Catch up on Dekkoo Originals!

While the team at Dekkoo searches the globe for the finest in gay-themed entertainment, we’ve also been hard at work bringing you new original content. We thought this would be a good time to step back and take assessment of all of the Dekkoo Originals currently available for you to discover! And rest easy knowing there’s a whole lot more in the works.

PaperBoys

Paper Boys

1 Season, 6 Episodes

Director: Curtis Casella

Starring: Kyle Cabral, Nathan Brown, Kai Liu and Sarah Elizabeth

In a brash decision, Cole (Cabral) secretly moves to San Francisco under the guise of his straight best friend’s engagement party. But when his friend, Daren (Brown), reveals his engagement was an accident, Cole uses the mysterious powers of a forgotten sketchbook to try to put both of their lives back on track, whatever the consequences.

Feral

Feral

1 Season, 8 Episodes

Director: Morgan Jon Fox

Starring: Jordan Nichols, Seth Daniel, Leah Beth Bolton, Tristan M. Garner and Chase Brother

Best friends Billy (Nichols) and Daniel (Daniel) are faced with a conflict when they are forced to kick out their roommate, Jordan (Garner). Finding a new gay/gay friendly roommate turns out to be no easy task, and they end up relying on the help of their fun and whimsical friend Emily (Bolton) who introduces them to the mysterious new guy in town.

LoveisBlind

Love is Blind

1 Season, 7 Episodes

Reality Series

Is there really such a thing as love at first date? Love Is Blind is going to find out! Each episode introduces two sexy gay singles, both looking for love, then sends them on a zany, unpredictable, and totally blind first date. Best of all, we take you along for the ride. You’ll get a voyeuristic peak into their day-long courtship and watch as these men turn each other on – and sometimes turn on each other.

MarcoOvandia

The Marco Ovando Collection

1 Season, 18 Episodes

Director: Marco Ovando

Draw the shades and dim the lights for this one. Born in Guatemala, Marco Ovando discovered his love of photography while studying science and communications. Inspired by the work of Avedon, Ellen von Unwerth and Herb Ritts, he moved to New York in 1999 and quickly became a fixture on the nightlife scene. His work has appeared in such publications as Paper, OUT and The Advocate. This erotic video collection captures Ovando’s love of human expression and the beauty of the male form.

ImFine

I’m Fine

2 Seasons, 16 Episodes

Director: Brandon Kirby

Starring: Perry Powell, Lee Doud, Shaughn Buchholz, Brittney King, Richard Stokes, Ulysses Morazan

Cute, 20-something Nate isn’t hurting for dates. Even his best friend Jeff confesses his feelings in a moment of drunken vulnerability. Nate, though, is still hopelessly obsessed with his ex-boyfriend Joey. Poignant and funny, this positively adorable series follows Nate as he tries to find closure and break himself out of romantic purgatory. Start binge watching both seasons today!

Production of ‘I’m Fine’ Season 3 underway!

Brandon Kirby, creator of the Dekkoo-original series ‘I’m Fine’, sent us two photos this morning from this past weekend’s table read for the upcoming season of ‘I’m Fine’.

As we previously reported, ‘I’m Fine’ returns to Dekkoo in 2019. Season 3 is currently in production around the Los Angeles area.

I'm Fine Season 3 Table Read
From top left: Ryan Fisher, Alise Willis, Andrew Ceperley (DP/director), Brandon Kirby (showrunner), Michael Varrati (writer/producer), Albert Payano (writer/producer), Clay Pruitt (writer/producer), Paloma Rabinov, Maria Lingbanan, Kylie Sparks, Frankie Rodriguez, Brittney King.
I'm Fine Season 3 Table Read
Clockwise from left: Monson Douglas (sound mixer), RJ Aguiar, Perry Powell (“Nate”/director), Lee Doud, Richard Stokes, Will Gressman, Clay Pruitt (writer/producer), Michael Varrati (writer/producer), Brandon Kirby (showrunner), Albert Payano (writer/producer), Peter Wylie, Geoffrey Kennedy, Jennifer DeFilippo (writer/director), Frankie Rodriguez

Watch I’m Fine Season 1 on Dekkoo!

Watch I’m Fine Season 2 on Dekkoo!

‘I’m Fine’ Season 3 begins pre-production!

Season 3 of the Dekkoo-original series, ‘I’m Fine’ is currently in pre-production with filming set to begin next month in and around the city of Los Angeles.

Writer/Director Brandon Kirby sent us this little tease photo this morning and our hearts went all aflutter!

New episodes of ‘I’m Fine’ will arrive in 2019.

Watch ‘I’m Fine’ Season 1 on Dekkoo.com

Watch ‘I’m Fine’ Season 2 on Dekkoo.com

OUT on Stage: The Movie is coming to theaters for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

A Dekkoo-original, co-produced with Comedy Dynamics, OUT on Stage: The Movie is coming to theaters on Tuesday, July 24 via Fathom Events. Join us for this exclusive one-night event – your first and only time to experience this OUT at the movies!

OUT On Stage is THE absolutely hilarious and one-of-a-kind, originally produced comedy hosted by Zach Noe Towers. The director and star of Killer Friends (on Dekkoo now), Zach is one of OUT Magazine’s “10 Comedians to Watch in 2018.” Comedian Sarah Silverman calls him “So, SO, SO Funny.” He’s also the current host of The Elite Daily Show on Verizon’s Go90 Network.

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Experience the party when Zach and 16 other top-rated Gay and Lesbian stand-up comedians discuss taboo subjects as only they can. The massive cast includes: Jonathan Rowell, A.B. Cassidy, Casey Ley, Julian Michael, Chris Bryant, Eric Hahn, Janine Brito, Jared Goldstein, Kyle Shire, Jordan Pease, Irene Tu, Raineir Pollard, Daniel Webb, Anthony Desamto, Gloria Bigelow and Joe Dosch.

Hurry – bring your friends for a night of comedy you will never forget before it’s too late! Check out the trailer below and CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR TICKETS.

DEKKOO DISPATCH 071 – ‘PAPER BOYS’

Title – ‘Paper Boys

Director – Curtis Casella

Starring – Kyle Cabral, Nathan Brown, Kai Liu, Sarah Elizabeth

Release Date – 2018

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Hey Dekkoo’ers! It’s almost June which means the shirts are about to come off! Although technically here on Dekkoo we almost always have guys with their shirts off and you don’t have to leave your couch to stare at them. Today on the dispatch we’re very excited to feature the newest member of the Dekkoo Original Series family: ‘Paper Boys‘!!! Wooooo!! It’s always super exciting for us to show off new talent and rising star Curtis Casella who directed all 6 episodes of this new series that takes a close look at a young creative gay man and his immersion into a new life in San Francisco.

This is the cover image of Paper Boys the gay series

Cole is your typical creative type. Shy, cute, and looking for love. For circumstances we’re unaware of (maybe something to explore in season 2?) Cole decides to use the excuse of an engagement party in San Francisco of his best friend to actually move to San Francisco. He’s a cartoonist and even before he gets to say hi to his hunky best friend who he’s staying with he’s already pounding the pavement to look for a job. Daren, the hunky best friend seems to have it all. A nice apartment in expensive San Francisco, a tech job, and an adorable wife-to-be named Rebecca. Everything seems to be going great until Daren confides to Cole that the engagement is actually something he doesn’t really want to happen. Everything so far has seemed pretty typical right? Well here’s the twist: Daren finds an old sketchbook of Cole’s and gives it to him and once Cole starts drawing in it he discovers that everything he draws happens in real life!!

I blew through all 6 episodes in two sittings and thought it was a really touching tale of a shy gay boy just trying to figure out this new stage in his life while at the same time trying to support his best friend that he obviously harbors some feelings for. The plot twist was a super cute addition to the ‘drama’ that naturally occurs in their every day lives. The diversity of the cast was refreshing and the setting of San Francisco was used even better than it was in ‘Looking’ I thought.

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The director sat down with OUT Magazine for an interview and had some really great remarks about race, gay relationships, and queer content:

Tell us about the reasoning and importance behind showcasing a gay-straight male friendship? You often don’t see this story in media.

CC: The gay-straight friendship is somewhat autobiographical for both Kyle and me. Both of us have really close friends who are straight, and we felt like it was something we didn’t see often enough in gay media. It’s really interesting to see the vast differences in life experience between gay men and straight men. My best friend was having a hard time meeting friends and asked me how I made them when I moved back to San Francisco, and I said, well, I have Grindr, and gay bars, and circuit parties, and I just see people again and again and friendships come naturally. And he says, “yeah, I don’t think that’s going to work the same for me.”

In some way, it was also aspirational. Like, if we could show a friendship that was platonic between a straight and gay man, it might normalize it to an extent that it’s perhaps not normalized now. I think there is still an undercurrent of maybe tension in gay and straight relationships – like this feeling on the part of straight men that gay men might either threaten their masculinity, be secretly attracted to them, or both. And we wanted to show a friendship between two men that didn’t have any of that. Where they were like brothers.

The cast is highly diverse. How important was it for you to represent a range of people from different backgrounds to tell this story?

CC: This was one of our most important goals. Kyle is Filipino, and we both have pretty diverse groups of friends, so we felt like it was essential to include a diverse cast in Paper Boys. First, we both were cognizant of the fact that people of color don’t see themselves represented enough in media, so that was one facet. But this also allows us to address issues in the gay community that just wouldn’t ring honest with a cast of white characters – like the racism that exists in dating and hookups, internalized homophobia that some still feel, and themes that white audiences – probably myself included – wouldn’t even think about because of the privilege we’re born with.

That’s also why having a diverse cast is only half of it. I know that there are some things that I can’t see, or that seem innocuous to me but may not be to people with different lived experiences from me. So having writers, editors, cinematographers of color is essential too. We had one line in the 6th episode – which we’d written before we’d cast our series – where Charlie says that Daren and Rebecca would have had beautiful children. It was still there after a couple of rewrites, and when we went into rehearsals, the actress who played Rebecca pointed out that she often had people say that to her and her husband (who was white), and it had a clearly racial tinge to it. That honestly never occurred to me, and we decided to drop the line from the scene because it didn’t advance the story, and wasn’t true to a character who, having grown up with Rebecca, would have seen some of the racism that Rebecca experienced and would not have wanted to perpetuate that.

Dekkoo is changing the way queer men experience content, what has it been like working with the streaming service?

It’s been amazing working with Dekkoo – they’ve been incredibly accommodating and want to let us tell our story the way we want to tell it. Plus, I think having a service that’s targeted towards queer men is important. Netflix is great, but much of the gay content on there is of the B-movie variety, with a few notable exceptions. So it’s great to have a platform like Dekkoo, especially one that works with independent filmmakers like us.

We’d love to know what you think of a new Dekkoo Original Series that we’re super proud of so be sure to leave comments on the videos and let us know!

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Watch it with: Your best friends 🙂

Mix it with: Red Wine.

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New This Week – 5/10/18

This is the collection art for the gay series Paper Boys

In a brash decision, Cole secretly moves to San Francisco under the guise of his straight best friend’s engagement party. But when his friend, Daren, reveals his engagement was an accident, Cole uses the mysterious powers of a forgotten sketchbook to try to put both of their lives back on track, whatever the consequences. The new Dekkoo-original series ‘Paper Boys’ is available to binge watch now, only on Dekkoo!

This is the art for the gay short film, Nightswimming

When two runaways are caught breaking into a swimming facility in search of shelter a kind act sets off an emotionally charged situation. Watch ‘Nightswimming’, now available on Dekkoo!

This is the art for the gay movie, 'Red Lodge'

On the way to his hometown of Red Lodge, Montana, for the holidays Jordan proposes to his boyfriend of two years, Dave. The engagement should only enhance their holiday cheer, but things take a turn when Dave suddenly changes his mind and says “no” to marriage. Watch ‘Red Lodge’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: Mr. Sulu beams down to Dekkoo!

OUT.com – “Paper Boys: The Gay-Straight Friendship Story We Haven’t Seen Yet”

Bobby Schuessler over at OUT.com sat down with Curtis Casella, writer/producer/director of the new Dekkoo-original series ‘Paper Boys’ to discuss what Schuessler calls, “…the game-changing new series…”

Be sure to check out the complete interview over at OUT.com.

The first season of ‘Paper Boys’ is now available to binge-watch exclusively on Dekkoo!