‘Shadowlands’ is an anthology style series that explores love in three separate stories – a couple renegotiating a relationship, a narcissist grasping to comprehend it, and star-crossed lovers mourning its loss. ‘Shadowlands’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!
Colm (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) is in his mid-forties and married with two teenage children. Still grieving after the recent the death of his father, a destructive figure in his life, Colm finds himself struggling in his relationship to his own son.
To make matters worse, recent takeover at work has threatened his job. Unable to share his vulnerability with his wife, Colm’s world begins falling apart around him. In the midst of this crisis, he solicits sex from a young hustler named Jay (Tom Glynn-Carney).
This unexpected encounter – and his growing infatuation – has a deep effect on Colm. He finds a certain comfort in Jay that no one else can provide. When Jay shows up at Colm’s work demanding even more money and threatening to expose his secrets, Colm’s self-destructive fantasies get the better of him.
Directed by Peter Mackie Burns and based on a stage play by Mark O’Halloran, Rialto is a hard-hitting Irish drama about repressed sexuality and all of the ways it can disrupt a seemingly normal life.
Watch the trailer for Rialto below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.
The touching new documentary Madame is a double portrait of a young boy slowly coming out of the closet and of the lady that was, even more than his own mother, the woman of his life – his grandmother.
Based on private archival footage, Madame takes us onto an intimate journey where Caroline, a flamboyant 90-year-old grandmother and her filmmaker grandson Stéphane explore the development and transmission of gender identity in a patriarchal environment.
Promised to a domestic life in the 1920s, Caroline manages to free herself from the clutches of a forced marriage and becomes a successful businesswoman, defying the social rules of her time.
In parallel, Stéphane struggles to play the role everyone expects in his Swiss bourgeois family, until the day he comes out of the closet and sets off on a crusade against homophobia and sexism.
Watch the trailer for Madame below. The film is available now on Dekkoo.
After their divorce, Russ and Manny, in a bid to salvage a friendship, head to the Central Coast of California for wine, sun, a threesome, and more wine. A seriously sexy post-romantic comedy, ‘Stone Fruit’ is a charming, thoroughly modern gay love story- for anyone who has fallen out of love. ‘Stone Fruit’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!
Weeks after Hurricane María devastated Puerto Rico, a lonely middle-aged man finds himself obsessing with his squatter neighbor, a young closeted and tormented athlete who insistently pursues his attention. Watch ‘The Gust’ now on Dekkoo!
Sebastian (Alex House) arrives in the city on a one-week visit and meets his cousin’s boyfriend, Alex (writer-director, James Fanizza).
Instant attraction leads Alex and Sebastian to explore a forbidden passion… and they soon find a deep emotional connection as well. When Sebastian has to go back to Argentina, will their affair continue?
This intimate feature debut from writer-director-star James Fanizza – also featuring Brian “Katya” McCook from The Trixie and Katya Show and RuPaul’s Drag Race – is a romantic and touching indie gem.
Watch the trailer for Sebastian below. The film is available now on Dekkoo.
Based on a true story, Marathon explores the relationship between Richard Harteis (Bristol Pomeroy) and William Meredith (Alec Dana), former US Poet Laureate and winner of every major American award for poetry including the 1988 Pulitzer Prize.
In the 17th year of their friendship, William sustains a debilitating stroke. Richard stands by his partner, fighting for the right to care for him, despite the inevitable restrictions on his own life, and against the wishes of William’s family. Though the path they have chosen is not an easy one, their love and compassion see them through days of illness, therapy, and healing. The power to overcome illness with dignity becomes a lesson in physical and spiritual endurance, hard won knowledge indeed.
Marathon displays the resolve, discipline and courage of two human beings running for their lives, qualities that can sustain us all in life’s marathon. In this moving account, we see how two fellow runners have joined the course, and just how far our dreams can take us before we cross the finish line.
Watch the trailer for Marathon below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.
In the new thriller Complete Strangers, a recovering alcoholic returns to his hometown after a hiatus, and falls in love with a man who will turn his world upside down.
When Robert (played by writer-director Pau Masó), a recovering alcoholic, returns to Budapest to reconnect with friends; he also meets the enigmatic Hugo (Matthew Crawley), a tall blue-eyed stranger who quickly gains his trust by giving him what he craves most.
Robert willingly accepts Hugo’s proposal of a weekend getaway, against the advice of his inner circle. What begins as an idyllic weekend takes a sinister turn when Hugo’s true intentions are revealed.
Colm is a married man with two teenage children. Grieving after a family tragedy, he finds himself unable to share his conflicted feelings with his family. When he meets Jay, a seductive younger hustler, he finally finds the comfort he’s been craving – and begins to form an unusual infatuation with this much younger man. ‘Rialto’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!
This sharp, surreal thriller follows a shy film student named Davi, who spends most of his life looking through a lens. When he meets an alluring man who brings him out of his shell, the young voyeur’s sudden sexual awakening is threatened by a spate of gruesome murders connected to his troubled past. ‘My Dead Ones’ is available to stream on Dekkoo!
Coming next week: A sexy new romantic comedy about falling out of love.
From writer-director Thomas Awrey, the new indie drama Drawn Back Home is a film about the lengths people go to find love, friendship, and a place to call home.
Eric (Mickey O’Sullivan) is in a grief cycle from the death of his father and the end of his marriage. Always one to help out around town, he’s finding it increasingly difficult to push forward when life seems to have it out for him. Deciding to stay in Caleb’s Hill after high school was an easy decision as he wanted to take care of his ailing father. He’s managed to build a family of close friends, but there will always be a struggle to keep food on the table. In hopes of building tourism for the town, Eric started putting short video clips online.
Drew (Paul Michael Thomson) ran from Caleb’s Hill a decade ago in hopes of chasing his dreams in a big city. Years later, he’s found some success both in his career and artistic endeavors. However, he still hasn’t found anyone who gets him like the best friend he left behind. Hoping to reconnect, Drew searches online and is introduced to the videos about the town he was so quick to leave years ago. Driven by the need to reconcile and a work obligation, Drew returns to Caleb’s Hill in hopes of rebuilding the friendship he lost.
Filled with a cast of lovable characters, Drawn Back Home hopes you find a place to belong at Caleb’s Hill too.
Justin (Jonathan Miles) knew he was gay from a very young age, but he was not allowed to act upon it. Finally in college and free from having his every move watched, he seeks out what it is he feels he wants… until he discovers what he needs.
When Justin acts out recklessly – again, after the bi-semester check in phone call with his dominating and controlling father – he causes enough personal injury to require yet another ER visit. It is in the ER, on this specific night, he meets Michael (Bjorn Anderson), a male nurse.
As a result of his father’s overt homophobia, Justin has never quite been able to love or accept himself, let alone another person. It’s not until his relationship with Michael begins to blossom that he sees a potential “happily ever after” at the end of a dark tunnel.
Written and directed by Michelle Leigh, this touching indie follows one troubled young man learning how to love himself and accept love from another.