A smart and sexy story about the complexity of gay relationships, Whirlwind is a touching, funny ensemble film exploring non-monogamy, commitment, friendship, getting older and more from Richard LeMay, the director of 200 American.
Set in New York City, the story centers on a tight knit group of gay men. At first they appear to have it all. They are funny, good looking and successful, but soon a handsome stranger enters into their group and everything changes.
Drake (David Rudd) is young, hot and charming, but he has ulterior motives. What starts out with Drake adding some excitement to the routine of this circle of friends quickly begins to spiral out of control.
Both touching and funny, this story follows the wake of one person’s deliberate attempt to destroy the relationships of five men, all the while letting his own friendships unravel around him.
Written by Emmy Award-winning creator Jason Brown and starring some of the most talented actors in New York with credits including Broadway hits such as A Chorus Line, Rent, Hairspray and Wicked, Whirlwind is a surprisingly subtle and honest depiction of thirty-something gay men and the crossroads they must face.
Whirlwind is now available on Dekkoo.
After reserving their dream wedding package in Niagara Falls at The Rainbow Bridge Motel (the self-proclaimed “#1 Gay Wedding Destination!”) Dean and Darren (Chris Modrzynski and Cole Burden) could not be more excited for their wedding. Once they arrive, they’re greatly dismayed to learn that they’ve actually booked themselves into a seedy motel sandwiched between chemical plants.
And if that’s not bad enough, the place is run by a seemingly insane, completely over-the-top huckster named Shibbawitz (National Lampoon veteran Scott Rubin) – the culprit behind the recently re-branded motel. He’s looking to ride the trend of Niagara Falls becoming a gay wedding destination. In reality, he’s clueless on how to cater to the LGBTQ community – let alone perform a gay wedding. Unfortunately, the Burmese political refugee family that he employs as cheap labor are not much help either.
Although a disastrous ceremony looms, it pales in comparison to the heightened cultural and emotional obstacles stirred up by the approaching nuptials. Can Dean and Darren get to the altar with their love – and their lungs – still intact? You’ll have to watch to find out!
Shot on location in Niagara Falls, this is the first film to ever shoot on the iconic Rainbow Bridge. “You could live your whole life without ever being apart of something special,” said the film’s co-director, J. Garrett Vorreuter. “For us, we knew from the start that this was special, even bigger than us. And now we get to share that magic with audiences everywhere.”
Watch out the trailer for The Rainbow Bridge Motel below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.
From a tender age Scott Townsend’s life is ruled by his slippery gender.
Growing up a girly-boy in the projects of Cambridge, Massachusetts, under the watch of Doris (Deirdre Lovejoy), his dysfunctional, single mom, Scott (played by Townsend himself) is prey to bullying and assault.
Already a talented singer and performer, Scott grows up to be revered drag queen Thirsty Burlington and delights club goers in Provincetown with his spot on impersonation of Cher. But even in this gay mecca, being Thirsty comes at a price.
Inspired by Scott/Thirsty’s real life, Thirsty spotlights the power of gender identity to both endanger and work its magic. The journey moves through dramatic, fantasy and musical sequences coming full circle when Scott realizes what he wants most in life, “To be safe and comfortable in all his skins,” and loved for all that he is.
Watch the trailer for Thirsty below. The film is now streaming on Dekkoo.
When Ramin (Arash Marandi) hid on a cargo ship leaving Turkey, he never expected to end up in Veracruz, Mexico by accident.
Having escaped persecution as a young gay man in his home country, Iran, Ramin suddenly finds himself far from everything he knows, living the life of an exile in this nostalgic, tropical port where his past and future are constantly confronted by new relationships and revived desires.
Written and directed by Bani Khoshnoudi, an Iranian-born Mexico City resident, Fireflies heralds the birth of a very talented female director whose personal story echoes throughout the film.
The title Fireflies is inspired by a 1975 op-ed by the late Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini, who described “the state of fascism and cultural resistance in Italy at the time, creating a metaphor for resistance as the disappearance of fireflies,” said Khoshnoudi.
Watch the trailer for Fireflies below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.
The lonely man who lives in apartment #8 picks up a charming stranger on the New York City subway. The two spend a passionate, heartfelt night together. #8, though, is woefully unaware that not everything is as it seems… and he may be in grave danger.
Blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, the sexy and suspenseful ten-minute “romantic thriller” Michael Joseph Jason John explores the emotional aftermath of a one-night stand (and the inherent risks of hook-up culture). The film was written and directed by Scott T. Hinson, who also stars.
“One night stands have always fascinated me,” said Hinson. “Sometimes you make a connection with your partner and have a really good time, sometimes it’s just a ‘meh’ experience and sometimes it’s a nightmare and you can’t wait for him to get the hell out of your house.”
“But one thing is always the same. The light of morning will arrive bringing with it question after question – and that often unshakable emotional residue. Who was he? I felt a connection, did he feel it too? Will he call? Is he thinking of me? Could there be a future for the two of us? Is he the one that’s going to kill me and shove me under the bed? Dealing with these questions and morning-after feelings are what I wanted to explore while making Michael Joseph Jason John.”
Michael Joseph Jason John is now streaming on Dekkoo.
The new coming-of-age drama My Best Friend follows Lorenzo (Angelo Mutti Spinetta), a quiet teen who lives in a small town at the edge of the world in beautiful Patagonia.
Lorenzo is a good student, a curious and smart young person far more skilled in music and literature than in sports. When a dramatic event leaves a family friend with nowhere to live, Caito (Lautaro Rodriguez), a year older than Lorenzo, comes to stay in their home.
Covered in fresh bruises, tattooed, and handsome, Caito is both a disturbing and fascinating new presence in Lorenzo’s life. As their friendship grows, Caito begins opening up to Lorenzo – and the more Caito reveals his true self, the more Lorenzo finds his feelings growing for his new house guest.
With beautiful cinematography and outstanding lead performances, this tender coming-of-age story from writer-director Martin Deus, making his feature-length film debut, examines the space between first crush and first love.
Watch the trailer for My Best Friend below. The film is now streaming on Dekkoo.