Out This Week: A Wake

A Wake follows the children in a religious family who clash with their parents as they prepare for the funeral of their teenage brother. Noah Urrea stars as both the late teen and his grieving twin in this emotional new family drama from director Scott Boswell (The Stranger in Us).

While young Molly (Sofia Rosinsky) tries to hold things together, older sister Megan (Megan Trout) just wants to know the truth. Meanwhile, Mason (Urrea) tries to reach his lost twin brother through spiritual means. When an unexpected stranger – the deceased’s secret ex-boyfriend, Jameson (Kolton Stewart) – arrives, the family is forced to face all of the secrets and lies surrounding their recent tragedy.

 

Watch the trailer for A Wake below and click here to order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting this week.

 

Trailer Alert: Everything at Once

A seductive documentary, Everything at Once profiles Paco Moyano and Manolo Rodriguez, two Catalan photographers from the outskirts of Barcelona who have been together for thirty years.

Inspired by Caravaggio, Pasolini and Agnes Varda among others, their simple yet sophisticated style records the sex appeal of working class men, using natural light and abandoned locations. With great compassion and understanding, Paco and Manolo build an intimate relationship with their subjects, capturing not only their bare bodies but their inhibitions as well. In the end, they reveal just as much about themselves as they do the nude men in front of their cameras.

Everything At Once tells the beautiful story of two fascinating artists and a special relationship that has lasted for three decades.

Watch the trailer for Everything at Once below (just click “watch on Youtube”) and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and VOD in October.

 

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!

 

B&B
“They made their bed… now they’ll have to die in it.” Lovers Marc and Fred (Tom Bateman and Sean Teale) initiated a major legal battle after they were refused a double bed at a remote Christian guest house. They came out of their court case victorious and now they’re back at the establishment to claim their conjugal rights. Triumph, however, quickly turns to terror when a scary Russian neo-Nazi also checks in. Their weekend of celebratory fun soon becomes a bloody battle for survival. B&B is a whip-smart and brutally funny dark comedy-thriller. The Village Voice said director Joe Ahearne “deftly builds the suspense, raising the stakes before steering the story into surprising new directions.”

 

Half Brother
Sixteen-year-old Sandra (Natalia Molina) is looking for her mother. She’s been mysteriously missing for days. As time goes by, numerous other difficulties start piling up. With few places to turn, she seeks the help of her half-brother Jorge (Diego Avelino). Though they’re related, the pair have had very little contact. Jorge lives and works with his father installing surveillance systems. At the point Sandra finds him, he’s dealing with major problems of his own. Jorge is being threatened not to leak a video he made on his phone of a homophobic attack on a male friend to whom he’s secretly attracted. As the distant siblings come together, they find that two heads are better than one.

 

Snails in the Rain
Boaz (Yoav Reuveni) is an object of desire for seemingly everyone he meets, from the women in his university classes to the hunky swimmer at the pool. It is the sweltering summer of 1989 in Tel Aviv, the linguistics student leads a rather subdued existence with his accommodating girlfriend, Noa (Moran Rosenblatt). But when intimate letters from a secret male admirer appear, a long-buried part of Boaz is ignited. Riddled with guilt, shame and a deeply internalized homophobia, Boaz both wildly anticipates and dreads his daily trips to the post office. As the letters mount, and Noa begins to suspect, Boaz’s frustration bubbles to the surface, and small acts of violence grow in this riveting film from director Yariv Mozer.

 

Palace of Fun
A chance meeting in a nightclub begins a summer romance for Lily and Finn (Phoebe Naughton and Andrew Mullan). Instantly smitten with one another, Lily invites Finn is to spend the week with her at her family’s opulent home in Sussex. Conveniently, her parents are away on vacation in Italy. But their romantic break is disrupted when Lily’s seductive brother Jamie (George Stocks) discovers a revealing secret about Finn, and uses it to play a dangerous and sinister game with his sister’s new flame. Written, directed and produced by brothers Eadward, David and George StocksPalace of Fun is a compelling psychological drama that wears the influence of Patricia Highsmith’s “Ripley” novels on its sleeve.

 

Devil’s Path
In the early 1990s, two strangers (Stephen Twardokus and JD Scalzo) meet in a park where gay men cruise for sex. What seems like a random meeting quickly descends into a horrific nightmare. With recent disappearances and attacks, the two men soon find themselves in the terrifying position of being the next victims in a deadly game of cat and mouse. As they flee further into the woods to escape the danger, they begin to understand that the greatest danger of all may be closer than either of them realize. Will these two strangers be able to work together to defeat the darkness that has settled in on Devil’s Path? This riveting gay thriller from actor-director Matthew Montgomery will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Death Drop Gorgeous has all the makings of a horror-comedy cult classic!

Inspired by Giallo films and 1980s slasher flicks, the delightfully campy new drag exploitation horror film Death Drop Gorgeous has all the makings of a cult classic.

When Dwayne (Wayne Gonsalves) retreats back to Providence after a break-up, he reluctantly finds himself back at his old job — bartending at a club called Aut Haus. When he arrives, he finds that the place is not quite the same. A new gaggle of drag queens have taken over, and an unhinged rivalry brews between the young and beautiful Janet Fitness (Matthew Pidge), and the club’s aging relic, Gloria Hole (Michael McAdam/Payton St. James). He soon discovers, however, that the battling queens aren’t the only ones drawing blood.

Terror erupts as corpses of young gay men turn up slaughtered and drained of their blood. As the body count rises and his business slowly slips through his fingers, the owner of the Aut Haus, Tony Two-Fingers (Brandon Perras-Sanchez) pays two crooked detectives (Michael J. Ahern and Sean Murphy) to cover up the carnage and unmask the killer.

Will the detectives apprehend this maniac before every drop of blood is sucked out of Providence or will the killer succeed in their nefarious plan? Blending dark humor, crime, mystery and supernatural elements, Death Drop Gorgeous is a low-budget horror-comedy treat that pulls out all the stops.

 

Watch the trailer for Death Drop Gorgeous below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD September 28th.

 

Trailer Alert: The Carnival

Marco Berger, the prolific director behind The Blonde One, Young Hunter, Absent, Hawaii, Taekwondo and more, has a new movie coming soon. The Carnival is a clever pseudo-documentary which centers around two men who grew up in the town of Gualeguaychú, a city in the east of Argentina near the border of Uruguay.

Every summer, the residents participate in the town’s traditional carnival, which transforms the men of the community into Dionysian figures via costumes, glitter and feathers.

While Berger captures the action – and the mostly straight male participants’ bodies – he also blurs the line between fiction and non-fiction, adding his unique cinematic spin, homoerotic themes and eye for dynamic male relationships to color and comment on the proceedings.

Check out the trailer for the film below (click “watch on Youtube”) and click here to pre-order your copy of the film. The Carnival is coming to DVD and VOD September 21st.

 

Coming Soon: Joe Bell

From filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters and Men) and screenwriters Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry (the Academy Award-winning writing team behind Brokeback Mountain), Joe Bell tells the intimate and emotional true story of an Oregonian father (Mark Wahlberg) who pays tribute to his gay teenage son Jadin (newcomer Reid Miller), embarking on a self-reflective walk across America to speak his heart to heartland citizens about the real and terrifying costs of bullying.

Watch the trailer for Joe Bell below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and Blu-ray October 19th.

 

A Dim Valley is part gay stoner comedy and part meditation on mysticism and love

Writer-director Brandon Colvin‘s A Dim Valley is a tough film to classify. It’s part comedy, part drama, part dreamy pastoral – a film that bends and blends genres and tones in unique ways. It’s got slapstick gags, weird magic, smoldering romance, tragic moments and much more. In other words, something for everyone.

Ecology graduate students Albert and Ian (Whitmer Thomas and Zach Weintraub) spend the summer collecting flora and fauna samples with their lonely, curmudgeonly adviser, Dr. Clarence Rumble (Robert Longstreet).

At his woodsy cabin, close quarters foster comical friction and unexpected bonds between the two young men. Like ethereal bolts of lighting, three enigmatic, freewheeling backpackers – Rose (Rachel McKeon), Reed (Feathers Wise) and Iris (Rosalie Lowe) – crash into their lives.

As the backpackers push the men to open up, the mystery of their arrival deepens. Where did they come from? Why are they here? The answers, we soon find, are fantastically intertwined with the scientists’ transcendent fates.

 

Part hilarious queer stoner comedy and part transcendental meditation on mysticism and love, A Dim Valley is a delightful ethereal journey into the cycle of love.

 

Watch the trailer for A Dim Valley below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD, Blu-ray and VOD September 28th.

 

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!

 

Here Comes Your Man
What begins as a simple hookup blossoms into an unlikely romance between two young men in this charming and deeply sexy gay romantic comedy. When Jordan (Calvin Picou) and Aaron (Jason Alan Clark) meet in person after exchanging pics, 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, Jordan blocks Aaron’s number. When they run into each other weeks later, the truth comes out… and they find something undeniable about their strange romantic chemistry. But turning a one-night stand into “happily ever after” is not quite as easy as it seems.

 

The Strong Ones
Based on an original short film, which won the Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, The Strong Ones follows the romantic saga of two beautiful Chilean men on different life paths. Lucas (Samuel Gonzalez), an architect, travels to visit his sister, who lives in a remote town in Southern Chile. Beside the ocean, shrouded in the wintery mist, he meets Antonio (Antonio Altamirano), a boatswain on a local fishing boat. When an intense romance blossoms between them, their strength, independence, and adulthood become immovable, just like the ebb and flow of the tide. Confidently directed by Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo, The Strong Ones took home both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at Outfest last year.

 

Bittersweet Waters
Jesús Canchola Sánchez wrote, directed and stars in this emotionally complex drama. Atl (Sanchez), a quiet man living in rural Mexico, is struggling under the influence of his verbally abusive mother (Jacqueline Blanca Bribiesca). He has been trying to keep his undercover affair with his longtime best friend, the handsome movie star Diego (Ramón Varela), a secret. But his two-faced, alcoholic mom knows and wastes no time in blackmailing her son in order to keep him compliant. Diego’s pregnant fiancée soon discovers the affair too, but in spite of her threats, Diego keeps seeing Atl on the side. In order to live truthfully, Atl must overcome his mother, Diego’s fiancée and the conservative community that surrounds all of them.

 

Siberia & Him
Reminiscent of Brokeback Mountain and God’s Own Country, the stunning new gay romance Siberia & Him follows two men who begin a clandestine and erotically charged affair. Brothers-in-law Sasha (Viatcheslav Kopturevskiy), a meek farmhand, and Dima (Ilya Shubochkin), a policeman, have always had a fraught relationship. When the two set out on a trip together through the desolate, wide-open country of Siberia in an effort to reach a troubled relative, things begin to change. Along their journey, unspoken truths are uttered and a deep intimacy is built. The pair soon become not only travel companions, but secret lovers – spending their days hiking and hunting for food and their nights in one another’s arms.

 

Feral
Best friends Billy and Daniel (Jordan Nichols and Seth Daniel) live together in a Memphis bungalow. While trying live together in harmony, pay their rent and become part of the local artistic queer community, the two young men find themselves dealing with difficult emotional issues – especially when it comes to finding and losing love. Created by indie auteur Morgan Jon Fox, the writer-director behind the acclaimed gay romance Blue Citrus Hearts, this positively gorgeous short eight-episode series is a must-see. Featuring beautiful cinematography and fluid editing, the show offers a passionate portrayal of young, gay people struggling to find love and meaning in a confusing world.

I Carry You with Me is one of the year’s most beautiful and critically acclaimed gay films

“AN INTIMATE EPIC IMBUED WITH WARMTH AND TENDERNESS.”
– THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“A SEARING SAGA IN WHICH LOVE IS THE BINDING FORCE.”
– ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“A DEVASTATINGLY MOVING PIECE OF INNOVATIVE CINEMA.”
– REMEZCLA

“AN ENCHANTING MIX OF DRAMA AND ROMANCE.”
– AUSTIN CHRONICLE

“A SURREAL CONCOCTION THAT PACKS A CONSIDERABLE PUNCH.”
– SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“A BEAUTIFUL DEPICTION OF DREAMS, LOVE, SACRIFICE, HUMANITY AND HOPE.” – LATINX LENS

 

Academy-Award nominee Heidi Ewing (Jesus CampThe Boys of Baraka) directs this luminous, moving narrative film debut.

Based on a true story, I Carry You with Me follows a tender, decades-spanning romance between an aspiring chef and a teacher.

Starting in provincial Mexico and continuing as first Ivan (Armando Espitia), then Gerardo (Christian Vasquez), journey towards sharing a life together in New York City, I Carry You With Me is an intimate love story, as well as a soulful rumination on family, sacrifice, regret, and ultimately, hope. Don’t miss this remarkable, award-winning gay romance.

 

Watch the trailer for I Carry You with Me below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray beginning September 21st.