At one time, 1970s glam rock musician Jobriath was known as “The American Bowie,” “The True Fairy of Rock & Roll,” and “Hype of the Year.” Unfortunately, the attention didn’t last long. The first openly gay rock star, Jobriath’s reign was brief, lasting less than two years and two albums.
Done in by an over-hyped publicity machine, shunned by the gay community and largely dismissed by critics as all flash and no substance, Jobriath was excommunicated from the music business. He retreated to the Chelsea Hotel where he died, forgotten, in 1983 at the age of 37 – one of the earliest casualties of the AIDS crisis.
Now new generations of fans have discovered him through acts like The Pet Shop Boys, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Siouxsie Sioux, and Morrissey, all of whom cite Jobriath as a groundbreaking influence.
Through interviews, archival material and animation, director Kieran Turner crafts a riveting documentary that examines the heartbreaking and unbelievable true story of this unsung gay icon – whose legacy goes deeper than the labels hung upon him.
Pim, an introverted kid, occupies his time drawing and fantasizing while keeping his emerging desires a secret. As a teen, he grows infatuated with Gino, the handsome boy next door. When a hunky local man starts dating his mother, Pim seizes the opportunity to leave home and move in with Gino’s family. His plan backfires as Gino departs, romancing and living with a girl from across the border. It seems like Pim’s dreams will never come true… until one rainy day when Gino returns home. Stream ‘North Sea Texas’ now on Dekkoo!
Written by and starring Charles Gould and directed by Matt Porter, Flex is a charming, sexy and funny new sixteen-minute short about broadening your horizons. When Charles’ girlfriend breaks up with him, she makes him promise that he’ll try new things once they part ways. This leads him to start exploring the grey areas of his sexuality and finally accepting his bi-curiousity. Watch ‘Flex’ now on Dekkoo!
Coming next week: A stunning and deeply emotional portrayal of a young man’s journey.
In the town of Martin, Tennessee, Chip Hines (Sebastian Banes), a precocious six year old, has only known life with his two dads, Cody (Trevor St. John) and Joey (writer-director Patrick Wang). 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, Cody’s will reveals that he named his sister as Chip’s guardian. The years of Joey’s acceptance into the family soon unravel as Chip is taken away from him.
In his now solitary home life, Joey searches for a solution. The law is not on his side, but friends are. Armed with their comfort and inspired by memories of Cody, Joey finds a path to peace with the family and closer to his son.
With an ambitious 169-minute running time, In the Family is an intimate drama with an epic scope. Wang, who has gone on to make films such as The Grief of Others and the two-part community theater celebration A Bread Factory, created In the Family independently and earned great acclaimed for his effort.
Roger Ebert, writing at the time of the film’s release in 2011, awarded the film four out of four stars and said “I was completely absorbed from beginning to end. What a courageous first feature this is, a film that sidesteps shopworn stereotypes and tells a quiet, firm, deeply humanist story about doing the right thing.”
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!
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.
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.
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!
Coming next week:Bad Boy delivers four new episodes!
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.”
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.
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!