The award-winning short film ‘Trophy Boy’ arrives on Dekkoo!

The award-winning short film Trophy Boy is now available on Dekkoo. The short film about James, a sexy NYC #bestlife poser who must face the harsh reality of creating a life without a hashtag after he is dumped by his wealthy benefactor.

The film was directed by actor and director Emrhys Cooper, written by co-star Anthony Johnston (a writer on the CBS series “Instinct”) and co-stars Gerald McCullough, who many know from the “Bear City” movies.

Trophy Boy, premiered on Sunday October 21st in the private screening room at the exclusive members club SoHo House New York. Drawing a glamorous crowd including actors like Zachary Quinto and his partner Miles McMillan. Instagram star Eric Rutherfod, well known artist and author Oliver Jeffers, actress and influencer Sofia Belhouari and the full cast of Trophy Boy.

WATCH TROPHY BOY NOW ON DEKKOO!

Check out some photos from the premier below!

Emrhys Cooper at the premiere of his short film, 'Trophy Boy'
Emrhys Cooper (Director, James)
Zachary Quinto and Emrhys Cooper at the premier of 'Trophy Boy'
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Emrhys Cooper and Anthony Johnson at the premiere of 'Trophy Boy'
Emrhys Cooper and AnthonyJohnston (Writer, Andy)
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Gerald McCullouch (Mark), Donal Brophy (Tom), Emrhys Cooper (James), Anthony Johnston
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Emrhys Cooper and Instagram star Eric Rutherford @mr.rutherford

Production of ‘I’m Fine’ Season 3 underway!

Brandon Kirby, creator of the Dekkoo-original series ‘I’m Fine’, sent us two photos this morning from this past weekend’s table read for the upcoming season of ‘I’m Fine’.

As we previously reported, ‘I’m Fine’ returns to Dekkoo in 2019. Season 3 is currently in production around the Los Angeles area.

I'm Fine Season 3 Table Read
From top left: Ryan Fisher, Alise Willis, Andrew Ceperley (DP/director), Brandon Kirby (showrunner), Michael Varrati (writer/producer), Albert Payano (writer/producer), Clay Pruitt (writer/producer), Paloma Rabinov, Maria Lingbanan, Kylie Sparks, Frankie Rodriguez, Brittney King.
I'm Fine Season 3 Table Read
Clockwise from left: Monson Douglas (sound mixer), RJ Aguiar, Perry Powell (“Nate”/director), Lee Doud, Richard Stokes, Will Gressman, Clay Pruitt (writer/producer), Michael Varrati (writer/producer), Brandon Kirby (showrunner), Albert Payano (writer/producer), Peter Wylie, Geoffrey Kennedy, Jennifer DeFilippo (writer/director), Frankie Rodriguez

Watch I’m Fine Season 1 on Dekkoo!

Watch I’m Fine Season 2 on Dekkoo!

Film Comment Magazine touts Dekkoo!

Founded in 1962, Film Comment magazine features reviews and analysis of mainstream, art-house, and avant-garde filmmaking from around the world.

In the July-August 2018 issue, Michael Koresky (the director of editorial and creative strategy at Film Society of Lincoln Center; the co-founder and co-editor of Reverse Shot; a frequent contributor to the Criterion Collection; and the author of the book Terence Davies, published by University of Illinois Press) calls Dekkoo a, “…a welcome addition to the lineup of niche platforms, such as FilmStruck and Shudder, that truly seem to care about who’s watching and why…”

READ KORESKY’S ARTICLE “HOME MOVIES: A VERY NATURAL SELECTION” HERE!

‘The Apple Tree’ to become a feature film. You can help!

Every day hundreds of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered elders are faced with the despairing truth of being isolated and discriminated against as they enter their twilight years. Some have completely denounced their sexuality in fear of being who they are, while others give up and sometimes even commit suicide after facing the fact that they must return into the closet.

This is an image from The Apple Tree

Matthew Arnold-Ladensack’s award-winning short film,  ‘The Apple Tree’ deals with this subject. The short centers around Gabe, an elderly wheelchair-bound veteran who is forced back into the closet after his life partner passes away and he moves into a homophobic assisted living home.

We were thrilled to learn that the filmmakers have decided to turn the ‘The Apple Tree’ into a feature length film and they need our help!

Please donate to, share or follow this wonderful project!

 

 

Dekkoo Delivers Diverse, Queer, and Magical Dramedy Series “Paper Boys” May 10

(New York, NY) April 20, 2018–On May 10, Dekkoo.com, the global streaming media service catering to queer men, will launch the six-episode first season of “Paper Boys,” a romantic San Francisco-based dramedy about discovering who you are–and, with a newfound magical power–becoming who you want to be.

Watch the official trailer for ‘Paper Boys’ at Dekkoo.com!

This is a picture of Cole from the gay series, 'Paper Boys'

“Paper Boys” tells the story of Cole, who, in a brash decision, secretly moves to San Francisco under the guise of his straight best friend’s engagement party to escape a dead-end career and the memories of a passionate summer fling with a boy in New York.

But when he arrives, he runs into the former fling and old feelings resurface. And after his friend, Daren, reveals his engagement was an accident, Cole uses the mysterious powers of a re-discovered sketchbook to try to put their lives back on track, whatever the consequences.

Cole in the bathroom

About the Creators
“Paper Boys” was created by Curtis Casella and Kyle Cabral. Casella writes, directs, and edits, and Cabral directed the first two episodes and plays Cole.The two initially met when they both lived in New York City, and became friends when they realized they shared a passion for storytelling.

Casella and Cabral (above with cinematographer Dan Chen) self-funded the first two episodes out of their own pockets and funded episodes 3 & 4 with Kickstarter. They had shot and released the first two episodes when Dekkoo stepped in to finance, expand and release “Paper Boys” as their fourth original series. Previous Dekkoo original series include “Feral,” “Love is Blind” and “I’m Fine.”

Cabral describes the somewhat-autobiographical “Paper Boys” as “the story of a young, gay Asian-American artist who moves from New York to San Francisco looking to jump-start his career and relationships, and discovers he has a magical power that allows him to reshape his life through his art.”

In real life, Cabral is a director, producer, illustrator, and animator who has created cinematics for video games (The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones) as well as his own queer art.

Three-quarters of cast, crew Asian-American, African-American, Latino, trans
In addition to being that rare queer series centered around a gay-straight male friendship and the struggles of millennial friends at disparate stages of their careers, diversity was also important for the creators, so nearly three-quarters of the cast and crew is Asian-American, African-American, Latino, or trans.

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“There isn’t much media out there that explores these issues from the point of view of a queer person of color, or even a person of color,” says Cabral, who is Filipino-America. “One of the things that is really important to us is that ‘Paper Boys’ isn’t seen as just a series with gay people of color, but a series with gay people of color with a story and characters audiences like and want to see more of.”

When asked if they planned to expand the show to appeal to straight audiences, Casella says, “I don’t really care about that, to be honest. Straight people have literally every other show on TV that represents the varying experiences of being a straight person in today’s world. I think Kyle and I are proud for people to think of ‘Paper Boys’ as a ‘gay series’. There should be a lot more gay media!”

Watch the official trailer for ‘Paper Boys’ at Dekkoo.com!

Dekkoo acquires rights to Kris Kidd’s darkly comedic and controversial #ELSEWHERE!

Kris Kidd is a confessional poet and essayist based in Los Angeles. He is the author of two published books— Down for Whatever (2016) and I Can’t Feel My Face (2014).

#ELSEWHERE, his “clinically depressed” weekly sex column, was released on NAKID Magazine in the spring of 2017. A series of darkly comedic and loosely interconnected personal essays about his relationship with sex and his struggle with mental illness, each of the entries tackled a variety of heavy subjects with razor sharp wit and unflinching honesty.

The column quickly developed a loyal following leading to Dekkoo optioning the rights to develop the essays into a Dekkoo-original series.

#ELSEWHERE is currently in pre-production with Kidd handling writing duties on all episodes. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months.

This is a photo of Kris Kidd

“Kris Kidd digs deeper into his psyche than ever before, giving readers a monstrous glimpse into his inner world. Heavy on insight and light on apologies, the column is an intimate portrait of the young author’s experience with depression and self-destruction.” —Office Magazine

“Kidd’s shameless style of confessional writing evokes a bruise, so painfully funny and self-deprecatingly sincere that it feels as though we aren’t even supposed to be reading it.” —Huffington Post