“GRITTY AND POIGNANT” – Jim Silvestri, Thotyssey
“A SENSUAL AND POWERFUL GAY LOVE STORY.” -TM Gay Movies
“IT’S CHARACTERS ARE SO UNIVERSAL THAT I DEFY ANYONE NOT TO FEEL FOR THEM AS THE SITUATION SNOWBALLS.” – The Pink Lens
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.
You can watch the trailer for Neon Boys below. Click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on March 30th. It’s also available to rent or download now at TLAgay.
Unable to land a job after being in jail, Shawn (Matty Gliteratti) decides to make ends meet by working as an erotic dancer. While trying to get his life back on track he spirals back into drugs and looks for another dance, Ricky (co-director Jonathan Salazar), for companionship and falls in love with a man for the first time.
From prolific trans director AJ Mattioli, the colorful, insightful and star-studded documentary Words is an exploration of how people navigate identity in the open and evolving landscape of New York City.
Using some of NYC’s most fluid scenes as a backdrop, Words investigates the dissonance between self and socially constructed identities as well as how these identities are contextualized in a range of environments from the world of the arts to the NYPD.
Featuring interviews with a wide variety of experts, drag icons and LGBTQIA+ activists (including Bob the Drag Queen, Miss Fame, Rain Dove, Marti Gould Cummings, Cory Wade, Frank Liotti, Carmen Carrera and more), Words was an official selection at countless film festivals and took home numerous trophies – including the Audience Award for Best Documentary at MEDff and Best Director of a Feature Documentary at the A.C. Cinefest.
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.
AJ’s 2019 credits included the queer slasher horror-comedy Killer Unicorn, and the short films Hopelessly, How to Fold a Fitted Sheet and Neon Boys. 2020 will bring a #MeToo-focused thriller called Guys at Parties Like It and the short films S&M Records, A Single Evening and Role of a Lifetime. Keep an eye out for those and check out the selection of titles below – all available now at TLAgay!