Out This Week: Tu Me Manques

“A moving and intellectually rewarding testament to queer life and loss.” – The New York Times

Tu Me Manques is a triumph, not only because of the bold and creative choices it makes to tell its story, but also for its urgent message of acceptance.” – Remezcla

“Emotional and raw, this is a film which will affect your. Deeply.” – Orca Sound

 

With the new film Tu Me Manques, director Rodrigo Bellott adapts his own stage play – a theatrical sensation in Bolivia – into an emotional exploration of three men’s struggles to reconcile identity and heritage.

Following the untimely death of his son, Jorge (Oscar Martínez) travels from conservative Bolivia to New York City to confront Gabriel’s boyfriend Sebastian (Fernando Barbosa). While the two battle over Jorge’s inability to accept his son, Sebastian channels his grief into a bold new play in honor of his lost love, in which Gabriel’s inner turmoil is transformed into an eye-popping gay fantasia.

 

A powerful LGBTQ drama about being one’s true self and finding acceptance, Tu Me Manques was the Official Selection from Bolivia for Academy Award consideration – a landmark achievement for a country with a notorious reputation for homophobia.

 

Watch the trailer for Tu Me Manques below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting July 13th.

 

Go backstage at Las Vegas’s black male revue show in Black Magic Live: Stripped

The new documentary Black Magic Live: Stripped offers viewers a trip behind the scenes of Las Vegas’ only Black male revue show – and into the often complicated lives of its male stars.

Through the eyes of its owners, Eurika Pratts and Jean Claude LaMarre, we are taken on a fantastical journey through Black Magic Live. This film explores the challenges the show and its core group of dancers have experienced during their four years on the Las Vegas Strip. While trying to establish their presence in sin city, the all-black show and its dancers and staff are met with racial prejudice, fierce competition and a series of emotional pitfalls as they struggle in the city.

Among others, the film introduces us to Allen “LoverBoy” Hayward, the most senior dancer, who struggles with the reality that his time may be coming to an end. We also meet Jetorious “King” Morris, a former NFL prospect, who saw his dream vanish after experiencing a career-ending injury and discovering stripping as a fallback career. There is also Jimmy “Lockz” Sigmond, a Vegas transplant from neighboring Los Angeles, who served seven years in prison before becoming a Black Magic Live dancer.

Watch the trailer for Black Magic Live: Stripped below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD September 21st.

 

The New Director’s Cut of Another Gay Movie is Now Available On-Demand!

Andy Wilson (Michael Carbonaro) is your typical All-American seventeen-year-old gay virgin. Like everyone else, he’s dying to have sex. Totally out of the closet and mad crazy horny, this naïve high school senior is caught in that awkward vortex between child and adult.

Much to the dismay of his mom, Mrs. Wilson (Lypsinka) – who wonders why all her carrots and cucumbers keep disappearing – Andy spends much of his private time practicing for the big moment when he’ll finally take the plunge. What follows is a raunchy ride on the bumpy road to virginity loss. Along the way, the film spoofs not only American Pie and gay movies like The Broken Hearts Club and director Todd Stephens‘ own Edge of Seventeen, but the entire gay lifestyle is up for skewering.

Originally released in 2006, Another Gay Movie has become a raunchy gay comedy classic. To celebrate the film’s 15th anniversary, Breaking Glass Pictures is releasing an extra special 15-Year Anniversary Director’s Cut which promised to be even weirder and wilder than the version we’re come to know and love. This special edition includes an introduction and audio commentary by Todd Stephens, a staged script reading, original audition tapes, interviews, Nancy Sinatra‘s making of the music video Another Gay Sunshine Day and much, much more!

You can watch the original trailer for Another Gay Movie below. Also make sure to check out our extensive (NSFW) photo gallery. Click here to rent or download the Another Gay Movie: 15-Year Anniversary Directors Cut. The film is now available on-demand

You can also watch the star-studded follow-up Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild (featuring RuPaul, Lady Bunny, Scott Thompson, Perez Hilton, Brent Corrigan, Colton Ford and more) right now on-demand at TLAgay!

 

 

A one-night stand becomes a romance in the charming gay comedy 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 below and click here to order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting this week.

 

Out This Week: Sublet

Starring the Tony Award-winning and Emmy-nominated John Benjamin Hickey and featuring the impressive debut of Israeli actor Niv Nissim, the charming new comedy-drama Sublet focuses on Michael (Hickey), a travel columnist for The New York Times, who goes to Tel Aviv to write an article after suffering a tragedy. He is still grieving – and the loss has caused problems between him and his husband.

Michael He just wants to do his research and go home. But when he sublets an apartment from Tomer (Nissim), a young film student, he finds himself drawn into the life of the city. The unlikely and intense bond he forms with him transforms both their lives in unexpected ways.

Sublet is a smart, sexy, funny, touching, thought-provoking and ultimately life-affirming indie gem from acclaimed writer-director Eytan Fox, the same man behind the critically-acclaimed gay films Yossi & Jagger and Walk on Water.

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

 

Trailblazing choreographer Bill T. Jones asks Can You Bring It? in this emotional new doc

Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters brings to life the creative process that culminated in choreographer-dancer-director Bill T. Jones‘s tour de force ballet D-Man in the Waters, one of the most important works of art to come out of the AIDS crisis.

In 1989, D-Man in the Waters gave physical manifestation to the fear, anger, grief and hope for salvation that the emerging Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company (both partners at the time) felt as they were embattled by the AIDS epidemic.

As a group of young dancers in the present re-interpret the work, they deepen their understanding of its power – exploring what is at stake in their own personal lives in order to commit and perform it successfully.

Through an extraordinary collage of interviews, archival material, and uniquely powerful cinematography, this lyrical documentary uses the story of this iconic dance to illustrate the power of art and the triumph of the human spirit.

Watch the trailer for Can You Bring It below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD September 14th.

 

Now Available On-Demand: Bare

“It’s not only an erotic nudity. It’s important to mention it. And it’s not an obscene nudity. It’s a nudity which is beautiful. Voila!” – Thierry Smits

A provocative, sexy and visually-stunning new documentary from director Aleksandr M. Vinogradov, Bare follows acclaimed Belgian choreographer Thierry Smits through the process of creating Anima Ardens, his newest stage production featuring eleven completely naked male performers.

In between breathtaking dance sequences, Bare reveals the artistic collaboration and conflict between choreographer and company as they build an avant-garde piece steeped in dark, primal energy and ritual. Together, they address questions of body politics, gender, censorship and a variety of taboo subjects. The film also traces the arduous process of auditioning, rehearsing and opening a new dance piece – which is apparently even harder when you’re totally nude!

 

Watch the trailer for Bare below and click here to rent or download the film. It’s now available on-demand at TLAgay!

 

Three controversial classics have been restored for the new special edition Blu-ray Eloy de la Iglesia’s Quinqui Collection

Short for “quincallero” (meaning “delinquent”) and pronounced “kinky”, “Quinqui” was a brutal subgenre of juvenile gang dramas produced in Spain in the 1970s and ’80s. But for Basque writer/director and outspoken gay socialist Eloy de la Iglesia (Cannibal ManNo One Heard the Scream), these three classics would become the most successful, controversial and tragically defining films of his entire career.

Jose Luis Manzano – the charismatic street kid discovered by de la Iglesia – stars in this graphic neorealist trilogy that depicts the crime, violence and drug abuse that ravaged the post-Franco nation, and led to the filmmaker and actor’s real-life addictions to heroin (and each other). Both would ultimately destroy them. The work they made together is fascinating as a representation of this gritty subgenre and their real-life relationship.

The films NavajerosEl Pico and El Pico 2 are included in this unique Blu-ray set from Severin Films, all scanned in HD from the original negatives.

Special features also include: Original Trailers; Blood In The Streets: The Quinqui Film Phenomenon, an interview with Quinqui Historians Mery Cuesta and Tom Whittaker; and Queerness, Crime and the Basque Conflict in the Quinqui Films Of Eloy de la Iglesia, a panel discussion with scholars Alejandro Melero and Paul Julian Smith, moderated by Evan Purchell of Ask Any Buddy.

Watch the trailer for Eloy de la Iglesia’s Quinqui Collection below and click here to pre-order your copy of the special edition Blu-ray. It will be available starting August 24th.

 

Trailer Alert: A Stormy Night

The stylish and thoughtful new black and white indie A Stormy Night follows two seemingly mismatched strangers who end up spending some unexpected time in one another’s company.

Marcos (played by writer-director David Moragas) arrives in New York City from Barcelona only to find out that his layover flight to San Francisco has been cancelled due to a storm. This leaves him without a place to stay. That’s how he meets Alan (Jacob Perkins), the roommate of an old college friend. Happy to help, Alan agrees to host Marcos for the night.

These two young men don’t seem to have anything in common. Nevertheless, 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.

David Moragas is a Catalan writer, director and actor based in Barcelona. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Media Communication from Pompeu Fabra University, and a filmmaking MFA at the NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2018, David wrote and directed the short film Only Fools Rush In, which was presented at several international film festivals. His screenplay Two Sisters was selected by the prestigious Purple List at NYU in 2019. A Stormy Night is his first feature film and it shows tremendous promise.

Watch the trailer for A Stormy Night below and click here to rent or download the film. It’s available now on-demand at TLAgay.

 

The 1964 queer biker drama The Leather Boys is available on Blu-ray starting this week!

Part of Britain’s new wave of hyper-realistic “Kitchen Sink” dramas, The Leather Boys is a fascinating mix of teen angst, biker thrills and raging emotion.

Originally released in 1964, The Leather Boys follows young newlyweds Reggie (Colin Campbell) and Dot (Rita Tushingham) as they embark on a new life together. But there’s trouble in paradise when Reggie develops feelings for Pete (Dudley Sutton), a member of a rival biker gang. As this love triangle (unusual for the time, especially in cinema) plays out, a torrid melodrama of confusion and repressed sexuality unfolds.

Directed by Sidney J. Furie (who would go on to helm a wide range of Hollywood films like Iron Eagle, The Entity and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace – with mixed results) and written by Gillian Freeman from her own novel, The Leather Boys is an interesting film of its time, exploding with expressionistic photography, gripping themes and a bold exploration of identity.

Long unavailable on home video, the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) and Shout! Factory are now presenting a sparkling new restoration of this important chapter of early queer cinema. Special features include a new restoration from the original 35mm negative, audio commentary with director Sidney J. Furie and biographer Daniel Kremer, audio interviews with stars Rita Tushingham and Dudley Sutton and a curious short film called Consenting Adults: A Study of Homosexuality, from the Something Weird S-VHS archive.

 

Watch the trailer for the new restoration of The Leather Boys below and click here to order your copy of the Blu-ray. It’s available starting this week.