New This Week – 3/8/19

Four friends meet for a weekend by the pool, when a sudden call disrupts the quietness of the hot countryside, an unexpected guest is coming for dinner. Soon, old wounds and old dreams, thought to be forgotten, start to resurface. ‘Sunburn’ is available to stream exclusively on Dekkoo right now!

Passions re-ignite and secrets revealed when a graphic designer reconnects with the great, lost love of his life for a weekend tryst at a house in the desert near Joshua Tree. Watch ‘Lazy Eye’ now on Dekkoo!

When a jock comes out as gay to his closest friends, each of the bros has a different reaction to the big news. Will their friendship win over discrimination? Watch the gay short film ‘Dudes’ on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: Clive Owen stars as Max, a promiscuous gay man living in 1930s Berlin.

Now Available: Lazy Eye

In Lazy Eye, Dean (Lucas Near-Verbrugghe), a graphic designer living in Los Angeles, notices a sudden change in his vision. Around the same time, Alex (Aaron Costa Ganis), an ex-lover from 15 years prior, contacts him unexpectedly in hopes of rekindling their relationship.

When the two meet at a vacation house in the desert near Joshua Tree, secrets are revealed and passions are rekindled that threaten to upend both of their lives. Forty-eight hours later, neither will ever be the same.

Written and directed by Tim Kirkman, the Emmy, Gotham, GLAAD and Independent Spirit Award-nominee behind Dear Jesse, Loggerheads and The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, Lazy Eye is a thoughtful and thoroughly sexy romance about roads not taken, unfinished business… and the struggle of adjusting to progressive lenses.

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

Short Film Spotlight: Getting Off

Getting off clients is easy. Getting off to a new start isn’t.

Jonathan Rentler in Getting Off

In the provocative new 34-minute short film Getting Off, Dane (Jonathan Rentler), a recent college graduate living in New York City, reflects on his time working as an escort to pay his way through school… all while he prepares to take his first real job in another city.

Jonathan Rentler and Lee Baptiste in Getting Off

Before he leaves, Dane decides to pay his dearest client, Harris (Paul Walling), one last visit. Harris, a sweet middle aged man, has been paying Dane for sex and companionship during Dane’s time in school. As the reality of their last time together sets in, the two men recount their history together and discover that getting off to a new start – apart from one another and their “maybe not just strictly business” relationship – might be more difficult than either of them had ever imagined.

Paul Walling and Jonathan Rentler in Getting Off

A New York University senior thesis project from writer/director Tommy Craven, Getting Off rises above its status as a student film. Edgy and sexually explicit, though never thoughtlessly so, the film explores an unusual relationship on the margins, but doesn’t cheat us on the humanity or deeply-felt emotions.

Getting Off Original Poster Artwork

Watch the trailer for Getting Off below. The full short is available to watch now on Dekkoo.

Cinema Spotlight: Center of My World

After a summer away at camp, Phil (“Dark” and Red Sparrow star Louis Hofmann) returns home to find that his mother and twin sister aren’t speaking to one another. Not willing to confront his family during the last days of the summer holidays, Phil escapes to hang out with his best friend, Kat (Svenja Jung), eating ice cream and playing dress-up.

Louis Hofmann and Svenja Jung in Center of My World

As the school year begins, a new student arrives – the handsome and mysterious Nicholas (Jannik Schümann). Smitten, Phil watches his crush as he runs around the track after school, and is thrilled when Nicholas returns his feelings. However, when first love’s volatility comes to light, Phil realizes he must deal with the problems of his past in order to deal with the issues of his present.

Louis Hofmann, Jannik Schümann and Svenja Jung in Center of My World

A touching must-see romance, Center of My World was chosen as an Official Selection and won numerous “Best Feature Film” and “Best Director” awards at festivals around the globe. Louis Hofmann delivers a terrific lead performance, which has earned him a lot of additional high-profile work in film and television internationally.

Jannik Schümann and Louis Hofmann in Center of My World

Watch the trailer for Center of My World below. The film is available now on Dekkoo.

New This Week – 3/1/19

Shane, a gay Anishinaabe teen in Northern Ontario is struggling to support his family after his sister’s suicide. Torn between responsibilities at home and the promise of freedom calling from the city Shane must decide his true path. ‘Fire Song’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

The boyfriend of a handsome photographer tries to deal with his jealousy after finding nude photos he took of a gorgeous model. Dekkoo Films presents ‘The Jealous Sea’. Watch it now!

‘Drag Heals’ is a documentary series that follows men who have never worn heels or make-up but have always dreamed of letting their inner drag queen out. Stream the entire series now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: Four friends. One swimming pool. One house. One phone call. One question – What if the love of our life came back 10 years after everything was over?

Now Available: Unfriend

Set in Manila, loosely based on a real-life true crime, Unfriend tells the story of a socially isolated fifteen-year-old named David (Sandino Martin) who is coming to terms with his sexuality and dealing with the intense emotions of his first relationship, which doesn’t seem to be going very well.

After having met the attractive, slightly older fellow teen Jonathan (Angelo Ilagan) on Facebook, David begins to develop strong feelings for his new social media friend. Unfortunately, he soon learns that social media relationships tend toward the casual. Realizing that Jonathan has discarded him for another guy, David embarks on an increasingly self-destructive mission to win him back at all costs.

Written by prolific Filipino television creator Zig Madamba Dulay and directed by Joselito Altarejos, the innovative filmmaker behind The Game of Juan’s Life, Pink Halo-Halo and Antonio’s Secret, Unfriend is a powerful film that aims to inspire discussion and shine a light on certain stigmas associated with mental health problems.

Also, according to the director, Unfriend is his take on “how social media has changed the way we live our lives, how we have become performers, and how social media has also made us voyeurs and exhibitionists.”

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

Now Available: Fire Song

One of the first films by a First Nations director to deal with two-spirited people, Fire Song, the thoughtful and moving debut feature by Adam Garnet Jones, focuses on a young Anishinaabe man who is forced to choose between staying in his community or exploring the expanded possibilities of the world outside.

In the wake of his sister’s death, Shane (Andrew Martin) finds himself at an existential crossroads. A smart kid with good grades, he wants to leave the reservation for Toronto and attend university. But his boyfriend David (Harley Legarde-Beacham) begs him to remain, dedicated to understanding their cultural history and ancestral traditions. At the same time, he’s also fooling around with Tara (Mary Galloway), who’s blind to his gay tendencies and hopes to depart for the big city with him.

Torn between the city and the country, formal education and embracing tradition, a straight life and being true to his desires, Jones has rendered a character pulled in all directions at once.

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