Short Film Spotlight: Sign

Sign is a deeply touching short film that tells the story of a relationship between Ben (Preston Sadleir), a man with the ability to hear, and Aaron (John McGinty), a man who is deaf.

Preston Sadleir in Sign - Now Available on Dekkoo

Directed by Andrew Keenan-Bolger, with a screenplay and score by Adam Wachter, this largely silent film, told through vignettes, music and sign language, picked up ten different major awards on it’s journey along the LGBTQIA+ film festival circuit.

John McGinty and Preston Sadleir in Sign - Now Available on Dekkoo

Inspired to portray an under-explored human experience, the filmmakers collaborated with hearing-impaired actors from the New York theater community. The film ultimately combined Keenan-Bolger’s passion for visual imagery with Wachter’s love of musical storytelling.

John McGinty and Preston Sadleir in Sign - Now Available on Dekkoo

Sign was shot in a four-day marathon session, in multiple locations across New York City, on a set staffed by actors, ASL interpreters, consultants and many passionate volunteers. Now streaming on Dekkoo, this moving short offers fifteen minutes well-spent.

John McGinty and Preston Sadleir in Sign - Now Available on Dekkoo

 

This taut Australian crime thriller takes you on a journey Downriver

A taut thriller with a brilliantly executed queer bent, Downriver will leave you breathless.

Still from Downriver, now available on Dekkoo

Eighteen-year old James (Reef Ireland) has just been released from juvenile detention after serving time for his involvement in the suspected drowning of a young boy in a river years earlier. Ravaged with uncertainty, dealing with an estranged family and forced to face the dead boy’s mother, James is set upon a journey of self discovery, shocking revelations and danger as questions surrounding the boy’s death brim to the surface.

Complicating matters further, James also becomes embroiled in a love triangle between himself, Anthony (Thom Green) and the vacationing Damien (Charles Grounds). Old friendships are questioned, family ties are tested and lives are put on the line as James struggles to find his path toward the truth, a path that will lead him… downriver.

Still from Downriver, now available on Dekkoo

Thom Green and lead actress Kerry Fox took home Best Actor and Best Actress awards at the 10th annual Iris Prize for their roles in this compelling and eerie murder mystery from first time feature filmmaker Grant Scicluna. Downriver was also an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, FilmOut San Diego and the The Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival.

Take a look at the trailer below and then skip on over to Dekkoo to watch the full film.

New This Week – 9/21/18

The gay film 'Downriver' is available to stream on Dekkoo

In this taut Australian crime thriller, 18-year-old James has been released from juvenile detention after serving time for a crime he may not have committed. His small town has not forgotten his past and reintegrating into polite society proves more difficult than he imagined. ‘Downriver’ is available to watch now on Dekkoo!

Dekkoo Films presents the gay short film Sign now available on Dekkoo

Dekkoo Films presents ‘Sign’, a story of a relationship between Ben, a hearing man, and Aaron, who is deaf is told through vignettes, music, and sign language.

The gay travel show #Hashtag Travel UK is available to stream on Dekkoo

Gay YouTube personality Oliver Potter hosts this interactive travel show where Oliver’s twitter followers send him on adventures in the cities they most want to see him visit. Hit the road with Oliver and stream #Hashtag Travel UK on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: How far would you go to save the family business?

 

Summertime rages on in Sleeping Giant

During a lazy summer at a lakeside cottage with his parents, Adam’s (Jackson Martin) dull routine is shattered when he meets Riley (Reece Moffett) and Nate (Nick Serino), local trouble-making cousins who fight their boredom with debauchery and petty crime. What begins as a friendship will lead the boys to a powerful revelation that changes their lives forever.

Winner of the “Best Canadian First Feature Film” award at the Toronto Film Festival and an Official Selection of Cannes’ Critics Week, Sleeping Giant takes you on a majestic and haunting ride through the backwoods of a Canadian summer. With his feature-length debut, writer-director Andrew Cividino has crafted an exceptional coming-of-age pictures, an emotional journey of youthful liberation.

Watch the trailer for Sleeping Giant below. It’s streaming on Dekkoo right now.

Short Film Spotlight: Lost Years

From Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Beltran, the new short film Lost Years tells the story of a young boy, Felix (Samuel Garcia), who after the death of his mother is sent to boarding school abroad. There, he meets Leo (Jack O’Neill), his roommate and a fellow student at the school.

The two soon begin a clandestine romantic relationship. The heartwarming love affair the film promises, however, is quickly shattered. A traumatic event soon occurs in which Felix is assaulted, and his relationship with Leo comes to an end.

This powerful 21-minute film examines the repercussions that sexual abuse can have in young people and the impact such violations have on their lives and the lives of those around them.

Lost Years is streaming now on Dekkoo. Check out the trailer below.

 

New This Week – 9/14/18

Velvet Goldmine is now available to stream on Dekkoo

Todd Haynes’ feverish queer classic pays tribute to the glam rock era. Christian Bale plays a journalist attempting to track down a British pop icon (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) who went missing shortly after a highly public affair with an American punk rocker (Ewan McGregor). Toni Collette and Eddie Izzard co-star. ‘Velvet Goldmine’ is now available to stream on Dekkoo!

The second season of Successful People is now available to binge on Dekkoo

The second season of the hilarious series ‘Successful People’ is now available to binge-watch on Dekkoo! After ten years of trying, Chet and Laura finally get a songwriting deal… on the same day Laura gives birth. The double whammy causes Laura to struggle to balance her priorities, while Chet begins to seek connection in the world of casual hook-ups for the first time. But everything could change when high school friend Kimberly realizes there’s more to Chet and Laura than they’ve ever believed.

The gay short film The Exterminator is now available to watch on Dekkoo

A man living alone confronts a mysterious infestation in his apartment. Watch the short film, ‘The Exterminator’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: “A dark Australian drama plumbs depths of long-submerged secrets”

Series Spotlight: Eating Out

All five films from the wild, raunchy and positively hilarious gay romantic comedy series Eating Out are available now on Dekkoo. We’re shining a spotlight on each of the films below. Check out these quick looks at each and then skip on over to Dekkoo to binge all the action!

Eating Out (2004)

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After getting dumped by his girlfriend, Caleb (Scott Lunsford) falls in love with Gwen (Emily Stiles). However, thanks to a fib from Caleb’s roommate Kyle (former ‘American Idol’ star Jim Verraros), Gwen thinks he’s gay and sets him up with her roommate, Marc (Ryan Carnes), whom Kyle happens to have a crush on. An outrageous comedy, Eating Out was the flick that launched an unexpected franchise.

Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds (2006)

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How far would you go to get the person of your dreams? In Eating Out, Kyle convinced his straight roommate to pretend to be gay to get the girl. Now, with the help of Gwen and Tiffani (Rebekah Kochan), Kyle pretends to be heterosexual to land Troy (Marco Dapper), the new guy in town (who happens to be a nude model). He doesn’t expect, however, to find himself joining the campus ex-gay support group and nabbing a girlfriend! Kyle’s ex boyfriend, Marc, is horrified at the plan and decides to pursue the confused Troy with his own tactic – being his out gay self. Who will win him first?

Eating Out: All You Can Eat (2009)

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This third installment of the series introduces us to entirely new leading men, while bringing back some of our favorite supporting characters. Casey (Daniel Skelton) tries to get closer to Zack (Chris Salvatore) using a phony online profile with a picture of his friend Tiffani’s buff ex-boyfriend, Ryan (Michael E.R. Walker)… which works fine until the real Ryan shows up. Casey needs to figure out how to set things right and grab hold of the love he’s been seeking.

Eating Out: Drama Camp (2011)

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Zack and Casey’s relationship is in a slump, but things are about to change this summer at Dick Dickey’s Drama Camp! When Zack meets Benji (Aaron Milo) there is an instant connection. However, not wanting to interfere with Zack’s current relationship, Benji pretends to be straight. When Benji and Zack get cast as lovers in an updated, sexed-up version of The Taming of the Shrew, their self-restraint is put to the test. Meanwhile, Beau (Ronnie Kroell) starts crushing on Casey, leaving out central lovers wondering if they were really meant to be together in the first place. Introducing a diverse ensemble of characters, this fourth entry is an over-the-top raunchy comedy with the innocence of summer love.

Eating Out: The Open Weekend (2011)

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The fifth (and, so far, final) installment in the series is just as sexy and hilarious, and five times as gay as its predecessors. Zack and Benji decide to have an “open” weekend to partake in the smorgasbord of available men on their vacation to a gay getaway in Palm Springs. When Zack runs into Casey at the resort, they both do their best to look like they are having a good time. How could they not, when they are surrounded by cute, frisky guys with six-packs and very little clothing?  When Casey reacquaints with his old high school friend Peter, he convinces him to pretend to be his boyfriend to save face. As you might imagine, plenty of confusion, sexual tension and bed-hopping ensues.

All five installments of the Eating Out series are available now on Dekkoo!