From writer-director Thomas Awrey, the new indie drama Drawn Back Home is a film about the lengths people go to find love, friendship, and a place to call home.
Eric (Mickey O’Sullivan) is in a grief cycle from the death of his father and the end of his marriage. Always one to help out around town, he’s finding it increasingly difficult to push forward when life seems to have it out for him. Deciding to stay in Caleb’s Hill after high school was an easy decision as he wanted to take care of his ailing father. He’s managed to build a family of close friends, but there will always be a struggle to keep food on the table. In hopes of building tourism for the town, Eric started putting short video clips online.
Drew (Paul Michael Thomson) ran from Caleb’s Hill a decade ago in hopes of chasing his dreams in a big city. Years later, he’s found some success both in his career and artistic endeavors. However, he still hasn’t found anyone who gets him like the best friend he left behind. Hoping to reconnect, Drew searches online and is introduced to the videos about the town he was so quick to leave years ago. Driven by the need to reconcile and a work obligation, Drew returns to Caleb’s Hill in hopes of rebuilding the friendship he lost.
Filled with a cast of lovable characters, Drawn Back Home hopes you find a place to belong at Caleb’s Hill too.
Justin (Jonathan Miles) knew he was gay from a very young age, but he was not allowed to act upon it. Finally in college and free from having his every move watched, he seeks out what it is he feels he wants… until he discovers what he needs.
When Justin acts out recklessly – again, after the bi-semester check in phone call with his dominating and controlling father – he causes enough personal injury to require yet another ER visit. It is in the ER, on this specific night, he meets Michael (Bjorn Anderson), a male nurse.
As a result of his father’s overt homophobia, Justin has never quite been able to love or accept himself, let alone another person. It’s not until his relationship with Michael begins to blossom that he sees a potential “happily ever after” at the end of a dark tunnel.
Written and directed by Michelle Leigh, this touching indie follows one troubled young man learning how to love himself and accept love from another.
Originally released in 2014, writer-director Denis Theriault’s 10-minute short film I Am Syd Stone earned acclaim at film festivals around the globe and competed as an entrant in the prestigious Iris Prize festival. The film was also included in the 12th volume of the popular Boys on Film DVD series.
I Am Syd Stone followed a closeted gay movie star (played by Gharrett Patrick Paon) returning to his hometown for his high school reunion, who unsuccessfully attempts to rekindle his relationship with his former boyfriend Brent (Michael Gaty).
Now Theriault has followed up that successful short with a brand-new series of the same name. This new six-episode show expands the story.
Syd Stone (now played by Travis Nelson) has found his career as an actor has fading. He is now on location in a small town to film a B-movie, and meets and falls for lawyer Matt (Benjamin Charles Watson), but must confront the emotional consequences of having remained closeted for the sake of his career.
The series is set in the present day, and alludes to the events of the original film, however, there is a much happier ending in store for Stone this time around.
From writer-director Matt Guerin, the filmmaker behind the short films Tri-Curious and The Golden Pin, The Big Snore is a brand-new 9-minute comedy about a problem that will be all-too-familiar to most couples who share a bed.
Marc and Julian (Scotty Murray and James Chapman) are a happy gay couple. They still have a spark. So much so that they worry their loud lovemaking will wake the neighbors. The only thing louder than their sex life, however, is Jules’ snoring. Shortly after they finish making love, Jules drifts off to sleep, blissfully unaware that his heavy breathing will keep light-sleeper Marc awake all night long.
A Dekkoo-Original short film, The Big Snore is available to stream now. You can watch the trailer below. Make sure to check out Matt Guerin’s previous film Tri-Curious as well.
Young couple Richard (Michael Urie) and Alex (Randy Harrison) want what everyone wants: career, kids and a gorgeous home in L.A. But it all seems so impossible until they crash a party at Edendale, their dream house, owned by Jake (Scott Wolf) and Chloe (Kate Reinders), who are hosting a fundraiser for the orphans of Bhutan. Richard and Alex hit it off with the hosts, and while house-sitting for them, discover a secret room filled with a million in cash!
When Jake and Chloe die in a “rickshaw accident” overseas, Richard and Alex worry the cash might not go to the orphans, so they break into Edendale and take the money. They earnestly try to donate the money to Jigme Wangchuck (Alec Mapa), the deputy ambassador of the Embassy of Bhutan, and his assistant Priti Khagda (Tania Gunadi). But the Embassy officials, thinking they’re being set up, refuse the money. So Richard and Alex deposit the cash, find another charity, and end up writing a check to “The Porpoise Purpose,” headed by Stuart Hendron (Lance Bass) and his assistant Olivier (Mitch Silpa).
Just then, they learn from their Realtor, Logan, (Tom Lenk), that Edendale is now on the market. They really want it but have given the money to the porpoise charity – so they stop payment on the check and use the money as down payment on the house, intending to repay the charity by taking out a second mortgage once escrow closes. But tough yet savvy LAPD Detective Dianne Kershman (Ana Ortiz) sees things differently. She tells Richard and Alex that Jake and Chloe were in fact murdered. Worried the killers must be after the money, they panic… and things only get crazier from there.
Such Good People is a hysterically funny madcap indie comedy about a gay couple who are not defined by their sexuality – but by their love and their desire for success. They’re also, of course, every bit as crazy as the straight people in the movie.
When famed Poet Laureate William Meredith suffers a debilitating stroke, his long-term partner Richard must fight for the right to take care of him. Based on a true story, Marathon is a poignant and inspiring testament to the triumph of love and the reserve and resilience of the human spirit. ‘Marathon’ is now playing on Dekkoo!
Ernesto (Federico Russo) is a teenager who wanders, in search of himself, through the streets of Rome.
Chapter after chapter, time passes – and people just seem to disappear. But he continues to live impromptu relationships, causing pain to himself and to others. Taking refuge in his happy moments and in political ideologies, he believes he can save his soul from suffering… although life will force him to grow and move forward.
Directed by partners Alice De Luca and Giacomo Raffaelli under their joint creative banner Freeres, Ernesto was shot in the 4:3 aspect ratio to give viewers a sense of the fragments of the lead character’s life – as if the film you’re watching were a lengthy re-working of the protagonist’s own memories.
A sexy, smart and wildly unique film, Ernesto is available now on Dekkoo. Watch the trailer below.
After the death of his father and end of his marriage Eric becomes restless and rudderless. When and old friend comes to town looking to reconnect with Eric the two must navigate unresolved issues of the past and uncertainties of the future. ‘Drawn Back Home’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!
‘Little Miss Westie’ chronicles a year in the life of two transgender siblings as they navigate puberty, a local beauty pageant, and transitioning in the Trump era. Watch ‘Little Miss Westie’ now on Dekkoo!
Coming next week: A recovering alcoholic returns to his hometown after a hiatus, and falls in love with a man who will turn his world upside down.
Kept Boy is a new dark gay comedy from George Bamber, the director behind The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green and Bloomers.
Interior Designer/Reality Show star Farleigh Knock (Thure Riefenstein) has a knack for finding and keeping beautiful things around his home. Counted among those things is Dennis (Jon Paul Phillips), a good-looking young guy who is happy living an easy, rich life, but finds himself naturally reaching the end of his 20s. So when Fairleigh gives him the unthinkable ultimatum for his 30th birthday, to get a job or get out, Dennis goes from Kept Boy to Lost Man.
Funny, sexy and snarky in all the right ways, Kept Boy is a dark gay comedy that shows life with a sugar daddy is bittersweet.
Watch the trailer for Kept Boy below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.