant work, personal struggles and cultural impact of iconic American writers Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams explodes onto the screen in the innovative new dual-portrait documentary Truman & Tennessee.

Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland masterfully collages a wealth of archival material, including dishy talk show appearances with Dick Cavett and David Frost, with clips from some of the duo’s most memorable movie adaptations: A Streetcar Named DesireCat on a Hot Tin RoofThe Glass MenagerieBreakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood.

Featuring vibrant voiceover work by award-winning actors Jim Parsons (as Capote) and Zachary Quinto (as Williams), the film is dripping with wit and wisdom. It is a celebration of both men’s fearless candor and often tumultuous friendship that honors how their identity as gay Southerners informed their timeless artistic achievements and relationships with family, colleagues, confidants and – most significantly – each other.

 

Watch the trailer for Truman & Tennessee below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD on August 17th.

 

Photo Gallery: Here Comes Your Man

What begins as a simple Grindr hookup blossoms into a very unlikely romance between two young men in the charming and poignant new gay romantic comedy-drama Here Comes Your Man.

When Jordan (Calvin Picou) and Aaron (Jason Alan Clark) meet in person after exchanging pics and pleasantries on a hook-up app, it’s nervous attraction at first sight. Their initial tryst is fraught with the kind awkward tension that suggests they might not be a perfect match. On top of that, Aaron is unaware that Jordan is, for all intents and purposes, “straight.” Confused about his sexuality and faking his way through a hetero relationship, Jordan blocks Aaron’s number. When they run into each other in a gay bar weeks later, the truth comes out… and they both find that there is something undeniable about their strange romantic chemistry.

A charming, funny, sexy and refreshingly realistic new 5-episode series from creator/director Omar Salas Zamora, Here Comes Your Man takes us through the entirety of Aaron and Jordan’s tumultuous relationship, jumping father forward in time with each successive episode to show us the most pivotal moments.

Watch the trailer for Here Comes Your Man and enjoy our select photo gallery below. Click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and VOD starting July 27th.

 

 

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 that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY!

 

Going Down in La-La Land
Young, handsome and ambitious, Adam (Matthew Ludwinski) travels from New York to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming a star. He moves in with his zany best friend Candy (Allison Lane), who, between auditions, spends her time at the gym, shopping or looking for a wealthy man. Soon, Adam finds himself dealing with down-and-out directors, washed up starlets, closeted celebrities and meth addicts as he starts to lose himself in an underworld of gay porn and prostitution. From writer-director Casper Andreas, Going Down in La-La Land is a candid, sexy, outrageously funny satire about what an actor can – and will – do to survive in Hollywood.

 

Hawaii
Sexual tension spills off the screen in this sweaty, titillating romance from award-winning director Marco Berger (Young Hunter, The Blonde One). Hawaii follows Martin and Eugenio (Manuel Vignau and Mateo Chiarino), two former childhood friends who reunite during a hot summer in the Argentinean countryside. As they work together to restore Eugenio’s summer home, a game of power and desire ensues – and soon the two buddies must grapple with their sexual attraction and reconsider their relationship. With gorgeous cinematography, a lush setting and compelling lead performances, Hawaii is an intimate character study that sizzles.

 

Sunburn
Four friends enjoy a weekend in a luxurious cabin in the Portuguese countryside. As the sun beats down on their bodies, each receives a call from the same former lover. It seems that after years away in Brazil, he is back, and will be making an appearance at the vacation spot. The group is soon examining their old wounds. A deeply personal film from writer-director  Vicente Alves do Ó, Sunburn takes a tense look at the way in which people from our past can stick with us – and what can happen when they unexpectedly re-enter our lives. It also works hard to combat gay stereotypes that often weigh down similarly-themed stories.

 

The Last Match
Reiner and Yosvani (Reinier Diaz and Milton Garcia) are best friends and soccer mates. Reinier, in order to support his wife and their baby – as well as his gambling habit – prostitutes himself at night to older male foreigners along the waterfront. Meanwhile, shy Yosvani is reluctantly engaged to a girl and lives with her and her bombastic loan shark father. After a furtive kiss at a nightclub, the two young men, barely containing their pent-up desire, follow it up with a lusty rooftop encounter – where the two quickly fall hard for each other. And as their love intensifies, the challenge is not with them but with the unforgiving outside world… a world they so desperately want to escape from.

 

I Want Your Love
After years of treading water in freewheeling San Francisco, a young gay man (Jesse Metzger) prepares to move back to his roots in the Midwest. During his last weekend in town his friends, roommates and ex-lovers throw him a party that brings his already bittersweet feelings about leaving into sharper focus. Torn between his creative dreams and the reality of earning a living, he’s made to take responsibility by redefining what it means to be an artist, a gay man and an adult. Expanded to feature length from an award-winning 2010 short film of the same name, I Want Your Love features graphic, unsimulated sex scenes. Viewer discretion is advised.

 

 

 

Watch the trailer for François Ozon’s stunning new coming-of-age romance Summer of 85

When Alexis (Félix Lefebvre) capsizes off the coast of Normandy, David (Benjamin Voisin) comes to the rescue and soon opens the younger boy’s eyes to a new horizon of friendship, art, and sexual bliss.

David’s worldly demeanor and Jewish heritage deliver an ardent jolt to Alexis’s traditional, working-class upbringing. After Alexis begins working at the seaside shop owned by David’s mother (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), the two lovers steal every possible moment for a fugitive kiss, a motorcycle ride, or a trip to the cinema. Their relationship is soon rocked by a host of challenges, including an unexpected sexual rival (Philippine Velge) and a romantic oath that transcends life itself.

Adapted by François Ozon from Aidan Chambers’s groundbreaking LGBT young adult novel Dance on My GraveSummer of 85 is a sexy, nostalgic reverie of first love and its consequences from one of France’s most versatile filmmakers. Their summer fling lasts just six weeks, but casts a shadow over a lifetime.

Long one of our favorite subversive queer filmmakers, we’ll watch any new movie François Ozon has to offer. Consistently versatile, Summer of 85 is something of a return to his roots – which fans of his work will recognize and greatly enjoy.

Watch the trailer for Summer of 85 below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray starting on August 17th.

 

Trailer Alert: Here Comes Your Man

What begins as a simple Grindr hookup blossoms into a very unlikely romance between two young men in the charming and poignant new gay romantic comedy-drama Here Comes Your Man.

When Jordan (Calvin Picou) and Aaron (Jason Alan Clark) meet in person after exchanging pics and pleasantries on a hook-up app, it’s nervous attraction at first sight. Their initial tryst is fraught with the kind awkward tension that suggests they might not be a perfect match. On top of that, Aaron is unaware that Jordan is, for all intents and purposes, “straight.” Confused about his sexuality and faking his way through a hetero relationship, Jordan blocks Aaron’s number. When they run into each other in a gay bar weeks later, the truth comes out… and they both find that there is something undeniable about their strange romantic chemistry.

A charming, funny, sexy and refreshingly realistic new 5-episode series from creator/director Omar Salas Zamora, Here Comes Your Man takes us through the entirety of Aaron and Jordan’s tumultuous relationship, jumping father forward in time with each successive episode to show us the most pivotal moments.

Watch the trailer for Here Comes Your Man below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and VOD starting July 27th.

 

Coming Soon: Queer Knowledge

Featuring three stellar short documentary films from three different directors, Queer Knowledge is a collection of important and eye-opening work from Mattioli Productions.

Covering topics and often-overlooked communities of great interest to LGBTQ+ viewers, these three shorts will inform, entertain and move you.

 

Below, you’ll find a short synopsis for each of the films included in this new set. Click here to pre-order your copy of Queer Knowledge. It’s coming to DVD and Blu-ray on July 20th!

 

A Queer City (United Kingdom, 2020, 8 mins) / Directed by George Hellings
Three young drag artists navigate the rising drag scene in Norwich, a place where their actions appear to be going unnoticed by the rest of the world. They open up about what their drag means to them and how by finding a welcoming group of people in Norwich with similar attitudes and camp sensibilities, they have been able to express their queerness and identity freely through performance and visual artistry.

Gay Positive (USA, 2014, 51 mins) / Directed by A.J. Mattioli
Gay Positive tells the story of one man trying to bring to attention the outdated ban on gay men donating blood in the United States. This documentary is meant to inform and educate people on this controversial issue. By raising public awareness and taking the camera into the streets, the film captures the opinions of people from many walks of life regarding how they feel about the ban today.

We Are Here (United Kingdom, 2019, 12 mins) / Directed by Ellie Hodgetts
Family comes in many shapes and sizes – and this one is bound by the urge to make positive changes in the world. We Are Here follows individuals from an international order of queer nuns as they live their lives (just a little larger than most). The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence stand proudly across the globe as a beacon of self-acceptance and self-expression… but not everyone agrees with their joyful message.

Now Available On-Demand: I Want Your Love

Employing a cast of fearless actors, director Travis Mathews offers up a sexually-graphic, but ultimately touching film that follows the bed-hopping adventures of a small group of San Francisco hipsters.

With his award-winning 2010 short film of the same name, Mathews presented a realistic, completely unsimulated gay sex scene as romantic as it was titillating. Not long after, he was able to expand that short into a feature-length adaptation.

I Want Your Love follows a small group of gay friends, centered around a young artist named Jesse (Jesse Metzger). Out of cash, Jesse is reluctantly planning to leave San Francisco, his home city for the past ten years, and return to the Midwest. Above all, he does not want to leave his close friends.

On his last night in town, his pals decide to throw him a wild going-away party. Soon, flirting ensues, relationship dynamics are questioned and hidden attractions become apparent – leaving to several unexpected pairings and some incredibly entertaining sex scenes that celebrate the messiness and vulnerability of first-time encounters between friends.

While I Want Your Love includes the kind of graphic sex you rarely see outside of porn, Mathews injects a ton of heart and humor into the proceedings. The scenes feel honest and completely essential, rather than shocking or gratuitous.

Long unavailable, this charming, groundbreaking American indie is now available once again on-demand at TLAgay. Watch the original trailer below and click here to rent or download the film.

 

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 that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY!

 

Flatbush Luck
The eighth feature film by prolific, multi-award-winning director Casper Andreas, Flatbush Luck tells the story of two hunky cousins from Flatbush, Brooklyn. Former Wall Street hotshot Jimmy (Tanner Novlan) and his buttoned-up cousin Max (Robby Stahl) work as phone repairmen. One day, they stumble across some intriguing insider trading tips and start tapping a phone line to get even more. But when the stock tips turn into murder plots, the hapless men are unable to go to the police and soon find themselves in over their heads and flat out of luck. An impending wedding and sexual confusion round out the plot in this romantic comedy crime caper!

 

Everything is Free
Ivan (writer-director Brian Jordan Alvarez) has relocated to a coastal town in Colombia to focus on painting. After some time apart, his straight best friend Christian (Peter Vack) comes to visit along with his younger brother Cole (Morgan Krantz). The initial pleasantries of beach-side camping and late-night partying fade quickly – especially after Ivan and Cole start secretly sleeping together. When Christian finds out, the otherwise idyllic summer affair brings out difficult and surprising emotions in not just the three men, but also their diverse circle of expats and tourists. Frank and playful, Everything Is Free navigates gay cinema tropes with self-awareness, humor, gravity and a very modern sensibility.

 

Wasp
Olivier and James (Simon Haycock and Hugo Bolton) are about to settle into a romantic break in the south of France when Caroline (Elly Condron), an old friend of James, unexpectedly crashes their getaway. At first, everything seems calm as they spend their time around the swimming pool and exploring the isolated village. Slowly however, Olivier grows more and more intrigued by Caroline… leading to potentially disastrous consequences for the young couple. Friendships are questioned and sexuality is tested in this tense, gorgeously-crafted relationship drama from European filmmaker Philippe Audi-Dor.

These Peculiar Days
These Peculiar Days tells the story of eight friends who graduate high school and celebrate by staying in a cabin in the woods. Just before the trip, Isabel (Sofia Sylwin) breaks up with Roman (Gerardo Del Razo) when she finds out he’s been cheating on her with Oscar (Carlos Hendrick Huber). When Roman tags along to try to win her back, it turns this pleasant weekend into a ticking time bomb that will be set off by their unstoppable sexual impulses. Soon, the lines between their sexuality begin to blur as allegiances and love affairs are quickly made and broken. An unabashedly erotic look at modern sexual fluidity between young adults from acclaimed writer-director Chucho E. Quintero.

 

Seeds
Young Andy (Emilio Puente) is having a hard time at school, taunted for being different than the other boys. When his mother unexpectedly dies, Andy moves to a small Mexican suburb to live with his strict, no-nonsense grandmother (played by frequent Pedro Almodovar collaborator Carmen Maura), Soon, Andy finds comfort and refuge in Charly (Diego Alvarez Garcia), the estates’ sexy young gardener. Charlie soon introduces Andy to an exciting world of danger, risk and temptation. In this epic coming-of-age story, Andy will navigate the pain and joy that comes with grief, growing up and finding your identity under extreme circumstances.

Boys Night offers up a stellar new collection of short gay films

Bouncing around from genre to genre, this stellar new collection of short films from Mattioli Productions showcases some of the most cutting edge recent gay cinema from the United States and Australia. Sit back, relax and get ready to make it a Boys Night.

 

Below, you’ll find a short synopsis for each of the films included in the new set, plus an exclusive photo gallery. Click here to pre-order your copy of Boys Night. It’s coming to DVD and Blu-ray on July 20th!

 

Hopelessly (USA, 2018, 5 mins) / Directed by Tony Clemente Jr.
All Darren (Lucas Iverson) wants is a connection. When his girlfriend and his boyfriend don’t have time for him, Darren goes on an adventure to find love again… and again… and again. Hopelessly explores a day in the life of a polyamorous relationship in all its awkward beauty.

Mass (USA, 2020, 12 mins) / Directed by Linus Ignatius
Gay, HIV-positive and lonely in New York City, Trey (writer-director-star Linus Ignatius) finds himself surrounded by hulking, powerful men. Throughout his day, he obsesses over how to get BIG – and his insecurities keep him trapped in a tense cycle of trauma and abuse.

Innocent Boy (USA, 2020, 14 mins) / Directed by Brock Cravy
Off a lonely Texas highway, a group of hustlers prey on the desperados who have come for sex, drugs and Momma’s special milk. Don’t miss this wildly provocative short horror flick from director Brock Cravy.

Miles (Australia, 2017, 15 mins) / Directed by Christopher Sampson
In this Australian coming-of-age drama, three lifelong friends (Nathan DramanJye Whatson and Madi Jennings) navigate their way through an unusual love triangle while embarking on a road trip that will change their lives forever.

Sacrifice (Australia, 2018, 17 mins) / Directed by Anna Maguire
James (Leigh Smith), a humanitarian rights lawyer, and Blake (Jesse Everett), a military officer, just want to live a normal and quiet life together. They find, however, that their sense of professional duty continually tears them apart.

Tooth 4 Tooth (Australia, 2020, 13 mins) / Directed by Alice Maio Mackay
While investigating the murder of a friend, a drag artist and an activist find themselves caught in an old war between those who feed on the blood of the fearful and those who feed on the blood of the hateful.

 

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF BOYS NIGHT!

 

Coming Soon: Bare

“It’s not only an erotic nudity. It’s important to mention it. And it’s not an obscene nudity. It’s a nudity which is beautiful. Voila!” – Thierry Smits

A provocative, sexy and visually-stunning new documentary from director Aleksandr M. Vinogradov, Bare follows acclaimed Belgian choreographer Thierry Smits through the process of creating Anima Ardens, his newest stage production featuring eleven completely naked male performers.

In between breathtaking dance sequences, Bare reveals the artistic collaboration and conflict between choreographer and company as they build an avant-garde piece steeped in dark, primal energy and ritual. Together, they address questions of body politics, gender, censorship and a variety of taboo subjects. The film also traces the arduous process of auditioning, rehearsing and opening a new dance piece – which is apparently even harder when you’re totally nude!

 

Watch the trailer for Bare and click here to pre-order your copy of the film. It’s coming to DVD and VOD June 22nd.