It’s time for a Break Through

The new film Break Through from director Aaron Hose documents a group of passionate twenty-somethings within the Theatre for Social Change movement, as they unite in a stand against the stigmatization and marginalization of LGBTQ citizens in America.

Part human interest story, part dramatic interpretation, this uplifting film examines the importance of seeing your sexuality as only one thing that defines you as a person.

Having courage, self-acceptance and parental support is crucial for our LGBT youth, especially since we live in a society where many of them are still bullied for being “different”. Break Through aims to open the eyes of those who are quick to dismiss gay, lesbian and transgender issues as “no big deal”.  Sure, things may be getting better, but being “out in the open” is by no means easy.

Check out the trailer for Break Through below. The full documentary is now available on Dekkoo.

8 Short Films to Watch as Halloween Approaches

If you’re anything like us, you enjoy a good scary movie during the month of October. Dekkoo has plenty of feature length films to satisfy your spooky seasonal needs, but we also have a terrific selection of shorts. Here are eight highlights to add to your Halloween viewing line-up.

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Bugcrush

2006, 36 mins

Director: Carter Smith

A small-town loner’s fascination with the new kid in town leads him into something much more sinister than he could ever have imagined. Bugcrush was a huge hit on the film fest circuit and received numerous awards. Director Carter Smith was tapped to helm the much bigger budget studio horror picture The Ruins two years later as a result of this film’s success.

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PYOTR495

2016, 15 mins

Director: Blake Mawson

Set one evening in present-day Moscow, 16-year-old Pyotr (Alex Ozerov) thinks he’s found a decent online hook-up, but ends up getting baited by an ultra-nationalist group known for their violent abductions and attacks – bolstered by Russia’s LGBT propaganda law. What these homophobic extremists don’t know if that Pyotr has a dangerous secret… and they’re not going to like it.

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Cock N’ Bull

2012, 8 mins

Director: Nathan Adloff

Wes (co-writer Danny Rhodes) invites his best friend Chris (co-writer/director Nathan Adloff) over to his place for a quite night in after being cruelly dumped by his boyfriend Henry. The two pals attempt to blow off some steam by channeling their youth and prank calling strangers… but soon realize that may have been the worst idea ever.

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I Really Like You

2014, 13 mins

Director: Jason Karman

I Really Like You is a tragedy about Michael (Steve Bradley), who runs a small restaurant that has a reputation for being a hook-up joint. He sees Brandt (Garrett Black) visiting the restaurant looking for some action. As Michael uses the lure of sex to entice him, memories of a love lost are triggered, leaving him always wanting more. The film speaks to the impersonal nature of hook-ups and the lengths some people will go to have intimacy.

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Candy

2012, 8 mins

Director: Mark Bessenger

In this short horror/thriller from director Mark Bessenger (Bite Marks, The Last Straight Man), a man calls into phone sex lines looking for a potential romantic partner. Vic, a college student, is interested, but is too nervous to accept, prompting the mysterious caller to take matters into his own hands.

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Tonight It’s You

2016, 17 mins

Director: Dominic Haxton

When a young gay man hooks up with a guy he meets on a dating app, he encounters something much more sinister than even his most base fears could have imagined. Set in a God-fearing town, director Dominic Haxton sets us up to believe that the only thing to fear is local homophobia, but he’s really about to witness something truly unthinkable.

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Tonight It’s Me

2014, 13 mins

Director: Dominic Haxton

Also from director Dominic Haxton, and something of a companion piece to Tonight It’s You, Tonight It’s Me takes us through one night in the life of a hot young hustler, who soon finds himself in uncharted waters when he spends the night with a client far different from the lecherous, much-older “johns” he’s used to servicing for cash.

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I Was a Teenage Werebear

2011, 30 mins

Director: Tim Sullivan

A clever spoof of 1960’s drive-in flicks, I Was a Teenage Werebear features five rock and roll musical numbers in a mash-up of Roger Corman and John Waters that follows a day in the life of closeted schoolboy Ricky O’Reilly (played by Sean Paul Lockhart, a.k.a. adult film star Brent Corrigan) who falls is turned into a beast after being bitten by Malibu High’s mysterious bad boy Talon (Anton Troy).

A subversive gay classic comes to Dekkoo

Back in 1991, Christopher Marlowe’s notorious 16th century play was radically adapted into a gay cinema masterpiece by late, great queer auteur Derek Jarman.

Using anachronistic imagery, modern dress, gay activists battling riot police and Annie Lennox singing Cole Porter, Edward II tells the story of an openly gay British monarch and the persecution he suffered. It’s given a contemporary resonance by Jarman, paralleling the injustice of homophobia at the time.

King Edward II (Stephen Waddington) rejects his cold wife Queen Isabella (Tilda Swinton) and takes a male lover, the commoner Piers Gaveston (Andrew Tiernan) upon whom he bestows gifts and power. The King’s behavior enrages the sober, business-suited court officials and the spurned queen becomes a seething monster whose dresses and jewelry grow more outrageously lavish as her need to vengeance escalates and the plotting begins.

Edward II is a prime example of “New Queer Cinema” – the indie film movement of the early 1990s. Jarman reworked Marlowe’s play into a homoerotic, sexually charged, radically relevant work. Graphic, brutal, moving, surprisingly funny and always erotic, the film blends prose with contemporary jargon and costumes, replete with positive portrayals of queer sex, profanity and ACT- UP activists.

Brilliant, daring and innovative, Edward II showcases gay cinema at its finest. It’s not streaming on Dekkoo.

Now Available: Steel

From director Sven J. Matten, Steel follows Daniel (Chad Connell), a successful TV journalist who lives his life in the fast lane. Unfortunately, he has fallen into a deep depression. His seemingly perfect life suddenly collapses under him when panic attacks force him to deal with his past.

Fear, paranoia and desperation appear to get the better of him; people around him are helpless. Daniel, however, won’t give up. He tries to recapture what was once his, guided by an alluring young man named Alexander (David Cameron), with whom he embarks on a tentative journey into a painful past.

A film about illness, self-discovery and survival, Steel is a stirring psychological drama with two strong male leads. Watch the trailer below and make sure to stream the full film on Dekkoo.

Are you down with Dating My Mother?

Unemployed and living in his New Jersey hometown, brash screenwriter Danny (Patrick Reilly) spends his days doing just about everything with his mother Joan (Kathryn Erbe). But when Joan reveals she’s going to start dating again, Danny’s cushy world comes crashing down.

Dating My Mother follows the intimate and tumultuous relationship between a single mother and her gay son as they navigate the dizzying world of online dating. While they search for their versions of Mr. Right, mother and son realize that sometimes you have to pull apart in order to come together.

Written and directed as a feature-length debut by Mike Roma, who previously created the web series Danny the Manny, Dating My Mother co-stars Paul Iacono, James Le Gros and Kathy Najimy. It’s available to watch RIGHT NOW on Dekkoo!

 

Santa came early this year with Cola De Mono

It’s Christmas Eve, 1986, and Borja (Cristóbal Rodriguez-Costabal) is a precocious teenager with a passion for film. As his extended family comes together to celebrate the holiday, the combined forces of the suffocating Chilean heat, free-flowing drinks, and repressed desire contribute to the eruption of long-held secrets.

This hypnotic story from Chilean writer-director Alberto Fuguet is both an enticing family melodrama and an explicit erotic thriller about the ways in which passion and desire can discreetly control our lives – from our pop-culture tastes to our sexual fantasies.

Cola De Mono is available now on Dekkoo. Check out the trailer below.

 

 

Stream the first two seasons of Successful People

The hilarious new series Successful People comes from writers/stars Theresa Ryan & Artie O’Daly, better known as the YouTube musical duo Skip & Terri. The series revolves around Chet and Laura, a songwriting duo in their tenth year of trying to make it, who start to realize their chances of success may have already passed them by.

Laura is happily married – and very-much pregnant; Chet has gone 13 years without a boyfriend – and has no other friends to speak of. Together they’ve written some of the catchiest jingles middle America has ever heard, but a Top Ten hit for Rihanna continues to elude them.

As they encounter a variety of people who have actually achieved success, Laura fears she has begun the slow slide into “contentment.”  This reignites her passion for their dream, but, as her douchey high school friend Jake points out, her soon-to-be-born baby may put a kink in her plans. And leave Chet not only friend-less, but dream-less, too.

A single-camera comedy set in Los Angeles, Successful People explores the ideas of achievement vs. contentment, if goals should have expiration dates, and what lengths someone will go to to get what they want.  Each episode takes a different type of “successful person” and examines the impact they have on Laura & Chet as they work to achieve their dream.

Is there a set path to success?  Do our own lives keep us from what we want?  Are all successful people just assholes?  With the clock ticking, Laura and Chet are willing to try anything to become the one thing they’ve never been: Successful People.

You can stream the full first two seasons of the series RIGHT NOW on Dekkoo.