A smart and sexy story about the complexity of gay relationships, Whirlwind is a touching, funny ensemble film exploring non-monogamy, commitment, friendship, getting older and more from Richard LeMay, the director of 200 American.
Set in New York City, the story centers on a tight knit group of gay men. At first they appear to have it all. They are funny, good looking and successful, but soon a handsome stranger enters into their group and everything changes.
Drake (David Rudd) is young, hot and charming, but he has ulterior motives. What starts out with Drake adding some excitement to the routine of this circle of friends quickly begins to spiral out of control.
Both touching and funny, this story follows the wake of one person’s deliberate attempt to destroy the relationships of five men, all the while letting his own friendships unravel around him.
Written by Emmy Award-winning creator Jason Brown and starring some of the most talented actors in New York with credits including Broadway hits such as A Chorus Line, Rent, Hairspray and Wicked, Whirlwind is a surprisingly subtle and honest depiction of thirty-something gay men and the crossroads they must face.
Whirlwind is now available on Dekkoo.
Paying homage to classic art-house horror films like Robert Wise’s The Haunting and Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now, Rift is an enticing, well-acted and expertly-directed mystery-thriller from Iceland that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
Gunnar (Bjorn Stefansson) receives a strange phone call from his ex-boyfriend, Einar (Sigurdur Thor Oskarsson), months after they parted ways. Einar sounds distraught, like he’s about to do something terrible to himself, so Gunnar drives to the secluded cabin where Einar is holed up and soon discovers there is more going on than he imagined.
As the two former lovers come to terms with their broken relationship, some other person, a mysterious figure in red, seems to be lurking outside the cabin, wanting to get inside. Is this a fantasy… or a real intruder?
Eerie and stylishly crafted by director Erlinger Thoroddsen (Child Eater), Rift is a horror-tinged examination of trauma and the psychic scars it leaves behind. The film proved a big hit at film fests – not just LGBT festivals, but general horror film festivals as well, where it earned rave reviews.
Watch the trailer for Rift below. The film is streaming now on Dekkoo.
After reserving their dream wedding package in Niagara Falls at The Rainbow Bridge Motel (the self-proclaimed “#1 Gay Wedding Destination!”) Dean and Darren (Chris Modrzynski and Cole Burden) could not be more excited for their wedding. Once they arrive, they’re greatly dismayed to learn that they’ve actually booked themselves into a seedy motel sandwiched between chemical plants.
And if that’s not bad enough, the place is run by a seemingly insane, completely over-the-top huckster named Shibbawitz (National Lampoon veteran Scott Rubin) – the culprit behind the recently re-branded motel. He’s looking to ride the trend of Niagara Falls becoming a gay wedding destination. In reality, he’s clueless on how to cater to the LGBTQ community – let alone perform a gay wedding. Unfortunately, the Burmese political refugee family that he employs as cheap labor are not much help either.
Although a disastrous ceremony looms, it pales in comparison to the heightened cultural and emotional obstacles stirred up by the approaching nuptials. Can Dean and Darren get to the altar with their love – and their lungs – still intact? You’ll have to watch to find out!
Shot on location in Niagara Falls, this is the first film to ever shoot on the iconic Rainbow Bridge. “You could live your whole life without ever being apart of something special,” said the film’s co-director, J. Garrett Vorreuter. “For us, we knew from the start that this was special, even bigger than us. And now we get to share that magic with audiences everywhere.”
Watch out the trailer for The Rainbow Bridge Motel below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.
Writer-director Hong Khaou’s 13-minute short film Spring could be either a horror-thriller or a wildly erotic celebration of how exploring one’s kinks through BDSM can be a liberating experience. It’s hard to tell, even once the film has ended, and that’s all by design.
Chris O’Donnell (no, not the one you’re thinking of) stars as Joe, a young man who clearly wants to explore his submissive side, but has some reservations. He’s particularly nervous during his first meeting with Tim (Jonathan Keane), a handsome, slightly older stranger who assures him that he’s “in safe hands.” Joe isn’t so sure, but he’s just curious enough to find out.
For Joe, this potential encounter all about the sexual thrill. He relishes kneeling in front of his older master, taking in his scent. Tim, however, is more interested in the psychological aspects of their coupling. Once they have arrived back at what may or may not be Tim’s residence, a cavernous home with plenty of empty rooms to explore (and no one to hear you scream), a struggle plays out between their very different desires, after which, nothing will be the same as before.
Khaou builds tension from the very first frames of Spring and never lets up. There’s no moment during this stylish short where we’re not wondering if Tim is a sociopath who plans to murder – or at least deeply psychologically scar – Joe. His experience, equal fear and excitement, becomes our own.
Spring earned great acclaim at film festivals all around the world when it debuted in 2011 and it’s easy to see why. Hong Khaou’s next project was the 2014 feature-length film Lilting, a deeply emotional drama staring Ben Whishaw as a young man trying to form a relationship with his deceased lover’s Chinese-Cambodian mother. We highly recommend both and can’t wait to see what he does next.
Spring is available not on Dekkoo.
From a tender age Scott Townsend’s life is ruled by his slippery gender.
Growing up a girly-boy in the projects of Cambridge, Massachusetts, under the watch of Doris (Deirdre Lovejoy), his dysfunctional, single mom, Scott (played by Townsend himself) is prey to bullying and assault.
Already a talented singer and performer, Scott grows up to be revered drag queen Thirsty Burlington and delights club goers in Provincetown with his spot on impersonation of Cher. But even in this gay mecca, being Thirsty comes at a price.
Inspired by Scott/Thirsty’s real life, Thirsty spotlights the power of gender identity to both endanger and work its magic. The journey moves through dramatic, fantasy and musical sequences coming full circle when Scott realizes what he wants most in life, “To be safe and comfortable in all his skins,” and loved for all that he is.
Watch the trailer for Thirsty below. The film is now streaming on Dekkoo.
When Ramin (Arash Marandi) hid on a cargo ship leaving Turkey, he never expected to end up in Veracruz, Mexico by accident.
Having escaped persecution as a young gay man in his home country, Iran, Ramin suddenly finds himself far from everything he knows, living the life of an exile in this nostalgic, tropical port where his past and future are constantly confronted by new relationships and revived desires.
Written and directed by Bani Khoshnoudi, an Iranian-born Mexico City resident, Fireflies heralds the birth of a very talented female director whose personal story echoes throughout the film.
The title Fireflies is inspired by a 1975 op-ed by the late Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini, who described “the state of fascism and cultural resistance in Italy at the time, creating a metaphor for resistance as the disappearance of fireflies,” said Khoshnoudi.
Watch the trailer for Fireflies below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.