Coming Soon: Cicada

“INCREDIBLY VIBRANT” – Ion Cinema

“AS REAL AS IT GETS” – Los Angeles Times

“A PROFOUNDLY MOVING CHARACTER STUDY” – Little White Lies

“A SEXY AND SEARING ACT OF GAY SELF-ANALYSIS” – IndieWire

“A WARM, TENDER AND HEARTFELT LOVE STORY” – NYC Movie Guru

“CICADA WILL STAY WITH YOU LONG AFTER THE CREDITS ROLL” – Vogue

“ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED PIECES OF QUEER CINEMA OF TECENT TIMES” – The Jam Report

 

After a string of unsuccessful and awkward encounters with women, Ben (played by co-writer/director Matthew Fifer) decides to go “back on the dick.”

The winning, critically-acclaimed new comedy-drama-romance Cicada follows Ben, a young bisexual man, as he comes out to the world and develops an intense relationship with Sam (Sheldon D. Brown), a man of color struggling with deep wounds of his own. As the summer progresses and their intimacy grows, Ben’s past begins crawling to the surface – putting their still burgeoning romance in jeopardy.

 

Co-starring Bowen Yang, David Burtka, Scott Adsit and Cobie Smulders, the film is a smart and deeply thoughtful crowd-pleaser that has been earning rave reviews from critics. “It is a film of love and loss, great pain but also immense joy, with two actors reliving parts of their own experiences,” said the director. “It is a secret told, a wound exposed, and a promise that even in the dark, it’s never too late to cry out.”

 

Watch the trailer for Cicada below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD January 25th.

 

Trailer Alert: Not Knowing

Umut (Emir Ozden) is a young water polo player – a gentle and quiet high school senior just trying to live his life in a complicated world. When a fellow player spreads a rumor that he is gay, Umut displays maturity beyond his years. He doesn’t deny the allegation – refusing to apologize or explain himself.

His parents, distracted by their own marital problems, prove powerless to stem any fallout as his time at school becomes more and more fraught… until events reach a shocking head.

Set in the high testosterone world of teen sports – and a sometimes suffocating Turkish society – Not Knowing is a thoughtful and touching coming-of-age drama that holds a mirror up to what it still means to be young and gay in so much of the world today.

 

Watch the trailer for Not Knowing below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting December 14th.

 

Bruce LaBruce is back with the provocative and critically-acclaimed Saint-Narcisse

“A WILD RIDE” – The Hollywood Reporter

“TOTALLY TWISTED” – That Shelf

“GLORIOUSLY BIZARRRE” – The Queer Review

“TWINCESTUOUS” – Artsbeat L.A.

“DELIGHTFULLY BONKERS” – National Post

“BRUCE LABRUCE’S MAGNUM OPUS” – Film Threat

“A HELL OF A RIDE” – Seventh Row

Saint-Narcisse, the latest film from maverick director Bruce LaBruce, Canada’s reigning “King of Kink,” follows Dominic (Felix-Antoine Duval), a young man with a fetish… for himself.

Nothing turns him on more than his reflection, with much of his time spent taking Polaroid selfies. When his loving grandmother dies, he discovers a deep family secret: his mother didn’t die in childbirth as he was told.

He also has a twin brother named Daniel who was raised in a remote monastery by a depraved priest, held captive against his will. The power of destiny brings together these two beautiful, identical brothers, who are soon embroiled in a blasphemous web of sex, revenge and redemption.

Set in the early 1970s and the afterglow of sexual liberation, Saint-Narcisse is a taboo-busting love letter to the psychosexual thrillers of that era.

 

Watch the trailer for Saint-Narcisse below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting December 14th.

 

Trailer Alert: Minyan

“HEARTFELT AND HONEST… UNEXPECTEDLY HOT.”
– Screen International

“VISUALLY ENCHANTING… DESERVES TO BE ON EVERYONE’S WATCHLIST.”
– The Forward

“ABSORBING – ITS GRITTY VISUALS CONVEY SOULFUL INTIMACY.”
– The Hollywood Reporter

“A COMPELLING DRAMA THAT WON’T LET YOU GO”
– The Moveable Fest

“AN ENEGANTLY CRAFTED COMING-OF-AGE DRAMA.”
– IndieWire

The critically-acclaimed new drama Minyan follows David (Samuel H. Levine), a teenager at a strict yeshiva in Brighton Beach at the height of the 1980s.

While helping his grandfather (Ron Rifkin) settle into a retirement facility in the tight-knit Russian Jewish enclave he calls home, he meets Itzik and Herschel (Mark Margolis and Christopher McCann), two elderly closeted gay men who open him up to the possibility of connection, community – and love. Finding his way to the East Village, David finds solace in like-minded souls, and quietly blossoms. When Itzik dies and the neighbors want to throw Herschel out, David must stand up to defend his discoveries about himself and where he belongs.

From writer-director Eric Steel (The Bridge) comes a story of strength in numbers, as one young man wakes up to the realities of a new life – where youth, desire and risk collide with the indelible specters of the past.

 

Watch the trailer for Minyan below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting January 11th.

 

 

A closeted A-list actor finds love in the stylish new gay romance I Am Syd Stone

Syd Stone (Travis Nelson) is a former A-List actor who finds himself in a small town, reluctantly shooting a B-movie. While getting drunk in a hotel bar, he makes an instant connection with Matt (Benjamin Charles Watson), a young lawyer on the verge of his biggest case yet. Despite pressure to hide his sexuality for the sake of his career, Syd and Matt soon become more than just friends.

Based on an acclaimed short film and adapted into a feature-length film from the popular web series of the same name, I Am Syd Stone is a sexy, thoughtful and moving coming-out romance.

 

Watch the trailer for I Am Syd Stone below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD December 14th.

 

Out This Week: Blurred Lines

Janik and Samuel (Emil von Schonfels and Mekyas Mulugeta) are best friends who are enjoying their final year of high school. Though they share a tight bond, they come from different worlds. Janik’s parents are responsible and somewhat uptight. Samuel comes from a broken home. The two teens seem to want what the other has. While Samuel looks for order and discipline, Janik seeks out chaos in his day-to-day life.

When thoughtless incident puts their relationship in jeopardy, the pair decide to leave Germany and set off on a long-planned trip to Istanbul. While there, the boys look to enjoy their freedom, try out a new life and figure out the true depths of their friendship.

A thoroughly modern take on the bonds that develop between young men, Blurred Lines is an unapologetically homoerotic study of a profound male friendship.

 

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

 

Trailer Alert: Beyto

Things are going well for Beyto (Burak Ates). He’s a talented swimmer, a motivated apprentice and an all-around cool guy. But when he, the only son of a Turkish migrant family, starts falling in love with his swimming coach, Mike (Dimitri Stapfer), his ideal world falls to pieces.

His parents only see one way out. They lure him to their home village and plan his wedding to Seher (Ecem Aydin), a childhood friend. Suddenly, Beyto finds himself in a disruptive love triangle.

Don’t miss this subtle, sensuous and moving love story. Watch the trailer for Beyto below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD December 7th.

 

 

The Man with the Answers is one of the year’s most romantic gay movies!

A hit with critics and audiences all around the world, writer-director Stelios Kammitsis‘ thoughtful and romantic new film The Man with the Answers is coming to DVD in January.

The film follows Victor (Vasilis Magouliotis), a twenty-something ex-diving champion who is now working in a furniture factory. He has been living with his sick grandmother in a seaside town in Greece. Distraught after her death, he decides to dust off her old car and travel to Germany to visit his estranged mother.

On the ferry to Italy, he meets Matthias (Anton Weil), a talkative, inquisitive young German who is on his way home. Matthias persuades Victor to take him along. As they drive north, Victor’s uptight, repressive personality clashes with the more free-spirited Matthias. But they soon find common emotional ground as their summer road trip takes unexpected turns.

The Man with the Answers is a tender story of self-discovery, love and family… in all its many forms. Watch the trailer below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD January 11th.