New This Week – 8/7/20

Arrate is an elderly woman who receives a phone call from the hospital: her son Koldo is in a critical condition. She arrives to the hospital and finds him on a coma. During her stay at the hospital she will soon begin to realize that she knows nothing about his son’s life. ‘Puntu Koma’ is available now on Dekkoo!

Shane Bitney Crone’s plans to marry Tom Bridegroom in California after the same-sex marriage law is passed takes a tragic turn when his partner of six years accidentally dies and Tom’s family refuses Shane from attending the funeral. Watch ‘Bridegroom’ now on Dekkoo!

Flashbacks chronicle the O’Brien family from the 1960s when they reign as Suffield’s ideal family, through the 1990s when elderly matriarch Ginnie lives in seclusion with her gay son, Mark. ‘Dream House’ is available now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A gay Israeli architect in a committed relationship is undone when the specter of parenthood is raised.

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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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 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.

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.

 

New This Week – 7/10/20

A conservative professor at a Christian college finds himself in a gay support group to stop their launch of an LGBT homeless youth shelter in their small town. Face-to-face with the community he has been battling his entire career, he begins a journey of truth, revealing that life and love are not as black and white as he first thought. Watch ‘At the End of the Day’ on Dekkoo!

A young man on vacation searches for his identity while longing for affection. As he watches people on the beach he becomes aware of another young man dancing free. ‘Beautiful Alexander’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

This documentary tells the story of Reverend Frank Schaefer who was put on trial in the United Methodist Church for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding. ‘An Act of Love’ is available now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: An inner identity desperate to be released.

New This Week – 7/3/20

Mateo is an intelligent boy who falls in love with his friend Daniel. When their relationship is revealed, Mateo is at a crossroads and must decide between fighting his adversities, or giving up everything – including his own life. ‘Green Butterflies’ is available now on Dekkoo.

Lucas is a cocky pretty boy who lives for casual sex and no commitments. Dean 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. Season 2 of ‘Two Naked Gay Guys’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

This documentary chronicles the project by Steven Reigns devoted to collecting rubbings from LGBTQ historical markers, signs, tombstones, cenotaphs, plaques, and monuments. Watch ‘The Gay Rub’ on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A conservative professor at a Christian college finds himself in a gay support group.

Short Film Spotlight: Dominant Chord

Adam Charles (Clayton Chitty), the lead character in the affecting new nine-minute short film Dominant Chord, is a bona fide country music star. He’s had his third single reach number one, his last album has just gone platinum, he’s headlining sold out shows across the country and he’s been nominated for several CMA’s. Adam is settling into his stardom – and it’s great. Except for one small thing.

Adam is gay, and for years Adam has kept his love-life under wraps while building his career – because the common thinking is that country music is not ready for a gay country star.

So Adam and his partner Brian (Sean Poague) made the bargain to stay in the closet, but as Adam’s popularity and success grows so does the goalpost of Adam’s coming out. Brian is tired of the trail of broken promises and sets in motion a plan that rapidly spirals out of control and forces Adam to make an impossible choice.

“I walked away from country music years ago because I felt it was a closed door to me,” says Dominant Chord writer-director Jeremy Leroux. “LGBTQ+ youth should not grow up feeling some doors are closed to them because of who they are. It’s time to kick down those doors.”

Watch the trailer for Dominant Chord below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

Short Film Spotlight: Cognitive

What if growing up in the Church led you to believe that you weren’t really going to grow up at all?

Young David, played as a little kid by Zakary Risinger, interprets something he hears from the pulpit by a homophobic, Southern Baptist preacher (Del Shores) that changes his outlook on life.

As an adult, David, now played by writer-director Mat Hayes, takes his family to a more progressive church, but despite Reverend Wynn’s (Jessalyn Gilsig) inspiring sermon on true love, David struggles to overcome the trauma inflicted upon him as a young boy at the hands of the church.

Will he be able to find peace with the religion he was raised in? Daniel Robaire, as David’s husband Jonathan, offers the love we all look for in a partner. Erica Tazel delivers a gripping performance as Young David’s school nurse, rounding out the stellar ensemble of actors.

Watch the trailer for Cognitive below. This short film is available now on Dekkoo.