With numerous short films to their names, we have become big fans of collaborative filmmakers Jono Mitchell and Madison Hatfield. Their work is intelligent, heartfelt and unapologetically queer.
Colorful, funny and deeply heartfelt, the pair’s latest short, Making a Scene, is a winning comedy that follows the warm, possibly too-supportive relationship between an overeager teenager and his eccentric mother.
When it comes time to rehearse an extracurricular scene for drama class, mom Carol and son Sammy (Vanessa Aranegui and Mack Bayda) hope that they may get some answers about the sexuality of mysterious schoolboy crush Ryan Riddle (Johnathon Grogan). He’s cute, he drives a convertible, he had a mustache in eighth grade, he was assigned drama when the weightlifting class ended up full and… above all else… he’s a good actor! But does he reciprocate his smitten scene partner’s feelings?
Richard (Robert Pollock) is an astronomy-obsessed worrier who spends the majority of his time fantasizing about outer space and the cosmos – an activity which antagonizes his friends and family.
One day, Richard meets Johnny (Iain Rea), a handsome Italian man with an enormous appetite for life, who finally offers Richard the love he’s been missing – as well as a much-needed escape from the monotony of work.
A joyous celebration of the love between two eccentrics who both have their sights aimed firmly amongst the stars, Beyond Gravity is a true underground ’80s gay classic.
Originally filmed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1988, this lost 50-minute film has been digitally remastered for a new 2K restoration thanks to the cult indie distribution label Altered Innocence. Now Beyond Gravity is available once again to make audiences think and swoon.
An award-winning 9-minute short comedy from Swedish screenwriter Albin Abrahamsson and co-writer/director Christian Zetterberg, Shower Boys follows two young men who spend an afternoon struggling with their understanding of masculinity.
After a heated training match where their toughness is called into question, 12-year-olds Viggo and Noel (Lucas Andreasson and David Ramirez Knezevic) decide to spend some time together in the sauna.
The two friends begin to compete to see which of them is more “manly.” Though neither of them are looking to qualify for a top score, what feels only natural to them may be regarded quite differently by their parents.
Using nuanced writing and outstanding performances, Shower Boys hilariously reflects the complexity of growing up freely as a young boy and being able to explore your emotions and desires. While society tells boys they must fit into a specific box, this short film – and its characters – deconstruct all the usual stereotypes.
Watch a short trailer for Shower Boys below. The full short is now available on Dekkoo.
A new 20-minute short film from Iran, And Just Two More concerns an unusual relationship.
Iman Niknam stars in the film as a trash collector who lives in a small trailer at the top of a hill. At first glance, his may seem like a lonely existence. However, he has the company of his dog and his lover… who just happens to be a mannequin.
When he learns that the Iranian government is conducting an important nation-wide census, he becomes determined to add his mannequin lover as a properly recognized citizen.
Funny and surprisingly heartfelt, And Just Two More comes from writer-director Ali Reza Mohammadi Rouzbahani, an up-and-coming filmmaker with style to spare who has recently earned acclaim on the international film festival circuit for his feature length debut Singo.
The debut feature of Spanish writer-director JD Alcázar, 8 Years is a sexy and bittersweet gay romance set against a gorgeous, sun-soaked tropical paradise.
Jose and David (Miguel Diosdado and Carlos Mestanza) were once deeply in love. For seven years, their romance grew and blossomed, through highs and lows – before they ultimately broke up.
Months later, haunted by memories of their past, the former couple visit the island of La Palma, where they originally met for the first time. Wanting to celebrate what would have been their eighth anniversary, they plan to explore new places together with the hopes of forging a friendship out of the dying embers of their old love.
But Jose and David didn’t expect the complicated emotions that would awaken between them throughout a journey full of enigmatic characters and sublime landscapes.
Watch the trailer for 8 Years below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.
Filmed in both France and Russia in 2015, Brothersis an frenetically-paced dark comedy about one gay couple’s alarming and deeply absurd existential crisis.
When boyfriends Damien and Francois attend a brunch, they’re dismayed to learn that the host doesn’t think they look like a couple. Wondering what that could possibly mean, Francois begins to spiral.
When the pair take an impromptu sightseeing vacation to Moscow, they fear being persecuted for their sexuality and decide to tell people that they are brothers. When strangers begin informing them that they don’t look like brothers, Francois’s frantic emotions lead him down an increasingly dangerous path.
Directed with great pathos by Robert Ly, Brothersoffers up a strange and bleakly funny cautionary tale about caring too much what other people think.
From director David Trotter and co-writer/star Tripp Fuller, The Road to Edmond is a provocative faith-based indie film that follows a youth pastor on a life-changing road trip after his church puts him on a two-week timeout.
Nathanael Welch stars as Cleo, a youth pastor in suburban Denver who finds himself in trouble when a gay teen seeks his counsel. When he shows genuine support, he finds that his job is soon in jeopardy. The church’s Elder Board becomes aware of the situation and demands that he take two weeks off to consider his actions and the impact on his role in ministry.
Distraught by the arrival of this news via email, Cleo grabs a backpack and bike to hit the road and figure out what’s really true. His journey takes a turn toward Edmond, Oklahoma, when he hitches a ride from a mysterious traveler named Larry and his dead father. Larry’s intense skepticism along with a string of peculiar signs, causes Cleo to question more than his relationship with the teen… he begins to question the very existence of love.
The Phantom of the Opera gets a proudly gay reimagining in this playful new feature film from Spanish writer-director Luis Navarrete.
Nestor Goenaga stars in The Phantom of the Sauna as Javi, a young rent boy in need of work. When he arrives at his local bathhouse, his first priority is not to find a quick encounter, but gainful employment. What he doesn’t anticipate discovering within the establishment’s steamy, illicit walls, however, is love… and murder!
A true unadulterated pleasure from start to finish, The Phantom of the Sauna is a clever, colorful and gloriously exuberant gay musical – replete with a drag queen chorus who revel in celebrating the joys of the male body… and hot gay sex.
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