Ryan (Noah Brown) and Jacob (Jamal Douglas) have been together for four years. They had planned to get married in the summer of 2020. Then the pandemic hit… and Jacob got sick.
To make matters worse, because of the nature of the virus, Ryan was not allowed to visit Jacob in the hospital. Nor was he there when Jacob died. But before his passing, Jacob had recorded a message on his phone for Ryan. Now, Ryan has travelled to their favorite beach to watch the video message and to say goodbye – even though going outside places Ryan in immediate, physical danger.
Making movies during the pandemic is, obviously, an extremely tricky task, but writer-director J.T. Seaton pulls it off with aplomb. At just 11 minutes, Do We Really Have to Say Goodbye packs a hefty emotional punch… and has a horror twist in store as well.
From Lonely Spectre Productions and the mind of writer and producer Brendan Haley, the new Dekkoo Original short film Poltergays takes the format of more recent horror hits like The Conjuring, Insidious, Sinister and Paranormal Activity to turn homophobia on its head.
When Perry and Tiff Myers (Peter Stickles and Clarke Wolfe), a woefully basic, bible “humping” straight couple, move into their new West Hollywood home, they don’t expect to be sharing it with Tanner and Derek (Charles Chudabala and Francisco Chacin), a fun young gay couple who are quickly assumed to be malevolent specters from the hellish great beyond.
While each party sifts through their memories of the event for a documentary crew from a TV show called “Spectral Stories,” the true story of what happened in this house of queer horrors starts coming into focus. Maybe Perry and Tiff are the more evil of the two couples after all.
Mocking homophobic culture’s labeling of the queer community as unholy, director Andrew J. Ceperley uses a stylish horror movie setting to point out such absurdity and ignorance. It’s also completely hilarious, featuring terrific deadpan comic performances all around.
When bible humpers Perry and Tiff Myers endeavor to out their friendly gay roommates, Tanner and Derek, as malevolent specters from the hellish great beyond, it is Perry and Tiff that might just be revealed as hauntingly homophobic instead. Dekkoo Films presents ‘Poltergays’.
Pressured to satisfy his girlfriend’s desires, an anxious young man begins to struggle with both his sexuality and his sanity after meeting the insidious new boy who has moved into his childhood home. ‘Rapture In Blue’ is available now on Dekkoo!
Still reeling from a recent break-up, Jamie, a cabaret singer, decides to angrily shut out the rest of the world and start living only for himself. When he meets Ben, the lonely younger poet who lives next door, the two embark on a tentative romance that may end up healing both of their hardened souls. Watch ‘Getting It’ now on Dekkoo!
“When I was little, my mom used to read these stories to me and my brother, like these old folk tales. One of them was about this man who was so alone, so angry that he turned himself into a monster.”
A chilling allegory about repression, loneliness and coming out, writer-director Kenya Gillespie’s Jeremiah packs some serious suspense into its short nine-minute running time.
At the start of the film, we meet the title character, Jeremiah (Alan Trong), sitting alone on the bleechers, surrounded by both a literal and figurative darkness that threatens to engulf him. An attractive high school football player, he’s reeling from an unfortunate and unexplained encounter with his coach. His equally cute friend and teammate seeks to console him, but there is a mysterious masked figure lurking in the background which forces Jeremiah to look deeper at the true cause of his fears.
Jeremiah is Kenya Gillespie’s narrative short film debut and it shows incredible promise. With spare, careful cinematography and a string-heavy soundtrack that sends chills down your spine, you can easily imagine him expanding Jeremiah into an “elevated horror” feature on par with Hereditary or It Follows.
The film received its international premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival where it was nominated for the short film Queer Palm. Gillespie was also nominated for the 2019 Kodak Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking Award. His documentary short The Crystal City and narrative short Pray for Dottie were winners of the 2018 and 2019 RTF Longhorn Denius Student Showcase at SXSW.
Watch the trailer for Jeremiah below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.
Despite clear rules, the continuously growing relationship between the straight Syrian refugee Waseem and his German customer Lars starts to pose a threat within the reality of Waseem’s shelter. ‘Label Me’ is streaming now on Dekkoo.
Winner of the “Best Feature” award at the 2018 Harlem International Film Festival, writer-director Daniel Armando’s The Breeding is a boldly provocative erotic thriller about a young African American artist whose obsession with a taboo fetish leads to life-altering consequences.
The story centers around Thomas (Marcus Bellamy), a thirsty queer New York City cartoonist who finds himself distracted and aroused by the men he’s drawing. While his boyfriend is away, he seeks out aggressive sexual experiences. A chance restroom encounter with a recently divorced financier named Lee leaves Thomas curious about exploring the taboo fetish of “race play.” But when the game goes past role-playing and becomes all too problematically real, chilling actions are taken that will forever change the trajectory of these men’s lives.
Part Fatal Attraction, part Get Out, The Breeding is a deeply edgy film that uses the style and tropes of erotic thrillers to examine race-relations, sexuality and cultural identity.
In the small English village of Kromer, the local residents are angered by the wild parties held by the promiscuous ‘wolves’ who dwell on the edge of town. When a woman is killed by her servants, they manage to put the blame on the wolves, who soon find themselves hunted by an angry mob. Watch ‘The Wolves of Kromer’ now on Dekkoo!
Adult film star Colby Jansen stars in a coming-of-age story about a young man’s potential path to daddyhood. Watch ‘Matt’ now on Dekkoo!
For voice over artist Daniel, life in London is one long ride of demanding client calls and awkward Grindr meets, but when his mother visits from the US, he is forced to re-evaluate how authentically he is living his life. ‘Clothes & Blow’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!
This documentary explores the daily life of a woman who provides shelter for those rejected by family and society. At her home she welcomes her friends within the LGBT community and provides them with a safe place away from persecution. ‘Upon the Shadow’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!
Coming next week: Dekkoo Films presents a short film about modern love.
When an oversexed party boy finds himself at odds with his quiet neighbor in the days leading up to Halloween, he discovers that their miscommunication may have deadly consequences when he accidentally invites the wrong man home for the night. Dekkoo Films presents ‘A Halloween Trick’ streaming now!
In ‘The Latent Image’ a young writer retreats to an isolated cabin to work on a mystery thriller. One night, a mysterious stranger arrives at his door needing help. Has he found the perfect inspiration for his story or is he about to find his darkest fantasies coming to life? Watch ‘The Latent Image’ now on Dekkoo!
Philippines, although a predominantly Catholic country, has openly embraced many LGBTQ members in their film, entertainment, politics, and business communities; however, tolerance differs from true equality. 25 years have passed since the first pride march took place in Manila, yet equal rights advancement is still a long journey to go for the LGBTQ community in the Philippines. Stream ‘Queer Asia – Philippines’ now on Dekkoo!
Coming next week: “A “modern fairy tale” in two senses — it’s an exercise in make-believe, yes, but the “fairies” here are also very male and quite physical with one another.” – Variety
Kohei, a family man and former competitive swimming, finds his life turned upside down when his wife asks for a divorce. Soon after, he has a fateful encounter with Yutaka, an attractive younger animator who is making ends meet as an online chat boy. As the two fall deeper into a passionate affair, they find their newfound feelings and the circumstances of their personal lives creating a series of major emotional ups and downs. ‘Athlete’ is available to screen now, exclusively on Dekkoo!
Three twenty-something couples (gay, lesbian and straight) travel to an upstate New York beach house to enjoy the last days of summer, but what was meant to be a fun, carefree retreat transforms into an intimate exploration of sex and commitment. Watch ‘That’s Not Us’ now on Dekkoo!
When Ariel, a teen living on a remote farm in Buenos Aires, enters into a relationship with one of the male workers on his father’s property, he must also end the long-term affair he’s been having with Omar, an abusive priest. Unafraid to explore taboo topics, this provocative new drama from writer-director Jose Celestino Campusano is defiantly unsentimental. Watch ‘Men of Hard Skin’ exclusively on Dekkoo!