New This Week – 1/13/22

Teddy, a budding novelist, has traded the big city for his professor’s desert home in California to work on completing his first novel. There he meets Leo, the estate’s handsome young caretaker who shows Teddy the ropes of living in the arid wilderness. ‘Sun Kissed’ is now streaming on Dekkoo!

Ian is a shy and insecure teenager searching for his identity. With the help of his imaginary friend, he soon begins to discover himself and learns to face his difficulties. A smart and sensitive short film from writer, director and star Nicolas Dozol. ‘My Own Life’ is now available on Dekkoo!

In the second installment of this hysterically funny smash hit gay series, our favorite investigative bears find themselves caught up in a murder investigation when a former college friend and city council candidate turns up dead at his campaign launch party. Watch ‘Where the Bears Are 2’ now on Dekkoo!

Watch ‘Where the Bears Are 1’ also on Dekkoo!

Icaro chooses Valentine’s Day to propose to his beautiful Vanilla in their favorite restaurant: The Golden Mussel. But Dimitri, the chef, does everything to get in the way of the young seducer, putting Icaro’s sincere commitment at stake in this animated short film from director Gerlando Infuso. Watch ‘The Proposal’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A heartfely drama about coping with incredible loss and trying to be yourself in the face of great cultural adversity – it’s also got really hot sex scenes to boot!

Mailman is a mad-cap black comedy, a bizarre musical and a touching coming-out story all wrapped up in one film

Phil (played by writer-director Joseph Baken) is a mail carrier, and though he loves his job, he really wants to be a writer. But how does one become a creative force? Especially when you feel stuck in a rut?

Phil thinks he’s finally found the answer when an old woman on his route dies under very mysterious circumstances. Suspecting foul play, he descends into an investigatory rabbit hole, hoping to land a juicy story that will inspire his novel. But, like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Phil discovers the most important journey in uncovering truth is not an outward one – or a wild goose chase – but a quest for inner truth.

Featuring a hilarious ensemble cast that quickly takes the story in all sorts of bizarre, over-the-top directions, Mailman is a black comedy, an unexpected musical, and a modern coming-out story all wrapped in one.

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

Dinah East, a long-lost LGBTQ+ curio, comes to Dekkoo

Originally released in 1970, Dinah East tells the story of a glamourous movie starlet who is later revealed to be a trans woman.

In 1950s Hollywood, Dinah East (Jeremy Stockwell) fooled the world into believing he was a she – and became a glamorous movie diva on top of it. When she dies, the secret finally comes out. The film proceeds to tell the story of her relationships with friends and intimates – including a lesbian wardrobe designer, a gay matinee idol (with whom she had an affair), a protective lawyer and a washed up prize fighter who becomes her chauffeur.

Marketed at the time as “Hollywood’s strangest story,” Dinah East is a film that is deeply dated and problematic in many respects, but surprisingly far ahead of its time in others. Seen today, it’s an undeniably fascinating cult classic curio of a bygone era.

After a short, but celebrated run in theaters, the film seemingly disappeared, but has not been restored for modern audiences. Take a trip back fifty years and behold the lost LGBTQ+ classic Dinah East. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

Theality TV follows the making of an unusual Off-Broadway musical

Hosted by iconic journalist Michael Musto, Theality TV is a brand-new reality show about an Off-Broadway musical’s efforts to see the light of day.

The series follows Rob Gould, a musical-loving writer-director who is trying to stage his piece “Little House on the Ferry.” After years of effort, his dreams may finally be coming true. An investor gives him a chance to produce the project, with two major catches: he only has one month and ten thousand dollars with which to work.

Even on this shoestring budget, Rob leaps at the opportunity to state his masterpiece. But it won’t be easy. The casting process is insane, the actors are divas, the crew is difficult and there is always another challenge or roadblock around each and every corner. But Rob is determined to make his dream a reality at any and all costs.

Watch the trailer for Theality TV below and follow the whole journey now on Dekkoo.

Michael Urie, Randy Harrison, Scott Wolf, Lance Bass and more star in the gay screwball comedy Such Good People

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.

Watch the trailer for Such Good People below. The film is available now on Dekkoo.

New This Week – 12/4/20

A lucrative win at the races for newlyweds Kevin and Jay turns into a perilous car ride home when Jay claims ownership of the prize and has a very different idea of how to spend the cash to Kevin. Dekkoo Films presents the original short film, ‘Jackplot.’

In Manhattan, film-maker Erik bonds with closeted lawyer Paul after a fling. As their relationship becomes one fueled by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries while being true to himself. ‘Keep the Lights On’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

United States, the 50s. Amongst stuffed poodles, whiskey-infused teas, sinful mambo lessons, and threats of alien invasion, Mr(s). Fairytale spends her days locked in her dream home and without a moment to breathe. A surreal world where anyone can finally be who they want to be, but behind which hides another upsetting reality. Stream ‘Fairytale’ now on Dekkoo!

Carl, struggling to come to terms with his sexuality, meets James for a one night stand. ‘Your Heart is Homeless’ is streaming now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A confidently out German-born Iranian falls for an Iranian immigrant in a refugee center in Faraz Shariat’s vibrant, lively, lovely debut. – Variety

Cinema Spotlight: Cupcakes

From Eytan Fox the director of Yossi, comes this extravagant and unashamedly
entertaining Eurovision parody featuring a feel-good soundtrack provided by Babydaddy
from the Scissor Sisters.

Set in contemporary Tel Aviv, Cupcakes follows six diverse best friends who gather to
watch the wildly popular UniverSong competition. Appalled by the Israeli entry, they
decide to create their own and record it on a mobile phone. Unbeknownst to them, their
performance is seen by the UniverSong judges and selected as Israel’s entry for next
year’s competition.

With bright, Almodóvar-esque styling, irresistibly catchy tunes and a
gloriously uplifting storyline, this laugh-out-loud comedy is a refreshing ode to music,
friendship and romance.

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

A dark gay fairy tale comes to Dekkoo with 1998’s The Wolves of Kromer

Originally released in 1998, The Wolves of Kromer is a dark, funny fairy tale of darkly sexy gay werewolves, murderous old ladies and an old English town bent on getting rid of those not like themselves.

The story centers around the goings-on of two couples: Seth and Gabriel (Lee Williams and James Layton), a pair of werewolves who live outside the quaint village of Kromer and two tottering old women who share a secret. Young Seth, thrown out of his house after coming out as wolf, meets up with the worldlier Gabriel who, attracted to his fair face and bushy tail, takes him under his wing. They spend their nights foraging for food by the lake outside the village of Kromer, hanging out with other wolves, playfully terrorizing the townsfolk and eventually falling in love with each other.

All the while in the town, the seemingly harmless old house servants – the scheming Fanny (Rita Davies) and her daffy accomplice Doreen (Margaret Towner) – plot to knock off their mistress Mrs. Drax (Rosemarie Dunham) and direct blame on the wolves.

Tensions between the nocturnal animals and the hypocritical townsfolk come to a head as the town’s fire-and-brimstone preacher riles everyone up against the ostracized wolves.

Filled with tender romanticism, social satire and laugh-out-loud comedy, this modern-day gay parable is a delight from beginning to end. Also, quite notably, it’s narrated by Boy George!

The Wolves of Kromer is streaming now on Dekkoo.

 

New This Week – 11/1/19

When eight friends travel to a remote cabin to celebrate graduation the lines between their sexuality begin to blur. ‘These Peculiar Days’ is an unabashedly erotic look at modern sexual fluidity between young adults.

When an oversexed party boy finds himself at odds with his quiet neighbor in the days leading up to Halloween, he discovers that their miscommunication may have deadly consequences when he accidentally invites the wrong man home for the night. Dekkoo Films presents ‘A Halloween Trick’ streaming now!

In ‘The Latent Image’ a young writer retreats to an isolated cabin to work on a mystery thriller. One night, a mysterious stranger arrives at his door needing help. Has he found the perfect inspiration for his story or is he about to find his darkest fantasies coming to life? Watch ‘The Latent Image’ now on Dekkoo!

What happens when a horny ghost haunts your apartment? Stream ‘The More the Scarier’ now on Dekkoo!

Philippines, although a predominantly Catholic country, has openly embraced many LGBTQ members in their film, entertainment, politics, and business communities; however, tolerance differs from true equality. 25 years have passed since the first pride march took place in Manila, yet equal rights advancement is still a long journey to go for the LGBTQ community in the Philippines. Stream ‘Queer Asia – Philippines’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: “A “modern fairy tale” in two senses — it’s an exercise in make-believe, yes, but the “fairies” here are also very male and quite physical with one another.” – Variety

New This Week – 9/27/19

Ramin is a young gay man in his 30s who fled the repression in Iran and arrived to Veracruz after traveling clandestinely on a boat from Turkey. While coping with the distance that he has taken with his loved-ones, he begins to discover a freer life here, far from Iran. Watch ‘Fireflies’ exclusively on Dekkoo!

The critically acclaimed ‘Mala Mala’ explores the intimate moments, performances, friendships and activism of trans identifying people, drag queens and others who defy typical gender identities in Puerto Rico. ‘Mala Mala’ is available now on Dekkoo!

Randy has a huge crush on hunky co-worker Jack, but Ray can’t figure out if Jack is gay – until Jack discovers a GAYDAR gun that could change everything. Watch ‘Gaydar’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: ANOTHER brand new gay film arrives exclusively on Dekkoo!