Category Archives: Film

FILM. ‘Moonlight’ Wins MTV Award For Best Kiss.

Kiss HeadBy Brandin LaKee Tolliver

‘Moonlight‘ actors Jharrel Jerome and Ashton Sanders win the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss. And rightly so. That kiss was so HOT! Jerome and Sanders, who played young Kevin and Chiron respectively, in this years Best Picture Oscar winning film, proudly excepted the award.kiss3

The ceremony was hosted by comedian Adam Devine, for the first year as the newly rebranded MTV Movie & TV Awards. The category of Best Kiss is a fan favorite and what many consider to be the award shows best category. Well, next to Best Dance Sequence. Do they still do that one? Anyway, I couldn’t be happier to see some praise for and an award given to some Black on Black gay love. ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾

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FILM. ‘Kiki N’ Brunch’ About PrEP.

By brandin lakee tolliver

AskMeAboutPrEP.org has released the fun short film ‘Kiki N’ Brunch,’ where viewers eavesdrop on a group of friends as they discuss life, love, and PrEP at brunch on a Sunday Funday.

The short, produced by AltaMed, aims to start, if not, keep the conversation going on the growing number of men of color being infected by the HIV virus, and how the use of PrEP is over 90% effective in preventing HIV when taken as prescribed. Having spent time working with the Stop AIDS Project in San Francisco, educating gay  men on gay men’s’ health, and encouraging the practice of safe sex, I was extremely excited for the arrival of the HIV preventing drug Truvada.  In all honesty, I could get into this as a regular series. Check out Kiki N Brunch below. Enjoy!

FILM. May LGBT Film Festivals.

By brandin lakee tolliver

TRANS/LATINOS: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival proudly boasts on its web page, “This year we have expanded to be the largest transgender film festival in the world!” Exhibiting 32 films, from 15 countries, over 14 days, at 5 unique venues, the festival has new and encore presentations of films meant to entertain, educate, and inspire. The festival also has two non-traditional elements for a film festival; a one-night-only Live Concert by Joe Stevens, and the Rae Spoon and Clyde Petersen hosted ‘Comics & Live Music with Clyde & Rae’ event.

Likewise, the Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival will feature a great lineup of films such as ‘Jewel’s Catch One,’ dubbed the Studio 54 of the west coast, the film documents the oldest black owned disco in America.

Baynard & Me,’ the story behind the how and why civil right activists Baynard Rustin adopted his longtime partner Walter Naegle in the 1980’s, in order to have the legal protections of marriage. The doc ‘The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson’ investigates the mysterious death of the transgender activist, who also helped give birth to the modern Trans Rights Movement.

TRANS/LATINOS: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival. (May 4-14). Seattle, Washington. translations.strangertickets.com

Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival. Portland, Oregon. (May 18-21). queerdocfest.org

FILM. January LGBT Film Festivals.

Palm Springs International Film Fest. (January 2-16). Palm Springs, California. psfilmfest.org

Pride: Bloomington’s LGBTQ Film Festival. (January 26-28). Bloomington, Indiana. bloomingtonpride.org

Desperado Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. (January 27-29). Phoenix, Arizona. desperadofilmfestival.com

FILM. Director Ang Lee Honored At Britannia Awards.

Variety’s Shalini Dore reports…

Jake Gyllenhaal, who presented Ang Lee with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, said he thinks frequently of his “Brokeback Mountain” co-star Heath Ledger and how far the LGBT world has come since that movie came out. After the big love scene in “Brokeback,” he said he turned to Lee who broke out into a big smile and said, “So gay.”

Lee, for his part, said he was so tired during the production of “Brokeback,” having such finished filming “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Hulk.” “The shots in ‘Brokeback Mountain’ are so boring,” he said. His father had just died, but “that movie nurtured me.” Lee thanked his actors who were “tortured by my bad English and bad sense of humor.”

Film. November LGBT Film Festivals.

OUTrageous: The Santa Barbara LGBTQ Film Festival. (November 3-5). Santa Barbara, California. outrageousfilmfestival.org

OutReels Cincinnati. (November 4-6). Cincinnati, Ohio. cincinnatifilmsociety.org/festivals/presenting-festival

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. (November 10-13). San Francisco, California. sftff.org

QCinema LGBTQ Film Festival. (November 10-12). Fort Worth, Texas. qcinema.org

Indianapolis GLBT Film Festival. (November 11-13). Indianapolis, Indiana. indylgbtfilmfest.com

Stonewall Columbus LGBT Fest. (November 13-19). Columbus, Ohio. lgbtfest.org

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. (November 14-16). Long Island, New York. liglff.org

FILM. ‘Spa Night’ Director And Star To Appear At Roxie Screening In SF.

“Thespa-night atmospheric Spa Night is a portrait of forbidden sexual awakening set in the nocturnal world of spas and karaoke bars in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. David Cho (Joe Seo in a breakthrough performance), a timid 18-year-old living with his financially-struggling immigrant parents, chances upon a secret cruising spot when he takes a job at an all-male spa. There he begins to realize hidden desires that threaten his life as a dutiful son and student.”

Director Andrew Ahn and actor Joe Seo are set to be in attendance at the Roxie Theatre for the film. Ahn and Seo are due to appear the first two night of Spa Night’s week long run. Appearing after the 7:00p showings Friday, September 30th, and Saturday, October 1st. Go to the Roxie’s website for tickets and show times. Watch the trailer below. Enjoy!