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.

 

Watch the (very NSFW) trailer for the erotic thriller Dancing on the Dark Side of the Moon

Picture this if you will: A futuristic lighthouse floating through dark space. Aboard this lighthouse is a Spirit Guide and his two younglings Alexi and Micah. These three spiritual beings are on an unusual journey. When the curious Alexi asks what his life will be like on Earth, the Spirit Guide is compelled to show him. He knows that dark forces are at hand and Alexi may indeed never be born at all. The Guide reluctantly shows him moments in time where we find Alexi’s family in deep turmoil… where dark secrets abound.

Along the Journey, we are introduced to a man simply referred to as “Him”. This character serves as our narrator, a charismatic wise guy enjoying a steak dinner at his favorite Italian eatery. But this caporegime may be more important than he seems. Is he simply narrating or controlling the events himself?

If this sounds like a page pulled out of “The Twilight Zone,” you would be right. Just add a large dose of David Lynch-esque sensibilities and the pervasive casual (and not so casual) nudity and sex that are synonymous with Babaloo Studios. We welcome you to join us on this unusual journey. Enjoy Dancing on the Dark Side of the Moon.

Check out the (and very NSFW) trailer for Dancing on the Dark Side of the Moon below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD, Blu-ray and VOD on April 20th.

 

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.

 

Trailer Alert: The World to Come

“HYPNOTIC. A SWOON-WORTHY FRONTIER ROMANCE.” – IndieWire

“A RAVISHINGLY BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY.” – The Guardian

“EXQUISITE. A LYRICAL EXPLORATION OF FEMALE DESIRE.” – Variety

From actor/director Mona Fastvold, The World to Come is a powerful and gorgeous new 19th century romance set in the American Northeast.

Abigail (Katherine Waterston), a farmer’s wife, and her new neighbor Tallie (current Best Actress-nominee Vanessa Kirby) find themselves irrevocably drawn to each other. A grieving Abigail tends to her withdrawn husband Dyer (Casey Affleck) as free spirit Tallie bristles at the jealous control of her husband Finney (Christopher Abbott). Together, their intimacy begins to fill a void in each other’s lives they never knew existed.

 

Watch the emotional trailer for The World to Come below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray starting June 1st.

 

The gay romance Twilight’s Kiss follows two closeted married men in their twilight years

From acclaimed director Ray Yeung (Front Cover, Cut Sleeve Boys), Twilight’s Kiss (originally titled Suk Suk) presents the story of two closeted married men in their twilight years.

One day 70-year old Pak (Tai-Bo), a taxi driver who refuses to retire, meets 65-year old Hoi (Ben Yuen), a retired single father, in a park. Despite years of societal and personal pressure, they are proud of the families they have created through hard work and determination. Yet in that brief initial encounter, something is unleashed in them which had been suppressed for so many years. As both men recount and recall their personal histories, they also contemplate a possible future together.

Watch the trailer for Twilight’s Kiss below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD May 11th.

 

Three LGBTQ projects from Mattioli Productions are available on DVD and Blu-ray starting this week!

Mattioli Productions is a trans-owned full service production company that serves the LGBTQ community by telling their stories through groundbreaking, globally distributed work. Their creative and ambitious works span several genres including comedy, drama, horror, documentary, music videos and reality TV audition reels. Their goal is “to produce content that genuinely represents the LGBTQ community while keeping our stories our own, and increasing our visibility in mainstream media.”

 

The company is headed by namesake AJ Mattioli, a Queens-born, NYC based, trans producer/director with 16+ years in the entertainment industry. His work has been celebrated at the Queens Museum, The United Nations, The NY Times, The Advocate, Huffington Post, Gay Star News and many others! As a go-to trans producer for queer filmmaking, he’s worked with some of the hottest LGBTQ+ celebs, including Sasha Velour, Shakina Nayfack, Bob The Drag Queen, Cory Wade, Rain Dove, Vincent DePaul, Carmen Carerra, Miss Fame and many more.

 

We’re thrilled to announce that three exceptional works from Mattioli Productions – the short film Neon Boys, the feature film Your Eyes on Me and the episodic series Bombshell – will be available on DVD and Blu-ray, exclusively at TLAgay, starting this week. Check out the selections below and make sure to order your copies.

 

Neon Boys
To be a father, you have to make difficult choices. Having a hard time landing a job after spending time in prison, Shawn (Matty Gliteratti) decides to try his hand at making ends meet by working as an erotic dancer. It’s all in an effort, ultimately, to support his daughter. While he’s there, though, stripping down to make some cash, he finds that he’s beginning to fall in love with a man… for the first time in his life. A stylish, candy-colored and deeply heartfelt short film from prolific indie director AJ Mattioli and co-director/star Jonathan Salazar, Neon Boys has charm and sex appeal to spare. This thirty-minute short also co-stars accomplished character actor and multiple award-winner Vincent De Paul.

Click here to order your copy of Neon Boys on DVD or Blu-ray!

 

Your Eyes on Me
Your Eyes on Me tells the story of a romantic encounter that changes the life of a drag artist forever. The film follows Gloria (Paul Stone), an accomplished drag queen whose life changes in a variety of unexpected ways when she meets Kandi (Jean-Philippe Boriau), a drag virgin auditioning for her next show. As the bond develops between the two, their relationship takes an unexpected turn. Suddenly the past – and the choices that Gloria made as a young man – come into stark reality. A touching drama from writer-director Sergei Alexander, Your Eyes on Me has earned rave reviews from critics. Film & TV Now called it “compactly structured with an effectively shocking revelation which confounds the very core of emotions.”

Click here to order your copy of Your Eyes on Me on DVD or Blu-ray!

 

Bombshell
Bombshell is a short web comedy about Jay (Ellis David Perry), a queer transman navigating the shark-infested waters of LA’s gay dating scene. He’s young, he’s single, and he’s really just looking for fun and sex, meeting guys mostly on hookup apps. But, when the bedroom door closes, his private world becomes an arena for cis men and the questions they only feel safe to ask in private. Jay’s chosen family is with him on his journey: Selena (Jessica Rosas), Darlene (Cheril Vendetti) and Penis Mascot (Charles Johnson), the cartoon caped penis who personifies his id. When he meets Joe (Havon Baraka), a kind guy who’s really into him, he must learn self respect to save any hope for his new relationship.

Click here to order your copy of Bombshell on DVD or Blu-ray!

Just Came Out: 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 DVD starting this week. Watch the trailer below and click here to order your copy.