Two men embark on a revelatory road trip in Drive Me Home

When Antonio (Vinicio Marchioni) and Agostino (Marco D’Amore) were growing up together in a small town in Sicily, they each dreamt of living completely different lives… somewhere else. Now thirty-year-olds, their initial dreams have somewhat come true. They both live abroad, but they lost touch many years ago.

When Antonio discovers that the house he grew up in, which had been empty for a long time, is about to be sold at auction, he decides to start revisiting some of his past and reconnects with his childhood friend in the process. When Antonio and Agostino come back together, they find that their lives have changed a lot. Soon, during a road trip through Europe to reclaim the childhood property in question, old conflicts and new revelations rise to the surface, bringing them close together once again.

From writer-director Simone Catania and co-writer Fabio Natale, Drive Me Home tells a generational story about finding a place called home… wherever you are. It’s also a refreshing story about straight-gay male friendship not often seen.

Watch the trailer for Drive Me Home below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

Short Film Spotlight: LiME

Donta Storey is a black, non-binary, prolific, and powerful voice and emerging actor, writer, producer, and director from Compton, California. In 2020 they released their writer/directorial debut film LiME, which is loosely based on their struggles while growing up black and “different”.

Set in the urban jungle of Compton in the early 2000s, LiME tells the story of Deshawn (played by Urian Mchugh), a young man who discovers how hard it is to walk and live in your truth after he experiences the bitterness of the real world.

LiME was the recipient of Honorable Mention at the San Francisco Black Film Festival in 2019 and screened in cities like Chicago, Il, San Diego, Ca, Denton, Tx, New Orleans, La, and Washington, DC before ending its successful festival run at the Los Angeles Ca OUTFEST Fusion Film Festival in March 2020. Their film has also been reviewed and referenced everywhere from Film Threat, AIPT Comics, Queerty and Willamette Week.

As a nonbinary black queer human, Donta wants to tell stories that start conversations that add to the narrative that we all matter. Through storytelling, they believe they can change the world.

You can watch a short trailer for LiME below. The film is now available to stream on Dekkoo.

Don’t Miss Writer-Director Marco Berger’s New Thriller Young Hunter

Ezequiel (Juan Palbo Cestaro) is a fifteen-year-old kid on the cusp of his sexual awakening. When he meets the handsome, twenty-one-year-old Mono (Lautaro Rodriguez), he’s so excited that he jumps into a quick relationship before he’s had time to really consider whether or not it’s a good idea.

Mono invites Ezequiel to his cousin’s villa, to spend a weekend together. But, while returning from the trip, Mono disappears completely, no longer responding to any of Ezekiel’s texts. The situation is confusing… until Chino (Juan Barberini), Mono’s cousin, sends him a hidden camera video of Ezekiel and Mono having sex, blackmailing him into making his own sex tape with a minor to be sold on the dark web, in order to keep his secret hidden. 

Ezequiel, with an impossible choice, decides to try seducing Juan Ignacio (Patricio Rodríguez), a thirteen-year-old boy whom he knows from school and suspects has a crush on him. Ezequiel soon turns from prey to hunter – against his own will.

From prolific director Marco Berger (Absent, Taekwondo, Plan B), Young Hunter is an intense thriller that has earned rave reviews on the film festival circuit. Watch the trailer for the film below. It’s available now on Dekkoo.

New This Week – 9/25/20

From acclaimed director Marco Berger, this new thriller follows a lonely teen whose burgeoning desires lead him down a dark path. When Ezequiel meets the handsome, slightly older Mono at the skate park, he thinks his romantic dreams have come true. Soon, however, he’s caught up in a dangerous blackmail scheme that may force him to transform from “prey” to “hunter.” ‘Young Hunter’ is available now exclusively on Dekkoo!

Dekkoo Films presents ‘Max’.

Hours after finalizing his divorce, Jeremy seeks comfort in an escort named Max. During their night together, Jeremy rediscovers and recaptures the feelings of connection he’d lost within his own marriage.

In July of 2012, burgeoning art-house porn studio CockyBoys was pushed to the forefront of the mainstream when its trio of owners were profiled in New York Magazine’s Sex Issue. In this short documentary, the eponymous ‘throuple’ (as they’ve been dubbed by the media) put themselves in front of the camera for a behind-the-scenes look at their personal and professional lives. ‘Meet the Morecocks’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week –  A fierce indictment of the on/off/on way that homosexuality was eventually decriminalized in India.

Short Film Spotlight: Long Haul

The 21-minute short film Long Haul is a coming-of-age road drama set in the world of American long-haul trucking.

Bo (Jacob Buster) is an ultra-conservative teen who goes on a cross-country delivery job with his estranged father (Jeffrey Hanson). During the journey, the son struggles with his parents’ divorce and discovering that his father is gay.

Based on writer-director Bryan Fugal’s own life, Long Haul is a deeply personal story. “The son character is based on a combination of me and my siblings,” said the filmmaker. “And the father character is based on my biological father. I think it is a unique and very relevant story to our time.”

The screenplay for Long Haul was a semi-finalist in international screenplay competitions, including the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, Screen Craft Short Screenplay Contest, and was a finalist for the David Ross Fetzer Foundation Grant for Emerging Artists. In addition, the screenplay has been endorsed by several other noted artists and film producers, including Arthur Van Wagenen, Mac Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, Bryce Fillmore and Kendall Wilcox.

Watch the trailer for Long Haul below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

New This Week – 9/4/20

Montreal is snowed under. While the downtown cranes dance their hypnotic ballet, two strangers meet randomly in an unfinished apartment. Their chance encounter leads to a violent attraction and a dependency beyond reason. ‘The Acrobat’ is available now, exclusively, on Dekkoo!

Dekkoo Films presents ‘Mani’.

Mani a 12-year-old boy is coming to terms with his burgeoning puberty and sexuality while navigating a series of male-dominated environments in contemporary Tehran. ‘Mani’ is available to watch now on Dekkoo!

Motty and Alon, a gay couple from Israel, are pursuing their dream of becoming parents. This feature-length documentary follows them on the journey – as they communicate with Krista, their American surrogate, and await the arrival of their biological twins. Along the way, the film raises questions about parenthood, religion, social norms and our technologically advanced world. Watch ‘Double Income, Kids’ on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A Brazilian transplant and his friends take to the streets of San Francisco to pursue an American fling. 

New This Week – 8/28/20

Director Ksenia Ratushnaya’s bold first feature, Outlaw shines a spotlight on modern LGBTQ life (and strife) in Russia. Highly controversial due to the country’s “gay propaganda law,” this provocative and visually dazzling new film tells two parallel love stories – one a love triangle between a gay teen, a popular girl and a violent jock; the other a romance between a general and a transgender dancer in the Soviet ’80s. ‘OUTLAW’ is available now exclusively on Dekkoo!

Bo, a religious and ultra-conservative teen goes on a cross-country delivery job with his estranged father. On the trip, Bo struggles with his parent’s recent divorce and discovering that his father is gay. ‘Long Haul’ is available now on Dekkoo.

In 2016 a small group of families with transgender kids joined the fight against a wave of discriminatory anti-transgender legislation that swept the nation and their home state. With the help of a coalition of civil rights activists and ally lawmakers, these families embarked on an uncharted journey of fighting for their children’s lives and futures in this present-day civil rights story. Stream ‘The Most Dangerous Year’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: Another brand new gay film arrives on Dekkoo exclusively! Months before it’s DVD release.

Jeremiah is a well-crafted nine-minute coming-out horror story

“When I was little, my mom used to read these stories to me and my brother, like these old folk tales. One of them was about this man who was so alone, so angry that he turned himself into a monster.”

A chilling allegory about repression, loneliness and coming out, writer-director Kenya Gillespie’s Jeremiah packs some serious suspense into its short nine-minute running time.

At the start of the film, we meet the title character, Jeremiah (Alan Trong), sitting alone on the bleechers, surrounded by both a literal and figurative darkness that threatens to engulf him. An attractive high school football player, he’s reeling from an unfortunate and unexplained encounter with his coach. His equally cute friend and teammate seeks to console him, but there is a mysterious masked figure lurking in the background which forces Jeremiah to look deeper at the true cause of his fears.

Jeremiah is Kenya Gillespie’s narrative short film debut and it shows incredible promise. With spare, careful cinematography and a string-heavy soundtrack that sends chills down your spine, you can easily imagine him expanding Jeremiah into an “elevated horror” feature on par with Hereditary or It Follows.

The film received its international premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival where it was nominated for the short film Queer Palm. Gillespie was also nominated for the 2019 Kodak Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking Award. His documentary short The Crystal City and narrative short Pray for Dottie were winners of the 2018 and 2019 RTF Longhorn Denius Student Showcase at SXSW.

Watch the trailer for Jeremiah below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

 

 

 

New This Week – 7/31/20

‘Bitter Years’ is a drama based on the life of Mario Mieli, one of the founders of the Italian Homosexual Liberation Movement, created at the beginning of the 1970s. He was an activist, intellectual, writer and performer – a key figure on the Italian cultural scene. ‘Bitter Years’ is a streaming exclusively on Dekkoo!

A man ridicules his wife’s fascination for masculinity, but she’s dead serious. Watch ‘A Double Life’ now on Dekkoo!

Leo stands out in a crowd. That’s not always a good thing working in a fish cannery in Alaska. His dreams of leaving this small town are hard fought, until a new boy moves to town and sees him for who he really is (an international superstar). ‘Alaska is a Drag’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: An ederly woman begins to learn that she knows nothing about her son.

Now Available: At the End of the Day

After losing his wife and counseling practice, the only thing thirty-two-year-old Dave Hopper (Stephen Shane Martin) has going for himself is his part-time professorship at his alma mater, a growing Christian college. And the only reason he even got that job was because his previous professor (Tom Nowicki), now ambitious dean, pulled a few strings.

The Dean’s plans for growth hit a snag when the property he wants to develop has been promised to a gay support group – which has plans to open an LGBT homeless teen shelter if they can raise the money in time. The Dean is forced to take drastic measures, offering Dave his dream job, but he only gets it if he goes undercover in the group as a gay man – the abomination he counsels against – and stops them from raising the funds needed to buy the property.

Dave reluctantly agrees, and for the first time, is met face-to-face with the community he has been battling his entire career. The awkward and emotional experiences that follow lead Dave on a journey of truth, revealing that life and love are not as black and white as he first thought.

The feature-length debut from writer-director Kevin O’Brien, At the End of the Day is a compassionate new comedy drama. Watch the trailer below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.