A Dim Valley is part gay stoner comedy and part meditation on mysticism and love

Writer-director Brandon Colvin‘s A Dim Valley is a tough film to classify. It’s part comedy, part drama, part dreamy pastoral – a film that bends and blends genres and tones in unique ways. It’s got slapstick gags, weird magic, smoldering romance, tragic moments and much more. In other words, something for everyone.

Ecology graduate students Albert and Ian (Whitmer Thomas and Zach Weintraub) spend the summer collecting flora and fauna samples with their lonely, curmudgeonly adviser, Dr. Clarence Rumble (Robert Longstreet).

At his woodsy cabin, close quarters foster comical friction and unexpected bonds between the two young men. Like ethereal bolts of lighting, three enigmatic, freewheeling backpackers – Rose (Rachel McKeon), Reed (Feathers Wise) and Iris (Rosalie Lowe) – crash into their lives.

As the backpackers push the men to open up, the mystery of their arrival deepens. Where did they come from? Why are they here? The answers, we soon find, are fantastically intertwined with the scientists’ transcendent fates.

 

Part hilarious queer stoner comedy and part transcendental meditation on mysticism and love, A Dim Valley is a delightful ethereal journey into the cycle of love.

 

Watch the trailer for A Dim Valley below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD, Blu-ray and VOD September 28th.

 

I Carry You with Me is one of the year’s most beautiful and critically acclaimed gay films

“AN INTIMATE EPIC IMBUED WITH WARMTH AND TENDERNESS.”
– THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“A SEARING SAGA IN WHICH LOVE IS THE BINDING FORCE.”
– ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“A DEVASTATINGLY MOVING PIECE OF INNOVATIVE CINEMA.”
– REMEZCLA

“AN ENCHANTING MIX OF DRAMA AND ROMANCE.”
– AUSTIN CHRONICLE

“A SURREAL CONCOCTION THAT PACKS A CONSIDERABLE PUNCH.”
– SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“A BEAUTIFUL DEPICTION OF DREAMS, LOVE, SACRIFICE, HUMANITY AND HOPE.” – LATINX LENS

 

Academy-Award nominee Heidi Ewing (Jesus CampThe Boys of Baraka) directs this luminous, moving narrative film debut.

Based on a true story, I Carry You with Me follows a tender, decades-spanning romance between an aspiring chef and a teacher.

Starting in provincial Mexico and continuing as first Ivan (Armando Espitia), then Gerardo (Christian Vasquez), journey towards sharing a life together in New York City, I Carry You With Me is an intimate love story, as well as a soulful rumination on family, sacrifice, regret, and ultimately, hope. Don’t miss this remarkable, award-winning gay romance.

 

Watch the trailer for I Carry You with Me below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray beginning September 21st.

 

Just Came Out: Truman & Tennessee

The brilliant work, personal struggles and cultural impact of iconic American writers Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams explodes onto the screen in the innovative new dual-portrait documentary Truman & Tennessee.

Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland masterfully collages a wealth of archival material, including dishy talk show appearances with Dick Cavett and David Frost, with clips from some of the duo’s most memorable movie adaptations: A Streetcar Named DesireCat on a Hot Tin RoofThe Glass MenagerieBreakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood.

Featuring vibrant voiceover work by award-winning actors Jim Parsons (as Capote) and Zachary Quinto (as Williams), the film is dripping with wit and wisdom. It is a celebration of both men’s fearless candor and often tumultuous friendship that honors how their identity as gay Southerners informed their timeless artistic achievements and relationships with family, colleagues, confidants and – most significantly – each other.

 

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

 

Out This Week: Summer of 85

When Alexis (Félix Lefebvre) capsizes off the coast of Normandy, David (Benjamin Voisin) comes to the rescue and soon opens the younger boy’s eyes to a new horizon of friendship, art, and sexual bliss.

David’s worldly demeanor and Jewish heritage deliver an ardent jolt to Alexis’s traditional, working-class upbringing. After Alexis begins working at the seaside shop owned by David’s mother (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), the two lovers steal every possible moment for a fugitive kiss, a motorcycle ride, or a trip to the cinema. Their relationship is soon rocked by a host of challenges, including an unexpected sexual rival (Philippine Velge) and a romantic oath that transcends life itself.

Adapted by François Ozon from Aidan Chambers’s groundbreaking LGBT young adult novel Dance on My GraveSummer of 85 is a sexy, nostalgic reverie of first love and its consequences from one of France’s most versatile filmmakers. Their summer fling lasts just six weeks, but casts a shadow over a lifetime.

Long one of our favorite subversive queer filmmakers, we’ll watch any new movie François Ozon has to offer. Consistently versatile, Summer of 85 is something of a return to his roots – which fans of his work will recognize and greatly enjoy.

Watch the trailer for Summer of 85 below and click here to order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray starting on August 17th.

 

Coming Soon: Charlatan

Few true stories tread the thin line between good and evil as precariously as that of Jan Mikolasek, a 20th century Czech herbal healer whose great success masked the grimmest of secrets.

Mikolasek (played by Ivan Trojan) won fame and fortune treating celebrities of the interwar, Nazi and Communist eras with his uncanny knack for “urinary diagnosis.” But his passion for healing welled up from the same source as a lust for cruelty, sadism and an incapacity for love that only one person could ever quell – his assistant, Frantisek (Juraj Loj). As a show trial threatens to pry open these secrets and undo him, Jan’s dichotomies are put to a final test, with the fate of his life’s only love in the balance.

A personal tale as replete with twists, Charlatan offers up an intense cinematic reflection on the price one pays for single-mindedly following one’s calling – no matter whom it may hurt. Directed by Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, Total Eclipse), the film was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best International Film.

 

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

 

Now Available On-Demand: 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 rent or download the film. It’s now available on-demand at TLAgay.

 

 

Trailer Alert: A Wake

A Wake follows the children in a religious family who clash with their parents as they prepare for the funeral of their teenage brother. Noah Urrea stars as both the late teen and his grieving twin in this emotional new family drama from director Scott Boswell (The Stranger in Us).

While young Molly (Sofia Rosinsky) tries to hold things together, older sister Megan (Megan Trout) just wants to know the truth. Meanwhile, Mason (Urrea) tries to reach his lost twin brother through spiritual means. When an unexpected stranger – the deceased’s secret ex-boyfriend, Jameson (Kolton Stewart) – arrives, the family is forced to face all of the secrets and lies surrounding their recent tragedy.

 

Watch the trailer for A Wake below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD on August 31st.

 

 

 

A bizarre love triangle forms in the eerie psychosexual thriller The One You Feed

A psychosexual thriller from writer-director-star Drew Harwood, The One You Feed follows an unnamed man who stumbles into a bizarre love triangle.

A stranger (Gareth Koorzen) hikes into the forest and sets up camp for the night. He hears a deep howling, peeks his head out the tent and gets attacked – leaving him unconscious. An anonymous man (Harwood) drags his body to a house, which is nestled in a place that time has somehow forgotten.

The injured stranger awakens in a bed as a woman (Rebecca Frasier) nurses him back to health. Soon, the mysterious man and woman begin playing a dangerous psychosexual game with their new houseguest one that often seems like pleasure, but will soon push him to the brink of madness.

Watch the trailer for The One You Feed below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting September 7th.

 

A classic novel gets a major reinterpretation with the new Berlin Alexanderplatz

An African immigrant struggles to make a new life for himself in the big city in director-co-writer Burhan Qurbani‘s audacious, neon-lit reinterpretation of Alfred Doblin‘s 1929 novel (and Fassbinder‘s massively influential 1980 miniseries) Berlin Alexanderplatz.

After surviving his perilous journey, Francis (Welket Bungué) vows to be a good man, but he soon realizes how difficult it is to be righteous while undocumented in Germany – without papers, without a nationality and without a work permit.

When he receives an enticing offer for easy money from the psychopathic gangster Reinhold (Albrecht Schuch), Francis initially resists temptation, but eventually he is sucked into Berlin’s underworld and his life spirals out of control.

Though it’s not an overtly queer film, there is a strong homoerotic undercurrent to this wildly modernized new reimagining – especially in the tricky relationship between the two leading men.

Watch the trailer for Berlin Alexanderplatz below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on August 31st.

 

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.