‘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.

Paper Boys

“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

‘Paper Boys’ Season One Wraps Production!

In case you missed it, the cast and crew of the upcoming Dekkoo-original series ‘Poster Boys’ shared the photo above to their social media accounts. It was taken just after wrapping production on the final episodes of season one.

As we announced last week, ‘Paper Boys’ season one will arrive on Dekkoo in 2018.

Be sure to follow Paper Boys on twitter.

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.

‘Dekkoo: Video Entertainment for Gay Audiences’ courtesy of the Huffpost

A wonderful piece about Dekkoo appeared on the Huff Post earlier this week. The article discusses our dedication to the success of our collaborations with filmmakers (like our partnership with creator Pablo Andreu and his series STRAY) and our mission of bringing gay audiences programming that, in many cases, can’t be found on any other digital platform.

You can read the full article here!