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.

New This Week – 2/1/19

Samuel and Wilfredo, two struggling artists in the Philippines, have put everything they have into a new independent film project that they’re hoping will launch their careers. But when the Board of Censors bans their film for having gay themes, they find more even more obstacles along to road to success. ‘Uncensored Dreams’ is available now on Dekkoo!

A young musician named Ansel has an unexpected encounter with Niall, an endearing, deaf dancer. ‘Louder Than Words’ is available to stream on Dekkoo!

In what way does communication serve as a form of self-expression, and self-expression a form of communication? ‘Words’ explores how people navigate gender and identity in the open and evolving landscape of New York City.

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Coming next week: A brand new-gay film that is a magical coming-of-age tale.

Take a trip back to 1992

The new 25-minute short film 1992 follows Martin (Louis Duneton), a seventeen-year-old student who and spends the majority of his time behind a video camera, recording everything everything that catches his eye. One day, he meets an older man named Dominique (Matthieu Dessertine), who works as a watchman at his school. After their first encounter, Martin seems to only have eyes for his new crush.

Louis Duneton and Matthieu Dessertine in 1992

Examining infatuations, the frustrations of adolescence, father-son conflict, first-time sexual experiences and the way being a gay teen has changed from the early ’90s to now, director Anthony Doncque’s period piece 1992 is provocative and brutally honesty. The film depicts a warts-and-all sex scene between a teen and a twenty-something that should ring familiar to any or us who came of age pre-internet.

Louis Duneton and Matthieu Dessertine in 1992

Louis Duneton and Matthieu Dessertine give committed, completely fearless performances and Doncque stands out as a talented director worth keeping an eye on.

You can watch 1992 now on Dekkoo. Just be warned: the film features scenes of graphic sexuality. Viewer discretion is advised.

New This Week – 1/25/19

Aaron, an up-and-coming young rapper, is starting to find career success. Unfortunately, his rise is tempered by a volatile music industry, his dangerously jealous older brother and his own insecurities surrounding his sexuality. Binge the first season of ‘Single Record’ now, only on Dekkoo!

Dekkoo Films presents the gay short film, ‘1992’. Martin is seventeen and spends all day recording everything with his Hi8 camera. One day Martin meets Dominique, who works as a watchman at his school.

This documentary discusses how a small Mediterranean fishing village of some 3,500 people in 1900 has now become the Gay Mecca of the Mediterranean and can serve as an example for other less tolerant countries of harmonious LGBT integration. Watch ‘The Gay History of Sitges’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: “An exploration of identity.”

It only takes four minutes and forty-two seconds to reach Ecstasy

He would do anything to be touched by his former lover once more… ANYTHING.

Writer-director-star Kyle Reaume’s four minute and forty-two second short film Ecstasy is an exploration of the coalescence of love and violence. Playing out in slow motion, with no discernible dialog, the film introduces us to an attractive young man (Justin Miller) sitting alone at the bar. Across from him, he spots an old flame (Harrison Reynolds). Though we know pretty much nothing about their relationship, it’s safe to assume that things didn’t end well.

Reaume juxtaposes one of the couple’s happiest moments with the immensely queasy confrontation that is about to unfold. Ecstasy packs a powerful punch (quite literally) into a very short run time.

You can watch Ecstasy now on Dekkoo and make sure to check out Kyle Reaume’s other available short film, What About Shelley, while you’re at it!

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New This Week – 1/18/19

Dekkoo and Comedy Dynamics present ‘OUT On Stage’, an absolutely hilarious and one-of-a-kind original stand-up comedy series. Hosted by Zach Noe Towers – OUT Magazine’s “One of the 10 comedians to watch in 2018”, ‘OUT On Stage’ brings sixteen of the funniest LGBTQ comedians working today into your home! Binge the entire first season of ‘OUT On Stage: The Series” now!

Award-winning male-erotic photographer Ohm Phanphiroj’s explores desire in a singularly artful and frank way with these short films. ‘DESIRE: The Short Films of Ohm’ are available to stream on Dekkoo!

When his partner Cody dies in a car accident, Joey learns that their son, Chip, has been willed to Cody’s sister. In his now solitary home life, Joey searches for a solution. The law is not on his side, but friends are. ‘In The Family’ is available now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A gay series about an up-and-coming young rapper fighting the music industry and his own insecurities surrounding his sexuality.

Short Film Spotlight: Ultra Bleu

Stylish and sexy, the 20-minute short film Ultra Bleu follows a young man in a love life-related crisis.

Writer-director-star Nick Neon in Ultra Bleu

After a rough confrontation with his cheating ex-boyfriend, Jim (writer-director Nick Neon) comes to think that he’ll never find the love life he’s looking for – especially not through dating apps. Just when he’s ready to throw it all away, he has a chance encounter that gives him a new perspective on romance and life itself.

Writer-director-star Nick Neon in Ultra Bleu

Ultra Bleu writer-director-star Nick Neon is a (devastatingly handsome and exceptionally talented) half-Korean American actor, writer and director from New York City. After directing his feature-length debut, Fear Eats the Seoul in 2011, Neon co-founded the Seoul-based production company NYK Media Group. He also served as Creative Director at Roll the Dice Pictures, where he directed several K-Indie music videos for artists such as Love X Stereo, Henry Bloomfield and Kite Flying Robot. Ultra Bleu marks his return to narrative filmmaking – he’s also working on expanding the short into a feature length film.

Writer-director-star Nick Neon in Ultra Bleu

Check out the trailer for Ultra Bleu below. The film is now available on Dekkoo!