Let The Canary Sing
Upcoming Feature Explores Icon Cyndi Lauper’s Cultural Impact and Legacy

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May 22, 2024

Paramount+ announced that LET THE CANARY SING, the feature- length documentary exploring the remarkable life and career of Cyndi Lauper, will premiere exclusively on the service in the U.S. and Canada on Tuesday, June 4 and on Wednesday, June 5 in the UK, Australia, Latin America, Brazil, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Directed by Emmy® Award-winning documentarian Alison Ellwood, the film made its world premiere at the 2023 Tribeca Festival.

Produced by Fine Point Films and Sony Music Entertainment in association with Concord Originals, LET THE CANARY SING chronicles Lauper’s meteoric ascent to stardom and her profound impact on generations through her music, ever-evolving punk style, unwavering feminism and tireless advocacy. The documentary takes the audience on an engaging  exploration of a renowned and pioneering artist who has left a remarkable legacy with her art.

Said Lauper: “Over the years I’ve been asked to do a documentary about my life and work, but it never felt like the right time. Until now. When I first met Alison Ellwood, I knew right away I could trust her to tell my story honestly, which was incredibly important to me, and she succeeded in that. I'd like to thank Alison, the producers, and all of the amazing documentary participants who agreed to be interviewed!”

LET THE CANARY SING is produced by Fine Point Films (THE GO-GO’S, No Stone Unturned, Elián) with Trevor Birney, Eimhear O’Neill, Andrew Tully and Alison Ellwood serving as producers. Lisa Barbaris and Gregory P. Cimino II, Esq. are executive producers. Tom Mackay, Richard Story and Rebecca Teitel serve as executive producers for Sony Music Entertainment. Sophia Dilley and Wesley Adams are executive producers for Concord Originals. Sony Music Vision is the distributor.

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will be releasing a companion product to the documentary of the same name. The LET THE CANARY SING companion album is a career-spanning collection that follows Lauper’s career, starting from her days in Blue Angel to her breakout single “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” to the iconic pop stardom that followed. With hits “True Colors,” “I Drove All Night” and more, this collection is a staple for any Cyndi Lauper fan. The album will be released on vinyl and as a digital expanded edition and is available for pre-orders!

She makes no apologies 
for her game on and off 
the court
Luca Guadagnino's new film in theaters April 26

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March 27, 2024

From visionary filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, Challengers stars Zendaya as Tashi Duncan, a former tennis prodigy turned coach and a force of nature who makes no apologies for her game on and off the court. Married to a champion on a losing streak (Mike Faist – West Side Story), Tashi’s strategy for her husband’s redemption takes a surprising turn when he must face off against the washed-up Patrick (Josh O’Connor – The Crown) – his former best friend and Tashi’s former boyfriend. As their pasts and presents collide, and tensions run high, Tashi must ask herself, what will it cost to win.

Look a Little Closer
In Theaters May 3

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March 27, 2024

Teenager Owen is just trying to make it through life in the suburbs when his classmate introduces him to a mysterious late-night TV show — a vision of a supernatural world beneath their own. In the pale glow of the television, Owen’s view of reality begins to crack.

Watch the official trailer for Jane Schoenbrun’s once-in-a-generation new horror film I SAW THE TV GLOW, starring Justice Smith, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Ian Foreman, and Helena Howard, with Fred Durst and Danielle Deadwyler. 

With new original music by Alex G, Caroline Polachek, Snail Mail, Yeule, and more.

A media storm threatens the marriage between a Vicar and his  boyfriend
From Ariztical On Demand

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March 27, 2024

Choosing between the love of a good man and faith in God is a tough call, especially for rebel vicar Peter Simmons. Peter ministers to an inner-city parish in New Zealand where he lives with his Samoan boyfriend of many years, Jason. When Peter and Jason agree to get married news of the forbidden marriage explodes, Peter finds himself under siege and the Bishop demands his resignation. The wedding is in jeopardy, the relationship is threatened, and Peter finds himself questioning his faith.

A Blood-Soaked Romance For The Ages
In Theaters March 15

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March 13, 2024

From Director Rose Glass comes an electric new love story; reclusive gym manager Lou falls hard for Jackie, an ambitious bodybuilder headed through town to Vegas in pursuit of her dream. But their love ignites violence, pulling them deep into the web of Lou’s criminal family.

Watch the new trailer for Sundance sensation LOVE LIES BLEEDING, from the boldly original Rose Glass. Starring Kristen Stewart, Katy O'Brian, Jena Malone, Anna Baryshnikov with Dave Franco and Ed Harris.

New year, 
same problemista
Opens in select theaters March 1

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February 27, 2024

New year, same problemista. From writer-director and star Julio Torres, PROBLEMISTA officially opens in select theaters March 1!

Alejandro is an aspiring toy designer from El Salvador, struggling to bring his unusual ideas to life in New York City. As time on his work visa runs out, a job assisting an erratic art-world outcast becomes his only hope to stay in the country and realize his dream. From writer/director Julio Torres comes a surreal adventure through the equally treacherous worlds of New York City and the U.S. Immigration system.

Searchlight Pictures
Poignant and Universally Acclaimed Drama All Of Us Strangers Debuts on Hulu

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February 14, 2024

On February 22, Searchlight Pictures’ Poignant and Universally Acclaimed Drama All Of Us Strangers Debuts on Hulu and Arrives at Digital Retailers

A compelling exploration of love, family and grief, this unique film from English director Andrew Haigh is Certified-Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes™ (96%) and has been described as “a beautiful, disorientating dream” (Jake Kring-Schreifels, The Film Stage) that “you won’t be able to stop thinking about” (Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist). 

Unanimously lauded by critics (both the LA Times and USA Today named it Best Film of the Year) and nominated for 6 BAFTA Film Awards, Searchlight Pictures’ All Of Us Strangers will be available from all major digital retailers (Prime Video, Apple TV and Vudu/Fandango) and arrive on Hulu on February 22.

One night in his near-empty tower block in contemporary London, Adam (Andrew Scott) has a chance encounter with a mysterious neighbor Harry (Paul Mescal), which punctures the rhythm of his everyday life. As a relationship develops between them, Adam is preoccupied with memories of the past and finds himself drawn back to the suburban town where he grew up, and the childhood home where his parents (Claire Foy and Jamie Bell), appear to be living, just as they were on the day they died, 30 years before.

This Is Me... Now
Amazon MGM Studios will release the cinematic original love story exclusively on Prime Video

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January 31, 2024

This Is Me…Now: A Love Story is like nothing you’ve ever seen from Jennifer Lopez. Alongside director Dave Meyers, Jennifer has created a narrative-driven cinematic odyssey, steeped in mythological storytelling and personal healing. Dropping in tandem with her first studio album in a decade, this genre-bending Amazon original showcases her journey to love through her own eyes. With fantastical costumes, breathtaking choreography, and star-studded cameos, this panorama is an introspective retrospective of Jennifer’s resilient heart.

Lie With Me
A celebrated novelist reminisces about his secret teenage romance during a nostalgic return home.

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January 17, 2024

Cinephobia Releasing is proud to announce the North American release of the powerful and achingly tender LGBTQ festival darling LIE WITH ME from writer-director Olivier Peyon. The film, an adaptation of author Philippe Besson’s award-winning novel Lie with Me, brings an uncommon understanding of queer sex and desire in both the spring and autumn of life. all set in the bucolic rural European countryside. Permeated with passion and wistfulness reminiscent of Call Me By Your Name, LIE WITH ME will arrive February 15, 2024 on DVD and VOD, digital platforms, including AppleTV, Amazon Prime, Google Play, VUDU, and more.

"LIE WITH ME is an assured, tender, erotic, intelligent and tragic drama, and by far the best French film I've seen in years. To paraphrase Nicole Kidman, heartbreak never felt so good", said Ray Murray, President of Cinephobia Releasing.

Celebrated novelist Stéphane Belcourt (Guillaume de Tonquédec) travels to his hometown after over 30 years. There, he meets Lucas (Victor Belmondo, grandson of Jean-Paul Belmondo), the son of Thomas, his secret teenage love. Lucas, inquisitive for information on his now deceased father, sets off turbulent emotions in the writer as his mind is flooded with memories of Thomas and their summer of love.

The film contrasts the wintry present with the sun-splashed summer past when the shy, bespectacled Stéphane (Julien De Saint Jean) meets and falls for the rough and tumble Thomas (Rémy Gillet.) LIE WITH ME is erotic, tender, romantic and heartbreaking.

LIE WITH ME held its North American Premiere at the American French Film Festival, and went on to have a healthy festival life with screenings at Frameline, Newfest, BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Miami OUTshine Film Festival where it took home the Audience Award for Best Feature, and ImageOut: The Rochester LGBT Film Festival where it won Best Narrative Feature.

Fireworks
Based on a real-life incident that jump-started the Italian Gay Rights movement

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January 03, 2024

The emotional & beautifully realized FIREWORKS will arrive on January 18, on DVD and VOD.

The troubled relationship between Gianni and Nino, set in the narrow-minded and prejudencial Sicily of 1982.

Cinephobia Releasing is proud to announce the North American release of the Italian LGBTQ festival darling FIREWORKS from writer-director Giuseppe Fiorello. Based on a real-life incident that jump-started the Italian Gay Rights movement in 1981, the emotional and beautifully realized FIREWORKS will arrive on January 18, 2024 on DVD and VOD, digital platforms, including AppleTV, Amazon Prime, Google Play, VUDU, and more.

"I was attracted to Fireworks because it more than just another "gay film" as the story is just as interested in the lives of the boy's parents, neighbors and friends as it is with the two young lovers", said Ray Murray, President of Cinephobia Releasing. "It truly is a snapshot of a 1981 pre-gay rights Italian village."

A sunbaked Sicilian town in the summer of 1982 provides the vivid backdrop to this tender romantic drama about two teenagers who fall in love, but much to the disapproval of those around them.

Gianni is a handsome but shy teen who works as a car mechanic at his stepfather’s garage but mercilessly taunted by the macho townsmen for being a homosexual. With his family life no better, Gianni withdraws into himself until one day he meets Nino, a curly-haired boy with an infectious smile. As the two become close and fall in love, the moral rumblings from their families and neighbors begin to erupt. With all against them, the boys decide to make a stand.

FIREWORKS held its North American Premiere at the Lincoln Center’s Open Roads Film Festival, and went on to have a healthy festival life with screenings at Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, Cinema Diverse: Palm Springs LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival, and Reel Q - Pittsburgh's LGBT Film Festival.

The film stars Gabriele Pizzurro, Samuele Segreto, Fabrizia Sacchi, Simona Malato, Antonio De Matteo, and Enrico Roccaforte. It is produced by Riccardo Di Pasquale, Gabriele Oricchio, and Eleonora Pratelli.

Housekeeping For Beginers
In select theaters on January 26, 2024, Expanding in February

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January 03, 2024

Focus Features is proud to announce the upcoming release of the celebrated film, 'HOUSEKEEPING FOR BEGINNERS,' slated to hit theaters on January 26th, 2024 and expand in the following weeks. The film made its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival as part of the official “Orizzonti” (Horizons) competitive section, where it not only captivated audiences but also secured the prestigious QUEER LION AWARD.

Directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Goran Stolevski, and selected as North Macedonia’s international Oscar submission shortly after its premiere in Venice’s Horizons strand, 'HOUSEKEEPING FOR BEGINNERS' explores the universal truths of family, encompassing both the bonds we inherit and those we create. The narrative revolves around Dita, who, despite never aspiring to be a mother, finds herself compelled to raise her girlfriend’s two daughters—Mia, a tiny troublemaker, and Vanesa, a rebellious teenager. As their individual wills clash, a heartwarming story unfolds about an unlikely family's struggle to stay together.

 'HOUSEKEEPING FOR BEGINNERS' marks Focus Features' third collaboration with director Goran Stolevski, following the success of his first two feature films, 'YOU WON'T BE ALONE' and 'OF ON AGE.' The film boasts a stellar cast including Anamaria Marinca, Alina Serban, Samson Selim, Vladimir Tintor, Mia Mustafa, Dzada Selim, Sara Klimoska, Rozafë Çelaj, and Ajse Useini.

'HOUSEKEEPING FOR BEGINNERS' was produced by List Production, Madants, Kinorama, Sense Production, and Industria Film, in collaboration with Film I Väst, CommonGround Pictures, and Causeway Films, and in association with Tango, New Europe Film Sales, and the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund. The production received essential support from the North Macedonian Film Agency, Croatian Audiovisual Center, Film Center Serbia, Polish Film Institute, and Kosovo Cinematography Center.

 The accomplished team of producers behind this remarkable project includes Marija Dimitrova, Klaudia Śmieja-Rostworowska, Ankica Jurić Tilić, Beata Rzeźniczek, Milan Stojanović, and Blerta Basholli.

Focus is distributing the film in the U.S. with Universal Pictures International handling international distribution (excluding Eastern Europe).

Don't miss the opportunity to experience the heartfelt journey of 'HOUSEKEEPING FOR BEGINNERS' when it arrives in theaters on January 26th, 2024.

He Went That Way
In Select Theaters January 5, and On Demand January 12, 2024

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December 20, 2023

Set in 1964, He Went That Way is a taut thriller based on a true crime story that puts a wicked spin on the buddy road trip film.

The film follows 19-year-old serial killer Bobby (Jacob Elordi) as he is picked up by a celebrity animal handler, Jim (Zachary Quinto), on a desolate stretch of Route 66 with priceless cargo in tow: Jim's chimpanzee, Spanky, an American TV darling. As stress between Bobby and Jim rises and their fiery personalities combust, the road only becomes more treacherous the farther they go.

We Live Here: The Midwest. 
Families from the Midwest who face challenges because of who they are.

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December 6, 2023

From filmmakers Melinda Maerker and David Clayton Miller. On Hulu December 6, 2023

All families must confront challenges, every day. But many also face a rising tide of discrimination and hate in their churches, schools, and even their own neighborhoods. "We Live Here: The Midwest" profiles families who hope to stay in a part of the country they love, and where they have often established deep roots: a trans/queer family with five children in Iowa must find a new community after being expelled from their church; a gay Black couple with a young daughter test the line of acceptance in Nebraska; a lesbian couple homeschool their bullied son on a farm in Kansas; a gay teacher in Ohio creates a safe space for LGBTQIA+ students; and a couple in Minnesota struggles to rebuild their families following both of their transitions. Meanwhile, Minnesota State Representative and queer mother, Heather Keeler, brings LGBTQIA+ rights to the political forefront despite ongoing death threats. Fundamentally, the film captures a crucial time where anti-queer legislation and sentiment is rapidly multiplying across the country, and the values of all midwestern families are put to the ultimate test.

The Color Puple 
Warner Bros. Pictures invites you to experience the extraordinary sisterhood of three women who share one unbreakable bond.

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December 6, 2023

This bold new take on the beloved classic is directed by Blitz Bazawule, a multi-medium artist whose breakout first feature is the highly acclaimed “The Burial of Kojo.” The film’s all-star producers are Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones. 

“The Color Purple” stars Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), SAG Award winner and Tony Award nominee Danielle Brooks (“The Color Purple,” “Orange Is the New Black”), Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Colman Domingo (“Euphoria,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), Tony Award nominee Corey Hawkins (“Six Degrees of Separation,” “In the Heights”), Oscar- and Grammy-winning artist H.E.R. (“Judas and the Black Messiah”), Grammy nominee Halle Bailey (“The Little Mermaid”), Oscar nominee Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor (“King Richard,” “Ray”), and Grammy-winning artist Fantasia Barrino in her major motion picture debut. 

The screenplay is by acclaimed playwright Marcus Gardley, who won a WGA Award for “Maid.” His script is based on the novel by Alice Walker and based on the musical stage play, book (of the musical stage play) by Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. 

Joining director Bazawule behind the camera are a roster of acclaimed artisans, including Oscar-nominated director of photography Dan Laustsen (“The Shape of Water”), Oscar-winning production designer Paul Denham Austerberry (“The Shape of Water”), editor Jon Poll (“Bombshell,” “Meet the Parents”), costume designer Francine Jamison-Tanchuck (“Glory,” “One Night in Miami…”) and choreographer Fatima Robinson (“Dreamgirls”). The music is by Oscar nominee Kris Bowers (“King Richard,” “Green Book,” documentary short “A Concerto Is a Conversation”). 

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Harpo Films Production, an Amblin Entertainment Production, a Scott Sanders Production/a QJP Production, “The Color Purple.” It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and is set to open in theaters in North America on December 25, 2023 and internationally beginning 18 January 2024.

Bad Together 
Dekkoo’s New Feature Film Explores the Drama of Gay Friendship.

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November 22, 2023

Filmmaker Jono Mitchell shares the evolution of a relationship between two seemingly opposite queer friends in Bad Together, his new film releasing to TVOD on December 5 via Dekkoo Films.  Over four years, Robbie (played by Andrés Erickson) and Cameron (played by Queer Niro) learn to accept and love one another and themselves.  “I really wanted to explore the idea that a lot of the expectations we hold for ourselves and others can lead to sadness and conflict,” filmmaker Jono Mitchell explains. “Fundamentally you can connect with a person on the most basic level, but ultimately that connection still needs to be built on mutual expectation.”

The story begins with Robbie, newly dumped, and in such deep need for companionship that he's willing to embrace the company of anyone who extends a hand.  Enter Cameron, the life of the party who appears to revel in the admiration he receives from others. However, behind the happy go lucky exterior is a man who constantly craves validation and is struggling with finding a clear sense of purpose in his life.

Robbie and Cameron are two young men who are desperate to connect with one another but have different ways of achieving the bond.  They each offer their own version of love and affection and as they chase the ideal of what each deems to be true friendship, they create a relationship that may not be healthy for either one of them. 

Mitchell explains he was inspired to write the story based on a similar friendship he experienced a few years ago.  “I have an incredible friend who changed my life. He is so special to me, but circumstances within our current stages of life drove us apart,” he recalls. “When everything changed, I had to accept the version of friendship that I idealized didn’t exist anymore. What we became is just as special, but I think I’ll always grieve for what we had.” 

Filming for Bad Together took place in Atlanta, Georgia, where Jono Mitchell found the actors who would play Robbie and Cameron. Due to a familiarity with his work, Mitchell didn’t audition Andrés Erickson for the role of Robbie; he offered it to him outright.  For his part, Erickson sees several similarities between himself and the role that he plays in Bad Together.  “Robbie is a caring guy, but like me he has a tendency to overanalyze, and I think we both like to talk things out as opposed to allowing bad feelings to fester.”

Where they differ is in their style of communication. “Robbie tends to be petty and more aggressive than I am,” Erickson says.

As for his choice of Queer Niro in the role of Cameron, Mitchell explains, “When you’re casting a character who may behave in unlikable ways, it’s important to find an actor who will naturally highlight some of the character’s more likable attributes. Queer Niro’s charm makes it believable that someone like Robbie would look past Cameron’s mistakes and embrace him as a friend.” 

“Cameron is me, just dialed up some notches,” Queer Niro adds, acknowledging that he played the scenes how he would handle the scenarios in real life.  “Cameron is an endearing guy who longs to make something of his life but fears the possible consequences that come from change.”  He hopes viewers will consider Cameron’s conundrum when deciding whether they are Team Robbie or Team Cameron.  “Obviously, Team Cameron is the correct answer,” he laughs.

True to character, Andrés Erickson takes a more neutral stance.  “I hope people are reminded to take care of their friendships. People are complicated and they change and letting go can be necessary. It’s sad, but that doesn't always mean it's a bad thing.”

He also commends Jono Mitchell on writing a script that focuses on queer friendship. “It's not something we see a lot of in queer cinema.  There's often a tendency to focus on the romantic aspects, when in real life things are much more complex and nuanced.”

Filmmaker Jono Mitchell is best known for his work on the Adult Swim digital shows, Dear Jono and Stupid Morning BS.  His most recent works include Courtney Gets Possessed(2023) and Miles from Nowhere (2022).  He hails from Atlanta, Georgia and in 2023, he was named a “2023 Creative to Watch” by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. 

Bad Together releases December 5 via Dekkoo Films, a subsidiary of the Dekkoo streaming platform. It will be made available for TVOD rental across numerous platforms including Apple, Amazon, Google, and many others before arriving on the Dekkoo streaming platform in 2024.

Mean Girls  
From the comedic mind of Tina Fey comes a new twist on the modern classic, MEAN GIRLS. 

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November 8, 2023

New student Cady Heron (Angourie Rice) is welcomed into the top of the social food chain by the elite group of popular girls called “The Plastics,” ruled by the conniving queen bee Regina George (Reneé Rapp) and her minions Gretchen (Bebe Wood) and Karen (Avantika). However, when Cady makes the major misstep of falling for Regina’s ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels (Christopher Briney), she finds herself prey in Regina’s crosshairs. As Cady sets to take down the group’s apex predator with the help of her outcast friends Janis (Auli’i Cravalho) and Damian (Jaquel Spivey), she must learn how to stay true to herself while navigating the most cutthroat jungle of all: high school.  

Searchlight Pictures 
Next Goal Wins will release in theaters on November 17, 2023. 

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November 8, 2023

Directed by Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok), NEXT GOAL WINS follows the infamously terrible American Samoa soccer team, known for a brutal 2001 FIFA match they lost 31-0. With the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers approaching, the team hires down-on-his-luck, maverick coach Thomas Rongen (Michael Fassbender) hoping he will turn the world's worst soccer team around in this humorous and heartfelt underdog story.

Estuaries 
Eli turns to his recently deceased partner’s friends for a hand with his immigration, but some of them have ulterior motives.

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November 8, 2023

Inspired by Shamriz's own experiences immigrating to the U.S during the Trump administration, ESTUARIES is set in 2017, months after a car crashed through the front window of a Los Angeles art space, killing Bdalak, a rising nonbinary performance artist. Bdalak’s partner Eli (Lior Shamriz), a queer Mizrahi musician with a past as an activist in Israel, planned to marry them for a green card and now spends his time adrift, communing with others over his grief and struggling with his visa. He soon meets Myrna, an artist making work about immigration, whom he feels can help solve his situation.
 

Horror Shorts 
Queer Director João Dall’Stella Halloween-Themed Special

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October 25, 2023

Queer Director João Dall’Stella Premieres Halloween-Themed Horror Shorts Special HOT WAYS TO DIE. Shorts are rolling out now through Halloween.

"What happens when you mix a queer director and Hammer Horror movies? João Dall’Stella's new Halloween special, Hot Ways To Die—whose first two installment Through A Hole and Dropping The Towel are out now—was born of his passion for challenging the norms of your true desires. About the visual inspiration behind the collection, Dall’Stella shares: “If I'm dying, I'd rather do it while having fun and looking good.” 

Through A Hole starring Alex Honorato and Dropping The Towel starring Ty Chen, the first installments of Hot Ways to Die, are now live Dall’Stella’s Instagram channel HERE @joaodallstella and on TikTok HERE @joaodallstella and all social media channels.

The sexy, steamy, and funny video portraits celebrate queer horror in the most unique way. 

"For years, I was afraid of being queer and coming out of the closet. It took me a while to realize that living authentically means letting go of that fear. It's similar to watching a scary movie – when you face your fear, there's a sense of relief and excitement about what's next."

The Halloween special has a full-blown queer cast and crew. “It's important to see LGBTQ+ representation on screen as heroes and villains, showing the light and darkness of the human experience.” The Hot Ways To Die collection of shorts features seven moving images that include a butt-eating vampire, a glory hole of death, and even a cheeky nod to what happens inside every gym steam room.
 

Boy Culture: Generation X 
The Long-Awaited Sequel to the Romantic Classic

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October 25, 2023

Boy Culture: Generation X, the sequel to the trailblazing drama Boy Culture(2006), will release November 7, 2023, on all TV on-demand platforms.  The original film’s stars Derek Magyar (X) and Darryl Stephens (Andrew) are returning in their iconic roles, as is the entire original creative team — director and co-writer Q. Allan Brocka, producers Stephen Israel and Philip Pierce and co-writer Matthew Rettenmund.

More than a decade after the events of the first film, Boy Culture: Generation X finds X and Andrew, the on-again, off-again couple, now both 40, broken up, and tensely sharing a home out of financial necessity. When X attempts to plunge back into his previous job as a sex worker, he's in for a rude awakening — he's no longer the flavor of the month, and the entire industry has been transformed by changing attitudes, online platforms and PreP.

X reluctantly turns to a bratty Gen Z twink named Chayce (Jason Caceres) to guide him back into the business.

Director and co-writer Brocka says the original film, cited among the 200 Best LGBTQ+ Movies of All Time by Rotten Tomatoes, resonated because it showed LGBTQ+ relationships "in a positive way that embraced our sexuality and sexual experiences. There were not a lot of films doing this unless they focused on our trauma.

Of Boy Culture: Generation X, he says, "The original focused on taking a risk to find love. Now, X has had love, and something’s not quite working, so he’s got to refocus on himself — who is he outside of love?"

Derek Magyar says of returning as X, “I love the character, the writing, the director. We are a family. We had a table read and it was like nothing had changed, except for the fact that we’d gotten a bit older.”

With age comes wisdom, giving Magyar a chance to play a more vulnerable anti-hero. “I think X has grown a lot, and still has a lot to learn. I think he is well-intentioned, but I don’t think he is the best communicator and often gets himself in trouble. He goes back to hustling because it’s something he knows he is good at, and he wants to show Andrew he can handle taking care of his part of the life that they share — or shared.”

Darryl Stephens, recently seen on the Chuck Lorre sitcom B Positive, says, “When I heard Derek was coming back, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. Not only would the fans be able to see us together again after all these years, but my job in telling this story would be exponentially easier.”

The dynamic between X and Andrew is relatable because it’s built on truth. “We all reach that point in our lives where we are suddenly questioning what we believed was good enough,” Stephens offers. “And we wonder ... is that all there is to love? Because that's what we all deserve, right? To be happy with ourselves?”

Newcomer Jason Caceres, who plays Chayce, was a teen when the first movie released. "I was in high school," he says, "and watched it at a highly inappropriate hour to avoid having any difficult conversations with the people in my life. I remember starving for any content that would help me understand what I was feeling."

Times have changed, but queer youth are still starving for positive and realistic portrayals, and Boy Culture: Generation X pulls no punches in delivering both.

Matthew Rettenmund, author of the novel on which the films are based, and who co-wrote Boy Culture: Generation X with Q. Allan Brocka, says that along with aging among gay men, the new film “is even more diverse, and also talks a lot more about race, age-gap issues, the status of safer sex, bisexuality, social media image-making, cosplay ... There is something startling and thought-provoking at every turn."

Producer Philip Pierce says he hopes “viewers will take away a deeper understanding of the ways that sex, love and money impact their own lives. X’s profession as an older sex worker allows us to experience, both comedically and dramatically, a rather extreme version of these forces.”

Will X and Andrew come together once again, like they did at the end of the original film? Or is Boy Culture: Generation X the end? 

Boy Culture: Generation X is releasing via Dekkoo Films, a subsidiary of the Dekkoo streaming platform. It will be made available for TVOD rental across numerous platforms including Apple, Amazon, Google, and many others before arriving on the Dekkoo platform in 2024.

Down Low 
Starring Zachary Quinto & Lukas Gage

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October 11, 2023

An outrageous comedy about one wild night and hysterical outcomes. Repressed divorcé, Gary hires Cameron, a spirited and boundary-free sex worker to give him an erotic massage. When Cameron learns how inexperienced middle-aged Gary is, he becomes determined to deliver a crash course in unapologetic queer life. Cameron’s agenda of hookup apps and gay nomenclature quickly causes the day to take several riotously obscure turns as the pair endure a nosy, pill-popping neighbor, a dark web intruder, and more in a hilarious evening of consequences and confrontation. Starring Zachary Quinto, Lukas Gage, Simon Rex with Audra McDonald, and Judith Light.

Living For The Dead 
The new series follows the fabulous “Ghost Hunties” 

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October 11, 2023

Five queer ghost hunters crisscross the country, helping the living by healing the dead; as they explore some of the world's most infamous haunted locations, they shed light on those not seen and illuminate untold stories.

Executive Produced by Kirsten Stewart and from the creators of Queer Eye, the new series follows the fabulous “Ghost Hunties” Alex Le May, Juju Bae, Ken Boggle, Logan Taylor and Roz Hernandez as they explore some of the world’s most haunted locations, helping the living by healing the dead. 

Lionsgate Films 
On digital and On Demand Now!

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September 27, 2023

In college, attorney Molly Singer (Britt Robertson) was the life of every party. Now, she’s about to be fired because she can’t leave her partying ways behind. Molly’s boss, Brenda (Jaime Pressly), tells Molly there’s one way to save her job: re-enroll at her old alma mater, befriend Brenda’s socially awkward son, Elliot (Ty Simpkins), and take him from zero to campus hero. Aided by her best friend (Nico Santos), Molly goes to battle with stuck-up hall monitors, boozed-up frat brothers, and her old archenemy in a hilarious quest through the past to save her future.

The Latent Image 
Cinephobia Releasing is proud to announce the North American Premiere

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A stranger appears at a young thriller writer’s cabin deep in the American wilderness. Mysterious, intriguing, attractive and terrifying, has he found the perfect inspiration for his new book or are his darkest fantasies about to come to life?

August 30, 2023

Cinephobia Releasing is proud to announce the North American Premiere of THE LATENT IMAGE, a twisted, beautifully-crafted deep dive into the imagination that explores just how deadly inspiration can truly be. From writer-director Alexander McGregor Birrell (Sleepaway Slasher), the film stars Joshua Tonks and Jay Clift as two men caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse that threatens to turn a dark fantasy into a stark, inescapable reality. The LATENT IMAGE is set to screen in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 7 at the Lumiere Music Hall.

The Latent Image is a striking example of indie genre cinema – taut, creepy, and smart with an dense atmosphere of sexually charged dread, what’s not to love", said Ray Murray, President of Cinephobia Releasing.

THE LATENT IMAGE centers around thriller writer Ben, who, while struggling for inspiration, retreats to an isolated rural cabin to start work on his latest novel. One night, he wakes to find a wounded man in the cabin claiming to be a hunter whose car had broken down nearby. Intrigued by the intruder, Ben decides to secretly use him as inspiration for the antagonist in his new book. But, as the man helps Ben enact increasingly dangerous scenarios for the story’s captive protagonist, Ben's ambition may not only destroy the peaceful world he's created, but take his life in the process.

"Horror films and thrillers have always been my passion", said Birrell. "The cast and crew really gave their all and it was a wonderful experience to see and feel the scenes coming to life on set, even if that sometimes meant feeling real fear in those dark woods!"

THE LATENT IMAGE world premiered at London's Soho Horror Film Festival, and went on to screen at Outshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival and Queer Screams Festival. The film is set to screen at Fargo Moorhead LGBT Film Festival this September.

"Having The Latent Image come to North American audiences is a dream come true", said Birrell. "This film is a love letter to a lot of US genre cinema and I hope people enjoy it."

Open Wide 
Let The Music In

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Watch the official trailer for Dicks: The Musical with an all-star ensemble.

August 16, 2023

Two self-obsessed businessmen (writers Aaron Jackson & Josh Sharp) discover they’re long-lost identical twins and come together to plot the reunion of their eccentric divorced parents, in this riotously funny and depraved musical from comedy icon Larry Charles (Seinfeld, Borat) also starring Megan Thee Stallion, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally, and Bowen Yang as God.

The Unabridged Mrs. Vera’s Daybook 
A brilliant story of historic activism, love, and art.

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“The Unabridged Mrs. Vera’s Daybook” tells the brilliant story of historic activism, love, and community art through the works of two prolific San Francisco artists

August 2, 2023

David Faulk and Michael Johnstone, who also happen to be long-term AIDS survivors and extraordinary activists who were instrumental in ACT UP and the NAMES Project (culminating in the March On Washington/installation of Aids Quilt in Washington, D.C.). During one of the darkest periods in US History, two men decide to bring all the joy and color to a broken community for which an entire movement has emerged. Taking to the streets bedecked in glitter, baubles, and recycled plastic, the two form a cadre of colorful kindred spirits they call Verasphere, supporters, fellow activists and members of the Queer Art Community join the film to help paint this vivid portrait of perseverance, compassion and outrageous dime-store fashion, photos. Having received the coveted Community Grand Marshall appointment for the San Francisco Pride Parade in 2019, our film subjects confront a new pandemic and celebrate 25 years of making sensational art together.

F.L.Y. 
A queer comedy with central themes of self-love and self-acceptance

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Queer filmmakers Rafael Albarrán and Trent Kendrick wrote and directed the movie, aiming to uplift and inspire by showcasing the heart, dynamism, and diversity that makes the queer community so vibrant.

August 2, 2023

About the inspiration behind the film, writer-director duo Rafael Albarrán and Trent Kendrick shared: “We dreamed up the movie we wished we could watch – a queer romantic comedy that helps us remember to laugh and love where you are. A film that shows us there are opportunities for healing when you pause and look inside.”

About the cultural and political relevance of the film, the filmmakers said: “In our film, one of the lead characters is non-binary and dreams of becoming a drag superstar. Today, almost three years after we began writing the script, our countryʼs politicians have intensified their villainization of our community. Fear is the driving force of their rhetoric because drag represents everything they are not – joyful and free.”

Parallel Lies 
Digital VOD Out August 22

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Dirk has been framed for a crime he did not commit. Can he prove his innocence and remain sane?

August 2, 2023

Dirk Bridle has just been released from prison after 8 years for good behavior. He has always maintained his story of falling asleep at the wheel and not drunk driving that caused the death of a teenager. While in prison, Dirk had an affair with a prison officer, Josh Cummings. Josh has been persistent in tracking down the person who mixed up the lab results in the case against Dirk while Dirk is hellbent on finding the dirty cops who he thinks framed him. 

Red, White & Royal Blue 
Official Trailer Is Here!

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RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE, based on the New York Times best seller, will premiere globally on August 11, exclusively on Prime Video

July 19, 2023

Alex Claremont-Diaz (Taylor Zakhar Perez), the son of the President of the United States (Uma Thurman), and Britain’s Prince Henry (Nicholas Galitzine) have a lot in common: Stunning good looks, undeniable charisma, international popularity … and a total disdain for each other. Separated by an ocean, their long-running feud hasn’t really been an issue, until a disastrous—and very public—altercation at a royal event becomes tabloid fodder, driving a potential wedge in U.S./British relations at the worst possible time. Going into damage-control mode, their families and handlers force the two rivals into a staged “truce.” But as Alex and Henry’s icy relationship unexpectedly begins to thaw into a tentative friendship, the friction that existed between them sparks something deeper than they ever expected. Based on Casey McQuiston’s critically acclaimed New York Times best seller, Red, White & Royal Blue marks the feature film co-writing and directing debut of Tony Award-winning playwright Matthew López (The Inheritance).

august at twenty-two 
Lady Parts Productions

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A story exploring our search for connection and love, this extraordinary 84-minute gem of a film, is helmed in front of and behind the camera by a team of queer female storytellers in their early twenties. 

July 19, 2023

august at twenty-two, a Lady Parts Production is the directorial debut from Latina director Sophia Castuera (having worked with Sony Pictures Animation, and recently her award-nominated short film VOCE), produced by Mary Elizabeth Monda(The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, Luke Cage (Netflix), The Punisher(Netflix), and having guided projects for Netflix, AMC, Marvel, Warner Bros TV, Google, and Meta, etc.), and written by & starring the luminescent Ali Edwards (Head of Development at Amy Berg’sproduction company Disarming Films, recent projects include Phoenix Rising (HBO), Keep This Between Us (Freeform), The Case Against Adnan Syed (HBO), and Alan at Night (directed by Jesse Swenson), with the upcoming Wilderness, executive produced by Aaron Paul and Amy Berg).

This richly textured cinematic tapestry charts our elemental need to connect with one another as Cal (Edwards), a floundering actress, accidentally falls in love with her best friend's girlfriend. We experience multiple coming of age stages during our lives, coming out the other side now feeling the glow of self-realization and newfound confidence – a ugust at twenty-two embraces that.

Drive-Away Dolls 
Focus Features

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Focus Features will release DRIVE-AWAY DOLLS In-Theaters Nationwide on Friday, September 22nd 

July 05, 2023

Written by Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke, this comedy caper follows Jamie, an uninhibited free spirit bemoaning yet another breakup with a girlfriend, and her demure friend Marian who desperately needs to loosen up. In search of a fresh start, the two embark on an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee, but things quickly go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals along the way. Directed by Ethan Coen.

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KOKOMO CITY
A wildly entertaining and refreshingly unfiltered documentary 

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Magnolia Pictures will release KOKOMO CITY in theaters on July 28th, 2023 

June 21, 2023

In the wildly entertaining and refreshingly unfiltered documentary KOKOMO CITY, filmmaker D. Smith passes the mic to four Black transgender sex workers in Atlanta and New York City – Daniella Carter, Koko Da Doll, Liyah Mitchell, and Dominique Silver – who unapologetically break down the walls of their profession. Holding nothing back, the film vibrates with energy, sex, challenge, and hard-earned wisdom.

This vital portrait, edited and shot by Smith in bold black and white, is her feature directorial debut. A two-time Grammy-nominated producer, singer, and songwriter, Smith made history as the first trans woman cast on a primetime unscripted TV show. Executive produced by Lena Waithe, KOKOMO CITY won the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT Innovator Award and NEXT Audience Award, as well as the Berlinale’s Audience Award in the Panorama Documentary section.

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Historical Homos
Zachary Quinto’s new 
docu-series is streaming 
now on Dekkoo 

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New episodes releasing every Friday during Pride  

June 21, 2023

In Celebration of Pride Month, “Historical Homos” Presents the Gayest Stories Never Told
A New Dekkoo Series Executive Produced by Zachary Quinto

The series is a fun guide to queer history that aims to show that queer people have been around for eons.   The first four episodes present a nice spread of L, G, B, and T with the first exploring male homosexuality in Greek Mythology and the second delving into the true story of a transgender spy and soldier, Le Chevalier d’Éon.  The third episode focuses on the little-known bisexual proclivities of William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe and the final Pride month episode reviews the life and loves of Virginia Woolf, particularly her lesbian affair with Vita Sackville-West.

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Theater Camp
Tony Award winner Ben Platt and Molly Gordon star in the original comedy 

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Searchlight Pictures will release in theaters on July 14

June 21, 2023

Lifelong best friends and drama instructors at a rundown camp in upstate New York. When clueless tech-bro Troy (Jimmy Tatro) arrives to run the property (into the ground), Amos, Rebecca-Diane and production manager Glenn (Noah Galvin) band together with the staff and students, staging a masterpiece to keep their beloved summer camp afloat.

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Peckham Mix
A New Gay Comedy Series Releases This Summer on Dekkoo 

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George Turner stars in this lighthearted gay comedy series about a man struggling to find new direction in his life after being dumped by his boyfriend.   

June 21, 2023

Josh moves into a new flat on Weston Street in Peckham, with colorful new roommates, Rex (Kane Surry) and Connor (Janak Nirmal), who mysteriously leave the house each night.  Josh’s curiosity into his roommates’ inexplicable 1am excursions lead him to potentially deadly consequences. Peckham Mix is created and directed by Marco De Luca, produced by Cédric Andries and executive produced by Brian Sokel and Derek Curl. It will begin streaming on Dekkoo,  the first subscription streaming service dedicated to gay men, on June 15.

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No Hard Feelings 
Exclusively In Movie Theaters June 23, 2023

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No Hard Feelings Exclusively In Movie Theaters June 23, 2023 

May 24, 2023

Jennifer Lawrence produces and stars in No Hard Feelings, a laugh-out-loud, edgy comedy from director Gene Stupnitsky (Good Boys) and the co-writer of Bad Teacher.

On the brink of losing her childhood home, Maddie (Lawrence) discovers an intriguing job listing: wealthy helicopter parents looking for someone to “date” their introverted 19-year-old son, Percy, before he leaves for college. To her surprise, Maddie soon discovers the awkward Percy is no sure thing.

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