New To Dekkoo – 5/3/19

At the suggestion of a straight friend, gay man Leo joins a men’s group, where he causes some upsets by declaring his attraction to one of its members. Watch ‘Bedrooms & Hallways’ now on Dekkoo!

A couple on the verge of separation explore the fear of being single. The gay short film ‘Circles’ is now available on Dekkoo!

This colorful and sexy feel-good musical comedy follows Paul and Eddie, two hot young actors staring in a stage play that adds a healthy dose of homo-eroticism to the story of Genesis. As the two young performers dive deeper into their roles, their love lives start to mirror the themes they’re dealing with in the play. Watch ‘The Big Gay Musical’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: Required viewing for anyone who believes in equal rights for all. – The Apollo Guide

New This Week – 4/19/19

This third and final film of the Falls trilogy revisits former Mormon missionaries Chris and RJ, six years after they first fell in love and were disciplined for it, as they formulate a plan to be together at long last. Stream ‘The Falls: Covenant of Grace’ now on Dekkoo!

Dekkoo Films presents a short film that is one part work of ethereal realism and one part dance film. This contemporary-set film follows a young man facing the probability of an HIV+ diagnosis. ‘Writhing’ is available now to stream on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: After his date takes a shocking turn, a man is plunged into a surreal interrogation of just who and what he is.

Now Available: Thirsty

From a tender age Scott Townsend’s life is ruled by his slippery gender.

Growing up a girly-boy in the projects of Cambridge, Massachusetts, under the watch of Doris (Deirdre Lovejoy), his dysfunctional, single mom, Scott (played by Townsend himself) is prey to bullying and assault.

Already a talented singer and performer, Scott grows up to be revered drag queen Thirsty Burlington and delights club goers in Provincetown with his spot on impersonation of Cher. But even in this gay mecca, being Thirsty comes at a price.

Inspired by Scott/Thirsty’s real life, Thirsty spotlights the power of gender identity to both endanger and work its magic. The journey moves through dramatic, fantasy and musical sequences coming full circle when Scott realizes what he wants most in life, “To be safe and comfortable in all his skins,” and loved for all that he is.

Watch the trailer for Thirsty below. The film is now streaming on Dekkoo.

Sh*t gets radical in Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution

Started in the 1980s as a fabricated movement intended to ‘punk’ the punk scene, ‘Queercore’ quickly became a real-life cultural community of LGBTQ music and movie-making revolutionaries.

From the start of the pseudo-movement to the widespread rise of pop artists who used queer identity to push back against gay assimilation and homophobic punk culture, the poignant new documentary Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution is just that: a how-to-do-it guide for the next generation of queer radicals.

Directed by Yony Leyser, this doc features an impressively extensive participant list Included are Bruce LaBruce, G.B. Jones, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, John Waters, Justin Vivian Bond, Lynn Breedlove, Silas Howard, Pansy Division, Penny Arcade, Kathleen Hanna, Kim Gordon, Deke Elash, Tom Jennings, Team Dresch, and many, many more.

Watch the trailer for Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

Drag Heals is “part theater, part performance art and part group therapy”

Produced and directed by prolific writer/director/actor/author Charlie David, Drag Heals is a terrific new documentary series that follows men who have never worn heels or make-up but have always dreamed of letting their inner drag queen out to play.

These men, and aspiring queens, enter Canada’s first-ever drag class to explore how to create a compelling drag persona based around their own personalities and life experiences. Deeply persona and raw, these queens tackle prickly issues like gender identity, mental illness, heartbreak and feminism to better understand themselves and their queer experience in an otherwise straight world.

RuPaul brought “Drag Race” into the homes of millions and made the once-taboo art form mainstream. This newfound renaissance has inspired a new generation to explore the art of drag and challenge the constructs of gender.

While “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is a competition, Drag Heals is much more of a journey. For most of the participants, this experience is akin to a second coming out process – and the workshops end with a public performance where they each have to face down their fears of stepping into the limelight.

The show gives viewers unparalleled access to the creation of a performance that is more than just your average lip sync. The classes are structured so that the men must reveal their true selves in preparation for their public performance. In order to do it, they must be brave and vulnerable. As performance time draws near, the urgency to create a compelling piece forces them to face down their nerves and personal demons in order to deliver a quality performance for people who have shelled out money to see just that.

The full first season of Drag Heals is now available on Dekkoo! Watch the trailer below.

 

 

 

Watch the trailer for the profoundly moving new short film Louder Than Words

Louder Than Words, written and directed by Julio Dowansingh, is an independent short film that follows a young musician named Ansel (Luke Farley), and his unexpected encounter with Niall (Marty Lauter), an endearing, deaf dancer.

Marty Lauter in Louder Than Words

When forced to share a studio space, artists Ansel and Niall find themselves awkwardly beside each other, performing song and dance respectively. They have an underlying connection, and that is a closeted interest and admiration of each other. While Niall can read lips, an obvious language barrier still stands between him and Ansel.

Luke Farley and Marty Lauter in Louder Than Words

In order to communicate, Ansel and Niall must step out of their comfort zones, because even though they share similar passions and quickly inspire each other, the inevitable risk of miscommunication – both in language and emotion – remains, rendering their hidden affection almost impossible to express. 

Luke Farley in Louder Than Words

The film explores the sheer struggle that queer people often face in a culture that is yet to fully foster accepting spaces for courtship and love. At its core, the story portrays how difficult it can be to communicate romantic interest as a queer person, and in this case, an added impediment of being hearing impaired.

Luke Farley and Marty Lauter in Louder Than Words

Louder Than Words is now available to stream on Dekkoo. Check out the trailer below.

Stream the first two seasons of Successful People

The hilarious new series Successful People comes from writers/stars Theresa Ryan & Artie O’Daly, better known as the YouTube musical duo Skip & Terri. The series revolves around Chet and Laura, a songwriting duo in their tenth year of trying to make it, who start to realize their chances of success may have already passed them by.

Laura is happily married – and very-much pregnant; Chet has gone 13 years without a boyfriend – and has no other friends to speak of. Together they’ve written some of the catchiest jingles middle America has ever heard, but a Top Ten hit for Rihanna continues to elude them.

As they encounter a variety of people who have actually achieved success, Laura fears she has begun the slow slide into “contentment.”  This reignites her passion for their dream, but, as her douchey high school friend Jake points out, her soon-to-be-born baby may put a kink in her plans. And leave Chet not only friend-less, but dream-less, too.

A single-camera comedy set in Los Angeles, Successful People explores the ideas of achievement vs. contentment, if goals should have expiration dates, and what lengths someone will go to to get what they want.  Each episode takes a different type of “successful person” and examines the impact they have on Laura & Chet as they work to achieve their dream.

Is there a set path to success?  Do our own lives keep us from what we want?  Are all successful people just assholes?  With the clock ticking, Laura and Chet are willing to try anything to become the one thing they’ve never been: Successful People.

You can stream the full first two seasons of the series RIGHT NOW on Dekkoo.