Now Available On-Demand: 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. Though he’s 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 to finally get over his fear of being naked in front of another person.

 

A sexy new 8-episode romantic comedy series from Argentina, Everything I Like is available on-demand starting this week. Watch the trailer below and click here to rent or download the film – or to order your copy on DVD.

 

Out This Week: Stone Fruit

Stone Fruit follows a gay couple (played by Matt Palazzolo and Rob Warner) who have decided to call their marriage quits and get a divorce.

What better way is there for two former lovers to celebrate such a momentous, life-changing occasion than to head off to the Central Coast of California together for wine, sun, a threesome… and more wine? The pair wish to remain friends and this seems like a good way to do it. Enter Byron (Thomas Hobson), their close friend, and the trip soon becomes the post-divorce party to end all (admittedly rare) post-divorce parties.

This witty, sexy and sharply-written “anti-romantic comedy” gives freshness to the classic break-up movie by bringing in a queer perspective and explores the complicated similarities that many couples, both queer and straight, face throughout their love stories.

Stone Fruit also explores, with great charm and humor, the recent advent of same-sex divorce and provides a quiet nuanced exploration of the dynamics of interracial relationships and the distinct issues facing a generation of gay men post-AIDS, post-marriage equality and post-recession.

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

 

Don’t miss the sexy, stylish and deeply provocative new gay short film Mass

In the new 12-minute short film Mass, Trey (writer-director-star Linus Ignatius) finds his usual body dysmorphia is compounded by the fact that he is HIV-positive, and pretty freshly diagnosed. He’s soon stuck in the middle of a perfect storm of “I am not enough” feelings.

At night, he invites a macho, joyless man over to take advantage of him in the bedroom, and we see how Trey, in his self-loathing, brings people into his life who abuse him – reinforcing his role as the victim. But there is a happy ending – as the next day dawns, and Trey continues on with his bulking progress, he becomes one pound heavier than the day before.

A sexy, stylish and thought-provoking short film, Mass is now available to rent or download at TLAgay. Check out the trailer below along with an exclusive new photo gallery!

 

 

 

Coming Soon: Cowboys

Steve Zahn stars in the heartfelt new family drama Cowboys as Troy, a troubled but well-intentioned father who has recently separated from his wife Sally (Jillian Bell). Aghast at Sally’s refusal to let their trans son Joe (Sasha Knight) live as his authentic self, Troy runs off with Joe into the Montana wilderness. Meanwhile police detective (Ann Dowd) pursues them, but her resolve about the case is tested the more she learns about Joe’s family.

Cowboys, a modern day Western from director Anna Kerrigan, is a moving tale of rescue, family betrayal and a father and son on the run. Watch the trailer for Cowboys below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD April 20th.

 

Trailer Alert: Why Not You

The emotional new gay drama Why Not You follows Mario (Thomas Prenn), a sensitive and somewhat self-destructive young dancer, who finds difficulty in the day-to-day life of his small Italian village.

At a local festival, Mario he reunites with Lenz (Noah Saavedra), a former childhood friend who left town long ago. Instantly, old memories and suppressed feelings rise to the surface. Mario quickly becomes fixated on Lenz, who is now living out his dreams as an actor in Rome.

Inspired, Mario decides to follow his friend to the Italian capital. When they meet in a gay bar, it becomes painfully clear that Lenz does not reciprocate his feelings. The night takes a far more tragic turn when armed men rush in and Lenz falls victim to their attack. Escaping unharmed, Mario’s life will be forever altered by the incident and the loss that follows.

The debut feature of writer-director Evi Romen, Why Not You is a challenging character drama, following a disoriented young man who senses that he must find a place for himself in the world.

Watch the trailer for Why Not You below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and VOD starting May 11th.

 

Out This Week: My Little Sister

“Superb performances by Nina Hoss and Lars Eidinger ground this moving, unfussy Swiss drama of twin siblings whose bond is tested by leukemia. This is bright, unaffected naturalism with a fluidly roving camera, but also a generous regard for its ensemble, as befits a film affectionately embedded in the Berlin theater scene. Chuat and Reymond’s direction is delicate and unobtrusive, in tune with their calmly deep-digging actors.” – Guy Lodge, Variety

“My Little Sister is an affecting, emotionally truthful experience. Nina Hoss delivers a raw, compelling, performance.” – Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

“This is a quietly stunning film that strikes chords of emotional truth, lingering long after viewing.” – Josephina A., One Room with a View

“CRITIC’S PICK! Tender. Faces terminal illness with a refreshing emotional candor. Distinguished by a modestly discreet directing style that allows the actors to shine, My Little Sister offers neither false uplift nor dreary realism. The photography is bright and lustrous, the tone vital and purposeful.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“With sophistication and restraint, My Little Sister tells an engrossing tale of sibling love. Written and directed by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond with superb control and insight.” – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

“One of Europe’s greatest leading female stars, Nina Hoss has a strong, enigmatic presence like no one else. When she’s in a scene nothing else really matters, attentions are all on her, as she takes total dominion of the screen, the situation, penetrating into the viewer’s her deepest emotions. A powerful study on compassion and unconditional love.” – Roger Costa, Brazilian Press

“Eidinger will remind some of Tom Hanks’ Academy Award-wining turn in Philadelphia. Hoss is a completely riveting screen presence, who brings tremendous humanity to Lisa. What Hoss is asked to do here is show us how a creative mind operates even under great duress, and she does it brilliantly.” – James Verniere, Boston Herald

 

Switzerland’s Official Submission to the Academy Awards, My Little Sister is a deeply moving, critically-acclaimed drama following a creative brother and sister pair in an unusually close relationship tested by illness.

Lisa (Nina Hoss), once a brilliant playwright, no longer writes. She lives with her family in Switzerland, but her heart remains in Berlin, beating in time with that of her twin brother Sven (Lars Eidinger), a famous theatre actor.

Since Sven has been suffering from an aggressive type of leukemia, the relationship between them has become even closer. Lisa does not want to accept this blow of fate. She does everything in her power to bring Sven back on stage. For her soulmate, she neglects everything else and even risks losing her husband. Her marriage goes awry, but Lisa only has eyes for her brother, who reflects her deepest longings and awakens in her the desire to be creative, to feel alive again.

 

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

 

The Films of Marlon Riggs

There has never been a filmmaker quite like Marlon Riggs (1957–1994): an unapologetic gay black man who defied a culture of silence and shame to speak his truth with resounding joy and conviction. An early adopter of video technology who had a profound understanding of the power of words and images to effect change, Riggs employed a bold mix of documentary, performance, poetry, music, and experimental techniques in order to confront issues that most of Reagan-era America refused to acknowledge, from the devastating legacy of racist stereotypes to the impact of the AIDS crisis on his own queer African American community to the very definition of what it is to be Black.

Bringing together Riggs’s complete works—including his controversy-inciting queer landmark Tongues Untied and Black Is . . . Black Ain’t, his deeply personal career summation – The Criterion Collection’s upcoming must-own box set The Signifyin’ Works of Marlon Riggs traces the artistic and political evolution of a transformative filmmaker whose work is both an electrifying call for liberation and an invaluable historical document. Included are the films Ethnic NotionsTongues UnitedAffirmationsAnthemColor AdjustmentNon, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret) and Black Is… Black Ain’t.

You can find more info about each of the films below – along with the awesome new Criterion Collection artwork – and click here to pre-order your copy. The Signifyin’ Works of Marlon Riggs will be available on DVD and Blu-ray beginning June 22nd.

 

Ethnic Notions
Riggs brings viewers face-to-face with the insidious images that have shaped America’s racial mythologies, in his first major work, a brilliant and disturbing deconstruction of the ways in which anti-Black stereotypes have permeated nearly every aspect of popular culture. Through razor-sharp historical analysis including interviews with historians and folklore scholars, powerfully deployed imagery, and narration by actor Esther Rolle, Ethnic Notions illuminates, with devastating clarity, how dehumanizing caricatures of Black people—seen everywhere from children’s books to films to household products—have been used to uphold white supremacy and to justify slavery, segregation, and the continuing oppression of African Americans. In its refusal to look away from racism’s ugliest manifestations, this Emmy-winning documentary has become an essential text for understanding the origins of American racial violence.

Tongues Untied
Made, in Riggs’s own words, to “shatter the nation’s brutalizing silence on matters of sexual and racial difference,” this radical blend of documentary and performance defies the stigmas surrounding Black gay sexuality in the belief that, as long as shame prevails, liberation will never be possible. Through music and dance, words and poetry by such pathbreaking writers as Essex Hemphill and Joseph Beam—and by turns candid, humorous, and heartbreaking interviews with queer African American men—Tongues Untied gives voice to what it means to live as an outsider in both a Black community rife with homophobia and a largely white gay subculture poisoned by racism. A lightning rod in the conservative culture wars of the 1980s that incited a right-wing furor over public funding for the arts, the film has lost none of its resonance in its unapologetic, life-affirming declaration that “Black men loving Black men is the revolutionary act.”

Affirmations
Riggs expresses the hopes, dreams, and desires of gay Black men in this ode to queer African American empowerment. Built around outtakes of interview and protest footage from Tongues Untied, Affirmations begins as a candid, sex-positive confessional about first-time penetration and evolves into a rousing chorus of calls for freedom, recognition, and inclusion.

Anthem
“Pervert the language.” Made at a time when Riggs was three years into living with HIV and the motto “Silence=Death” was the queer community’s defiant response to the antigay policies of the Reagan era, this experimental music video employs a mix of poetry, African beats, and provocative imagery—sexual, political, and religious—in order to challenge and redefine prevailing images of Black masculinity. Led by the liberated dancing of the filmmaker himself, Anthem is a bold vision of queer revolution, proclaiming “Every time we kiss we confirm the new world coming.”

Color Adjustment
What does the American dream look like? Where do Black Americans fit into it? And what is television’s role in shaping our views of racial progress and the idealized American family? Picking up where the groundbreaking Ethnic Notions left off, this pioneering work of media studies by Riggs presents a complicated, challenging, and nuanced view of evolving racial attitudes as reflected in popular programs such as Amos ’n’ Andy, Julia, All in the Family, Good Times, Roots, and The Cosby Show. Narrated by Ruby Dee and featuring interviews with actors Diahann Carroll, Tim Reid, and Esther Rolle, African American historian Henry Louis Gates Jr., and producer Norman Lear, among others, Color Adjustment looks beyond the whitewashed, middle-class mythologies peddled by prime-time entertainment to track the ways in which Black Americans have been assimilated into a new but no less harmful racial narrative.

Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret)
Through music, poetry, and courageous self-disclosure, five HIV-positive gay Black men (among them poet and performance artist Assotto Saint) discuss their individual confrontations with AIDS, illuminating their journeys through the fear, shame, and stigma that accompanied the disease at the height of the epidemic toward healing, acceptance, and truth. In Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret), Riggs tells stories of self-transformation in which a once unmentionable “affliction” is forged into a tool of personal and communal empowerment.

Black Is… Black Ain’t
Made with an urgency imparted by the knowledge that he was nearing the end of his life, Riggs’s final film—completed after his death of AIDS by a group of his devoted collaborators—is a wide-ranging consideration of a question that had long been central to his work: What does it mean to be Black? Using his mother’s gumbo recipe as a metaphor for the diversity of the African American experience, Riggs travels the country, seeking insights from leading thinkers like Angela Davis, Henry Louis Gates Jr., bell hooks, and Barbara Smith as well as ordinary people—young and old, rich and poor, rural and urban, gay and straight—all grappling with the numerous, often contested definitions of Blackness that have shaped their lives. Punctuated by footage of a dying Riggs directing his crew and delivering parting wisdom from his hospital bed, Black Is . . . Black Ain’t breaks down the divides of class, colorism, patriarchy, and homophobia as it issues a stirring appeal for unity.

Out This Week: Same-Sex Attracted

Same-Sex Attracted is a groundbreaking documentary that follows a handful of LGBTQ students over an academic school year at the LDS-owned Brigham Young University (BYU). These lovable kids experience not only the regular day-to-day of being a college kid but also the unique trials that come with being queer at a Mormon institution, grappling with questions of faith, sexuality, gender, family, love and happiness.

As the film progresses, the students and their off-campus group Understanding Sexuality, Gender and Allyship (USGA) also realize that BYU’s administration has plans to create a new, church-sanctioned GSA – without the influence of other queer-led organizations already in play. After years in the making, Same-Sex Attracted presents the real experience of being queer at “the Lord’s University” from the perspective of real LGBTQ students struggling to make a positive change.

Watch the trailer for Same-Sex Attracted below and click here to order your copy. The film is available on DVD and Blu-ray starting this week.

 

Coming Soon: Wojnarowicz

Wojnarowicz (also know as Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F**ker) is a fiery and urgent documentary portrait of downtown New York City artist, writer, photographer and activist David Wojnarowicz.

As New York City became the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, Wojnarowicz weaponized his work and waged war against the establishment’s indifference to the plague until his death from it in 1992 at the age of 37.

Exclusive access to his breathtaking body of work – including paintings, journals, and films – reveals how Wojnarowicz emptied his life into his art and activism. Rediscovered answering machine tape recordings and intimate recollections from Fran Lebowitz, Gracie Mansion, Peter Hujar and other friends and family help present a stirring portrait of this fiercely political, unapologetically queer artist.

 

Watch the trailer for Wojnarowicz below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD May 18th.