Order your copy of the stellar new short film collection Boys Night

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 available on DVD and Blu-ray starting this week!

 

 

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.

 

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

 

A Stormy Night
Marcos (David Moragas) arrives in New York from Barcelona only to find out his layover flight to San Francisco has been cancelled due to a storm. This leaves him without a place to stay for the night. That’s how he meets Alan (Jacob Perkins), his old college friend’s roommate, who is happy to host him for the night. The two boys have nothing in common, but they will have to spend twelve hours and a New York storm together. Throughout the night, a series of misunderstandings lead the boys to challenge each other’s approach to love, relationships and happiness. They both have secrets to hide that are difficult to hold. And yet, the biggest challenge might be having to say goodbye to each other the morning after.

 

15 Years
Yoav (Oded Leopold), a successful architect, has everything he’s ever wanted: Dan (Udi Persi), his lover of fifteen years – a younger lawyer who adores him; and his best friend, Alma (Ruti Asarsai) – a successful artist, who is like a mother and a sister to him. However, when Alma announces she is pregnant, it ignites Dan’s desire to become a father himself. But Dan’s parental urges have the opposite effect on Yoav, who is haunted by long buried demons. Yoav’s tight grasp on his life begins to come apart, leading to self-destructive behavior that threatens to destroy his life with Dan, unravel his friendship with Alma, and cost him everything. Sexy and thoughtful with great acting, 15 Years is a must-see.

 

Desire Will Set You Free
A gay romance with a punk/hardcore aesthetic. Ezra (Yony Leyser), a struggling American writer, meets Sasha (Tim-Fabian Hoffmann), a Russian escort, and he introduces him to his world of clubs and parties – a dizzying and vibrant hedonistic underground. As they journey together through Berlin’s layered history and unique subcultural landscapes, inner desires threaten to disrupt everything. Fast-paced and sexy with eye-popping cinematography and production design, Desire Will Set You Free features an über-large cast of notable figures, including Amber Benson, “Godmother of Punk” Nina Hagen, infamous musician/performance artist Peaches and legendary gay artist/filmmaker Rosa Von Praunheim.

 

The Revival
A secret relationship between a preacher and a young drifter challenges the equilibrium of a church. When Eli (David Rysdahl) begins preaching at his father’s old church, he is desperate to open the minds of the Old Testament-obsessed, fire-and-brimstone congregation. His plans are quickly derailed when he strikes up a relationship with a fascinating drifter (Zachary Booth). Tensions soon come to a head, with simmering resentments and repressed emotions all leading to a revival that will shake this sleepy Arkansas town to its core. The Revival  originated on the stage as a very successful off-Broadway play. Director Jennifer Gerber adapts the story into a film that is edgy, thought-provoking and essential.

 

Soundless Wind Chime
Elegant and moving, the love story of two young men from different backgrounds is beautifully woven into this gorgeous tapestry of a film. Pascal (Bernhard Bulling) has been in a destructive, violent relationship. Picking pockets for a living, he spends an inordinate amount of time on the streets, scared even in his own home. When he meets the gentle and shy Ricky (Yulai Lü) at a street cafe, he finds a new purpose: to break through Ricky’s reticence to open his heart for love. Their turbulent, passionate relationship is the core of this emotionally rich gem. Shot with an intimacy and intelligence seldom seen in such low-budget indie films, Soundless Wind Chime is a superb feature from Hong Kong-based director Kit Hung.

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!

 

Benjamin
British comedian Simon Amstell wrote and directed this charmingly offbeat gay romantic comedy about a filmmaker juggling the excitement of his upcoming film premiere with the fear and awkwardness of a burgeoning romance. Always ready with a self-defensive quip, indie film director Benjamin (Colin Morgan) nervously prepares for the premiere of his sophomore feature when he meets and falls for hard for Noah (Phenix Brossard), a young French musician. Will Benjamin’s insecurities and anxieties get in the way of success and happiness? Will his film be a critics-savaging disaster and he, a one-hit wonder? Benjamin is a charming, laugh-out-loud look at one man’s land mined road to success and love.

 

The Last Straight Man
Lewis (Mark Cirillo) is a closeted gay man throwing a bachelor party for his straight best friend and secret crush, Cooper (Scott Sell). Unexpectedly, the two men end up in bed together during the night. After this initial uncontrollable urge of drunken sex together, the two men decide to meet in the same hotel suite on the same night each year to hook up – and catch up. Written and directed by Mark Bessenger (Bite Marks, Confessions), The Last Straight Man is a sexy and bittersweet exploration of a secret relationship as it evolves over the course of twelve years. We see four additional nights that depict how these two men grow and how their friendship – and deep affection – changes.

 

Between Love & Goodbye
Kyle and Marcel (Simon Miller and Justin Tensen) fell deeply in love at first sight. Marcel, who is from France, marries his lesbian friend Sarah (Jane Elliott) so that he can stay in the United States with Kyle. Enter Kyle’s sister, April (Rob Harmon), a former prostitute who needs a place to crash. Taking a quick disliking to Marcel, April methodically drips poison into their happiness. But where Marcel sees a conniving woman with a not-so-hidden agenda, Kyle only sees his sister in need. The perfect couple soon falls headlong into possessiveness, jealousy and rage – trapped in the tangled emotions found in that space between love and goodbye. Can their love survive the pressure?

 

Seek
Evan (Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski) is a hot, young, gay newspaper writer who has just recently had his heart broken. Attempting to shake off his melancholy, he takes on an assignment profiling Hunter (Ryan Fisher), an alluring up-and-coming young gay club promoter. Around the guys are a host of other twenty-something urbanites, all longing for the same thing – approval. Whether it’s by the in-crowd, the hottie across the bar or in the industry in which they work, all of them are striving for something greater, failing to appreciate the beauty of what they already have. Written and directed by Eric Henry, Seek explores fresh territory in gay cinema – and is all the more tender and heart-wrenching for it.

 

Body Electric
The summer is coming and Elias (Kelner Macêdo) has been dreaming of the sea a lot. In his daily life, he’s a bit “at sea” as well. In the garment factory where he works, his responsibilities seem to be consistently increasing. He’s drowning in responsibilities. After one more night working overtime, Elias and his employees decide to go out and have some beer together. Though he knows it’s not advisable to mix his work life and his social life, this night proves to be exactly what Elias needs. Suddenly, new encounters and desires open up to his horizons. Though it is light on plot, Body Electric is a smart, warmhearted character study about breaking free from expectations and finding your place in the world.

Summer Sizzle: 30 Gay Movies – Now Available On-Demand – That Turn Up The Heat!

As temperatures rise outside, we got to thinking about our favorite sweaty, beach-side, summertime-based gay movies. Below, you’ll find THIRTY different flicks available RIGHT NOW on-demand to put you in a seasonal mood! The genres may be varied, but all of these films do a great job turning up the heat (draw the shades and adjust your A/C accordingly).

 

Aya Arcos
Fabio (Daniel Passi) is a 21-year-old hustler working the hot streets of Rio when he meets Edu (Cesar Augusto), a successful author. They soon embark on a passionate and wild relationship. But while Fabio is sexually adventurous and carefree, Edu is far more protective. With several demons from his past that he has yet to face, Edu finds emotional connections difficult to maintain. The pair must try to navigate a path together – can they really live for the moment or will the realities of life crush them completely? An official selection at the Montreal World Film Festival and the Torino Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Aya Arcos infuses its troubled May-December relationship with serious sexual intensity.

 

Bromance
When four friends go on a camping trip in a remote part of Argentina, sexual tensions quickly bubble to the surface. Once in virtual seclusion by the beach, the line between friendship and love begins to fade for two of the boys in particular as their desire becomes too much to bear. When what started as a simple getaway quickly becomes tinged with sex, romance and conflict, everyone is forced to confront who they really are for the very first time. Starring Javier De Pietro, the scrumptious star of Absent and Sexual Tension: Volatile, Bromance uses a clever found-footage aesthetic to deliver a thoughtful and supremely sexy meditation on young, burgeoning gay love.

 

Deleted Scenes
Deleted Scenes tells a tale of love, passion and dysfunction. When 30-something Sean (Michael Vaccaro) meets Eastern European immigrant Wolf (Ivica Kovacevic), the sparks quickly fly. They return to Sean’s apartment to begin a high energy affair. What starts as a mere chance meeting slowly evolves into something more. Wolf is easy going, turning tricks to supplement his living, while Sean is needy, talkative and neurotic. Creating a stable relationship is fraught with problems. With Wolf disappearing for hours at a time and Sean doing drugs, the two of them seem to be headed down a path of destruction. Director Todd Verow (see Goodbye Seventies below) pushes the envelope with this edgy drama.

 

Dry Wind
A gloriously erotic film from Brazilian director Daniel Nolasco, Dry Wind follows factory worker Sandro (Leandro Faria Lelo) as he escapes his rural boredom via secret trysts with his co-worker Ricardo (Allan Jacinto Santana) and through elaborate sexual fantasies. Though his sex life is in full swing, Sandro shies away from emotional attachment, preferring to imagine worlds of anonymity, leather and unbridled fetish-play – brought to stunning life in color-drenched widescreen glory. When a new arrival to town (Rafael Teóphilo) – a certified hunk straight out of Sandro’s dreams – sets his sights on Ricardo, Sandro finds himself brimming with jealousy and fearing exclusion from a romance he never thought he wanted.

 

Everything I Like
Daniel (Milton Roses), is an editor at a production company. When Javier (Esteban Masturini), a new cameraman, joins the crew, it upends Daniel’s life in ways he never expected. Though he’s always considered himself straight, Daniel begins to develop feelings for the alluring Javier. Encouraged by his closest friends to finally come out of the closet, Daniel isn’t sure he’s ready. Once he admits to his bisexuality, he enters the world of online dating, embarking on an uncomfortable, often embarrassing and deeply funny journey through a new world of potential partners. All the while, however, he’s looking to work up the courage to tell Javier how he really feels… and get over his fear of being naked in front of another person!

 

Fireflies
Ramin (Arash Marandi), an Iranian refugee living in Mexico, is trying to come to terms with his past – one that has left permanent scars on his body and soul. As he strolls through the port of Veracruz – a place where transient souls collide in search of a better life – the haunting memories of his long-distance lover begin to fill his heart with a profound sense of loneliness and repentance. Ramin’s friendship with Leti (Flor Eduarda Gurrola), the young woman who runs his hotel and teaches him Spanish, and an attraction to ex-con Guillermo (Luis Alberti) help him find himself as a gay man in a new home. Written and directed by Iranian-born Mexico City resident Bani Khoshnoudi, Fireflies is beautifully shot and strikingly naturalistic.

 

Fulboy
On the verge of achieving his dream career, Tomas allows his older brother Marti­n an inside look at his life as a professional soccer player. Marti­n, never able to fulfill his own dream of playing professionally, steps into this world through the lens of his camera. The rest of the club has opinions. Some view Marti­n as an intruder, as he exposes their most vulnerable (and literally naked) moments. Fulboy offers an uncensored, confessional look at how the athletes behind the most popular sport in the world behave during their time off the field. At the same time, Fulboy reflexively interrogates the director’s aesthetic choices and longing gazes at the male form. Who could blame us, though? These guys are gorgeous!

 

Goodbye Seventies
Set in the 1970s, the golden age of gay pornography in New York City, this new film from provocative cult director Todd Verow is guaranteed to stimulate gay cinema and gay porn fans in equal measure. Goodbye Seventies follows a promising young chorus boy who is injured and told he will never dance again. Distraught and unimpressed with the “art” films playing seedy Times Square theaters, he gets his friends and lovers together and they start making their own hardcore movies. Against all odds, the films are wildly successful… until drugs, AIDS and cheap video technology bring it all crashing down. We’ve always been big fans of Verow’s work, but this sexy – and sexually explicit – new treat is one of our favorites yet.

 

Hawaii
Sexual tension almost 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 and a slow-burn romance that sizzles from start to finish.

 

He Loves Me
Director Konstantinos Menelaou‘s sexually explicit relationship drama He Loves Me is an exploration of the unconventional nature of love and its ability to survive against the fear of loneliness, psychological traumas and the problems that come with life in the big city. The collapsing relationship shared by two men finds an outlet for escape on an isolated beach. Once there, they feel free to expose their deepest emotions. Their wounded relationship might not survive the vacation, but it’s certainly a glorious place to feel things out. Super-sexy lead actors Sanuye Shoteka and Hermes Pittakos were a real-life couple at the time that He Loves Me was shot – and the script was greatly influenced by their relationship.

 

Hooked
Jack (Conor Donnally) is an eighteen-year-old escort for both men and women. He is abrasive, loud and immature, but also deeply vulnerable. His boyfriend Tom (Sean Ormond) is an aspiring photographer on the run from his unaccepting father. Together, Jack and Tom live in a public dorm setting as they plan a future where they can live freely and extravagantly. When an older, closeted and married gentleman named Ken (Terrance Murphy) meets Jack and whisks him away on a weekend trip to Miami, the possibilities of Jack and Tom’s relationship are tested in new and extreme ways. Can Jack keep it together long enough to make a fresh start? Or will the darkness swallow him whole?

 

I Am Happiness on Earth
Julián Hernández, one of Mexico’s premier LGBTQ filmmakers (Raging Sun, Raging Sky), helmed this tale of a film director struggling with the line between his sexually-charged reality and his own equally-arousing cinematic creations. Will lead character Emiliano (Hugo Catalan) be able to sustain his relationship, or will his lust for beauty and meaning lead him elsewhere? Furious couplings between gorgeous men include an exhilaratingly explicit play-within-a-play. Hernández’s boldly poetic romance compares with such films as Fellini’s , Godard’s Contempt and others exploring the connections between love, sex, creativity and filmmaking.

 

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 (as is the case for a lot of films on this list, to be honest).

 

Jess & James
Jess (Martín Karich) is a bohemian young man with secrets to hide from his shrewd parents. James (Nicolás Romeo) feels trapped living with his irritable mother. After meeting for a sexual encounter, these two young men set off on a spontaneous road trip across rural Argentina to reunite with Jess’ estranged brother. Alone their journey, they confront strange occurrences and engage in a menage a trois affair that brings them even closer together. Their newly found affection grows, all while discovering a fresh vision of freedom and happiness. Don’t miss this colorful, visually-arresting and relentlessly sexy gay road movie!

 

Kept Boy
Farleigh Knock (Thure Riefenstein) is a famous interior designer and the host of a successful reality show. He has great taste and uses his money to ensure that he’s surrounded by beautiful things. One of those “things” is Dennis (Jon Paul Phillips), Farleigh’s handsome, much-younger boyfriend – who lives the high-life thanks to his youth and good looks. There’s just one problem: no one stays young forever. As his 30th birthday approaches, his benefactor whispers those six little words every “kept boy” dreads hearing: “Get a job… or get out.” Soon enough, Dennis finds himself being replaced by a sexy, younger pool boy and learns that life with a sugar daddy can be bittersweet.

 

Kill the Monsters
When young, charmingly aloof Frankie (Jack Ball) falls mysteriously ill, his older and wiser partners – overthinking, practical Patrick (Ryan Lonergan), and impulsive, fiery Sutton (Garrett McKechnie) – agree that it’s time to head West, begin new adventures, and seek holistic treatment. From here, the highs and lows of the trio’s journey mirror key points in United States history – from hot sex in their luxurious New York City apartment through a road trip that results in a civil war and possible breakup to an all-out poker war involving scheming, sophisticated, and calculating German and Russian lesbians. Kill the Monsters is a sexy, funny and clever black and white indie gem you won’t want to miss!

 

Last Summer
Last Summer tells the story of two high school sweethearts, Luke and Jonah (Samuel Pettit and Sean Rose), who spend their final months together over the course of a long, quiet summer in the rural South. Jonah, sensitive, quiet and artistic, prepares to leave his small town for college, leaving Luke behind, but all he wants is for Luke to ask him to stay. But Luke, an athlete struggling through summer school, knows that his boyfriend needs to experience the world beyond their home. A beautiful melancholy romance, Last Summer takes on an almost hypnotic vibe. It’s set in an idealistic American South where Luke and Jonah’s relationship is never questioned or taken as anything other than a normal high school romance.

 

My Best Friend
Lorenzo (Angelo Mutti Spinetta), a quiet teen, lives in a small town at the edge of the world in beautiful Patagonia. He’s a good student, a curious and smart person more skilled in music and literature than sports. When a dramatic event leaves a family friend with nowhere to live, Caito (Lautaro Rodríguez), a year older than Lorenzo, comes to stay in their home. Covered in fresh bruises, tattooed, and handsome, Caito is both a disturbing and fascinating new presence in Lorenzo’s life. As their friendship grows, Caito begins opening up to Lorenzo – and the more Caito reveals his true self, the more Lorenzo finds his feelings growing for his new house guest. My Best Friend is a tender coming-of-age story.

 

No Hard Feelings
Parvis (Benjamin Radjaipour), the son of exiled Iranians, copes with life in his small hometown by indulging himself with pop culture, Grindr dates and raves. After being caught shoplifting, he is sentenced to community service at a refugee shelter where he meets siblings Banafshe and Amon (Banafshe Hourmazdi and Eidin Jalali), who have recently fled Iran. As a romantic attraction between Parvis and Amon grows, the fragile relationship between the three is put to the test. They find and lose each other throughout a summer of fleeting youth and intense first love. A critically-acclaimed romantic drama, No Hard Feelings won the coveted Teddy Award for Best Queer Feature Film.

 

Orpheus Song
Enis and Philipp (Julien Lickert and Sascha Weingarten), two hot dudes from Berlin, become workout buddies. The two hunks fall into an intense friendship. When Philipp wins a trip to Greece, he invites Enis along. During a hike, they become lost and tempers flare, escalating to a violent scuffle. A mysterious young man named Hercules (Henry Morales), happens upon them and leads them to a magical underground cave. During the night, fueled by forbidden fruit Hercules has warned them against eating, passion ignites between Enis and Philipp. The next day, nothing between the two will ever be the same. This wildly erotic variation on Greek mythology will quickly have you falling under its sensual spell!

 

The Passenger
Sexual and moral boundaries are put to the test when a handsome stranger begins to infiltrate the lives of two artists. While searching for a condo in Berlin, Nick (Niklas Peters) meets Philipp (Urs Stampfli), a talented photographer, and Lilli (Lynn Femme), a gorgeous actress. There is instant chemistry and both are easily seduced by Nick’s charms. Lilli and Philipp begin to explore their relationship with the sexy visitor, succumbing to their passionate affections which intensify their volatile emotional and physical bonds. But what Philipp and Lilli don’t realize is that they are being lured into Nick’s manipulative (and deadly) game of love.

 

The Prince
The Prince is an explosive homoerotic drama set in a repressive 1970s Chilean prison. During a night of heavy drinking, Jaime (Juan Carlos Maldonado), a hot-tempered narcissist, suddenly stabs his best friend. He is sent to jail for murder. There, alone and afraid, he comes under the protection of a tough older inmate known as “The Stallion” (Alfredo Castro) The unlikely pair begin a clandestine romance, but violent power struggles soon threaten their bond. Easily one of the most sexually explicit recent gay movies, this searing story of survival takes inspiration from Jean Genet’s Un Chant d’amour and Fassbinder’s Querelle. It’s an exploration of masculine aggression, conflicting loyalties and pent-up sexual desires.

 

A Skeleton in the Closet
When Manuel (Facundo Gambande) returns to his hometown on the occasion of his parents’ wedding anniversary, he has a bit of an ulterior motive. He’s planning to ask for money so that he can move to Denmark with his boyfriend. The last time he saw his family, he came out of the closet – and things have been tense ever since. When his boyfriend suddenly dumps him, Manuel finds himself diving head-first into an existential crisis. Now more in need of his family’s love and support than ever, an unexpected opportunity to reconnect presents itself. Featuring a terrifically endearing lead performance, A Skeleton in the Closet is a tender and heartfelt Argentinian family comedy-drama that you don’t want to miss.

 

Stone Fruit
When Manny and Russ (Matt Palazzolo and Rob Warner) decide to get a divorce, they also – quite strangely – decide to celebrate the occasion together. The pair head to the Central Coast of California for some wine, sun… and more wine! When Byron (Thomas Hobson), their close friend, joins up with them, an unexpected threesome ensues and the trip becomes the post-divorce party to end all post-divorce parties. This witty, sharply-written new film gives freshness to the classic break-up movie by bringing in a queer perspective and exploring the complicated similarities that many couples, both queer and straight, face throughout their love stories. Stone Fruit is a charming, sexy and funny “anti-romantic comedy.”

 

A Stormy Night
Marcos (David Moragas) arrives in New York from Barcelona only to find out his layover flight to San Francisco has been cancelled due to a storm. This leaves him without a place to stay for the night. That’s how he meets Alan (Jacob Perkins), his old college friend’s roommate, who is happy to host him for the night. The two boys have nothing in common, but they will have to spend twelve hours and a New York storm together. Throughout the night, a series of misunderstandings lead the boys to challenge each other’s approach to love, relationships and happiness. They both have secrets to hide that are difficult to hold. And yet, the biggest challenge might be having to say goodbye to each other the morning after.

 

Taekwondo
In a gorgeous country house in Buenos Aires, Fernando (Lucas Papa) gathers his buddies for a boys-only vacation. The close-knit gang of bros kick back by the pool, sunning their impeccably toned bodies and sharing drug-fueled stories of sexual conquests. Fernando has also invited a newcomer named Germán (Gabriel Epstein), a friend from his taekwondo class, who neglects to tell the group that he’s gay. As the lazy summer days disappear, the connection between Fernando and Germán grows and slowly the boundaries of their relationship begin to blur. A veritable masterclass in will-they-won’t-they suspense, this gloriously protracted film luxuriates in eroticism, lingering over the semi-clad bodies with abandon.

 

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.

 

The Visitor
Cibril (Sinan Hancili) is a young Turkish policeman living happily with his girlfriend in Berlin. He has integrated seamlessly into local culture, is socially active and financially stable. On the surface, it looks perfect but something is causing him to have sleepless nights. When his girlfriend’s attractive male cousin (Engin Sert) arrives from Rome, Cibril is instantly drawn to the handsome, charming visitor. The restless feelings he has suppressed for years begin to bubble to the surface, setting off a chain of events that will turn everyone’s lives upside down. The Visitor is a sensual drama, exploring the dramatic consequences and rewarding journey of a man triggered into embracing who he really is.

 

You and I
Jonas (Eric Klotzsch) invites his best friend, Phillip (George Taylor), to come along with him on a trip through Berlin for the summer. They soon pack up their Mercedes camper and take off across uncharted territory, stopping to take photos and enjoy a laid-back road trip. The fact that Phillip is gay has never been an issue for either of them. However, when they pick up a hitchhiker named Boris (Michal Grabowski), who shows Jonas some interesting spots and starts to make moves on Phillip, the friendship between the two besties starts to fray. Maybe three is a crowd after all? By the end of the summer, things between Jonas and Phillip will never be the same again.

 

Young Hunter
Young Hunter follows Ezequiel (Juan Pablo Cestaro), a fifteen-year-old boy on the cusp of his sexual awakening. While his parents are away, he meets a handsome, slightly older guy named Mono (Lautaro Rodríguez) and quickly starts a relationship. Mono invites him to his cousin’s villa to spend a weekend together, but while returning from the trip Mono seemingly disappears, no longer responding to texts. Ezequiel is surprised and confused until Chino (Juan Barberini), Mono’s cousin, sends him a hidden camera video of their sexual encounter, blackmailing him into participating in an increasingly dangerous criminal conspiracy. Against his own will, Ezequiel must decide whether to come clean or turn from prey to hunter.

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!

 

Altered Innocence: Vol. 1
The cult studio label Altered Innocence is dedicated to releasing gay films with an artistic edge. Nearly three hours of LGBTQ and coming-of-age short films and music videos await you in their new cinematic mixtape supreme! Films from established auteurs like Peter Strickland (The Duke of Burgundy, In Fabric), Cam Archer (Wild Tigers I Have Known), Joao Nicolau (From John) and Yann Gonzalez (You and the Night, Knife+Heart) join fresh new voices such as Alexis Langlois, Shaun Hughes, Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel. Cruising, dancing, naked wrestling, trans terrorism, first love, bullies, femme fatales, band practice and much more is in store! Altered Innocence: Vol. 1 is a badass, must-own new collection!

 

Goodbye Seventies
Set in the 1970s, the golden age of gay pornography in New York City, this new film from provocative cult director Todd Verow is guaranteed to stimulate gay cinema and gay porn fans in equal measure. Goodbye Seventies follows a promising young chorus boy who is injured and told he will never dance again. Distraught and unimpressed with the “art” films playing seedy Times Square theaters, he gets his friends and lovers together and they start making their own hardcore movies. Against all odds, the films are wildly successful… until drugs, AIDS and cheap video technology bring it all crashing down. We’ve always been big fans of Verow’s work, but this sexy – and sexually explicit – new treat is one of our favorites yet.

 

Men of Hard Skin
Teenager Ariel (Wall Javier) lives a seemingly quiet life with his father and sister on their picturesque farm in a rural part of Buenos Aires. However, unbeknownst to his family, Ariel has been abused for years by Omar (German Tarantino), his neighborhood priest. Having long confused his mistreatment for affection, Ariel tries to free himself from their relationship and soon embarks on a secret affair with one of the male workers on his father’s property. Meanwhile, as Omar continues to succumb to his urges, he forms a friendship with a much older priest who finds himself wrestling with similar desires. Defiantly unsentimental, Men of Hard Skin is an exploration of sex and power which poses many tough questions.

 

Always Say Yes
This sexually explicit film follows Hector (Gerardo Torres Rodriguez), a gay man living in Mexico who travels from Hermosillo to Mexico City with the hope of posing naked for Feral, a sex-positive photography collective. Leaving both his friends and his inhibitions behind, Hector is determined to experiment and play out all of his various desires in real life, without limits. He makes a promise to himself to always say yes to every new situation, no matter what the consequences may be. A raw and explicit examination of sexuality and desire, Always Say Yes features brave, completely uninhibited performances from a game cast. Warning: This film contains graphic scenes of unsimulated sex acts.

 

The Breeding
Winner of the Best Feature Award at the 2018 Harlem International Film Festival, The Breeding is a bold thriller about a young African American artist whose obsession with a taboo fetish leads to life-altering consequences. The story centers around a discontent, sex-positive queer cartoonist named Thomas (Marcus Bellamy), whose artistic inspiration comes from erotic escapades he keeps hidden from his loving boyfriend (David J. Cork). A chance restroom encounter with a recently divorced financier (Joe MacDougal) leaves Thomas curious about exploring the taboo fetish of “race play.” But when the game becomes all too problematically real, chilling actions are taken that will change the trajectory his life.

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.

 

 

 

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!

 

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!

 

Night Disclosure
When Marc (José D. Álvarez), a young real estate agent, celebrates a recent big sale over a nightcap with his married boss, Tom (Sean Patrick Murtagh), he soon finds himself in dangerous waters. The night – and their intense verbal back-and-forth – lead them to question their dynamic and push the boundaries of trust, monogamy and open relationships. A smart, sexy and well-crafted new thirteen-minute short film from A.J. Mattioli (the prolific writer-producer-director behind films like Neon Boys, Mass, Your Eyes on Me, Miles, Tooth 4 Tooth, Innocent Boy and many more), Night Disclosure presents a titillating scenario where there is actually much more going on than initially meets the eye.

 

Horror, Sex and Hair Curlers
Francose (Karine Lyachenko) is spying on her husband Robert (Olivier Ruidavet). She suspects that he may be cheating on her – and the intuitive hairdresser is right to trust her instincts. She soon spots Robert stepping inside a gay sex club with an alluring, leather-clad young man (Jordan Large), as handsome as he is mysterious. Francose is furious, but she has no idea how weird and horrific this day is about to get! Funny, sexy and stylish, Horror, Sex and Hair Curlers is an award-winning eighteen-minute short film from from French director Philippe Solange, who blends horror and comedy into one wild ride that takes an unexpected turn.

 

Kiss Me, Kill Me
Dusty (Van Hansis) blacks out while confronting his cheating boyfriend Stephen (Gale Harold). When Dusty comes to, he finds that Stephen has been murdered… and now he’s the prime suspect. But West Hollywood is filled with other possible perpetrators: an unstable lawyer, a couples’ therapist, a jealous ex, a sketchy best friend, a resentful lesbian couple, and a drag queen hypnotist. Now Dusty must put all the pieces together to figure out what really happened – even if it means he’s guilty of murder. Kiss Me, Kill Me is a riveting gay thriller from director Casper Andreas (The Big Gay Musical, Violet Tendencies, Going Down in La-La Land).

 

Darkroom
In Darkroom, pioneering cult director Rosa von Praunheim focuses his lens on a recent, true criminal case involving a German serial killer. Lars (Bozidar Kocevski), a male nurse, moves with his lover Roland (Heiner Bomhard). They renovate an apartment with the intention of finally living together. For Roland, their happiness seems almost complete. What he doesn’t know, however, is that while secretly checking out Berlin’s nightlife, Lars is experimenting with a deadly poison – an obsession that will lead to a horrific outcome for the couple. Using a psychiatric tribunal as a framing device, Von Praunheim balances Lars’ twisted fantasies with Roland’s dreams of a blissful romance.

 

Mr. Leather
In April 2018, São Paulo played host to the second Brazilian Mr. Leather competition… and things got heated. The new film Mr. Leather offers you a front-row seat – and takes you deep behind the scenes – as five individual contestants vie for full leather dominance. Along with victory comes a year-long commitment to promoting the leather community throughout the country, even in the face of increasingly conservative values and political unrest. From director Daniel Nolasco (Dry Wind), Mr. Leather follows all the action, creating gorgeous and intensely provocative compositions that celebrate the unique power of this thriving subculture.