Beyond Gravity, a gay ’80s classic from New Zealand, has been newly restored!

Richard (Robert Pollock) is an astronomy-obsessed worrier who spends the majority of his time fantasizing about outer space and the cosmos – an activity which antagonizes his friends and family.

One day, Richard meets Johnny (Iain Rea), a handsome Italian man with an enormous appetite for life, who finally offers Richard the love he’s been missing – as well as a much-needed escape from the monotony of work.

A joyous celebration of the love between two eccentrics who both have their sights aimed firmly amongst the stars, Beyond Gravity is a true underground ’80s gay classic.

Originally filmed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1988, this lost 50-minute film has been digitally remastered for a new 2K restoration thanks to the cult indie distribution label Altered Innocence. Now Beyond Gravity is available once again to make audiences think and swoon.

Beyond Gravity is now available on Dekkoo. You can watch an excerpt from the film below.

Short Film Spotlight: Shower Boys

An award-winning 9-minute short comedy from Swedish screenwriter Albin Abrahamsson and co-writer/director Christian Zetterberg, Shower Boys follows two young men who spend an afternoon struggling with their understanding of masculinity.

After a heated training match where their toughness is called into question, 12-year-olds Viggo and Noel (Lucas Andreasson and David Ramirez Knezevic) decide to spend some time together in the sauna.

The two friends begin to compete to see which of them is more “manly.” Though neither of them are looking to qualify for a top score, what feels only natural to them may be regarded quite differently by their parents.

Using nuanced writing and outstanding performances, Shower Boys hilariously reflects the complexity of growing up freely as a young boy and being able to explore your emotions and desires. While society tells boys they must fit into a specific box, this short film – and its characters – deconstruct all the usual stereotypes.

Watch a short trailer for Shower Boys below. The full short is now available on Dekkoo.

A seductive new roommate takes self-defense too far in the gritty thriller The Way Out

Jonny Beauchamp, Mike Manning, Ashleigh Murray and Sherri Shepherd star in this gritty new drama from writer-director Barry Jay.

The Way Out follows Beauchamp as Alex Romero, a pizza delivery boy who hopes to one day become a successful singer/songwriter. The trouble is, he’s still recovering from major childhood trauma. He is also an addict who has great difficulty staying sober.

After the death of his abusive father, Alex inherits the family home and all its bills. Against the advice of his closest friend and sponsor, Alex takes in a charming and manipulative roommate named Shane. A trained fighter, Shane sees how shut down Alex is as a result of past abuse and decides to take him under his wing, teaching him to stand up for himself.

Shane’s relentless coaching soon leads Alex down a dark and violent path – one that could jeopardize not only his sobriety, but his life and the lives of those he loves.

Watch the trailer for The Way Out below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

Short Film Spotlight: And Just Two More

A new 20-minute short film from Iran, And Just Two More concerns an unusual relationship.

Iman Niknam stars in the film as a trash collector who lives in a small trailer at the top of a hill. At first glance, his may seem like a lonely existence. However, he has the company of his dog and his lover… who just happens to be a mannequin.

When he learns that the Iranian government is conducting an important nation-wide census, he becomes determined to add his mannequin lover as a properly recognized citizen.

Funny and surprisingly heartfelt, And Just Two More comes from writer-director Ali Reza Mohammadi Rouzbahani, an up-and-coming filmmaker with style to spare who has recently earned acclaim on the international film festival circuit for his feature length debut Singo.

Two former lovers reunite in paradise in the colorful new romance 8 Years

The debut feature of Spanish writer-director JD Alcázar, 8 Years is a sexy and bittersweet gay romance set against a gorgeous, sun-soaked tropical paradise.

Jose and David (Miguel Diosdado and Carlos Mestanza) were once deeply in love. For seven years, their romance grew and blossomed, through highs and lows – before they ultimately broke up.

Months later, haunted by memories of their past, the former couple visit the island of La Palma, where they originally met for the first time. Wanting to celebrate what would have been their eighth anniversary, they plan to explore new places together with the hopes of forging a friendship out of the dying embers of their old love.

But Jose and David didn’t expect the complicated emotions that would awaken between them throughout a journey full of enigmatic characters and sublime landscapes.

Watch the trailer for 8 Years below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

Short Film Spotlight: Brothers

Filmed in both France and Russia in 2015, Brothers is an frenetically-paced dark comedy about one gay couple’s alarming and deeply absurd existential crisis.

When boyfriends Damien and Francois attend a brunch, they’re dismayed to learn that the host doesn’t think they look like a couple. Wondering what that could possibly mean, Francois begins to spiral.

When the pair take an impromptu sightseeing vacation to Moscow, they fear being persecuted for their sexuality and decide to tell people that they are brothers. When strangers begin informing them that they don’t look like brothers, Francois’s frantic emotions lead him down an increasingly dangerous path.

Directed with great pathos by Robert Ly, Brothers offers up a strange and bleakly funny cautionary tale about caring too much what other people think.

Brothers is now available on Dekkoo.

Now Available: Gemmel & Tim

A deeply emotional, award-winning new documentary, Gemmel and Tim explores the lives and untimely passings of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean, two Black gay men who died from meth overdoses at the home of West Hollywood politico Ed Buck.

Their deaths at the now-infamous apartment sent shockwaves through the LGBTQ+ community. Shortly after, the ensuing media circus cooked up a spicy concoction of sex, drugs, race and politics, but had no appetite for the in-depth human stories of the individual victims.

This new film looks at Gemmel and Tim’s parallel walks of life through the eyes of their extended and chosen families. Memories, correspondences and the things they did and didn’t share with each other are all examined. Through the intimate recollections of their friends, we get to know these young men. Each subject also shares their own personal journey in dealing with grief.

Powerful and galvanizing, Gemmel and Tim simultaneously investigates the crimes and offers a cautionary tale to keep similar events from repeating in the future.

Watch the trailer for Gemmel and Tim below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.