New This Week – 5/13/22

***EPISODES 21 – 24 ARE AVAILABLE NOW***

Scott, a mild-mannered gay writer in Los Angeles, gets wrapped up into a world of bad boys and their crime-filled past after being adopted as their “Daddy Scott”, whether he likes it or not. New episodes of ‘Bad Boy’ are available now on Dekkoo!

A romantic dinner turns into a ludicrous disaster when Bruno, an anxious psychology student, has to lie to his control-freak boyfriend about what really happened during his PhD’s entrance interview earlier that day. A short, 20-minute comedy – drama from French director Maxime S. Girard. Watch ‘The PhD’ now on Dekkoo!

Jobriath’s legacy goes deeper than the labels hung upon him. His reign was brief – two years and two albums. Sabotaged by a publicity machine run amok and dismissed by critics, Jobriath was excommunicated from the music business, and became an early casualty of AIDS. Now new generations of fans have discovered him. Through interviews, archival material and animation, experience the heartbreaking, unbelievable story of the one, the only, Jobriath. Stream ‘Jobriath A.D.’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: The Perfect David.

Now Available: Marionette Land

Robert Brock, the artistic director and founder of the Lancaster Marionette Theatre in Pennsylvania, lives above the space with his mother, Mary Lou.

Together the pair have been keeping this Lancaster treasure going for thirty years with unique takes on classic marionette shows for families (including Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz and Aladdin) and cabaret-style grown-up shows which feature Brock performing as Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler and other divas.

Each puppet has not only been handcrafted by Brock himself, but also acts as a window into the personality that has passionately driven this fading form of entertainment.

Offbeat and endlessly endearing, the new documentary Marionette Land follows Brock and his mother as they go about their daily business… until COVID-19 threatens to drop the curtains for good. As the thirty year anniversary approaches and attendance dwindles, Robert begins to reflect upon his life dedicated to entertaining others while sacrificing his own personal needs. Though the stage gave him confidence to become and accept his true self, it also left him without a partner to share the spotlight with.

From director Alexander Monelli (the filmmaker behind the acclaimed doc At the Drive-In), Marionette Land intimately captures a deeply gifted artist as a personal and professional crossroad.

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

Two cellmates fall in love under harsh circumstances in the romantic prison drama Luz

From Jon Garcia, the writer-director behind The Falls, Luz is a romantic drama about two men who fall in love while serving time in prison.

Ruben (Ernesto Reyes) has a job driving for his Mafia-connected cousin. When he gets into a car accident with one of his cousin’s “girls,” killing her, he is sentenced to prison. Carlos (Jesse Tayeh) becomes his cellmate, his mentor and eventually his lover. The two men end up developing major feelings for one another.

Carlos is released from prison before Ruben and goes back to his life running an auto repair shop, and living with his mother and his girlfriend. A couple years later, Ruben is also released and tracks him down. Carlos’ girlfriend sees what is beginning to happen between the two men and leaves.

Now Ruben and Carlos are left to figure out if what they had in prison was real, or just two people finding comfort during a difficult situation. In the end, they must decide whether they want to be move forward together and take a real shot at love on the outside.

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

New This Week – 5/6/22

Chip Hines, a precocious six year old, has only known life with his two dads, Cody and Joey. And a good life it is. When Cody dies suddenly in a car accident, Joey and Chip struggle to find their footing again. Just as they begin to, Chip is taken away. Joey searches desperately for a way to get his son back in this critically-acclaimed and criminally underseen indie epic from director Patrick Wang. ‘In The Family’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

The Bears are back for Season 6! Nelson is framed for the murder of a rival TV star while true crime host Reggie has a romantic fling with a prince who may hide a mysterious agenda. He’s also stalked by a former lover! Meanwhile, Wood and George decide to expand their brand by producing gay porn while government agent and resident hunk Todd struggles to prevent the assassination of a foreign dignitary. Watch ‘Where The Bears Are 6’ now on Dekkoo!

Single, thirty-something Aaron abruptly wakes when Jane, his sister, arrives early to help finish packing their deceased mother’s home. He scrambles to hide the evidence of his wild night. When his one-night-stand turns up on their doorstep a few hours later, long held grievances are brought to the surface that threaten to sever family ties forever. Stream ‘Mary’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: Bad Boy delivers four new episodes!

Short Film Spotlight: The Uninhabitable Ones

The Uninhabitable Ones, a new twenty-five-minute short film from director Anderson Bardot, follows a contemporary dance company in Brazil as they are about to debut their latest show.

Inabitáveis, their newest performance, addresses black homosexuality as its theme. Running parallel to the rehearsals, the choreographer builds a friendship with Pedro, a black boy who doesn’t identify as a boy at all.

A poetic wildness of transgressive queers, of impressionist colors, of bodies that celebrate their black and latinx existences, The Uninhabitable Ones offers up a thoughtful, visually inventive and deeply moving feast for the eyes.

The Uninhabitable Ones is the kind of movie I’d like to see on a movie screen,” said director Anderson Bardot. “A show that inaugurates the theme of black sexuality on the theater stages in the state of Espirito Santo, but more than that, a movie that overflowed the stage and made of it its own true space of emancipation – art as a tool to promote life.”

Watch the trailer for The Uninhabitable Ones below. The short film is now streaming on Dekkoo.

Straight-Jacket is a sexy and funny pastiche of closeted 1950s Hollywood

Originally released in 2004, Straight-Jacket is a colorful gay comedy written and directed by Richard Day, based on his own stage play of the same name.

Set in the 1950s, the film revolves around Hollywood heartthrob Guy Stone. Played by cutie-pie Matt Letscher, the character can easily be read as a not-so-veiled stand-in for Rock Hudson. A wildly popular leading man, the public loves to gossip about Guy’s romantic conquests, but the young actor has a secret. While he’s been involved in an abundance of flings, none of them have been with women.

Looking to get the press and public to stop speculating about his bachelorhood, Guy’s agent Jerry (Veronica Cartwright) convinces him to marry the unassuming Sally (Carrie Preston). However, soon after the wedding, Guy develops major feeling for an attractive young writer named Rick (Adam Greer), leading to an uncomfortable love triangle that could ruin the reputations of everyone involved.

Presented as a pastiche of Rock Hudson-Doris Day romantic comedies, Straight-Jacket is a charming and sexy romp through a different time in Hollywood history.

Watch the original trailer for Straight-Jacket below. The film is available now on Dekkoo.

New This Week – 4/28/22

What begins as a friendship turns into a fierce and complicated romance in this heart-wrenching prison drama about two men who meet behind bars and try to make their relationship work outside of lock-up. ‘Luz’ is a story of survival, not only for the lives of both men, but for their relationship and the unconventional way it came together. ‘Luz’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

In this short film from director Anderson Bardot, a contemporary dance company is about to debut “The Uninhabitable Ones,” its newest performance which addresses black homosexuality as its theme. Running parallel to the rehearsals, the choreographer builds a friendship with Pedro, a black youth who no longer wishes to identify as “a boy.” Stream ‘The Uninhabitable Ones’ now on Dekkoo!

This truly joyous documentary follows groundbreaking filmmaker and poet James Broughton. His remarkable story spans the post-war San Francisco Renaissance, his influence on the Beat generation, a lifetime of acclaim for his joyous experimental films and poetry celebrating the human body, finding his soulmate at age 61, and finally, his ascendancy as a revered bard of sexual liberation. ‘Big Joy’ is streaming now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: Those Bears are back!

Short Film Spotlight: Skogen

A twenty-minute short film from prolific Norwegian director Magnus Mork, Skogen features a middle-aged couple who are camping together in the forest.

At first glance, Bjorn (Odd Johan Fritzøe) seems much more accustomed to these settings than his partner Lars (Gisle Kverndokk), but over the course of their trip, they both find themselves greatly influenced by the natural surroundings.

Within their tend, they discuss life’s questions, both big and small, and find new levels to their relationship. Soon, Lars decides he may not want to leave and return to their old way of life.

Featuring two newcomers who give truthful, naturalistic performances, Skogen is a smart, observant slice-of-life drama that bears witness to a long-term relationship between two mature men and examines how sometimes the things not being said are more weighty and meaningful than the things we’re willing to say out loud.

Watch a short trailer for Skogen below. The film is available now on Dekkoo.

Watch five award-winning coming-of-age short films in the new Through a Boy’s Eyes collection

When a boy becomes a young man, the way he sees the world can change – not just his perceptions of those around him, but how others see him as well. As burgeoning desires come to the surface, he has the choice of either embracing and acting upon them, or burying them.

In Through a Boy’s Eyes, a selection of award-winning short films, different directors examine the struggles and celebrations seen through the eyes of boys not only becoming men, but becoming attracted to them. This new collection includes…

On the Roof
It’s summer time and Adrián and his friends spend almost every afternoon climbing onto a rooftop to spy a girl who sunbathes naked. But this afternoon won’t be like the others. Today they’ll realize that one of them is more interested in the guy showering in a close-by building.

The Son
Pedro is a 17-year-old at the tail end of high school. The thing he loves most in the world are his mother’s baked beans. He hasn’t tried each one, but there is no need. Pedro knows what he likes. His father, however, doesn’t feel the same way.

Inside
Juan is a seductive and cold man who easily attracts women. But his mind is immersed in a spiral of emotions and experiences that will force him to discover who he truly is and find his real identity, suppressed by his father’s strong conservative education.

Tomboy
10-year-old Chloe plays soccer, spits, never cries and can’t stand other girls – the so-called “cry-babies.” One day, Marie, a pretty and perky blonde girl, takes part for the first time in the games Chloe plays with the boys. Her femininity unsettles Chloe’s self-confidence and the balance of their small group of children.

Paradigma
Innocence, sex and lust converge to tell the story of Guille, a teen who seeks himself through the eyes of others.

All five short films are available now on Dekkoo in the Through a Boy’s Eyes collection. Watch the official trailer below.

New This Week – 4/22/22

1950s Hollywood heartthrob Guy Stone is a wildly popular leading man. The public loves to gossip about Guy’s love life, but the young actor has a secret: none of his various flings involve women. Guy’s agent, convinces him to marry the unassuming Sally to maintain his reputation. However, soon after the wedding, Guy develops feelings for a writer named Rick. ‘Straight Jacket’ is available to watch now on Dekkoo!

A gay single father and his offbeat eight-year-old daughter struggle to come to terms with his fabulous past life, which he’s kept hidden from her for years. ‘Pretty Things’ is a thoughtful and heartfelt short film drama from director Pedro Suarez.

Robert Brock lives above his own magical marionette theatre with his mother, Mary Lou. He puts on shows for families, as well as wild drag shows for adults where he performs as famous Hollywood divas of the past. The intimate new documentary follows along as Robert and Mary Lou struggle to keep the theatre open while preparing to celebrate its 30th anniversary. ‘Marionette Land’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: What began as a friendship turns into a fierce romance in this heart-wrenching drama.