The critically-acclaimed British drama Into the Mirror comes to Dekkoo

One of the past year’s most critically-acclaimed LGBTQ films, the gorgeous, haunting, colorful and deeply emotional Into the Mirror is now available on Dekkoo.

The feature-length debut of co-writers Charles Streeter and Jamie Bacon (who also star in the film) and director Lois Stevenson, Into the Mirror follows Daniel, a young man struggling with an inner identity that is desperate to be released.

After leaving his father’s home and moving to London, Daniel’s subconscious desires begin to take control of his everyday waking life. Upon finding London’s drag hot-spot, “Lost & Found” nightclub, he begins to realize the truth about his gender and sexuality – even if he’s not fully ready to accept it. One way or another, his life will never have to be the same again.

Featuring exceptional performances and cinematography, Into the Mirror marks the arrival of numerous creative talents worth keeping an eye on. Both prolific actors in the UK, Streeter and Bacon show a terrific flair for timely, personal storytelling and we can’t wait to see what they will do next.

Watch the trailer for Into the Mirror below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

New This Week – 7/31/20

‘Bitter Years’ is a drama based on the life of Mario Mieli, one of the founders of the Italian Homosexual Liberation Movement, created at the beginning of the 1970s. He was an activist, intellectual, writer and performer – a key figure on the Italian cultural scene. ‘Bitter Years’ is a streaming exclusively on Dekkoo!

A man ridicules his wife’s fascination for masculinity, but she’s dead serious. Watch ‘A Double Life’ now on Dekkoo!

Leo stands out in a crowd. That’s not always a good thing working in a fish cannery in Alaska. His dreams of leaving this small town are hard fought, until a new boy moves to town and sees him for who he really is (an international superstar). ‘Alaska is a Drag’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: An ederly woman begins to learn that she knows nothing about her son.

Short Film Spotlight: Vertical Lines

Dave and Andrew reach a new level of closeness in their relationship when they share their personal experiences with self-harm. An intimate conversational piece inspired by true events, Vertical Lines explores the path forward from personal trauma.

Vertical Lines co-stars and was directed by Kyle Reaume. An award winning Toronto-based director, writer, actor, and picture editor, Reaume is a graduate of the Toronto Film School. His student short film The Lazarus Files took home Best Picture, Best Producer, Best Editor and Best Production Design at TFS Fest and his collective shorts have screened in over 60 film festivals worldwide. In additional to Vertical Lines, you can see his films What About Shelley, Battle Cry and Ecstasy on Dekkoo now.

Reaume’s co-star in the film is writer-director-actor Nick Neon. His films Ultra Blue, The Definition of Lonely and Zero One are also available on Dekkoo right now.

Vertical Lines won the “Best Men’s Short” Audience Award at the Wicked Queer 2018 Film Festival. It also took home the “Best Screenplay” prize at the 2019 Future of Film Showcase.

Vertical Lines is available now on Dekkoo.

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Now Available: At the End of the Day

After losing his wife and counseling practice, the only thing thirty-two-year-old Dave Hopper (Stephen Shane Martin) has going for himself is his part-time professorship at his alma mater, a growing Christian college. And the only reason he even got that job was because his previous professor (Tom Nowicki), now ambitious dean, pulled a few strings.

The Dean’s plans for growth hit a snag when the property he wants to develop has been promised to a gay support group – which has plans to open an LGBT homeless teen shelter if they can raise the money in time. The Dean is forced to take drastic measures, offering Dave his dream job, but he only gets it if he goes undercover in the group as a gay man – the abomination he counsels against – and stops them from raising the funds needed to buy the property.

Dave reluctantly agrees, and for the first time, is met face-to-face with the community he has been battling his entire career. The awkward and emotional experiences that follow lead Dave on a journey of truth, revealing that life and love are not as black and white as he first thought.

The feature-length debut from writer-director Kevin O’Brien, At the End of the Day is a compassionate new comedy drama. Watch the trailer below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

 

New This Week – 7/24/20

From writer-director João Maia, this stylish new biopic follows the life and career of singer-songwriter António Variações. An inspiring figure in Portuguese pop culture, Variações fought through severe prejudice to express his love of music, performance and fashion on a grand, uncompromising scale. Dekkoo Films is proud to present ‘Variações: Guardian Angel’ available to stream now, exclusively, on Dekkoo!

When his boyfriend shows up unannounced, Elias’ religious family learns their son’s darkest secret. ‘South of Heaven’ is streaming now on Dekkoo!

Brought together by an immediate chemistry, a couple finds themselves questioning their future together, and if love is enough to change their plans. ‘What We Don’t Say’ is available now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A drama based on the life of Mario Mieli, one of the founders of the Italian Homosexual Liberation Movement.

New Episodes: Two Naked Gay Guys

Lucas (Matthew Dussler) is a cocky pretty boy who lives for casual sex and no commitments. Dean (Riley Brophy) is a shy romantic trying to work out what he wants. After a hookup leads to a moment of genuine connection, these two guys find themselves both questioning when does a casual fling become something more, and discover that everyone they know has a different answer.

Two Naked Gay Guys follows the growing relationship between Lucas and Dean as they try to navigate their feelings for each other and how that then has a rippling impact on the relationships of the friends and family around them. The series examines themes of love, intimacy, honesty, sexuality, and relationships. When does a relationship truly start? When does a relationship truly end?

All twenty-six “brief” episodes of Two Naked Gay Guys are available now on Dekkoo. Watch the original “sizzle trailer” below.

 

A family reunion takes a tense turn in Take Me to the River

A Nebraskan family reunion couldn’t seem more backwards to a gay Californian teenager. If Ryder (Love, Simon and Escape Room star Logan Miller) had his way, he’d choose a moment just like this to come out – the bigger the scene the better! For the sake of his conditionally-accepting parents (Richard Schiff and Robin Weigert), however, Ryder agrees to keep quiet… save parading around the picnic in his most audacious pair of short-shorts.

Ryder’s antics raise dubious eyebrows from his hardened cowboy relatives, but nine-year-old Molly (Ursula Parker) can’t get enough. She follows her cool California cousin everywhere. After lunch, they walk to the barn to look for a bird’s nest in the rafters Their strange encounter, and whatever happened while the two escaped their family’s watchful eyes, makes Ryder the sudden target of suspicion, and places him at the center of a long buried family secret.

Featuring excellent performances from a stellar cast (also including Josh Hamilton and Azura Skye), Take Me to the River is an intense indie family drama from writer-director Matt Sobel.

Watch the trailer for Take Me to the River below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

New This Week – 7/17/20

Daniel is a young man struggling with an inner identity that is desperate to be realised. After leaving his father to move to London, his subconscious desires begin to take control. ‘Into the Mirror’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

The murder of Madorilyn Crawford, a famous transsexual artist, hides dark secrets that involve powerful people in the Colombian politic context and exposes the hypocrisy of those who handle power above the law. Watch ‘Natural Selection’ now on Dekkoo!

An Asian-American high school football player confronts his deepest fears after an encounter with a mysterious figure. ‘Jeremiah’ is available to watch now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: Dekkoo Films presents a biopic about António Variações, a famous Portuguese pop rock singer from the 80s who died from AIDS-related complications in 1984.

Now Available: Your Bones and Your Eyes

João (writer-director Caetano Gotardo), a middle-class filmmaker who lives in the city of São Paulo, goes through a series of encounters with people like his long-time friend Irene (Malu Galli); his boyfriend Álvaro (Vinicius Meloni); Matias (Carlos Escher), a young man he meets in the subway and has a sexual experience with, among others, some acquainted, some unknown.

These encounters affect him and slowly begin to reveal a play of time frames which blends together life and creative process, memory and the present.

In Caetano Gotardo’s gorgeous, meditative follow-up to his debut feature The Moving Creatures, life and love, the creative process emerges as a recurring theme, recalling the films of Éric Rohmer and Hong Sang-soo.

Watch the trailer for Your Bones and Your Eyes below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

 

Short Film Spotlight: The Gay Rub

The Gay Rub is a project by Steven Reigns devoted to collecting rubbings from LGBTQ historical markers, signs, tombstones, cenotaphs, plaques, and monuments. By gathering LGBTQ rubbings from across the globe, these public historic commemorations can be viewed at once. LGBTQ history and landmarks are underrepresented and underappreciated. The Gay Rub’s aim is to help draw more attention to the markers and the LGBTQ significance that prompted them.

Steven Reigns is a Los Angeles-based poet and educator and was appointed the first Poet Laureate of West Hollywood. Alongside over a dozen chapbooks, he has published collections such as Inheritance and Your Dead Body is My Welcome Mat.

Reigns holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida, a Master of Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, and is an eleven-time recipient of The Los Angeles County’s Department of Cultural Affairs’ Artist in Residency Grant. Currently he is touring The Gay Rub, an exhibition of rubbings from LGBT landmarks, facilitates the monthly Lambda Lit Book Club, and is at work on a new collection of poetry.

Director Michael J. Saul is fairly new to documentary filmmaking, but he was a pioneer in the San Francisco art and film scene of the 1980s, producing a series of experimental films with musical collaborator Steven M. Miller which found success in film festivals around the world. With the new short doc, The Gay Rub, Saul shines a spotlight on the important work that Reigns has been doing and offers viewers an exclusive look at this profoundly impressive collection.

The Gay Rub is now available on Dekkoo.