Altered Innocence has restored the films of Fred Halsted for this amazing collector’s set!

Fred Halsted was a legend in his own time. His self-created public persona-that of the leather-clad sadist-instantly made him both feared and revered as one of the first openly gay sex symbols. And his taboo-shattering films broke new ground in the gay erotic cinema for their portrayal of sadomasochism and other forms of polymorphous perversity.

These works sent a shockwave throughout the fledgling gay liberation movement and the art establishment alike, leading to their eventual acquisition by the Museum of Modern Art. But despite their significant cultural importance, these films have long been available only in neutered form, if at all.

Altered Innocence and Anus Films are proud to present the first-ever uncut disc release of the groundbreaking and fiercely controversial films L.A. Plays ItselfSextool and The Sex Garage, beautifully restored by MoMA and with a host of new bonus features, including Halsted’s formerly-lost second feature, Truck It.

 

The collection also includes audio commentaries, interviews, photo galleries, original theatrical trailers, a 2-page booklet filled with essays and much, much more.

Watch the gorgeous new trailer for L.A. Plays Itself: The Fred Halsted Collection below (Warning: It’s NOT Safe for Work) and click here to order your copy. The set will be available on DVD and Blu-ray beginning this week!

 

Now Available: Wild Tigers I Have Known

In Wild Tigers I Have Known, visionary director Cam Archer portrays the lives of teens in awkward gay first love.

Originally released in 2006, Wild Tigers I Have Known was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival and LGBTQ film festivals around the globe, but didn’t quite attract the same attention as similar contemporary films like Mysterious Skin, Thirteen or The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things. That’s a shame because Wild Tigers I Have Known is a true queer coming-of-age indie gem that seems ahead of its time 15 years later. It’s hard to imagine a film like it being made today, yet it feels completely essential at the same time.

The film follows Logan (Malcolm Stumpf), a middle schooler who is crushing on an older classmate named Rodeo (Patrick White). As the pair spend time together, Logan’s infatuation grows. Exploring gender fluidity for the first time, he invents a female persona and starts making sexually provocative phone calls to Rodeo at night, hoping to get even closer to the object of his affection.

For the film’s 15th Anniversary, cult indie label Altered Innocence has put together a restored version of this experimental queer classic on DVD and Blu-ray and packed it with tons of exclusive special features.

Watch the new trailer for Wild Tigers I Have Known below and click here to order your copy. The new special edition is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.

 

Altered Innocence is releasing a new special edition of the underseen queer indie classic Wild Tigers I Have Known

In Wild Tigers I Have Known, visionary director Cam Archer portrays the lives of teens in awkward gay first love.

Originally released in 2006, Wild Tigers I Have Known was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival and LGBTQ film festivals around the globe, but didn’t quite attract the same attention as similar contemporary films like Mysterious Skin, Thirteen or The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things. That’s a shame because Wild Tigers I Have Known is a true queer coming-of-age indie gem that seems ahead of its time 15 years later. It’s hard to imagine a film like it being made today, yet it feels completely essential at the same time.

The film follows Logan (Malcolm Stumpf), a middle schooler who is crushing on an older classmate named Rodeo (Patrick White). As the pair spend time together, Logan’s infatuation grows. Exploring gender fluidity for the first time, he invents a female persona and starts making sexually provocative phone calls to Rodeo at night, hoping to get even closer to the object of his affection.

For the film’s 15th Anniversary, cult indie label Altered Innocence has put together a restored version of this experimental queer classic on DVD and Blu-ray and packed it with tons of exclusive special features.

Watch the new trailer for Wild Tigers I Have Known below and click here to pre-order your copy. The new special edition will be available starting October 26th.

 

Altered Innocence: Vol. 1 will be available on DVD and Blu-ray starting this week!

The kick-ass cult video label Altered Innocence has been dedicated to releasing LGBTQ and coming-of-age films with an artistic edge since their inception in 2015. With a library of features and shorts from around the world – mixing genre with art-house and everything in between – Altered Innocence is committed to curating an esoteric library that is without peer in the current cinema landscape.

Nearly three hours of LGBTQ and coming-of-age short films and music videos await you in the debut of Altered Innocence‘s cinematic mixtape supreme: Altered Innocence: Vol. 1! Films from established auteurs like Peter Strickland (The Duke of BurgundyIn Fabric), Cam Archer (Wild Tigers I Have Known), João Nicolau (From John) and Yann Gonzalez (You and the NightKnife+Heart) join fresh new voices such as Alexis Langlois, Shaun Hughes, Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel. Cruising, dancing, naked wrestling, trans terrorism, first love, bullies, femme faltales, band practice and much, much more is in store!

The films and videos included are “Our Time” (Imperial Teen) by Cam Archer (New HD Restoration), Gabber Lover by Anna Cazenave CambetDoors Cut Down by Antonio Hens (HD Restoration), “Les Vacances Continuent” (Perez) by Yann GonzalezAfter School Knife Fight by Caroline Poggi and Jonathan VinelBunny by Shaun HughesGUO4 by Peter StricklandTerror, Sisters! by Alexis Langlois, “Niemand” (Kompromat) by Bertrand MandicoGambozinos (Wild Haggis) by João Nicolau and Jakt (Hunt) by Gjertrud Maria Bergaust.

 

Watch the trailer for Altered Innocence: Vol. 1 below and click here to order your copy. The collection will be available on DVD and Blu-ray starting this week!

 

Altered Innocence: Vol. 1 collects nearly three hours of cutting egde queer film content!

The kick-ass cult video label Altered Innocence has been dedicated to releasing LGBTQ and coming-of-age films with an artistic edge since their inception in 2015. With a library of features and shorts from around the world – mixing genre with art-house and everything in between – Altered Innocence is committed to curating an esoteric library that is without peer in the current cinema landscape.

Nearly three hours of LGBTQ and coming-of-age short films and music videos await you in the debut of Altered Innocence‘s cinematic mixtape supreme: Altered Innocence: Vol. 1! Films from established auteurs like Peter Strickland (The Duke of BurgundyIn Fabric), Cam Archer (Wild Tigers I Have Known), João Nicolau (From John) and Yann Gonzalez (You and the NightKnife+Heart) join fresh new voices such as Alexis Langlois, Shaun Hughes, Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel. Cruising, dancing, naked wrestling, trans terrorism, first love, bullies, femme faltales, band practice and much, much more is in store!

The films and videos included are “Our Time” (Imperial Teen) by Cam Archer (New HD Restoration), Gabber Lover by Anna Cazenave CambetDoors Cut Down by Antonio Hens (HD Restoration), “Les Vacances Continuent” (Perez) by Yann GonzalezAfter School Knife Fight by Caroline Poggi and Jonathan VinelBunny by Shaun HughesGUO4 by Peter StricklandTerror, Sisters! by Alexis Langlois, “Niemand” (Kompromat) by Bertrand MandicoGambozinos (Wild Haggis) by João Nicolau and Jakt (Hunt) by Gjertrud Maria Bergaust.

 

Watch the trailer for Altered Innocence: Vol. 1 below and click here to pre-order your copy. The collection is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on May 25th!

 

Trailer Alert: Rapture in Blue

Like a David Lynch thriller filmed through a queer lens, writer-director Ryder Houston‘s Rapture in Blue follows a young man’s quest through flickering neon and hazy noir shadows to find his true self.

 

After Jason (Bryce Lederer) tries to use his childhood home for a steamy rendezvous with his girlfriend Valerie (Sarah Greenfield), they discover it has been newly occupied by the smoldering Sebastian (Tanner Garmon), who eagerly warms up to anxious Jason. Wracked with desires he’s long tried to ignore while also being pressured by his girlfriend’s sensual advances, a growing sense of unease and dread permeates his life. After receiving an “impossible” photo of him embracing Sebastian, Jason realizes he needs to confront the madness consuming him from all sides.

 

Watch the trailer for Rapture in Blue below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD in October – just in time for Halloween.

 

Now Streaming: Equation to an Unknown

A handsome young stud rides his motorcycle through a myriad of sexual fantasies, from a soccer game’s locker room to a dreamy and unsettling orgy where the film reaches its melancholic peak.

This undiscovered erotic film is a labyrinth of all-male fantasies whose outstanding beauties always end up fading away while leaving their sensual protagonist dealing with his own loneliness.

The film is directed with absolute grace by the mysterious Dietrich de Velsa (also know as Francis Savel and Frantz Salieri), a former painter who was also the owner and artistic director of one of the first transvestites’ cabaret of Paris, La Grande Eugène. Years later, he collaborated with Joseph Losey on Mr. Klein and Don Giovanni. Equation to an Unknown is Velsa/Savel/Salieri’s only film and stands without a doubt as a masterpiece… maybe the best French gay arthouse porn ever made.

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Coming Soon: Equation to an Unknown

A handsome young stud rides his motorcycle through a myriad of sexual fantasies, from a soccer game’s locker room to a dreamy and unsettling orgy where the film reaches its melancholic peak.

This undiscovered erotic film is a labyrinth of all-male fantasies whose outstanding beauties always end up fading away while leaving their sensual protagonist dealing with his own loneliness.

The film is directed with absolute grace by the mysterious Dietrich de Velsa (also know as Francis Savel and Frantz Salieri), a former painter who was also the owner and artistic director of one of the first transvestites’ cabaret of Paris, La Grande Eugène. Years later, he collaborated with Joseph Losey on Mr. Klein and Don Giovanni. Equation to an Unknown is Velsa/Savel/Salieri’s only film and stands without a doubt as a masterpiece… maybe the best French gay arthouse porn ever made.

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Now Available On-Demand: The Wild Boys

“A heady, sexually-charged take on Lord of the Flies… A sensory cinematic experience.”
The Los Angeles Times

“A f***ing intoxicating miracle of a film.”
Birth.Movies.Death.

“Mandico’s stroke of genius is undoubtedly to have entrusted the roles of violent boys to young actresses.”
Le Monde

“Erotically uninhibited and deeply bizarre.”
The Guardian

“Lusciously unreal.”
Film Comment

The debut feature from Bertrand Mandico, The Wild Boys tells the tale of five adolescent boys (all played by actresses) who are enamored by the arts, but drawn to crime and transgression. After a brutal crime committed by the group and aided by “Trevor” – a deity of chaos they can’t control – they’re punished to board a boat with a captain hell-bent on taming their ferocious appetites. After arriving on a lush island where dangers and pleasures abound, the boys start to transform in both mind and body.

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The brand-new trailer for Knife+Heart will either get your pulse racing… or stop it cold

Paris, Summer 1979. Anne (French pop star Vanessa Paradis) produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois (Kate Moran) leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flaming sidekick Archibald (Nicolas Maury). But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down.

Shot on 35mm and featuring a killer retro score from M83, Yann Gonzalez’s Knife+Heart is an ultra-stylish and blood-soaked ode to ’70s-era Brian De Palma, Dario Argento, and William Friedkin. The trailer alone is a subversive visual treat for the eyes.

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