You’re invited to Prom Night

A gay version of John Hughes hit from the 80s? A mix of Carrie and Pretty in Pink? An examination of homophobia, school bullying and gender prejudice? A cinematic poem about young love and romantic ideals? The 24-minute short Prom Night is, surprisingly, all that and more.

The newest project from São Paulo-based filmmaker Lufe Steffen, who made a name for himself in Brazil with Sao Paulo in Hi-Fi, Prom Night blends documentary and fiction while bringing to life real stories about LGBT people and their experiences at prom.

Watch two of the film’s official teaser trailers below and visit us at Dekkoo where the film is now streaming. (Editor’s note: there are no subtitles available on these teaser videos, but the version we have made available on Dekkoo does have English subtitles).

 

It just takes a few Baby Steps

Two gay dads. One meddling tiger mom. What could go wrong?

Danny (writer-director Barney Cheng), a Taiwanese-American man, longs to have a baby with his American partner Tate (The 10-Year Plan star Michael Adam Hamilton), but their attempts at international surrogacy are complicated by Danny’s meddlesome mom (Grace Guei), who wants to control every aspect of the process – all the way from Taipei.

Co-starring actor/stand-up comedian Jason Stuart, the charming, award-winning family comedy Baby Steps is available now on Dekkoo. Check out the trailer below.

 

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.

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.

 

Now Available: Burning Blue

They have been trained to meet danger head-on, to execute vital strategic maneuvers while flying at breathtaking speeds. But after a series of fatal accidents, a close-knit squadron of male Navy pilots begins to splinter – and becomes the focus of a criminal investigation. As a government agent digs to uncover the cause of the accidents, two of the pilots engage in a secret, forbidden relationship. Their affair is exposed… and the squadron is engulfed by an incendiary scandal that will challenge each pilot’s notions of friendship, love, honor and courage.

Set during the 1990s, when “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was the standard operating procedure, Burning Blue examines a gay romance that wasn’t permitted to blossom. Trent Ford and Morgan Spector are electrifying as Dan and Will, two men who can’t resist one another… until they ultimately must to protect their squadron and one another. Emotional and provocative, this debut film from director D.M.W. Greer does for the U.S. Navy what Brokeback Mountain did for the open range of Wyoming.

Burning Blue is now streaming on Dekkoo. Check out the trailer below.