An exceptional and inspirational documentary, Oriented follows the lives of three gay Palestinian friends confronting their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv. Determined to change their reality, the three best friends form a non-violent, cultural resistance movement, fighting for gender and national equality. ‘Oriented’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!
The seventh installment of this hit worldwide comedy-mystery series finds our favorite gay bears in more danger than ever when they’re targeted by a mysterious stalker while vacationing in sunny Palm Springs. If that wasn’t enough to deal with, someone is out to sabotage the “Mr. Bear America Pageant” where Reggie is serving as a celebrity judge. Watch ‘Wear The Bears Are 7’ now on Dekkoo!
Coming next week: A film that follows the life and impact of iconic German New Wave director Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
Sixteen-year-old David (Mauricio Di Yorio) is much like any teen, but his boyish good looks rest upon a hulking, muscular body. He spends the majority of his time obsessively working out, trying desperately to reach idealized bodybuilder perfection.
This obsession is mostly fueled by the desires of his troubled mother Juana (Umbra Colombo), an accomplished artist who controls David’s every move, overseeing all aspects of her son’s regimen and weightlifting training.
As David dedicates himself to developing his physique, the allure of a social life begins to call out to him. His group of male friends begin beckoning him to be more outgoing while an attractive classmate sets eyes on David and works to win him over. And as these social opportunities start intruding on his physical training, a disoriented David starts taking some performance-enhancing shortcuts, sending him into a dangerous downward spiral.
From director Felipe Gomez Aparicio, The Perfect David is a visually stunning and provocative character-driven drama. It’s at once a delicious ode to the beauty of the male form, a warning of the dangers of seeking absolute perfection.
After his mother’s sudden death, Socrates, a fifteen-year-old living on the margins of São Paulo’s coast, must survive on his own while coming to terms with his grief. Directed by Alexandre Moratto using mostly non-professional actors – and support from UNICEF – Socrates has earned acclaim and awards at film festivals all over the world. ‘Socrates’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!
One of the craziest and sexiest movies in recent memory, Diamantino is a colorful sci-fi comedy satire from directors Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt. The film follows a big-hearted but dimwitted Portuguese soccer hunk (played by hunky international award-winner Carloto Cotta) who gets caught up in a strange conspiracy involving genetic modification. Watch ‘Diamantino’ now on Dekkoo!
Years before the Beats arrived in San Francisco, the city exploded with artistic expressions: painting, theatre, film, poetry. At its center was the groundbreaking filmmaker and poet James Broughton.
From documentary filmmakers Stephen Silha and Eric Slade, Big Joy explores Broughton’s passionate embrace of life, his proudly pansexual transcendence and his fiercely independent mantra: “Follow your own weird.”
Broughton’s remarkable story spans the post-war San Francisco Renaissance, his influence on the Beat generation, his escape to Europe during the McCarthy years, a lifetime of acclaim for his joyous experimental films and poetry celebrating the human body, the discovery of his soulmate at age 61, and finally, his ascendancy as a revered bard of sexual liberation.
Watch the trailer for Big Joy below. The film is available now on Dekkoo.
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.