“The 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!
‘Esteros,’ by director Papu Curotto has been making the rounds this year and to great reception. And after watching the trailer, the Spanish language film ‘Esteros’ is now on my radar.
“Matías and Jerónimo know each other since childhood. Their friendship takes a new turn during the holiday before starting high school when they both experience their sexual awakening. Matías’s father breaks up their relationship by accepting a job very far away. Family’s contempt against homosexuality brings Matías to deny his friend and himself. More than ten years later, Matías returns to his old town for carnival with his girlfriend. He unexpectedly runs into Jerónimo… Feelings will slowly reappear and will reach a climax, but at what price?”
Showing at the upcoming MiFo Film Festival. Watch the trailer below. Enjoy!
MiFo Film Festival. (October 7 – 16). Fort Lauderdale, Florida. mifoflim.com
South African director John Trengove’s film ‘The Wound,’ about A gay teenage boy’s traditional rite-of-passage into manhood turns dangerous when he disturbs a closeted relationship between two rural men, receives completion funds from the Venice Production Bridge’s Final Cut in Venice workshop are set aside for films from Africa and the Arab world.
“Kwanda – a precocious gay teenager from the city – travels to the rural settlement of his family’s origin to be circumcised in a traditional rites-of-passage into manhood.
For three weeks, Kwanda and his fellow initiates – a group of rural boys – live in isolation, recuperating in mountain huts. He forms an intimate bond with his caregiver – Xolani – a mysterious rural man who helps him endure his first week on the mountain.
Kwanda’s curiosity is piqued when he begins to suspect that Xolani is involved in a closeted sexual relationship with Vija, a charismatic and volatile alpha male from the village. Kwanda is drawn to Vija and seeks out his approval as a father figure, sparking a jealousy between the two rural men. When it is discovered that Kwanda has witnessed a sexual encounter between them, Vija fears exposure and goes on the hunt for the city boy.
Forced to choose between his compassion for Kwanda and his loyalty to Vija, Xolani helps Kwanda escape. But, as they descend the mountain, Kwanda discovers too late that he has been ambushed when Xolani pushes him off a mountain ledge to his death.”
Final Cut in Venice is organized by the Venice Production Bridge in collaboration with both the Amiens International Film Festival and the Fribourg International Film Festival, where six projects in post production were presented to facilitate their post-production process, promote possible co-production partnerships and access to the distribution market.
Enjoy the trailer below.
Thursday, September 8, Frameline, Cine+Mas SF / San Francisco Latino Film Festival, and The Oakland Underground Film Festival are hosting a free encore screening of the documentary ‘Ovarian Psycos,’ at the historic Piedmonth Theatre in Oakland California.
“It is a powerful and strikingly beautiful sight to see twenty-plus young women of color biking through the streets of East LA with black bandanas emblazoned with white Fallopian tubes over their faces. Co-opting crew culture and reworking it with a feminist spin, The Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade organizes rides in protest of violence in the community and against women. Founded by poet M.C. and activist Xela de la X and made up of cisgender and transgender women and gender-nonconforming rebellious spirits, this sisterhood is a refuge for those with past trauma, a support system in times of tragedy, and an outlet to confront pertinent issues that stem from misogyny and racism.
The film gives us an intimate look at the lives of those who ride while showcasing their perseverance. New recruit Evie must balance family responsibilities with her newfound confidence and love of self. Street artist Andi longs for her mother and sister to support her cause. And Xela struggles with the time needed to maintain the group and her dedication to giving her nine-year-old daughter the life she longed for as a child growing up in a “post-colonized, traditional Mexican home.”
In the midst of sexism, harassment, and misrepresentation, the Ovas are outspoken and unapologetic about healing and reclaiming their communities as they build on the legacy of the Chicanx civil rights movement.”
— Angelique Smith
Expected to be in attendance are Ovas Andi Xoch & La Fingers. Enjoy the trailer below.
Thursday, September 8.
Piedmont Theatre, Oakland California
4186 Piedmont Avenue
The documentary ‘Kiki’ dives back into the fierce world of voguing battles in the Kiki scene of New York City, where competition between Houses demands leadership, painstaking practice, and performances on point. A film collaboration between Kiki gatekeeper, Twiggy Pucci Garçon, and Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordenö, grants exclusive access into this high stakes world, where tough competitions act as a gateway into the daily lives of LGBTQ youth of color in NYC. The new generation of ballroom youth use the motto, “Not About us Without Us.” Twiggy and Sara’s insider-outsider approach to their stories breathes fresh life into the representation of a marginalized community who demand visibility and real political power.
Watch the Trailer for Kiki, and then watch the Twiggy Pucci Garçon and Sara Jordenö Sundance Interview with Ondi Timoner where they discuss the Kiki Scene, ‘Paris Is Burning’ and the history of Ball culture. Jordenö and Garçon also address the issues and growing political movement within the LGBTQ community. Enjoy!
Ryan is a handsome fashion stylist living in New York City who rejects his traditional Asian upbringing in favor of enjoying his life as openly gay. However that all changes when Ryan is assigned to style Ning, a famous Chinese actor, for an important photo shoot for his firm.
Despite a rocky start, an unlikely friendship develops between the two, leading Ryan to re-examine his roots and consider an enticing new path for his career. ‘Front Cover’ is a tender, entertaining look at clashing cultures and love.
In our very Black & White obsessed America, we tend to ignore that there are so many more cultures inhabiting and contributing to American culture. Also a large portion of Asian gay themed films tend focus on interracial white/Asian pairings, how Asian-Americans fit into the western world, or the struggle to find acceptance from conservative parents. The romantic comedy ‘Front Cover’ takes a refreshing and funny departure from these themes. From Strand Releasing, ‘Front Cover’ makes its San Francisco debut August 19-25. Watch the trailer below. Enjoy!
4 Star Theatre
2200 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121
In 1990, seven young male dancers – six gay, one straight – joined Madonna on her most controversial tour, the Blond Ambition Tour. On stage and in the iconic film “Truth or Dare,” they showed the world how to express yourself. Now, 25 years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour. “Strike a Pose” is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.
Wild, talented and barely twenty, the dancers set out on the trip of a lifetime. Their journey was captured in “Truth or Dare,” one of the highest-grossing
documentaries ever. As a self-proclaimed mother to her six gay dancers plus straight Oliver, Madonna used the film to take a stand on gay rights, freedom of expression and the fight against AIDS. Madonna’s flamboyant dancers became icons of sexual freedom, inspiring people all over the world to be who they are. Six dancers appear in “Strike a Pose” – Kevin Stea, Carlton Wilborn, Luis Camacho, Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza, Salim Gauwloos and Oliver S Crumes III. One of the original seven, Gabriel Trupin, died from complications due to AIDS in 1995 and is represented in the film by his mother, Sue Trupin.
Watch the trailer for Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan’s ‘Strike A Pose,’ showing at Atlanta’s Out On Film Festival. Enjoy!
Out On Film. (September 29 – October 6). Atlanta, GA. outonfilm.org