Category Archives: LGBT 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. ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾



FILM. January LGBT Film Festivals.

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

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

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

ATTEND THAT. November Film Festivals.  

November FF

OUTrageous: The Santa Barbara LGBTQ Film Festival. (November 6-9). Santa Barbara, California.

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. (November 7-9). San Francisco, California.

Indianapolis GLBT Film Festival. (November 7-9). Indianapolis, Indiana.

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. (November 7-10). Long Island, New York.

Stonewall Columbus LGBT Fest. (November 16-22). Columbus, Ohio.

MIX NYC – The New York Queer Experimental Film Festival. (November 11-16). New York, New York.

CNKY Scene LGBT Film Festival. (November 14-16). Cincinnati, Ohio.

SEE THAT. Barrio Boy.

Barrio Boy

“A secretly gay Latino barber quietly falls in love with a handsome stranger over the course of a haircut during a hot and sweaty summer afternoon in a macho Brooklyn neighborhood in Dennis Shinners’ “Barrio Boy.” Watch the trailer and see festivals screening the short film in October.

Dayton LGBT Film Festival. (October 10 – 12). Dayton, Ohio.

Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. (October 9 – 19). Seattle, Washington.

Louisville LGBT Film Festival. (October 17 – 19). Louisville, Kentucky.

UPDATED: November Screenings.

OUTrageous: The Santa Barbara LGBTQ Film Festival. (November 6-9). Santa Barbara, California.

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. (November 7-10). Long Island, New York.

FUND THAT. Free CeCe: A Documentary.

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Produced by Laverne Cox and Jac Gares, “Free CeCe” is a documentary currently in production, based on transphobic attack survivor CeCe McDonald. When one of her attackers, Dean Schmitz, was fatally stabbed to death, CeCe was quickly arrested and charged with 2nd degree manslaughter. Even though it was clear that she acted in self defense, CeCe was order to serve her 41 months prison sentence in a Men’s correctional facility. “Free CeCe” examines the culture of violence experienced by trans women of color.

“CeCe is just someone I’ve thought about, really everyday that I’ve showed up on set to film Orange is the New Black,” shares Cox.

You can watch the trailer for the project below. Please consider making a tax deductible donation through their fiscal sponsor Independent Film Project at:

ATTEND THAT: Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival.

Milwaukee LGBT

This year’s Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival is another festival offering a nice assortment of films made by and featuring people of color. Screening two films I’ve spotlighted here on this blog, “The Way He Looks,” and “Out In The Night.” Additionally, from Executive Producer Robert Redford is “Drunktown’s Finest.” About three young Native Americans- an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual, strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.”

“Lilting” chronicles the attempts hazarded by Richard (Ben Whishaw) to connect with Junn (Cheng Pei Pei), the Cambodian-Chinese mother of Kai, his longtime lover. Kai’s unexpected death has sent them both into isolating grief, but separated by culture, generation, and language (Junn knows no English), the two are wary, even resentful of the other. Kai never disclosed his relationship with Richard to his mother, and the possessiveness each feels towards their beloved stymies the other’s understanding.”

“Salvation Army,” Directed by Moroccan author Abdellah Taïa, who here translates his own memoiristic novel to the screen, “Salvation Army” recounts two formative chapters (more like stanzas, really) of Abdellah’s life: his boyhood in a Moroccan village where he sustains his first lessons in sexuality and power; and his arrival in the Western world – on scholarship to Switzerland – where he must meet instruction of a different sort”

The festival also offers a few free screenings as well, and who doesn’t like FREE! Not to mention a Forbidden Love Fashion Show, celebrating butch and femme looks as a tribute to the glamor of the film Forbidden Love. The film Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives,” is also a free screening.

Download the Milwaukee LGBT Festivals 2014 brochure and watch the moving trailer for “Drunktown’s Finest” below.

Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival. (October 16 – 26). Milwaukee, Minnesota.

SEE THAT. Eat With Me.

Eat With Me

Another film making the festival rounds this year is David Au’s “Eat With Me,” which will be released on DVD and digital from Wolfe Video in 2015.

“Elliot is a little lost: he dates the wrong guys, and his Chinese diner is struggling. The arrival on his doorstep of his old-school mother Emma is not quite the shake-up he had in mind, however. She’s left her husband and is at loose ends until she makes friends with Elliot’s gregarious neighbor Maureen (Nicole Sullivan). Elliot too needs to find a new lease on life, so when a dreamy new man comes along who plays music and loves dumplings, he begins to liven up the entrees in his own kitchen and confront his mother’s homophobia”.

The film has a special appearance by George Takei. Watch the trailer and see the list of festivals screening the film in October below.

Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. (October 3 – 11). Tampa, Florida.

Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. (October 9 – 19). Seattle, Washington.

ImageOut The Rochester Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival. (October 10 – 19). Rochester, New York.

Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. (October 10 – 12 & 16 – 19). Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Reel Q – Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival. (October 10 – 18). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.