New This Week – 11/2/17

This is the art for Coffee House Chronicles

Coffee House Chronicles: The Movie‘ is a comedy that explores the many ways LGBT people connect in the world of the Internet, social media, and of course coffee houses. The movie, based on the successful web series from writer-director Stewart Wade, covers two days and one night of love, hookups, heartbreaks, and hopes in gay Los Angeles.

This is the art for the gay short film Pyotr495

Set one evening in present-day Moscow, 16 year-old Pyotr is baited by an ultra-nationalist group known for their violent abductions and attacks bolstered by Russia’s LGBT propaganda law, but Pyotr has a dangerous secret. Watch ‘Pyotr495’ on Dekkoo now!

This is the art for Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional

While not a gay-centric comedian, Colin Quinn’s ‘Unconstitutional’ is a poignant (and hilarious) stand-up special that deserves a look due the current political environment. Quinn offers an analysis of the creation of the United States Constitution and its effect on the American psyche how the three branches of government are similar to people in a bar, why most U.S. presidents are unattractive, and how the Kardashians reflect on our country. Watch ‘Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional’ on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week:  A contemporary pansexual drama that can best be described as the darker, equally sexy Belgian versions of John Cameron Mitchell’s ‘Shortbus’.

DEKKOO DISPATCH 042 – ‘PYOTR495′

Title – ‘Pyotr495

Director – Blake Mawson

Starring – Alex Ozerov, Alanna Bale, Juliana Semenova, Max Rositsan

Release Date – 2016

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How was everyone’s Halloween festivities last night? Did you have to take the day off work to recover? Over here at Dekkoo we’re still clinging onto the vapors of October with this week’s short film that really packs a wallop: ‘Pyotr495‘.

The beginning of ‘Pyotr’ starts out simple enough, a really really cute guy named Pyotr (played by Alex Ozerov) is cruising on Grindr one night and is invited over to an older muscle stud’s apartment (decorated in terrible/amazing Russian fashion), but since this is a horror film he of course runs into some trouble, namely a few anti-gay Russian Nationalists that believe that it’s their responsibility to rid Russia of ‘degenerates’ like the gays. A twist towards the end makes the short film extremely enjoyable 😉

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There are lots of reasons why this short film has played all over the world: great direction, fantastic cinematography, a great horror twist, and a really cute lead to name more than a few, but it’s the films social commentary about LGBTQ bullying that really ties everything together. The films starts with a message, stylized like the beginning of a Disney fairy tale: “Russia, 2014 – The country’s military has been ordered to invade the Ukrainian territory of Crimea, while the newly-instated LGBT Propaganda Law makes it illegal to present gay life in Russia as normal. President Vladamir Putin’s approval rating is at a six-year high.”

This film paints a reality for many LGBTQ people living in Russia. They don’t feel safe in the same spaces that most of us in the U.S. feel safe in. The wrong hookup can lead to devastating consequences. Charlie David from Border2Border (who helped bring Pyotr to a wider audience online) interviewed the director Blake Mawson and asked a question about why the film is so important in this day and age:

With what we’ve seen is happening in Chechnya with the anti-gay purge and concentration camps for gay men, these human rights abuses by Chechen authorities where journalists covering the story are receiving death threats and being forced to flee the country – this is obviously a very clear sign that things are not getting any better and are in fact worsening in many parts of the globe. While I’m not claiming that our short film is solving any of world problems, I do think it is important that we use our voice as artists and as people in any way possible to draw attention to these injustices and continue to raise awareness.

I think if I can use genre-type film to put an audience in the shoes of the people who are experiencing this type of terror and hatred, make them uncomfortable and have them realize that this is actually not so make-believe in the end, that this type of horror is real – then we can begin to open people’s eyes and reach an audience in unexpected ways.

Check out ‘Pyotr495‘ tonight and do your part in kicking the asses of Russian bigots!!

 

 

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Watch it with: Your horror buddies.

Mix it with: Russian Vodka of course!

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Dekkoo to deliver ‘Paper Boys’ in 2018!

We are thrilled to announce that we have acquired the rights to the amazing, ingenious, inventive and downright perfect ‘Paper Boys‘ to expand the series into a full-fledged Dekkoo-original series.

‘Paper Boys’ is a gay romantic fantasy-dramedy about discovering who you are, and with a newly found magical power, becoming who you want to be.

Check out the announcement below that co-creators Curtis Casella, Kyle Cabral and some of the cast shot while preparing to shoot new episodes for Dekkoo:

 

Here’s just a few quotes about this inventive series:

Paper Boys is a delightful new web series that takes the sometimes harsh reality of being a confused millennial trying to juggle love, a career, and a new city, and spices it up with a bit of magic to make it all the more captivating.” – The Huffington Post

“It’s fun, sexy and a unique way to look at the gay world of twentysomethings.” – HeSaid Magazine

“It…does impressive cinematic justice on a small budget, but more importantly it feels relatable for combining gay and straight characters into something resembling real life.” – Queerty

You can check out the first two episodes of the series now over at the ‘Paper Boys’ web site until the complete first season of ‘Paper Boys’ becomes available exclusively on Dekkoo in 2018.

New This Week – 10/27/17

This is the artwork for the gay film Palace of Fun

Lily meets an attractive young man named Finn and invites him to her rich family’s summer home. When Lily’s jealous younger brother Jamie finds out that Finn is not who he claims to be, Jamie decides to play a sinister game to get rid of him – and blackmail him into performing some “favors.” A stylish and sexy sun-soaked thriller, ‘Palace of Fun‘ is a throwback to European art-house thrillers of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Think of it like Roman Polanski’s ‘Knife in the Water’, but with more gay kissing.

This is the collection art for the gay short film Grind

Grind‘ is a musical short film that explores a damaged man’s search for a connection in an interconnected world.

This is the art for Louie Anderson: Big Baby Boomer

After his Emmy winning turn playing a woman in the FX show ‘Baskets’, stand-up comedian and actor Louie Anderson is entering a third act of his long career. This stand-up special, filmed in 2014, shows Louie’s unconventional and jovial humor as he tackles his bad habits, pesky family members (the inspiration of his ‘Baskets’ character) and his aging body. Watch ‘Louie Anderson: Big Baby Boomer’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A comedy that explores the many ways LGBT people connect in the world of the Internet, social media, and of course coffee houses.