The Trailer For Coming Of Age Story "We The Animals" Is Out

We the Animals is an up and coming indie film with an LGBTQ lead character.

The film is based off of the semi-autobiographical novella of the same name by Justin Torress.

The story follows a family living in rural New York. Within the family of five is youngest son Jonah (played by Evan Rosado). Jonah likes to record his life with his parents and two brothers in a journal.

As time goes by, Jonah watches his brothers turn into two different iterations of his young and volatile parents. Meanwhile, Jonah realizes that he sees the world differently than the rest. His sexuality and heightened imagination not only sustain him, but also ostracize him.

The film’s script was adapted by Jeremiah Zagar and Dan Kitrosser. As they shared at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, they were honored to be a part of the project.

“It’s been an honor to adapt this unbelievable novel by Justin Torres, and create this cinematic world with Raul Castillo, Sheila Vand, and our stunning three young-adult leads Evan Rosado, Isaiah Kristian, and Josiah Gabriel,” director Zagar said in a statement.

After making the rounds at film festivals earlier this year, We the Animals is coming to U.S. theaters on August 17.

While you wait for the movie to come out, you can check out the trailer down below.

Netflix's Emo The Musical Has A Charming Love Story About Overcoming Conversion Therapy

Warning: This post will have slight spoilers for Emo the Musical.

Emo the Musical has a charming gay subplot and a beautiful song about overcoming gay cure therapy.

The Australian black comedy-musical titled Emo the Musical is currently playing worldwide on Netflix. The film follows the tension between a high school emo rock band called Worst Day Ever and a Christian band called Hope Group.

In the middle of all that conflict is a Romeo and Juliet-esque romance between Hope Group member Peter (played by Craig Hyde-Smith) and classmate Josh (played by Kevin Clayette),

In the film, we see Peter not only denying his sexuality, but also going through electroshock therapy to cure his homosexuality. Josh then tries to get Peter to accept himself and his sexuality. This all culminates into a love song titled “Electrified.”

While the moment comes off as loving and sweet, the lyrics give off a sad and alarming message.

Josh sings:

“If my love for you should somehow bring about
Global warming
I promise I will take the heat
If my love for you is responsible wars in the Middle East
I’ll go over there and I’ll make peace

‘Cause I’d be drowned in Sodom
I’d be burnt in Gamorrah
I’d happily go to prison
Like Ugandans think we oughtta

I’d go through years and years of conversion therapy
I would fill my body with volts of electricity.”

Meanwhile, Peter sings:

“I want a world where Jesus loves me
Where the kids at school don’t laugh at me and scorn
I fear the devil’s got a hold of me
How will I ever be reborn?

But I’d be drowned in Sodom
I’d be burnt in Gamorrah
I’ll happily be castrated
Like Alan Turing thought he oughtta
I’ll take as many drugs as they wanna give me
I will tie myself up to a stake
And burn myself for witchery.”

Queer filmmaker Neil Triffett told Calgary International Film Festival that this movie was a passion project of his.

“I think the core is the same, being about a relationship between an Emo and Christian, but the story has grown bigger, with more characters and a bigger plot.

“The film is a ‘coming out’ tale and because we have eight characters we can do that in many sorts of ways now, from characters accepting they love a Christian, one accepting they’re gay, one simply owning up to liking basketball.

Hopefully, that makes it more universal. I think distance has allowed me to better understand why I wanted to tell this story – the further I got from high school (I’m still in my 20’s) the more I can see what a confusing time it was. Accepting others and accepting yourself isn’t as easy as it sounds.”

You can watch the scene for “Electrified” down below.

h/t: Pink News

Nick Offerman's Upcoming Film "Hearts Beat Loud" Is Musical Family Fun

We’re excited to check out Nick Offerman’s latest film.

Hearts Beat Loud follows Offerman as a widowed father who’s getting ready to see his daughter off to college. But then, he starts to consider another path for him and his lesbian daughter (played by out actress Kiersey Clemons). In order to keep their bond strong, Offerman’s character decides the two should form a band.

The film was celebrated at the Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals before finding its way in theaters later this month.

Many critiques applauded the film for spotlighting an interracial family with a lesbian romance (fellow out actress Sasha Lane plays Clemon’s romantic interest) while not making those the focus of the film. Instead, the film is about the relationship between this father and daughter while still incorporating those factors.

Nick Offerman spoke to NewNowNext on this topic and said:

“Yeah, one of the things I love most about this film is both that my daughter’s gay and there’s a gay teenage summer romance, and also that she’s biracial. That’s where smart writing is going these days. We’re all made up of all different colors of the rainbow, and let’s get on with the story of the movie, which is a dad and his daughter dealing with some life issues.”

Hearts Beat Loud comes to US theaters in a limited release starting on June 8. Then, it will expand nationwide on June 15.

You can check out the trailer down below.

A Nigerian LGBTQ Rights Group, TIERS Nigeria, Made A Teen Love Film To Increase Gay Visibility

The first trailer’s out for a Nigerian film that’s focused on ending discrimination in its home country.

TIERS Nigeria: The Initiative for Equal Rights is an LGBTQ rights organization stationed in the West African country. They conduct multiple LGBTQ rights missions such as providing legal assistance, documenting LGBTQ abuse, hate crimes, and discrimination, political engagement to act as LGBTQ citizens’ voice, and creating media to share the lives and trials of LGBTQ people.

Concerning the latter, TIERS Nigeria has created four films to introduce LGBTQ life to the rest of the country. The first three films, Hell or High Water, Everything in Between, and Veil of Silence, were moderate successes. Now, it’s time for the fourth film to arrive.

We Don’t Live Here Anymore is a simple teen romance between two boys.

In Prominence high school, Tolu Bajulaiye and Chidi Egqonuwu, stand at the center of a romantic tale and one full of scandal.

In addition, Nike, Tolu’s mother, is a powerful matriarch who uses every inch of her power to fight the two boys at every turn.

We Don’t Live Here Anymore was directed by Tope Oshin, executive produced by Olumide Makanjuola, written by transgender writer Noni Salma, and stars Osas Ighodaro Ajibade, Funlola Aofiyebi, Katherine Obiang, Funmi Eko, Abiodun Aleja, Francis Sule, Kunle Dada, Temidayo Akinboro, Chris Iheuwa and Omotunde Adebowale.

You can check out the first trailer of the film down below.



Silent Short Film Focuses On The Relationship Between A Deaf Man And A Hearing Man

We have a wonderful short film to share with you all that you’ve just got to check out. Broadway stars came together to create a film centering on the hearing impaired.

Sign is a short film that focuses on the relationship between Aaron, who’s deaf, and Ben, who can hear.

In a little less than 15 minutes, we watch the relationship between the two from the start. We see them living separately, we see them meeting, we see them on first dates, meeting parents, fighting, going to parties, dealing with the hearing gap, and more.

All of this is to show that relationships with those who are deaf or hearing impaired is the same (though maybe a little trickier) as the dating lives of those who can hear.

The film has been around for a while now (since 2016) and made its way into 50 film festivals around the world. It even earned the 2016 Youth Jury Award at the Iris Prize LGBT Film Festival.

Now that its done spreading its wings around the world, the film has come home online and is being shared with everyone who has a computer or a phone.

The film’s creator, Newsies’s and Tuck Everlasting’s Andrew Keenan-Bolger, says that he created the film to spotlight the intersection between the gay community and the deaf community.

“Both [groups] have fallen under historical systems of oppression and have been viewed by many in the past as something that needed to be fixed or cured,” he told NewNowNext. “And yet both have managed to build an incredibly rich culture and strong identity.”

He also shared that John McGinty (Children of the Lesser God) and Preston Sadleir (Next to Normal) played wonderfully as Aaron and Ben respectively. Their performances were then matched by a winning score that played as the only audio to the movie.

“Ultimately, we decided to not use subtitles, but to compose an evocative score that would help with storytelling,” said Keenan-Bolger. “This way our deaf and hard-of-hearing audience had the benefit of being able to access the love story of these two men through sign language, and our hearing audience was able access it through the score.”

If you want to see the award winning silent short film, you can watch it down below.

h/t: NewNowNext

The First Gay Film With A Wide Release In China Got Disappointing Reviews

China just had its first gay film with a wide release across the country, but many a more disappointed than excited.

Last year, the Chinese censorship organization announced that they would allow gay film “Looking for Rohmer” to get a wide release across the country. This surprising act of tolerance and acceptance confused many as China’s actions towards gay content flips from intolerant to tolerant depending on the day.

But now that the film is out in theaters, some feel that this milestone is more of a letdown than anything.

Looking for Rohmer, otherwise known for its former working title Seek McCartney, follows the story of a Chinese dancer named Zhao Jie. Zhao Jie (played by Han Geng) starts the film in turmoil as his French friend Rohmer (played by Jérémie Elkaim) died while exploring Tibet. The film then explores the intimate relationship between the two.

A writer from Sixth Tone was honored with a spot to see a Shanghai screening of the film (and he noted that the three other viewers in the otherwise empty theater were also gay men).

What that Sixth Tone writer saw ended up being a pretty confusing film. It seems that the film went through several hoops of censorship before it could be released. This made it out to be one of those films where you have to know in order to recognize the signs of a homosexual storyline.

For instance, there was one scene where Rohmer goes to a bar to drink his worries away. Gay viewers of the film might have been able to recognize that the bar was only full of men and some more may have been able to recognize the bar as the popular LGBT bar in Beijing called “Destination.”

As Sixth Tone writes:

“Some scenes obviously point to a gay relationship,” a 43-year-old marketer surnamed Yang told Sixth Tone. Yang recalled how Rohmer and Zhao embraced, how Zhao rubbed Rohmer’s back in a public bathhouse, and how the two held hands during a night out drinking. But Yang also conceded that these scenes were few and far between, and might go unnoticed by straight moviegoers.

That said, many have felt cheated. After anticipating “the first gay film with a wide release in China,” many felt like censorship turned it into the blandest film (that’s kind of gay) imaginable.

"I thought I was watching a documentary film about the scenery in Tibet,” one ticket-booking user wrote online. “The product after censorship is a perfunctory, sucky movie.”

That said, perhaps Looking for Rohmer will have a better effect on the country in the longrun. Perhaps, the goal is like Love, Simon where Looking for Rohmer is just a movie to open the door for more gay films in the future.

That said, if you take away the draw for viewers looking to see gay films, Love, Simon remains a good movie while it looks like Looking for Rohmer has beautiful scenery but is otherwise pretty bland.

h/t: Sixth Tone

Taiwanese Film "Sodom's Cat" Uses A Gay Orgy To Talk About Gay Life And Love

A Taiwanese film featuring an explicit orgy scene is making the rounds in Asian film circuits and online.

Sodom’s Cat is an indie film created by GagaOOLala, Asia’s first LGBTQ streaming service.

The film centers on a group of five men from Taipei who meet through a gay app and get together to participate in a sex party.

Despite what would seem like a fairly graphic plot and storyline, the film is supposedly full of nuance and subtext. The movie’s creator, Huang Ting-Chun, meant for the project to depict psychological growth, emotional depth, and gay cultural messages through this brazen outer shell.

“This is a film talking about love through sex,” Huang said in an interview with Gay Star News, “Though it is X-rated, it is the emotions behind our current sex culture that I want to explore.”

You see, Sodom’s Cat boldly tackles hookup culture in Asian society like no film has done before, but with the purpose of expressing something deeper.

“I want to discuss this topic because it is core to gay culture nowadays. With the quick development of social networks, gay people can now be open about their sexual orientation without the embarrassment of barking at the wrong tree,” Huang remarked.

“Therefore, gays have become one of the biggest groups on personal social networks, and they use it as a place where they can get what they want.”

While the film will find its permanent home online through GagaOOLala, the movie has been making the rounds at festival circuits like the Taiwan Queer Film Festival where it was shortlisted for the Iris Award.

Unfortunately, GagaOOLala doesn’t always support English speaking viewers who wish to watch Asian content by providing subtitles (we’re not the target audience after all). But, the growing interest in the film internationally may help to promote an official English release sometime soon. (Here’s hoping).

h/t: GayStarNews

Steve Coogan And Paul Rudd Learn How To Play House In New Film "Ideal Home"

A new trailer is out for a film about a gay couple learning how to parent.

Ideal Home stars Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd as a celebrity chef named Erasmus and his directing husband named Paul.

The two fight often and live a hectic life but they ultimately love each other. Things change for them though after finding out that Erasmus has a 10-year-old grandson named Bill (played by Jack Gore). Now, they have to change their lives and learn how to raise the boy right.

The movie first premiered in February at the 2018 Mardi Gras Film Festival in Sydney and its now having an official release in theaters starting June 21.

Along with Netflix gay teen rom-com Alex Strangelove, it seems that this summer will have some interesting films starring gay characters. We’re looking forward to them.


Get Ready For Netflix's Gay Rom-Com Called "Alex Strangelove"

Ladies, gents, and those in flux, it seems that Netflix is trying to catch the wave that Love, Simon started.

The video streaming platform is increasingly becoming more aggressive by the day when it comes to buying the distribution rights for indie films. Now, after Love, Simon became the financial and cultural success that it is, it looks like Netflix wants in on that action.

Back in March, Netflix announced that the gay teen film Alex Strangelove would premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival, before then making its way to the streaming site.

Alex Strangelove tells the story of Alex Truelove, a well-rounded high school senior with a wonderful girlfriend Claire and a bright future ahead of him - and with plans to achieve his last teenage milestone by losing his virginity. But things get complicated when he meets Elliot, a handsome and charming gay kid from the other side of town, who unwittingly sends Alex on a rollercoaster journey of sexual identity, kicking off a hilarious and moving exploration of love, sex and friendship in our liberated and confusing modern times.

Written and Directed by Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins, Wilson), Alex Strangelove stars Daniel Doheny, Madeline Weinstein (Beach Rats), and Antonio Marziale (Altered Carbon). The film was produced by Ben Stiller, Nicky Weinstock, and Jared Ian Goldman.

After being produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films and now getting distributed by Netflix, we’re pretty excited to see what the finished project looks like. Luckily, we won’t have to wait long.

Last month, the announcement for the film came with the initial release date of July 20. That said, NewNowNext reports that the film will release on Netflix on June 8. If this date change is real, it could make sense due to June being Pride month, and the recent success of Love, Simon.

That said, until an official release date is announced (and an official trailer comes out), we’ll assume that the release date is still July 20.

No matter what, the movie will be coming to us all through the streaming platform soon.

"Just Friends" or "Gewoon Vrienden" Is A Hot Gay Rom-Com To Look Out For

In this post, we're sharing with you guys a steamy gay film to look out for.

Keep in mind, this is sadly not the next Love, Simon with a big production company for us all to go see. This is a smaller tv movie that’s more indie, but made a splash for its provocative scenes.

The movie we’re talking about is Just Friends or Gewoon Vrienden as its known in its native Dutch.

The tv film focuses around two men who are falling in love, but have to deal with their overbearing mothers getting in the way of their relationship.

Want more details?

Well, the plot starts off with a man named Joris and his mother. Joris’s mom has become addicted to getting surgeries, so Joris hires Yad, a man similarly addicted to coke, to help his mother around the house.

But then, the two men get to know each other and realize that they’re falling in lust and love with each other. But, who’s gonna tell their disapproving mothers?

If that story sounds ok to you or if you are not fully convinced, let us tell you that there is a lot of steamy scenes to keep your attention.

While the tv film hasn’t been released in any English format yet, the movie has caused a bit of a splash its native country of the Netherlands. Because of that, there’s talk of it being transferred to Netflix and possibly getting an English dubbing or subbing.

So, look out for the steamy film about two “friends” getting up close and personal (and their mother’s heckling them in-between hot and heavy scenes).

But still need some more convincing? Head over to CocktailsAndCockTalk (site NSFW) to get an intimate look at some of those delicious scenes.