Short Film Spotlight: Jackpot

Man, it was hard to get gay porn discreetly before the internet! Especially if you were still coming of age.

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Writer-director Adam Baran’s acclaimed short film Jackpot takes place in 1994 – not long ago, yet so far away – and follows a closeted 14-year-old kid named Jack (Ethan Navarro), who hears about a valuable stash of gay porno magazines hidden in a dumpster across town and sets out on a quest to retrieve them before they make their way to the dump. Like any good cinematic quest, there are obstacles to be overcome. In Jack’s case, they take the form of a form of a pack of homophobic bullies who have been taunting him. Luckily, he’s got an imaginary friend on his side to help coach him through – “Jackpot” cover boy Ricky Swayze (Adam Fleming).

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Clever, well-directed and surprisingly heartfelt for a film about one young man’s mission to masturbate with a visual aid to match his hidden desires, Jackpot was a massive crowd-pleaser when it made the rounds at film festivals all over the world. The film is now available to watch on Dekkoo!

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New This Week – 12/21/18

With the style of a European art filmmaker, director/co-writer Eldar Rapaport tells the story of a gay love triangle by using innovative edits, a beautiful (frequently naked) cast and an exploration of how we find our life’s love. Stream the gay film ‘August’ now, on Dekkoo!

Over the course of one night, a newly out-of -the-closet young man struggles to hold back his feelings for his straight best friend while dealing with the problems and complications of being different in a hetero-normative world. The gay short film ‘Midnights With Adam’ is available now on Dekkoo!

Fabricating credentials to score a last-ditch job as a high school guidance counsellor, a boozing, drug-addled former child star becomes an improbable hit with his students by dispensing the worst advice possible. ‘Guidance’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: What happens when two gay men in a disintegrating relationship leave the big city to spend some time alone, together in nature?

Meet Naz & Maalik, Now Available on Dekkoo

In this riveting dramatic tale, gay teens Naz and Maalik are friends, classmates, business partners and lovers. As the two closeted Muslim teens go about their regular daily routine on a Friday afternoon in Brooklyn they arouse the suspicions of an undercover FBI agent who begins to track them.

This complex tale of race, religion and sexuality features a pair of tremendous performances from lead actors Kerwin Johnson Jr. and Curtiss Cook Jr. Intimate and meditative, Naz & Maalik examines the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds.

An exceptionally well-crafted drama, and an auspicious feature debut from writer-director Jay Dockendorf, Naz & Maalik is now available on Dekkoo. Check out the trailer below.

New This Week – 11/30/18

Two closeted Muslim teens hawk goods across Brooklyn and struggle to come clean about their sexuality, as their secretive behavior leads them unknowingly into the cross-hairs of the War on Terror. ‘Naz & Maalik’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

Scott gets a visit from Connor which brings his past back to haunt him, but will it change his future? Dekkoo Films presents ‘Just Me’, a new gay short available to stream immediately on Dekkoo.

The son of divorced parents, twelve-year-old Guigo is preoccupied with his cell phones and his crush on a young girl named Sabrina. On a fishing trip with his best friend Tullius, his father Roberto and Roberto’s new friend Paul, he’s shocked to learn he has no internet access and no way to text his crush. Things get even more overwhelming when he learns that Paul is his father’s new boyfriend. Stream ‘Guigo: Offline’ now on Dekkoo!

Dennis, a late-middle-aged gay man, wakes up to discover Zach; an attractive young man, in his bed. Is Zach just a one-night stand, or is it more than that? Binge watch the first season of ‘How It All Began’ now on Dekkoo.

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Coming next week: A shocking and beautiful gay love story.

Don’t miss the acclaimed doc Red Without Blue

An award-winning documentary originally released in 2007, Red Without Blue is a groundbreaking artistic examination of gender, identity, and the unswerving bond of twinship, despite transformation.

An honest portrayal of a family in turmoil, the film follows a pair of identical twins as one transitions from male to female. Captured over a period of three years, directors Brooke Sebold, Benita Sills and Todd Sills document the twins and their parents, examining the Farley family’s struggle to redefine themselves as a unit.

The twins’ early lives were quintessentially all-American: picture-perfect holidays, supportive parents who cheered them on every step of the way. By the time they were 14, their parents had divorced, they had both come out as gay, and a joint suicide attempt precipitated a forced separation of Mark and Alex for two and half years.

Through extensive, deeply candid interviews with the twins and their family, Red Without Blue recounts these troubled times, interweaving the twins’ difficult past with their efforts to find themselves in the present.

The film follows the painful steps of Clair’s transition, including electrolysis and the difficult decision to proceed with bottom surgery. Through its portrayal of these articulate and independent twins, each haunted by the painful experiences of their adolescence, the film questions normative standards of gender and identity – as Mark and Clair reassert their indescribable bond as identical twins. Through the power of the their voices, we hear the story of a family’s redemption from a dark past, and ultimately, its revival to the present.

Check out the trailer for Red Without Blue below and watch the full film on Dekkoo.

 

New This Week – 11/2/18

The movie Happy Endings is not available on Dekkoo

Gay writer/director Don Roos (‘The Opposite of Sex’) returns in prime form with a wicked ensemble comedy about a group of gay, lesbian and hetero friends and family connected by secrets and lies. Watch ‘Happy Endings’ now on Dekkoo!

The gay short film 'Elwood Takes a Lover' is now available on Dekkoo

Cancer patient Hannah fears her husband Elwood will have no one to care for him after she’s gone. Long suspecting Elwood had feelings for another man in his youth, Hannah sets out to find his unrequited love in hopes of reuniting them. Stream the gay short film ‘Elwood Takes a Lover’ now on Dekkoo!

The gay documentary Red Without Blue is now available on Dekkoo

The intimate bond between two identical twin brothers is challenged when one decides to transition from male to female; this is the story of their evolving relationship, and the resurrection of their family from a darker past. Stream ‘Red Without Blue’ on Dekkoo now!

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Coming next week: The feature-length directorial debut of actor Gerald McCullouch, who most gay cinema fans will recognize as one of the leads of BearCity.

 

New This Week – 10/26/18

Derek Jarman's gay film 'Caravaggio' is now available to stream on Dekkoo

Derek Jarman delivers a retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld. Watch ‘Caravaggio’ now on Dekkoo!

The gay short film 'Trophy Boy' is now available to stream on Dekkoo

James, a sexy, youthful sought-after instagram star in high-society and self-proclaimed ‘Trophy,’ is dumped by his wealthy live-in benefactor. Now he must learn that the real world is not the facade he’s built for himself on social media. Stream the award-winning short film ‘Trophy Boy’ on Dekkoo!

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As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son. ‘Real Boy’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A wicked ensemble comedy about a group of gay, lesbian and hetero friends and family connected by secrets and lies.